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Utah Utes football: Roderick felt it was time for change

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 20 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

Aaron Roderick isn't leaving the Utah Utes for the Washington Huskies because of any ill will.

"I would like to make that clear. I am not leaving because of the co-coordinator situation. I'm not leaving because of a falling out with anyone in the program and I'm not leaving because of money," Roderick said Monday night. "It's a combination of things that are unique to me and my family situation, where I just feel like this is the right time for us to go start something new."

After four years on Kyle Whittingham's staff as the receivers coach, Roderick is joining former BYU teammate and first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian in Seattle.

"It's hard to explain everything that went into the decision," said Roderick. "A lot of it was just a feeling that this is the right time to make a change and start something new. I did go back-and-forth."

Hours after accepting a promotion to stay at Utah as the co-offensive coordinator with running backs coach Dave Schramm, Roderick simply changed his mind.

It became tricky, however, because the University of Utah had already issued a press release announcing that Roderick was remaining with the Utes. The sports information department later issued another press release. The second one announced that Schramm would be the lone offensive coordinator and that Roderick was headed to Washington instead.

"I regret that there was an announcement made that I was staying and then I went back and changed my mind," said Roderick. "I wish that weren't the case and I feel bad about that. I did not mean to put Coach Whittingham in that position."

Roderick acknowledged it was a difficult situation and has apologized.

"I had a very short window of time to make a decision," he said. "I went back-and-forth several times in that 24 hours and it was really hard to leave these guys."

Roderick has extensive ties to the state of Utah. The former BYU receiver is from Bountiful and has held coaching positions with the Cougars, Snow College, Southern Utah and the Utes.

"I love it here. I love Utah. Coach Whittingham's been great to me. Dave Schramm is a great friend and I know he's going to do a great job. And I love these players," said Roderick. "This is my home. I grew up here and my family is here. But it just feels like the right time to go do something new."

"Aaron is an outstanding young coach with a very bright future," said Whittingham. "We wish him well in his new opportunity at Washington."


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