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Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:50 a.m. MDT

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Allen C Christensen
American Fork, UT

Cecil O. Samuelson has been a marvelous university leader. His ability to direct the university and build individuals in the process has been nothing short of remarkable. Those who have been acquainted with university administrative processes have treasured his leadership and the dignity with which he and Sister Samuelson have built rapport with the students, staff, and faculty and the community at large. I thought that toady's dignified and sustained standing ovation was an accurate reflection of just how beloved President and Sister Samuelson have become to Brigham Young University. His influence and her influence for that which is noble, praiseworthy and of good report will be felt for a long time to come. As a BYU alumnus, I'm deeply grateful to them for all they have done for BYU. Many, many thanks!

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

It will be good to have President Samuelson back in red.

Vanceone
Provo, UT

Heh. My old contracts prof as president of BYU? Nice. I doubt he remembers me at all though.

Interesting that they didn't pick a general authority though. President Bateman and also President Samuelson were both GA's before. Dean Worthen wasn't.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

Now what will the ROC say after made free throws?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

RBN - Cecil is probably pumped to be re-joining the Crimson Club. This time, Pac 12 style. Welcome back Cecil. You'll love it.

chopperdan
Clovis, NM

A lawyer! yahooo!

Fifth Angel
Orem, UT

President Worthen is a General Authority. He is an Area Authority.

michaelandersen88
Provo, UT

@Chris B I am sure he will love being back with the U, but I am sure he has a place in his heart for BYU too.

I know that he has a place in our hearts.

Thanks for sharing him with us for a while.

Lew Scannon
Provo, UT

Thanks to President Samuelson. Congrats to President Worthen. As for Samuelson rejoining the Crimson Club, that may not be possible. He's got too much blue in him now, which makes him, um, purple. Does that mean he'll now be cheering for Weber?

souptwins
Lindon, UT

Nevada Coug-- "Swoosh Kevin" of course!

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Help! I don't know anything fundamental about either of these two men,
even after reading the article and comments. I feel like I do when
I am asked to participate in a credit union election, or after
reading a brochure on a political candidate. It sounds generally
good but what do I really know?

I get that they are, or else were, both general authorities, that the old BYU president
did "immeasurable good". I don't doubt it but what good exactly? Please
someone tell me something else, a lot of things, that is very specific, not just improved
"rapport" etc.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris,

I don't think President Samuelson ever left the Crimson Club. I suspect that he is like a lot of Salt Lake Mormons. He's a Utah fan, but roots for BYU in all but rivalry games. For a few years he had to suspend his better judgment during those rivalry games due to his employment or calling. I think he learned long ago that there is no need to be snarky in the rivalry.

Ken
Sandy, UT

@RBN, I'm a Salt Lake(county) Mormon and I do not root for BYU in hardly any games. If you are and you do, I believe you are in the minority. The rivalry is changing and will continue to change as Utah develops rivalries in our new conference and byu does with whoever will play them. Perhaps the day will come when I consider myself a BYU supporter most weeks, but I believe a good portion of Salt Lake Mormons want BYU to lose as much as possible. Congratulations to Samuelson and he deserves a nice break.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Good for him to finally be able to retire! BYU is a better place the past 11 years.

amagnetick
AV, CA

Amazing, you can take a piece about BYU getting a new President and it turns into comments about a rivalry. Seriously, some of you people need to figure out what is really important in life. I'll give you a hint, it isn't sports.

Samwise
Salt Lake City, UT

President Samuelson was a great President for BYU. He was the President for all my years there. I seem to remember in a devotional or forum that he said something along the lines of having converted to being a BYU fan (although I am not sure if this is just my mind making something up or not), so I am not so sure about him becoming primarily a Ute again, although I am sure he has always cheered for the Utes when they were not playing BYU throughout his tenure as BYU President. If he does become a Ute again, he will be one awesome Ute that most of the rest of the Utes (as well as many Cougars) could learn a lot from as far as being civil and respectful of the other team and University. He will be missed. Whoosh Cecil!

Old But Not Stupid
Moorpark, CA

Ken
Sandy, UT

"@RBN, I'm a Salt Lake(county) Mormon and I do not root for BYU in hardly any games. If you are and you do, I believe you are in the minority. .... Perhaps the day will come when I consider myself a BYU supporter most weeks, but I believe a good portion of Salt Lake Mormons want BYU to lose as much as possible."

Can you please explain your twisted statement: "...I believe a good portion of Salt Lake Mormons want BYU to lose as much as possible."

I'm sickened by the thought that any Utah resident adult would root against their rival when that rival is not in the current contest. I mean I even root for the Trojans when their victories do not impact my Bruins.

You may want to re-think your position.

Eliot
Genola, UT

"Whoosh, Cecil" had a wonderful, aliterative sound to it that seemed to flow naturally from the student section. "Whoosh, Kevin" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Perhaps, given the free throw fortunes of the current team, it ought to be "Clang, Kevin"?

oldcougar
Orem, UT

Cecil Samuelson...a wonderful leader for BYU and a wonderful example of class! He will be missed. All the best to President Worthen!

Kaladin
Greeley, CO

President Samuelson was the president for most of my time at BYU. He was a president we students felt connected to even if we didn't know him personally. That is difficult to do. I am dyed in the wool true blue through and through but his affiliation with the U never bothered me nor does anyone else's. Of course I'm always going to root for the Y over the U, but that ends it for me. We should all be a little more purple (which was easier when the Jazz wore purple).

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