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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 4 2011 10:42 p.m. MDT

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Bastiatarian
TUCSON, AZ

Riley Nelson made a commitment to maintain certain behavior, etc., that, yes, includes the length of his hair. Regardless of whether people think hair length is trivial or not, he made that commitment. If he is sincere in his apology for breaking his commitment, it shows integrity. Most people can keep the "big" commitments. It's adherence to the little ones that is the best indicator of an individual's character.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Why isn't the game being televised? I thought that all of the games would either be on an ESPN network or BYUTV.

Wookie
Omaha, NE

I find it amazing that the school will look past its football players violating the honor code but will hold the rest of the school, including basketball team, to the standards. When will the leaders of the Church step in?

BYU Student
Provo, UT

Bastiatarian, his hair wasn't even too long. My hair has been as long when I've gone to take a test. People just got all upset about something that wasn't an issue - it can go down to your collar.

CaptainL
PROVO, UT

Nelson did a great job of rallying the team to victory last Fri but I would start Heaps, knowing that Riley can be that spark the team may need. Riley still can't make the throws necessary and if teams loadup in the box they will stop his scrambling and the offense will stall just like it did last yr. Start Heaps , but let him know that if he struggles, Nelson will be brought in asap.
If we get the chance, I would love to see how Lark would do.

yourmomgoestocollege
Las Vegas, NV

Bring in Tanner Mangum and see what he can do, as a senior in high school!

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

"Riley Nelson made a commitment to maintain certain behavior, etc., that, yes, includes the length of his hair. Regardless of whether people think hair length is trivial or not, he made that commitment. If he is sincere in his apology for breaking his commitment, it shows integrity. Most people can keep the "big" commitments. It's adherence to the little ones that is the best indicator of an individual's character."

And where does piety and being judgmental fall as an "indicator of an individual's character."

azjim
GILBERT, AZ

Jake needs a quarterback coach. Hire Robbie Bosco now. He could step in and be effective on day one. Brandon Doman is busy trying to be oc. You don't turn into Norm Chow or Robert Lanae overnight. We have a young and inexperienced coaching staff. Let's not blame Jake for coaching mistakes. Ty Detmer may be a good long term solution if Robbie doesn't want the job. But Bosco is a true blue cougar and champion. If. Called. He would. Serve!

azjim
GILBERT, AZ

Anae.... typo sorry Robert, Brad, Matt.

christoph
Brigham City, UT

Have one play one series and the other play the other series---it is only fair. It is ironic that the passing suffers because the running suffers.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

Nelson got lucky. A fast defense will expose him and he will cough up the ball just like with Utah. USU's defense was too slow to capitalize on all those broken plays. Heaps will be broken mentally by this, Nelson will be a flash in the pan and BYU will not get anywhere this season. I find it ironic that Doman is the O coordinator now, he basically ignored Crowton and ran his own plays. Heaps should just run his own plays . He was doing fine.

CougarOnTheProwl
Murray, UT

Heaps blew a big opportunity in the utah state game, he had receivers wide open majority of the night and either otherthrew them or just flatout missed them. He gets to antsy in the pocket and rushes his throws, his confidence is gone and im puzzled as to how he suddenly lost it after how he finished last season. You have to bench him for two reasons, one he needs a wake up call, something to get him motiviated and to do some soul searching as to why he is having the issues he is. Second, how can you go back to him when Riley came in and lead BYU to a comeback win? what kind of message does that send to the rest of the team if you allow Heaps to remain the starting QB when he really isnt getting it done? The team responds better to Riley right now and so you have to go with him. Now this doesnt mean Heaps is done, he is still young and has time to get things fixed, he has all the physical tools he just needs to get things straight in his head and play with more confidence.

rok
San Diego, CA

Don't apologize, Riley.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I have to think that Heaps will be worse if and when he does play now that Bronco has clearly shown he has no confidence in him. This was really poor judgment by Bronco. You can do this sort of thing with every position EXCEPT QB and Bronco will soon find that out. If Bronco really thinks Nelson is the man then BYU football is headed for the cellar. Brad Rock was right - the QB decision was clearly decided LAST YEAR and Heaps was heads and shoulders about Nelson. You don't pull Heaps just because he is struggling with a new offense..you work with your QB in practice to make him better. With Heaps it isn't a physical or skill thing .. it is just a problem with the new Doman offense which is partly Domans fault but all that can be fixed. With Nelson it is clearly is a skill thing and there is nothing you can do about that. Nelson is too small and his throwing ability is high school-ish. BAD MOVE BRONCO!!!

sg
newhall, CA

Riley did more in half a game then Heaps has done all season. Bench Heaps. It's time to put Riley to the test. I really am not impressed with Heaps. And really? The length of Riley's hair was an issue? AND he had to apologize? Ridiculous. Should not have been newsworthy. Go with Riley and see how he performs. I think Heaps is done. He will never make it to the pros, at least not the NFL. He will never to drafted. Doman needs to be demoted back to quarterbacks coach and a new offensive co-ordinator needs to be hired. If not, the offense will continue to be and look lethargic and anemic. It's Riley's turn. I'm just not so sure Bronco is brave enough to make that decision.

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