BYU fans got an unpleasant surprise on Thursday, as the Salt Lake Tribune's Jay Drew confirmed on Twitter that BYU would be replacing the player names on the back of the jerseys.
Taking the place of those names will be one of the three words of head coach Bronco Mendenhall's program motto, which he has had since taking over in 2005: Tradition, Spirit, Honor.
This wasn't just a one-game thing either. Drew went on to tweet that Mendenhall was planning on making the change permanent, for as long as he is BYU's coach.
The move was not well-received, to say the least. BYU fans and foes alike generally mocked the move, which they saw as cheesy.
BYU players weren't too thrilled either. This video shows their reaction, as they weren't told of the change ahead of time, and found out when they showed up to practice. While they avoid outright criticizing the change, their negative body language and lack of enthusiasm are quite obvious in the video.
Thursday night, Mendenhall talked to his team about the jersey change. To the relief of Cougar fans everywhere, Mendenhall changed his decision. Now Tradition, Spirit and Honor will only replace names for the homecoming game this season.
BYU's bizarre one-day foray into jersey controversy is now over, and fans can thank the players for that.