Y. coach tells fireside of bigger mission

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  • sturn RIVERTON, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    If Bronco is emphasizing so much on the bigger picture, higher standard, and representing the LDS church, but then Why do they use a QB who chose not to go on a mission? It doesn't seem to be matching with his philosophy.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Sept. 20, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    Ugliest football game televised this year. Better stop the bleeding. Ole Miss, UT and U were about the only quality teams on the schedule this year, and BYU is 1-2. If they play like they did Saturday, they will end up 5-7 (4-8?), with a new head coach next year. Now I'm not invested either way, Y or U, but I think Chris B might just have y'all's number this year....

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 19, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    so this attitude by the coach is part of what leads to the coaches and team being unprepared for games. Maybe Bronco should watch how coach Rose does it.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    Maybe you mission should be to win football games, Bronco. Outside of that, the University can fill in the character gaps.

  • The Utah Republican Alpine, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    Bronco is doing a good job of promoting clean living on the team, and he hasn't forgotten the quest, but he needs to tread lightly. The boosters aren't a generation of hypocrites and vipers. They are, like the coach, church members who want to support the university and share the gospel. They also understand that bad football doesn't further those aims.

    Bronco can't use the church to shield himself from appropriate criticism. If he does (as others have in the past) people will stop donating, and stop buying tickets and T.V. commercials. That's usually the point when there's a new coach.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    I dont buy season tickets and donate to scholarship funds for this so-called "bigger mission". I support the FOOTBALL program in order to see excellence in the game of football! If you want support for this "bigger mission", I pay for that on the tithing slips. Don't get the two confused. We expect WINS, not firesides!

  • Benderman1 Layton, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    "Y. coach tells fireside of bigger mission." The title says it all. The big question her is...WHY is the football coach focusing more time on giving firesides than he is preparing his football team? Mendenhall understands the purpose of the church more than he understands "where his football team has been, why they're here, and where they're going." I am embarased to be a BYU fan today.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    " more television viewers have watched the team's last two games than all the contests combined from the previous six seasons."


    I agree. In fact, there were so many tuned in last night I could actually hear all those TVs across the country click off in the 4th quarter.

    Danny Ainge, Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Andy Reid and Jimmer Fredette have received more exposure than all other BYU athletes combined, including Vai Sikehema, Gifford Nielsen and Ty Mattingly -- professional broadcasters. Why? Because of their on-field success, each became familiar to a national audience.

    You've confused purpose and method, Bronco. Without a good product on the field, a contract with ESPN will be meaningless as fans fail to tune in and show up. Without a good product on the field, people will laugh at you, not respect you. If you don't believe that, turn your ears toward Salt Lake City. Go on Facebook. Read the threads I'm sure you are sure you are above.

    This year's team is not a good product, nor was last years. Stop looking down your nose at others and start looking in the mirror. Get your OC into the press box with the pros.

  • Chester Drawers Park City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    If your message is valid, then your message will spread itself. Not PR campaigns, not a tv network, not building malls and luxury condos, and not exposure from a football team. The MESSAGE will spread itself, if it is true. Football can teach lots of lessons about life, but using it to expose a church seems.. a little off.

  • Pac12Proud SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    I've read this article and I watched the game. Honestly, I don't even know what to say to byu fans at this point. Tomorrow, Mendenhall will say:

    byu didn't execute at a high level. Next year he will say the better team didn't win. Sounds like the fireside was very nice.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    Nobody loves the restored gospel and the church more than me, but it looks like Coach is trying to reach too far here, he needs to really focus on coaching, and not excuse losses as unimportant. The Y football team is not playing well because they can't accept that the best thing they can do is to be good sports and win. Do not hide in gospel purposes mistakes made on the football field. We look to the Prophet to lead the church, Bronco to lead the Y football team...how is that going?

  • Cougar Cindy Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    I wasn't at the CC meeting where he got grilled, so I can't say whether the questions were as hypocritical as Bronco alludes . . . but I do hope he'll take more care after this dreadful loss.

    . . . from a loyal Bronco fan and Cougar fan.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Sept. 18, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    If this is truely the mission and focus of BYU Athletics, then let it be said and we will accept it. Please do not then make comments about how independence is going to give BYU the exposure they need to make it to a BCS game. Please come clean about the ESPN deal that was all about the $'s. I can completely support BYU stating that their athletic program is not about winning but of a bigger focus. Please then tell us now that going independent was about the money to pay for the rest of the athletic programs and school. We can all understand this. There is just too much confusion and mistrust in what many of us see going on. Please do not hold a press conference after each game or have booster club interviews unless you are ready to discuss the issues that many of us feel you were hired to do as a coach. If this is not in your job discription to put a winning program on the field, then state this up front and we will all be behind you.

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    Sept. 18, 2011 12:00 a.m.

    Utah now leads the rivalry: 55-34-4

    Jordan Wynn 2
    Jake Hypes 0

    To all byu fans!
    Next time don't hype up your team and players to be amazing and dominant during the off season. Your only setting yourselves up for failure and tonight showed just that.

    To all Utah fans who criticize Jordan Wynn!
    Quit criticizing Wynn, a true Utah fan will stick by their team and players no matter what the situation is. Wynn is all we have at the quarterback position and he is leading us through our first year in the Pac-12. Give the kid some slack! He looked great tonight and I hope he continues to get better.

    Great game tonight Utes!

  • don jackson Atlanta, GA
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    Bronco get off the pulpit, you are a football coach not a Young Mens president. You have a heart of a Shepherd which is great, but you are forgetting the mind of a Warrior. Football is a game, a violent game which provides entertainment. Let BYU administration worry about the mission of BYU, your job is to provide a team that fans like to watch and support with their wallets, not a team that is undisciplined as displayed by the number of penalties, number of turnovers and a defense that gets too tired too early.

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    Did he talk about it being better to talk a good game rather than play it??

    54- 10 go Utes

  • gnrl39 South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    The fact is that BYU is not a very good football team. Maybe they need to send their coaches up to Boise State and read their play book. I don't know what it is but they just don't have that spark that we used to see when coach Edwards was there.
    I get a bit tired of Bronco's same old story. He needs to be reminde to quit acting like a GA and just figure out how to put some spark in his football team.
    I was invited to the game next week but would much rather watch Boise State.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    Utah 47 - 10 with 8 minutes left in the game. This is like a college team playing a high school team. Holy cow - BYU football is garbage. Utah is a Pac 12 member FOR A REASON!!! Utah has the athletes and the size to be in the big time and BYU footballs days are numbered. Honestly there is no way BYU is going anywhere but down and for the U - I think if they had a healthy QB they would be right there at the top of the Pac 12. So long BYU football. Thanks for the memories.

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    Did Bronco have a fireside at halftime. This is football and Bronco is a good man, but his mission is to win football games. He can build men at the same time, but even Notre Dame expects a winning season.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    If you feel ahtletics are exposure to religion, I feel sorry for you. There must be much to be concerned about in mormonism if you have to put this kind of lipstick on it.......

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    Bronco, your job is to win football games. You are paid a big salary to win football games. You are not a Bishop or Institute Teacher. You make way too much money for those important responsibilites. So just do your job Bronco.

  • Floyd Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    @Uncle Rico

    Yes, every time a BYU supporter denigrates an opposing team or fan.

    How can that behavior on the part of some (yes, even many) BYU fans generate positive feelings for the Church?

    If BYU athletics is to represent the values of the Church, the supporters of BYU should be renowned as the most sportsmanlike and gracious fans in the nation.

    Sadly... that is far from the reality.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    You ever feel like BYU football is more of an anti-missionary tool than a missionary tool?

  • Floyd Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    While the Church leadership and Bronco may see BYU athletics as a vehicle to advance the purposes of the Church... the fan base cares about "winning" and very little else.

    That is a fundamental contradiction of interests that will not be resolved as long as BYU participates in major collegiate athletics.

  • Back Overland Park, KS
    Sept. 17, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    As I have said before, football is fun, it's just not that important. Keep the perspective BYU. Play to win, but do it the right way.

  • Randy01 Lees Summit, MO
    Sept. 17, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    The coach is totally right and that is why BYU should adopt the BYU-I model. The bigger the potential game, the more the fans and boosters will focus on the 3 and 20. There is a conflict of interest between the university's mission, independence and fan expectation that is not going to go away. This is a conflict that the major state universities do not have, but that BYU can not escape.

    In the long run, BYU will do no better in independence than Notre Dame has over the last 10-15 years. While BYU does have some great athletes and has produced some solid to great NFL players it doesn't have the overall depth to play a top flight schedule. If BYU played Notre Dame's schedule - they would likely be 0-3 right now.

    The pressure on the triangle of expectations will grow now that BYU has left the MWC and is attempting to schedule stronger opponents.

    @Legacy Cougar - I thought it was Church policy to not use tithing funds to support the sports program, if that is happening, there are a lot of members that would prefer it otherwise.

  • I-Bleed-Blue ROANOKE, VA
    Sept. 17, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    Winning football games will bring the church more good exposure than getting everyone's hopes up by talking about winning a national championship, and then coming way short of the goal.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    Bronco, you are doing no church service calling.

    You are getting paid hundreds of thousands a year. People paying your salary expect you to win.

    Who else in the country won't take the blame for a loss, but will blame it on having other goals higher than winning?

  • Legacy Cougar SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    I was at the Cougar Club meeting that the head Coach later compared to the Pharisees. This was a group of polite older people and a few children bought to hear the comments. He was baiting the group and made fun of the everything that was said to him. He is not very courteous and seems to think he is above it all he need to be NICER! Wow what a way to treat those you give money to support the Church's athletic program!

  • aljmac Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    The Pharisees and Sadducees cared so much about how others perceived them and the letter of the law. They are the holiest, everyone else should be just like them. I'd say that sums up the BYU boosters, alumni and fans as well. Who knew Bronco was reasonable?

  • seattlecoug Issaquah, WA
    Sept. 17, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    Great comments, a healthy debate. Wow...Bronco is under a lot of pressure to win today. A loss to the team up north would be very difficult for the psyche of this team, it's coaching staff...and the fans Bronco's heart is in the right place but he gets overly defensive and needs to learn how to communicate with boosters, fans and the press. I agree...he needs to stop over-promising. I think being a head coach does not come naturally to him and he is very uncomfortable knowing how to respond to criticism. Whether he can ever grow into being comfortable in this job remains to be seen.

  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Dominating a team in the first half, and then getting dominated in the second half usually, but not always, demonstrates getting out coached. I think most people would agree that BYU was out coached in the second half.

    We are in a situation where it is very realistic we start the season 1-4, in a scenario looking awfully similar to last year.

    I am setting my own expectations for this team which is as long as Mendenhall is the coach, I see many seasons of 9-3, with the occassional 10 win season. Hanging right outside the top 25, with an occasional foray into the top 25 for a week or so during some seasons. Going to a second rate bowl and winning 75% of the time, 50/50 against BCS teams, getting decent exposure while being a squeaky clean program.

    Im happy with this. Id rather be pleasantly surprised with anything more than the above, but I hate being set up with talk of national championships and undefeated seasons to have those hopes dashed with the reality of a team with football at #5 and green coaches.

    Under promise, over deliver. We'll all enjoy it more.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    In the heat of the moment, sometimes we express our frustration in a negative way. It happens to almost all of us. We do not know what the actual circumstances were. Perhaps some at that CC meeting were going a little over the line in their questioning of Bronco. We don't know. Give him a little slack. Let's see what plays out after today. I'm sure he feels like he should not have expressed himself as he did, and wishes he could have said things differently. His message is right on, regarding the purposes of the sports program at BYU. Maybe he is frustrated with the way things are going offensively. He knows there is excellent talent and that talent isn't showing up in the games as it should. I think I would be frustrated too. I just think his comments were a result of frustration, but he doesn't want to criticize his team in front of the boosters. We'll see. Let's stay positive.

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    Let's send Bronco up to the church office building and then get a real football coach.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    Bronco comes across as fanatical to the world and to many LDS. Emphasis on firesides, "band of stripling warrior brothers," Pharisee & Sadducee boosters, etc, all related to BYU football. Don't think LDS church particularly wants to be perceived by millions as fanatical (at least LaVell came across as normal). BYU football is fifth in his life priority? Sure, whatever, ... we believe! If he could orchestrate victories over a few "big time" opponents, fans and church could overlook his fanaticism. Winning against real competition has a way of doing that. Makes you wonder if the fanaticism is a cloak to cover deficiencies in abilities as a head coach. As it is, Bronco's football philosophy is boring to watch, and results in losing games anyway. Personally, am glad he has only 3 year contract.

    That said above about Bronco as head coach, as defensive coach Bronco has fairly quickly molded and motivated a defensive group of young men quite impressively. That deserves some credit.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    I understand Bronco's sentiments...

    However, if the overall mission is more important than answering a few questions, then why do ticket prices continue to increase?

    As in building new buildings of worship, and young people serving missions, we should all just be able to pay an averaged out price for our tickets, be they 50-yard-line, loge, or end zone.

    $20 per game, and no questions asked. Sell food for $2 and let us go back to bringing in our own food.

    If you want to take us for all we are willing to give at the gate, then answer a few questions about poor play calls, and don't act like everything the coaches/players do wrong is okay, when it costs us easily winnable games.

    Tired of the double standard coach.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    As a Utah fan I have come to appreciate Bronco Mendenhall and I think I see what he is driving at. He is a good coach and great individual. I will not fault his heart at all. Unfortunately, I think his choice of words may actually be getting in the way of his message.

    Lavell Edwards was asked if there was divine intervention at BYU football games. Edwards answered, "the Lord has more important things to use miracles on than football." Coach Edwards was very good at keeping football in its proper perspective. I suspect Bronco means to convey similar sentiments but often ends up somewhere else.

    If Bronco is being quoting accurately, this sounds an awful lot like someone who is saying he should be above criticism. Comparing yourself to Jesus and your critics to the Pharisees will always prove problematic. Using loaded language only destroys your message.

    Bronco's heart is in the right place. He has a good message. I hope he feels his message is important enough to take greater care in how he expresses it.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:02 a.m.


    Solid post.

  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    Is it possible the boosters do see the bigger picture?

    I think it is awesome that the football team does the firesides and is representing its values off the field.

    Opportunities for exposure to come will be a direct result of success on the field, and success on the field is usually measured in wins.

    Boosters have every right to question whatever they want to in terms of that on field success. Answering those questions are a tough part of being a coach. It comes with the job. Chiding those boosters is not a good idea and is detrimental to the program. Mendenhall would be better served by the concept of under promising and over delivering. How about telling people at the beginning of the season that a National Championship is so far beyond the realm of possibility under the current structure of college football that he doesnt want to even discuss it. How about setting high expectations with his team, but not piling on the pressure by talking about going undefeated for two years and winnning a national championship. Why are these thoughts being conveyed to reporters? Be the team exceeding expectations with a 9-3 record.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    If I were a member of the Cougar Club, one of those 6-figure donors, and I'm reading that quote today, I'm calling Tom Holmoe and canceling my check. Not only is he making himself a part of the "larger mission of the university", he's basically declared war on the CC and on the fans.

    It's the professors and instructors at BYU who are molding men for the future, not some guy who plays with x's and o's. His job is solely to win and not cheat doing it. If he's not willing to do that, find someone else who can.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:51 a.m.

    Were all 35 players returned missionaries or planning to go? Was that QB of theirs who chose not to serve there?

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    Publicity is what it is all about. Bring back Mens gymnastics and wrestling, INDIVIDUAL sports that are part of the Olympic Games.
    Football is perfect for LDS, meetings and waiting and time outs and a few second of actually doing something.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Whenever I see a **rah rah** piece here in the DN about Bronco & priorities, I can't help but think of the old saying...

    "The only difference between a wise man & fool is a wise man knows when to keep his mouth shut."

    Sept. 17, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    Bring back LaVell Edwards. I never remember Lavell making an excuse for losing. This is the same rationale Bronco used when he stated that winning was 5th on the list...then his star QB, Max Hall, spewed his vile and obvious vicious hate and stated he hated University of Utah and all their fans. And Hall justified it over a bogus and, yet to be proven, beer throwing incident.

    Here is the best representation BYU has put out there concerning the mission of the LDS Church: Suspending Davies for an Honor code violation and now allowing him to come back to the program after he did what was right and changed his behavior. Thats what the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the LDS church is all about.

    Excuse makers are unfortunate on many levels...arrogant excuse makers who are narcissistic enough to compare themselves to the Lord being persecuted can be dangerous and destructive.

    The BYU Boosters have a right to question the coach. All over the country losing coaches get questioned and have to answer to their University powers that want to win...that is the coaching career.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    Perhaps Roscoe would prefer that Cougar boosters inquire about the number of baptismal commitments the Provo, BYU Athletics Mission reported last month.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    @ IQ92, losing with dignity is fine, but football fans don't care about anything than winning. Frankly, I don't think you get it. Football is a violent sport.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    I love that Coach Mendenhall and the players do these firesides. I love that Coach Mendenhall is looking to build well rounded men of spirit and integrity.

    That said he is dead wrong in his comments about the Cougar Club and the questions he is being asked by them. It has long been obvious he resents having to answer to the boosters and fans for the decisions he makes on the field and during games but he cashes his checks and it's his responsibility to answer to those that give the money that pays him.

    Bronco when you are speaking to the booster club, the ones that contribute all the money, the ones who spend their time caring about this program, the ones who are "fully invested" in it, the ones that make your lifestyle possible, then get over yourself and fullfill your responsibilities to them.

    It seems you are very much in favor of everyone else fullfilling their responsibilities but resent yours to them. If a booster shows up at your house or office to question you that is inappropriate, but when you are addressing them in their weekly meeting with you quit complaing and just fullfill your repsonsibilities.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    As a football fan, I want BYU to win every game. As a member of the LDS church I completely get what Bronco is saying. The BYU football team will do well because of the type of coaches they have and because of the charactar, talent and hard work of the players. I believe that they will eventually win another NC at some point and I want them to but I won't be disappointed no matter what the result if they give everything they have. Class and Honor.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    Dear Esquire, I respectfully disagree. It's very possible to win without having a "killer attitude"to play powerfully with grace and beauty rather than the unremarkable in-your-face, over-the-top American sport.

    Even to lose with grace and perspective is more impressive than any victory. This is evident in Mr. Mendenhall's approach, and it shows in on the field. Win or lose, keep your dignity.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    How dare all those boosters chide Bronco. Maybe they should invest their money else where.

  • chubbuckidahocougfan Chubbuck, Idaho
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    As an avid BYU follower....I grow tired of Mendenhall being critical of the criticism he truly deserves after he loses a football game and when the blame falls upon him or his coaches for play calling or lack or preparedeness. If Mendenhall is going to constantly say that the National Championship is his goal each and every year then when we fall short against a very mediocre Texas team or any other team for that matter, then questions need to be asked why an offense couldn't muster more than 16 points against a bunch of Freshman.

    I truly believe BYU needs a coach that can do it on and off the field. There's no doubt that Mendenhall helps prepare the young man better than maybe any other coach off the field, and he should be commended. But call me selfish or delusional I'd rather have a coach that knows the X's and O's and can prepare a team to excel at the highest level on the national stage. Mendhall has really never been able to do that. Until coaching changes are made, BYU will never be able to compete at the highest level. Mendhall obviously can't take the heat.

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    Wow, Roscoe's comments must make BYU boosters feel good. They're getting ridiculed by the head football coach for simply wanting their team to win.

    Said football coach then goes on to compare his plight -- that the Cougars actually win games -- to religious persecution.

    For real?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    If BYU wants to use its football program to advance the interests of the Church, the program has to win and not be mediocre. It needs to have a winning/killer attitude on the field, or it will fail to achieve a highly recognized status and draw attention to the Church. Merely having games on national TV is not enough, especially if the team is losing.

    But really, step back and ask if trying to use football to advance the Gospel is rational. I really don't believe so.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    It's only a football game! Come-on!!

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:47 a.m.

    LDS members of the church everywhere should be proud of what Bronco and BYU is trying to accomplish. Ya, we all want to win, but at the end of the day what happens on the football field can't hold a candle to what is important in life.

    No one likes to win more than I do. But I am here to tell you, from personal experience, that Bronco is dead on. And as much as I enjoy BYU football, it doesn't even make the list of the things that are really important in life.

    We should be grateful to have a coach that really gets it.

  • mattmo Gallatin, MO
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    All I have to say is, "Go BYU". Really they are doing their best.

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Stay the course Bronco. Dang the fiery darts, full speed ahead.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:31 a.m.


    Winning a national championship should be the ultimate goal of every major college program, it just shouldn't come at the cost of other things that are more important.

    Bronco has his priorities straight.

  • lynne BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    Bronco's words do not equate himself with Jesus and his persecution as the article's author suggest. The analogy Bronco draws focuses on the Pharisees and the Sadducees/boosters. A group of people that failed to see the bigger picture. When Christ stood before the Pharisees they couldn't grasp the opportunity before them because of their own shortcomings in understanding what was truly important. I hear Bronco say that after the Texas game the boosters were so caught up in the minutia of a play call here or there that they failed to see all the good that this team is doing and will do, despite weaknesses and mistakes. The big picture speaks to a program, with goals within football and within life that will represent themselves and BYU honorably before the world.

  • sixpacktr Lancaster, NY
    Sept. 17, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    Love you out here in Western NY Bronco! 100% support you and what you are doing with the program. Keep it up, and we'll see you when you visit Notre Dame (only an 8 hour drive for me)!

    I'm hoping you can schedule teams like Syracuse, Pitt, Michigan and Ohio State as well in the near future. Even closer...

  • sweetnewss Orem, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    If bronco doesn't want to get questions about what plays are called on 3rd and 20 and winning, then he needs to stop running his mouth about winning national championships.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    I've never heard of a missionary getting on TV while wearing the name of a LDS Prophet and say how much hate he has for others. I've never heard of an Olympic athlete get on TV while wearing the Team USA uniform tell how much he hates another country and all that are affiliated with it. It wouldn't be allowed. Perhaps we need to look at this bigger picture with some moral conduct rules.

  • rj Moss, Norway
    Sept. 17, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    I agree, CanuckFan. How many college football teams make a weekly spiritual devotional such a priority. Proof positive that BYU's mission is far more than winning games. But given the current state of the program, winning should be a natural outcome of the quality that BYU's mission has produced: high quality young men, high quality students, and high quality athletes.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Sept. 17, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    Winning and having millions watch your football team is much, much better than losing and having millions watch your football team. That kind of exposure isn't good for the church. I think booster questions are valid and do support the overall mission of BYU sports. No one is going to watch a 2-6 football team, even if they are on ESPN. And I'm not saying that BYU football will be 2-6 this year, just saying that high exposure for a losing team isn't a good thing. Although I do believe we left Texas with the respect of the UT fans.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 6:11 a.m.

    Bronco as Jesus? Really? Perhaps their should be serious consideration given to changing the Y's football uniforms so the real mission of the football team is more clearly apparent. A branding decision needs to be made.

    May I be the first to suggest that the Y always where white, but that the jerseys should look like white business dress shirts, with a blue tie of course, and instead of having the names on the back of the jerseys, perhaps a black patch over the left breast pocket with each Elder's name.

    The benefit of this branding change would be several fold. First any confusion among anyone as to the real mission of the football team will be eliminated; secondly, those who enroll at the Y will be able to count their service on the team as their mission. Thirdly, instead of offering scholarships to these missionaries, the Y can actually ask their parents to make contributions for each of their son's missions. All that remains is to determine how much tracting these missionaries will be able to do between practices and school.

  • che1968 Exton, PA
    Sept. 17, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    As a 40 year alumnus of BYU, and having suffered through years when the character of football players was questionable,I am extremely greatful that the athletic leadership at BYU has expected and required that all BYU players make any and all efforts to be of the highest character. Whether BYU wins 11 games or looses 10, the quality and character level of the individuals, will speak more volumes than the record or honors of men. Our world desperately needs men of high moral character and behavior; men whose confidence is based more on character, and not on playing skills. Men who genuinely care and love humanity as much as they care and play the game they love. Men who share the strength as a "Band of Brothers" yet as indivduals, strengthen, inspire, encourage, lead and guide all who make contact with them. Go Blue! Go White!

  • happy2BGrandma Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 4:49 a.m.

    Coach is totally right! There are greater things going on here, and I would feel very comfortable if my son was one of his players. Don't get me wrong--he's a competitor, as are his players. However, real perspective gives them the ability to know that their proper influence & example are far more important.
    Thanks Coach Mendenhall...

  • CalmDown Frost Free, Utah
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    Hmmm. I don't get it. How are coach's mission goals and accountability for getting it done on the field mutually exclusive of one another? That's nice that we're expecting young men to actually live how EVERY STUDENT that had a bishop's interview and signed the Standard's commitment is expected to live at the Y. The difference here is these particular students and their coaches are part of a football team, who, when apparently not performing at their optimum, may have someone ask why not.

  • CanuckFan Vancouver, BC
    Sept. 17, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    Would love to see one of those firesides. Yes, we all need a reminder of the big picture now and then. Amazing about the audience size in just the last 2 games being the same as the last 6 seasons.