Cougars will wear 'Tradition,' 'Spirit,' 'Honor' on back of jerseys for Homecoming game only
If everyone calls the football / athletic department at BYU tomorrow maybe we
can put a stop to this madness.
I cannot wait to watch Taysom Spirit, Jamal Honor, and Cody Tradition play this
year . . . said no one ever!
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.
I can understand it for one game, but not for the season. hate it.
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.
Huge BYU fan! Dumbest move by Bronco since he took over. Get the idea. Just
not a good one.
As Duckhunter would say...LOL!
Too bad the Spirit, Honor, and Tradition won't help them win any games.
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.
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.
He'll win the fireside the night before.
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.
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!
Doesn't seem to be a real popular move, Coach. I don't particularly
like it either.
I understand it has now been decided to wear them only for homecoming. I
actually kind of like that idea.
Dumbest decision ever. PeriodCannon 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.
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.
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?
If BYU players really believed in TSH they should be happy to wear it on their
I'm glad for the players and their families.
Wow. Fastest reversal in history at BYU! Glad they reversed course so quickly.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most of the comments seem disembodied from the "Mendenhall hears players,
will have names on uniforms" article.
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.
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!!
@ PedroToo funny but it looks like no one else got your joke.... I
won't give it away
Com'on Coach...Let us NOT forget of WHO WE ARE!!! LDS members First, BYu
Football Fan Second!!
I wouldn't even do it for homecoming. It's a hokey idea. Good grief.
Pedro, that would be for the utes.
It's too tritely militaristic. Get real. Maybe for Air Force Academy, or
Army, or Navy, but not for BYU.
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.
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.
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.
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
Another movie quote. "What we have here is failure to communicate"
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!!!
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
Much ado about nothing.
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
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
Forget Tradition, Spirit and Honor. I think they should replace the names with
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
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.
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.
Maybe the coach should not use "Tradition", since he is breaking one.
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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."
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
Forget the gimmicks . . . just WIN! If anything, go back to the royal blue
uniforms for the season.
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.
Okay, I'm going to scream if one more person mentions the
"tradition" of Penn State. I think you get my drift.
Air Force does this occasionally. But I don't like it as a permanent
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
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.
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.
worst decision since Bronco decided to start a quarterback for several games
with a broken back. Glad this decision was timely corrected.
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).
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
howie"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.
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...
What, doesn't "Late Hit" fit on the jersey?
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.
Wow! Am I glad Kyle Whittingham is the head coach at Utah. No wonder BYU
wanted to hire him!LOL
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
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...
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.
vangroovinWest Jordan, UTCome 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.
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;
I always thought it was the job of the A.D. and head coach to run the football
program atany 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 upfor 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!!!
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.
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
I don't like. ASU tried this with the devil. Glad they reversed course,
glad BYU reversed course too.
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.
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.
@Truth MachineWhy 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
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.
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
I don't like it but it is better than those BIBS. Come on Bronco just
don't do it on any games. PLEASE!
NO, not even for Homecoming. And while they are at it, get rid of the three
point stance when the defense goes on field.
I hope this doesn't over shadow the annual T shirt slogan unveiling!New slogan; Quest for Spirit.Band of Honor.We are,
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
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.
@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.
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!
@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!
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.
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).
Here's where I'm predicting the 7 wins will come from (2 BCS wins, 5
non-BCS wins):BCS Wins:August 31 - VirginiaOctober 12 -
Georgia Tech Non-BCS Wins:September 27 - Middle TennesseeOctober 4 - Utah StateOctober 19 - HoustonNovember 16 - Idaho
StateNovember 30 - NevadaThe Utah State game and the Nevada
game are iffy, as they are road games.
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.
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.
Unwitting and Mendenhall have become synonymous. Look no further than the Taysom
Hill injury last year and now this.
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
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.