Thanks for your article...it rang bells for me. I'm an old guy....I attended
BYU 1974-1980...I watched Coach LaVell and the best that college football could
offer in excitment and productivity. At the first of every season we would stand
in line to be in the "card stunt" section which meant season
tickets...amazing qtrbacks. BYU football was were I dated my future wife; we
took our first child to the games; and bonded with other family members there.
We all viewed LaVells leadership from afar and felt many of the things you
discuss in your article. Thanks
Excellent article! What a great man, coach, and leader!And his
mentor is....Bronco Mendenhall.
LaVell is responsible for the style of play today, he changed the entire face of
football and too little people know that. By his success he also created the
bowl alliance and BcS, ironically.LaVell is the man.
What a great tribute to a great man. Thank you for writing this.
Oh, please. He was good at one primary thing--hiring really good assistant
coaches. Once they left, he started losing. Especially after Norm Chow left.
Lavelle just kind of stood on the sidelines and watched. Kinda like Ronald
LaVell was an awesome coach!
Some people just don't know how to say anything nice, do they. Unfortunately,
some people just aren't very mature. Lavell Edwards is a great man
and anyone who knows anything about him knows that. That' why he was named NCAA
Coach of the year.I believe Bronco is Lavell's
"protege"....not his "mentor."
Lavell is a really great guy. It's just too bad that the one goal he really
desired, and that he spent most of his energy trying to accomplish, never came
to pass. That goal was making his team earn an invitation to the PAC 12.Have fun in retirement Lavell. You earned it.
Whether or not Lavell was a great Xs & Os coach or not is not the question.
The article is about him being a leader, a great example of manhood, and a
geniuine person which is far better than just being a good coach that knew
Some posters here are endlessly starving for attention, and one in particular -
any guesses who I am referring to??
Easy Chris B... He controled his emotions very well and I see Coach Witt tryig
to do the same. We are in good hands as is BYU with Coach Mendenhall. A leader
is someone who will lead his team win or lose. A judge of leadership is how
your players treat or admire you after they are done playing for you. I think
it is obvious how Coach Edwards players admire and love him. Look at the smile
on J. Mcmahons face. It says it all!!!
@Tom in CAAre you referring that person starting with a
"C"? No, don't mentioned about him. Just don't read or respond to him.
He or she just want the attention.I have met Jimmy Edward and what a
great family they are. Even Ron Mcbride would agree about LaVell. Anyway keep on
Lavell Edwards rocked! I will probably never be a BYU fan ever again in my life
but I was a fan when Lavell Edwards was coach at BYU.How do you not
respect the man? He did more for college football than anyone I can think of.It was a blast to watch college football when it was Lavells team playing.
They were almost always prepared and gave a good athletic battle.Look at
the awesome quaterbacks this man recruited as well. I could never imagine
driving to Provo to watch a game and deal with all the eternal traffic in this
day and age. The games are boring now.Back in the day it was worth it. i
went whenever I could. Thanks for the great memories Lavell. You rock man!
In the pantheon of college football coaches, LaVell Edwards is a legend.He took a program that had won ONE conference championship in its entire
history; had never been to a bowl game; had never been ranked; and within a
dozen years, he won a National Championship that sent shockwaves through the
college football establishment.More than that. LaVell did it with
quiet, unassuming, dignity and leadership.Thanks LaVell!
We can still see his influence today ... not just at BYU but at all the other
programs that are enjoying the benefit of having his former players as coaches.
What Ive learned is that BYU can only reflect back on a time when things looked
possible. Lavelle brought hope and promise.Fast forward 25 years and
what reality holds is much different. BYU now sits in the shadow of the UofU.
The painfull rejection of a BCS conference in favor of the Utes will forever
change the landscape for what is possible.Hold on to your memories
of good 'ol times if it helps.
What Coach Edwards taught me is...-You don't have to do everything
yourself to be a GREAT coach.He is the greatest coach I have ever
known mainly because he knew to surround himself with good coaches and players,
and then not micro_manage them.A lot of good coaches and players
contributed to Lavel Edward's success. And that's the way it is in most
professions.My manager can't succeed unless I succeed. So he needs
pick top_notch people, give them good direction, empower them to make their own
decisions, and trust them to work and make HIM look good. The
coach/boss can't succeed by throwing people under the bus, or micro_managing
them, or surrounding themselv with under_performers.I was always
impressed with how Lavel Edwards could stand on the sidelines during a game and
just scowel and rarely say a word the whole game... while the people around him
scrambled and just got things done. To me... that was a tribute to his
preparation and his skilled use of deligation and surrounding himself with
coaches he could trust during the game (so he could get_out_of_the_trenches and
monitor the overall_situation and make broad_adjustments).
LaVell is a great man and fully deserving of being in the College Football Hall
of Fame.--------------------------------I feel sorry for
our resident trolls who continue to embarrass themselves and their school with
their juvenile posts -- the only thing they'll ever be associated with is the
hall of shame.
I learned a lot about the type of man that Lavell was when I was a student
trainer at BYU. He came in the training room to get a bandaid and a theraband.
He introduced himself to me (even though he needed no introduction) and asked me
my name. It took about 5 minutes for me to get the stuff while he was talking
to other people. When I gave it to him, he thanked me by name. I know this seems
trivial, but I can't tell you how many times I've met someone, and then not even
1 minute later realized I forgot their name. I think is is more than a great
coach, he is a great man.
LaVell was the best....I miss the days of he and Ron McBride.....they were some
times and great coaches who had endearing personalities~!
I watched many BYU games back in the seventies and eighties and they were well
coached and disciplined; that was very obvious. Coaches like him, Chris
Petersen, and Joe Paterno; men that just seem to be classy in every way are too
few and far between.
College football has changed over the years along with how we as fans look at
the game and its coaches. LaVell was right for the time. I believe that Bronco
is right for HIS time and that in time we will be able to look back and see
that. All the trolls can say what they may, but time is on the side of doer not
the sayer.LaVell is recognized all over the football kingdom as a
GREAT Coach, Father figure, and Human Being. Thanks LaVell for putting BYU
football on the map where it continues to be today.
Anyone who demeans LaVell is on the other side of the entire national coaching
profession, common decency, and reality. Any guesses on which struggling team
they mindlessly cheer for?
No class crew(chris, hedge and otis etc.).The mountain that BYU football is
today casts a long deep shadow to the North where the little brothers rant and
gnash their teeth to no avail. Lavell is respected nationwide as an innovator
and as someone who changed college football forever. The jealousy and
obsession in the garbage spewed by a few trolls above are proof. It likely will
come to pass that the TUN's only recourse will be remembering back when their
football team was good for a brief period before falling to the bottom of the
PAC. Big brother was on top way before you were on the map and they will be
there long after you are forgotten.
hedgehog | 11:03 a.m. Jan. 10, 2011 Ann Arbor, MI "The
painfull(sp)rejection of a BCS conference,,,"Wha? Didn't know
the Y ever asked for consideration. How can you be rejected for something you
didn't ask for?
Otis Spurlock | 8:46 a.m.I agree. As we have seen things roll out this
year, it's too bad that the PAC never gave him a chance. The PAC was never going
to give BYU the invite, for many reasons that have nothing to do with sports.I watched him coach when they took the title "interim"
away.Personally, I cannot think of another building on BYU's campus
that is named for someone because of their accomplishments in athletics. Also,
LES is probably the most recognized university facility on BYU's campus (maybe
in the state).It's good to see him to continue to get the
recognition he deserves.
Seriously Chris B., how can you even think Lavell Edwards is not a great coach.
29 seasons and only one losing season that is a pretty good record. Even Kyle
Whittingham lists him as one of his top three coaches. Lavell Edwards did so
much for the Cougars. An awesome coach he was.
Ute trolls should show respect by acknowledging that the success they enjoy(ed)
beginning in the mid-90s was a direct result of a Lavell-trained linebacker
named Kyle Whittingham and his dad, Fred.
Lavell does not need any of these blogs. But here goes mine, thank you Lavell
for the attitude of gratitude you have instilled in your former players and the
culture that Bronco is trying to reestablish. Poly Cougar Nation
Lavell could have been Urban Meyer and sold out to anybody with the biggest
checkbook. But he stuck it out with a BYU job that paid him 5-10x less than he
would have made elsewhere. He gave up millions (still made plenty) but gained
legend status. In the end, wouldn't you make the same choice?
In 1978, we had a major break through in our religious situation. It was all
for the good.in 2011, it is time for another major break through.It is time for forgiveness and tolorance. It is time to make Jim Mac Mahon a
member of the BYU Hall of Fame.
Chris B:Should I trust a troll like you or a person like Tim Clark
who has walked the walk?Hmmm...
Hope the trolls don't watch the BCS game where LaVell will be honored
nationally. It will be a 911 moment for them.
Coach Edwards also had a sense of humor and the ability to keep things in
perspective. That is what we seem to need most today.
optimist | 5:08 p.m. Jan. 10, 2011 Sun City, CA "It is time for
forgiveness and tolorance. It is time to make Jim Mac Mahon a member of the BYU
Hall of Fame."===Jim knows what he needs to do.Jim will, if he values the BYU Hall of Fame. He has kids. If he wants to
set the example, he will get the degree. If not, why sweat the guy. It's on him,
not BYU. Just give Jim peace without the pressure...
I really enjoyed this well written article on a man that has had tremendous
influence and impact on hundreds of people. He is a man of honor and character.
It is sad that more are not like him in character. Thank you for sharing his
influence on you and others.
Coach Edwards was a great coach but even greater man. He represented the values
of the University well and did countless good things. My guess is that if he
were less of a good man, he might have been a better coach, but if I had to
choose, I am glad he was a great man first. He can take pride in his
accomplishments that not only brought success to BYU but changed the face of
college football. His name means BYU football. It is just that the stadium
bears his name.
I was at BYU when Coach Edwards was an Assistant to Tommy Hudspeth and then in
my Senior year he took over... Talk about raising the Dead, this guy took a
program that was almost as bad as the one in SLC and made it a National Power in
just a few short years...He took players that were rated mid grade
for Division I and made them All Americans, All Pro and even Hall of
Famers...The guys who played for him loved him and respected him
more... My Nephew played for him and became an All American...He
tokk Assistant coaches, developed them and sent them off to head coaching
positions... He taught and then delegated and passed on all of the credit... He
was a coach's coach.He brought the only National Title to the State
of Utah and this state will not see another one until Coach Mendenhall has the
independent Cougars ready to once again play for a National Championship.
I met LaVell in 1971 and for the next four years I worked for him in the
training room. THIS MAN IS GENUINE! Through the years we would return to Provo
and at one point he was even our home teacher. LaVell has always been the
same--- he does not put up an act. AND That's why I love him - for the FRIEND he
is.Now that we are back in Finland - miss him!Jussi
Wayne Howard is rumored to be next year's winner. congrats in advance.
Chris B: You haven't a clue. IK know Lavell and his family. Am neighbors of
his deceased brother and his sister. They are all down to earth, good people -
"Salt of the Earth" people. Lavell was great because he was a great
leader. Great leaders promote greatness in those who serve under them. A great
leader does not do all of the work themselves - they know how to delegate.
Chris, I don't think you know the meaning of the word "delegate". It
is an important concept. Learn about it and you will understand the greaatness
of Lavell Edwards. Peace, brother.
TJ your thoughts are what we Aggies used to say, We Aggies were on the Map Long
before BYU.....however we were forced off the map by BYU and Utah when the
invite to the original WAC was not given to USU....That day in 1962 was the
demise of USU football.....We have been struggling mightily ever since to get
back on the map! We had a lot of good coaches that Lavell new and used, Lavell
was a smart man. His style of play was that of his mentor John Ralston who
coached the Aggies in their Glory years. Lavell graduated an Aggie but he
himself once said that USU's non invite to the WAC in 1962 hurt USU badly. In
1962 I believe Edwards was getting into High School coaching? I believe BYU
will survive as an independant.....they will because they have the Money to do
so. USU's problem is $$$$$ plain and simple, doesn't take a genius to figure
that out! Utah in the PAC12 is still an experient? Again for you football
purest of the State of Utah, Lavell implemented at BYU that which he was taught
by John Ralston!
Arnie Hedgehog: BYU sits in the shadow of no one or no other organization. BYU
is one of a kind. You will come to see the greatness of the BYU program and you
will wonder "how did that happen"? BYU has great leaders from the top
to the bottom! When BYU makes a decision, it is pondered, well thought out, and
it the "right decision for the BYU program. You will see. Tune in again
in 2 or 3 years. It will be amazing! See you later, brother.
".....however we were forced off the map by BYU and Utah when the invite to
the original WAC was not given to USU....That day in 1962 was the demise of USU
football.....We have been struggling mightily ever since to get back on the
map!"Troutman,You a so very correct. A defining
moment changed the USU program - although it took decades to truely realize. I
beleive a similar "moment" occured to BYU when the Utes were invited
to the PAC12 instead of the tds. Only decades from now will they truley
Troutman: Lavell was my PE teacher at Granite High School in my junior year,
1954. I believe that is the year he started coaching high school football.
troutmanWhat killed the Utah State football program was...a small, unsupportive fan base and an even smaller television marketSure, it didn't help when the Aggies were left behind when BYU and Utah helped
create the WAC, but the Aggies have only themselves to blame for over 50 years
of ineptness.Boise State rose from a mediocre Big Sky team to a
national championship contender in the last 12 years playing in the same
conference as the Aggies.If the Broncos were able to do that, why
haven't the Aggies?
Well, I see that the imposter has struck once again... How do I eradicate this
guy from my good name!?? Regardless, as a loyal lifetime Ute fan, I
still can tip my hat to the legacy and quality of Coach Edwards for the Cougars.
He brought a national spotlight to the state of Utah for football and even a
diehard Ute fan can acknowledge that. Despite our recent successes in BCS era
football over the past few seasons, even I can acknowledge that it wouldn't have
bene possible without Edwards success and approach to coaching in Provo.Go Utes.