Next to BYU beating Gonzaga, President Samuelson was game’s highlight of Thursday night’s game


The BYU men’s basketball team defeated Gonzaga 73–65 in an energized Marriott Center Thursday night.

“I think that’s the loudest it’s ever been,” BYU forward Eric Mika said in the post game press conference.

While fans were excited by the Cougars victory over the Bulldogs, currently in first place in the West Coast Conference, the next best part of the game came from a lip-sync music video featuring BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson, BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe and BYU Advancement Vice President Kevin Worthen.

On Tuesday, we published a story, “11 of the ‘best’ moments from the BYU basketball lip-syncing videos.” Since we were unaware of the new music video, which was shared for the first time at the basketball game Thursday night, we thought we would share why this was clearly the best music video of the season.

Here is why President Samuelson’s music video to “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones topped all of the rest:


1. When the video started, we didn’t know it was him behind the chair.

Samuel chair spin

And once we realized it was President Samuelson, we knew the video was going to be gold.


2. When we realized what song it was and secretly imagined President Samuelson doing the Carlton like this.

Don’t even try to deny it!


3. When President Samuelson winked at us.

Samuelson wink

Did he just…? Yes, yes he did.


4. When we realized he brought some of his friends with him.

Samuelson, Holmoe newspapers

Oh, you’re here too, huh?


5. When he gave us the “Whoosh Cecil” thumbs up.

Samuelson approves (whoosh Cecil)

Cecil approves this message.


Watch the whole music video promoting the BYU men’s basketball game against Portland on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center.


Read the other “best moments” from the lip-syncing videos here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.


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