If the No. 4 seed BYU defeats the No. 1 seed Santa Clara in the NCAA College Cup semifinals (Football Final Four) on Friday, she will not play the title match scheduled for Sunday.
Alternatively, if BYU advances to the final, the NCAA will move that game to Monday at 5 p.m. at Stevens Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Once again, BYU won’t budge on “Don’t play on Sundays.”
Again, the NCAA will honor that and do the work of compromise.
It’s called cooperation and compromise.
That’s what it’s been like for most of the half-century when BYU got involved—except for a short burp in 1998.
This is how it will be this weekend if BYU wins Friday, and this is how the NCAA Basketball Tournament Committee handled matters last year at the Big Dance when the Cougars qualified for the COVID-19 Championships in Indianapolis.
BYU athletes, coaches, and fans can thank former BYU Chairman Meryl Bateman for reinstating the so-called “BYU Rule” by the NCAA in 1998 after the NCAA panel voted to ban 31⁄2Verdict – held after it was decided it was too annoying.
Pittman led a movement among other college presidents who objected to the ruling, which allowed accommodations for schools such as BYU and Campbell University that refused to play games on Sunday.
Prior to 1998, the NCAA allowed a “BYU rule” to help set tournament dates and waivers for 35 years.
In the summer of 1998, Pittman was able to obtain a petition to overturn the ruling with the signatories of all Division I schools within the state (Utah, Utah State, Weber State), Navy, Air Force and Blue Forces, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Stanford, and Texas A&M as well as To South Carolina, Baylor and Duke. In all, 99 NCAA member schools have joined.
Pittman said at the time, “The NCAA recognized that colleges and universities should not have to sacrifice athletic opportunities in order to preserve their religious beliefs.”
The last time this issue surfaced and made headlines at the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament was last spring when the Cougars qualified and plans were in place to switch dates in the Middle East and Middle East if BYU made the Sweet 16.
When this issue surfaced in May 2016 with the BYU women’s golf team, the NCAA made a change to the NCAA tournaments, allowing the Cougars to play one of the rounds on a different day to avoid playing Sunday. Those results for that day were then added to the team’s total at the end.
A few months later, BYU sports director Tom Holmo took up the issue with Deseret News, stating:
“People might look at BYU and say, ‘Why are they sending kids on errands, why do they have an honor code, why don’t they play on Sunday?’ But that’s what we are, that’s what we thrive on, and that’s why people come here. The closest I can say is that mission Our athletic department is in line with our school’s mission, and that makes it easy to focus on the important things.”
Is this BYU rule causing some inconvenience to the NCAA tournaments?
Do some presidents, managers and coaches deceive?
Does it negatively affect BYU’s rating, especially in the NCAA Basketball Tournament? History tells us that.
Does it have to be a big problem?
No, because it can be adapted, modified, modified and worked with with a little thought and thought.
That’s the conclusion the Big 12 reached last summer when this Power Five conference chairs and advisors voted to add BYU to that league.
It did raise some eyebrows, but it wasn’t the obstacle that some thought it might be.
And that’s a good thing – people work together to protect religious beliefs.
Perhaps one of the most publicized instances of a BYU athlete refusing to play on Sunday was when Eli Herring, in an All-America showdown before the NFL draft in the 1990s, announced that, if selected, he would not play on Sunday.
It wasn’t a big move, nor was it a pious and trustworthy ploy to gain attention or fame. He was just a young man who decided there were some parts of his religious faith that he wouldn’t include because he didn’t feel comfortable with it personally.
Somehow, in today’s world of political division, the emergence of an out-of-control culture of cancellation to which our university campuses are not immune, this one simple agreement on the part of the NCAA, BYU, and similar institutions stands out as something to smile about.
C. S. Lewis writes, “A dogmatic belief in objective value is essential to the idea of rule which is neither tyranny nor obedience not slavery.”
“You have to do something in your life that is honorable, not cowardly, if you want to live at peace with yourself,” former NBA coach Larry Brown concluded.