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!
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
Go Fast, go Hard, go Long and go Early. Okay Bronco, how do you like that? I
don't know about that.
Another gimmick from Mendenhall in August.
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.
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.
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!!)
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!
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.
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.