BYU basketball was strong for 25 years before football
going. It was known as a great basketball school for years prior to the rise of Cougar football.
In 1972, Lavell Edward's became the BYU football head football coach. This was the start of a golden era.
In 1972 BYU basketball finished ranked #9 in the nation. In the first season in the House that Watts built (the brand new Marriott Center), BYU was #1 in the nation in attendance. Stan Watts was retiring as the BYU basketball coach after tutoring his latest protégé--All American and future Olympic Gold medalist Kresimir Cosic. Watts immediately became the BYU AD.