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Published: Monday, Jan. 10 2011 7:00 a.m. MST

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Orem, UT


Colorado Springs, CO

Thanks for your article...it rang bells for me. I'm an old guy....I attended BYU 1974-1980...I watched Coach LaVell and the best that college football could offer in excitment and productivity. At the first of every season we would stand in line to be in the "card stunt" section which meant season tickets...amazing qtrbacks. BYU football was were I dated my future wife; we took our first child to the games; and bonded with other family members there. We all viewed LaVells leadership from afar and felt many of the things you discuss in your article. Thanks

South Jordan, UT

Excellent article! What a great man, coach, and leader!

And his mentor is....Bronco Mendenhall.

Lubbock, TX

LaVell is responsible for the style of play today, he changed the entire face of football and too little people know that. By his success he also created the bowl alliance and BcS, ironically.

LaVell is the man.

Salt Lake City, UT

What a great tribute to a great man. Thank you for writing this.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Oh, please. He was good at one primary thing--hiring really good assistant coaches. Once they left, he started losing. Especially after Norm Chow left. Lavelle just kind of stood on the sidelines and watched. Kinda like Ronald Reagan.

Oakley, ID

LaVell was an awesome coach!

Somewhere in Time, UT

Some people just don't know how to say anything nice, do they. Unfortunately, some people just aren't very mature.

Lavell Edwards is a great man and anyone who knows anything about him knows that. That' why he was named NCAA Coach of the year.

I believe Bronco is Lavell's "protege"....not his "mentor."

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

Lavell is a really great guy. It's just too bad that the one goal he really desired, and that he spent most of his energy trying to accomplish, never came to pass. That goal was making his team earn an invitation to the PAC 12.

Have fun in retirement Lavell. You earned it.

Barack Obama
Phoenix, AZ

Whether or not Lavell was a great Xs & Os coach or not is not the question. The article is about him being a leader, a great example of manhood, and a geniuine person which is far better than just being a good coach that knew football.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Some posters here are endlessly starving for attention, and one in particular - any guesses who I am referring to??

West Jordan, Ut

Easy Chris B... He controled his emotions very well and I see Coach Witt tryig to do the same. We are in good hands as is BYU with Coach Mendenhall. A leader is someone who will lead his team win or lose. A judge of leadership is how your players treat or admire you after they are done playing for you. I think it is obvious how Coach Edwards players admire and love him. Look at the smile on J. Mcmahons face. It says it all!!!

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@Tom in CA

Are you referring that person starting with a "C"? No, don't mentioned about him. Just don't read or respond to him. He or she just want the attention.

I have met Jimmy Edward and what a great family they are. Even Ron Mcbride would agree about LaVell. Anyway keep on smiling LaVell.

The Rocker
Bountiful, UT

Lavell Edwards rocked! I will probably never be a BYU fan ever again in my life but I was a fan when Lavell Edwards was coach at BYU.
How do you not respect the man? He did more for college football than anyone I can think of.
It was a blast to watch college football when it was Lavells team playing. They were almost always prepared and gave a good athletic battle.
Look at the awesome quaterbacks this man recruited as well. I could never imagine driving to Provo to watch a game and deal with all the eternal traffic in this day and age. The games are boring now.
Back in the day it was worth it. i went whenever I could. Thanks for the great memories Lavell.
You rock man!

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Orem, UT

In the pantheon of college football coaches, LaVell Edwards is a legend.

He took a program that had won ONE conference championship in its entire history; had never been to a bowl game; had never been ranked; and within a dozen years, he won a National Championship that sent shockwaves through the college football establishment.

More than that. LaVell did it with quiet, unassuming, dignity and leadership.

Thanks LaVell!

  • 10:23 a.m. Jan. 10, 2011
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Fresno, CA

We can still see his influence today ... not just at BYU but at all the other programs that are enjoying the benefit of having his former players as coaches.

Ann Arbor, MI

What Ive learned is that BYU can only reflect back on a time when things looked possible. Lavelle brought hope and promise.

Fast forward 25 years and what reality holds is much different. BYU now sits in the shadow of the UofU. The painfull rejection of a BCS conference in favor of the Utes will forever change the landscape for what is possible.

Hold on to your memories of good 'ol times if it helps.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

What Coach Edwards taught me is...

-You don't have to do everything yourself to be a GREAT coach.

He is the greatest coach I have ever known mainly because he knew to surround himself with good coaches and players, and then not micro_manage them.

A lot of good coaches and players contributed to Lavel Edward's success. And that's the way it is in most professions.

My manager can't succeed unless I succeed. So he needs pick top_notch people, give them good direction, empower them to make their own decisions, and trust them to work and make HIM look good.

The coach/boss can't succeed by throwing people under the bus, or micro_managing them, or surrounding themselv with under_performers.

I was always impressed with how Lavel Edwards could stand on the sidelines during a game and just scowel and rarely say a word the whole game... while the people around him scrambled and just got things done. To me... that was a tribute to his preparation and his skilled use of deligation and surrounding himself with coaches he could trust during the game (so he could get_out_of_the_trenches and monitor the overall_situation and make broad_adjustments).

Solomon the Wise
Alpine, UT

LaVell is a great man and fully deserving of being in the College Football Hall of Fame.


I feel sorry for our resident trolls who continue to embarrass themselves and their school with their juvenile posts -- the only thing they'll ever be associated with is the hall of shame.

Cleveland, OH

I learned a lot about the type of man that Lavell was when I was a student trainer at BYU. He came in the training room to get a bandaid and a theraband. He introduced himself to me (even though he needed no introduction) and asked me my name. It took about 5 minutes for me to get the stuff while he was talking to other people. When I gave it to him, he thanked me by name. I know this seems trivial, but I can't tell you how many times I've met someone, and then not even 1 minute later realized I forgot their name. I think is is more than a great coach, he is a great man.

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