Incurable romantic that he is, LaVell Edwards came up with the idea on his own to drive his bride Patty to Logan yesterday on the occasion of their 60th anniversary.

Why not? They met as students at USU.

Are all former head football coaches this thoughtful?

Uh, yes, coach had agreed to a video interview Thursday, part of his induction into USU's Athletics Hall of Fame in September. But the interview could have been done anywhere; Doug Hoffman, Mychael Clanton and Brooks Hansen could have toted their video equipment to Provo, had Coach Edwards so requested.

Not a chance.

Spend some time in Logan, drive through Beaver Dam where Patty Covey had family and spent her high school years and then stop for dinner at Maddox on the way home.

This guy knows what he's doing; he didn't win 257 games in 29 seasons accidentally.

Memories were abundant during the hour before the camera.

Q: "What is the proudest moment in your years as a student-athlete in Logan?"

A: "Meeting Patty."

See what I'm talking about!

Q: "You had a good high school career in Orem, winning a state championship. Why did you choose Utah State?"

A: "I didn't particularly want to go to BYU; I wanted to get away from home. The Aggies were a good football team when I was in high school. Utah State coaches brought me up for a visit, in July. I liked it here and committed. That was the extent of my recruiting."

Q: "You played two years at Utah State under George Melinkovich and a season under John Roning. Any games stand out as your best?"

A: "Remember, we didn't win many during that era. I played center on offense and linebacker on defense and probably received more recognition at linebacker. I was all-conference as a junior and that year against Wyoming I made a lot of tackles. John Mooney of the Tribune gave out his ‘Mooney Man Award,' a very nice fountain pen, and I won it that week. I was as proud of that as anything at the time."

Q: "Your first three years as BYU's head coach, Utah State beat you each year."

A: "True, but we beat Utah each of those years and that hardly ever happened in that series. Fans in Provo said I wasn't trying as hard against my alma mater. That wasn't true."

LaVell won 21 of 24 against the Aggies after that.

Q: "You're in national halls of fame, state halls of fame. What was your response when the Aggies called with an invitation into their Hall of Fame?"

A: "I was honored, of course; I have great fondness for this place."

Q: "1984 was an interesting year. You won the national championship. Later you're coaching in the East-West game. The Detroit Lions offer you their head coaching job. Why didn't you take it?"

A: "There was a lot going on at the time. We were in Nashville for the coaches convention and they asked me to come to Detroit. I couldn't do that because we were about to take the team to Washington to meet President Reagan. The Lions told me they would meet me in Washington. They interviewed me for two hours in a hotel room and gave me a couple of days to think about it.

"It would have required me to drop everything, leave BYU behind, and jump with both feet into pro coaching. I just wasn't ready to do it."

As you can imagine, there is much more.

And you can see it Friday, Sept. 9, at the Aggie Hall of Fame Banquet at the Riverwoods.


Craig Hislop is a longtime Cache Valley broadcaster, who can now be heard weekday mornings on KVNU. He is among a number of Cache Valley freelance writers whose columns appear in The Herald Journal as a part of an effort to expose readers to a variety of community voices. He is not an employee of the newspaper. He can be reached at


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