Randy Hollis: Maybe Bronco had the right idea about those jerseys

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  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 11:13 p.m.

    I am in the minority in saying I liked the idea for homecoming. I am in the majority though in saying it is not a good idea for all the games. But I like homecoming.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    "I watch all of the games on tv that I am unable to watch in person, and the numbers are easier to identify than the printed name on the back."

    It is true that the number is easier to see than the name, and easier to identify. However, the player is not necessarily more identifiable. I really like having their names on the jersey. Taysom Hill is more recognizable by the name "Hill" on the back of his jersey rather than the big "4". Although sometimes we can't see the names all the time, I admit that I only have a few of the players' numbers memorized. Besides, players share numbers; an offensive player could be number 9 and a defensive player could also be number 9.

    Watching the scrimmage on Saturday I didn't know who was who all the time. I couldn't remember if Ammon Olson was number 7 or number 15, and still I am not sure who all the players I saw were.

    The players are known by their name, not by their number.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    Ready, Fire, Aim! I get the idea that win - loss records are not the only reasons schools change football coaches every so often.

    Spin it like a top and it still is not a good ideal. Athletes need adult supervision, sometimes athletic departments need some too.

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    Stupid decision, smart fix. Hopefully they drop it before the homecoming game as well. Time to move on.

  • midwestfan Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    I disagree that the names on the jersey is for the player--I believe it is for the fan. It is much easier for me to identify their name than their jersey number. So in response to Mr Hollis' question "they're already identifiable by their jersey numbers, so is their last name really necessary?" ABSOLUTELY!!!!! And many other coaches do not put players names on their jersey--a practice I abhor. And while I am glad he reversed his position, I son't think it was so out of line that he did so. Cut him some slack folks; if you could do half the job he is doing, you would be getting paid to do so.

    Go Cougs
    Go Bronko
    Go Utes, except once
    Go Kyle

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    This has to be one of the worst articles I've ever wasted my time with.

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    Having watched the interview with Bronco regarding the jerseys it is one of those situations where a comment to the equipment manager about how impressive the Air Force was with their uniforms showing code of conduct words on their jerseys gave way to a "surprise" as the equipment manager had the jerseys made without Bronco being able to raise the idea ahead of time with the team. I think Bronco handled it extremely well and the team is more unified for it as it turns out. Kyle Van Noy has proven to be the team leader in the process. Good outcomes all around.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    Bronco did not have the right idea. It is bad enough that the players sometimes have to be walking advertisements for their sponsors, and it is bad enough that that the NCAA exploits the players without due compensation. The least we can do is put their names on their jerseys.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    Remember the famous BIBS, that was worse. I am glad it is only for homecoming game.

    Inmagine seeing Dennis Rodman jersey "The Worm"

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 11, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    What in Tucket?
    Provo, UT

    I watch all of the games on tv that I am unable to watch in person, and the numbers are easier to identify than the printed name on the back.

    What do you do if you are seeing them from the front?

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    I went to BYU games for 25 years and watch all on TV now. Without a name on the shirt most of the players become no names and one loses interest.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    What could have been division and a major distraction for his Band of Brothers has turned into a spark of Spirit, Honor, and Tradition, as well as Unity for this football team. Thank you, Bronco, for listening to these players you love with your heart.

    Go Cougars!

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Randy, Randy, Randy ... spin it all you want, the decision was not a smart one - never was, never will. Thanks for trying to help Bronco out though. For me, the only way the coach can redeem himself is for BYU to be in the top 5, hmmm... 3 - if not better - at the end of the season. Go COUGARS!!!!

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 10, 2013 11:48 p.m.

    Nice try Mr. Hollis - still don't like it. Not even for homecoming.