Commentary: Bronco Mendenhall had the right idea about the jerseys

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  • Wolverine33 Provo, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 11:16 p.m.

    The words could go on the front of the jersey above the number. That would make more sense.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    Much as I like to see the Cougs beat the Utes, I would rather have an 8-5 season and loose to Utah than be Utah with a 5-8 season and not go to a bowl game. The Utah game is just one game. Ute fans will baically say this same thing after they loose to BYU this year if they can go 8-5 for the season.

  • klbcougar Springville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 9:50 p.m.

    It is very good that Bronco practices a synergistic decision making approach even with team members involved, a quality that makes him a great coach. The world today is very different from my day in sports, and I am not sure that a lot of it is for the best. $$$ drives this world today and especially sports. Looking back at the differences going to a BYU football game in my day as compared to today has vastly changed to commercialism. If this issue does not at least underlay the stink of pride and selfishness, then there must be something else is amiss. In the world of work, the boss is exactly that, the boss. Athletic teams have coaches/managers and the concept should be the same or all order is lost and values become compromised. Listen, enough about this jersey trivia. Surely there are better and more important bits of news to deliver and deliberate upon.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 13, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    Just WIN and beat the Utes, is that too much to ask?

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 13, 2013 5:55 p.m.


    Losing to our rival, but still playing an exciting bowl game in a fun city to visit, was light years ahead of rushing the field three times in September, and then being forced to watch bowl week from the comfort of your couch.

    Just like the 80's, BYU has once again become Utah's bowl.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    The writer missed the point. This was a HORRIBLE idea by Bronco!! I hated it as soon as I read it on DesNews. Bronco needs to wait until he is a Mission President to pull out the Fireside material. I love what Bronco has done with the program and support him, but every year it seems he shoots himself in the foot with some great "idea". JUST WIN!!!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 4:39 p.m.


    How does it feel to continually lose to your rival, the rival that didn't go bowling last year?

    However "bad" we are, you're worse!


  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    Chrissy, the three words that whit is thinking about using-




  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Aug. 13, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    It was the furthest thing from the "right thing".
    Much more appropriate on little cutouts put on Beehive's.

  • morningbreaks Aurora, CO
    Aug. 13, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    I think the writer of this article largely missed the point of why many players and fans wanted names on the back of jerseys. It's not just about personal glory and individual accolades like the writer implies. In my opinion, the writer's conclusion is overly simplistic.

    Reports also indicate that Leavitt's injury was to his hip, not his ACL, and it may not be that serious, but we won't know until tomorrow. On that note, I also think that Chris needs to get a life outside of the unhealthy obsession over BYU.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    Chris B. Ute nation must be so proud of you.

  • morningbreaks Aurora, CO
    Aug. 13, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Chris B needs to get a life. That being said, I think the writer of this article largely missed the point of why many players and fans wanted the players names on the back of the jerseys.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    I miss the days of LaVell Edwards when he recruited an offensive national power year in and year out and recruited from both sides of the fence (Jim McMahon, Ty Detmer, Robbie Bosco, ....). Both Ty and Robbie later joined the Church. The team was really fun to watch and it is hard to rekindle that excitement anymore. This jersey thing with Bronco feels like a primary activity.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    No, he definitely had the wrong idea.

    Dear Bronco:

    Tradition- Try keeping up with the past tradition of winning.
    Spirit- Actually boost your teams spirits and get them pumped for big games.
    Honor- Honor/respect the fans.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Had it been Notre Dame’s Lou Holtz picking the words, the jerseys may have read: Ability, Motivation and Attitude

    Unfortunately for byu , sunday school boys just don't have that first thing.

    Can't say enough about ability.

    Nick Saban couldn't crack the BCS with a team of sunday school boys.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    And Whittingham has the right idea about the byu-utah games: