"In my career I have had many wonderful things happen to me," LaVell Edwards once said. "But all is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the truly important things in my life."

On Thursday morning, December 29, 2016, the legendary former BYU football head coach passed away at the age of 86. Word broke live during the morning BYU Sports Nation episode, and tribute and homage soon followed in a special 4 PM live episode commemorating Edwards.   

From 1972 to 2000, Edwards changed BYU football both on and off the field. Memories of his legacy—as both a stoic leader and caring mentor—were fondly shared on BYU Sports Nation by former players like Steve Young, Ty Detmer, and Kalani Sitake, and fellow coaches like Ron McBride, Urban Meyer, and Kyle Whittingham took to Twitter with their thoughts.

To celebrate and honor LaVell Edwards' life, career, and influence, BYUtv will air special programming. See the program schedule in the graphic below (find the high resolution version on the BYUtv Facebook Page).

 

You can also watch several of these LaVell Edwards specials on demand. Find links and descriptions here.

LaVell Edwards, Legends Episode

The iconic BYU football coach muses about building the BYU football program, living his life, and balancing the two throughout his long and storied career. Watch here.

LaVell Edwards: The Spirit of Cougar Football

The story of LaVell Edwards, from his childhood to his retirement after 30 years as BYU's head football coach. Watch here.

LaVell Edwards and the BYU Quarterback Factory

Dave McCann hosts an hour-long special with Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards, Steve Young, Ty Detmer, Robbie Bosco, and other legendary BYU quarterbacks. They discuss the legacy of the QB position at BYU and Coach Edwards' impact on the program. Watch here.

BYU Football: Michigan vs BYU (1984)

BYU and Michigan squared off in what turned out to be a typical, thrilling Holiday Bowl. Watch here.

BYU Football: Wyoming vs BYU (1996)

In the second to last game of the season, the Cougars take on the Wyoming Cowboys and log another incredible comeback win. Watch here.

BYU Football: BYU vs SMU (1980)

One observer said the 1980 holiday Bowl was actually two ball games—a contest which lasted most of four quarters and another of four minutes duration. Watch here.

BYU Football: Miami vs BYU (1990)

Watch eventual Heisman winner Ty Detmer lead the Cougars against defending national champion and #1 ranked Miami, kicking off the 1991 season. Watch here.

BYU Devotional Address: LaVell Edwards (2001)

Edwards speaks upon the theme of taking upon yourself the whole armor of God. Watch here.

Stay up-to-date with the latest in tributes and memories from Cougar Nation for LaVell Edwards. Watch BYU Sports Nation Mondays through Fridays at 10 AM and 4 PM MT, and follow BYUtv Sports on on Facebook and Twitter.

BYU Football Coach Legend, LaVell Edwards: 1930-2016

Thank you, Coach. For everything. #LaVellEdwards #BYUtvSports #BYU #BYUFOOTBALL

Posted by BYUtv Sports on Thursday, December 29, 2016