A string of tweets today indicate that BYU legend and fellow Roy High alumnus Jim McMahon may be on a path to finish his degree, thereby qualifying him for the BYU Hall of Fame.
A foreshadowing to this came a good nine months ago, when BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe tweeted this in response to fans' inquiries:
@docsls @jimmcmahon My work is not done w/o #9 hanging from press box at LVES.— Tom Holmoe (@TomHolmoe) October 17, 2012
Why isn't McMahon, breaker of 70 (!) NCAA records, in the BYU sports Hall of Fame? University rules dictate that a player must be a graduate to have a jersey retired or be inducted into the HOF. This has become a hot-button issue among fans wanting to see Jimmy Mac honored, as he did not finish a degree.
Today, McMahon began tweeting pictures of a visit to campus, including one with what appears to be a meeting with Holmoe.
Great to see @TomHolmoe#BYU pic.twitter.com/Cz8VfAmTHE— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) July 31, 2013
@TomHolmoe thx Tom u hve always been & still continue to b in my corner appreciate it my friend #get r done— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) July 31, 2013
But here's where we get the meat. Matt Edwards, grandson of LaVell and now a graduate assistant, tweeted the following:
It was great to meet @JimMcMahon today at the @BYUfootball offices! Good luck with those last three classes Jim! #byufootball— Matthew Edwards (@TheCoachEdwards) July 31, 2013
Jimmy Mac also responded to fan inquiries specifically about his degree and possible induction to the BYU HOF:
@ShirlLeBaron @thecoachedwards @byufootball @cougarsports960 6credits lft hopefully fall2014 jersey #retired #BYU— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) July 31, 2013
@agoodloe71 @tomholmoe workn on it 3classes 2go #Induction #BYUfootb— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) July 31, 2013
@bgdady11 no battle my man I respect @BYU as they will #respect me #induction #6credits— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) July 31, 2013
His tweets indicate the hoped-for timeline has a 2014 induction in sight.
While nobody has come right out and said it, it certainly appears BYU and McMahon are working together to make this long-awaited moment become a reality. McMahon was beyond awesome at and for the school. And kudos to Holmoe. All he does is get. things. done.