Now this proposition may have been more convincing say when early this month BYU was named Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, as reported by Sportswriter.net, for defeating the Oklahoma Sooners–and not after the Cougars’ recent loss to Florida State. But since Coach Mendenhall’s press conference after the game was filled with optimism for the future of BYU football, I suppose now’s as good of time as any to put in my vote for College Football Coach of the Year: let’s hear it for Bronco Mendenhall!
Coach of the Year
The Coach of the Year Award is sponsored by Liberty Mutual and intended to honor sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence–traits that Bronco Mendenhall beautifully exemplifies and instills in BYU Football as a whole. He’s a remarkable man and a remarkable coach with no accolade being too great for the humble man BYU has come to know and love.
Sportsmanship, Integrity, Responsibility & Excellence
Even just looking at this last press conference, we see the valor that is Coach Mendenhall. He is a tough competitor, but is ruled by sportsmanship. He doesn’t overstep his bounds and honors his opponents for the wins they have deserved. He’s honest with himself, his team, and the fans. He takes responsibility for his mistakes and commits to doing better in the future. He learns from experience and creates the atmosphere in which his team can then excel.
He isn’t boasting to be the next national champion; he takes each game one at a time. Every play is an opportunity to try hard and play well–in a sport that he loves, lives for, and dreams about. Everything I’ve ever read or heard about Coach Mendenhall adds as a testament to his greatness. He has changed the face of BYU football, has been an inspiration the campus, and has stood on a dark hill like a beaming light representing the Mountain West Conference. Mendenhall has perspective. He wants to win, yes, but he knows that the building of character is really what matters. To his players, to his fans, to this community, Bronco Mendenhall represents everything good that college football coaching has to offer. Isn’t that what Coach of the Year is all about?
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“Coach of the Year Award.” Coach of the Year.com.
“Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall: More Optimistic Than Ever – Press Conference Transcript.” BYU Cougars.com.