Update: Bronco has caved and inexplicably made it seem like this was the plan all along.
Talked to my team tonite. They want to wear tradition spirit honor on jerseys for homecoming only. Last names for rest of the year. PERFECT!— Coach Mendenhall (@BYU_Football) August 9, 2013
We can't be the only ones asking, "What happened to 'as long as I'm in charge here?'"
In breaking #HOT #BYU #UNIFORM #TAKES news, it appears that those hoping to rely on jersey names to tell player apart will be out of luck. According to this tweet, BYU will be replacing names with...well...
It has been confirmed. BYU jersey backs will read either Spirit Tradition or Honor this season. Not names— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 8, 2013
Experts are still divided if it hurt more or less if Kyle Van Noy careens into you at 100 MPH wearing "HONOR" on the back of his jersey. Opinion on social media has far from divided, though. Nearly unanimously, the Internet has decided this is a particularly silly idea, because let's be totally honest: It pretty much is.
Really, replacing jersey names with say, flagrant advertisements for Cafe Rio, or something would have been less embarrassing.
It's true. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is probably nodding his read right now, taking notes.
This also surely won't quell the barrage of suggestions like "1984", "GIMMICK" to adorn the backs, either.
*Sigh* BYU football really can't get here soon enough.