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Tom Smart, Deseret News
Taysom Hill, Ross Apo and Cody Hoffman, left to right, show their uniforms during BYU media day Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Provo.


BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall has done some offbeat things. He once had players carry slogan coins in their pockets for an entire season. He initiated the phrase “Quest for Perfection” — which wasn’t as perfect as he’d hoped — and compared his players to scriptural heroes.

But what really got people going was last week when he announced he would have the word “Tradition,” “Spirit” or “Honor” on the backs of all jerseys.

A few hours later he hastily retreated, saying the names would only apply to the Homecoming game.

No truth to the rumor he’s planning on adding “Chaste,” “Benevolent” and “Virtuous” to the jerseys for 2014.


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