Happy to have him!!! This trumps Utahs choice of Lineman Coach... whats his name
again... thats right no one knows it.
I like the young, energetic crew of coaches Bronco is assembling. I'm excited to
see how these changes affect play next year.On a side note to Tom
Holmoe: I know we are punishing Fresno State for being sneaky and going back on
their word, but couldn't we punish them on their own field better? Would LOVE to
see my Cougars play here sometime....
chase SLTrumps Utah's choice of lineman coach? Davis' resume is far
superior and an O line coach is a far more important hire than an inside
receivers coach. Doman clearly needs help structuring BYU's run game, but if
that's what Dupaix is there for, it's an odd choice, because he's another option
guy. Bring Chow back to BYU; that would be impressive.
Bring in whoever you want - just win! Beat Ole Miss, Texas, Utah to start the
season. Only one of those three is a gimme right now...
Vai said in his blog yesterday that a team that desires to win the NC has to
have a strong running game and their OL has to be aggressive, not just back up
to defend the QB. He said, "pass to score, but run to win the game".
It appears Bronco already knows that, therefore has hired DuPaix to get to the
next level. I'm very excited about the prospects of the coming years. There is
no where but up for the BYU football program, as well as the BB program.
LOL, BYU still trying to keep up with the Utes!
fresnogirl: My wife & I served a senior's mission in the Fresno CA Mission
in 2006-2007. We loved the area. Drove past Fresno City College every time we
went to the mission home. I believe that is where Steve Cleveland coached prior
to his stint with BYU. He is now at Fresno State, I believe. If BYU ever
played FB against FS, I would travel there to see the game, and do some visiting
with brothers and sisters we learned to love in the mission. Bronco & Mr
Holmoe, it would be great if you would schedule a game there.
Re: CarsonBYU started making coaching changes for the upcoming
season before Utah did. Anae was the TEs coach and so they needed a replacement
for him. This wasn't a knee-jerk reaction to what Utah is doing despite your
wishful thinking.I will agree, though, that an O-line coach is a lot
more important than a TE coach. It all starts with the O-line. Utah's O-line
play has been pretty averageg and so the Utes might fair a lot better in the
PAC-12 with improved play by their O-line. And another thing,
whoever says BYU's run game needs restructuring has no clue what they are
talking about. Despite the 7-6 record, the run game is better now than it's been
in years and will continue to get better. Even though there is no Curtis Brown
or Harvey Unga in the backfield, rushing for an average of 160 yards per game
with a strong stable of backs is something that BYU hasn't done in a long time.
I can't wait to see what DuPaix is able to do for Drew Phillips.DuPaix
turned Shun White into a star a Navy (as mentioned in this article) and I think
he could very well make slotback relevent at BYU for the first time since
Bronco's first year; and he certainly has a weapon to accomplish just that with
Good luck to Doman and DuPaix. However, both lack a real deep resume with top
tier schools. We are gambling that a new Offensive coach who's never done the
job can do it better than Anae. Sometimes the devil you know's better than the
one you don't. Why we went with an inexperienced coach to run the whole offense
shows our lack of ability to attract a stronger coaching staff. Is it REALLY
that hard or do we just lack imagination and drive? At least we
should go after former BYU players who have some years in the NFL or at Div 1
schools as coaches. Navy, OK, but Cal-Poly, etc. is not real strong. It's like
electing a US President who was on the city council 8 years ago...Whatever
happened to being sticklers for preparatory experience?
panamadesnews:Yep, Steve did coach at FCC before BYU. (Before that
he was the coach for Clovis West -- that school killed everybody who played them
in everything). We had the Clevelands in our ward as I was growing up (everyone
except Steve). One of his brothers even taught me seminary my Freshman year.
They are a great family!
At least he doesn't have to change his team colors. That Navy uniform would
easily pass as a BYU uniform. Speaking of which, I wish the team would put some
gold trim back into the uniforms. Keep the same patterns, but a little gold trim
would jazz them up a little.
I'm a Ute through and through, but I know Both Doman and Dupaix quite well and I
have to say I'd feel encouraged if I was a Cougar fan.Dupaix is very
similar to Doman and will gel well. These are both good guys with great
personalities for recruiting and coaching, players will enjoy them but also
respect them. Not as much experience as others but they don't know how to
lose. Also, BYU is the dream job for both of them. As long as BYU pays remotely
well I think what Bronco's doing is putting an emphasis on hiring a COHESIVE
staff of PASSIONATE BYU LIFERS that CAN'T HANDLE FAILURE and will NEVER WANT TO
LEAVE. So regardless of whether the Cougs lose a few games as these guys learn
the ropes, don't count on it staying that way. This is going to be a successful
staff if they're given time but probably won't need it.That being said,
here's hoping the Utes land Chow and we'll ALL be happy.
"It's like electing a US President who was on the city council 8 years
ago"Wow, thinking a little highly of BYU, aren't we? I would
equate coaching at a Florida or Alabama or Notre Dame, Oklahoma, etc. to the
presidency, but BYU? Overestimating their place in college football a bit I
@Carson....I couldn't read your comment, I had 47 points in my eyes...what did
wow,this coaching line-up is almost as good as the Bingham High
football coaching staff,I guess the bar is set reaaaalll low as an
Interesting comments about Doman and DuPaix's experience. Yeah, I am concerned
about Doman's lack of experience as OC, but Anae had nothing but offensive line
experience when he was hired as BYU's OC in 2005. Everyone wants experience but
you can't gain experience without catching a break sometime. I guess Doman
should have gone down to the JC ranks or maybe high school to get that
experience before working at an FBS school, huh?
It seems as though those who know nothing about coaching are doing all the
trash-talking.This is a great hire. Motorbike is spot on. This is
about being a cohesive staff and team. That said, Dupaix does not lack
experience. This guys has a great, great resume which is the envy of many
coaches.I am tired of hearing the bunk about BCS coaches. Rich
Rodriguez comes to mind--he was pathetic. BCS coaches are usually not the most
innovative since all they really need to do is line up and hand the ball off or
have their quarterback or running back, both of whom are paid employees for the
school, take off running.We welcome the Dupaix family to the Cougar
These guys are not the most experienced but they are passionate and love BYU.
Hope to see new wrinkles in the offense - plenty of weapons for at least the
next 3 years.
JayDogg, you got that right. He already wears blue. Glad Mendenhall
hired Dupaix. I am excited that he is added to the offensive coaching staff.
Some critics argue that with out deep experience then BYU should not hire
someone. What? We were all the first time hire one time. Somebody gave me and
you a chance without proven experience. Even the best proven coaches got their
first job somewhere. Doman had zero coaching experience when he left the 49'ers
and was hired to coach the QB's. Glad he is on the BYU sideline rather than the
opponenets. DuPaix will fit right in, being a local grown product, this is
likely a dream job for him and he is looking to grow into this job and make a
bigger name for himself. If Ben Cahoon eventually ends up on the BYU
sideline, he brings a wealth of experince and technique, but no proven coaching
experience. Like Doman though, I believe he would be be very good. Welcome Coach Dupaix, Glad to have you on the team.
Welcome Coach Dupaix...Make Doubters Believers!!!!!
@ hedgehogThe Cougars are nine month away to kicking, beating and
pounding the utes on a regular basis.You may laugh at Indy, but BYU
can support it self unlike utah who has to rely on other universities to support
and finance their way of life.Just a matter of time before you see
the likely hood of Texas, USC, Oklahoma, etc... moving toward Indy in football.
But you'll will never utah move to Indy in football, because of their dependence
of a conference and a piece of the pie.We'll be laughing at you and
"U" in the near future starting with the BYU beat down upon utah in
Never heard of him.
The military academies are highly disciplined - I suspect this
"culture" has influenced Coach Dupaix' coaching philosophy. Joe Dupaix
will inject discipline in the BYU offense like Coach Mendenhall has done on the
defense. Great times ahead.
Sounds exiciting. Hedgehog has spent toooooo much time underground. Come up for
some fresh air and find out what is happening in football.
I'm really excited to see how the changes will affect the team. I'm very
impressed with Coach Mendenhall, and glad that he has taken a bigger lead this
year instead of just running things in the background. He is a great coach. I
don't know anything about DuPaix, but I wish him well, and it sounds like he
will fit right in. Go Cougars!
I really don't know anything about coach DuPaix other than his name and that his
Dad is a great high school coach in this state. But I like bringing in hungry
young guys with motivation to prove themselves. Much better than bringing in
musty old has beens that your rival discarded over a decade ago, blowing the
dust off of him, emptying the mothballs out of his pockets, giving him some
botox and viagra, propping him up on the sideline and listening to him complain
about his arthritis.But of course young and energetic isn't for
everyone. Old and ornery showing the onset of alzheimers seems to be what some
Hire Cahoon too! Create an additional position, if necessary!
Leave hedgehog in hibernation.I trust that Bronco is doing the right
thing. Youth and fresh ideas will be great for BYU. The future looks bright.
Otis Spurlock | 7:36 p.m. Jan. 15, 2011 Ogden, UT Never heard of
him. ===Funny, he has never heard of you either.===Joe, broke the news to Bobby Miles... He's elated your going to be on
staff.Dude, you are coming at the right time. Hang on, it's going to
be a blast...
To Carson (the one who wrote the comment earlier):Trying to keep up
with the Utes? May I remind you that you guys were exposed by many teams,
especially by 2 unranked teams, and you even lost horribly to one of them? Need
I remind you that when you guys played BYU, you only won by a blocked field
goal, we held you guys scoreless the first half, and you had the mercy of a
blind ref? Not only that, when BYU lost to TCU, we didn't lose by nearly as much
as you guys did. All I can say is that we ended the season going completely
different directions and if anyone has catching up to do, it'll be Utah. I guess
we'll see next season when BYU takes off and Utah drops into obscurity. GO COUGS!!!!!!!!!
JayDogg | 2:27 p.m. Jan. 15, 2011 Orem, UTNo way we are
putting gold trim in the jerseys. Now that we no long share a conference with
the Air Force Academy, we're going back to the classic Royal Blue! Gold trim,
are you joking?!
Sounds like another very solid hire, im really liking the staff that Mendenhall
is putting together. Young energetic coaches that the players will feed off and
love playing for.
Thanks for sharing, hedgehog, but you should stick to your knitting.BYU fans couldn't care less whether BYU's football staff has hedgehog's good
housekeeping seal of approval.BYU football fans are excited to see
Bronco assembling a staff for the future. If Utah fans are excited
about Whit settling for a blast from the past, that's fine with BYU fans.
I watched Joey, er, Coach DuPaix, run in the 1995 Real Dairy Bowl: he was great!
I hope he and BYU are very successful, but even if he plays a prominent role in
them becoming national champions he can't win my respect more than he already
has by the way he treats my younger sister: commencing as a high school man and
continuing now as a married one. I'm sure she's elated that he and Monica will
be bringing their family to the Wasatch Front.
What a huge move! Who is this guy?
cowboy99,Well of course if we went back to "royal" blue gold
trim would look stupid, but we did use to have it when we first started wearing
"navy" blue back in 99 or whenever. The combo of the two colors looks
very nice. If you want to see an example just look at DuPaix's Navy picture.
I think what effected Joey Dupaix's philosophy, more than anything, was being
Roger Dupaix's son, the most successful football coach in the history of Utah...
Sounds like BYU is trying to copy Skyline's program. Skyline South. After the
Utah game next season they play a high school schedule, so that could be a good
Before Uters start dissin'coaching peds, be it remembered that most of the Ute
coaching staff are former COUGARS...
@BulldogOverestimating WHAT place in history?? BYU has won ZERO BCS
bowls. Their last bowl win of consequence was in 1997. My point is exactly that
in order to break out of the current and past level of play, you have to get
coaches with PROVEN experience at the level you want to be at. We don't have to
hire Nick Saban, just some former BYU players with NFL and Div 1 coaching
experience - in the role we're hiring them for - would be an improvement. Notice
we have a history of giving people a promotion to something they've never done
before. It rarely happens in the job world, why gamble with it here???
Also, before Uters bang on this guy for lack of depth, lets all remember that
the Ute shining star,URBAN, was at BOWLING GREEN, a huge power(LOL) in D1 fb,
before he came to Utah
Seems I am in the distinct minority of 5% who worry about inexperience in our
coaching staff. Why is there such a lack of concern over this? Do you people all
think that coaching football is like church callings - no experience required to
be a Bishop or Sunday School teacher. Are there no differences any of you can
see? Would you not have better comfort level if we hired someone to do the job
who has actually PROVEN that he can do it?
Areas of concern, Domain gets a high school buddy to help him and why higher a
run coach? BYU is a passing school. Michigan is a run school. When you try to
change the style of play fans become uneasy, ask Rodriquez. Rumors where Domain
and other coaches where unloyal to Anae. Ok, Domain gets a guy who he feels
with be loyal to him, I get that but a guy who played in and coached option
football? Not BYU style football. I hope it turns out better then I think it
About what I would expect for the team that finished 3rd in the state this year
in college football, behind Utah, and Utah StateAlso, whoever made
the comment that you will see texas, usc, florida, etc rushing to go
independent, you are wrong. Universitites are positioning to get into
conferences right now, not out of them.You will see Notre Dame in a
conference in the future.
"Mendenhall is putting together. Young energetic coaches"Translaction= Enter level job.There are a few positives for taking
such jobs though....1) You learn how to lose.2) Learn how to
attempt to coach with less athletic players4) lean gimmick plays in an
attempt to compete with superior competition3) Free T-shirts!!!
Great hire. Obviously, this is someone the new OC thinks can help him put
together a creative new offense. For those worried about experience, last time
I looked Coach Reynolds has plenty to be the senior advisor, and assistant head
coach. Utah is trying to find this type of experience with Coach Chow. Of
course, it costs much more and probably comes with less commitment.
Nevertheless, it is a model that both head coaches at the U understand, get
excellent young coaches and combine them with a respected older influence good
luck going forward to both programs.
BYU fans keep telling us that they have tradition and a national following.So I have to ask is this the BEST BYU go do with all your tradition?
No idea how good DuPaix or even Doman will be, but one thing sure I
didn't see any top-tier programs going after their coaching abilities.
Next year is already shaping up to be an exciting year for BYU football.
Mendenhall is doing a great job of assembling a young, but talented staff."Young energetic coaches" and excellent recruiters who will
work well together to continue to build the BYU football program.translation = requires evaluation skills way beyond the feable abilities of a
hedgehogHe's just jealous that they don't make the free t-shirts in
Having a feel good staff has merit, but unless Doman is planning on starting
Nelson at QB next year, I don't see how this hire makes BYU's run game better.
Option blocking is a different animal, so would be more logical for Doman to
turn to Coach Reynolds for help improving their power spread run game, and maybe
that's what he has in mind. If Dupaix ends up coaching inside receivers next
year, then that's likely what's going on.Still don't see a dominant
pro style RB in the stable like Unga, but maybe one of these guys steps up next
When Utes comment on who BYU hires as an assistant coach, I smell fear.Translation: BYU's future looks better than Utah's future. Here's
my jab: Good luck in the Pac 12, where Washington State can now count a
sure-thing victory.Truth: BYU is a more attractive place to play
than Utah. Boise State is a more attractive place to play than Utah. Finally: Given a choice of another Pac-12 school, BYU or Boise State, where
will most kids want to go? (And for you Harvey Langi fans, BYU pulled his
scholarship offer months ago and asked him to "walk on.") That said,
Utah deserves the credit for landing Langi. Overall, Langi made the easy choice,
go to a school where there is no real competition for his position.Still, the hire of DuPaix is a good one and anyone with any type of research
ability will agree.
DC | Alexandria, VA Then the Cougars can start playing the real
powerhouses of, Central Florida, Louisiana Tech, Idaho, Idaho State, San Jose
State, Hawaii and of course the big game against Utah State. That's a
pretty peck of peaches that you'll be picking. I am ready though for
"The Rebuilding Year" excuse that we hear year in and year out as the
only away games scheduled in the last 8 games are at Louisiana Tech and Hawaii.(
for Bronco's field trip to go surfing ) BYU has only have 16 recruits
listed for next year and the blue bloods aren't even mentioned in the top 50 of
Scout.com or Rivals. ESPN doesn't even list your recruiting class in the top 75
, so why all of the Bravado and glowering hype? Add that to your sarcastic
remarks about the Utes and logic doesn't seem to be on your side. Use a little
wisdom and concern yourself about what is happening in Utah County before the
chest thumping. Then again I hope you don't as it gives the Utah Alums and
fans a lot of journalistic material to work with.
eastcoastcougDon't you mean eastcoastute? Let's be honest. You're
fooling NO ONE.
I am concerned about what Coach Mendenhall expects out of these two coaches,
Doman and Dupaix. Their lack of experience is not my major concern. What I don't
understand is why Bronco hired two former quarterbacks that are run-oriented,
option quarterbacks. We don't have the type of athlete that can run an offense
like that. Also, are we turning away from our traditional drop-back passing
game? It seems to me that this is not just a coaching change, this is a complete
philosophical change in the BYU football program. I cannot see how we can
compete on a national scale by changing to a running game primarily. We can't
recruit the type of athlete that could perform well with that type of offense.
We could end up like Navy, or the Air Force Academy with creditable athletes,
but never able to compete with the BCS big boys.
It's so kind of our little friends on the hill to offer their questionable
advice on BYU's coaching changes, but their time might be better spent helping
Whit find a quarterback for next season.
BYU got the players that they needed this year, most of which are in the
trenches. A lot of the exciting stars in the waiting are coming off redshirt
years or missions which is the norm at BYU. The future is bright.
I'm not sure why you (Ute fan) are "dissing" BYU's schedule. The MWC
was rated higher than the PAC10 the last two years. You are moving to an easier
conference schedule than you've had.Sure there are some schools who
used to be good in the PAC10; but I don't see how Montana St, UCLA, Arizona
State, Colorado and Washington State are any different than the patsies on BYU's
schedule.I didn't realize, until now, that Utah gets none (zero) of
the PAC10 money in their first year. Now I know why USC approved Utah /
Colorado joining the conference. USC will be "indy" by the time Utah
starts to share revenue.
As a Alta Dad I have to say that Roger Du Paix was the best coach in the
State......he promoted his players and got the most out of them! If
his son is half as good.....he will do fine at BYU!
A good football coach is a good football coach. To think that DuPaix will be
unable to coach wr's effectively because he came from an option attack is
ignorent. I don't know him at all but if he is a good coach then he is a good
coach regardless of systems or positions. I can give you a thousand
examples of this. Just look at coach sitake at utah. He is now their defensive
coordinator but at BYU he was a RB. He seems to be doing a pretty good job
there. I know everyone wants to sound like they know what they are
talking about but if you have actually played, or coached, football then you
know that what position you played or what scheme you played in are pretty
irrelevent. There are coaches, like Mike Leach for instance, that never even
played college football, he simply decided he wnted to be a coach. He is
obviously successful at it.So quit trying to predict possible
failure over irrelevent things.
Re: TheFailStormBYU only has 16 recruits listed because they only
have that many scholarships available for next year with the number of returning
missionaries coming back. Recruiting services rate classes largely based on the
number of recruits so BYU naturally wouldn't show up very high for next year.Nice of you to leave out Texas, Oregon St and Mississippi from your list
of Cougar opponents. You should have left Central Florida off though since they
won their conference and bowl game. You could have listed utah with the weak
sisters on your list too.
DNews welcomes thoughtful comments, so I hope to see more of them.
Meanwhile:- the Cougars start spring ball in less than 2 months-
even if Bronco wanted 'big name' coaches, the alums and other donors would have
to double or triple their support to get athletic budgets and salaries like
those at Oklahoma and USC- Bronco knows Top 50 lists have little meaning
(Coach Rose does too - see Jimmer's HS profile)- the 2011 schedule does
include some WAC schools for the transition period; Central Florida might be the
hardest game of the first 4
The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Or so we hear from a few Cougar fans
(?!) and of course from the usual suspects (Hailstorm, Utah County Ute, etc.).
DuPaix doesn't have the level of experience of a Nick Saban (would that be good
enough, East Coast Coug?), and he played option in high school - aw, what's the
use. Maybe we need to take stock for a moment and remember that
Lance Reynolds was an O Lineman as a player, yet coached Harvey Unga pretty well
- or the running-back-by-committee from last year. As has already been pointed
out, Mike Leach never played a down of college football, and made Texas Tech a
power. Some people are just good coaches and teachers. Whether they were
excellent players is a whole different matter.
RaininTimeYou make some awfully broad, sweeping statements. whether
or not a school is attractive kinda depends on the student-athlete, don't you
think?As for Langi, why the cheap shots? Who gave you the
information that he chose Utah becaue there's no "real" competition?
Or that BYU pulled his scholarship offer? If in fact that were true, it's rather
strange, because Langi is exactly the kind of back they need. If they're pulling
offers to four star kids, that says more about them than him. Certainly BYU has
gotten kids that Utah wanted in the past; can't the reverse be true in this
case?As for Dupaix the research suggests a limited resume, but a
good guy and a players' coach. Whether or not it's a smart hire for BYU will
really depend upon what they're gonna use him for, wouldn't you think?
@Osgrath et al,The sky HAS fallen. We played UTEP in Albuquerque
last month and were listed by SI as one of the top 10 teams making a U-turn for
the worse. When was the last time we played and won a BCS bowl? How did Utah,
BSU and TCU do it with their talent and coaches? I'm just trying to be
provocative here and say maybe we should demand more out of our football program
than we're getting. I see more of the same old thing. Since when does asking
more make one a pariah?
Great!Now hire Ben Cahoon as wide receiver coach!GO
Re: fenderBYU pulled the scholarship offer because Langi's lifestyle
didn't seem to match the BYU lifestyle. Bronco has repeated himself many times
that he only wants players that are a good fit for BYU. It's best for both
player and school.
For everyone crying about how little D-I experience DuPaix has remind me; how
much experience did Lavell Edwards have when he was hired? Remind me how that
hire turned out for BYU.
AltaHawkFanThanks for the input. What you say would explain it,
although it doesn't jibe with the assertion that BYU pulled the scholarship
offer then suggested he walk on (RaininTime above). I can't find any official
source of confirmation for the statement anywhere, so perhaps you wouldn't mind
sharing your source. It's an indirect attack on the young man's character and it
should be stopped, if it's not factual.
Joe Dupaix is the man! I have personally been to navy's spring practice and
watched him coach he is outstanding. BYU made a great choice; he can coach many
offensive positions and also has more passion for the game than anyone I have
seen in a long time.It is just to bad he had to end up at a school with so
many ignorant fans!
Re: fenderAs far as the offer to 'walk on', I'm not sure. I haven't
heard that to be true but could be a situation similar to Van Noy's offer.As far as my statement, it was not an 'indirect' attack on his
character. It is simply a factual statement. He was caught doing it and a
family member shared the information. Go talk to his family if you feel the
need for first hand confirmation.
Re: UteBallI agree with your comments however, every school is
unfortunate to have some ignorant fans. The silent majority is excited about
having Joe Dupaix as a member of the coaching staff.