Dude. This Guy Is Leaving BYU??
"You have to keep dating your wife..."
That's what this comes down to.
In the 1950's, you asked your wife to marry you, you got married, and then you never thought about her again for 70 years.
That's how college football used to be.
Once you signed a player, you could go on auto-pilot for the rest of your time together. You didn't have to check in on them. You didn't have to worry that they were going to have an affair with another program, they were yours forever.
That isn't how it works anymore.
Players can dump you at anytime.
This is what Kody Epps did to BYU yesterday.
Epps was one of BYU's best returning players on offense for the upcoming season. He had 39 catches and six touchdowns last year, and with Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney gone, Epps was going to play a key role for the Cougars in their first season in the BIG 12.
What makes Epps' situation so infuriating for BYU fans is that he seemed happy! There were no signs that this was going to happen. He had talked glowingly about Provo and the program and the community. He had a great spring ball season too. So how could BYU have seen this coming?
They could have seen this coming because Kody Epps is good at football. That means programs from Ole Miss to Oregon are going to be flirting with him. And if those programs have more money to offer him, of course, he's going to leave you.
Just like AJ Vongphachanh left Utah State for BYU and Paul Maile left Utah for BYU.
You have to continually date your best players. Check in on them. Write them love notes. Spend one-on-one time with them, (also pay them a lot of money) or they're going to leave you.