@Friendly Smiles I am not sugar coating anything when I tell you
that the Utes don't need your kind of support. 95% of the teams in
Division I would dream of Utah's success over the past 3 seasons that includes a
36-6 record, BCS victory and PAC-12 invite. You can choose to
support anyone you would like other than Utah, but good luck finding one that
will live up to your standards.
Truth hurts... Get used to it.
Sure I can "do the math" uteman, O% of 25mil is 0. That was pretty
easy. What makes you think the utes would get any more of that money than the
rest of the money they won't be getting any of?
Uh bretski...considering that 7-8 win seasons will be the utes high water mark
then you will (occasionally) get your wish. The rest will be 5-7 or 4-8 with an
occasional 2-10 mixed in just for fun. But I'm glad to see some of
you ute "fans" have at least gotten a little bit of a grip on reality
and are preparing yourselves for your future seasons results.
How silly do the BYU fans look that keep talking about Utah not making any money
next year? Perhaps someone can do some quick math on the equal
share they will recieve out of the 25 million dollar Fox deal that was made
today for the PAC-12 Championship game. It appears one game will be
worth more than an entire year in the MWC. This is also a great
indicator of the massive deal that will be cut for the main PAC-12 TV deal that
Utah will be a full member of with equal revenue sharing within a couple of
I love that this was run alongside articles touting BYU's awesome year/future
after a 7-6 season. Thanks DNews.I guess the DN can't get over the
fact that Utah heading to the PAC10 is the biggest thing to happen to the
state's college sports scene in decades. I'll take 7-8 win seasons
in the Pac10 over 10 win seasons against Idaho Tech, La Tech, New Mexico State
Wow, are you people serious? Now Burton is jumping from a sinking
ship? I guess we ignore that fact that 1st and 2nd round picks make millions of
dollars in the NFL. It must be a Utah thing to send players to the NFL early, so
I am sure you wouldn't understand. I guess others like Krueger and
Sean Smith just wanted to get out too. After all, a 33-6 record over the past 3
years with 2 out of 3 wins against your rival and an AP #2 and BCS victory is
the definition of a sinking ship in cootertown. If the Utah ship is
sinking, BYU is without a ship in the land of independence. It is
funny that you same clowns pounded your chests with 10 win seasons not too long
I am a huge Utah fan but lets be honest. We are screwed for next year. The QB
play is the number one problem. Wynn was 6'0 and 155 lbs in high school. 2011
will be worse than this year. He will be running for his life and falling down
and going into his fetal position. He was an embarrassment this year. He has
zero running ability and we are playing a spread offense. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! He
will be a paranoid schizzzzzoo thinking he will injure his shoulder again. Dump
him now and get a real man. Someone who can take a hit and is not afraid to play
football instead of flag girl ball. The little know fact is Wynn has lost the
team. The players do not want him back. Coach Whit go get someone at least
6"2 and 210-220 who can run and lets play a real spread and speed up the
play calling. I am so glad the slow as molasses Asiata is finally gone. Utah
will go no better than 6-6 next year. I will bet the farm on this one.
As a Cougar fan I was disappointed by the teams showing this year. We would have
loved 10 wins and a win over U. Sadly it didn't happen. The U only lost one game
that it should have won (at ND). They had a chance against BSU but dropped at
least 21 points that looked like good reads and throws by the qb. TCU was just
so good with their senior qb. U should feel great about the body of work done by
some very good players. Celebrate the 10 wins and try to learn from the 3
losses. I think you'll do just fine in the PAC12. Wish we could have gone with
you. So long and farewell to our old friend up north.
@CordonBleuAs usual BYU fans can't refute the message so they go
after the messnger. Please enlighten us on why my conclusions are all wrong.
If BYU fans are going to call out the 10-3 Utes as one of the worst
then they first need to look in the mirror. Here's another fact
that you can try to refute:vs CupcakesUtah 6-02001
BYU 9-0 (Not including 6-5 UNM)So please tell me why your 12-0 was
The weaker Big 12 North of years past would terrorize the bottom half of the
MWC, but not BYU, Utah, TCU, and AFA. Nebraska and Missouri would have had all
they could handle trying to win the division against the upper half of the MWC.
The weaker Big 12 North of years past would still terrorize the MWC. Dream on.
CRBUtah's schedule in the PAC 12 won't be significantly tougher.
Sure Washington State, Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State will be tougher than
New Mexico, Colorado State, UNLV and Wyoming, but I doubt beating any of those
teams is going to create a huge buzz in the national media.With USC
severly weakened by scholarship cuts, the PAC 12 South is going to resemble the
Big 12 North of years past; the weaker brother of the strength of the
conference, at least next year.
Utah left us wondering unless you consider two things. The very nature of a
non-BCS schedule (including BYU's next year non-BCS independant schedule) is
that you have 2-4 tough national attention attracting games and then you have
8-10 easier games that no one cares about nationally and 6 of those are complete
walkover games that could be won by the second string. Utah had the classic BYU
10 or 11 win season this year and those that would beat up Utah should also beat
up Bronco because that is the best he has ever done at BYU. Sure Utah beat
mid-level Air Force and SDSU on the Road but no other notable wins are present
including a win at home against bottom 50 BYU. Utah had three opportunities to
get on the national radar and was 0-3 in those games. To their credit like many
BYU teams especially under Edwards, they won the games the were supposed to win
but they couldn't perform on the national stage, at least offensively. They did
have a great defensive performance against BSU but with A-Rod in the box that
will never be enough.
As usual, your conclusions are all wrong Uteology, but thanks for playing.
@Mt Rushmore Nice spin. Wishful thinking that Luke would have made
any difference. Please tell me how Luke, a RB, was he going to stop
Hawaii from scoring 72 points standing on the sideline? Even with
Luke BYU struggled in 4 road cupcakes (see below). When they played their only
9 win team on the road, BYU got exposed as a fraud, BCS wannabe.A)
This Ute team ate up cupcakes, your 2001 team struggled vs cupcakes:9/29 @UNLV (4-7) W 35 3111/10 @Wyoming (2-9) W 41 3412/1 @Miss
State (3-8) W 41 38B) This Ute team went 4-3 vs teams above .500
(beat two 9-4 teams on the road).BYU barley beat a 6-5 team on the
road and the best win was against 8-4 Utah at home:10/13 @UNM (6-5)
W 24 2011/1 CSU (7-5)W 56 3411/17 Utah (8-4) W 24 21In
conclusion, yes this 10-3 Ute team was disappointing but we didn't print
"Perfection" t-shirts (10-3 2008 BYU) and not as bad you were in 2001.
Face it the utes are in shambles in boyh basketball and football. No way to
paint it any other way. Ask Burton, who jumped ship!
you're quite the joker (deceiver) @mussing around.You meant to say
that the poinsettia bowl attendance was the 3rd largest in that bowl's history.
Remember, they played CALIFORNIA in CALIFORNIA. that doesn't reflect bad on the
utes who were out in force, but more on the "home" team.Are you feeling insecure after hyping up your "fact" that BYU could
turn out 100,000 fans at even the lowliest of bowls, but then the real facts
were completely against your empty claim?Utah had a great year, but
it is always hard to end the year with a loss. And Utah will be fine in the PAC
10 and most likely end up in a good bowl next year and a lucrative purse to go
along with it.
While I am honestly worried about the success of next year's team, I've very
excited about the schedule. We have great games each week, except MT State. I'm
sure BYU's schedule will improve in the future, but it's hard to get excited
with over half of the BYU games in 2011.Ute 2011 ScheduleMONTANA STATEat USCat BYUWASHINGTONARIZONA STATEPittsburghat CaliforniaOREGON STATEat ArizonaUCLAat Washington StateCOLORADOBYU's 2011 Scheduleat Ole
Missat TexasUtahCentral FloridaUtah StateSan Jose
Stateat Oregon StateIdaho Stateat Louisiana TechIdahoNew Mexico Stateat Hawaii
UteManMost BYU fans stayed home from the New Mexico Bowl so they
could watch Jimmer right after the bowl; a two-for-one deal.btw, how
many Utah fans showed up to the Poinsettia Bowl last year -- 2nd lowest
attendance in Poinsettia Bowl history?Guaranteed, when Utah settles
into the middle of the PAC with regular 7-5 finishes, attendance for the Mighty
Utes at RES will drop like a rock.Check out the HC this season if
you don't believe how quickly Utah fans jump ship as soon as the Utes start
losing.A #5 seed in 2008 can't even get 8,000 fans to attend a game
anymore.Enjoy being irrelevant in a bigger pond.
There were actually some pretty good teams in the WAC during the 70's and 80's.
Unfortunately, Utah wasn't one of them.BYU was the most consistently
good, but Air Force, SDSU, Hawaii, Wyoming and even New Mexico (10-1 in 1982)
had some good teams. Arizona State was very good, but BYU even beat the Sun
Devils a couple of times before they left the WAC.
The DN falls all over itself touting the positive in BYU's 7-6 season, while
focusing on the negative of Utah's 10-3 season.Wow...
@ Jeffe It seems that many "National BYU Fans" and the
even bigger followers in China and Chile were not able to make it to the New
Mexico Bowl this year. It's not that we want to down play
independence, most of us simply don't care anymore about a irrelevant mid-major.
We just have to continue to respond to posts like yours out of fun. This is an article about Utah's football season, which was successful by the
way. If you are looking to feel better, there are a few articles related to
Jimmer Jammer and Doman as the new OC where you can go talk "greatness in
independence" with your friends.
Rock Of The Marne"not as many 10 win seasons as BYU... but far
more undefeated seasons than BYU; which do you think almost anybody connected to
football views as more of an accomplishment?"BYU's 10+ win
seasons would win by a landslide; it wouldn't even be close.
Rock Of The Marnelol at Utah's many more undefeated seasons1926 7-0 1928 5-0-2 (TIED 7-7 by Creighton; SHUT OUT by BYU 0-0)1929 7-01930 8-01941 6-0-2 (TIED 6-6 by BYU; SHUT OUT by Denver
0-0)2004 12-0 #4/#52008 13-0 #2/#4versus BYU's FIFTEEN
10-win seasons1979 11-1 #13/#121980 12-1 #12/#121981
11-2 #13/#111983 11-1 #7/#71984 13-0 #1/#1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS1985 11-3 #16/#171989 10-3 #22/#181990 10-3 #22/#171994 10-3
#18/#101996 14-1 #5/#52001 12-2 #25/#242006 11-2 #16/#152007 11-2 #14/#152008 10-3 #25/#212009 11-2 #12/#12Frankly, I'll take BYU's 10+ win seasons over Utah's leather-helmet era
"undefeated" seasons, anyday.Did you notice that BYU's
1996 14-1 team finished #5 in the Coaches poll, tied with Utah's 2004 #5, and
only one place behind Utah's 2008 #4 undefeated teams.
Some perspective: Utah has lost 6 games in 3 years with an
undefeated season and #2 AP ranking to end 2008-2009. All of the losses are to
bowl teams and 5 out of the 6 teams finished the year in the top 15. In all of the following games, with the exception of ND this year, Utah was
the lower ranked team going into the game; @Oregon 2009 (Played in
Rose Bowl and now in NC Game)@TCU 2009 (Lost to Boise in Fiesta Bowl)@BYU 2009 (Close loss to a good team in 2009, FR QB on the road against a Sr
QB) @ND 2010 (Bad loss, but ND finished with a decent season and win over
Miami in Bowl Game) TCU 2010 (Won Rose Bowl)Boise State 2010 (1 Bad
loss to Nevada on a missed FG or they play in the Rose Bowl)I can
handle one bad loss to a ND team on the road in a 3 year span if it comes with a
BCS win over Alabama and #2 ranking in 2008-2009.
UteologyHow do you know how BYU fans felt about 2001?BYU
lost at Hawaii and in their bowl primarily because their Doak Walker Award
winning running back suffered a season-ending knee injury at Mississippi State.
That, and BYU had to travel more than 6,000 miles across 6 times zones between
Mississippi State and Hawaii.What was Utah's excuse for suffereing
three humiliating losses in their last 5 games?
Swoop " since the Utes haven't had that many 10-win seasons." Maybe
not as many 10 win seasons as BYU (who got a bunch of those in the horrible WAC)
but far more undefeated seasons than BYU; which do you think almost anybody
connected to football views as more of an accomplishment?
how about an update on recruiting. Tell us who is going to come and who is not
Heading in to the PAC 12 thinking everything is good to go would have been nice
but would not have been a good recipe for success. Any season can be picked
apart in any number of ways including this one but given a three year span at
33-6 and four year span at 42-10 for 10.5 (W) and 2.5 (L) average shows 10-3 to
be right in line with recent history. Those predicting an apocolypse are true
ankle biters watching the big time move in next door. The Utes did
not compete in 3 games against teams that will be very highly regarded in year
end polls. Those left in the program now clearly know where the bar is for
attaining an elite season. UTAH will be a solid AQ program that will be a
tough win for anybody next year and the foreseeable future.
@SwoopThe question was answered, read the post again.Let
me try again:Honestly a 10-3 season is disappointing because we had
higher expectations.However, I don't feel as bad as BYU fans did in
2001 when they started 12-0, threatened to sue the BCS, only to be humbled by a
9-4 Hawaii and then #23 Louisville.
ContinuedI know many many Ute fans or Y haters like to downplay the
significance of BYU going Independent. But what better route could there be for
BYU? A school with a national and international fanbase.BYU is one
of 4 schools in the country that could pull off going independent and doing
well. Plus, BYU keeps all revenue and will air games on its own TV Network. Give
credit where credit is due. This is a huge step.Also, there are many
Y fans that enjoy talking down Utah's very significant jump to a more
prestigious conference. Utah deserves a lot of credit for being able to offer
what these BCS conferences are looking for. Utah will make more money, and have
better competition week in and week out. I think Utah will do about as well as
they did in the MWC. KWhit is very consistent and is a proven force as a coach.
So what say we give these BYU < Utah rants and vice versa a rest.
There is no point in predicting future outcomes. Lets just enjoy the ride!
Heres to hoping both teams are successful.
Well I am not surprised to see that yet another article has been turned into a
debate over who is more relevant or who has seen more success, or who has a
brighter future. Both teams have had moments of greatness, and both teams have
had down moments. The debate is pointless.The best (and worst) thing
about the future is that its a mystery, it hasn't happened yet, it is completely
unpredictable. Past success really means nothing. Both schools have
a completely fresh start!Utah is heading onto bigger and better
things as a member of the PAC.BYU is heading onto bigger and better
things as an Independent.
I'm confident Utah will fill their holes at LB and DB - if we all hearken back
to 2 years ago, we were saying the same thing - how are we ever going to replace
this defense? And all Whit & Co did was come back in 09 and win 9 games.
What concerns me more than the D are things like the play calling
and whether we can get someone to put kickoffs into the endzone on a regular
basis. Phillips was great for FG's, but giving up 10 yards field position on
every kickoff is not a smart way to win the field position battle.
@ TJ and SwoopWannaBe, What a ridiculous choice of verbage. "...ever felt
worse about a 10 win season" That's kind of like asking which of my
Mercedes Benz sedans do I absolutely hate the worst. Huh? Sure this season
took a disappointing turn. But you negative-Nelly spin doctors should stick to
worrying about your own team that can't handle the wounded aggies. Just remember, LAST YEAR was your year. You had the Senior record setting QB,
the phenomonal RB, and TE. But did you go to the BCS? No you sent TCU to
represent the MWC. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
@TJ "I doubt if honest Ute fans have ever felt worse about a 10 win
season."@Uteology "If we were playing your schedule next
year then NO but playing in the 2nd best conference in the nation (according to
Sagarin) then YES."You're using another strawman Uteology. Next year's schedules have absolutely NOTHING to do with how honest Ute
fans feel about this year's 10-win season.If 2010 isn't the answer,
then which 10-win season do Ute fans feel worse about and why?Pretty
simple to determine, since the Utes haven't had that many 10-win seasons.
Ouch, truth is evidently painful.
Boise State should have been invited to the Pac 12. With the exception of
women's gymnastics, they are superior in every sport.
Its hard to get all the depressed about Utah Football. Its really been a great
body of work for both Kyle and Urban. We've got a greater challenge
now, but I think this is the coach to meet them and I believe the fans will be
supportive as Utah rises to a higher level of competition.Go Utah!
@TJ"I doubt if honest Ute fans have ever felt worse about a 10 win
season."If we were playing your schedule next year then NO but
playing in the 2nd best conference in the nation (according to Sagarin) then
YES.This 10 win season feels probably like how BYU fans felt when
they went 12-0 in 2001 then got a reality check by a 9-4 Hawaii and #23
Louisville. But unlike that team this Ute team...A) Didn't struggle
against cupcakes B) Was above .500 vs teams with a winning recordSo even if Utah goes 5-7 like BYU did in 2002, I can still say it wasn't with
a mid-major schedule.Utah will struggle next year, they have too
many issues on offense, starting with the OC. You can't average 11 points per
game against tougher teams and expect to win in PAC-12.And as
always, wait for it...Go UTES!!!
I'm interested to see how the Ute D handles their situation at corner--their
scheme seems to work only when they have at least one corner who can shut down
ANYONE'S #1 receiver (like Burton did).With most of their better
corners gone, what will happen when Utah plays against Barkley, Foles, etc in
the PAC-12 next year?
Ute success has always been built on the foundation of:#1- A solid
offensive line.#2- An intelligent and somewhat mobile QB.#3- A solid
front four on defense who can stop the run and pressure the passer.#4-
Fast CBs who can cover man-to-man with ball-hawking safeties behind them.#5- Reliable WRs who can convert 3rd downs, block well, and make the
occasional home-run play.#6- Leadership at the RB position.#7- LBs
who know how to tackle and tackle well.#8- Mistake-free special teams that
makes big plays in key moments.Our solid offensive and defensive
lines, decent secondary, decent WRs, great RBs, and good LBs gave us 10 wins
this year. Special teams made big plays but also gave up a lot.Looking forward, our lines will continue to excel and that alone should get us
to 6-6.But, to get to 10 wins next year:#1- Wynn needs to
learn to run.#2- We need a ball-hawk at safety.#3- More consistent
WR play.#4- Hard running and leadership at RB.The other pieces
are in place to get the Utes to double-digit wins next year.
The 8-0 portion of the season was nothing to brag about either. I
think the Utes were really no better in the 8-0 stretch than they were the rest
of the way. I really like Kyle Wittingham, but he's obviously trying
to put a silver lining on a cloudy, below-par season.In my opinion,
Utah was arguably the poorest 10-win team in the country.That said,
Coach Kyle has a very tough road ahead and, as a Utah alumus, I say good luck. I
wish you well.
Any 10 win season is a good season. The losses were bad, especially given the
lopsided nature. Utah will be fine. We have a great staff and continually
improving talent. Every team has holes to fill, that's the nature of college
football. The keys are Wynn's health and finding an identity on offense. If
those two things break Utah's way, I expect them to be just fine, if not, I
expect Utah to be inconsistent next year.
My dad can beat up your dad. My dog is bigger than your dog......on and
on.....ad nauseum.....Please boys, give it a rest.
"Marred" by finish or "Revealed" by finish?
In reading these comments I found a lot of "sugar coating." Why try to
make sweet an obvious sour season? (and that is putting it gently). I am (was) a
UTE fan, even went to school there, how embarrassing to let people, friends, and
family know that. I was disgraced and ridiculed for wearing my UTE shirt on
game-day against BSU. I do believe the game would of been a blowout against us
if Wynn would have played, at least we got "3" lucky and lousy
points--> BIG DEAL
Bygone: "Halcyon days for the University of Utah."Upcoming: Cyanide days for the University of Utah.
@Chris B 10:49:I wrote that one down. But, you're
kidding, right?? Or are you hoping that no one will remember in 3 or 5 years?
Did anyone watch the O-line the last five games? Anyone? And next year,
there's no Schlauderaff, Taylor, and Watts?Maybe that'll be the ol'
addition-by-subtraction, but I'm not at all sanguine about our ability to keep
Trojans and Bruins and Ducks from smothering whichever short, scrawny,
limp-armed, slow-footed QB we put behind center, however deep in the shotgun.Another thing: what happened to the *quick*-hitting spread?
Johnson-to-Casteel, Johnson-to-Godfrey, Johnson-to-Reed, boom boom boom. Now
we're the only team in the country running this offense with plays that take
longer to develop than traditional, under-center sets. Good god,
the last two months of Ute sports have been torture.
I sense a feeling of uncertainty within my group of Ute friends(some attneded
both the TCU and BSU games)and the media. I sense a feeling of optimism within
my group of BYU friends. I doubt if honest Ute fans have ever felt worse about a
10 win season. I doubt if BYU fans have ever felt better about the future after
barely having a winning season. Utah really fell off with alot of seniors. BYU
finished stoong with a very young team. I would love to see the Utes be
successful in the PAC and win a Rose bowl in the next few years but they will
have to get much better play from their QB and they will need some players in
skill positions to really step up this fall. I predict a re-building type year
for the Utes with 6-8 wins. I also predict BYU will end up with at least 10 wins
and a top 25 ranking.
10 wins in a mid major conference is great on a local level but hardly
noteworthy from a national perspective. 10 wins in the PAC would be worthy of
some recognition. Time will tell.Those predicting that the Utes
will dominate in the PAC are the same fans predicting that the Utes would
dominate TCU and BSU. They can use a little reality check.
I stopped in mid-sentence. My apologies.Since the inception of the
MWC, Utah has been terrific. Tremendous bowl winning streak, five ten-win
seasons, 3 conference championships, and one tie for the championship.During the same period, which includes the Crowton years, BYU has played
better in bowl games (not as well as the Utes), had 5 ten-win seasons, won three
conference championships, and tied for another.Neither team played
for a national championship.But both programs, Utah 3A and BYU 3B,
are looking up at the 2 dominant non-AQ schools of the same time period: TCU and
BSU.The excitement lies in the fact that both teams show great signs
of improving in the next few years.But my sad prediction is that
neither team will play in a BCS bowl between now and 2015.By 2015,
Kyle Whittingham, rated the fourth most important coach in the country by ESPN,
will be the head coach at USC.At the same time, Bronco Mendenhall,
the 20th most influential coach in the country, will be retired.
CougarKeith: so, you say, with a little effort in a better conference, the
Utes,in a bad year will equal the record now of the cougars?
Almost every Ute fan has four goals for the team each year: Go undefeated and
play in a BCS bowl; win the bowl game; win the conference; beat BYU.These are the real fanatics, of course, not the realists.Only a
gnat's eyelash allowed the Utes to reach just one of the four goals that define
their fantasy program.Since the inception of the MWC, Utah has had a
"Rose Bowl within 3 years, national championship within 5"Maybe for USC.But, for Utah, not a chance.
CougarKeith,Rose Bowl within 3 years, national championship within
5You?San Francisco Bowl? Fantastic
Kyle has to get control over his program, based on what I saw towards the end of
the season and the attitude of the players. They were more concerned with
talking trash to the opposition before the games started rather than just coming
out and playing with confidence. Maybe that is what inferior teams do to
bluster it up to better teams but my Utes are better than that. If Kyle doesn't
get that attitude back under control the Utes could be in for a LONG 2011. Oh,
btw...season ticket holder and true Ute!
Both BYU and Utah got plastered by TCU. Utah beat BYU by a 1 point and had the
better record. It is clear that Utah was the better team last year. But I think
BYU Football program is in better shape. Both had very good
recruiting classes. But BYU was able to play a lot of freshmen, while Utah
ridiculously thought that they would be playing in the Rose Bowl or a National
Championship most of the year and really played a senior offense with a more
balanced defense. Player Utah Lost:Asiata, Wide, Smithson,
Brooks, Schlouderaff, Taylor, Burton, Cox, Chapman, Manis, Taplin-Ross,
Phillips, Utah Freshmen that played significant minutesBlechen, Fitzgerald, Taumoelau Players BYU lost:Rich,
Burton, Bradley, Ashworth, SperedonFreshman that played significant
minutesHeaps, Hoffman, Quezada, Van Noy, (4 tight ends) Reynolds, Stout
One GREAT THING they accomplished was this, they are now in the Pac-12 where
they will be a mid level team at best and have the goal of aiming themselves to
getting to the "Vegas Bowl" every year with a 6-6 or 7-5 record! That
will be the goal for the next few years.
I think it is great that Utah is going to the Pac-12 and has a chance to compete
in the BCS and their cooked books. Utah has earned that respect. As a BYU fan, I
hope to see the Utes bounce back quickly in basketball as well. The Pac-10 is
down now in basketball, which is fortunate. The rebound of Utah in basketball
will coincide with the rebound of that conference. I will not be rooting for
anyone in the Pac-12 to beat any team from Utah.Utah football will
draw the recruits it needs to fill any holes that develop from injuries or
graduation. The traditional difference between the stronger conferences is
depth, especially at the top level skill positions. Utah will do fine and I
look forward to a great first year's experience in the pac-12. The conference
championships will come. So will the return to the BCS.
I have total confidence in Coach Whit!He knows what needs to get
done and get ready for next season. He's proven to be one of the best coaches
in college football. With Stanford on the downhill with Luck and Harbaugh
leaving, we'll enter the Pac 12 as the second best team in the conference.No reason we won't have as good of a shot at the conference title as
anyone, especially since we avoid Oregon and Stanford in regular season play.Those losses were bad this year - but again I think Whit will make the
necessary adjustments in the offseason.Can't wait for next season
Coach Whit said, "We didn't get a league championship, which has been our
first and foremost goal." Based on that criteria, they only achieved their
foremost goal once in the past six years. And that was in the lowly MWC. Wow,
how you gonna top that moving forward?
this 10 win season will look a lot better in 5 years when everyone has forgotten
the lucky wins, lucky calls, and the collapse at seasons end. The Utes may just
be lucky. Even in 2008 with missed field goals by TCU and a 3 point win over
NM, they pulled out a big win over Alabama. Only time will tell.
Dirk is a Ute homer, so if he's predicting storm clouds on the horizon, believe
him.Utah was very mediocre in the last half of the season. I mean
come on, the Utes were lucky to beat a very mediocre 7-6 BYU team, AT HOME, by
ONE POINT!And now they're faced with replacing most of their skill
players and possibly having to develop a new starting QB.Utah's
basketball team hasn't shown a pulse in years.Is Dirk supposed to
sugarcoat that just to make us feel good about a season that started 8-0, but
finished with three humiliating losses?A 10-win season is great, but
falling from a #5 ranking and possible NC consideration, to barely ranked or not
ranked at all, is a huge disappointment.To put it bluntly, the Utes
won't carry any momentum into the PAC 12 in either football or basketball.
C'mon, Dirk -- give ute fans SOMETHING on which to build hope for next season!
Rough finish, bad current trajectory, injured QB with many ??? and missing
spring ball, loss of many key skill players and d-backs, poor special teams
play, and a daunting season ahead. Well, to be be fair, you DID mention that
the utes have a pretty good kicker returing next year....
Geeezzz, I am from the predominate religion here and a true Ute fan, I have a
difficult time reading DN you're so pro BYU and Anti Utah. There is no way Im
going to read the other local rag, its the opposite in bias views and spews
hatred. DN, cant you guys give us Ute fans a break? We are not sinners! We love
our school as do the BYU fans. Write positive articles, A 10 win record is a
great season, to go into the PAC 12 is going to be great for Utah.Stop
showing your jealousys and write like professionals.
It's tough for me to imagine anyone being all that down after a season that
included ten wins, but that's how things have become in Ute land. Success breeds
huge expectations. Still--double digit wins, losing to 3 good teams (please
don't try to tell me that Notre Dame was not a good team this season) and the
glorious memory of on Brandon Burton---flying in from the side and bringing an
entire Cougar nation to it's knees with (wait for it please) THE BLOCK??!!!
Sigh-----And so now, we move to the mighty Conference of Champions. An upgrade
that we deserve and which represents the high esteem which the University and
the athletic program of the U has earned. No, I'm not feeling very MARRED right
now. I'm sort of feeling like a resident of football nirvana. Go Utes!
The Utes are facing some serious rebuilding in the skill positions next season
especially at QB and RB. Nobody knows for sure how well Wynn will recover from
his surgery and even so, is Jordan sturdy enough to last a full season at QB in
the PAC 12?
That's okay guys, I'm still immensely proud of my Utes. The past eight years
have been an incredible ride!Two BCS Bowls.Good to great teams
almost every year.And now PAC-12 membership!How many programs
would sell their souls to have accomplished the same thing?As Bill
Marcroft (the former Ute sports announcer) put it so well many years ago ..."These are indeed halcyon days for the University of Utah."