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

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South Jordan, UT

Here we go. The dominoes are falling.

Springville, UT

How is this going to help BYU score points?

Idaho Falls, ID

@Big J:
"There are lots of problems with BYU’s program but the main one is the lack of talent. You could put a top quality Boise or Utah staff with those players and the results would be the same."

I completely disagree; especially about BSU's staff. BSU has had several rebuilding years and very few players go into the NFL, yet they put out winning programs every season. When was the last time BSU had a losing season? A down year for them is 1 loss. No, BSU has the formula. They know how to WIN with the talent they have, no matter the quality of talent. I have no doubt that BSU coaches with BYU's current roster would win 10 games.

Woods Cross, UT

Bluto - delusions! Independence equals a money grab. That's it. The sobering thing to think about is maybe the last 4 to 5 years are as good as it's going to get for your legacy program. If your recruiting has (and will be) so good, where are the athletes? With a schedule full of question marks and WAC teams or powerhouses such as Central Florida your savior ESPN will regulate you to the worst times and worst channels. If BYU continues to limit what recruits come in it all doesn't matter anyway.

Good program - yes
Legacy Program - not anymore than anyone else....

Good luck in independence. Spend the money wisely.

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT


Name one "Legacy" program that has not been to a BCS Bowl. They don't exist. Saying byu is a "Legacy" program in football is like saying Christian Rock is "Rock".

I really feel sorry for byu. This has been a terrible year for them. Watching the Utes get invited to an elite BCS Conference. Watching several recruits jump ship. Watching the Utes handle their leaving the MMC with style, class and professionalism.

All of this must be akin to watching your older brother going steady with Megan Fox while you are stuck dating Rosie O'Donnel.

Idaho Coug
Meridian, Idaho

We all need to wrap our heads around the fact that we are now beginning one long spring-fall camp that will finally result in a very solid team by September 2011. Don't look for wins during that time but look for individuals to step up and progress.

Evanston, WY

The root problem was certainly deeper than performances on the field. Remember, there are 5 goals of the team and the 5th one is football. So, it is deeper than football as to why he was released AND, they must have had a track record of disciplinary issues. In my business, unless there is a serious breach of policies or procedures, there must be coaching plans enacted or written disciplinary measures taken beforehand. In other words, a history of performance issues. So, if performance is not attained and it is time to terminate, then the employees knows what is going to happen. Hill knew it. Something was going on and it appears that the Bronco most likely worked with him, to no avail.



BYU has had a lot of football success in the last thirty years, but to suggest they are a "legacy program" of the likes of the teams you listed on the right in your first post is a stretch. Only BYU homers would make that leap.

But since you named names, I had to check the numbers. According to BYU's own website (which is pretty good), the Cougars not only have a losing record against the "legacy" teams, but they also have a losing record against the teams in the left column that you obviously don't respect.

Don't you hate it when facts get in the way of your argument?

I for one am not "bugged" by BYU's new deal with ESPN. I am happy with the Utes' Pac 10 move, and am anxiously awaiting to see how independence treats BYU. But the Cougs had better start doing better against quality opponents or their 3 games per year will be on Fridays on ESPN 8 - The Ocho!

Popeye the Sailor Man
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Bluto I thinksk you need to calm down or else I'll whips out me Spinach. Anywho look BYU isk absolutely terrible thisk year. The question now isk can they pull out of thisk nose dive soon. I regrets too so say itsk but perhaps the legacy isk dying out. Also the defense has been terrible since oh say 2000 and that needs to be fixed. Here's to hopin the Y picks it up in the years to come. Perhaps less pickle juice and more spinach. A gu gu gu gu gu.

I'm Popeye the sailor man. (toot toot)

Salt Lake City, UT

The only problem with this is that the head coach's defenses were worst before Hill than after his arrival. Here is one of the problems, if you are going to run a 3-4 defense you have to have speed and quickness in the linebacking corp, and quality and depth at nose tackle. The Y does not have these in the program.

Coach Hill handled this about as professionally as it could be handled. The Y not so much.

Arm of Orion
Cottonwood Heights, UT

perhaps BYU should run a 5-2-4 at least then they could stop the run. Something they haven't done...ever.

Provo, UT

Which side of the ball has the most problems. If you are going to fire someone, fire the guy in charge of the offense. It does not matter how many points we give up if we can't score any on offense. The wrong guy got fired yesterday.

Holladay, Utah

It will be very interesting to see how much Coach Mendenhall reveals about this firing at his news conference tomorrow. Don't expect the local sports journalists to press him much -- for whatever reason, the sports media types here have always seemed reluctant to push Mendenhall to answer questions that he doesn't want to answer (interestingly, they seem to have no such inhibitions when questioning Utah's Whittingham). If our local sports reporters were any good they already would have gotten the real story through leaks and carefully cultivated confidential sources within the BYU football program. Coach Mendenhall could augment his income by giving seminars to other college coaches on how to intimidate those who cover their teams.

Lehi, Utah

It is clear there are some very strong fans in the cougars corner. Which is the way it should be. But it is a fact of human nature when you become emotionaly fully invested, you lose rational perspective. So let me help you:

1) Outside of the true blue cougar fan BYU is not a national level legacy program. A WAC legacy program? A MWC legacy program? Fine you can provide evidance to support that position.

2)Something is fishy in Denmark, when an asst. coach is fired mid-season. The negatives of that coach had to clearly out weigh the positives, and most of those must have been in house, maybe tomorrows press release will add light, but I doubt it.

3) Heaps is young with a ton of potential, but he is still young. His O-line has underachieved, his running game is below average, and his receivers have struggled. He will be a much better QB in the future, but please don't compare him to Andy Dalton this year.

4) Stop hating on UTE success, BYU and UTAH are where they are because of choices made and consequences suffered.

Salt Lake City, UT

"CougarForever | 4:37 p.m. Oct. 3, 2010
Holladay, Utah
It will be very interesting to see how much Coach Mendenhall reveals about this firing at his news conference tomorrow. Don't expect the local sports journalists to press him much -- for whatever reason, the sports media types here have always seemed reluctant to push Mendenhall to answer questions that he doesn't want to answer
They don't press him because he is so verbose. After he takes 10 minutes and a thousand words to say what boils down to a 30 second answer, there isn't any time left.

Fort Worth, TX

Sorry to lose you Hill, I hope that you all goes well for you. Does anyone know when Apo gets back in, we need some receivers who can catch more consistently. If the offense can get going then that gives the defense a chance. Especially when the D is on the field twice as long as the offense. Here is to hoping, Go Cougs!!!

Cedar Hills, UT

Apo is out 4 to 6 weeks. Won't matter cause Heaps will just over throw him.

Bronco had to throw someone under the bus. What will happen when they lose to SDST and UNLV?


Salt Lake City, Utah

It's wrong to single out one coach, BYU has more problems than just defense.
It's wrong for Bronco to take over the defense, he's the head coach.

But Hey, I'm just a Utah fan, don't listen to me.

Centerville, UT

If the offense isn't producing that means your defense is always on the field. Seems like the offensive coordinator should have been let go too.

Big Blue Fan
West Babylon, NY

Puleeze, could they get rid of Anae already? He should have been given the pink slip years ago.

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