"Hansen: How long will BYU be an independent?"Translation:
Will we be mid-majors forever?"Mendenhall: It’s difficult
to answer that question. There are conferences that love our brand, but many
will not change their tournaments and Sunday play. We hope to find someone that
will find the real value that BYU has in our fan base, standards, television
capabilities and contracts. Until then I love the chance to be independent,
stand alone and work as hard as we can to win as many games as possible."Translation: Well, the WAC still wants us. We're sort of trying
them out a bit to see if we can still back in to the BCS like Hawai'i did
back in 2007-08. So yeah, looks like we'll be mid-majors forever, but that
won't stop us from still packing 55-60K fans into LES. Our fans will watch
anything. Plus, it doesn't hurt that they really don't know much the
difference between schools like Florida and CENTRAL Florida. That model has
worked well enough for us to barely win 10 games last season.
Not sure who all is sincere here and who all is goofin', but count me in
Coach Mendenhall is so awesome! Similar to courageous Rick Santorum, who is
unafraid to speak of religion and politics, so too coach Mendenhall, is fearless
in sharing religious lessons with football. This demonstrates real commitment to
the mission of BYU and the church. It is so refreshing to have someone lead who
is unafraid. Tim Tebow is another who possesses such courage in the world of
football. Coach we are so grateful for you!!
Even though I am a Utes Fan, I enjoyed the article and I admire Bronco's
commitment to principles and spirituality.
This attitude is the reason I am a fan of Bronco Mendenhall. His mindset is that
of a person who desires constantly to learn and improve. He values this mindset
in others. When he speaks of the players who stand out to him, he speaks of them
having this mindset. This is the very reason that, despite not getting a ton of
4-star recruits, BYU continues to end seasons ranked. I have
children who have been tagged as "gifted" by the schools. The magnet
school they attend, tries to teach parents how to instill this mindset in our
children. They teach that it is more valuable to praise them for their efforts
and determination than their intelligence. It is a pitfall common to gifted
children to begin to fear challenges that might make them extend themselves.
Being fearful of not appearing "smart," many will give up if something
doesn't come to them easily. These kids tend to peak academically in high
school. It is the child (labeled "gifted" or not) who continues to seek
out challenges who will grow the most in this life.Coach Mendenhall
teaches this to his team both on and off the field.
OtisFunny how just cause you say it, you think its true.Who was in the top 25 last season?
Great article. I agree that Brocno is a great leader & teacher of young
men. It's also refreshing to have a coach that puts the Gospel above
football.Much of the coaching staff and players chose to play at byu
to get as far away from football as possible. This is to be commended.
Really enjoyed reading this. Trav, I wish your columns were longer & a
deeper."There is no entitlement in the world." Ouch, Jake Heaps. This is
what I like about the Cougs, it's full of football players who are gamers
and work for everything they get.Now, with that being said, I was
fascinated with the info about Bronco's interview w/ Pres. Eyring. How does
getting from that point transition to a "contending" for a BCS
Championship? I don't think it does. In my humble opinion, even though you
"publicly" hear & read otherwise from the BYU Admin and Athletic
Department, BYU football is not about a BCS championship. And I'm OK with
that. Bronco is a great leader & teacher of young people, but he's not
going to lead this team to BCS Championship contention, and that's what was
announced by Holmoe as the ultimate goal when he spoke about becoming an