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Monson's Dichotomy

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In his article in the Salt Lake Tribune today, Gordon Monson basically wrote that BYU's football team is faced with one of two choices. Either lower its standards (honor code) or lower its football goals (national championship). I realize Monson's articles are designed to incite reactions to get more readers for his paper to get more advertising dollars and to get more listeners to his radio show to....you got it....get more advertisting dollars. His professional existence revolves around generating advertising money. I can't remember the last time he used a unique angle, genuine insight, or an inside scoop to share with his readers or listeners. I feel sorry for him actually. Other than ad money, he's become a non-contributor to his profession and the sports world. I want to address, though, the false dichotomy he presented. It's a dichotomy buried in hopelessness and false defeat.

I don't see the logic in suggesting that Bronco needs to lower the expectations and goals of the football team. The article suggested that BYU is somehow lacking the talent to compete on a national level at this moment. I don't see this at all, and I'm guessing Coach Mendenhall does not see it either. The program is growing and developing. It has returned to national prominence. We just finished an almost 30 week run in the Top 25 and will likely move back in sometime during the next 3 weeks. We are only 2 years removed from defeating both TCU and Utah 4 consecutive times. We are only two months removed from defeating #3 Oklahoma in Arlington when they had an entire off-season to prepare for us. My main concerns the past two years are the 3 consecutive blow-out losses to TCU and Utah and the blow-out to Florida St. But I don't believe, as I stated in other places on this website, that this is due to a lack of talent. I don't believe BYU needs to lower its standards or its goals to compete. I do believe, we need to reevaluate how our offensive and defensive coordinators and the head coach game plan and make adjustments during the game. It's really that simple. And I'm still holding out hope that our current coaching will take us to that next level. Doomsday predictions that we've reached our ceiling with our current talent base don't fly with me. I don't see it on the field. I don't expect us to go undefeated every year, but I do think we can compete with every team we play against, and one of these years, we're going to break through and make a run at a title. The program is evolving, growing, improving. The next phase in that development is the coordinators taking a step up. Talent will continue to flow into BYU at a greater rate as evidenced by Jake Heaps and the class coming in with him in the spring. Now, we need to put that talent into plans that work within the games they play.

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