Media Day 2011: Breakout Session with LaVell Edwards

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Taylor Wilson on July 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Updated: July 12, 2011 4:18 pm

After participating in the Legends Roundtable, LaVell Edwards answered questions about BYU going independent and what it would take to coach a team during independence.

What did you think when you heard BYU would become a football independent? 

"I was surprised by the announcement.  I've always been in a conference and I've liked that.  I was never privy to any discussion about independence and didn't expect to be, so I was very surprised by the announcement last fall." 

How do you motivate a team without the promise of a conference season and the potential for a conference championship? 

"It's a whole new ball game.  Bronco is a very sharp young man and is a very good football coach. He will figure out ways to keep his kids motivated and keep them going in the right direction. Things can get real tough if you get off to a slow start and you aren't playing for a conference championship." 

BYU has experienced some difficulty in find opponents in late October and November. Will that get easier as time goes on? 

"ESPN will make it easier to get big games late in the schedule but team's that have to worry about winning their league championship will probably not want to play BYU as a non-conference opponent late in the season." 

Will independence provide an easier path to national prominence for the Cougars? 

"I've wondered about that myself. I think ESPN will help because it will give the program more exposure than they've had in the past. If you're a non-BCS school than you can't afford to lose any games, so it makes it very tough if the goal is a national championship. That makes every game right from the start even more important. We will just have to wait and see how it works out."

Would you have embraced independence while you were coaching? 

"I really don't know. It never came up while I was here and I was surprised when I heard it was a possibility even now."