Talkin' with Trav: Q&A with Bronco Mendenhall

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  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 30, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    "Hansen: How long will BYU be an independent?"

    Translation: Will we be mid-majors forever?

    "Mendenhall: It’s difficult to answer that question. There are conferences that love our brand, but many will not change their tournaments and Sunday play. We hope to find someone that will find the real value that BYU has in our fan base, standards, television capabilities and contracts. Until then I love the chance to be independent, stand alone and work as hard as we can to win as many games as possible."

    Translation: Well, the WAC still wants us. We're sort of trying them out a bit to see if we can still back in to the BCS like Hawai'i did back in 2007-08. So yeah, looks like we'll be mid-majors forever, but that won't stop us from still packing 55-60K fans into LES. Our fans will watch anything. Plus, it doesn't hurt that they really don't know much the difference between schools like Florida and CENTRAL Florida. That model has worked well enough for us to barely win 10 games last season.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 28, 2012 9:49 p.m.

    Not sure who all is sincere here and who all is goofin', but count me in coach's corner.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    March 27, 2012 7:46 p.m.

    Coach Mendenhall is so awesome! Similar to courageous Rick Santorum, who is unafraid to speak of religion and politics, so too coach Mendenhall, is fearless in sharing religious lessons with football. This demonstrates real commitment to the mission of BYU and the church. It is so refreshing to have someone lead who is unafraid. Tim Tebow is another who possesses such courage in the world of football. Coach we are so grateful for you!!

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    Even though I am a Utes Fan, I enjoyed the article and I admire Bronco's commitment to principles and spirituality.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 27, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    This attitude is the reason I am a fan of Bronco Mendenhall. His mindset is that of a person who desires constantly to learn and improve. He values this mindset in others. When he speaks of the players who stand out to him, he speaks of them having this mindset. This is the very reason that, despite not getting a ton of 4-star recruits, BYU continues to end seasons ranked.

    I have children who have been tagged as "gifted" by the schools. The magnet school they attend, tries to teach parents how to instill this mindset in our children. They teach that it is more valuable to praise them for their efforts and determination than their intelligence. It is a pitfall common to gifted children to begin to fear challenges that might make them extend themselves. Being fearful of not appearing "smart," many will give up if something doesn't come to them easily. These kids tend to peak academically in high school. It is the child (labeled "gifted" or not) who continues to seek out challenges who will grow the most in this life.

    Coach Mendenhall teaches this to his team both on and off the field.

  • STuFOO Korea, AE
    March 27, 2012 3:11 p.m.


    Funny how just cause you say it, you think its true.

    Who was in the top 25 last season?

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    March 27, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    Great article. I agree that Brocno is a great leader & teacher of young men. It's also refreshing to have a coach that puts the Gospel above football.

    Much of the coaching staff and players chose to play at byu to get as far away from football as possible. This is to be commended.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    March 27, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    Really enjoyed reading this. Trav, I wish your columns were longer & a deeper."There is no entitlement in the world." Ouch, Jake Heaps. This is what I like about the Cougs, it's full of football players who are gamers and work for everything they get.

    Now, with that being said, I was fascinated with the info about Bronco's interview w/ Pres. Eyring. How does getting from that point transition to a "contending" for a BCS Championship? I don't think it does. In my humble opinion, even though you "publicly" hear & read otherwise from the BYU Admin and Athletic Department, BYU football is not about a BCS championship. And I'm OK with that. Bronco is a great leader & teacher of young people, but he's not going to lead this team to BCS Championship contention, and that's what was announced by Holmoe as the ultimate goal when he spoke about becoming an Independent.