Great article Vai, and well written. It paints a totally different picture of
Harvey from what I pictured when he chose to play at Utah. I hope he is able to
take your advice in serving honorably with all his heart and might. I will find
it much easier to pull for him to do well at Utah when he gets back.
I have this feeeeeeeeeling Elder Langi will want to be a Cougar when he returns
Good collumn. I wanted Harvy to go to the Y but when it comes to the important
things in life it doesn't matter. I'm just glad to be on the gospel
team with him. He will be an outstanding missionary. I know it will benefit
him in school, on the football field, and especially life. I'll be a
fan of his (but not his team) even when he plays us, but I still hope we win.
Great of Harvey to go...even greater of Coach Whitt to quietly live his beliefs
and encourage these kids in the right direction. The U is a special place for
LDS kids. Whitt and staff understand their spiritual needs and help them balance
the demanding schedule of playing in the PAC12, a tough academic schedule and
finding time to grow spiritually---with a lot of help from an incredible
Institute program. Love to see this happen, at the U and at colleges all over
the Country where strong LDS communities thrive. Sorry Tom, BYU doesn't
have a lock on a great experience for LDS kids...the Church (and a lot of its
people) are much bigger than that. Thanks Vai for keeping it real.
Just a little note for you Y fans... Langi's new Mission President is a
Utah Grad who's family continues to be part of the Crimson Club. I
don't think the U will have to worry about him leaving to that Team Down
Great article Vai. I always love reading your views and the insight you have on
these players. As a Cougar fan I really wanted Harvey to play for BYU, but I am
even more happy to hear about Harvey's decision. As hard as it is
sometimes to remember, football is just a game. His mission will be a
life-changer as I know mine was for me. I think if he uses the hard work ethic
it takes to be a D-1 football player and uses these same traits as a missionary,
he will do incredible work. Harvey, I am happy for you and may God bless you
and all the missionaries in this work.
"It paints a totally different picture of Harvey from what I pictured when
he chose to play at Utah."Glad to see people learning their
biases are wrong. The University of Utah is full of phenomenal people, LDS and
Man ... this column really has nothing to do with football ... it has everything
to do with a loving and nurturing parents, forgiveness, not judging, growing,
and the capacity of a human heart. I'm a Ute fan, but don't we, as
members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, all wear the same
jersey (love President Uchtdorf's talk)? Best wishes for a
fantastic mission, Harvey.
utnerdIf you think that any mission president would try to influence a
missionary as to which school to attend, you truly have no understanding of what
is going on.I would expect Harvey to be back at the U for the
'14 season but it is his choice.
I really have nothing to say about what Langi does after his mission, and
neither should anyone else. I'm just happy for him that he is going on a
mission. What a great choice he has made and just think about all of the people
he will undoubtedly influence in a positive way. The rest of the stuff being
said about this is silly on the part of both sides. My opinion is leave it out
of these sorts of articles and just wish the kid the best. I know I hope he does
well out there.
Vai,I love you bro! Thanks so much for telling this story and for
being such a great example to all of us. Keep it up.Harvey,You are going to be a great missionary. They need you bad! There are
soo many people who are looking for help but are constantly distracted by the
LOUD world. Go and find them. They need you.Go Utes!
TJ your first comment was at best a subtle dig to all people who went to the U
and are LDS. Tell me sir does school choice grant us a place in heaven or
following the commandments and ordinances of God.Tom in CA: Your
logic is severely flawed. It goes as follows. Utah staff and players influenced
Harvey in a good way. Harvey due to influences from Utah chose to go on a
mission. Therefore upon returning from a mission he will go to BYU. The
conclusion does not follow the evidence. Try again?
Harvey sounds like a great person. Good for KW and the UofU to give him the
right environment to make that choice. And good luck to him on his mission and
to his team while he's away (except for September 15th).
Love the experience of him giving his tie to the missionary. Very touching. Best
of luck to Elder Langi!!
I don't agree with Duckhunter often, but this is one of those times when I
do. I'll never fault a kid for going to the school that he or
she thinks is the best fit.
Wow, another truly awesome story. Never regretted reading Vai's column,
Go get 'em, Harvey! Thanks, Vai!
Great story, Vai. Your column continues to be entertaining, informative, and
heartfelt. It is a pleasure to read such wonderful human interest stories.And best wishes to Elder Langi!
Don't know Coach Whit from Adam, but from what I have seen and read of his
career he seems like a class act through and through as does his football
program. My guess is that whether his players are LDS, Catholic,
Jewish,Protestant or Muslim he and his coaches would do what they could to
encourage their players in their spiritual progress. As a father of former
college athletes, I know how much a coach at any level influences these youg
people. I believe the vast majority of coaches value their players'
success more after college off the field than they do on it. They are truly ties
that bind. Fans of BYU and Utah should want both schools to have great success
on a national scale. It is alway a sense of pride when players from Utah and BYU
make it at the next level. And as usual, great article Vai.
Another great article as usual, Vai! I look forward to your columns every
Friday. I was excited to hear that Harvey was going to serve in the Florida
Tampa mission -- the greatest mission in the world! Of course I'm a little
biased, because that's where I served. He will absolutely love it! Best of
luck to you Harvey!
Great article! This is not about football. God bless you Elder Langi and your
family. What a wonderful example you are and credit to your family. Ofa atu!
Have to agree with Ducky for once.Work hard Elder Langi! Don't
eat too much though
My favorite thing I've ever heard Coach Whit say: "Win every day in
everything you do." If Harvey remembers this, he will be a great missionary
and return home an even better person and be a great football player in his
As a former bishop I'm excited this young man will serve. As a BYU fan I
can't stand another article from Vai having anything to do with Utah. Come
on Vai, dig deep. Find something good to say about where Mendenhall has taken
the program. I dare you to.
Having players best interest in mind by a coach is a good thing regardless of
where it takes place. It's like tithing maybe, the benefits come elsewhere.
Great Article,Harvey is a fantastic kid who has made a very tough yet wise
decision. I was disappointed that when he chose Utah over BYU some people said
it was because he wasn't a good fit for BYU's rigorous honor code and
couldn't live BYU's higher moral standards. It is good to see Harvey
prove those people wrong.
Glad Harvey has grown up and given up those childhood vices that were a problem
for him during his high school (remember the drug test?) years. It proves that
the atonement applies to all of us and that anyone can change their lives. Good
for him. He will make a great missionary.
I was fortunate to teach Harvey for 8th and 9th grade. Out of all of my
students, he had the greatest work ethic. Everything he does in with 100% of
his energy and heart. He will be a great missionary. I told him that he would
go pro one day. I have never thought that of any other of my previous 2000+
students. Best wishes, Harvey! YOU ROCK!!
I'm so grateful for the positive influence that Coach Whittingham has
brought to the University of Utah football program. It is a far cry from where
things were when I was a student there in '81.
Inspirational Story. Makes Me Pleased To Be A Ute! Vai is a class act. Harvey
will be missed but he's making a decision that will pay off huge dividends
in all facets of his life.
Another Home Run Vai! Thanks for sharing this story.I am so proud
of Harvey for making this decision. I love Coach Whit and his example to the
young men on his teamGo Utes....Go Cougs.
Vai is a fine writer, and was a very good football player as well. I have always
enjoyed his efforts in both fields!!!
Vai, this is a wonderful article about Harvey. It is my prayer that he is the
great example we all know he can be. He's made the right decision, Alvin
and I are very proud of him.
I think it is sort of silly how much people bring up BYU and the U of U in these
things. Harvey is not serving a mission for either one of these schools, as far
as I know. There should be no discussion as to which football team is more
skilled. It's not about that. Vai seems to get that here. Anyway. A very
pleasing decision from Harvey.
Good for Harvey. I hope he has a great mission and returns with many memorable
I am not LDS but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. Most of the
posters, excluding Tom in CA, had some very good comments. Seem like many LDS
kids can be a good fit at schools outside of Provo. It's too bad some
people don't get that concept.
Always good to get a Sunday School lesson from Vai on the sports page.
Anyway, Harvey you have my best wishes on and off of the field. Good luck
and success in your calling.