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Reynolds siblings are like many who have family ties to BYU

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 30 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Anonymous

This is all kind of like the LDS Church leadership--everyone is related to everyone. See D. Michael Quinn's book, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. He has a terrific chart in the back of the book illustrating that the gene pool is small in Salt Lake.

byukirty

I remember when the Reynolds boys came, I thought they weren't going to be good and only got in to keep their father happy. Boy, I'm glad I was wrong. The Reynolds boys have been among the best players here.

Anonymous

It has been a decade, but here is how I remember Coach Reynolds telling the story.

"So I sat Lance and Dallas down and said 'look, if you drop some weight you can play running back or linebacker. If you keep putting it on, you are going to have to play the line.' Lance took it to heart and lost about 30 pounds, Dallas didn't make any changes."

Something like that anyway. Seems like Lance was recruited as a LB and converted to o-line. Amazing to see such good athletes coming out of the same family. Maybe not, with dad a coach you are not getting away with playing in the band. These kids grew up with BYU Football. Nearly every Christmas these kids were traveling with the team to bowl games.

We also used to joke that the fact Coach French had no sons was evidence of God's Mercy, but that is a story for another day.

anonymous

Then there's the Koslowskis, too. Father and son.

Anonymous

I thought it once was the case that if your parent was on staff at BYU x number of years (5?) that your kids, if accepted into school, could go tuition free? Was that true, and is there still something like that? If so, these offspring of current coaches or staff or a goldmine in that scholarships used to recruit athletes can be freed up to entice others, while these student/athletes are "in the bag." Seems like a positive angle to what I am sure Y-haters will regale as "Y-in breeding" or "limited interest in going there, so that is what you are stuck with." There, I said it first, so the rest of you can drop it.

Steve

You missed coach Barry Lamb and his son Tucker.

re: Anonymous 7:04

Do you seriously have nothing better to do than to try and press your propaganda?

Guess what!? In a church like this, you find connections every where. I have found distant relatives in almost every city I have lived in (West coast to East coast), and if I don't find a relative, I find someone who knows some of my relatives. Believe it or not, I am distantly related to President Hinckley, President Hunter, and probably several others. Does this make me cool? Not really, but according to you I now I have a shot at church leadership.

Leave the football articles for those who care about football, and you go post on the story about the church plaza, your comment might be more fitting over there.

cougarf@n

Nepotism is an interesting thing. We all love it that the Reynolds boys have been stalwarts on the O-Line for what seems like forever, and we're excited that Bronson Kaufusi chose BYU. But nobody was happy about the reed boys on BYU's basketball team (even though I thought robby was exceptional) and the Ainge kid was kind of a mixed bag in my view. The fact is if a coach's son (or former player's son) plays really well then everyone is happy, but if they struggle then they are under a microscope other players don't have to deal with. People tend to believe they made the team because of their name when they may have shown as much or more promise than other recruits. It's a tough situation, but it's worked out great for BYU in most cases. I just wish if one of these coaches sons doesn't work out then people wouldn't be so harsh on them. I probably wouldn't encourage my son to play for my team if I were a coach.

Texas Reynolds

We have a Dallas Reynolds and a Houston Reynolds. What, no ElPaso Reynolds? What's up with that?

Player

I have no problem with Legacy players at BYU, I think that tradition is great. I also think that as the Church grows there will be many opportunities for players that have no former ties to the BYU program. I would have a problem if the best player at a position was not being accepted because one player had former ties to the program and the other didn't. Every LDS kid should be given the same opportunity to represent their family and church if they have the athletic ability grades and good character. I hope all players are being selected based on individual merit not on family name and ties to BYU hierarchy.

Does this ever work?

The Colorado Buffaloes aren't exactly lighting it up this year with their father-coach-son-quarterback combo. And that combo is failing miserably for a local high school.

Maybe BYU should consider recruiting outside the family. Or maybe that's not possible.

SONS will PLAY

The Reynolds boys were not the top OL guys until this year, Matt is decent, but the others were just playing because Papa said so. Especially Lance Jr...give me a break!!

Re: Player

I agree. However I think that alot of these kids are given spots on the team because of their families. It's politics, like it or not. I could rat off about a half dozen that will never play, but are on the team because their dads are on staff.

Anonymous @ 7:04 a.m

In this case it would be "BYU Football Heirarchy: Extensions of mediocrity." If you would like to see the chart I have drafted like that of the back of that other book, just let me know.

to: cougarf@n

Less significant in football than in basketball, but I appreciate the argument. Nobody wants to see incompetent kids playing just because of daddy.

The extra scholarship angle is interesting, can anyone confirm that? I know a guy who was given an athletic scholarship to Harvard for a sport he did not participate in (rowing).

Bottom line on the Reynolds is that they are talented, great kids, with excellent football knowledge. Anonymous noted that they have been traveling with the team their entire lives. I can't imagine them ending up anywhere else. BYU is lucky to have them.

I remember calling a mom about her son a few years ago. "I have been impressed with your boy, did his siblings turn out as good as he did?" I think in this case we have to answer "yes".

UteFan

Such a nice family. Didn't get offered by Utah so they settled for the byu. I here it was tough choosing between byu, utah st. or suu. We all know the Mighty Utes are stacked on the offense line, so it makes sense to settle for byu. good for them.

Anonymous

Didn't Larry Miller's son Greg take over the business? What about Bill Johnson's son Wes out at Menlove Toyota? Who's running the business at Murdock Chevrolet? And aren't Donald Trump's kids in the business. Who is the new dictator going to be in No. Korea??? Cuba???

Geez, why do people really not care about everything that happens everywhere else in the world, but freak if it happens at BYU...???

What?

This is news? How about asking Bronco some real questions, like what happened against Florida State.

The Reynolds

Lance Reynolds is one of the greatest Cougars in all of Cougar history. We are extremely fortunate to have him and his great family. Thank you Reynolds!

Missionaries

How many Reynold boys have served missions?

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