BYU football: Mendenhall hears players, will have names on uniforms

Cougars will wear 'Tradition,' 'Spirit,' 'Honor' on back of jerseys for Homecoming game only


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  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    Aug. 12, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    Can't you hear the sports announcer now?
    " The Spirt drops back in the pocket, fakes a pass to tradition, but passes it to honor who catches the ball and his downed on the 40.

    Oh wait ! There is a penalty flag on the ground. 15 yards against BYU against honor who slugged a Ga Tec player in the mouth for calling spirit a patsy. Tradition helped the Ga Tec player off the ground. Now the cougars are right back where they started with one less down to play.

  • SEBA Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 10, 2013 10:50 p.m.

    I checked the roster and couldn't find any of these players, btw as a parent who supported his kid through all the practices, games, sacrifices and money, I would be greatly disappointed not to see my surname (posterity of your family) on the back of my kid's jersey, something about seeing that name that makes me and my family proud. C'mon Bronco Tradition , Honor. and Spirit has always there in college and especially at BYU with it's Honor Code. We don't need to be reminded of it on 90 jerseys. Frankly, teams with no names just makes it harder to follow the players and annoying to always check out the roster, and anonymity does not help to reach the next level, ... anyway BYU tradition has always been names on back! BYU Grad '75

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Unwitting and Mendenhall have become synonymous. Look no further than the Taysom Hill injury last year and now this.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Who's your team, MapleDon? Chances are good that they have tried some kooky things to shake things up and create unity and identity, even those teams that already have good tradition. Every team wants its own identity to differentiate from past teams, and every coach wants to instill pride in the good of the team's tradition and history. Good grief Oregon wears a different uniform practically every week.

    Also, every coach and any team member with any amount of pride wants to win every game. If you do that, aren't you shooting for a national championship? Does whatever team you root for not want that? If not, they should really hire a new coach and bench some players. That's about the most ridiculous, loser-mentality slap at BYU by BYU-haters, but losers do tend to mock when others have high goals.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    Are you kidding me? Why not use "Go", "Fight", and "Win"? Or "Larry", "Curly", and "Moe"?

    This is an odd story (and yes, I'm still laughing). But, when you've got an identity crisis, and a national title is your only goal, what else are you going to do?

    Change the uniforms...again? Check. Talk about the 1984 team? Check. Spread rumors that the big conferences want you? Check. Have silly words on the back of the jerseys? Check.

  • carolinacoug Durham, NC
    Aug. 10, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    Here's where I'm predicting the 7 wins will come from (2 BCS wins, 5 non-BCS wins):

    BCS Wins:
    August 31 - Virginia
    October 12 - Georgia Tech

    Non-BCS Wins:
    September 27 - Middle Tennessee
    October 4 - Utah State
    October 19 - Houston
    November 16 - Idaho State
    November 30 - Nevada

    The Utah State game and the Nevada game are iffy, as they are road games.

  • carolinacoug Durham, NC
    Aug. 10, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    During Bronco's tenure, BYU averages 23.73 points/game and allows 23.92 points/game against BCS opponents. BYU averages 34.52 points/game and allows 18.88 points/game against non-BCS opponents. Using weighted averages, BYU is predicted to score 29.13 points/game and allow 21.40 points/game in 2013. Last season, BYU averaged 28.69 points/game and allowed 14 points/game. Thus, the 2013 offense is predicted to be marginally better than last season (29.13 vs. 28.69 point/game), while the defense will be about a touchdown worse than last season (21.40 vs. 14 points/game).

  • carolinacoug Durham, NC
    Aug. 10, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    Let's talk football, not jerseys. BYU plays 6 BCS opponents and 6 non-BCS opponents this year. During Bronco's tenure, BYU's record against BCS opponents is 12-14. BYU's record against non-BCS opponents is 62-15. Applying these BCS/non-BCS winning percentages to this year's schedule, BYU is predicted to win 2.77 games against BCS opponents and 4.83 games against non-BCS opponents for a total of 7.6 wins. I'm going to round down to 7, given the prior year's disappointments, for a predicted regular season record of 7-5.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    @bigirish - do you expect the coach to consult his players on every radical change he might make? Do you think LaVell Edwards consulted his players before implementing the change to a pass-oriented offense? Because Mendenhall encourages personal integrity among his players and fellow coaches, and as the head coach makes an effort to set the example, that makes him "hyper self righteous?" The self righteousness of people like Mendenhall is generally far surpassed by the self righteousness of those who castigate him for self righteousness.

    He discussed the situation with his players, got into the fray, and showed some emotion for the sensitivities of his players by humbly taking the advice and changing his direction on the matter. Did Mendenhall say it was an ego trip to want a name on the back of the jersey? Did you ever stop to consider his idea was intended to BUILD unity and chemistry, and establish a TEAM identity? It wasn't going to work, and I don't think it was a good idea, but he did listen and adjust his perception. What more do you want?

    Indeed, some people really do need to be REAL, folks!

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    Howard and others, it does not mean the players don't have TSH just because they don't want it on their jerseys. Please! First, why would the Coach decide to do such a radical change without consulting the players? What a breach of trust! Second, this goes along with Bronco's hyper self righteous persona and glum pseudo serious face on the field. Why can't he just be real and not try to portray himself as some kind of detached guy that is above the fray with no emotions. I didn't like it when LaVell did it either. Let's be REAL, folks! Third, why throw something like this into the mix while his players are trying to come together and get their chemistry as well as establish their playing identities. Let's not try to upset the balance that is trying to be established with so many new coaches, players and fans. It's not an ego trip to want your name on your BYU jersey to show who is out there fighting for the cause!

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    @Santor - BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall gave his team members identifies by discussing the matter with them, thus making them cogs of the machine with faces. Pretty bright. As a team of individuals, he showed them respect by listening to them and adjusting his idea. The coach deserves the same respect he showed for the members of the team.

  • Santor SHERIDAN, AR
    Aug. 10, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall took away their identities and made them faceless cogs of the machine. Not too bright. They are a team of individuals, please show them more respect. The coach deserves no respect until he shows respect for the members of the team.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 9, 2013 11:05 p.m.

    This story isn't that big of a deal. It is settled.

    Maybe it was dumb to try and make this as a permanent policy, but it isn't like he tried to establish something like MAFU or call an onside kick while his team was destroying a helpless Wyoming team 52-0

  • Y Grad Pumping Gas Beaver, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 11:04 p.m.

    I hope this doesn't over shadow the annual T shirt slogan unveiling!

    New slogan;
    Quest for Spirit.
    Band of Honor.
    We are, Tradition.

  • job Provo, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:06 p.m.

    NO, not even for Homecoming. And while they are at it, get rid of the three point stance when the defense goes on field.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    I don't like it but it is better than those BIBS. Come on Bronco just don't do it on any games. PLEASE!

  • Smart Aleck Vancouver, WA
    Aug. 9, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    This is like the Fox News tagline "Fair and balanced". Tradition, spirit and honor are a great mantra, but you live it, you don't write it on your clothing.

    First it was the royal blue unis for the Utah game. Now it's replacing the names on jerseys. BYU football needs to stop with the gimmicks and play "old school" football . . . with navy blue uniforms, scrambling quarterbacks, and deep bombs to receivers . . . in the end zone.

  • jparry Provo, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    I like Bronco's idea--it would make the team a college team, rather than a minor league professional team, which is essentially what college football teams are now. Pro scouts and girls these guys want to date would find out the real names. It's a missed opportunity.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    @Truth Machine

    Why not show their commitment to the program values with their play....

    AND... a visual representation on their jersey?

    The truth is (and given your moniker you should know this)... THS is a facade that few BYU players a fans really buy in to...

    If they did buy into it they would have no problem with wearing it on their jerseys...

    What BYU players and fans really buy in to is winning... just like every other team in the country... and it's not fifth on their list.

    Aug. 9, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    Most comments in this thread are proof positive that extreme sports fans are some of the most easily hyped-up, emotionally-driven, rationality-deprived morons in the world. Descendants of all the front-and-center, pitchfork-carrying mobs of history. My goodness, the extreme conclusions drawn and spewed about Mendenhall from this brief and petty incident are an embarrassment to anyone with the teensiest amount of maturity and perspective, even if the idea was not a good one.

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    Aug. 9, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    So Bronco decided to have Tradition, Spirit, and Honor on the back of all the players jerseys instead of their names. Some of the players don't like the idea so they talk to Bronco. Bronco listens to them and comes up with a compromise. Tradition spirit and honor will be on the back for homecoming and for every other game their names will be on the back of their jerseys. Win for the players. Win for the coach. The matter is now solved so lets move on.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 9, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    I don't like. ASU tried this with the devil. Glad they reversed course, glad BYU reversed course too.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    While I didn't think the Spirit Honor Tradition was a good idea, and it was badly mishandled, where was all the whailing and calls of foolishness when Air Force Academy did the same thing? Or Alabama's strange markings? Silence of the Lambs.

  • 61Cougar Seattle, Wa
    Aug. 9, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    In the end, the megalomaniac got what he wanted all along--his team "values" on the backs of jerseys for the Homecoming game. Getting it done for one game was turing out to be a hard sell of a dumb idea. So the coach doubles down on doing it for the whole season-and strengthens his bluff by handing out these special jerseys on picture day.

    The result? The nation ridicules him. His fans question him. His players suddenly exercise disunity--all so the "compromise" can be agreed upon by all; we'll only do it for Homecoming.

    I'm not buying it. It's a dumb idea for even one game.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Aug. 9, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    I always thought it was the job of the A.D. and head coach to run the football program at
    any school including the one on the hill and not the fans!!! With all the negative and bad things that are splashed across the papers and air waves a major school willing to stand up
    for things like tradition, honor, and spirit they should be praised not ridiculed!!! I am ashamed at the reaction of my fellow "fans"!!! I respect and follow a player for his character, love for the game and not for what it says on the front or back of the uniform!!! Do Dr. Hill and coach Whit have to get the players ok before making a decision?

    Go Cougs!!!
    Go Utes!!!

  • Hochmut West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Kinda the little controversy with Bronco listing football as the 5th most important item on his bucket list of daily activity, with God being #1; What that did was minimize to many faithful Cougar fans his lack of commitment to the program, even thought we know that most likely is not the case; Best not make such a list as many will challenge it regardless of the intent;

    Now, I do recall that one or more of the Service Academies had such names on the jerseys...and seems it went well, but BYU is not a service academy; I say regular names with the one game for homecoming with the special TSH combinations; works for me;

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    West Jordan, UT
    Come on people - seriously? Why so much negativity over a trivial thing? In the end does it really matter? I get what Coach Mendenhall is trying to do: BUILD UNITY.


    You miss the bigger picture. This indicates that BM is a megalomaniac, an egomaniac and a control freak. It also indicates he is out of control, and this should worry every single BYU fan there is.

    The fact that he even ENTERTAINED this stupid idea... much less didn't even consult players (seniors) before having the garbage sewn onto THEIR jerseys... is indicative that this guy is a ticking time bomb.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    I would only hope the cost of this mistake comes out of Bronco's salary but I'm sure the 52% increase in the price of season tickets will end up covering this blunder.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 9, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    Coach: This is important and it's my decision--we will wear these honor, tradition etc jerseys as long as I'm coach at this university. Does anyone have anything to say about that?

    Players: Yes.

    Coach: Go ahead.

    Players: No.

    Coach: Ooo--kay, moving on...

  • The Final Word Alpine, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    Bronco is drinking too much of his own kool-aid.

    Dumb idea. Quit worrying about putting silly words on your jerseys and stay focused on the results of the team and the product on the field.

    How does even think he has time to discuss a pointless topic like this?

    Almost time for Bronco to get bucked off campus permanently.

    Football dude not gimmicks.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    Wow! Am I glad Kyle Whittingham is the head coach at Utah. No wonder BYU wanted to hire him!


  • vangroovin West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    Come on people - seriously? Why so much negativity over a trivial thing? In the end does it really matter? I get what Coach Mendenhall is trying to do: BUILD UNITY. He wants to take out individual pride. He wants to eliminate rank. All participate - all are valued on the team - none are indispensible - that's what he wants to portray. To take this program to the next level, all players have to buy into the vision of the program: Tradition, Spirit, Honor. THAT is what they are playing for. THAT is what this team is all about. But because Coach Mendenhall will have a unified team, he went along with what his team wanted and compromised with them to have TSH on their jersys for one game only. I hope that shows that Coach Mendenhall is a TEAM PLAYER. I hope that as fans we can be team players too. The negativity on this issue is highly unnecessary, selfish, prideful, and childish, in my opinion. It's like BYU is going from blue and white to pink and brown or crimson red or something.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Aug. 9, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    What, doesn't "Late Hit" fit on the jersey?

  • frugalfly PULLMAN, WA
    Aug. 9, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    I am an odd duck. I kind of liked the idea. There are many programs in the country which have no last names at all because they want unity and to promote the institution, not the individual players. In this day and age, there is a huge tendency for players of all sports to look out for themselves at the expense of others. They self promote like no other. They care more for their stats or opportunities or getting personal credit, than they care about other things. This is one reason I can't stand the heisman race or professional sports in general. The inflated sports ego in our culture is beyond bearable. The lack of character in our sports culture is a rampant cancer. What everyone calls "gimmicks" is just leadership. Sports are full of them. Bronco is taking heat for what everyone does. I would like the Utes to answer if placing BYU stickers in urinals is "leadership" or a "gimmick"? Same kind of ploy used by coaches to motivate... some work, some don't. Some are low class and some inspirational. Some are visible, most are not viewed by the public...

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:55 a.m.


    "Maybe those core values aren't universally held within the program."

    The more likely explanation is those core values are deeply ingrained and the players simply wanted to exemplify them through their personal conduct, rather than advertising them on their uniforms.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:46 a.m.


  • AJC Eden, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    I like the idea. Many decades of football were played without names on the jerseys. Most true fans of a team know who the players are by number and heaven knows the game announcers are telling the names often enough. But II do enjoy having the names there for some of the lesser known players.
    How about putting the three "pillar" words on the front of the jersey, the back of the helmet, or on the front of the helmet above the face mask where many teams put their name (as if nobody knows who they are) in small letters? It might not be as obvious, but there are enough close-up shots during a game to get the message across, and the players would be seeing it all the time as they look at their teammates.
    I do find one irony in the whole idea--how does an O-lineman wear "Honor" while getting all the holding penalties BYU gets during a game??? I guess they would have to be restricted to wearing "Tradition"!

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    Bronco Mendenhall could have saved himself, BYU, and the entire team a lot of embarrassment had he simply sought the opinions of others BEFORE he made a decision like this. Who knows, maybe last year would have turned out differently had he not arbitrarily made HIS decision about the QB situation and been willing to listen. I think Mendenhall's heart is in the right place and he means well, but he needs to understand that there are a lot of other people who care just as much about BYU football, and that it is always a wise idea to get a reality check BEFORE doing something embarrassing like this (and perhaps more harmful).

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    worst decision since Bronco decided to start a quarterback for several games with a broken back. Glad this decision was timely corrected.

  • RDLV Costa Rica, 00
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    This is a major story. It’s scandalous.

    Coach – “I think we’ll have TRADITION, HONOR and SPIRIT on our uniforms for all
    the games this year”.
    Players - “No coach, we want to have our last names used except for homecoming”.
    Coach - “OK, we’ll go with that”.

    I can see the outrage.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    So the BYU players declined the opportunity to embrace at a higher level the core values of their football program?

    Maybe those core values aren't universally held within the program.

  • DaVinci Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    I think byu should just put 54 -3 on the back of their jerseys. Or maybe "independent" would be better. Seems a bit hypocritical for the university to declare itself an "independent" institution but then not allow the player to actually be individuals. I hate to say it, but bronco has lost it.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Air Force does this occasionally. But I don't like it as a permanent policy.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Okay, I'm going to scream if one more person mentions the "tradition" of Penn State. I think you get my drift.

  • TXBYUFAN Spring, TX
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    Maybe they could create an emblem with TSH that would represent what Bronco wants to emphasize. We could do that on one side of the uniform. Then, on the other side, they could put the CTR emblem.

  • NewJersey Salem, Ut
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Forget the gimmicks . . . just WIN! If anything, go back to the royal blue uniforms for the season.

  • Ben H Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    Penn State and Notre Dame are among many college teams that do not put names on jerseys at all. After all, isn't the team name more important than the individual name? Perhaps BYU should consider it. I know at Norte Dame, this was the decision of the players. At Penn State, it is part of their "Plain Jane" tradition.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    I really wonder about Mendenhall. Any rational person would know that the players would hate this. BYU is a tough place to recruit - this only makes it worse. Why not put the following words on the back of the jersys - "Love" "Laugh" "Breath."

  • silverstateute Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Who said BYU has a "holier than thou" attitude!? Talk about "wearing it on your shirt sleeve!" If this is the kind of missionary work that Bronco likes to brag that his team is about, we could do without. The back of Bronco's shirt should say "Judgment", as in lack thereof!

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    It is fun to read the comments. It is an indication of an improving economy. Just a few months ago the criticism would not have been there due to worries about the economy. Now all of those negatives are diminished and we can focus on beating up the coach and the team members. It is a Happy Day in Mudville.

    The Congress should take a lesson from this experience at BYU and the favorable negotiations. GO COUGARS!

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    Well that's over.

    I'm glad that Bronco was willing to listen to his players and BYU fans.

    I like and respect Bronco as a coach and appreciate his desire to use football as a means of promoting values and important life skills, but sometimes...

    thank goodness for social media and the firestorm that this created within Cougar Nation to nip this in the bud.

    Thanks also to BYU's players for not being afraid to voice your opinions.

  • byufanman west valley city, utah
    Aug. 9, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    Bronco, I'm happy that you lesten to your team and withdrew from the jersey idea. Bad idea! Thanks to the football players who stood up to the coach your family name is much more important than a slogan.

    Go cougs!!

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Maybe the coach should not use "Tradition", since he is breaking one.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Some ideas make sense emotionally while being dreamt up... but are downright stupid in the light of day. I think the coach now understands that we want reality here not some dream.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    Penn State never had names on their Jerseys. I think Paterno wanted his players to be players and not think about themselves. His uniforms were very simple, not flashy. This is Medenhalls way of doing the same thing. It is all about the players or program. Part of fan enjoyment is to know the name of the player who made a good play. No names means my involvement is reduced. I personally like names on jerseys. This idea of Mendenhalls is a bad one. On homecoming you will see a difference because you won't be sure of who is playing. Maybe it's okay for one game but I have my reservations.

  • dww722 North Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    It's a little pretentious to think that BYU is the only school that espouses Tradition, Spirit and Honor. Putting it on a jersey to bring attention to it is a little silly. If your're going to do it try something really unique like..."Book of Mormon" or Nephi 3:16 or Mormon.Org

  • dww722 North Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 7:06 a.m.

    Forget Tradition, Spirit and Honor. I think they should replace the names with LDS.org

  • hamaca Baton Rouge, LA
    Aug. 9, 2013 6:39 a.m.

    Ridiculous idea, even for one game. If he wants that sort of stuff publicized somehow, put it in a small emblem or shield or something on a different part of the uniform.

    I bet this single concept becomes a cause for pause on the part of recruits, even if it's done away with entirely. Players don't want to be blindsided by something that embarrassing. Just entirely unnecessary.

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    I'm giving Bronco the benefit of the doubt. I think he knows what it means to players to have their names on the jerseys. And I think he did this to show his team that they can step up and be leaders. I don't like the idea of having this for an entire season, but I wonder if Bronco did this so that this team would learn a valuable lesson in leadership...think objectively and speak up.

  • baddog Cedar Rapids, IA
    Aug. 9, 2013 6:08 a.m.

    Much ado about nothing.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Aug. 9, 2013 5:35 a.m.

    What about.......just play respectable football for a change and stop giving the world reasons to think the things they do about the school and the athletic programs.

    Aug. 9, 2013 5:07 a.m.

    I live and grew up on the East coast. don't think BYU has the rights to HONOR< TRADITION & SPIRIT. Go to Penn State - they have TRADITION. North Carolina has Spirit, Duke has Honor.
    heck - my high school team had these. Nothing new Coach.
    please don't wear them during home coming. they play an ACC team (Georgia Tech) and i'll have to go to work on Monday and explain what the heck.
    maybe they should wear - RESCUE , RETENTION - and REAL GROWTH through CONVERSION. (PRES. MONSON )
    for those of us living in the Mission Field to those of you in Zion. Just be normal.
    Go Cougs!!!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 9, 2013 4:55 a.m.

    Another movie quote. "What we have here is failure to communicate"

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 9, 2013 4:54 a.m.

    I might be wrong and not informed, but I believe Bronco came up with this jersey label concept without talking it over with Holmoe. I actually hope that's true even though it's inappropriate because it would join Holmoe in with Bronco as having an extreme and bad idea. It's extreme right BYU fans?

    Bronco made the right call to change (backtrack) the mantra approach over personal identity. That might have been TOUGH for him to do, and I credit Bronco at least for that.

    Tough you say? Yeah, Bronco is often stubborn and almost seems to pride himself in having a strong belief where almost all around him don't share it (Riley Nelson example). There's nothing wrong with that morally per say, but when you would rather lose your way as a coach than win someones else's, and that relative someone else is your whole team and their family history to boot, then something is seriously amiss.

    Sometimes the masses are wrong and one man standing firm starts something special. Bronco has that in his character model. But it's dangerous when these personalities stand up for insanity. That's what we have here.

  • BarkforSark PROVO, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 3:13 a.m.

    Frankly, this is dumb even just for one game. If you want tradition, spirit and honor highlighted so much, paint it in big letters on the field where the MWC logos used to be. Put it at midfield around the logo. Paint it in blue on the back lines of the end zone. There are numerous options here that make a lot more sense than putting them on the back of jerseys and making all the players look like a bunch of goofy doofuses.

  • softbear Olympia, WA
    Aug. 9, 2013 1:32 a.m.

    What is it about the Y that every year before the season even starts we have a distraction. Why can't we just play ball and leave the messaging to the church. If coach really thinks this is important, put it on the helmets. As the paying fans and supporters around the country we like knowing who the players are and it will sure make things tough for the TV guys.

  • golsen7 Bonneville, ID
    Aug. 9, 2013 12:36 a.m.

    There are two troubling things I see about this situation. One is that Bronco did not understand what the reactions of his players and the fans would be. It makes him seem kind of out of touch.
    Two is that he could not have been the only coach that knew about this. Having jerseys printed in secret. None of his assistants had the guts to tell him that it was not a good idea? Why?
    I have seen this in business that when a boss is surrounded by yes men and he is always right. No one will express differing opinions. While on the surface it seems like everything is great because no one disagrees but the outcome is generally like the story of the emperor’s new clothes, kind of embarrassing.
    The first problem of Bronco being out of touch could have been corrected if someone would have had the guts to tell him it was not a good idea and he listened. Now we have a distraction and what the team needs least is distractions. Thank goodness he ultimately listened but it should never have come to this point of making the program look foolish.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Aug. 9, 2013 12:22 a.m.

    It's too tritely militaristic. Get real. Maybe for Air Force Academy, or Army, or Navy, but not for BYU.

  • USNGary South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 11:45 p.m.

    Pedro, that would be for the utes.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 8, 2013 11:38 p.m.

    I wouldn't even do it for homecoming. It's a hokey idea. Good grief.

  • Junior F. PROVO, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 11:14 p.m.

    Com'on Coach...Let us NOT forget of WHO WE ARE!!! LDS members First, BYu Football Fan Second!!

  • CanuckFan Vancouver, BC
    Aug. 8, 2013 11:10 p.m.

    @ Pedro

    Too funny but it looks like no one else got your joke.... I won't give it away

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    There's 2 kinds of men...stubborn egotistical, insecure men that don't listen and do it their way regardless, and men who listen and stand up and admit they were wrong and do something about it. Good to know Mendenhall is the latter. Thank goodness, this ill-conceived idea isn't moving forward. One game I can handle (still dont agree, but whatever)...an entire season, lame. Thanks for listening Bronco. GO COUGS!!

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 10:55 p.m.

    I don't hate the idea for homecoming or whatever (IF THEY WIN) or even if they make it like a once a year type of thing . . . like the blackout jerseys once a year just to change things up a little. But I flipped out when I heard he wanted to have that done for every game for the rest of forever! I can see what he's trying to do, but I'm glad they changed it. Good grief.

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    Most of the comments seem disembodied from the "Mendenhall hears players, will have names on uniforms" article.

  • ddo141 Provo, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 10:44 p.m.

    Sorry, I just can't get over this one. Let the tradition, spirit an honor continue to speak for itself by the way the players conduct their lives on and off the field.

    Having that on the back of their jerseys is like seeing someone wearing a shirt that says, "I'm a Foxy Lady" when in reality her behavior anything but that. Imagine these oximoronic, "unsightly" football moments with those monikers attached:

    "Unsportsman-like conduct called on #72, Tradition."
    "15 Yard Penalty called on #23, Honor."
    "Unnecessary roughness called on #56, Spirit."

    PLEASE do not do this for even one game!! I will not even watch it.

  • LifeLibertyHappiness Draper, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    Thanks goodness it was changed to be for homecoming only. Now we need to get it off the homecoming jerseys.

    Bronco does a lot of good things and then he does things like this that are absolutely inexplicable. Not even talking with the captains or the team. Poor leadership in this instance. All the gimmicky slogans, "Fully Invested", "Quest For Perfection", blah blah blah don't make the team better. They are just targets on the team. Just play football and quit choking in the big games. If there really is strong tradition, which there is, no slogans are needed. We don't roll out new slogans every year at work. Firesides and good examples are terrrific, so keep doing those things. Just have the team ready with a chance to win every game. Look at what John Wooden and Coach K do. They teach great values and work hard at the game. They don't need slogans every year and they don't need silly gimmicks replacing the names of players on the backs of their jerseys. People's names mean something to them.

  • ddo141 Provo, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    I'm a huge Cougar fan and this is the lamest ... idea ... ever...even for one game. Tradition, Spirit, Honor is great and all, but it does NOT belong where last names traditionally, honorably, and spiritedly belong.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Dumb, ill-thought out plan. Names on the uniforms please so we know who is doing what on the field. Any other logo like spirit, honor, and tradition can be on all types of advertising, as it has been in the past. Let the guys be spotlighted with their own name on their uniform as in the past years. Let little kids buy t-shirts with their favorite player's name and number. This was a dumb idea if I ever heard one!

    Go Cougars!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 8, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    IMO this is the best decision ever. Even better than the Quest t-shirts.

    Two thumbs up!!

    The only people who deserve to wear "honor" on their backs are our service men and women.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    Glad Bronco listened to his players and changed his mind but changing whats on the back of a Jersey doesn't affect how the team plays. I get that its tradition and players take pride in having their name on the back but its not a huge deal. As long as BYU plays good football and wins, I don't really care what is on the back of their Jerseys.

  • Ghost Writer GILBERT, AZ
    Aug. 8, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    I kind of like the idea . . . but I think they need to add more virtues: How about "Honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, lovely, good report, praiseworthy.

    Aug. 8, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    Football practices are so exhausting and tiring. Being a student athlete takes so much time and dedication. As a former player you always looked forward to game day, it was your reward in a way for all of your hard work and efforts during the summer. For Bronco to take that away by having his players come out looking like fools on game day is sad. I am glad Bronco changed his mind.

  • CBPapa Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:54 p.m.

    Wow. Fastest reversal in history at BYU! Glad they reversed course so quickly. Good call.

  • Rico Santaquin, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:46 p.m.


  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    I'm glad for the players and their families.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    If BYU players really believed in TSH they should be happy to wear it on their jerseys.

  • CBPapa Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    Diehard BYU fan here...but this is one move I don't like.
    I agree with others. Maybe do something like this for one game...but the whole season? Nope.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:16 p.m.

    Another Bronco gimmick and one that will backfire with his players and recruits. I can't believe he didn't ask his team captains or assistant coaches. Did Holmoe even know about this?

    I'm a Ute fan but not a BYU hater. This is the kind of thing that drives your own fans away and leads to dissension in the locker room.

    If I were a parent with a son committed to BYU, I'd be considering a de-commit about now.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:04 p.m.

    Dumbest decision ever. Period

    Cannon fodder for ridicule.

    Can we not hold on to some traditions like names on jerseys? Wow, this is a dumb move.

    Maybe one game but not all season.

    I can hear the comments from every announcer now. And I will have to learn numbers and players names as a fan.

    I'm about to become a Ute fan.

    Yeah, it's that bad.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:04 p.m.

    I understand it has now been decided to wear them only for homecoming. I actually kind of like that idea.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    Doesn't seem to be a real popular move, Coach. I don't particularly like it either.

  • artinnature Payson, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    This is bad, bad, bad. I must add my protest to the others posting here. When I watch the game I want to know who is doing what. Please, reconsider!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    So fans hate it, we'll get used to it, all we want is some smashmouth, go fast, go hard football. Let the players deal with the uniforms as long as on game day they only see whats in front of them and letting the opposition read whats on back.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    He'll win the fireside the night before.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:36 p.m.

    Its not what Bronco is putting on the jerseys as what he is taking off that irks me. As Brandon suggested, what could better show "Tradition, Honor, and Spirit" than proudly wearing your family name. It isn't much, but at this time in these kids lives its all they've got. Give it back, Coach.

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    mendenhall just can't help himself. he must love to be beat on. gimmicks don't work. just look at how whittingham's black uniforms worked for him last year.

  • Montykristo Lehi, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:29 p.m.

    Too bad the Spirit, Honor, and Tradition won't help them win any games.

  • 965 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    As Duckhunter would say...


  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    Huge BYU fan! Dumbest move by Bronco since he took over. Get the idea. Just not a good one.

  • Harry-T Davis, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    This is just a way for BYU to sell the same BYU Football jerseys at the BYU Bookstore for years to come. Instead of seeing #4 and Hill on the back of a jersey for the next few years, we will see #4 and Tradition for eternity. Let’s see, which one will I get? None of them.

  • rok Boise, CA
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    I can understand it for one game, but not for the season. hate it.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:11 p.m.

    I think Elder Mendenhall said this was for homecoming only got it nipped in bud. I like them having names on there Jersey myself nice to tell people who you represent your family school and since football players wear helmets and it is hard to see there faces last names are a good idea. Same is true for High School games I go to like to see there names on jersey, And like it when starting lineup is introduced.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:04 p.m.

    I cannot wait to watch Taysom Spirit, Jamal Honor, and Cody Tradition play this year . . . said no one ever!

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 8, 2013 7:04 p.m.

    If everyone calls the football / athletic department at BYU tomorrow maybe we can put a stop to this madness.