BYU linebacker Spencer Hadley suspended over Las Vegas club photo


BYU linebacker Spencer Hadley has been suspended for a violation of team rules. More specifically, the senior was recently photographed holding up a bottle of what appears to be alcohol with some scantily clad ladies around him. Hadley is old enough to drink, but the BYU Honor Code strictly prohibits this type of behavior. So how did the school find out?

A self-described “die hard” Utah fan named Darren Lucy sent an email to the University of Utah’s assistant AD for compliance on Monday. BYU and Utah happen to be facing off on Saturday night. From there, Lucy’s email was sent to BYU director of compliance Chad Gwilliam. Hadley’s suspension was announced on Tuesday.

The folks at Deadspin got their hands on the photo in question by submitting a public records request. Hadley is the guy in the middle with the teal-colored shirt. Deadspin also tracked down the email chain, which shows how Lucy first contacted Utah and how Utah immediately sent the photo to BYU when it was clear it was not some sort of prank.

The average person might think the suspension is ridiculous, but student athletes know what is expected of them at BYU. The school’s honor code demands that students stay away from alcohol, practice honesty and live a “chaste and virtuous life.” Players can be suspended for anything from impregnating a woman to partying in Las Vegas. If you don’t follow former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon’s advice, you could wind up in trouble.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall confronts Utah fan who says he sucked (Video)

If you have to rush the field after your team comes away with a crucial win early in the season, do so without screaming “you suck!” in the face of the opposing head coach. And if you must scream “you suck!” in the face of the opposing head coach, don’t do it to a guy who is named Bronco Mendenhall.

I admittedly know very little about the BYU head coach, but his name just makes him sound like a guy you don’t want to mess with. As you can see from the video above that Dr. Saturday shared with us, a Utah fan yelled something at Mendenhall as he was being escorted off the field by police officers on Saturday. Typically coaches will ignore this type of bonehead behavior and keep walking, but Bronco is named Bronco for a reason. He gave the kid the death stare and completely caught him off guard.

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Utah fans almost give game to BYU after rushing the field (Video)

Utes fans nearly gave away the Holy War between Utah and BYU on Saturday by rushing the field before the game had ended, resulting in a potentially costly penalty.

Utah was trying to hold onto a 24-21 lead with six seconds left when it looked like time had run out on a BYU desperation passing play. Fans stormed the field, but officials reviewed the play and ruled that BYU still had one second left on the clock. They got a second crack and this time attempted a 51-yard field goal, which was blocked by Utah.

Game over, right? Wrong.

The fans stormed the field before the play was completely over, and the referees penalized Utah 15 yards and replayed the down. They attempted a 36-yard field goal for the tie, but it hit off the upright and missed, giving Utah the 24-21 win.

Video of the entire sequence below:

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BYU recruit Brayden Kearsley burns letter from Utah (Picture)

Apparently this is now the cool thing to do. Once a recruit decides on a school they plan to attend, they are no longer flattered that other schools were interested in offering them a scholarship. Those “other” school instantly become the enemy. And what do we do to the enemies’ letters? We burn them. As you can see from the photo above, high school recruit Brayden Kearsley recently decided he is going to attend BYU so he burned the letter from rival school Utah.

“I hope the rivalry game don’t end….” he captioned the Instagram photo. “I wanna whoop the #Yewts asses!”

Last month a Michigan recruit created a firestorm of backlash when he burned a letter from Ohio State, and Michigan doesn’t have the famous honor code that BYU students are supposed to live by. Is burning a letter and swearing on social media a violation of the BYU honor code? Something tells me Kearsley violated something.

Thanks to SB Nation via Throw the Flag

Provo Arby’s Says Sign Mocking BYU Went Up Before Awful Game

An Arby’s restaurant in Provo, Utah is receiving attention this week for mocking BYU on its marquee. BYU was hammered by Utah on Saturday 54-10 and committed seven turnovers. The sign below was not a reference to delightful apple or cherry bakery treats, but rather a shot at BYU and their inability to hold onto the football:

Seems like a pretty clear jab at BYU following their poor performance, right? That might not be the case.

The Salt Lake Tribune spoke with the manager of the Arby’s who says the sign went up on Friday, the day before the game was played. We saw an anti-Auburn billboard go up in Starkville a few days before the Mississippi State-Auburn game, so I suppose that’s possible, but the question I have for you is simple: you buying it? I’m not.

BYU Compiles Video Teaching Their Fans How to Cheer (Video)

Yes, that headline should sound familiar to you. While it is truly a travesty, this is the second time we have come across one of these embarrassing videos in the last two days.  On Tuesday, we showed you the Ram Rules video which was produced by the St. Louis Rams as an instructional video for team support.  Shockingly enough, the Rams are not the only organization to feel they need one of these compilations.  Check out the BYU  fan cheering video, courtesy of Sports Mashup:

When the Rams did it we just accepted it as something they thought their lame fan base must need, but now we have to wonder: Is this what the world is coming to?  Are teams overreacting or do fans honestly not know how they are supposed to cheer?  Is there no one out there who is willing to step up and establish some tradition?  These are the questions.

Fist bump to @NatalieSaar for the video tip.

Biggest Reason BYU Went Independent Was to Spread Mormon Faith

BYU was one of several college football teams to change conferences this offseason. Colorado and Utah joined the Pac-12, Nebraska became the 12th team in the appropriately-named Big Ten, and BYU decided to go Independent. For many people, the reasons why they went Independent was uncertain. Was it for more exposure? For monetary purposes? To be able to pick and choose their football schedule? It could be all of those reasons, but the biggest reason is religion.

As Jay Drew of The Salt Lake Tribune tweeted Tuesday at BYU’s media day, football coach Bronco Mendenhall said “the biggest reason for BYU going independent in football is ‘exposure for the LDS Church.'”

“LDS Church” is short for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the Mormon church established by Brigham Young. They’re trying to go national to gain more exposure for the religion, and the football team is a vehicle to spread their faith. So long as their honor code doesn’t get in the way again, they should be all set. Or maybe the athletes should just follow the Jim McMahon plan to avoid trouble.