Guest commentary: What Bronco Mendenhall could learn from Pete Carroll

By Jake Hadlock

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27 2014 10:35 a.m. MST

Mendenhall’s relationship with the media is less than stellar. He often comes across as gruff, short, odd, distant and out of touch with the fans. I do not believe this is who Mendenhall is, yet this is how fans and media who don’t personally know him perceive the man. It would do wonders for him and for the program if he improved how he interacted with the media and made a better effort to appreciate the passionate fans BYU has.

Are these small things really what separate a coach like Carroll from a coach like Mendenhall? Legendary coach John Wooden said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” If BYU really wants to achieve the goal of another national championship, it needs the talent pool and a dynamic leader who can take them there. Successful people learn from other successful people, and I believe Mendenhall can take the necessary steps toward becoming one of the great college coaches in football.

Twitter: @jakubhadlock

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