Remember when Ben Olson transferred to UCLA and Bronco and his band of brothers had a fit that UCLA contacted him while he was on his mission? Those were the good old days. Well, now Bronco finds himself in a hypocritical loop that he cannot escape.
Bronco, you cannot have it both ways. You cannot get angry when others contact your missionaries and then contact other team's missionaries while they are in the field. You cannot say that a mission should be a young man's sole focus and then interrupt a the middle of a young man's mission with your backwards recruiting tactics. You cannot expect others to not go after your missionaries, when you do the same to them. Karma's a real beast, Bronco, and it is going to come back to bight you. For a man that claims the moral superiority of his school, recruiting a kid on a mission through his father and his mission president is a real slimy thing to do.
Before you jump to Bronco's defense and say that it was Riley that contacted BYU first, this article should disprove that once and for all.
And if you are under the impression that Bronco never said that he would not recruit or contact guys on missions, this article should disprove that theory as well.
So, what should Bronco have done? This is exactly what he should have done. As one Ute fan posted:
Dear Elder Nelson,
Thank you for your recent letter and interest in BYU football. We commend you for your decision to serve a mission. It is our policy not to conduct business related to football while young men are serving missions. We feel that it is a time that should be focussed on your service in the mission field and how you should best serve your Heavenly Father and your fellow men. If upon completing your service as a missionary, you still have a desire to play for Brigham Young University and after you have discussed the situation with your previous coach, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you then.
To think, all this fuss over a guy that they didn't want out of high school anyway. A guy that I heard many cougar fans say had a weak arm and a small body. All of this fuss for a Buddy, from Charles in Charge, lookalike. Well, Bronco, you can take your former Utah State QB. (Heck, take Southern Utah's and Idaho's QB too!) Utah will still destroy you for the next five years and we will do it with a mixture of our own missionaries and better non-LDS athletes to boot.