Dick Harmon: BYU's Kyle Van Noy sticks up for Miss Utah after her fumbled pageant answer

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  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    June 29, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    Bob K
    porland, OR
    Been away for quite awhile, eh? Or do you just like cheap shots at Utah?

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    June 28, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Clarification ---- my previous comment, if it gets printed, stated that the Miss Utah runners-up received less than the Community Service Award scholarship winner. I should have stated that the Community Service Award winner receives more than some of the runners-up.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    June 28, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    Marissa Powell is Miss Utah USA, a title which competes in the Miss USA Pageant and ultimately in the Miss Universe Pageant.

    On the other hand, Miss Utah competes in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant. A new Miss Utah, Ciera Pekarcik, was crowned last Saturday in SLC.

    The requirements are quite different between the two pageant systems. Miss Utah promotes scholarship, service, and talent. The private interview with the judges accounts for more points, by far, than any other category. At Miss Utah, the Community Service Award scholarship is worth more money than the runners-up scholarships. It was won last week by Miss Washington County, who is a pharmacy school student.

    The Miss America system raises millions of dollars for Children's Miracle Network and promotes STEM (science, technology and math) education for young women. Miss America is an active spokesperson for those two causes plus her own service platform, 365 days a year.

    Women in both systems much be physically fit and present themselves well. However, Miss America does NOT spend her "year" promoting wardrobes and swimsuits.

    With these comments, I am not disparaging Miss Powell, her Miss USA participation nor her accomplishments--just explaining the difference.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 27, 2013 10:55 p.m.

    Way to be Kyle, I'm glad that he stood up for her. He's a great football player and a gentleman. The poor girl probably just got stage fright. I'm sure she is really bright and was probably a little embarrassed with her answer.

    As less than stellar as her answer was, other candidates have certainly flubbed much worse. I don't even think I need to mention the infamous Miss South Carolina video from a couple years back that went viral.

    Either way, the point is Kyle Van Noy stood by his friend the same way he's stood by his team. He's poised to be an impact player for his team one more year, even if it means opening things up for his teammates.

    Good luck Kyle, best of success this year and into the future!

  • Bob K porland, OR
    June 27, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    Good for him for defending his friend.

    When I saw the original clip, I am afraid I thought "Oh, a question of women's equality: something discussed in colleges in 49 States, but not in Utah, so question caught her by surprise"

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    June 27, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    @ Chris B

    Says the guy who's team has not gone bowling and is ranked.way lower than BYU and is at the bottom of their conference.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    June 27, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    Sounds like two people who have a lot of class. No wonder they hung around together.

    June 27, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    "Chris B

    Salt Lake City, UT


    no, non-BCS players/teams know how to speak fine. They also are good at reading the bible. They don't say naughty words.

    They just aren't very good at football(thus no invite to a BCS conference)"

    LOL, I'll laugh with you

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2013 11:13 a.m.


    no, non-BCS players/teams know how to speak fine. They also are good at reading the bible. They don't say naughty words.

    They just aren't very good at football(thus no invite to a BCS conference)

    June 27, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    But wait...a player in a BCS conference would have handled this better, right Christopher?

  • Hondo Scottsdale, AZ
    June 27, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    Blame It,

    Reading comprehension 101.

    I wasn't making fun of KVN. He's a fine player, deserves every bit of recognition he's getting, and will be playing on Sundays without a doubt. Nor was I taking a jab at Miss Utah. She has handled the situation gracefully and is more popular than the individual that won. Rather, I was poking at this piece, which is quite trite, given the vast amount of topics that could have and should have been covered with respect to media day.

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 27, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    Re: Hondo,

    I'm not sure if you were trying to be funny or not. Either way, it doesn't matter because it wasn't funny. It also wasn't classy.

    When considering how to be classy, KVN is someone to follow, not to mock.

    As a Utah fan I have a lot of respect for KVN. He has tremendous talent and we'll be hearing of him for years to come. As a resident of the state of Utah, my heart went out to that young lady but I was quick to support her to family and friends that poked fun at her expense. I wish them both well.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    June 26, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    Cute Hondo... About five times ago. Time to move on.

    Or better yet, maybe at the creamery you'll bump into Wayne and you can discuss the merits of fielding punts.

  • Ghost Writer GILBERT, AZ
    June 26, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    After his performance in last year's Poinsettia Bowl, if Kyle says she should be president of the U.S., I'm voting for her!

  • daver Provo, 00
    June 26, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    Good on ya Kyle - I wanna see all the critics answer their own question, blindsided, the way they did to her and when they were unaccustomed to the media sharks. Sort of hypocritical, aren't they!

  • Hondo Scottsdale, AZ
    June 26, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    This is the cutest article I've read all day. Now, let's all head to the Creamery for some ice cream so we can discuss what transpired today. Let's hope Mr. Harmon will join us. If there are two things he knows better than anyone else it's BYU football and the Creamery menu.