Longtime BYU football coach LaVell Edwards dead at 86
- Author: Angelo Rivera Dec 30, 2016,
Dec 30, 2016, 0:30
Edwards retired from coaching after the 2000 season with a 257-101-3 record, including a 13-0 record in 1984 capped by a Holiday Bowl defeat of MI.
When Sitake became the first product of Edwards to take the helm of the football program following the 2015 season, the legendary coach expressed his excitement.
"We made football a presence at BYU", Edwards said. In 20 of those seasons, they either won outright or shared a conference title.
LaVell Edwards was a defensive coach, but he saw the future of offense. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
The run of dominance within the WAC crescendoed in 1996, when BYU beat Wyoming in the WAC championship game before a 19-15 victory over Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl to finish 14-1 - the most games in a single season prior to the College Football Playoff era. From 1974-91, he had 11 seasons in which one of his quarterbacks finished in the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy race, including top-three finishes for Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon and Robbie Bosco, before Ty Detmer won the award in 1990. I hope I can be just like him.
Edwards coached the Cougars for 29 seasons before retiring in 2000. He led the Cougars to the 1984 national championship. Following the 1984 national championship, Edwards reportedly held interest from several larger college programs and NFL teams, but remained in Provo until his retirement at the turn of the century. A Great Coach & Better Man, Has Just Passed! "Self-deprecating and he was an even better family guy than he was a coach". Recently hired Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian played quarterback for Edwards at BYU from 1995-96. He did it primarily with the controlled passing offense he devised to counter the much bigger and more physical teams BYU would face at the highest collegiate level. He has won a national championship and coached a Heisman Trophy victor, and McMahon and Young both went on to become star NFL quarterbacks. Edwards' influence should never be forgotten.