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Published: Friday, Aug. 19 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Eagle Mountain, UT

There you have it. This was entirely on Drew's shoulders and BYU / Bronco gave him every opportunity to remain at BYU. In fact, the door is still wide open if Drew wants to earn his way back. Those of you who speculated that this was somehow BYU or Bronco trying to force Drew out so his scholarship was available must feel pretty silly now. Those of you who mentioned that this was somehow discrimination are really..............

Rocklin, CA

My father was involved in these situations back in the day. Each case is different and I doubt we will ever hear the whole story. Drew will say one thing and BYU will say nothing. I still remember one kid telling his hometown paper he got kicked out for having a beer in the fridge when a recruit was at his apartment. He left out the fact that he had gotten two local underage high school students pregnant and had felony assault charges. I just hope Drew finds a good place to land.

Marysville, WA

A tough deal all the way around. Here's hoping the haters show a little class and just move on by.

Best to you, Drew.

Greenwood, IN

Good luck Drew. Sorry things didn't work out better for you at BYU.

Herriman, UT

Bummer for both sides - we wish him the best wherever he ends up.

Magna, UT

I was really hopeful that Drew would be running for BYU. Good luck to you Drew, you are very talented and I hope you have a soft landing where ever it is.

Cardston, Alberta

BYU has requirements in place in an attempt to avoid situations of this nature: scholarship recipients are required to enter with high academic standards. Statistics have shown that athletes with borderline academic standings have a high incidence of "problems"(academic and otherwise).

Boaz, AL

I would just like to comment that I find it amazing how stories can be so one sided. I will not throw anyone under the bus but what is being reported is not the whole facts and those involved know what the truth is. We do not like how Drew is being represented and we will learn from this. It is unfortunated how things have turned out but we will not have misguided information printed about Drew or our family. Drew was eligibe, Drew did not violate any HC rules. Yes, Drew struggled with some things and had learned from it as do many young people who leave home for the first time. If you can print what you do in the newspaper then you can post my comment. This is freedom of speech afterall.

Heber City, UT

MyCoug2011 let me get this straight. You know all the absolute truth am I correct. And how do you know the absolute 100% truth? How is this story one-sided. Either you are academically eligible or you are not. That is the bottom line. Drew was the one who tweeted and brought this out in the open. BYU was keeping silent about it trying to work with Drew. No where in the article or anything I have heard or read says anything about Drew violating the Honor Code, so there is no need for you to make that innuendo about what others think. I assume when you said about "Drew and our family," you are a relative. IF that is so is not your own statment hypocritical, because you are also one-sided as I read your comments. The only information coming out after Drew brought attention to himself is that he did not complete the necessary course work correctly to earn the grade to remain academically eligible. How is that one-sided.

Kansas City, MO

Best of luck to Drew. I hope he finds a great place to play where things are handled however they need to be handled to have it turn out better for both he and wherever he might end up. If that isn't nebulous, I don't know what is.


I just don't know what went down or how it went down and so I can't say much else, one thing is for sure, the real story is only known to those involved and I won't speculate. Good luck!

fan in orem
Orem, Utah

My Coug 2011: We are sorry how this has worked out. I've got to tell you, though, that I don't think Drew has been thrown under the bus by this article. We KNOW there were no HC violations, and I knew a couple of months ago that he was not in academic trouble with the school. I assume other fans knew/know that as well. This is a time where we all just express our hope that things work out well for Drew, without trying to delve into details that are not any of our business. I for one, would love to have him play for BYU in the future. But if not, I wish him well wherever he goes from here.

Highland, UT


Well I would certainly like to hear the otherside of the story if you are willing to tell it to us.

One of the things that is frustrating about BYU is that they never give out the details of situations like this and it is always left to speculation by the press, or the fans.

I know enough people at BYU that I could probably get a fairly good picture of their position but I would love to hear yours. I don't think we'll ever get anything decent from the fans of the media unless someone from your family does an interview.

So fill us in, let's hear it.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

Let's give it a rest people-especially Cougar Blue. No need to vilify those who feel Drew was slighted. The BYU coaching staff is not infallible. Whatever happened, it just didn't work out. Period. Don't go putting your nose where it doesn't belong. We all were excited to see Drew play. We all wanted to see him succeed on and off the field. We all still want that for him. End of story.

Lees Summit, MO

We should respect MyCoug2011's wishes. Drew and his family deserve both privacy and respect.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA


Please cut the whole family, friends and supporters of Drew some slack. Gifted young man and for whatever reason, this isn't working out the way anyone wanted, and it's just plain tough.

We don't need to know ANY side of the story, we just need to actively judge all involved the way we hope to be judged some day - with compassion, with concern, and with a hope and faith that a loving Father can turn all things to our good, including Drew.

Orem, Utah

I'm impressed with Chambers for sticking it out.

Too bad if Drew doesn't.

For now, it's another RB's opportunity.

Mcallen, TX


Not knowing details, I'd like to see Drew pay his way for a year and return in a year. In the long run, it would provide the greatest growth.

Salt Lake City, UT

Drew's parents were sent a letter before summer informing them that he was going to lose his scholarship, but he could earn it back by completing a couple of class during the summer. Obviously he didn't.

Drew wasn't working in the classroom and, from all reports, he wasn't working that hard on the practice field either.

Too bad. He's a talented kid and he had a lot of potential, but it looks like he wasted a great opportunity, and he has only himself to blame.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

There was no mention of an honor code violation...thus no need to address an issue that doesn't exist. But I honestly would like to simply know how in your opinion... based on facts supposedly not being presented... is Drew academically eligible when the University is saying that he hasn't been since spring semester. Compounding that is also that Drew having had the summer to possibly earn his way back to academic eligibility apparently has not reached the level needed to reverse his eligibility. We're just simply asking you to enlighten us with your information. Nobody is trying to put Drew in a position of compromise. We'd love to have him back and eligible to play.

Grand Rapids, MI

@Lonestar runner and anyone else who didn't hear what Mendenhall said

He never said Drew was academically ineligible and they pulled his scholarship. He said that after summer classes that Drew could pay his way for 1 year and then they would re-evaluate.

From afar it sounds like Drew understood that if he took the summer classes and did well, then he would be good to go. It doesn't sound like that is what the coaches meant.

I have no idea if that is the scenario. No reason to malign the kid. Good luck wherever you end up. We would love to have you back here.

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