BYU Media Day---The Bronco Mendenhall Era

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson on June 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Updated: June 27, 2012 3:41 pm

The second live show on Media Day came right after lunch as BYUtv focused on head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Six former BYU players--including John Beck, Curtis Brown, Vic So'oto, Max Hall, Dennis Pitta and Austin Collie--came to Provo to help host the second live program during BYU Media Day. BYUtv titled the show "The Bronco Mendenhall Era" as Mendenhall and the former players relived their favorite moments over the seven years of Mendhenhall's leadership.

Mendenhall began his career at BYU in 2003 as the defensive coordinator. After two years as the cordinator, he took over the head coaching job and is now one of the winningest coaches in the nation.

He said the winning didn't come immediately. When he began, he said he didn't know how to change things around other than working his players hard. Beck recognized and discussed Mendenhall's decision to help his team earn their postiion and really gain a desire to win and be the best they could.

Mendenhall also revered former coach LaVell Edwards by noting he thinks of Edwards, "just everyday." He asked how he could not acknowledge Edwards and all those great players who came before. Mendenhall said he sees his position as a steward of "LaVell's program."

Though the first panel of Beck, Brown and So'oto spent a lot of time joking around with each other, So'oto said his best memories of BYU came not from football but from the relationships he built during his time in Provo.

The second panel and newer generation of Hall, Collie and Pitta spent a lot of time talking about the wins against Utah and the great rivalry that has existed over the years. Pitta said the golden moment at his BYU career was in his senior year and the overtime win against Utah when Hall completed a pass to tight end Andrew George to seal the victory.

"It would be a shame to college football and to the state of Utah to get rid of the rivalry," Collie said of the recent talks of the BYU/Utah series possibly ending.

At the conclusion of the show, Mendenhall gave much of the credit to his former players who had the leadership, ability and confidence to influene an entire team. He said coaches can provide a steady influence but sometimes "you just gotta get out of their [the players'] way." He also said the four decades of success this footbal team has seen is largely due to the standard of the people who come in as players.