Thanks for this inspiring article about a great football coach and person! As
fans, we rarely receive personal information about the people on the field.
So after the fireside, they invited everyone to go outside to visit the team and
coaches. When I went out, there were hoards surrounding him trying to get his
autograph. So I waited. I got to talk to Lance Reynolds for a bit, and he was
a little down because of the struggles of that year. He also made some comments
that indicated off-field focus and discipline difficulties. He really sounded
like a concerned parent, and I thought that was cool.I went on the
grass to get in line, but there was no line. Parents and kids were just pushing
and shoving to get pens and paraphenalia in Bronco's face expecting a
signature, and were so rude and obnoxious, I thought. But Bronco took each one,
smiling, and graciously fulfilled every request. After 45 minutes of constant
cutting in front of me, and my wife getting impatient, I finally said while he
was signing, "Coach I just wanted to thank you for the great job you're
doing. You've turned it around." He paused, looked up into my eyse,
stuck out his hand and said, "Thank you. That means a lot."He's a good man!
Perhaps we could all pause and take a brief look in the mirror? How do we
umanami:I have my own experience. A few years ago I travelled 3 hours
North to Albuquerque to catch the fireside. I was really excited to meet some
of the players, but most of all I really wanted to meet Bronco and shake his
hand.The fireside itself was not "neato and awesome," but
rather marginal. They tried to sing "Armies of Helaman" and sounded
pretty bad, like preisthood opening exercises. The talks were okay, but not
super inspiring. Manase Tonga talked about having to turn his attitude around
and fix his grades, but I didn't feel anything (probably my own problem I
know). Bronco's talk was mostly about how much he enjoyed his time at UNM
and how this chapel held the very first of these firesides and only a handful of
people attended. That night it was packed and I had to stand at the back near
the stage in the cultural hall. However, it was not that awe-inspiring of a
message. Nice but not to powerful for me.(continued...)
There's a problem when you write quality pieces like this Brandon. You
start to lose your triceps and deltoids. That's o.k. tree. Great job. I
love reading your pieces.
I have been told on multiple occasions that my face always looks grumpy. I
think that Bronco can often have this same effect. I had a neighbor who was
offended for several weeks until we were able to talk it out with them. It
seems that they drove past and waved. I did not return the wave (did not see it
either). Could it be that Bronco may have not seen the wave. Seems silly to
dislike him for this reason. My guess is the neighbor is looking for a reason
to dislike him. You get what you look for. Next Suspenders boy
goes out of his way looking for Bronco in the heat of emotion and you want to
cast him off for showing intense emotion. I vote to Keep Bronco. I LOVE what
he is doing for the program. GO COUGARS!
Kudos to Bronco for refusing to vilify coach Crowton. I wish I could say the
same for BYU fans who always seem so eager to throw others under the bus. I am
disappointed that Bronco doesn't display the same loyalty to his coaching
staff as coach Edwards did. In his defense he is the head coach and does have
the right to choose who he retains.
@umanami As Brandon mentioned at the end of the article, Bronco
Mendenhall is now perfect. He is a flawed human. Why do you focus on the
negative sides of people rather than the positive? Don't judge him because
he sins differently than you, you would've sweated that Utah fan too if you
Another good data point regarding the leadership of the football program at the
Y. I said last year when KVN and CH decided to stay for another year that those
decision spoke volumes about how the young men view their coach and the
experience they are having at the Y. Ogletree's respect for
his former coach is yet another testament that the program is in good hands.BTW, Ogletree's time at the Y clearly included some quality time in
the classroom. The young man presents his thoughts in a clear and thoughtful
manner. He is a talented writer.
Count me as one who doesn't always return, offer greetings. I get in my own
world and often see someone with my eyes, but not my brain. And I am a very
warm and fuzzy person. Robert Anai lived in our ward and gave a talk and asked
the ward members to please not talk to him about football in Church. I
imagine the coaches get inundated with advice givers, good old boys and inside
information seekers. I am loving these insights on both Kyle and Bronco.
@ Chris BChris, I have been reading your comments at the end of
Deseret News articles for years. At first your posts were annoying to me. Then
they were were just a nuisance. Now I find myself looking forward to hearing
what you are going to say, and I look for them. The anti-BYU ones still seem
pointed just to be obnoxious, but I usually find myself laughing or looking for
what truth there is in them. As a Cougar fan from birth, I rarley agree you
about the sports articles, but I have certainly gained respect for you being
willing to openly state your opinion and hold true to what you believe. This is
especially true on the non-BYU football articles. Your comments are for cause
introspection. Thank you. I look forward to reading your comments for the
years to come. Go Cougars (and Oregon State this week).
Brandon, great info, love your website and insight.Bronco has
integrity but not perfection. The point is to always improve and we have
certainly seen Bronco grow as a head coach. I groaned when I first heard about
the values on the back of the uniforms instead of names, but when I later saw
the video of Bronco sincerely laughing and making fun of himself I totally grew
in more respect for the man.Who doesn't make mistakes? Most of
us don't do it on a public stage, it takes someone very mature to be able
to laugh at yourself and learn from your mistakes IN PUBLIC!
The best part about the BYU - Utah rivalry is that we have two very intense men
of integrity leading the respective programs. They are not perfect, but they
both seem to be trying to instill values of hard work and integrity in a bunch
of young men. This is something that most coaches (or universities for that
matter) no longer attempt to do. umanami - As a Ute, I will stick
up for Bronco. Just because one is not an extrovert does not mean that he or
she lacks integrity. Perhaps your friend is that guy who has little actual
knowledge about the game but is more than happy to tell the coach how he could
do better. Maybe Bronco is weighed down by the stress of having fans who insist
on winning at a school that insists on standards that disqualify many gifted
athletes.You were lucky to have Lavell but many BYU fans were ready
to throw him out after a couple of off years (despite a Hall of Fame w-L
record). You have a coach who is building a program while maintaining the
integrity of your institution - enjoy it while you can.
I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every article written by you, Tree. Thanks
for giving us articles with substance, rather than just hype, criticism, etc. I
feel like an insider when I read your articles. Thanks!
Nice work, Brandon. Good insight, excellent writing.
Add my name to the list of paid Deseret News subscribers who would gladly
incorporate a Brandon Ogletree column into my regular newspaper read. The
"scouting reports" and post game analysis that he has written include a
clear knowledge of the game and provide excellent technical analysis that, at
the same time, doesn't leave those of us who never played D1 ball in the
dust. I echo the sentiments of many others. His "thoughtful Football
Conversation" could easily become a huge staple of the Deseret News'
This article is opposite from what I have been told about Bronco. An associate I
work with who is a huge BYU fan lives in Broncos ward and has told me on several
occasions that Bronco cannot even return a friendly hello in passing. Also
witnessed at the end of the Utah game last year Bronco turned to a bizarre Utah
fan (heckler) in suspenders as if he wanted to go after him. Patience? I am not
sold on Broncos elevated status as this article is suggesting.
Brandon, you're the man. I love your website. I've always wanted to
hear a player's perspective on Bronco and I really enjoyed the article.
Great article, great school, great students and professors, coaches, and
administration. Endure to the end never give in to the vises of the world.
I've read a few things by Ogletree - time to put him on the payroll, great
tree, I've loved reading your insight on your own website. Hopefully, the
dnews can work something out to get you a somewhat regular column here, I
personally love the "insider" perspective. Keep it coming.
What a great article! I hope to see more articles from you Brandon. Thanks
christyWho cares about close? Remind us the last time
Utah was ranked #1 in either poll, before, during or after the season.
Some one didn't read the article did they?Some one is off topic,
Again.Were talking ethics here on this article.Perhaps you might
want to get on topic.Although in your opinion you weren't trying to
be disruptive are you?Or are you?
At the ripe of age of 71, I've seen a huge change in ethics over the last
60 years. After WWII everyone was idealistic and our heroes were held to a high
standard (of course we didn't have twitter and 24-hour news cycles hungry
for the next scandal).Viet Nam was a catalyst for a complete
reversal of standards, and while UW turned to a pass-fail grading system and
grade inflation was rampant across the land, BYU held steady. Its academic
standards did not waver. Students were expected to honor the Honor Code, and
where many universities abandoned honor, BYU did not.I was a student
all through the tumultuous '60s and a researcher and faculty member at Yale
in the 1970's. We had more than 100 violent crimes on the Yale campus in
1980. We had an escort service for students.BYU is special.
I've come to respect BYU more than my own alma mater. The military
academies have standards. Schools that recruit 1 and done hoopsters, that cheat
and do anything to win betray the true meaning of sports. Bronco stands tall in
Great piece by Tree here. Football players actually can write. I saw Bronco in a
fireside once and it was "neat-o and awesome." It was a lot more than
that though. For anyone that doubts, Bronco is the real deal.
A fool mocks what he does not understandBut a prudent man takes
counsel and wisdom.
"And he has great firesides!"Facetious, but true. Bronco's firesides are very inspiritional!
Great article, Tree. I hope we can see some more of your writing here.Bronco is a man worthy of emulation.
Thanks Brandon for your insight into the real Bronco. BYU is lucky to have such
a devoted and outstanding coach who isn't afraid to openly acknowledge
priorities that are higher than football.
Thanks, Brandon, and Coach.