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Published: Monday, July 7 2014 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Spanish Fork, UT

Wherever he feels the best and most comfortable with, he should go. Of course now all we are going to hear is "go to BYU if you want to go to a bowl game", even if that means playing weak competition to get there. Both are great schools, with great opportunities. I'm a die hard Utes fan, but I enjoy watching both schools play throughout the season. If Langi want to go to BYU, let him go, and best of luck to him.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Doesn't Harvey realize that he's leaving the beloved PAC 12, home of the Utes, the doormat of the PAC 12??
Surely he's lost his mind...


Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

We have a deep roster at running back, no big deal

Cedar Hills, UT

Welcome home Elder Langi!
And welcome to Provo! Can't wait to see you wearing the BLUE and white!

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Shocking news that he would leave a PAC12 school for little ol' BYU! Go Cougars!

Saratoga Springs, UT

As Vai states, this isn't about 2 schools, it is about Elder Harvey Langi. I hope those who post can respect the young man's decision. I wish the best for all of the young men who serve irrespective of their school of choice for education or sports. The same for Harvey Langi. All the best for you young man!

Hailstorm is a coming
Riverdale, UT

Nothing like 700 days of blue blooded peer pressure to take away a commitment and honor stripping of the mans dignity. BYU must need new blood in the I want to be independent, but not really, race of futility.

Madison, WI

It might take a month, six months, a year, or even two. But eventually those missionary goggles wear off, and he'll realize he made a huge mistake.

Layton, UT

Come on, Sister Langi. You voluntarily pay money to BYU but you can't stand the thought of your son attending?

Michael Romney
Salt Lake, UT

My quotes from June 30 2012 Des News article titled "Utah Utes football: Harvey Langi announces plans to serve LDS mission’"

"Harvey will end up at BYu.......good....."

"Go to BYu Langi........Utah doesn't need you"

I'm glad it worked out this way! I prefer kids who want to embrace the LDS lifestyle to go to Provo.

Win win!

Michael Romney
Salt Lake, UT

One more of my posts from 2012 when he said he'd go on a Mormon mission:

"Utah is just fine! Langi NEEDS to go to BYu. That is fine.........please let Utah find guys to "play" for Utah."

I prefer Utah to continue to pick fewer LDS kids - they are the kind we want to lead us in the Pac 12.

That's the cold hard truth. Cheers!

South Jordan, UT

His mission president Mark Cusick is from Provo and is a huge BYU supporter, so I wouldn't discount that potential "influence" one bit. With that said, the kid needs to do what is in his best interest. Will see how it plays out.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I know how he feels. I too thought BYU was the place for me after serving my mission. Of course I was not an athlete with scholarship commitments to fulfill. I hope he realizes he can be just as successful in life and the Church by staying at the U. My financial circumstances ultimately kept me at the U and I don't regret it for a minute. I am sure all the paperwork is in order at the U and once Harvey's missionary goggles come off after he is released by his Stake President he will have a chance to meet with Coach Witt. Hopefully his mind will change.

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

Whittingham - from a die-hard Ute, stop acting like a child. If he wants to go to byU, let him go. This is such a major issue with the NCAA. If coaches can transfer as Whittingham can, he should let the kids do as well. Stop the hypocrisy Whittingham. Let him transfer. We don't need him anyways.


Glenwood, UT

Not surprised. Kyle is gone if they don't go above .500, and the kid picked up good values. Good for him. Go Cougars .

West Jordan, UT

If you read the article there is more than just football to this young man. He wants to go where he feels the most comfortable. BYU is deep at Running back and Elder Langi knows this. This is not just about football.

Provo, UT

I think it has been stated very well here, it is about where a young man feels most comfortable. If a BYU player came home and said he wanted to transfer to Utah I would wish him well. Missions change people and they grow up. I have two grandsons leaving later this year, one to Mexico and the other waiting for his call. They will not be the young boys they are now when they return. Elder Langi is to be congratulated for making a difficult decision and deciding what is best for him.

West Point , UT

As Harvey said, this isn't about football. Whittingham is just being sour grapes because he doesn't want Langi to go to the Y. If you truly care about a young man, you let him make decisions about his life that he feels are best for him. Having played and graduated from BYU coach Whit should understand this better than most. It sounds like if nothing was signed Whit may not have a say in the matter.

And to our friendly neighborhood hater...apparently Whit doesn't agree with you that it's "no big deal". Then again you have more influence and knowledge of the situation than he does right? Lol

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Wouldn't it be better to get a ruling from the NCAA on the "technicality" BYU is claiming before playing this out in the newspapers?

Why, AZ

I have no doubt that a mission influences missionaries to go to BYU when they return, especially sports players. This influence usually comes from other missionaries and mission presidents which is fine but I do feel that it is incorrect.

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