It has been quite awhile since I last wrote. I can thank my baby and job for that, but after reading a ton of comments about this story, I just had to say something.
I am sure most of you are aware of the story. As I understand it, Kyle Van Noy, a linebacker that was recruited by BYU, was pulled over for a DUI last week. When sending in his letter of intent to BYU, he included a letter apologizing to the coaches and the school for his actions.
Bronco offered him the ability to take back his letter of intent and go to a different school, or to wait a year and take care of his legal issues and prepare himself to be admitted to BYU in good standing, which was not required by BYU itself, but by Bronco. Van Noy stuck to his original commitment, and so did Bronco.
I simply cannot believe all of the completely stupid comments that people are making about this story.
First of all, the religious aspect. I have read numerous comments stating that because he violated the honor code he should never be admitted to BYU. What these people are saying is that if you want to be accepted to BYU you have to be perfect. Nevermind the true teachings of the gospel, which give all people an opportunity to make mistakes and then learn from them.
It would be a totally different story if he had tried to hide it and pretend it never happened. Instead, he decided to come forward, admit that he was wrong, and in essence ask for help. Bronco did the right thing by offering that help, as long as he really wanted it.
How many other BYU students got DUI’s before they enrolled, but were given the chance to make changes and come to BYU in good standing. So many people want to say that the only reason he is being allowed to come is because he is a football player.
I say that the only reason we heard about his DUI and not the DUI’s of who knows how many other students at BYU is because he was a football player. He is not being held to a lower standard, but simply a more visible standard.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not approving of his actions. Drunk driving is one of the most idiotic things you can do. Not only are you risking your own life, you are actually more likely to kill someone else through your actions. But to say that if you make a mistake, however large, you cannot change and come to BYU is denying the very essence of the gospel.
From a football standpoint, this in no way helps BYU. Anyone who thinks that knows nothing about sports. This is going to force him to take a year away from football, with a whole lot of free time to possibly get into more trouble.
Besides all of his free time, it will be a hinderment to him physically, as well as to his football instincts. After any extended time off you start to lose your edge a little.
Now, I am not under the delusion that he will not be working out and training on his own, but he will not have the structured workouts that come with being a part of a team, and more importantly, he will not be giving and taking hits.
At the very least, it is going to slow him down when he first comes back and has to re-acclimate himself to not just the football he was used to in high school, but a faster, bigger and stronger football at the college level.
I also don’t agree with all of the comparisons between Kyle Whittingham and Bronco. Kyle is a good man just like Bronco. He is building a quality program based on whatever standards he sees as right. To say that one or the other has stepped away from those values because of separate DUI incidents at each school is childish.
They each had unique situations that they responded to under the given circumstances and not one of us is in a position to judge what they did because we do not know all of the details.
I hope this isn’t digressing, but I also feel inclined to address the comments stating they were at parties where they saw BYU athletes and/or recruits drinking and thus breaking the honor code.
My response is very simple: I am sure the athletes were not the only students there so why is it that you choose to single out the people that it would do the most damage too?
It also dawns on me that you are probably a BYU student, too, so what are you doing at a party like that if you are so perfect that you are in a position to judge other people?
My hat is off to Bronco for his handling of this situation. It would have been easy to simply tell this young kid go away and deal with your problems yourself. Instead he stuck with a guy that was very forthcoming about his problems and made a very clear statement.
That the principles of the gospel, including repentance, are right at the top of his list where he says they are. He stuck to his commitment and may very well change this young man’s life forever.
To Kyle Van Noy, you screwed up big time, but my hat is off to you as well for allowing millions of judgemental BYU fans and other members of the church to criticize you for your actions. It says a lot about your TRUE character that you were willing to expose yourself to that in order to make a change in your life.
You made a commitment, and when given the opportunity to take the easy way out and run away from your problems, you chose to take the high road and run into the fire head on. I look forward to watching you running into opposing running backs head on in 2010.