Had dinner tonight with one of my daughters in Provo and two of her close friends. Both very interested in BYU football as they have an uncle working directly with BYU football and another with the athletic department but also tied into football.
As we were discussing coach search, one of them said “everything’s pretty hush hush but I can tell you that Coach N from Navy was offered and everyone thinks he will accept”. Made me feel better about what was going on.
15 minutes into dinner, she got a text one of the aunts, very short and to the point “Two offers, two turn downs - not good!”.
I know who the uncles are but will keep that to myself but can assure you they would know. So what does it mean. If true - and you have the same details I have as to what it’s worth - this may be getting out of control.
Let’s assume it’s true. That means basically one of two things is happening. Either it’s money, or lack thereof, for either head coach (I doubt that) or assistance (I don’t doubt that) or possibly worse, that the powers that be in SLC are placing conditions on the next coach that make it impossible in their minds to make BYU an elite program, and no one wants to come to Provo just to put in time for mediocrity for a few years and stink up their careers to boot.
I hope with all my heart it’s not true, as that would be the clearest indication that now, with men like Elder Perry gone, the churches position on sports may be shifting away from the importance of sports and that would be real negative for me as a fan. If BYU ends up settling for a no name staff, it is the beginning of the end of the program.
Actually heard another interesting comment during this dinner. It went approx as follows. BYU is starting to turn into a “nerd” school and it appears that some would prefer being the Harvard of the west rather than just a school for good, but not bookworm type persons. The requirements to get in are getting out of control and rather than looking for well rounded kids, now more and more it’s just those who have no interest outside of studies get accepted. It’s almost to the point where smart, well rounded kids want nothing to do with BYU because of the high number of these study nerds, who neither want or have a social life, and is starting to make the school of less and less appealing to most.
Again, take it for what it’s worth but from what I have personally seen, this sounds like reality.