A River Runs Through It

An inner tube trip down the Provo River for the BYU football team marked the end of fall camp and the beginning of preparation for Arizona and the regular season. The trip came as a welcome surprise to a team that was worn down by weeks of grueling preseason practices.

After three weeks of drills and scrimmages that left players counting their bumps and bruises, today was supposed to be the last day of preseason practices before the team shifts it focus to the Wildcats of Arizona. As late at 3:00 p.m., just one hour before practice was supposed to start, players were taping up for what they believed would be a very difficult day of practice to end their fall camp.

Then, a little after 3:00, BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff called the team together to inform them of a little change of plans.

Coach Mendenhall told the team that they had progressed very well through fall camp, and that today's practice would be nothing more than a bus trip up Provo Canyon and a leisurely float down the Provo River.

Perhaps it was a reward his team for a job well done. Maybe it was a way to clearly delineate the end of fall camp and the beginning of the regular season. Whatever the motivation behind the impromptu river trip, Coach Mendenhall and his staff certainly endeared themselves to the hearts of their players to the coaching staff.

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