PROVO — One of the summer highlights for BYU sports fans thirsting for more information on their favorite Cougars teams is athletic director Tom Holmoe’s annual question-and-answer session during Education Week.

However, 2020’s Education Week — which usually takes place in mid-August — will be presented online at a later date due to the coronavirus pandemic, so Holmoe obviously won’t be publicly answering any questions this month or next. He should make an appearance at BYU’s virtual football media day on July 20, although it is unclear whether he will take questions from reporters.

“Our beloved fans who make up the ever-growing and powerful Cougar Nation supported BYU athletics in innumerable ways. Cougar fans have earned much respect from our competitors far and wide as they continue to show up in droves anywhere in the country and especially at home contests.” — BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe

Maybe a message that Holmoe recently posted online as part of the school’s Athletics Annual Report will have to suffice.

In a 500-word letter, BYU’s AD since 2005 tells BYU fans that the Cougars had “one of the best overall years in BYU athletics history” before it was cut short when the pandemic hit on March 12, forcing the end of the basketball, men’s volleyball, baseball, softball, gymnastics, golf, tennis and track and field seasons.

BYU was “on track” to finish the 2019-20 school year in the top 10 (at least) in the Learfield/IMG College Directors’ Cup final standings, Holmoe said. The 2019-20 Cup was officially canceled on March 19, meaning no trophy for the overall winner will be awarded this year.

“The final fall standings found BYU in fifth place, just 25 points out of third with most of the remaining Cougar teams zeroed in on deep runs in their respective NCAA tournaments,” Holmoe wrote.

Indeed, man’s basketball was set up for a decent seed in the Big Dance, while men’s volleyball was ranked No. 1 in the country. Big things were expected in the national indoor and outdoor track seasons (the indoor championships were canceled the day before they were to begin in Albuquerque, New Mexico) and BYU’s softball and baseball teams had conference championship aspirations.

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Holmoe said the highlight of the year was the national championship won by the men’s cross country team, the 11th national championship in BYU history. He also mentioned the women’s cross country teams second-place finish.

Adding to BYU’s No. 5 overall finish in the Cup standings after the fall sports were completed was a No. 5 finish in women’s soccer, a No. 17 finish in women’s volleyball and a No. 51 finish in football.

BYU fans were also praised.

“Our beloved fans who make up the ever-growing and powerful Cougar Nation supported BYU athletics in innumerable ways,” Holmoe wrote. “Cougar fans have earned much respect from our competitors far and wide as they continue to show up in droves anywhere in the country and especially at home contests.”

Holmoe said BYU fans “generously” gave financially to support the athletic programs.

“I would hug y’all if I could (social distancing?),” he wrote. “… We are not done. We will fight back from this forced timeout and return Loyal, Strong & True to our dear fans.”

What BYU Athletics’ annual report Includes:

• A letter from BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe.

• Athletes’ and coaches’ thoughts on the effects of COVID-19.

• BYU’s “major” award winners in 2019-20.

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• Team season reviews, including photo galleries and video highlights.

• The year’s top moments on social media.

• A review of the ESPN deal.

• Cougar Club donor photos and highlights.

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