I applaud the administration for taking this role. Ask the majority (50% plus)
of players that have resigned from the team over the past two years. The
administration would not just simply let go of national championship coaches
without cause. Do some investigative work before declaring the administration
has failed the school. They are more in tune with what is best then the school
that recently hired them. I wish UVU much luck with this decision...hopefully
the humility of the situation has brought these coaches back to understanding
the importance that coaching is to lift the student athlete and help them
progress while developing a team that builds one another. Time will tell.
Yet again - the suits at BYU make a bad decision.
Simply put, Rugby should be a varsity sport at BYU, men and women. Misguided and
poor choices by the BYU Adminstrators are killing one of the nations premier
Rugby programs. I don’t think they will be able to right this ship. A very
sad time for BYU sports.
@ water rocket do you have any basis for that assertion? This is college not
high school. Coaches don't teach classes. Practices are 2 hours, twice a
week. That's 4 hours during the week, and a game on Saturday. That is
nothing compared to most sports.
I appreciate all the "good will" expressed here. Unfortunately, BYU
didn't grasp the decision to effectively demote the rugby program, or
simply mishandled firing all the coaches and telling the players to take a
hike.This seriously mismanaged situation begs more insightful media
coverage, not to mention transparency by the AD. How about an appearance on
"Sports Nation", Mr Holmoe?
"I hope Tom Holmoe can find some way to stabilize this program at the Y and
attract great coaches again"... Maybe paying them would be a good place to
Coaches are, by nature, very competitive people and thrive on challenge. They
had accomplished what they could at BYU, and I would suspect that they saw the
UVU opportunity as a new challenge; however, in making the change, they would
not have to move from their current homes. I wish them great success with their
new "mountain" to climb. Don't blame the BYU Athletic Director on
this one. The coaches did what they thought was best for them and their
careers. No criticism of anyone is needed with any of this.
To "BYGardner"'s comment "What was BYU thinking?" I rather
suspect that BYU was thinking that they were supposed to be about the business
of educating students, not simply promoting sports programs. It seems to me
that these "coaches" forgot that.
I don't understand all the underpinnings of why these coaches left. BYU
Rugby is a storied program. I hope Tom Holmoe can find some way to stabilize
this program at the Y and attract great coaches again. Several
national championships are worth the effort!Go BYU Cougars!
Can't blame them. All the best. UVU the future home for all of BYU sports.
What was BYU thinking? The return on investment that BYU was getting from the
rugby team was perhaps the highest of any of its sports. It has gotten so much
good press out of players who have to buy their own equipment and mostly
volunteer coaches. It's been 15 years since I played there, maybe
they've been getting a little more money lately, but I doubt it. Rugby is
continually gaining in popularity and BYU was at the forefront. It's
regular season games are against mostly PAC-12 schools. How do you take a
program that has won 5 national titles in the last decade and expect people to
be happy with participation awards?
They did great things at BYU, good luck to them at UVU.UVU's
open enrollment policy should expand their ability to recruit, especially when
compared with BYU. Hopefully there will still be an emphasis on graduation.