BYU football: Coaches look forward to seeing newcomers perform in fall camp

Chasen Andersen opts out of scholarship, will play at Wisconsin

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  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    June 29, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    After Chasen told Bronco he was leaving, Bronco quickly slapped down some limitations on where he could go play. He refused to allow Chasen to transfer to any school that is on BYU's schedule in the near future.

    Oh, wait. He didn't do that? He let him go without limitations?
    Huh. A glimpse of what amateur athletics is REALLY supposed to look like.

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    June 28, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    @Real Bass

    Talk about sour grapes losing a coach. He's gone and on to better things with a better school. There is nothing you aggies can do about it.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    June 28, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    Andersen should never have been offered to begin with. Was there someone that could have received that offer months ago who won't be there now?

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 27, 2013 7:09 p.m.


    By definition, a walk-on is an athlete who becomes part of a team without being awarded an ATHLETIC scholarship. This results in the differentiation between "walk-on" players and "scholarship" players. It has nothing to do with an athlete's education being paid by some other means.

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    June 27, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    Don't follow your logic. His dad was hired at Wisconsin prior to Chasen signing his LOI.

  • logicalsportsanalyst West Jordan, UT
    June 27, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    Andersen being a "walk-on" is not really the case. All faculty members children's tuition is paid for at almost every institution. Even if Wisconsin was an exception, Gary now has more than enough money to pay Chasen's schooling. Essentially, Chasen just got a scholarship to Wisconson. Comparing a sholarship at BYU (which is great) against another great school and being with his dad....hard to compare there. I see the reasoning behind his decision.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    Please show us where Bronco claimed BYU was tougher than Wisconsin? I'm not sure what you read or maybe you are just trying to stir the pot. What Bronco said is that he wanted to be with his dad. Try to keep up.

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    June 27, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    Bronco can give the scholarship to a deserving player who is currently a non-scholarship player. When a walk on is rewarded with a scholarship it is a great motivator for other walk on players to work hard. There a number of walk on players who have become integral contributors to the Cougars success, i.e. J.D. Falslev.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    June 27, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Well, good luck to Chasen at Wisconsin. I hope it's not too late to give the scholarship to someone else that can come in and make a difference on the field, although it probably is at this point.

  • R.A.W St George, Utah
    June 27, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    Some of you need to work on your reading comprehension. Bronco in no way implies that BYU is better than Wisconsin. The fact is BYU holds its student athletes to a higher standard than pretty much any institution in the country. With the honor code, appearance policy, grade requirements, ect. BYU is definitely not a fit for everyone, and it isn't supposed to be.. Say what you want about Bronco not bringing home the big wins, but he does run the cleanest program in the country. I would be proud if my son one day played for him.

  • WISKY FAN Madison, WI
    June 27, 2013 6:24 a.m.

    Coach Mendenhall claims BYU is tougher than Wisconsin?
    Andersen is a walk-on at Wisconsin giving up a scholarship to BYU.
    Looking forward to BYU visiting Camp Randall in the fall and Good Luck to the players following coach Mendenhall.

  • WISKY FAN Madison, WI
    June 27, 2013 6:01 a.m.

    Interesting Comments by Coach Mendenhall on Chasen Andersen. Did he imply BYU is tougher than Wisconsin?
    Good Luck to BYU and see you at Camp Randall this fall.....

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 26, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    If Anderson had stayed he would have been one of our better players but now that he's moved on he will probably struggle.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    June 26, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    Relying on freshman and JC newcomers who have never taken a D-1 snap to make contribution in their first year is just hoping to be lucky.