Guest commentary: BYU football fans should focus on those who will play

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  • agarrett PROVO, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 11:27 p.m.

    Where have all you guys been? Bronco announced months ago that he would stop announcing honor code violations. It's mostly been the players coming out and opening up about it recently.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Losing a "key" player should hurt! Life's lessons are painful. Better to learn them while young. Go Cougars!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:02 a.m.


    I found your comment above to be very insightful.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 12:56 a.m.

    I for one am glad BYU has an honor code and sticks to their principles. It should be a private matter and Bronco would be fine if the media would let it be and quit prying.

    Other universities, including one up north could learn from BYU's example, epecially since the NFL has a real problem on their hands lately with plyera geting arrested for abuse and other violent acticities. It all starts in college and some schools would rather win than turn out responsible athletes.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:37 p.m.

    If we should be focusing on BYU players who will play, why did Jeff Call do a story on Ross Apo?

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 8:51 p.m.

    This article mentions the Oklahoma and Oregon victories to try to prove that losing a key player doesn't matter.

    But let's put the opposite spin on this.

    Without Cody Hoffman against Virginia last year, our passing game was non-existent and we lost. If he was playing, I think we would have won.

    Without Spencer Hadley against utah last year, we were slightly thinner at the LB position. I personally don't think Hadley's absence was the reason we lost, but it wouldn't hurt to have him. Who knows, maybe he makes a tackle on a third down where Tyler Beck or Austen Jorgensen missed it.

    My point is, losing key players hurts. Period. Sometimes it might be the reason you lose, like Hoffman. Sometimes it probably wouldn't have made a difference, like Hadley. Sometimes you are simply better than the other team anyway so it doesn't matter, like UConn. But regardless, it hurts to lose them.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    Aug. 31, 2014 8:48 p.m.

    I guess it depends on who's left looking silly.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 7:53 p.m.

    I agree with Real Bass. Other programs just come out and say suspended for breaking "team rules" and that's the end of more questions. Why is that so difficult. It's not the suspensions that bother me, that's going to happen. It's how Bronco communicates (or doesn't communicate) that bothers and confuses people.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Aug. 31, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    Seems that Bronco brings this on by playing with the press on who is playing and who is under suspension. He does not need to get into detail. A simple announcement at the beginning of the week that the following players will not be suiting up ends all the speculation. His way puts a burden on the poor players who then get asked about it at the fireside.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 7:37 p.m.

    Some people just don't get it; BYU is a private university with an honor code that most on the outside world can't wrap their heads around. Therefore, those in charge choose not to divulge the details of every single decision that they make. And they don't have to put themselves or their players through that kind of scrutiny.

    Having attended BYU, I understand the high bar set to attend there. That Honor Code actually helps define one's life later after graduation as well as while attending college there. It continues to be frustrating for the outside crowd who want to know all the nitty, gritty details. It just isn't going to happen! Just try to learn to go with the flow!

    Go Cougars!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 31, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    Trust the coaching staff, and let them handle team rules.

  • ds7 American Fork, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:57 a.m.

    the easiest thing to do is suspend a player. BYU has become the "university of silly suspensions"...

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    Bronco is responsible for the intrigue. Who is playing is not like the call of who will be the next bishop.. Other teams announce suspensions for "violation of team rules.". Why can't we.

    Injuries are another story. The healing process and keeping the other team guessing are reasons to play injuries closer to the vest. But like making Uconn kick off again when the ball went out of bounds instead of taking the ball at the 35, his handling of public statements and the press leave heads shaking.