Spencer Hadley grateful that 'the Lord was able to make a positive out of such a negative situation'

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  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    "I still would L-O-V-E to play the Utes head to head WITH Spencer Hadley.
    BYU by 7."


    Well then, the Utes get back Brian Blechen (the object of Y "fan" scorn last year) and Kenneth Scott.

    Result: 5-in-a-row, 6-of-7, 10-of-13.

  • Frankenberry Saint George, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 9:45 p.m.

    Spencer, don't worry about all this talk. You're a fine young man. Keep working hard. Keep playing hard. Good luck and good life.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Oct. 16, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    Enid, OK

    First, and foremost, as a Christian and fellow member of Hadley's church, I know who Spencer Hadley is in the eternal sense and I'm grateful that he has learned from his mistake.

    Second, I still would L-O-V-E to play the Utes head to head WITH Spencer Hadley.

    BYU by 7.

    If only we could go back in time! But as is, we'll never know what the outcome of that game would've been if Hadley had not messed up big time. But, there's no sense in looking back. The Utes won and we lost and both teams are moving on pretty well so far. Let's hope they keep tearing it up!

    Go Cougars! Go Utes! Go Aggies!

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Oct. 16, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    First, and foremost, as a Christian and fellow member of Hadley's church, I know who Spencer Hadley is in the eternal sense and I'm grateful that he has learned from his mistake.

    Second, I still would L-O-V-E to play the Utes head to head WITH Spencer Hadley.

    BYU by 7.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    BarkForSark -- It is pretty simple, BYU was playing a triple option team and they needed their linbacker to take away the fullback and poof - 5 games goes to 3.

    Isn't that what a BYU fan would say if Whittingham reduced a suspension for one of his players?

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Oct. 16, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    @JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt BYU fans were angry that he got caught and didn't care about his well being? Please, by all means, name one of them.

    I didn't realize you were omnipotent enough to channel the thoughts and minds of all BYU fans. Perhaps there were a few who said stupid things. More out of frustration that utah was going to be one step closer to dodging a bullet again without him on the field.

    I for one didn't have a problem with it, and wished him the best at getting his life turned around.

  • bslack Draper, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    To BarkforSark, Coach Mendenhall gave the five game suspension before the Honor Code Committee made their decision. It was the Honor Code Committee that reduced the number of games due to the facts of the discretion as well as feedback from Coach and Spencer's Bishop. The Honor Code Committee informed Coach Mendenhall during the week that they recommended 3 game suspension. This is like when a School will issue a punishment before the NCAA does it. Based upon the facts, the NCAA will issue their punishment and the School can adjust.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    Look at all the people who blasted BYU for even telling people that Hadley had been suspended. BYU is a private university. They tell you the bare minimum as to what the media would dig up anyway, then leave it at that. The reason the suspension was reduced is simple: Hadley got his actions together. Nothing more needs to be said.

  • BarkforSark PROVO, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    I still wish someone would report why exactly his suspension was reduced from five games to three. Seems to me if you're going to suspend a guy for five games, you keep your word and hold him out for five games. To reduce it -- without making it clear upon the original sentence that there was a chance it could be reduced -- just looks weird.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    Are you serious? I mean, this isn't a prank remark is it?
    Do you really know what ALL happened? Do you really think that a star player could sit out for 3 to 5 games and have no one notice? This kid is a prospective NFL player and a lot of people have their eyes on him. I can just imagine the likes of people who know nothing about any situation, writing an "editorial" about the secrets that BYU are keeping with their student athletes.

    The Church and BYU has to walk a very fine line in cases like this and I think they do a WONDERFUL job. A lot more is one the line here than a football game.....a life of a young man and student. Something other schools should try looking at.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Oct. 16, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    "I'm just really grateful that something like that was able to come from such an ugly situation."

    Remember when BYU fan was so angry he was turned in? They were so upset about the source of the information of him partying in Vegas. They were so angry they did not even think about this young man's well being. Well guess what? The man says he is grateful that he is getting a chance to straighten things out. If he had not been turned in, he might still be partying. As a Utah I wish this young man good luck.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    I'm still scratching my head over just what was so bad with what Spencer did to merit a 5 game (reduced to 3) suspension. Yes, I understand the Honor Code at BYU but what he did certainly doesn't mean he should have been suspended for 3 games. Also, why can't BYU keep quiet on "honor code" violations and keep that between the student, coach and the student's bishop?

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    Isn't it wonderful that we can be forgiven if the repentance is sincere. There's not a greater blessing in this world.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    What a refreshing attitude he has, no whining about what he did or the penalty for his actions.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    Great article, congrats to Spencer, It sounds like he is glad he got caught so he could live through this experience and correct his ways.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    Spencer, play hard, and work just as hard to thank all who have helped you along the way...you are a fortunate young man.

  • vangroovin West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    Welcome back, Spencer Hadley! Stay true!

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Oct. 15, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    This is how I see it. If we learn from our mistakes, then positive growth occurs. However, if we don't learn from our mistakes then the lesson second time around probably won't be as comfortable. I love it when Alma talks about how we can either humble ourselves or we will be humbled (God's way of showing his love). Anway, I wish Hadley positive growth and a successful career.

    GO UTES!!