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BYU notebook: Lance Reynolds deeply saddened on the news of Garrett Reid's death

Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 5:15 p.m. MDT

PROVO — BYU tight ends coach Lance Reynolds has known Philadelphia coach Andy Reid for more than 30 years. Reynolds was a graduate assistant for the Cougars in 1979-80, when Reid was a BYU offensive lineman.

So when Reynolds found out that Reid's son, Garrett, was found dead in a Lehigh University dormitory room early Sunday morning, he was deeply saddened.

"It was really tough news. Anytime you bury one of your kids, it's got to really be tough," Reynolds said after Monday's practice. "You could try to understand and feel for it, but we haven't been through that, so it's hard. He's done a lot of work with those kids of his. It cuts you off at the knees when bad things happen, and this is certainly one of those."

Garrett Reid, 29, had been working for the Eagles as a strength and conditioning coach since he was released from prison in 2009. He had a troubled past involving drug addiction, but had appeared to have overcome his struggles. There was no indication of suicide or foul play.

"No matter what the surrounding circumstances are, which I don't know what they are, it's just flat-out hard. It's nasty tough," Reynolds said. "I feel bad for (Andy Reid). I actually took a few classes with his wife. I feel bad for her. Maybe worse for her."

Reynolds' son, Dallas, is an offensive lineman with the Eagles.

"Dallas told me (Garrett Reid) was in the dorm, at camp, when this happened," Reynolds said. "The kid was doing well, from my understanding."

STILL NOT PRACTICING: Wide receiver Cody Hoffman and defensive lineman Joe Sampson remained sidelined for disciplinary reasons. Hoffman and Sampson have not practiced since Thursday, the day camp opened.

"I'll make a decision at the end of the day how that looks," Mendenhall said. "You could say indefinite, but, again, it's based on when they meet the criteria."

Mendenhall said he had no long-term concerns about Hoffman and Sampson.

SPECIAL VISITOR: Kalilimoku Hunt, a former BYU football player who serves as the LDS Church's director of public affairs in American Samoa, attended Monday's practice and addressed the team afterwards.

Hunt played at BYU in 1972 under legendary coach LaVell Edwards. What did Hunt tell the current crop of Cougars?

"I just told them that when I played here, coach Edwards did a great job of getting us prepared," he said. "He led us to a good season, and we never looked back."

Hunt escorted BYU offensive coordinator Brandon Doman around American Samoa when Doman took a recruiting trip there in May.

EXTRA POINTS: Former BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette, and his wife, Whitney, watched Monday's practice. … All of the freshmen football players had class Monday and did not participate in practice. … Mendenhall said his players will don half pads Tuesday and Wednesday before putting on full pads Thursday morning for the scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The scrimmage, which starts at 10:20 a.m., is open to the public.

email: jeffc@desnews.com

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