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Published: Wednesday, May 18 2011 1:00 a.m. MDT

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Blue Jay, CA

Thanks for sharing the family attitude that the Mendenhalls bring to Cougar football. Perhaps the greatest influence that Cougar players can receive from their coach is how to set priorities in what is most important: FAMILY. What a great example Holly is setting. Nice to see that Patty Edwards positive influence on players is continuing. And, bravo for the commitment to the foundation.

Iowa City, IA

Great article. The Mendenhall's are a great family. I also love the Thursday Hero program. Nice job Holly for pushing the Cowboy Ball through. I hope it becomes annual.

West Jordan, UT

Gotta love coach Mendenhall!

Bountiful, UT

What a classy lady...it's great to hear about the women who support our local coaches.

Fresno, CA

It's nice to get to hear from Holly. I hope she feels the love and support Cougar fans have for her as well. Her job is a tough one too.

Springville, UT

What a fantastic woman! She'd never mix it up with Ute fans. I hear she's also behind Bronco's offseason preparation regimen.

As I reported a few weeks ago, I read on bleacherreport that Bronco is wearing Shape-Ups this offseason to prepare for the rigors of the season. He hopes that this move will allow him to patrol the sidelines more effectively. He has also changed his dietary habits to include more veggies and to exclude tapioca pudding, his favorite. I think he still goes to the creamery regularly, though.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

One of my all-time favorite DN articles! Thank you, Jeff. The saying goes "for every good man, there's a better wife" and this article certainly supports that. I'm a BIG Bronco fan. He's not perfect; the program's not perfect. But when you take a step back and look at the depth that Bronco has re-shaped the BYU Football Program, how can you not be impressed. Thank you for bringing us into the Mendenhall family, if even for the brief glimpses you provided. Individually and as a family, they seem to have their priorities straight.

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Bountiful, UT

Great article about a great family. I had the chance to meet Bronco one day with my son. It was my son's birthday and Bronco was so kind. As they say behind every great man is a GREAT woman. Thanks Holly!

West Jordan, Ut

Football in the big scheme of things is so small. The coolest thing to me is the love the players have for the 3 Mendenhall boys, What a cool thing. Yes their father is busy and has a hard profession but they truly do find the good in all things and that is what life is about. No matter what team your root for. Go Utes and Cougars at the end of the day we truly are on the same team!!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Nothing like a coach who thinks winning is #5! A lot of 7-6's in the future with a coach and university who aren't willing to make the necessary changes to be among the top.

BYU Deek
Spanish Fork, UT

Chris B,

As life has taught all of us, those 7-6 seasons will happen occasionally. But when you realize that there are things more important than football it really helps you not stress so much about the 7-6 seasons. It helps you understand that hard work and dedication can make those seasons part of the past. Plus, I see a lot of 7-6 seasons and trips to Las Vegas in the future for the Utes, and football is what, 1st on your priority list? Here's wishing you the best. oh, and PS. Don't alienate family and friends over football, its not worth it. Why don't you go tell your boss that your job isn't as important as football and see how that sits with him. Here's to Bronco! He's really got a great head on his shoulders, and a better wife pushing him to be better!

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Chris B | 10:44 a.m. May 18, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT
Nothing like a coach who thinks winning is #5!

Chris, Urban Meyer stopped in Utah for two years, and is now out of coaching and spending time with his kids.

I have no problem with Bronco's priorities.

I sat in the box next to his family for the TCU game two years back. His kids spent the game in the hallway playing soccer. I thought that was cool.

If you don't like it, change the channel babe.

Fresno, CA

Chris B.,

In October of 2010, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, in his talk "Of Things that Matter Most," listed the priorities that one whould have in their life. "First, our relationship with God is most sacred and vital....Our second key relationship is with our families....The third key relationship we have is with our fellowman....The fourth key relationship is with ourselves."

Football does and should come after those. I bet Bro. Kyle Whittingham heard this talk too.

I sincerely hope the people in your life come before your job in your list of priorities. Regardless, I don't think many Cougar fans are complaining that Coach Mendenhall has his priorities straight.

Orem, UT

BYU fans, don't worry about Chris, her mommy will never kick her out of the basement.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Simply stating the obvious, that byu will never be a national power(see BCS games, BCS wins, BCS conference). Sorry if you dont like it. It's the truth.

Frisco, TX

I really hope that Chris B is influenced by the power of this message. There are very few fans who are more die hard football fanatics than me, but this article helps keep it all in proper perspective. BYU football is all about football, but they are also about so much more.

Walla Walla, WA

I can't figure out how Chris has so much time to comment on these articles. Who is dusting the typewriters at DI when you are not there?

Somewhere in, Utah

Chris B | 1:14 p.m. May 18, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT
Simply stating the obvious, that byu will never be a national power(see BCS games, BCS wins, BCS conference). Sorry if you dont like it. It's the truth. --------------

Should we "mark it down" Chris?

Springville, UT

Who really cares what Chris B writes? Why are half the posts, this included, about Chris B. Let's talk about Bronco's wife. If BYU goes on to the 12-1 record I predict(12th win is a BCS win), it will be because Bronco's wife influenced Bronco, who in turn, influenced the team.

She is pushing his offseason regimen of wearing Shape-Ups and eating more veggies and less tapioca pudding. The results of these two changes will lead to better team management and confidence.

12-1, here we come!

Ted H.
Midvale, UT


Unfortuantely, Chris(and you) are simply proving Max right one comment at a time. You are no more a BYU fan than Chris B is the president of the United States.

But again - I'm happy all things BYU get you upset.

Were you more upset about BYU's recent 30+ win season a sweet 16 run or Coach Rose's gracious decline(amongst several others) of the Ute coaching offer?

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