Earlier this year, Kyle Whittingham made a trip to Provo to knock heads with some BYU coaches and see just how BYU has maintained so much success over the years.
He watched practice, talked to players, watched film but couldn't quite figure it out. Finally, he approached Bronco Mendenhall and asked, "Bronco, what's your secret?"
Bronco called Jake Heaps over and said, "Jake, got a little riddle for you. Who is your father's brother's nephew?"
Heaps answered without hesitation "Easy coach, that's me!"
"That's the secret," Mendenhall said, turning to Whittingham. "Smart quarterbacks."
Kyle thought about this the whole way home. The next day when he was watching his own team practice he called Jordan Wynn over.
"Hey Jordan," he said, "Who is your father's brother's nephew?"
Wynn scratched his head. "Uh... let me get back to you, coach."
Wynn ran over to the Ute running back, Eddie Wide. "Eddie, you gotta help me man. I think coach is trying to test me!" and he repeated the question.
"That's easy," Wide said, "It's me!"
Wynn looked pleased. He sprinted over to Coach Whittingham and breathlessly shouted, "Coach! I've got the answer to your riddle!"
"Okay," said Whitt, "Who is your father's brother's nephew?"
"It's Eddie Wide!"
"You idiot!" said Whitt. "It's not Eddie Wide. It's Jake Heaps!"