“I thought that there were games that we played extremely well. There were a couple of games where we didn’t play great,” he said. “But it was a tough schedule and we had a couple of injuries on the defensive side that really hurt. Offensively, we did some great things rushing the ball. There were some games this year where we had a balanced attack, so I know we’re capable of some really great things. I thought the offensive staff came together with the offensive players and put together a pretty good season.”
Holmoe said there’s a lot to look forward to with the program.
“There’s good chemistry with this offensive staff. The offensive players and coaches are still coming together to learn this system. It’s a very different system than in past years. With any coaching changes, there’s going to be a learning curve and I think we’re still in that process. But we’ve been able to do some good things. I do think the future is bright.”
While BYU is scheduled to play in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego in 2016 and 2018, the Cougars have not announced any bowl ties for 2014 or 2015.
“I know for next year’s game, we’re working on something new,” Holmoe said. “I can’t say anything about it until it gets done.”
Mendenhall said he’s not concerned about BYU’s postseason destination for next year.
“It’s already in the works. It’s not my place to announce it,” he said. “Tom has that. There’s no worry about if we’ll have one or where we’ll play or anything like that. It’s actually a really good situation. Tom will make that announcement whenever he sees fit.”
While Mendenhall said he and Holmoe don’t spend a lot of time together when they travel to bowl games, he acknowledged that this week must be special for Holmoe.
“I’m sure it’s a great experience for him to reconnect and come back to San Francisco,” Mendenhall said. “I’m sure there are a lot of fond memories.”
Mendenhall said Holmoe works hard to ensure that players and coaches enjoy the bowl experience.
“Tom treats our coaches really, really well. Not only in terms of incentives, but making the bowl experience great for them,” Mendenhall said. “I just express gratitude to him for that. He makes it a meaningful and worthwhile experience to achieve postseason play.”
For Holmoe, being back in San Francisco this week — at least so far — has been memorable.
“I’m loving it,” he said. “It’s great to be here.”
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