Former BYU rugby coaches to take roles with the UVU rugby program

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  • Coach Bones Farmington, NM
    July 23, 2018 11:53 p.m.

    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.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    July 23, 2018 4:42 p.m.

    Yet again - the suits at BYU make a bad decision.

  • BleedingBlue Provo, UT
    July 23, 2018 4:33 p.m.

    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.

    July 21, 2018 10:46 p.m.

    @ 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.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    July 21, 2018 3:17 p.m.

    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?

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    July 21, 2018 1:39 p.m.

    "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 start. 👍

  • Hockey Fan Miles City, MT
    July 21, 2018 10:34 a.m.

    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.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    July 21, 2018 8:40 a.m.

    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.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 21, 2018 7:17 a.m.

    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!

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    July 21, 2018 6:04 a.m.

    Can't blame them. All the best. UVU the future home for all of BYU sports.

    July 20, 2018 11:53 p.m.

    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?

    July 20, 2018 10:56 p.m.

    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.