Dang it, dang it all right to heck. BYU luminary LaVell Edwards died as a bookend to the celebrities mowed down by Death’s 2016 scythe.
LaVell, whose singing about BYU football could reduce so-called not-a-rapper Jamesthemormon to envious tears, created an unparalleled Quarterback factory at Brigham Young, including Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer and football legend Steve Young. And now LaVell is gone, another 2016 victim alongside ALF’s voice actor.
BYU football had a paltry program and had never been to a bowl game before Edwards arrived. Two years in as coach and LaVell reeled off 27 straight non-losing seasons and 22 bowl appearances. But alas, the Gregorian calendar felled the 86-year-old coaching treasure. Thanks, Pope Gregory XIII.
Think about it, what if LaVell hadn’t solidified BYU as a worthwhile competitor? What would Cougarboard users do with their time? Talk to their wives?
Ugh, 2016. At least Pres. Thomas S. Monson is full of vim and vigor, so we should be fine for a while. Bring on 2017.