At BYU's public scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium last Friday, one fan stood out from the crowd. His name is Drew Scholl, and he had a unique T-shirt.
It said, "Houston, You Have A Problem."
This T-shirt references the Cougars' first home game vs. Houston. Naturally, it captured my attention, and he was kind enough to tell me more about it.
"The first day of fall camp I was watching the news coverage on it and watched Bronco Mendenhall, and one of the guys mentioned that it was his 10th year," Scholl said. "Instantly I thought of a good idea for a shirt or a poster. So, I drew it out and started looking online to see how much it would cost for someone to make it for me. It was a little bit too much. It was more than I wanted to spend. So, I started looking into buying my own equipment and making my own shirt. And then from there it just kind of snowballed. I liked the idea of making my own. I figured if I'm going to have the stuff to make my own shirts, it would be cool to make one for every game. So, it kinda just went from there."
Scholl designs the shirts himself with some help from fellow student Sarah Nelson on the Houston shirt. He prints the shirts himself in his apartment.
So, with all the other BYU shirts on the market, what makes these shirts different?
"That was something I was a little hesitant about starting this," Scholl explained. "I don't want to step on anyone's toes or get in the way of anything else. What I try to do with my shirts and my designs is first, I try to make each shirt relevant to every game that week. I make a new shirt every week so that the shirt is relevant to that team that we're playing. The other thing is I like to talk a little bit of smack. I keep it reverent, but I talk a little bit of smack to the other teams. It's something that the student section and the fans can rally around."
Once again, fans are truly awesome.
"The first home game is Houston, and it was a little cliche, but I think 'Houston, You Have a Problem' was pretty cool and relevant," Scholl said. "People have responded pretty well to it."
The Virginia shirt is just as creative "I didn't want to rehash any bad memories, because last year that wasn't a fun ending to that game," Scholl told me. "So, the shirt for the Virginia game says, 'This Time We Won't be so Cavalier,' playing off their mascot." This shirt will featured two crossed sabers, but they will be broken.
The Utah State game plays on the longtime rivalry. It will feature a picture of the famous Old Wagon Wheel with the words, "It Stays Here." The UNLV shirt says, "Should Have Stayed in Vegas," playing off the "What Happens in Vegas" ad campaign. The Nevada shirt has a silhouette of a Cougar, and inside it says "Let Us Prey."
The only shirt that hasn't been designed is the home finale vs. Savannah State, but Scholl said that it will honor the seniors. Scholl has also made some shirts honoring coach Mendenhall as well as star running back Jamaal Williams.
Fans can find these T-shirts at loyalcougartshirtclub.com. They can buy individual T-shirts, or they can pre-order the entire set of home game T-shirts.
Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.
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