Reynolds siblings are like many who have family ties to BYU
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.
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.
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.
Then there's the Koslowskis, too. Father and son.
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.
You missed coach Barry Lamb and his son Tucker.
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.
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.
We have a Dallas Reynolds and a Houston Reynolds. What, no ElPaso Reynolds?
What's up with that?
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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".
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
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
This is news? How about asking Bronco some real questions, like what happened
against Florida State.
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!
How many Reynold boys have served missions?
How many have served PERIOD?
The Reynolds young men are very classy and represent the values of BYU by
serving the community, displaying a solid work ethic, and being excellent
football players. Kudos for the article. Coach Reynolds should be proud of his
All 4 served missions