Throwback Thursday: LaVell Edwards Coaching Tree

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Lavell Edwards first coaching staff - 1972

Lavell Edwards first coaching staff – 1972

This week’s Throwback Thursday piece recognizes the foundation of BYU football’s storied success that often goes unnoticed.  Legendary BYU football head coach LaVell Edwards established a legacy at BYU not necessarily by his coaching talents alone, but by his ability to find and hire the right personnel to run his program as he directed it.  One of the reasons LaVell was so successful was his humble method of delegating appropriate responsibility to mastermind coaches, and simply getting out of the way and letting them go to work.  While many fans and critics can look back and assume that BYU’s football success came as a result of the legendary quarterbacks and players, the bottom line is simple: coaching wins championships.  LaVell Edwards developed an unprecedented coaching tree during his 29 years at BYU.  I would like to take a moment to recognize a list of ten of the most successful coaches ever associated at BYU during the LaVell Edwards era.

 

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  • LouisD

    IF AND ONLY IF THE RUMOR THAT BRONCO SUSPENDED A PLAYER OVER AN EARING …

    Then it further impresses me to believe that Bronco Mendenhall needs to be called as a new mission president, preferably in Diego Garcia, because that is as far away from involvement in the business of college football as you can get.

    When did BYU hire a father figure, mentor, mission president to coach a football team? I realize all the pantie wearing blue hairs and zoobie lispers that support BYU football think some how Bronco’s main job is to make great young men. But that’s total crap. It sells feelings but has nothing to do with football or how to manage a team. Are the players so emotionally fragile they need a special mentor when the 31,000 NON ATHLETES AT BYU DON’T NEED SPECIAL HAND HOLDING OR MOLDING TO BECOME GREAT ADULTS?

    Bronco was hired to be a Division President NOT A MISSION PRESIDENT. He is a football coach, not a bishop. He has one main responsibility at BYU and that is the building of a product and that product is a wining Football program. I suspect if you polled the 140+ persons at BYU who have a direct operational interest in BYU Football, only ONE PERSON IS SO MENTALLY SCREWED UP HE CARES IF A PLAYER WEARS an EARING.

    Weren’t we LDS culturally adaptive to the extent our male missionaries in Polynesia wear the wraps instead of trousers? Why does an earring matter? Is an earing really the end all to determining if a young man has his head screwed on straight. You invite these athletes to BYU and many are not LDS, and then you do the very thing that is likely to drive them away from the faith because in terms of dress codes, JESUS WOULDN’T CARE. You do, but he wouldn’t. In essence you would kick JESUS off the field for wearing shoulder length hair and a tunic. When thought of in THAT light, something there is terribly wrong on YOUR part! It’s an earing, not a porn magazine or bag of pot.

    BRONCO, What is wrong with you? Is being a head coach so lacking in responsibilities that YOU need to spend time looking for new ways to be tough and secure? Is shooting yourself in the foot before the start of every season really necessary? You are becoming an expert at it. Seriously Bronco, do you need a redraft of your JOB DESCRIPTION?

    Honestly BRONCO seems ubbelievably INSECURE. Such are the actions of someone who is as clueless of where he’s gone wrong as Gary Crowton. Bronco’s program has drifted offensively for four seasons. He put low talent, poorly equipped Riley Nelson at QB in spite of the fact he would never have made 3rd string in any prior coach’s tenure. Bronco has abandoned LaVell’s offense which when run effectively is unstoppable. Yes Bronco has at times built a stout defense. But he has totally screwed the offense for four seasons with indecisiveness.

    Yes I would look you directly in the face as 15 years your senior and tell you to stop monkeying around. Man-up to the job for which you were hired. You want to be tough, put your arm around the kid and talk to him about what’s important, but not about his earing. You aren’t a psychiatrist or dad to him. If he is at BYU because he has talent, develop that, not comment on his accessorizing like a teenage girl.

    Be a football coach. Thats what you were hired to do. LEARN FROM THAT LAVELL LEGACY you constantly praise in public. Your actions constantly remind me of just how together LaVell Edwards really was for three decades.

    ADVICE – BRONCO, YOU ARE BECOMING AN IRRITATION! YOU WERE HIRED TO BE A HEAD COACH You were NOT hire to be A NURSERY MOTHER OVER STUPID THINGS. SHUT UP! man-up over things that count! GAME PLAN! WIN!

    STOP BREEDING IN resentment and division over RIDICULOUS THINGS – IF REPORTS ARE TRUE!