Dick Harmon: Bright & early: Bronco Mendenhall says 6 a.m. starts will benefit team, players

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  • fallishere thousand oaks, CA
    Aug. 12, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    Unfortunately I don't think this is a good idea. I applaud thinking out of the box but the season is not the appropriate time to try something new. Best case scenario, it works well and we are just as successful as previous years. Worst case scenario, it fails and we lose one or two games we shouldn’t have. Looking at the risk/reward of the decision, there is not a lot of upside but plenty of down side. As a former player in the early 90's, I would have hated this schedule. Even games that started at 10AM (hello Hawaii games) were difficult to get in a rhythm. The earlier the game, the more difficult it was to loosen up the body. It felt like playing with a head cold (self-disclosure, I’m not a morning person) Re-think this one please. Try something new during spring football!

  • Lambo Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 9:24 p.m.

    It is worth a try. Given that so many BYU players were also missionaries, many of them will be used to that. Also, generally people's minds re more fresh and crisp in the mornings, so practice should be more effective. The only problem is that if this model doesn't seem to be working due to tired athletes they can't change it very easily since the players will have already scheduled classes. Crossing my fingers that it will work, Usually, people can get used to a schedule within a few weeks. It would have been wise to have players start this model back in spring or summer so that all the adjustments have been made and they are not trying to get accustomed to a new schedule right as the season is starting.

  • LouisD Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 11, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    So some egghead says this and Bronco adopts it. personally, when I was an athlete I don't know how I would have dragged a tired body to class and performed "egghead work" after so much strenuous physical work. I think this is a ludicrous idea and will backfire on the players academically. Perhaps this is more about keeping players from enjoying a night life of any kind. Either way, I wonder how playing at night (usually into the mid-hours when Thursday-Friday Contests are concerned) will be possible if players have been awake since 5 AM. My HOPE is to be completely wrong and that this change will magically work out for the best. Unfortunately,it sounds gimmicky and as if Bronco has found another way to shoot himself in the foot. Is he ever going to rise up and become a real head coach?

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    Dick, interesting article, but don't go lazy on us with 'someone said' attributions. According to Goodreads, the lion/gazelle quote comes from Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.

  • mufasta American Fork, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 7:14 a.m.

    Bronco has proven to be a great coach while at BYU. I have no problem with him thinking outside the box. He has earned difference in my opinion. I trust his judgement and that he puts the needs of his athletes first. I am excited to see how he can tune this team for this schedule, particularly in the first half of the season.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Aug. 10, 2014 7:08 p.m.

    Wow - so they are making a decision to treat the players as students first and athletes second? Amazing. You won't see many power 5 teams doing that.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    Go Fast, go Hard, go Long and go Early. Okay Bronco, how do you like that? I don't know about that.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 10, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    Another gimmick from Mendenhall in August.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    If the players go to bed at a decent hour, this will work out great. If they don't, this could negatively affect them, even if only slightly. It comes down to discipline of the students and how bad they want to win. I'm guessing many of the students will take the challenge, and those guys will likely take the spot of some starters who sleep late.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    Sounds like the boss assigning a two day project on Friday afternoon, and saying I want it on my desk Monday morning but don't work on Sunday.

    This policy forces coaches to work on Sunday.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    SNIP: "Mendenhall believes it will be even tougher for his staff and players, especially on Tuesday, because BYU’s coaching staff does not hold meetings or practice on Sunday. ....

    “Mondays will be tough, but Tuesday morning practices will be the toughest..."
    I don't get why Tuesday morning would be any harder than any other morning of practice??? Actually, I would think Monday would be the hardest, BY FAR... especially once the season starts (finish a game late Saturday night, take The Sabbath 'off', and be ready to coach a practice at 6 AM the next morning?!?!? Good luck with that one!!)

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Aug. 10, 2014 6:41 a.m.

    Hard work, commitment, dedication fueled by a strong desire to excel and succeed can be a great motivator for the team. Let's hope this new experience will translate into exactly that goal for this year. Just win, win, and win some more. I will be such a happy camper if that happen this year, much to the chagrin of all the BYU haters out there. Good day!

    Go Cougars!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 9, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    I don't think this is a good idea. College students just don't go to bed at a decent hour. They will be tired and drained and I think performance will drop off. I think most students' social life is between the hours of 10pm to 2am. I feel bad for the players. With the amount of calories they burn, they need their sleep. Football just got a lot less fun.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 10:00 p.m.

    I have a bad feeling about this idea. The reality is that college students stay up late and many games go late into the night.. This might lead to an overtired team that might not perform the best when they need to. I was thinking BYU might actually just lose 1-2 games and maybe even have a outside chance of running the table. Now, I'm not so sure.