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

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Old But Not Stupid
Moorpark, CA

Ken (and any other BYU "haters") here is a reason to root for BYU.

Eleven years ago this past December my daughter, one of over 30,000 BYU students, was returning home for Christmas. Her driver had a bad accident in the snow in central Utah. They air-lifted her to LDS Hospital in SLC where she should not have survived. In the first 10 days following the accident she received personal visits from the Dean of Students and the then President of BYU and his wife.

Now can you name any other college or university in the country where the Dean and the President would bother to drive 50 miles in bad weather to show that type of love and support for ONE of their students?

No, I can't either. From that day on I determined that only BYU would ever receive my contributions.

salt lake city, UT

Cec Samuelson is simply the best. Probably the only group to be upset about President Samuelson moving to BYU were the employees of Intermountain Health Care where Scott Parker (another genius of management) had expected Cec to succeed him until the Church gave him his new calling. Incredible work from which the State, the Region and the Nation benefited.

Somewhere in Time, UT

I attended both schools. There is no comparison. The caliber of individual, on the average, is so much higher at BYU it's no contest.

President Samuelson came to BYU, had a wonderful experience, did a wonderful job and will always love BYU and by loved by BYU. There's no question about that.

Lehi, UT

Thanks to President Samuelson for 11 years of great service. I wish you well in your retirement no matter where your loyalties take you. Good luck to President Worthen.

@Chris B

And I am sure that Kyle Whittingham and the other former BYU players on the Utah coaching staff are still members of the Cougar Club anxiously waiting to retire so they can return to BYU. If we use your logic, their loyalty to Utah is only as deep as the paycheck and their heart is really in Provo.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

President Samuelson was a greater leader at BYU. Under his leadership the level of scholarship has increased, the amount of under graduate involvement in research (a program initiated under President Bateman) has increased, the purpose and function of university-approved housing has become clearer, and many other things have improved.

The university ended having a separate College of Health and Human Performance, although the programs there were retained and moved to 4 different colleges. The new alignment makes more sense. There were several other reforms, that on the whole I believe have made the university a better place.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


If we use your logic, their loyalty to Utah is only as deep as the paycheck and their heart is really in Provo


I'm not suggesting Samuelson would return to be a Ute just because he used to be, but because Utah is BETTER.

Want to try again?

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

Once again ladies and gentlemen, who founded the University of Utah? That's right, Brigham Young. Anyone associated with U of U, past or present, is really just another BYU student or graduate.

Silliness aside, what do both schools do in their power areas? They turn out well-prepared graduates, many of whom have distinguished themselves in life.

One interesting stat to research: how many UU/BYU grads have earned graduate degrees at the other school?


"I'm a Salt Lake(county) Mormon and I do not root for BYU in hardly any games."

I see that a double negative was used in that sentence. A more clear phrasing would have been, "I'm a Salt Lake (county) Mormon and I root for BYU in almost all games."

Good for you! That's how a rivalry ought to work.

G L W8

Pops, a double negative does not make a positive. That's an old (English Teacher's) wives' tale.
One observation that hasn't been emphasized in all this fan fol-der-rol is that many of us have split loyalties: cheer for both teams until they play each other; then we pick sides. I'm in that profile. But I also agree with an earlier post that pointed out there's more to life than sports. Like paychecks, yes--but also the value that comes from a solid university education, and both schools excel at that. That's really where it counts.

Provo, UT

My impression was that it was a full conversion. Who knows. I have degrees from 3 universities, but could never develop a loyalty except for BYU. I imagine the Samuelson's had a hard time making the change.

Ft Thomas, KY

He doesn't look very happy about the selfie.

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