The PAC 10.2!
I hope Coach Meyer enjoys the ESPN gig. From what I can gather, it may be a
better move for him family.Goo luck coach!
Al Bundy,It's also nice (and a relief) to finally have unbiased
coverage ( i.e Ted Miller's ESPN blog) as opposed to the agenda driven local
I lived in Salt Lake when Urban Meyer was there. I was always very impressed
with him. I remember him riding up and down the Trax line talking up
that first game to the students headed up to campus. I remember him
filling the empty seats for that first (nationally televised game) with local
High School students. Brilliant! The TV audience only saw a filled stadium, the
Concessions probably made more money as a result AND he probably made a lot of
fans for his team doing that. I remember his partnership with Rocky
Anderson getting City of Salt Lake to really get behind the team. I
remember him inviting an LDS General Authority & ex-Ute football player to a
practice to show that the rivalry wasn't Mormon vs. Non-Mormon. A
lot of talk (and rightly so) goes towards commending his abilities on the field
as a Coach. This Cougar fan thinks he was just as impressive off the field. Welcome back, Coach Meyer. I hope you get to come and visit often.
Pac 121! Espn Spring football highlights show! Great to be a UTE!
Rueben,Great post. Yes, many programs have head coaches and admin.
that are insecure in thier own ability and often make "knee jerk"
reactions both on coaches and the direction of the program.I'm so
very glad the UofU has true leaders at the helm... the results are well
A couple of thoughts. Chris Hill handled Urban's departure well. He asked his
new head coach, Kyle Whittingham, if he would like Urban to coach in the Fiesta
Bowl. Good leadership and management, empowering your people to make important
decisions. Whittingham, to his credit, displayed no ego or insecurity and
without hesitation said, "yes, let's finish what we started". So Meyer
and Whit were named co-head coaches for the Fiesta Bowl, with Whit and Gary
Andersen coaching most of the bowl prep and practices since most of the
assistants left SLC to immediately started recruiting, etc for UNLV and
Florida.Fast forward to this week. Urban lobbied to include Utah in ESPN's
spring football spotlights that will be running on national television the first
week of April. Being included in a national spotlight with Texas, Notre Dame,
Michigan and Oregon. Could anyone imagine just 10 years ago being in that kind
of company for something like this? Go UTES!
I cheer for most teams in the state. Its time to support other programs instead
of bashing them.
I third Cactus Flats, and Serenity now.I hope for the best for the
Utes in the PAC-12.I think this is great promotion for the Utes.Thanks Coach!
It's funny how other programs hold grudges against former (successful) coaches.
Teams that had coaches with +10 successful years now treat them as
outcast...just don't get it.
My handle says it all.
Agree with Cactusflats....As a BYU fan but a resident of Utah, I take pride in
Utah's success and wish them the best in the PAC-12. Whit is a great coach. I
still recall Meyer's quote in 2004 after taking the Florida job that he felt
"relieved" that Utah got Whit to take over the reins. He clearly had
some anxiety/misgivings over leaving a good situation for an elite SEC school,
and that speaks volumes about his character.
The University of Utah handled the departure of Meyer perfectly and with class.
Rather than burning a bridge and demanding that Urban leave immediately as
almost all schools do to departing coaches, the U allowed Urban to coach the
Fiesta Bowl and then leave under friendly terms. It has paid big dividends for
the U in terms of keeping a relationship between coaching staffs with a champion
caliber coach. Things have worked out well for the U. If Urban had stayed at
Utah a few years longer, Kyle would have taken the head job at BYU and then
Urban would have left anyway. The U would have ended up with a different coach
rather than the winner we have. Thanks, Urban for two very exciting years at
Sounds like a celebrities who's who at the RES yesterday. I agree with him that
the stable of running backs just might be the best the Utes ever had. Yes, this will be viewed as a "home run" in regards to
recruiting.I have always admired the way Mr. Coach Meyer pushed the
envelope not just on team performance but on administration and fans.
FINALLY!!! A voice of reason. Cactusflats - you are a classy and well rounded
individual. Thank you! The Utes are my team and I hope BYU becomes the most
successful independant in football. They deserve it.
Utah is building a great tradition with Urban and now Kyle. BYU is my team but
it's great for the state to have more than one team with tradition and spirit
and honor. I hope the Utes make the state proud in the PAC 12.
Meyer is a class act. I like "Mount Olympus's" idea of his coaching
the basketball them. Coach Whit is also a class guy--Utah is very fortunate to
have had and have now such quality football coaches.
Classy move Coach Meyer, you're welcome back any time! And thanks for all you
did while you were here. You and your Utah teams will never be forgotten.