Dick Harmon: Van Noy comfortable with choice to return to BYU

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    Jan. 9, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    "Utah State - 6-0 in the WAC
    BYU - 3-1 in the WAC, BEAT the WAC champion
    Utah - 0-1 in the WAC, tied with NM St for dead last in the WAC"

    BYU was (3-1) against the WAC but, also faced two respectably ranked WAC teams. That's a far cry from "played four WAC teams."

    Need to beat Utah before commenting on them.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Jan. 4, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    Wireless Lawyer
    Lehi, UT


    Provo, UT

    Both exquisite points. Thank you!

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    @Coug in China
    I've heard it from him a few times... I'm guessing the players all think its funny that the coaches use it so much so they use it in interviews then laugh about it later. Again just a guess

  • Coug in China China, 00
    Jan. 3, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    KVN says in the article... “But the guys we have returning are just as good and we’re going to be very, very gritty..."

    Please, use any word but gritty. Tough, strong, tenacious, animals, cohesive, unstoppable, etc... but we have had enough use of the word gritty forever! Gritty and BYU sports should NEVER be used again in the same sentence.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    KVN is now in my top 5 list of favorite BYU players of all time:

    1-Steve Young
    2-Jim McMahon
    3-Kyle Van Noy
    4-Harvey Unga
    5-Dennis Pitta

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Jan. 3, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    Hi Kyle!

    You don't know me, but I sort of know you. I've raised 12 children to adulthood, so I've about seen it all...and I'm very happy for the way you've taken the initiative to bring the kind of quality to your life that you have. I met your aunt in Stockton, CA at a girl's water polo game, where she spotted my "BYU Football" t-shirt and introduced herself as "Kyle Van Noy's aunt". It was just a few games into your first year at BYU, and she was very excited about you being there. I told her you were at a great place and if you were serious about it, I could see the talent and you'd have a terrific career there. Wow...I had no idea. Your decision to finish at BYU is a wise one on many levels. Your leadership value cannot be overstated, and your learning opportunity will go on. I hope you'll also spend some time with the missionaries; the Priesthood can bless your family forever, and amplify your personal qualities. Like I've said to my own boys....I'm proud of you, son!

  • Wireless Lawyer Lehi, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    While it's every fan's right to vent about their favorite team (coaching, scheduling, league affiliation, calibre of players), it's worth noting when doing so that those most impacted by the program, the players, consistently show a high level of loyalty and enthusiasm for their team.

    If the two most talented undergraduates in the program are happy enough with the team's current state of affairs that they are excited about staying for another year (and deferring a payday), that speaks volumes to me about whether or not they're doing it right in Provo.

    Best wishes to KVN and CH for a successful and injury-free Senior year.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Jan. 3, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    Kyle Van Noy is an intelligent risk-taker. He could have opted for a big contract as a second-round pick, but he chose to go for the upside. Now he can be one of the top picks in the draft, and make mega-bucks. There's a risk that he won't make it, but with the exposure that BYU will get next season on ESPN against Texas, Boise State and Georgia Tech, and another game on NBC against Notre Dame, KVN will be on everyone's list as the top LB in the country.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 3, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    " ... knowing what it feels like to beat your rival ... "


    Oh, and one other thing, it is flattering to know that utah still believes BYU is their rival.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 3, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    " ... KVN should have taken the money and run... "


    I'm impressed you were almost the first troll to post here.

    Nice code language, but what you actually meant to say was, "I pray he will not be there next year when we play the Mighty Cougars".

    Must be a miserable existence for you to NOT watch your homeboys play in a bowl game. But I know you are looking forward to Saturday night to watch basketball and the Wildcats hand utah their second conference loss.

  • Snark Provo, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    I spoke to Kyle for a brief moment the night before the bowl game, after the team fireside. He was not standing in line to greet fans with some of the other players or piling on the bus to avoid the crowd. He was helping put away chairs in the cultural hall, without a word to anyone. That's class!

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Meridian, ID
    Jan. 3, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    I was just checking TV listings to see when my team's bowl game on Regional Fox was. But I heard there was a requirement to win six games to be eligible? What's up with that? If only we could have played Northern Colorado twice last year, we might have qualified to have those cheerleaders from Girlsie State clean our clocks, again. Maybe we should have played BYU twice. Then we could have stormed the field 6 times. I hate having our only bowl game be in September. That still counts on Kyle's consecutive bowl streak, right?

  • AZJazzFan Gold Canyon, az
    Jan. 3, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    No doubt now, the best defensive BYU player ever. Staying at BYU is very telling of how he feels about the team and the university.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    This article just shows the type of caliber of young men that BYU recruits. The is an example of a real man.

    Let all the u fans squawk. They just hate to see their one sport they like to brag on come to an end without going to a bowl game and without ANY kind of accolades at all. Think about it.....Nothing to cheer about from your own university! Let's see we can really get into BBall....Oh, I guess we can't do that. Let's see....there's volleyball ! !...I see, we don't even have a team. Well, let's see...how about skiing? Now there is a sport that ESPN is just drooling about covering. Maybe we ought to make complaining a sport or how about trolling? Maybe the u could win a National Championship in that sport!

  • dww722 North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    If Bronco puts his future and the season in the hands of Brandon Doman it's going to be a very long and frustrating year. Having Van Noy and Hoffman back is huge but talented players won't be enough to overcome the types of ridiculous coaching decisions we saw this past year.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    Highland, UT

    Are you sure you are talking about the right guy? You seem to get the Reynolds brothers mixed up.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    Well regardless of what anyone else thinks I am certianly happy about this.

  • The A Game Sandy, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    You are all still debating who the best team in the state was? Give me a break. Swallow your pride and accept that neither Utah or BYU were the best team this year.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    @ Ernest

    But, but, but.....they beat Northern Colorado ansd Colorado.

    Give those Utes some credit where it's due. They OWN the state of Colorado, right? They're the best team in Colorado, right? And it's a good thing they don't play the Broncos or the Utes would beat them, too, right?

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 3, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    Good, informative article. The draft analysis info was good to read about. I would have liked to have seen that info in the initial article when KVN said he's staying. Let's hope this decision doesn't backfire on him. He'll be great to watch next season. Clock's still ticking on the offensive side. Team won't do much better at all and likely worse against a very aggressive schedule next year if there's not a change at the OC position.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    I know Uteanymous, Utah couldn't beat anyone good last year.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    He could win the Hiesman and be undefeated.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Jan. 3, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    When Kyle announced he was returning to BYU to take care of unfinished business, I don't think he was referring strictly to college football accomplishments.

    As posted by KVN this morning,

    "Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life. It's what you inspire others to do." Never know who you can affect!! Takes work!

    Looking forward to KVN having an unforgettable senior season!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 3, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Is it my imagination, or does it sound like Hedgehog changed his name to Chris B and has now changed it to KVN/Hoff?

    Utah can take pride in beating BYU 2 of the last three seasons on the final play of the game, but U can't take pride as the best team in Utah. Come on, U didn't beat USU and didn't even make it to a bowl game. At least two teams from Utah represented the state well during bowl season - the two best teams in the state - BYU and USU.

    I do find it interesting that KVN is coming back for his Senior season and Krueger is leaving Utah before his. KVN would have been a higher draft pick. I'm not sure if this is a statement about the individuals or a statement about the programs? But it's an interesting thought.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    What has Utah State got to do with the WAC? USU football is no longer in the WAC.

    Isn't SUU football ranked third in the state behind BYU and USU?

    Glad to see Mr. Van Noy returning to complete his degree.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 9:30 a.m.


    Wow, you really set yourself up for a beatdown with that post. I have a feeling that Uteanymous is just the beginning, and he didn't even pile on by reminding you how the "second best team in the state" beat your team. Please, please tell us, if USU is only the second best team in the state, who is the very best team in the state? We all would like a hearty laugh to start our day.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 3, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    KVN/Hoffman + Hill/Olsen spell doom for Utah

    "...and his team fails to win a WAC championship as Utah State again proves to be the second best program in the state."

    Utah State - 6-0 in the WAC
    BYU - 3-1 in the WAC, BEAT the WAC champion
    Utah - 0-1 in the WAC, tied with NM St for dead last in the WAC

    The Utes will need to beat Weber State next season to avoid dropping from third to fourth best team in the state.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    I am glad you are coming back, reminder before 2013 season start.

    1. If your D's are going to be that good, go easy on our Offense team during Spring and Fall work outs. We need them to develop.

    2. Don't hurt T. Hill which we need him and hoping that he will throw more than run during work outs. Maybe his knee will tell him to throw for a while.

    3. Teo's Manti didn't win the Heisman because he didn't get many yardage on D's side but KVA might as well play some offense during 2013 (he did menioned to Bronco after that bowl game, wink wink). But, nah he won't win it because Johnny from A&M might win it again.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Jan. 3, 2013 8:44 a.m.


    Or, Van Noy could go from 2nd team All-American and 2nd/3rd round draft pick, to 1st team All-American, Butkus Award Winner, guaranteed 1st round draft pick, along with being a key component of an incredible team.

    Unfortunately for U, Van Noy chose the path that our nervous friends up north were all hoping he wouldn't.

    It's a great day to be a Cougar!

  • KVN/Hoff want 0-4 against UTAH Ogden, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    "You will not regret this decision"

    Unless of course he pulls a Reynolds and goes from first/second round pick with guaranteed millions to not even drafted.

    and loses to his rival for the fourth time in his career, ending his career without knowing what it feels like to beat your rival

    and his team fails to win a WAC championship as Utah State again proves to be the second best program in the state.

    KVN should have taken the money and run.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 3, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Kyle Van Noy - solid. You will not regret this decision.