Times have changed and yes byu has 37 polynesian players buuuut Utah has all the
best polynesian players(scholarship and walk ons)Byu football is a joke!
As a former cougar I will never ever in a million years want my sons or any
Polynesian players to play for BYU. First they lift the standards which limits
polynesian players who grew up loving BYU to go elsewhere like Utah,and now that
their so called "high academic athletes" are not performing to their
expected level they now wanna recruit Polynesians again? Sending Brandon Domain
to samoa is a joke! Gabe Reid told another good joke when he said that a ASU
alumni wants to help with BYU along with Jason Kaufusi? and Mark Atuaia is a
good recruiter?(who did he bring in?) Atuaia was more like a political move for
byu. People don't respect BYU in the islands anymore because they know that
it isn't like the early 80's and 90's. I played for coach Edwards
who was like a father away from home to us polynesian players. Bronco will never
be that, He is more of a Captian in the military who wants his soldiers to give
it your all for "HIS" names sakes!byu football is a joke!
This article makes the same erroneous assumption that many LDS BYU fans make.
They assume that all Latter-Day Saints want to and should go to BYU. Isn't
that the reason Roger Reid was fired? Not every LDS member is a BYU fan, and
BYU fans need to learn to live with it. The sooner they do, the sooner fans
will have realistic expectations at BYU.
In a related story; many college basketball teams are looking to recruit tall
I read an article from Sports Illustrated a couple years ago stating that 1/8 of
all graduating polynesians play college football. Caucasions are about 1/500 at
least. Although education is becoming all more important amongst
"poly's" but there are still still 30% that are not graduating from
high school. That's where state schools like Utah, USU, Oregon, etc are
able to better tap into this market. It's hard to get a kid to go to
a school where the average high school GPA is 3.8 and ACT is 28. I'm seeing
so many more Poly's embracing education. Not so many FOB mobiles out
there:) Undoubtedly it'll be fun to see what happens as more polynesian
make education more of a priority.
@Utah-Hawaii Alum,Does Utah or Hawaii have an accredited English
There are only a few people that will ever attend BYu. There recruiting will
actually get worse with the poly players..........Utah is getting the good ones
now, as well as other PAC schools have done quite well.
Good article. I think eliminating football at Ricks College had a greater impact
than we realize. It was common knowledge that BYU football used Ricks to develop
players. This "minor league" arrangement hurt the main program when
they shut off athletics.
If these young men want that experience only BYU can offer that is clearly their
best choice. However, if they have NFL aspirations it's also become pretty
clear the U is the place they should play football.
How is it that the University of Hawaii does not have more Polynesians than byu?
By the way, I thought Utah has 40?
BYU is going to need a bit more than Polynesians right now to get them out of
the rut they are in. I'm thinking recruiting more coaches and Athletic
Directors first, then start recruiting positions OTHER than QB as priority for a
change. It may be crazy enough to work...
Wayne, maybe if you could come up with a new and different complaint we might be
able to start taking you seriously. Besides, it's not like walk-ons are
ruining the program. I don't know of any other than Nate Falslev that are
taking PT away from scholarship holders, and you have to admit that some
walk-ons do just find - Chad Lewis comes to mind, but there are others. Evidently the only thing that will make you happy is getting Bronco
fired or Riley booted for Honor Code violations.
Big and strong. It's there destiny.
Very interesting article Dick Harmon!
I wonder if Norm Chow, who is now the coach at Hawaii, is going to take a toll
on BYU's and Utah's inroads to the Pacific rim. He's a great
recruiter, and it will be interesting to see how many of these kids he is able
to bring to UOH. You also need to keep an eye on USC who has figured out that
they have some great football players in Polynesia. Interesting
You got to be happy for the Polynesian players as more and more colleges make
efforts to recruit them. Utah and other schools offer LDS players a sanctuary on
campus (LDS Institutes) while at BYU the entire campus is a sanctuary. There is
much good to be learned outside the sanctuary. So there will always be LDS
players that choose not to attend BYU.Go Cougars
When you focus on walk-ons does that lower the talent level on the team? I
wonder why the sudden interest in recruiting?