BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, left, poses with new head football coach Kalani Sitake following a press conference in Provo Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, left, poses with new head football coach Kalani Sitake following a press conference in Provo Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Sitake’s personality and style bring players, coaches and fans together — and it’s leading to success for BYU football

When he was Kalani Sitake’s teammate at BYU 20 years ago under legendary coach LaVell Edwards, Jason Scukanec couldn’t have predicted that Sitake would end up becoming the head coach at their alma mater.

But Scukanec, an offensive lineman, did recognize qualities that Sitake possesses, which includes being an ideal ambassador for BYU football.

On a roster full of strong personalities, like himself, defensive lineman Hans Olsen and quarterback Brandon Doman, Sitake was “the perfect mediator,” according to Scukanec, who is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Kalani was always that guy. At a place like BYU, you need guys like that. Not everyone is going to be a choirboy. You can’t have criminals and people that are always doing the right thing. You have to have a guy in the middle that bridges that gap,” said Scukanec, now the longtime host …read more


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