LaVell Edwards Stadium is one of the prettiest settings in college football, but the 64,000-plus fans who pack the venue on autumn Saturdays have more to enjoy than mountain scenery. Brigham Young University has emerged as one of the nation s powerhouse programs. Though BYU started playing football in 1922, it was the 1972 hiring of Edwards as head coach that turned the team s fortunes. Legendary as both a football innovator and a great teacher and friend to his players, Edwards pass-happy teams changed the college game and put Provo on the football map, even winning the 1984 national championship. In all, the Cougars have won 23 conference titles and played in 29 bowl games, offering fans plenty of reasons to celebrate.
But playing for BYU is about a lot more than just football. The school is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is an important part of the culture of Mormon-dominated Utah. BYU places special emphasis on producing high-character, spiritually centered graduates and these standards are not relaxed for athletes. In fact, more may be expected of football players than of the average student because they serve as high-profile ambassadors for both the school and the Church. It takes a special kind of young man to play for BYU and in return, Cougar players receive an education that goes well beyond what they learn on the gridiron or in the classroom in effect, they learn how to be good people
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Triumph Books (August 9, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600785794
- ISBN-13: 978-1600785795