Whether or not this program gives them an advantage is in how they decide to use
the extra time it gives them.
The real challenge to any computer program that requires input by the user goes
back to the old adage: Garbage in = Garbage out.BYU or any other
college that decides to use the product must understand what the product can do
for them. A program like this makes sense for BYU because of the complexity
added by Missions and eligibility challenges.I like the idea of
keeping track of program alumni because it can help find those in the industry
that "understand" the complexity of football at BYU. It will help find
staff to fill positions with a lot more focus than they may have had in the
past.Permanent benefits IF the time is invested into getting
accurate and credible information in the first place.
What a shame that a dept at BYU with a HUGE budget would take this guy for $40k.
Seems like, if they had a need, they should just hire someone to do the job.
Good for this guy for wanting to help out but shame on BYU for taking advantage
of him. Not to mention what he could sell this for had he built it on his own,
he was taken to the cleaners here...
@ ute4ever - and yet I constantly get off topic stupid comments to Ute articles
denied on a regular basis by the DN censors. Nice consistency boys!@ Johnny Triumph - Huh? You evidently missed the "I wanted to do it for
nothing" part of the story, along with the "Now we're going to
expand it for other colleges, other sports, and eventually high schools"
part. What's your bet that financial gain will come from that
"phase" of his putting his talents to work? Ya, shame on BYU for taking
advantage of him. Paleeze.
Perhaps my own proactive comment or two. I like the idea when an individual is
this loyal to his team he contacts them and asks, "what can I do".I do not live in Utah County any longer, so travel would be a problem for me
to continue.Once upon a time when Matt Payne was the BYU punter/kicker, I
shagged punts for him for a summer during his individual workouts.At the
end Jimmer's sophomore year, I rebounded for him for a summer during his
individual workouts at the Smith Fieldhouse.Not anything like what this
guy is doing. Nor did I contact the AD. Just found a way to help, yet no
violate NCAA rules.I think the opportunities are there. We just have to
want to find them. And that goes for any school at any level.
@Johnny Triumph I agree with @Christine B. Hedgefog, and would add that he could
not have developed a program to sell to other colleges without the input from
BYU coaches. There is no way that he knew the complexities and needs of the
software he has developed. So they did not take advantage of him. Although he
went into this just to help BYU, he may get much more out of it than the time he
donated to him. And why is it that BYU haters look at the world
through money, money, money. There is so much more to life than chasing the
Johnny Triumph,Actually, if this guy plays his cards right, he
stands to make a LOT more than $40k thanks to the inside look he's gained
on how a Division I-A football program is run. This is because a) there's
no way he could have designed this own without BYU, and b) if BYU had hired him
to do it, they'd have exclusive rights to the program and he'd be $40k
and done...no marketing it to other schools.BYU did a bigger favor
for him than you're saying.
It's mutually beneficial, Johnny Dingo