Recent Articles by Jeff Benedict
SI writer sheds light on Jabari Parker's Mormon faith and bond with Coach K in a Deseret News Exclusive
Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 4:59 pm MST
In December 2012 Jabari Parker announced on national television that he’d be attending Duke. It helped that Duke is a perennial national title contender, but there's much more to Jabari Parker's decision ...
Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 8:22 am MST
I know countless Christians. But until three years ago, I had never met one who had been persecuted — beaten and threatened with death — for believing in Jesus Christ.
Deseret News exclusive intro to Sports Illustrated story on BYU linebacker Spencer Hadley's suspension
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:48 am MDT
Spencer Hadley made a mistake, but his story is about a remarkable young man that is experiencing what we so often talk about: accountability, forgiveness and redemption.
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:24 pm MDT
Jeff Benedict shares unique insight into the life and career of BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall.
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:58 pm MDT
My wife has no use for football. She doesn’t watch games and has no interest in meeting players. But she wanted to meet Kyle Van Noy after reading an advance copy of "The System." His story was the only o...
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:50 pm MDT
After helping lift the BYU Cougars to victory at the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl, Kyle Van Noy seemed certain to forgo his senior year at BYU and enter the NFL draft. But something happened on the road to NFL riches t...
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 6:15 pm MDT
Jeff Benedict met Kyle Van Noy for the first time in March 2012. He had flown to Provo with hopes Van Noy would allow him the chance to shadow him for a book he was working on. Here is the story of that encount...
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 11:20 am MDT
Growing up I was never much of a BYU fan. In fact, I always rooted against them, except during 1982 and 1983. Those were the two years when Steve Young quarterbacked BYU’s football team.
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:57 am MDT
On January 10–11, 2009, Te’o and Van Noy both made their official visits to BYU. Every detail had been considered to persuade Te’o to join Van Noy by committing to BYU. But things didn’t...
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:46 am MDT
On April 29, 2008, Bronco Mendenhall stepped to the pulpit at a Mormon church in Reno, Nevada. He wasnt there to talk football. His topic was faith. On that night, Mendenhall's eyes were drawn to someone at th...