BYU football: Isaiah Nacua given a second chance by Cougar coaches

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  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    Just like clockwork...A great story that speaks well of both the BYU and Whittingham elements, but ultimately has ZERO to do with Utah and trust our favorite stick in the mud to come up with a 'He's not the President of the United States' laugher.

    She's been reaching for straws for years, but this one has got to be right up there in her 'Top Ten' of laughers.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Feb. 7, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    "Its a football coach - not the president of the country. Meetings don't just happen? LOL"

    Really? In your never-ending quest to come up with things about BYU to laugh at, this is what you come up with? You should've given this one a pass. Pretty weak.

    Feb. 7, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    Chris B - I guess that's the best you could come up with given the star rating argument failed you...repeatedly?

  • TXAfghanVet Dallas, TX
    Feb. 7, 2014 7:22 a.m.

    Great story. Sorry to find that some can't take an uplifting story like this without the big rivalry stamp on it. I think that it's great to read about a young person maturing and figuring out that just because they're a great athlete doesn't preclude them from being an honorable person. It sounds like Isaiah is making that step and is moving swiftly in the right direction. He, and his family deserve to be congratulated for that.

    I don't think the fact that he's going to BYU is a determining factor in this story. Had this same series of events happened with Coach Whittingham, I'd be just as happy for Isaiah, and his great family, and would still wish him all the best for the future. Sometimes you have to look past the jersey color and see the heart of the athlete inside. Sports tends to be a lot more rewarding for both the fan and the participant, when you can see it that way.

  • LV Ute Fan Henderson, NV
    Feb. 6, 2014 11:08 p.m.

    Congratulations! The Nacua's are a great family, and I wish Isaiah the best. I hope he has an excellent career at BYU and get everything he wants out of his experience there.

  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 6:57 p.m.

    I found this headline funny. I interpreted this "second chance" stuff as byu coaches acting mercifully and helping this kid out. First off, what's wrong with a kid getting offers from other schools to sit back, and evaluate all his options and figure out what is best for him. Also, BYU wanted this kid badly. I KNOW they would've found a scholarship for him whenever he finally committed whether it was last year or this year. As a byu fan, I am happy they secured him though. I think he has a ton of potential and will be an asset to the team.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 6, 2014 6:21 p.m.

    It's all about respect, trust, and consistency and those are two strong suits for Coach Mendenhall...

    I admire Isaiah for recognizing where he was in the process and what character traits are important in a future coach... Best wishes on your mission, your studies and your physical preparation Isaiah... I have a hunch you are going to be a fantastic addition to future Cougar teams and I look forward to following you.

  • ClarkeinAK Anchorage, AK
    Feb. 6, 2014 5:55 p.m.

    Great story - hope he academically qualifies and can get on the field following his mission.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    Sometimes that is exactly what a young man needs. Someone to get tough with him and tell him how it is. I know other coaches will fawn and coddle recruits to get them to like them and join their program. It sounds like Isaiah isn't a kid that responds to that as much as honest criticism. I think he would have done well at either Utah or BYU because Whit is a tough, tell it how it is coach also, but I'm glad he chose BYU. Hope he continues to progress and find all the happiness and success life has to offer.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    This Utah fan hopes things work out well for Isaiah. Nice story.