Stuart Smalley thinks BYU is ‘good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!’


It’s been a rough offseason to be a Cougar fan as the team tries to find out where it fits in the ever-changing landscape of college football. Many of us are taking a woe-is-me attitude when some of the P5 conferences tell BYU that it doesn’t belong.

But I’ve got just the remedy to help lift your spirits. One of my favorite “Saturday Night Live” sketches was “Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley.” In these sketches Smalley, who is a member of many 12-step programs, but not a licensed therapist, helps his guests realize their worth.

So Cougar fans, I know your situation may seem bleak, but I want you to wake up every morning, look at yourself in the mirror and repeat the following affirmations after me:

1. You’re good enough

You can do it!

Under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, the Cougars have won 71 percent of their games, finished in the Top 25 five times, including two Top 15 finishes, and have won five bowl games.

2. You’re smart enough

Napoleon Dynamite- Mom in college

U.S. News and World Report lists BYU as the 62nd best national university, which is ahead of many of the P5 programs that want to keep the Cougars out, including Utah which comes in at  No. 121. While this might not help BYU on the gridiron, BYU grads can take solace when they are managing their P5 brethren in the future.

3. Doggone it, people like you!

You like me

So what if the ACC and SEC don’t see value in playing you — after the recent announcement that BYU will play UCLA in 2015 and 2016, the Cougars have games scheduled with eight of the teams in the Pac-12. Add to that Bronco’s recent comments to the Austin Statesman about BYU’s desire to be in the Big 12 and the Cougars should be in a P5 conference before too long.

At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself every morning when I’m looking at myself in the mirror.


Jon Eyre has worked in marketing communications at a number of high tech companies in Utah Valley for the past nine years. He is a 2003 graduate of BYU, and worked as a graduate assistant for the school's Sports Information Department for the 2003 and 2004 football seasons. When he isn't working, Jon spends his time scouring the internet searching for obscure indie bands, trying to decipher the meaning of Lost, or hanging out with his wife and three children.

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