A decade later, LaVell Edwards reflects on his final season at BYU

by | Aug. 17, 2010

Mormons We Know

In the annals of BYU football, Aug. 17, 2000, was the beginning of the end of an era.

It was ten years ago today that legendary coach LaVell Edwards announced his decision to retire at the conclusion of that season, capping an amazing 29-year head coaching career with the Cougars.

"It's hard to believe this is the 10th year that I haven't been coaching," Edwards, who turns 80 in October and is the sixth-winningest coach in NCAA history, told the Deseret News this week. "I look around and wonder where it's all gone. But (wife) Patti and I are always doing something. It's been a nice 10 years."

LaVell and Patti have not slowed down much during retirement. They served a church mission to New York City, and they are involved in a lot of charities, including the Boys and Girls Club. "I do a fair amount of speaking, mostly to church groups," Edwards said. "Our health has been good. So we've been fortunate that way. We travel a little bit. One way or another, we seem to keep busy. My time isn't all spent playing golf. But I do play."

The day he announced his impending retirement, Edwards told his players first, in the morning during a team meeting.

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