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Published: Wednesday, March 26 2014 1:45 p.m. MDT

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Nate in the 808
orem, ut

After all the people President Steven Wheelwright forced into retirement, its a surprise that athletics hasn't been dropped already.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

Being that President Monson is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of BYU, BYU Hawaii, and Byu Idaho, I'll support the decisions they make. I've seen some LDS people suggest BYU drop athletics. I'll go ahead and support whatever President Monson decides. And yes, any major decision on athletics at any church school would go before the Chairman of the Board.

West Coast1
Secane, PA

As a former collegiate athlete for BYU-H I can tell you that this has been talked about for quite a few years now. I really hope they don't go through with the change. College athletics are a great part of the university experience, not to mention all of the missionary work that is done among the non-LDS athletes.

Seldom Seen Smith
Orcutt, CA

I'd like to see BYU Hawai'i follow the BYU Idaho model. Somewhat related, division I college football and basketball have morphed into essentailly professional athletics, creating conflict and hypocristy with the mission of the BYU Provo campus.

Cedar Hills, UT

my guess is...BYU Provo will drop out of the NCAA in the next decade as well. As the NCAA moves more and more to Sunday play and the cost to recruit Division 1 coaches goes up and the Y is left out of a conference in Football ....BYU will finally throw in the towell. Just a guess.

Saint George, UT

I have degrees from Ricks, SUU and BYU. I always gave to each school until people messed with athletics. Ricks got its last nickel from me when it dropped athletics. SUU got its last nickel when it dropped baseball. I give to BYU because I'll always be a Cougar, but if BYU ever drops athletics, they can go away.

In Cedar City, we had a good baseball tradition. However, the Snow College Mafia in charge there (former president, current AD) put SUU in the Big Sky without considering what that would do to baseball. Then they couldn't find us a baseball conference, so they dropped the program -- all without so much as a word to the boosters. We went from planning a new baseball stadium one week to "adios, beisbol" the next. Well, good for them ... they're allowed to do that. But they better never again ask me for another dime for athletics. I'd rather give it to Dixie State. At least Dixie has baseball.

If BYU-H drops athletics, they better consider what that will do to annual giving. I'm not the only booster who feels this way.

Mission Viejo, CA

I don't see BYU dropping NCAA Div 1 sports, let alone all sports. The exposure BYU gets via their sports program is huge. As for money, BYU sports are not funded by tithing, so essentially BYU sports is funded by the success of their programs. They are very competitive in all major sports, and are national leaders in some, e.g. rugby, volleyball. They have very strong women's teams, too.

The small schools, BYU-Idaho and Hawaii, are off the radar in any case. Like countless small schools who don't have significant intercollegiate sports, they will continue to serve their educational missions. But I think that a sports team, not necessarily football, is a fun and valuable part of the academic experience.

Not happening with BYU. It is big time and intends to stay that way.

Saint George, UT

Can sports only be vicariously experienced? Sports has a place, but "coliseum" comes to mind for a reason. X's and o's should not be placed next to solving world hunger as one of society's most noble goals! Just because somebody wants to relive their childhood dreams doesn't mean that tax payers should have to pay a 7 digit salary to a coach nor construct a building on campus larger than a LAX landing strip. BYU-Idaho did the right thing! BYU Provo could be up next.

Los Angeles, CA

I have not attended any of the BYU schools and have always found that BYU-Provo, in particular, engages in a bit too much puffery about its academic reputation; however, this move would increase my respect considerably for the BYU-cluster of universities. If BYU- Provo would do the same a powerful message would be conveyed about the real purpose of universities. In terms of "missionary work," such a message would be far more effective that an occasional blurb on ESPN.

Highland, UT


Uh....BYUs sports program is in no way supported by "tax payers". If you want to try to make a point using that approach then you need to go after the state run institutions that are supported by the "tax payers". BYU is funded by private money.

South Jordan, UT

It's just a matter of time.

Sandy, UT


"If BYU- Provo would do the same [drop athletics] a powerful message would be conveyed about the real purpose of universities."


Your "powerful message" would have a media shelf life of about a day, then BYU would disappear COMPLETELY off the national radar.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Don't drop any more sports at Church schools. Dropping sports at Ricks College (BYU-I) was a bad idea. Nobody cares about the big basketball game between the 333rd Ward and the 627th Ward. Students would care about a game between BYU-I and Dixie or fill-in-the-blank. Like anything else, intercollegiate sports has its warts, but it unites a student body like nothing else.

meridian, idaho

Dropping athletics at BYU - Hawaii is the dumbness thing I have ever heard of and when they decided to drop athletics at BYU Idaho was the first dumbness thing that was ever done. Who would want to go to a school that didn't have these programs. Athletics at BYU puts BYU on the map throughout not only the USA, but the world. Can't understand you people that thinks dropping these programs is a good idea.

Farmington, UT

BYU-Hawai'i faces unique travel challenges for a small university. That probably weighs the most heavily in their decision. Constant travel of multiple teams to the mainland has to be financially draining, especially when they have no real revenue generating sports source. Hate to see them do away with athletics, but I can see the why they might choose to do so.


Can people stop referring to BYU as "BYU Provo." It's called BYU.

Holladay, UT

All colleges and universities should drop sports.

It is not part of their primary academic mission.

All amateur sports should be club sports.

There is simply no need for college level sports.


What they should do is consider bringing back sports to BYU Idaho.

Darren Rowe
Heber City, UT

I personally don't care what BYU-H does with their athletic program. But PLEASE BYU do not drop your sports! They are so much fun to be a part of, but it wouldn't make any sense either. BYU sports is financially profitable, brings attention to the school, and allows students to excel in their talents.

I know BYU is not considering it right now, but first it was BYU-I, now it is BYU-H. I just hope BYU never even brings that up.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

If it isn't making money get rid of it. Why should it be subsidized by other people/programs?

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