Dick Harmon: BYU football program increases efforts to recruit Polynesians

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  • Ex Polynesian Cougar usa, HI
    July 23, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    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!

  • Ex Polynesian Cougar usa, HI
    July 23, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    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!

  • Ben H Clearfield, UT
    July 23, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    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.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    July 23, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    In a related story; many college basketball teams are looking to recruit tall players.

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    July 23, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    July 23, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    @Utah-Hawaii Alum,

    Does Utah or Hawaii have an accredited English department?

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    July 23, 2012 6:42 a.m.

    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.

  • Boise Bill Meridian, ID
    July 22, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Proud Ute ,
    July 22, 2012 8:34 p.m.

    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.

  • MAFU_1976 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 22, 2012 3:59 p.m.

    How is it that the University of Hawaii does not have more Polynesians than byu? By the way, I thought Utah has 40?

  • Cougs Guy Sandy, UT
    July 22, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    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...

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    July 22, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    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.

  • Tiger5 Cache county, USA
    July 22, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    Big and strong. It's there destiny.

  • kaspercasey gilbert, AZ
    July 22, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    Very interesting article Dick Harmon!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 22, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    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 article!

  • Hatch Sandy, UT
    July 22, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    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

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 22, 2012 5:22 a.m.

    When you focus on walk-ons does that lower the talent level on the team? I wonder why the sudden interest in recruiting?