Published: Friday, Jan. 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
Good, thoughtful article. Dittos to everything in it.
I think this is an important part... what is the mission of the program. Being
associated with Duke University, it has been challenging at time to support its
football program, until you put it's mission in perspective of the overall
school. Duke doesn't need its football program to help craft its identity
like schools like Alabama and Florida do. Yes, Duke has a premier basketball
program, but it is much easier to find dozen student athletes that meet the
schools academic standards as well as being league leading players as well.
With football, the math is much harder. To find 50 to 80 players who can play
football and meet school standards is very tough. So with that, you like
knowing being competitive in football is probably good enough.BYU
has a special mission. Never should it allow football to ever tarnish that
mission\image. If that means having a less competitive program - that cost
should be worthwhile. If you can have a competitive program without sacrifice
school standards... then that is even better.
Thank you, John. I simply couldn't agree more.
@ UtahBlueDevil. Excellent and accurate comments. Well said!
I agree 100%. Bronco is a great fit for BYU!
Well said and the main reason I get excited about BYU football every year. The
chances of the Cougars overcoming all odds, with the deck stacked against them
world of college athletics, is miniscule; but possibility of overcoming all odds
and doing it the right way is hard to resist. The individual stories of spirit,
tradition, and honor and development of future leaders makes me proud to be a
All you have to do is attend one of Bronco's pregame firesides to see he is
a great fit. More good happens there than when beating a top team on the
football field. (One of my friends committed to become a memeber of the LDS
church after attending the SJSU fireside this season.) Not only are
Bronco's values in the right place, his approach to coaching and
integrating best practices and technical innovation are second to none in all of
college football. Most are not aware of his innovations (they're a
competitive secret) that give BYU a leg up in spite of not working a ton of
hours. He is the best man for the job!
Great article with interesting perspective. Great to know that selection
committees have voices like that in them. Chris B-Nice bishopric
shot. The article did not mention bishoprics or church leaders, but leaders of
the US that come from schools such as Stanford, ND, service academies, and BYU
among others. Keep up the 'I hate BYU for every conceivable reason '
In the absence of other legitimate reasons stated in the letter, Chris B's
comment is the reason that this U grad is a BYU fan.
Both are really neat.
Great article Uncle John:) I agree with everything you said in terms of how he
has handled reviving the program's image after Crowton. I also have no
problems when Bronco makes reference to "spiritual" things, in fact I
always get a chuckle at the BYU fans who get all fired up when he makes such
references. However, when it comes to coaching the simple decision
to maintain Riley as a starter seems almost unfathomable, this is just one
instance. As an Aggie fan I've heard more than one Logan High chant from
well intentioned Cougar fans and I suppose in a way they were being prophetic .
. . never did I imagine that those Logan High chants would be a self-fulfilling
prophecy of things to come for BYU football (Riley). If I was in the shoes of a
BYU fan the question would be this, "Is there anyone in football coaching
who can bring the "mission" of BYU football to pass AND make the right
decisions on the field?" I personally think within the LDS ranks there are
many who could accomplish this, better than Bronco.
I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Lundberg's comments. In the sports world
today, it is difficult to find examples of athletes who accept the
responsibility of role model and use their media attention to be a positive
influence. At BYU, there are dozens of great athletes who are also great human
beings. Even though I love sports of all types, I can't bring myself to
cheer for pro teams or even many college teams that are made up of players who,
outside of their sports talent, have few admirable qualities. I admire great
athletes who use their influence to be great role models in the community. BYU
athletic programs' primary focus should always be to produce these types of
athletes.It's unfortunate that many fans lose sight of the primary
mission of BYU, and unintentionally undermine that mission by unsportsmanlike
behavior at games or by being overly critical of the coaches and administration
in public forums. As fans, it is our job to be as exemplary as we hope our
players and coaches will be.
I have the same feeling as those in the article. It's easy to get caught
up in decisions coaches make. Hind sight is wonderful. The decision made by
Bronco in the Boise game seemed wrong to me at the time. As I think about it
that was a gutty decision. Had it turned out like he hoped he'd been a
genius. As it turned out he was not. Regardless I think sometimes it takes
courage to make choices. I support Bronco in his coaching. I love BYU for what
it stands for. I watch any sports on the BYU channel, volleyball (Men and
Women), basketball (Men and Women), Football etc over watching any other sports
program. I might add I started following BYU in 1952.Gary
I, too, agree with Mr. Lungberg's view ... for where the team is now. I
don't think Bronco's the right fit for where the team, according to
the AD and other school officials, wants the program to get to. Tom Holmoe, as
recently as his last press conference, talked about BCS bowls. As much as I like
the Cougs, they will not get a sniff of BCS respectability w/ Bronco at the
head, which is why I think the school has not extended his contract yet. If the
school though Bronco was the long-term solution to punch through the ceiling
into BCS respectibility, they would extended his contract. Bronco has also said
he wants to fulfill the terms of his current contract. I've said this
before, Bronco was THE perfect candidate to bring back the honor & dignity
of Cougs football. I just think he's fulfilled his mission to the school
This is an excellent, thoughtful article. I was greatly saddened by the
scandals around 2004. That was not BYU football. I'm grateful that Bronco
Mendenhall has brought honorable football back to BYU. But, gosh, I wish he
could do better than going for two against Boise State!
Hear hear! Agree with all this writer says. Go Bronco, Go Cougars!
i herd the minimum GPA to play football at BYU is 3.0 or a 3.3 with a lower ACT.
is this true? what is wrong with a 2.7 GPA athlet and with moral character and
lives the BYU standards? character who is a excellent football player with many
offers? I think he should be able to play at BYU as well since it may help them
to get to a BCS. Utah and I bet BSU has a lower gpa criteria for playing
So when coaches make mistakes they are not responsible? Sounds like the letter
of two weeks ago that blamed the fans for the problems of this past season.
I judge a college coach and especially a BYU coach by these standards:1) Are there players good citizens? Not expecting perfection here but
generally do they bring honor to the program in how they act off the field.2) Do they graduate?3) Do the players love and respect their
coach and school? Do they play hard for their coach?4) Does the
program win games?5) Does the program develop players for the next
level where innate ability to do such exists?I think BYU and Bronco
does well in these areas...
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