Posted August 09, 2013

BYU coach changes jersey stance after unfavorable reaction

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Program values Tradition, Spirit and Honor will replace names on the backs of player uniforms. (George Frey/Getty Images)

Program values Tradition, Spirit and Honor will replace names on the backs of BYU uniforms. (George Frey/Getty Images)

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall replaced the last names on the backs of his players’ jerseys with one of three words that adorn LaVell Edwards Stadium — Spirit, Tradition and Honor — according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Mendenhall initially said the changes were permanent and would be in place for every game as long as he was coach, but SI.com’s Stewart Mandel tweeted Thursday night that Mendenhall had reversed his stance after meeting with his players and the uniform modifications would come into effect only during the annual Homecoming game.

The BYU players per the report, were caught by surprise and not totally receptive to the initial idea, with several declining comment on the matter.

“I am not really sure how I feel about them yet,” star linebacker Kyle Van Noy said. “One thing I have enjoyed about playing here at BYU is having the last names on the backs of the jerseys.”


18 comments
pandah462
pandah462

They should have just used "We", "Love" and "Mormons" instead.

mystafugee
mystafugee

So for that special occasion that they do this, how do they decide what word a player gets.  What happens if everyone on the team wants to wear 'Honor'

usameos6
usameos6

I would have just changed my last name to Spirit.  Then when the Raiders draft team watched my film, they would have said - "This Spirit guy made 1500 tackles, caught 300 passes and ran for 3,000 yards.  We need to sign him to a contract."  

Mattdd17
Mattdd17

It was a corny idea.... like the Legends and Leaders divisions of the B1G.

Joel1
Joel1

How about:  "Predicted 5-7" on the name line?

GeoffreyHolland
GeoffreyHolland

Obviously the players want their names on their jerseys. Can't take away a chance of being noticed.

6marK6
6marK6

What a Junior High motivation tactic, Why not put "Champion" on the back of the jerseys, surely that will make it happen,

mystafugee
mystafugee

What a bunch of stupid grandstanding and pretentiousness.  No wonder big time college sports are headed down the drain. 

Mattdd17
Mattdd17

Thanks goodness the coaches listened to the players and canned the ideas within 4 hours.

Mattdd17
Mattdd17

@mystafugee Not any worse that the Legends and Leaders divisions of the B1G. The difference, the coach listened to the fans and the players and changed their stance.

westcoasttiger
westcoasttiger

@mystafugee And so you are trying to equate this grandstanding and pretentiousness with what?  Coach Paterno and his halo on the mural?  Coach Tressel hiding the tatoo debacle?  Auburn's Cam Newton debacle?  USC's Reggie Bush debacle?  Big time college sports may be heading down the drain but it's not because BYU is a part of the problem.  Difference of opinions over jersey names and that's a scandal?  Try again SI and mystafugee.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@westcoasttiger @mystafugee I'm equating this with all this phony moralist pandering in college sports.  This really isn't a lot different than painting halos above Joe Paterno in a mural.  I'll take Newton and Bush over BYU and Paterno, at least those two are honest about what college football really is.  

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Mattdd17 @mystafugee @westcoasttiger I agree it's not on par with the other scandals.  I'm just tired of all this faux talk of morality or honor.  It's just big time football, it's all about wins and losses.  Tired of these coaches like Gary Patterson getting on their soapbox.  I guess this is more cheesy IMO, I knew Randy Shannon was in over his head when he made the players take off their names to show commitment to the team his first year.  

Mattdd17
Mattdd17

@mystafugee @Mattdd17 @westcoasttiger I agree that much of college football is corrupt. The 5 'power conferences' are colluding to eliminate schools that they consider 'beneath them'.

My point is that putting BYU's football slogan on the back of a shirt is NOTHING like the corruption linked to Newton, Bush, Ohio State, the SEC, Penn State.... It is a BYU slogan and not an NCAA slogan. BYU is the only program to win a national championship without a major scandal linked to the program.

Yes, it had a air of pretentiousness (similar to the division titles of the B1G), but it was harmless, but don't judge all by the actions of a few.


mystafugee
mystafugee

@Mattdd17 @mystafugee @westcoasttiger Yes, Newton and Bush represent what college football is all about.  So you're saying college football is about team building and not collusion and corruption (ever see how these conferences act in regard to $$$?).  

Mattdd17
Mattdd17

@mystafugee @westcoasttiger Newton and Bush are what college sports are about? Wow. I'd take a silly 'team building' jersey idea over collusion and corruption any day. Obviously, you have no background on any of the stories OR are a complete buffoon.