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Published: Saturday, Oct. 2 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Kelowna, BC

Don't be so naive folks. The decision let Hill go was made weeks ago and they've already lined someone up to replace him.

Idaho Coug
Meridian, Idaho

I think Hill as actually gotten Cougar defenders to overachive. Not this season but then everyone is underachieving this season. Is anyone going to be held accountable for the 2 QB decision? It is the resason that Heaps and his receivers have only gotten about a fall's camp worth of reps to this point. I wonder if there was more tension between Mendenhall and Hill because Bronco is a defensive guy whereas he probably gives his offensive coaches a longer leash.

With this move and recent non-LDS player suspensions and transfers it is looking more and more like BYU sports is becoming an all-LDS deal. Maybe given the Code and the culture of Provo in general that is the way it should be.

full disclosure
Providence, UT

Coach Hill is the sacrificial lamb and I for one feel bad for him. Forcing him to resign mid-season is incredibly disrespectful and unprofessional.

All, let me repeat ,all of the coaches at BYU this year have not done their part.
It seems to me that this is a cowardly way of diverting attention to the real problems at BYU and acting like that now that Coach Hill is gone, that everything will be okay.
If anything, I would think that the offensive coaches should have been more on the firing line than the defensive coaches. Coach Mendenhall on the pre-game show stated that BYU had to score more points than the other team, meaning a lot of points. Didn't see that happen.

Coach Hill we wish you nothing but success in the future.

Kelowna, BC

And you can bet they have been considering a replacement for Mr. Anae and the search is on. You don't let someone go until you have a contract in place for the replacement. Pure business. Nothing wrong with that.

Ogden, UT

I don't believe this was a scheme issue. It's a talent issue. I can remember back when LaVell Edwards was head coach. It always seemed that either the skilled positions were new or the Offensive line was new. Never both. On Defense, the Line was young when the linebackers were veterans. That balance seems to be lost. With a new quarterback, we should have a veteran O-Line and at least 1 running back to provide extra protection while the new guys learn.

I'd be looking at the recruiting efforts as much as the D or O coordinators.

Provo, UT

I think if anyone needs to be fired it's Jake Heaps. BYU simply cannot survive another 3 years with him as quarterback.

Old Scarecrow
Brigham City, UT

With a freshman QB, no matter how talented (or not), you're going to forgive the offense more than the D. The numbers speak for themselves on both sides. The only positive on the whole team so far is that Heaps hasn't been hurt. Sorry to see Hill go, we would all have liked to see him be successful here. There has been only one other assistant I remember being let go over the last twenty years during an actual season, but the condition of the team is pretty serious. Something had to happen. I can't imagine how great the pressure the whole department is feeling from outside, as well as their own frustration to win.

Provo, UT

Anae may very well be the next in line on the chopping block....

Ann Arbor, MI

I'm sure the Dnews will never post this but....

Don't you think a little more thought should have gone into the decision to fire a minority coach? What does this say to the already troubled recruiting efforts?

And to think, this type of exposure will be on ESPN for the all the Nation to see .....in HD!

Provo, UT

Bronko and Anae both need to go!

Mapleton, UT

How about Bronco? Perhaps he needs to step down or be fired. To loose to teams like USU and Nevada is unexcusable. I wonder if there will be a PPI scheduled between Bronco and his superiors?

Salt Lake City, UT

There was an article in the DN just a few years ago about what a great, up-and-coming coach he is. How sad for Bronco to throw him under the bus when the defense is the least of this team's problems.

paul judd
Preston, Idaho

I was at the game last night. Total lack of excitment, energy by the cougs. They for the most part play like girls. No emotion, no energy on or off the side lines. Maybe Bronco should make winning a higher priority. I realise he is trying not ruin Jakes confidencee by minimizing the impotant of each game. That does not requires him and the other coaches to be emotionally dead. Show some heart BYU. Utah State try winning with a little class. Enjoy a well desereved victory but keep the gloating down. It is only 1 game and you have not looked at that great this year. University of Utah fans. Who have you played this year? You are just now getting into the heart of your schedule. Talk after you have done something. Not now. BYU better days are ahead. Head up. smile and get better.

Sandy, UT

Admittedly I'm not a BYU fan, but I'm a little surprised that Bronco would do this. Having watched BYU play several times this year, I don't believe the problem is as much to do with the defensive coordinator as it is the athletes. It just doesn't seem like BYU has a very athletic defense, and I don't think there would be very many coordinators that would succeed with this current group.

It wasn't that long ago that Jaime Hill's defense held some fairly potent offenses like Oregon State and Oklahoma in check. Of course that was with a different / better set of players. But it seems that Bronco needed to place the blame somewhere and it fell on coach Hill. That's a shame.

Sandy, UT

Hello people! Don't you think the coaching staff knows something you don't know? You aren't in their meetings, so you can speculate all you want, but will never know the true reasons for any actions they take.

Frazil man
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I made a prediction on facebook during the game that a coaching shakeup would happen. However, I was pushing for Anae and his insistance to throw the ball on 1st, 2nd, and then surprise them with a run on 3rd, or run a shorter than needed route. Poor Hill, I don't think it was all his fault, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Woods Cross, UT

And so it has begun.........

Good luck Jamie!

Old Scarecrow
Brigham City, UT

I doubt there's a new defensive coordinator coming. Bronco will be the D coach the rest of the way, in fact if not by title. There's probably someone on the fringes who will join the official ranks, perhaps replacing whoever becomes the secondary coach.

Fort Worth, Texas

"It is the resason that Heaps and his receivers have only gotten about a fall's camp worth of reps to this point."

It wouldn't matter how many reps they get, they are just a bad team. For sample, Heaps and Co. have 90 reps in the last two games yet they are averaging around 13 points per game only because of late scores against the 2nd team defense.

Now compare that to the significantly less reps by Cain/Wynn over the last two games; the team is averaging 56 points per game.

BYUs defense has been getting spanked regularly since 2008 so I could see why he was fired.

Mesa, AZ

What do you expect, you give up 260 yards rushing and almost 29 points per game. That is pathetic. I have never been a fan of Anae's play calling and this season his ineptness is showing through, not to mention that the O-line hasn't helped him out very much. If the team doesn't start playing with some passion this is going to be a long season.

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