The Biggest "What If's" in BYU Sports History

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With college basketball heating up for the stretch run to March Madness, memories that I struggle to move on from a memory that always seems to come back into focus for me when this time of the sports calendar arrives.

Three years ago, BYU just came off a program-altering win at #4 San Diego State, and was now the talk of the college basketball world.  Jimmer-mania was in full swing, and the Cougars were been discussed as a lock for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, barring a catastrophe.  Well, as we all know that catastrophe happened.  Brandon Davies was of course suspended for the rest of the 2011 season, and the Cougars were never the same team after Davies was suspended for the remainder of the year.  I always ask myself, what if Davies isn’t suspended for the reminder of that season, do the Cougars win the National Championsip?

Even this year, people are asking what if BYU had won one of those close games against Iowa State, Wichita State, or Oregon?  Is BYU a lock for an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament instead of being one of the first four out in Lunardi’s latest Bracketology?

BYU fans have been through a lot over the years.  There have been many highs, but some dark lows that have led us to considering, is life as a short-armed begger on the Vegas Strip a better life than being a Cougar fan?

So with all the heartbreak over the years, what have been the biggest what if’s in BYU Sports history?

In this article I detail two that will always stand out to me.

As ESPN’s Reece Davis puts it, “It is the question that can’t be answered with any certainty, but one that opens so many possibilities.  what if?

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  • GreekSophistry

    One quibble over grammar: “Could have went ” is very poor grammar. The correct usage is “Could have gone”. Surely your BYU English teacher would have crucified you had you written that in a term paper.

    As for the 12-0 season going into Hawaii, Staley was out with a broken leg and Doman was hammered in the game and BYU was crushed in their bowl game as I recall.

    • Mitch Harper

      I appreciate that feedback. Always looking to correct my mistakes. Thanks for reading.

    • Mitch Harper

      They were indeed. But a lot of the air had been taken out of that team when they were told the BCS was no longer a possibility before the Hawaii game.
      The turf in Honolulu hammered Doman as you mentioned, and Reno Mahe also was injured in that game.