Dick Harmon: Bronco Mendenhall and Cecil O. Samuelson have been working together for a long time
Under Samuelson, the university constructed a state-of-the art building to house BYUtv, a worldwide opportunity to market the school’s brand, of which athletics is a prime cornerstone.
So, who knows if Samuelson will give the extended handshake to Mendenhall? He has been Samuelson's man.
In the short term, it probably doesn’t matter.
But symbolically, either way, it is an interesting aspect of this Mendenhall contract renewal, and it will be curious to see if it plays a part.
It is rumored that one aspect of the contract under discussion is whether BYU puts a buyout clause in Mendenhall's five-year contract, which would be in his favor for security. That is, if there is an early change in the head coach before five years, would/should/could the school pay the coach a chunk of change?
If Bronco comes to an agreement in the next few weeks, would an announcement be postponed to accommodate a potential change in presidents?
But it is something to watch.
Dick Harmon, Deseret News sports columnist, can be found on Twitter as Harmonwrites and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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