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Published: Friday, Sept. 13 2013 1:50 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks, Brandon, and Coach.

Baltimore, MD

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.

Idaho Dad
Pocatello, ID

Great article, Tree. I hope we can see some more of your writing here.

Bronco is a man worthy of emulation.

Gilbert, AZ

"And he has great firesides!"

Facetious, but true.

Bronco's firesides are very inspiritional!

Salt Lake City, UT

A fool mocks what he does not understand

But a prudent man takes counsel and wisdom.

Crisco B
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Mission Viejo, CA

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 my opinion.

Salt Lake City, UT

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?

Salt Lake City, UT


Who cares about close?

Remind us the last time Utah was ranked #1 in either poll, before, during or after the season.

salt lake city, UT

What a great article! I hope to see more articles from you Brandon. Thanks

River Falls, WI

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.


I've read a few things by Ogletree - time to put him on the payroll, great insight.

Gallatin, MO

Great article, great school, great students and professors, coaches, and administration. Endure to the end never give in to the vises of the world.

Provo, UT

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.

Draper, UT

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.

Centerville, UT

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' sports offering.

Orem, UT

Nice work, Brandon. Good insight, excellent writing.

Stop The Nonsense
El Paso, TX

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!

Sandy, UT

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.


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!

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