Mendenhall finds peace on Friday nights

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  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Oct. 8, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    Church would have immeasurably greater influence via BYU football, if coaches & players made football their #1 priority, ditched the firesides, and behaved more normally. If Bronco has to have his friday fix each Friday instead of better preparing for the games, he's really not doing BYU or the church any favors.

  • PAC 10.2 Doormat Springville, UT
    Oct. 8, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    Nothing like a good touchy feely story to whip up the BYU-haters!

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 8, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    Keep the firesides coming. They inspire a lot of youth and the gospel is what matters most. If football can be used to strengthen faith, go for it!!

    Funny how rivals has such interest in BYU, even obsessing over language and haircuts. Good thing BYU believes in forgiveness, seems like no one else does.

    Turns out no matter what the Cougs do, people find fault (read rival fans). Just keep it coming Cougs, don't be deterred by jealousy and envy.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Oct. 8, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    Dear Bronco,

    Just win. That's the best missionary tool you can offer.

    Second, it's football, not a mission. Let the kids play football without thinking they have to shoulder the entire mission of the church on every play.


    One Disenchanted Fan

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 8, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    Uncle Rico


    I see your point. Obviously Bronco loves the firesides and has "magnified his calling" as a football coach to that of a spiritual advisor. I think he believes that that is his "mission call," so to speak, since he didn't serve a full-time mission as a youth. IMHO.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Oct. 8, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    Do all of BYU sports do this, or is this just a football thing?
    Does the Basketball team have regular firesides?
    Do the non-revenue sports have firesides before games/meets?

  • Wiley Old School RIC, VA
    Oct. 8, 2011 1:00 p.m.

    Paragraphs 1-4 (and 9) provide an interesting human interest story on a unique BYU tradition, and how much it means to the coach. I'd hope everyone has some similar activity in their life that means so much to them.

    Paragraphs 5-8, however, take a bizarre turn. Some things are sacred. Football is not sacred, not even BYU football. It's an athletic endeavor for participants, its entertainment for fans. Just play the game in a sportsmanlike manner. Don't portray BYU football as something more than it is. If this is the attitude that is being nurtured, no wonder some of these athletes (and their parents) are able to talk themselves into believing that pursuing a sport at BYU is the same as full time mission service.

    The lesson from football, like most of life's pursuits, should simply be to work hard and work honorably. End of story.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 8, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    I just love all the trolls that come on these articles. Just like the crazed pastor down in Texas who says that Mormonism is a cult, they all show their true colors. They must have a very sad life in that they cannot think of anything else but to tear down and find fault. Is your life that sad?

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 8, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    "In a nutshell, all we're trying to do is live gospel standards and demonstrate them through a game that's watched by the world," he said. "And if they can watch us play and then draw that connection, that's my job description."

    I'm with Timp on this one. If that is his primary goal, and not necessarily winning football games, then he is not being entirely successful. Like Timp, I don't particularly care if he does that out of frustration--that's football. But if Bronco's primary goal is to hold the football team as a "light unto the world," then he really stumbled there.

    My point is, first and foremost, Bronco's job should be to WIN. Developing character and showcasing "gospel standards" should be secondary. If BYU wins and becomes a feared and respected football program (BSU comes to mind) then I believe BYU football (and other BYU sports) can be an effective missionary or PR tool for the Church. But with this Independence thing, if we don't WIN, it backfires, and it just won't work. Please Bronco, focus on WINNING!

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Oct. 8, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    Friday night is when High Schools play football. BYU is a good fit.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    "Trying to do is live gospel standards" seems like a clear statement of intent and not final achivement. I like a man with Standards. I have standards that I am striving for. If I reach them, I push them highter to become better. For those who mock attempts to live a standard I would ask what do people look up to you for? That is correct, no one is looking to you. Hence you don't need to look for a time of peace and solace of the soul as Bronco does.
    As for a bizarre story? I found it uplifting and pleasant to read. Focusing your spiritual peace once a week is admirable. Dave Rose does it also. So your comments are bizzare...What are you lookig for in life?
    As for JJ's comment. You're right, it was an unfortunate slip by a young man I came to respect by his sincere gentlemanly behavior to my wife and I when we got to talk to him for a while. Very respectful and appropriate. As I know you your selves are without faults...may I get you a stone to throw so you can be first?

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Oct. 8, 2011 9:53 a.m.


    What does DiLuigi dropping an F-bomb have to do with Bronco's fireside? J.J. wasn't at the fireside and he's not LDS. As an LDS member, you should learn to be a little more tolerant of other people's imperfections.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Oct. 8, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    This story was truly bizarre. After reading, I agree with the Big 12. BYU doesn't belong. If the coach is more focused on firesides, rather than games, and believes that his job description is the same as a seminary teacher's, the playing on the field will reflect it. And it does.

    I'm so glad Dave Rose isn't this confused.

    And I agree with Timp, team members sideline use of the F-word makes this spiritual journey that much more ineffective.

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 8, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    I'm sure this one won't get through the Dnews filter on this feel good story but here I go...

    Is living the gospel the BYU player dropping the F-word twice on national TV? No. And frankly as an LDS member I don't care. It's football, not General Conference and most (if not all) are watching it for entertainment, not to be spiritually enlightened.