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BYU players weren't happy with the changes.
In most cases, changes to the uniform or helmet are a big hit with the players. But that wasn’t the case with BYU this week.
Instead of leaving the last names on the jerseys, three words – tradition, spirit and honor – were set to become what the Cougars wore on the back this season.
The changes drew some complaints from players:
BYU's Eathyn Manumaleuna said fellow Polynesians on team are taking it hard. "We are proud of our last names, ask any one of us."— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 8, 2013
So later on Thursday night, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall tweeted this:
Talked to my team tonite. They want to wear tradition spirit honor on jerseys for homecoming only. Last names for rest of the year. PERFECT!— Coach Mendenhall (@BYU_Football) August 9, 2013
In the scope of college football and the 2013 season, this is a very minor deal for BYU. However, it's pretty clear the players and the BYU fans would much rather see the player's names on the back of the jersey, rather than a couple of words.