Deseret News
Letter to the editor

I have been in Utah County since 1964 and a fan of BYU for just as long. I'm a double graduate and former employee of BYU and a husband and grandfather of BYU graduates, so I claim some little privilege to make some few comments about the school's policies.

Specifically the recruitment of athletes.

Within the cultural environs of the Latter-day Saint faith, BYU is held up as an icon, a city on a hill, both philosophically as well as physically. However, if the administration wants to move BYU to an icon from generally a pretty good school athletically in most cases that sorta blindly thinks of the school as the premier player in the athletics, regardless of the actual facts, then there has to be a change in the recruitment philosophy.

If the school truly seeks to have BYU be the dominant player, the school must aggressively recruit nationally and internationally by seeking the blue-ribbon athletes who are available, regardless of their religious persuasion. The Honor Code applies to all and this must be part of the recruitment process and firmly followed. But if those "movers and shakers" of the administration want BYU to be the main player of athletics and have the bragging rights thereto attendant, they're going to have to give recruiters free rein to get the best of the best.

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Or they continue as they are and just recruit pretty good athletes and a few outstanding ones while being a curious and interesting side note to the athletic world of competition and the national media. If they're satisfied with that, then make that the policy.

Why not have the world-class athletes in football and basketball? BYU has them in less visible sports such as track and field, volleyball, gymnastics, golf, etc. If they want the school to play "hard ball" on the stage of visible sports, then release the "hobbles" from the recruiters and give them the freedom to go out and acquire the people who can play at that level of endeavor, with no apology, as we did in 1984.

Lynden S Vickery