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Published: Saturday, Oct. 6 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

I would hope everyone's first question would be, "How will this new change impact the YOUNG MEN?"

How will it impact BYU sports? That question should be way, waaaayy down the list, right above, "Is that really important?"

This mission announcement is an awesome, amazing change that affects young men for the rest of their lives, providing options many may never have dared hope for.
The impact of football isn't nearly as important--unless the poor kids get multiple concussions . . .

Iowa City, IA

Yep, first thing I thought when I heard this announcement was, "Football, this is going to help a lot." However, it will make BYU younger overall so maybe they won't be able to compete...not! Truth is missions have always hurt BYU but they've dealt with it. This will help BYU get on even par with the competition.

On a differerent note, the cheer and dance squad will have to deal with missionary service now like never before.

ogden, ut

@3grandslams....on the contrary, missions have helped BYU and BYU allowing kids to transfer, like Riley, Wadsworth and Hill has harmed the LDS athletes in general. BYU should remind these athletes to be honest and true, to honor their commitments. How does this hurt the LDS Athletes? If you are a couch wanting to recruit a kid who wants to serve a mission you would have to worry if the kid will just transfer to BYU when they return. I would rather not deal with it and recruit else ware. I love this announcement. Way to go LDS Church.

Park City, UT

I heard from a great source that this announcement was meant to help BYU athletics out. Better teams, more wins, equal more exposure for the church. It's a win/win.

Wiley Old School

This should make it easier for athletes to consider schools other than BYU and other schools to consider LDS athletes.

Families should be much more comfortable sending their kid to a non-church school knowing they will have matured on their mission. Non-church schools will no longer need to deal with the complexities of fitting in a mission in between an athlete's four years of eligibility.

What a great opportunity for spiritually mature LDS athletes to let their lights shine at other schools instead of "under the bushel" at BYU. (And this doesn't go just for athletes!)

Wiley Old School

Also, if Jabari Parker decides that he does want to serve a mission, then this new option may mean he never plays college ball. (Goes straight to his mission after high school and then straight to the pros.) This new option means a mission would only need to delay his entry into the pros by one season instead of two.

Lindon, UT

To Wiley Old School: I think schools other than BYU and those in the state of Utah would generally not be interested in waiting 2 years for the young man to return home. They will not be able to have contact with the young man, except through his parents. I think they will look elsewhere. The exception is those that desire an out of Utah school. It may work out in some cases with those kids.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@Wiley Old School

Shawn Bradley should of come back for one more year to get in fit and work on his skill before entering nba. If Jabari do choose to serve then he would be wise to play college one or two years before entering nba. And would it make sense if he chooses to play one year college and then go on mission? If he did that then he should play another year of college to get back to his form. His best optons - 1. mission and 2 one or two year college OR 1. One year college and go nba.

It is up to him as well to any young men/women what best for them when timing is right. I know that I would be nervous after my HS of what to do first. Some others may say its piece a cake. Timing matters that will fit in their lives.

Other advantage to BYU, those major college more likely won't take those highly recuited hs kids when they finish their mission. Am I wrong or what?

West Jordan, Utah

If Jabari Parker goes on a mission, he won't go straight to the pros afterwards. He is a high school phenom that needs some college ball to prove himself.

Franklin, IN

Braxton, I am not sure a couch can influence a kid to sign! Now, a love seat? Maybe...but never a couch.

Josey...please name your great source! If a prophet is a prophet...he is the intermediary for God right? Not Bronco! Or Holmoe! So I doubt your source.

On the other hand, if God really wanted a better football team couldn't he just make one? If BYU is Gods team, wouldn't they win every game? My assumption is that the creator of all things finds football meaningless and worries about other things. Just a guess...call me zanny!!

Your logic is flawed . Let us know who your great source is....we are dying to know

Meridian, ID

No way does Jabari Parket serve a mission, his missionary service is becoming the number 1 pick in the Nba draft It awesome two of the best athletes the other being Bryce Harper in the world are LDS

Cowboy Dude

joseywales "I heard from a great source that this announcement was meant to help BYU athletics out."

Really? And I heard it from a good source it was so Brazilians can serve a mission before their mandatory military service. ...since we are starting rumors.

Bountiful, UT

Nice to see an article about Higher Education. However, Sports is only one aspect of the graduating seniors life. Are there articles in process where the reporters are contacting the financial aid offices of the local colleges and universities? If my son has the 4.0 and chooses to volunteer for two years following H.S. graduation, with which group is he competing for scholarships? Class of 2013 or 2015? Sports may have the one year vacuum for the 2013-2014 year - great opportunity for some "higher tuition" kids to make an impact at the Y and surrounding schools!

Phoenix, AZ

I think when the Lord change the age to 18 for young men,19 for young women he was not concern with BYU football. Let it go people!

Orem, Utah

So, will Jabari go on a mission right out of high school, thus waiting two more years to commit to anyone? Might be smart on his part. By then BYU might be in the Big XII, making it much easier for him to come here.

Taylorsville, UT

@Mom of 8 and PAC

While I understand your comments about the new mission age, plese remember that this is the sports section, Dick Harmon is a sport writer, so an article or comments on how it will impact sports is entirely appropriate.

Denver, CO

ANYONE who thinks this was a decision just to help BYU athletics is so far out of touch with reality that they should check a map to see where they really are.

Notwithstanding the challenges or benefits the changes present to the university, the changes are to enhance preaching the Gospel to the four corners of the earth. After all, BYU is a Church school, and the first mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel.

Highland, UT

@Mom of 8

I agree with you except that this is the sports section and the purpose of the sports section is to analyze the impacts of things on sports specifically. The purpose of this article is to examine how this affects BYU sports. The sports section is for looking at things from the perspective of sports. There's some articles about this in the general news section of the paper where we can discuss the affect this will have on our sons overall but if you come to the sports section then you should expect to get your news in this section from a sports perspective.

Seattle, Wa

@ Mom of 8

What Duckhunter said.

And also, congratulations.

Salt Lake City, UT

Perhaps bigger than the age for young men being lowered to 18 is the two year lowing of age for young women (to 19). Not only is this an encouragement for more young women to serve, but it will effectively end the social and academic distractions after age 21, so young men and women will be able to focus on what's more important as they reach legal adulthood.

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