Saturday, November 20, 2010

We can all learn something from BYU football this season

We can try to come up with excuses, or reasons, for why BYU had such a horrible start to this season, but the truth of the matter is that they started 1 – 4 and looked to have a dismal season. When they could have called it a loss, and thrown in the towel, they dug deep and started from within. Bronco Mendenhall fired the defensive coordinator and took over the job himself. They also kicked O’Neil Chambers off of the team. I don’t pretend to know the reasons that these decisions were a good idea, but considering BYU’s 6 – 5 record you have to believe in the decisions that were made.

What I find incredible is that BYU looked inward to solve their own problems. Instead of wanting to blame inexperience, or outside forces, they faced the reality of their situation and did what they needed to do.

How often can we do this in our own lives? When life isn’t going the way that we want it is easy to want to blame other people for our hardships. It is much more difficult to accept that we (usually) have quite a lot to do with our situation. Even in the rare case when it is truly not our fault that life is going badly it is a futile exercise to look outward for a solution. We can only control ourselves, and we can only work on our own lives.

Just as BYU looked inward to solve their issues, we should be looking at ourselves to solve our problems. The Savior said it the best when he said “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.” (Mathew 7:5)

Good luck against Utah next week!


  1. That may very well be true. We'll have to see how things go.

  2. Utah barely beat the Aztecs, in fact, they were losing just before half time. Regardless, that isn't the really the point of his post. I like this Kevin, and some of your other insights in your posts. We all need to turn inward, and as you said before, we won't be perfect in the life so just focus on progress. Kevin, you are the man, and I'm always here for you.

  3. Wow! Another close win for Utah, and a heck of a fight by BYU! What a way to end our conference rivalry.

  4. It looks like they need to keep on looking inward some more :). Hope they do better next year.