Today one of my Heros died. I grew up watching him coach my BYU Cougars. Lavell Edwards was a great coach but most importantly he was a great leader. He once made time to come and speak to us. He told us we were an integral part of the football teams success. Our efforts on the field and our interaction with the fans made Game Day a success, win or lose. One of the things I admired most about Coach was despite the fact he won a lot of football games his focus was on developing good people. Whether you were a coach, player, or even a cheerleader you never, ever doubted that you made a difference and it was more about life than the win. Part of life is growing old and eventually we all die. I will miss him. I understand that his beautiful wife Patti and his family were with him this morning when he passed away. My prayers are with them. Patti is a remarkable woman and I am sure is doing much more in comforting others than needing to be comforted tonight. My best friends Mandy and Sara and their families have been with us in Park City for New Years. It was the girls turn to head down to BYU for a basketball game, so the three of us and the oldest girls came down tonight. It was so awesome seeing Lavell Edwards Stadium lit up in tribute to Coach. (See pic below) It was the house that he built. We decided we wanted to do our own tribute for Coach tonight. So we had us three and found a few more. After the game we connected up and walked down to the stadium. We had our own impromptu cheer as we sang the fight song. Rise and Shout! 💙
The Cougar Song
Brigham Young University
By Clyde D. Sandgren, 1932
Rise all loyal Cougars and hurl your challenge to the foe.
You will fight, day or night, rain or snow.
Loyal, strong, and true
Wear the white and blue.
While we sing, get set to spring.
Come on Cougars it’s up to you. Oh!
Rise and shout, the Cougars are out
along the trail to fame and glory.
Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out
As you unfold your victr’y story.
On you go to vanquish the foe for Alma Mater’s sons and daughters.
As we join in song, in praise of you, our faith is strong.
We’ll raise our colors high in the blue
And cheer our Cougars of BYU.
Ra, Ra, Ra Ra Ra Go Cougars