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Peavler: Looking back at BYU athletics under Cecil O. Samuelson

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 1:40 p.m. MDT

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf,  second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and President Cecil Samuelson wave to graduates during BYU Spring 2014 Commencement exercises in Provo  Thursday, April 24, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and President Cecil Samuelson wave to graduates during BYU Spring 2014 Commencement exercises in Provo Thursday, April 24, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

On May 1, 2003, Cecil O. Samuelson became the 12th president of BYU.

A lot has changed since then, especially as far as athletics are concerned.

Val Hale was BYU's athletic director. Gary Crowton was the football head coach and Steve Cleveland was over basketball. BYU was still in the Mountain West Conference. No one even imagined then that the Cougars would one day be a FBS independent. BYU had KBYU, but it was your typical PBS station.

It's been a wild ride over the last 11 years with Samuelson.

Now, as he rides into the sunset, it's time to look back at what happened with BYU athletics.

Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.

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