My experience is similar. Although I am not an athelete, my degree at BYU
catapulted me to law school and a great career. Going to BYU has been a talking
point in interviews and has been a positive that has helped me land jobs in a
very competetive market and field.
I absolutely love Mark. BYU could not have a better ambassador.
I'm always glad when BYU integrates its own into the football program. It
bothers me that for the past 40 or so years BYU has not had a head basketball
coach or a head football coach that is a product of the BYU programs, despite
having many great graduates of the system. Meanwhile, BYU grads get head
coaching jobs at other institutions.Assistant coaches (such as Mark)
are a good step towards the goal of putting a real Cougar into a head coaching
position at BYU someday.
I remember Atuaia at BYU. My non-BYU Hawaii friends used to say Atuaia was one
of the greatest to come out of HI and BYU made him a bust. Turns out not only
is he not a bust he is still one of the greatest and is doing even greater
things than making the NFL. Makes me proud to be an alum.
I had a similar experience of earning two degrees at BYU and tutoring football
and basketball players. Never was I asked to do the work for an athlete but to
help them learn how to study and to take tests. As one coach told me that his
athletes were at BYU to become good students and that becoming a great athlete
was at least .05 percent behind.
Localblue you can tell your Hawaii friends that the reason Atuaia didn't
play a whole lot was because of guys like Ronnie Jenkins & Brian McKenzie.
I love have Atuaia as the rb coach. I think he is going to be very good.
Not only is Mark a great ambassador, he is probably the best RB coach in the
sls,Who are the BYU grads that are successful head coaches at D1 schools
in football and basketball. I'm not aware of any that have had much
success, outside of Mike Leach and I wish he were the coach in Provo.
Opposing coaches telling recruits that BYU is too difficult is a compliment to
BYU and an insult to the intelligence of the athlete. Only small minded
recruiters and their inferiority-complex schools degrade the opposition rather
than tout their own program.
sls and Bomar22: There of course is Kyle Whittingham. I for one was not happy
when the BYU job was offered to him and did not feel he was a good fit, so
I'm glad he didn't take it. But part of the issue with BYU grads not
becoming head coaches at BYU is that there have been a few athletes that would
have given anything to be recruited by BYU and weren't; and that fact
likely had something to do with their drive to become successful as coaches.
BYU's last two head coaches (Crowton and Mendenhall) both wanted very much
to play at BYU themselves.
BYU Grads that are coaches aren't successful? Huh? Steve Sarkisian, Kyle
Wittingham, and Mike Leach. Hmmm 3/12 coaches 1/4 of the coaches in the Pac12
are BYU Grads. Fun Facts and sign of a GREAT Program!
@COUGARNATE I hope you're kidding. Atuaia was one of the highest recruited
athletes ever out of Hawaii and had basically set every rushing record in the
state. He could have played anywhere. Playing behind Ronnie Jenkins and Brian
Mckenzie only adds insult to injury when you compare what their potential was
coming out of high school. But for some reason with Mark it wasn't meant
to be. And the great thing about him is he just moved on to do other great
things with his life. There were some other greats during his time including
Itula Mili, who was also major recruit at the time from HI, and Chad Lewis. But
I think Mark is my favorite just because of how he has moved on and succeeded
doing something else despite what everybody expected him to become. Many would
be angry, depressed or not able to move on, etc. He should be the example for
nearly all D1 athletes since most will never be pro and many also don't
make the most of their educational opportunities.
re: Duckhunter"BYU could not have a better ambassador."Jim McMahon???
@wallyJim McMahon gets my vote as the best qb ever at BYU but of
course you're being sarcastic in suggesting he would be a "better"
ambassador for BYU. Mark on the otherhand is as fine an indivudal as you will
ever meet and everything he does, the way he lives, the way he behaves, the
manner in which he goes about his business, is classy, dignified, and proper. He
epitomizes what a BYU grad, and LDS man should be. He is a great ambassador for
BYU, as good as they can have.
There is an ounce of truth in every pound of sarcasm.
A Four column series focused on BYU recruiting...BYU seems concerned
about recent recruiting results.Why?Because BYU
recruiting has plummeted since the announcement of independence.Bronco has signed 9 recruiting classes. The combined average ranking from
Scout and Rivals for the six pre-indy classes was 52.The average
ranking for the 3 post-indy classes in 64... a rankings drop of 12 places.It appears top recruits are not interested in playing a BYU indy
schedule even if it is on ESPN.