Once again, BYU has received some negative publicity with a disrespectful comment posted on the scoreboard after beating Utah State. The message was posted after the game and said “Dear Utah St, Enjoy the Loss, Love your Big Brother, BYU”.
Now it is obvious that this was a student running the scoreboard (I hope), but still, why did he/she feel the need to put that up there? In the last few years, these types of comments have become almost synonymous with BYU sports. I always just let it slide as a comment for a bitter rivalry, but this time, it had nothing to do with their true rival, the U.
A student who inadvertently has represented BYU publicly showed us that BYU athletics may have pride issues. Why did this student feel the need to place “your big brother” in his comment? Of course BYU is Utah State’s big brother, and that should go without saying! Strictly from a school size basis, which school has more students, funding, and programs? BYU. But to rub that in the face of the smaller, yet proud USU, seems low. You already won the game, why do you need to pull a Max Hall and take it further than that? It just makes USU hungrier to beat you, and it makes a loss a lot easier to swallow. I can’t help but think that this comes from BYU still being bitter that it lost to USU in basketball last year and was embarrassed by them in football this year.
Now I know, USU fans can get a little crazy, as we all can, but I am willing to bet that you will never see anything like this come up on a USU scoreboard after beating BYU, they would let their victory do the talking. These types of comments and acts should be left to the fans only. To let this kind of behavior happen on something that is controlled by BYU personnel is absurd. The student who put it up should be disciplined accordingly.
The issue at its heart is that BYU does not merely represent a school, but a religion. That is really the part that bothers me the most. I am not a Utah State fan, I really don’t pay attention, but I am part of that religion that BYU represents. When people see BYU they don’t just see a school, they see “that Mormon school” just like Notre Dame is the Catholic school. BYU students, faculty, and athletes are automatically held to that standard whether they like it or not and need to behave accordingly. If BYU doesn’t like that, they need to take down their slogan of “Tradition. Spirit. Honor.” because lately in their sports programs we have not been seeing that.
You know how I feel about the issue, but what are your thoughts?