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Published: Saturday, Dec. 25 2010 10:00 p.m. MST

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Alpine, UT

No question that Cougar Nation would love to have Ty back in the fold as qb coach and working with Brandon Doman as O.C. He may not want to give up the life he has right now but I have to think that the competitive fires still burn in him and that if given the opportunity, he would probably take it. BYU is heading into a whole new world of independence and Ty and other former Cougars who have been mentioned as possible asst. coaches would be great to have on board.

Orem, UT

Detmer can coach, no doubt about it. Will he come to Provo? I am skeptical, but hopeful.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Well done Harmon. You just described the exact vision of what a good Offensive Coordinator is supposed to encompass and project...something that Anae has never come close to. Had Mendenhall been given the opportunity to have picked his own Offensive Coordinator instead of being forced to keep an administratively hired Anae then he would have reached for someone with vision. Someone who could have come closer to the mark of the quest for perfection. Someone like a Doug Scovil...or a Norm Chow...Possibly even Tye Detmer himself at the time. But here we are 6 seasons later and it's obvious that with all the changes in conference alignments and the dissassembling of the WAC and the MWC, that BYU had reached a time of needed change. This is a completely new era. A time of growth and a new direction for BYU. The thought of "Going Independant" earlier seemed purposterous at first. Something so inconceiveable as to completely raise flags of protest all across the
Cougar Nation. Now that we are here and have made the switch there seems to have come a new breeze of fresh air out of these Beautiful Wasatch Mountains. BRING IT ON.

Just Me

I am NOT a Cougar fan, but alas Mr. Harmon you are correct....even Cougar haters love Ty Deter.

I hope those "competive" juices, however, flow in favor of his wife & kids. 14 years in the NFL...stay in Texas. Your influence on the world is meaningless if it doesn't start at home.

Salt Lake City, UT

Don't know if it will happen but if Ty can be lured into coaching it won't be as a quarterback coach under Doman. He knows roughly 100 times more than Doman about offensive philosophy, defensive structures and philosophies, balancing strengths and weaknesses and personel issues. Ty has been around more systems than Doman even knows about. Don't get me wrong, I love Doman and know him. He needs to be retained. But he would be made better learning at the side of Detmer than he would trying to do the OC job alone. You don't want a OC who is constantly asking his QB coach what to do next. It would be better to have a QB coach asking the OC what he wants his QB to do next.

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

I don't know him, but if Detmer is really devoid of ego as he is portrayed, then QB coach is ideal for him. He could be the celebrity recruiting closer, wouldn't have to work as hard and the promise of more free time might be more attractive to him than a fancy title.

Sun City, CA

Place them where you will. Call it there mission, or contribution, or what ever you want to call it, but do call them:

Ty Detmer: HC or QB Coach or OC
Steve Young: HC or QB Coach or OC

Bronco Mendahal: DC

Chad Lewis: TE Coach
Ben Cahoon: WR Coach
Harvy Unga: RB Coach

Brandon Doman: Use him somewhere/anywhere

Let all other coaches and assistant coaches be determined by the committee above

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

Yes if Ty does come to Utah he will be the OC not the #2 guy. Doman should remain the QB coach and Ty hands down without exception named the OC if not even take Bronco's spot ! Oh yes did I say the unspeakable !

That is why Ty Detmer will not be on the staff at BYU because he out shines any of the current football coaching staff members.

"POLY" Cougar Nation

Saratoga Springs, UT

Does it matter who bYu gets. You cougar fans will just run him off like so many other OC.

Centralia, WA

Few within or without the spiritual confines of Mormonism possess Ty's humility. I wish him well in Texas or Utah.

Idaho Coug
Meridian, Idaho

I would love to see Ty at BYU too. I do think he would come in as OC not QB coach. He knows offenses way too well not to completely put him in charge of the offense. And Doman is doing a great job right where he is. Doman deserves a pay raise but I would love to see him continue to mentor Heaps as his QB coach the next few years.

I would assume the question for Ty would come down to giving up a life that seems like paradise for a husband and father. Maybe after his kids gaduate?

Also, anyone even mentioning Steve Young is nuts. He makes millions working for ESPN a few days a week. He would be nuts to give that up and we would be nuts to assume he would.

Richmond, VA

Ok folks, let's be realistic here! Ty is a great guy but let's not forget he has never been an OC nor had any kind of meaningful coaching experiences before. Name recognition alone does not transmit into being a great, let alone successful coach. He still will have to prove himself and only time will tell if he's got it or not. Having said that, I would love to see him join the Cougar program if a coaching opportunity is offered. If nothing else, he would be a great help in the recruiting department just by mean of his name recognition only. Go Cougs!!!

The Planet, Earth

Detmer, Young, and Doman are three of my all-time favorite QBs to ever play the game. Even though Detmer did not have great success in the NFL, it is a fact he was a great teammate and student of the game. I am sure Doman would defer to Detmer's wisdom and experience and between the two of them the offense could strike fear in the hearts of opposing DC's trying to figure out how to defend them. They would get the most out of the talent they have available to them.

Go Cougars.

Cedar City, UT

Detmer would be the best thing to ever happen to BYU football. He would be an incredible Offensive force! No he is not a proven OC, but lets look at the facts.

The guy played 14 years in the NFL. though he did not do anything monumental. Coaches would hold onto him because he was a genius in offensive schemes and reading defenses. He was basically an assistant OC at many of the teams he played on.

And lets face it. Anything would be better than Anae. He was an O-line coach for crying out loud! His play calling is ridiculous. He does not read defenses and is not knowledgable in calling a successful offense.

Here is what I would like to see...
Bronoco will and should remain head coach.
Bring Detmer in as the OC
Bring Luke Staley or Curtis Brown to coach RB's
Bring Chad Lewis to Coach WR's and TE's
Keep Anae or Reynolds to coach the line.
Keep Doman as QB Coach

Bronco is a great Defensive Coordinator

I think this group could do great things in Provo!

American Fork, UT

While I agree Detmer might turn into a good hire as an offensive coach all the calmoring for guys like Steve Young, Chad Lewis, Curtis Brown, Luke Staley, etc. is not well thought out.

None of those guys is a coach of any sort and what leads anyone to believe they would be any good at it? Just because they were a good player doesn't mean they would be a good coach. Look at Brian Johnson at utah. He was a decent college player but does anyone think the utes qb's got better this year? Isn't that the job of the QB coach to improve the qb's? In my opinion that was a disastrous hire for utah so let's not make the same sort of stupid mistake at BYU just because we have a fondness for a particular ex-player.

Make sure they can coach 1st, that should be the only criteria. I really couldn't care less about a name. But I really don't care about anything but winning anyway. That is my only priority.

Fallon, NV

Chad Lewis already has a job with the BYU athletic dept. Something to do with fund raising, like an assist AD. As a great people person, that is likely where he wants to be. I could see him running for political office someday.

Pocatello, ID

I think Ty would look best in Under Armor

Ann Arbor, MI


I do agree with one of your

Bronko is NOT a Div 1. head coach. I think he'd be a great student councillor

Alpine, UT

There's no question that Ty knows football and would be a great addition to the coaching staff. However, he has little to no significant coaching experience and he will not be brought in as O.C. The same thing is true of Steve Young who would never give up his cushy ESPN gig anyway. Doman on the other hand, has paid his dues and proven his coaching abilities. He is definitely a leading candidate for the O.C. position and the only way he doesn't get it is if Bronco brings in someone with more experience and that doesn't mean Crowton or Chow as some have suggested. Meanwhile Ty could be a great qb coach and working together with Doman, they would make a great team.

Frisco, TX

The skills to be a great player are different than the skills to be a great coach. Unga was the best RB in BYU history, but no way you'll see him as a coach at BYU. Young won't leave his great gig for the stresses of coaching.

Also, there is no way BYU will demote Bronco to DC. But they will bring in coaches who completely own the offensive side of the ball. The OC will be elevated above its current status so Bronco will have the time he needs to focus on the defense.

Detmer would be a great addition. Hopefully he knows the fish are bigger in Utah and there are more acres to hunt deer.

I can only imagine how frustrated Bronco and Jake were when Anae called three running plays to end the Utah game. We struggled to run against them all game. We were passing against them with relative ease. This had to be the "straw that broke the camels back." Hopefully Anae lands on his feet.

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