Y. coach tells fireside of bigger mission

Bronco Mendenhall isn't afraid to speak his mind.

A compelling aspect of the BYU head football coach's laser-like focus on mission and purpose is his uncanny penchant for saying what he thinks without any apparent concern for how his words could be interpreted, and Mendenhall's tell-it-like-it-is persona was on full display Friday as he and 35 BYU football players presented a fireside at an LDS meetinghouse in Orem.

For example, near the end of his 14-minute address Mendenhall chided football boosters for their choice to grill him about the Cougars' 17-16 loss at the University of Texas last week instead of bask in the bigger picture of what the BYU football program is accomplishing. And by invoking a Biblical comparison involving the Jews who persecuted Jesus, Mendenhall pulled no punches.

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