Utah'95,You are a true gentleman. I can't bring myself to criticize
Coach Whittingham either.
Coach Mendenhall has earned the extension. He would be a successfull coach in
many places, but is a particularly good fit for BYU.To my fellow Ute
fans who can't acknowledge that he is a good coach, how do you dismiss multiple
10-win seasons, 4 top-24 finishes, 2 conference titles, and an even record
against our Utes in his 6 years at the helm?Coach Whittingham's
record is 58-20. Coach Mendenhall's is 56-21. Are you suggesting that the
difference between a very good coach and a bad one is 1 loss over a six season
span?I believe that both Utah and BYU are fortunate to have
excellent head football coaches. I wish the Cougars and their coach good luck
in their future in independence, but hope my Utes beat them in every
I watched the interview with Bronco. When the ESPN interviewer was asking about
independence, Bronco could hardly contain his smile. I think he is sincerely
excited for the possibilities that it brings.
Aggielove"I bet the aggies beat them next time."The last time the Aggies upset BYU, 58-56 in 1993, BYU followed that up with
11 straight wins, including a 34-6 drubbing the following year. Don't be too
surprised if BYU steamrolls Utah State this year.
Riverton Cougar 1) @ Rational, if the head coach could micromanage
everything then there would only be one coach. The head coach oversees it all.
Blaming Bronco for Anae's and Hill's shortcomings is like blaming the restaurant
manager when the grill breaks.---------Dude, you are
misreading my comment. A head coach who "oversees it all" doesn't
micromanage, but does make the big decisions: - Punt or go for
it- Field goal or punt- Run out the clock or go for the end zone- Pick up the intensity in practice or back off and heal bodies. - He
also makes overall strategy decisions like ball control or wide open offense.
(i.e., if you are playing a faster, more athletic team like Florida State and
your line is 50 lbs per man bigger and you have BYU's best RB ever, pound the
ball.)Don't get me wrong, Bronco is a great coach, but has a
tendency, like all of us, to not see and overcome his own weaknesses. His is
thinking like an assistant as the head coach.
"7-6 and lost to utah state even? Come on. I bet the aggies beat them next
time."Keep dreamin' buddy. The Cougars are gonna exact bloody
revenge on the Aggies this year in Provo and it will be back to the usual one
win over BYU every 20 years or so.
7-6 and lost to utah state even? Come on. I bet the aggies beat them next time.
Bronco did the same thing Mac Brown did last season when TX lost. He made some
coaching changes that needed to be made and moved forward. Bronco is
doing what is best for BYU. Ute trolls don't like that so they nit pick on
Bronco. You try saying everything right (with thousands of trolls,
bloggers and media to spin whatever you say) and see how you come out.Bronco is moving the team forward and that is good enough for me. Could he
have some better explanations for some events? Sure. Let's see what
Whit has to say after losing a few games next year. Utah was all gaga over
getting Chow but somehow Brono is bad because he replaced both the OC and the
DC. Utah's only gripe is that both moves made BYU better. Talk is cheap. I will take performance on the field and Bronco performs. If he
makes a mistake he fixes it and it does not take him a year to do it.
To: SLC BYU Fan | 5:57 p.m. July 12, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT - you may have the
best comment about this situation. The scenario sounds spot on. I don't know too
many coaches that would turn down a long-term deal like this unless there was a
fair amount of concern over the future. Unfortunately, Coach Rose and the
basketball program was thrown under the bus on this one. A coaching exodus is
not out of the question.
It's the amount of comments on articles like these that prove ESPN made a smart
decision in going for viewership.
"BYU fans and their revisionist history."have nothing on
Utah fans and their revision history...see the thousands of whiney
posts from Utah fans about 1984.
"I wouldn't argue too much with SDSU > BYU > Utah."The results are in and it was Utah>BYU>SDSU. BYU fans and their
Long-term contracts are typically given to coaches who win. While BYU has seen
some measure of success, this seems a little premature. I want to see wins over
Boise State, TCU, Texas, etc... Then I will say a long-term contract is
deserved. There is too much uncertainty with going independent and as a fan I
want to see what happens on the field before I get too excited.
Looking at Bronco and Dave rose, if this independence/WCC gig isnt cutting it by
mid-decade and there isnt a Big-12 invitation I see a coaching exodus at BYU.
The fact that Bronco would only agree to a 3 year extension over a 10 year offer
says something, along with the fact that Dave Rose seriously considered a firm
offer from Oklahoma and had another firm offer from Chris Hill up at Utah.
I have a few thoughts.1) @ Rational, if the head coach could
micromanage everything then there would only be one coach. The coaching staff
has a lot of coaches for a reason. The head coach oversees it all. Blaming
Bronco for Anae's and Hill's shortcomings is like blaming the restaurant manager
when the grill breaks.2) Musicians are told that if, during their
performance, they make a mistake but recover it extremely well, it is almost as
if the mistake wasn't made. The beginning of the season was bad, no one denies
that. However, the end was strong. That shows how good of a coach Bronco is to
have turned that around. How you finish is more important than how you end.3) I agree with both Papa Smurf Ute and Bronco to a point. 8 months ago
isn't terribly long ago when you consider that Bronco has been coaching for a
number of years, but Papa Smurf's analysis of better team/losing team is pretty
accurate. I wouldn't argue too much with SDSU > BYU > Utah. Records
don't always tell the story, though (ex. BYU is 2-0 vs Texas all-time but Texas
> BYU all-time).
@fresnogirlBingo! Bronco has made it clear that he does not plan on
staying at BYU until he retires like Lavell did. He has stated that he wants to
coach long enough to return BYU to national prominence and I think that he feels
that with this current crop of young talent that he has the tools to do that in
the next 3 years.
Muss Man, if your coach said what Bronco said, you would think he was a hero.
But since it is Bronco, and the school is BYU, your comment is negative. It
figures. But thank you for your comment anyway. Glad you are a fan of BYU
(being that you are reviewing a BYU article).
Striker: Why not be a fan of both Nebraska and BYU? I would, if I lived in
I love how fired-up people get (from both BYU and Utah) every time Bronco makes
a somewhat "controversial" statement. The guy is human (now a
supposedly more wealthy human) and we all say and do controversial things. He's
just on a public stage so he gets scrutinized WAY more. That scrutiny is still
probably worth the paycheck...Everyone lighten up...Sept 17
Prediction:BYU - 34Utah - 18
You all know I am a Ute fan but I really do like Bronco. He is an outstanding
coach and he has done great things for the TDS. I hope they keep them there as
long as they can.With that being said, the article had me until
"I want to make sure I am worthy to hold the position". Really...
Have some self absorbing grandstanding there why don't ya! Give me
a break, you and the school went short term to see where you end up in the
national picture as an independent. Bronco has three years to amass a top 10
team or he is out. The ducks are in a row and Bronco needs to knock them down.
Plain and simple.And stop using the word "Worthy" like
being a coach at BYU is some spiritual calling. God could care less what BYU's
football record is.Geesh!
Bronco is amazing and the best coach in the history of sports in the state of
Utah. I can't believe I am so fortunate to witness this tradition and we WILL be
back to the NC! I have touted 1984 FOREVER but now it's a reality.
I wonder if this shorter contract has anything to do with the interview that was
done with his wife Holly (when she was plugging the Cowboy Ball). In that
interview, she indicated that she and her husband did not plan on him coaching
football until he was older (like Lavell and others). Not saying this is so ---
just wondering aloud.
Come on, someone has to know the detail$ of his contract. . . . Let's hear it.
Someone please spill the beans. . .The two-headed monster last year
was a bad decision. Firing Hill was the right decision. Getting rid of Anae was
the right decision. The "I'm not sure the better team won" public
statement was lame, even though I agree with it. The Jury is still out on Doman
as OC. He has to prove himself this year. So despite some mistakes, Bronco
showed promise in correcting those mistakes and he has proven to be a good and
disciplined representative of BYU. He deserves the new contract.Bronco does have the occasional embarrassing sound byte, but the one we
definitely need to keep the mic from is Heaps. I am sure he is a great kid and
a great talent but I cringe every time he opens his mouth.
CougfanTX,It didnt end Whits career because Kyle after the UNLV game
for the rest of that season, and the 2008 season went 21-1 after that loss.
Bronco in just the remainder of the season last year after that loss to Utah St
lost 2 games out of there next 7. Kyle only lost 1 out of 22, & his schedule
was tougher than what the Y's was those last 7 games. Also since that UNLV loss,
Kyle has gone 41-7. We will have to wait & see what happens over the next 3
years with the Y and Bronco if they lose more than 5 games, which I presume that
they will. They could start this next year 0-3, and that would only allow for
Bronco to lose 2 more games over a 33 game time frame to keep up with Whit after
a bad loss to a bad team. They do have a ton of cupcakes on their schedule
though. So getting to 10 wins shouldn't be too hard playing Idaho, Idaho St,
UNM, etc. next year.
Three years is not enough...But we will take it!!!! The longer he coaches the
greater the pool of former players the U can pull from to fill their coaching
"Bronco should be given the job for life."Dude, put down
the blue kool-aid and back away from the green jell-o. He has not been called to
the Quorum of the Twelve just yet. That is the only job in the church that
should come with a lifetime guaranteed contract. Bronco has done a pretty good
job so far, but he needs to take the program to the next level if this whole
independence thing is going to work.
I am going to agree with Papa Smurf Ute. I am a die hard BYU fan, and I like
Bronco but he does have a tendency to put his foot in his mouth and this was one
of those times. It is just plain loser talk to say things like that. The
scoreboard is the only thing that matters, and last year it said 17-16 in favor
of the Utes. They won because individual players for the Utes made big plays in
the 4th quarter, while individual players for the Cougars did not. Thats all
there is to be said about that game. Bronco should at least wait until after he
has avenged that loss to say stuff like that. Even better would be to just
acknowlege that they lost and say they are looking forward to playing the Utes
this year in Provo.As far as the 3 year contract extension goes, I
am not buying his "I want to earn it" statement either. He did not
take the 10 year deal because he does not know if he wants to be the head coach
for that long. He has already made statements like that in the past.
Honestly, I'm a Cougar fan, but Bronco just rubs me wrong. He lets
his assistants take the fall for HIS mistakes.The HEAD coach chooses
when to go for a field goal or run out the clock, yet he let Anae take the heat
for that.He has to fire his DC to get the defense to step up its
intensity? He is the HEAD coach. Wasn't he the one who'd lost the hearts and
minds of his players?Who made the call on the two-headed fiasco? If
it wasn't, it should've been Bronco. I'm pretty sure he did, because the
upper-classman had "earned it." Not by being better, but through
seniority.He once said, "I really don't know or understand our
offense." WHAT? You think LaVell would EVER have said that? No. Because
he's the head coach. He would, and did, consult on and approve last second
plays. (Like against TX A&M many years ago.)And that "I'm
not sure the better team won." What a weenie thing to say. Truly.
W-e-e-n-i-e. Try and be as gracious as Eric Weddle was after Beck-to-Harline.
Congratulations Bronco. Like a lot of people on here I hope you stay in Provo
forever. I hate to see anyone lose their job.And by the way
hedgehog..... your killin' me smalls!!!!! LolGo Utes!!!!
Oh come on papa smurf ute, he was talking about LAST season, no it wouldn't be
like ron mcbride coming back and saying that, that was 11 years ago. There will
be know could-have-beens this season though...see you in september. translation
for this article: bronco got a little raise.
Bronco is best for BYU. I don't see BYU getting any better coach (for the Y)
than Bronco. I think Bronco can make more $$ as a defensive coordinator in the
NFL and I suspect that is what he is leaving on the horizon or perhaps a head
coaching job at Oregon State - where he played.
Yeah! Coach M. Forever!!!
Excellent, 3 more years of good but not good enough.
After Bronco recognized how bad the season was last year he did what he needed
to do to right the ship. That is all that could be asked of a coach, and he did
it better than most would have.Bronco should be given the job for
life. He has already demonstrated that he will not let the program suffer from
mediocrity. He gives his best and demands the best from the team.
We love BYU and for everything that it is. I truly believe you have to go to
school there to understand that statement. Other comments to the contrary are
trivia and meaningless.Bronco Mendenhall--a great man, a great
coach, a man of integrity. A perfect fit for BYU football coach. Same for Dave
Rose coach of the BYU basketball team.Go Cougars!
31-16 and it wasn't that close on ESPN. Only a late TD when the game was
already over made it look moderately respectable.
teleste writes: Just what BYU needs! A coach that has insulted his own fans'
intelligence and. Just. Can't. Win. The. Important. Games. Against. Utah. And.
Tcu. To. Save. His. Own. Life.Johnson72 writes: I feel sorry for byu
fansUtah gets to play on ESPN. On September 17. It was already
interesting to see Utah fans delirious elation of joy when Utah beat BYU by 1
point at RES, a BYU team with one of the worst records in 35 years guided by an
18 year old quarterback. It only took some Utah fans 24 hours to begin
proclaiming how vastly superior their team is to BYUs. You can't make that
stuff up, it was hilarious. It will be even more interesting to see how the
vocal Utah fans react after the upcoming September 17 game against BYU in Provo.
That appears to be Utahs only ESPN game this coming season. I wonder if, when
the game is over, Utah will wish it had not been on EPSN at all.If
Broncos value is not already apparent to those with attention deficit, it will
become apparent come Sept 17.
hedgehog"Only in a land of unicorns and rainbows can a coach lose 6
games (including Utah State) and get an extension"At least BYU
is willing to continue to play Utah State. U dropped them from the schedule
because U knew your BB team would continue to lose if you played them.Losing to USU once every 17 years is probably acceptable. The next loss will
be in 2028. And Utah State was a lot better football team than the UNLV team
that rolled over U in 2007 and somehow that didn't end Whit's career.
He wanted a shorter contract so that he could take a better job later. If it
was only about deserving to be the coach at BYU then he would not have added
"as long as I feel it's where i'm supposed to be." Still,
I like coach mendenhall.
Bronco is a great Coach and he deserves the contract extension. The team was
headed in the wrong direction when he decided to fire Coach Hill and coach the
defense. It paid off because B.Y.U. turned things around. Bronco has said that
he isn't planning on being a football coach his whole life, and I am sure that
when the day comes that he decides not to coach here B.Y.U. will still be in
good hands which his successor.
"Only in a land of unicorns and rainbows can a coach lose 6 games
(including Utah State) and get an extension."H-hog:This does not bode well for whittingham going forward.@Johnson72:
You will feel sorry for utah fans Sept 17. Not to mention Sept 10 v. USC, who
will crush utah. You should start to pray for a "W" against Montana
State - the following two games will not be so cup cakie.It will be
4 win 8 losses year for utah. Mark it down.
I thought he had said in the past that he didn't really want to be coaching for
a long time. Surprised to see him say that he will stay as long as they will
have him.He was the right coach for BYU at the time. Time will tell if he
is the guy to take them to the next level.
Bronco is a classy guy, but his monotone style of speaking and his coach speak
stuff gets annoying. I could imagine him at Oregon St or any other school that
gets better recruits. With what he does with my LDS brethren, just imagine what
he could do with some real players, with real speed. Also, his comment today
about the better team not winning the rivalry game last year was pathetic. It
was 8 months ago. Get over it. Did you say the better team did not win the San
Diego St game? No you didnt, and SDSU was the better team last year. Record and
stats prove that. BYU won because of a blown call, & the Utes won because of
a blown call. Stuff happens. In 2000 the Y benefitted from a blown fumble call,
& replay had not been approved. Things happen in the course of a game. That
comment by Bronco today would be like Mcbride coming out saying that the better
team did not win in 2000 in Lavells last game.
hedgy and his gaggle never fail to disappoint with their inane, jealous
comments; I wonder if they even realize how lightly regarded their comments are
by most BYU bloggers.
Pay no attention to the anti's. They are like flies at a picnic; a minor
distraction from a little pest but they never really detract from good company,
good conversation, good food or good fun.
Can't stand the guy, he's one of the most arrogant and obnoxious people I've
ever heard speak, but he's done a very good job at BYU. He's incredibily gifted
at getting kids and fans to drink the kook aid. Clearly his style is working
right now. Even if he was the 3rd/4th choice.
I can see how you would think that a school with 5 national championships is
less exciting to follow than a team that lost 6 games last season.
"Only in a land of unicorns and rainbows can a coach lose 6 games
(including Utah State) and get an extension."It helps too when
that coach has 4 consecutive seasons of 10+ wins.
Muss ManFunny that in a world where people think they deserve more
than they do, you find someone who has always been self-abased on every level as
just plain silly.I think that says more about you than it does about
Hedge.....2nd funniest thing I have read all week.That deserves a
I feel sorry for byu fans
Just what BYU needs! A coach that has insulted his own fans' intelligence AND.
JUST. CAN'T. WIN. THE. IMPORTANT. GAMES. AGAINST. UTAH. AND. TCU. TO. SAVE. HIS.
OWN. LIFE."...not necessarily a great fan, in terms of
education and understanding the broader scheme of things, but if you're just to
look out and say, where are the mistakes, the level of criticism usually matches
the level of education and the fans, the people it comes from." (Couldn't the fans have reason to criticize or be mad? Oh no, they must just
be stupid!)It's hard to cheer that kinda thing on.
interesting that Bronco turned down the longer term deal. Obviously he has
something else on the horizon.
Hedghog,What?Do you know anything about coaching,
contract negotiations, or NCAA football?Is Bronco the first to have
a 7-6 season and still get a contract extension? I can bet you he's not.Is he the first coach to have to rebuild a team? I think not.Is he worthy of a contract extension? Well, since he got one, I guess he isMaybe your grandma's basement is land of unicorns and rainbows.
Fantastic attitude Coach mendenhall has. He will continue to be exactly what BYU
needs to succeed. Zoniezoobie;Excellent comment. Integrity
above all else.hedgie;It is a matter of class, integrity and
honor. See what Mr Webster has to say about them.
Oh Hedgie, I almost thought I was going to read the comments section on a BYU
article and not find a shallow and little comment by you. Whew, there you are.
Do you have a job?
I'm not here to hate on Bronco. I think he's a fantastic coach and an admirable
person.I wonder, though, if BYU fans have come to question his
occasional rhetoric and mind games, e.g., turning down a longer contract because
"there's a lot on the line...I want to be worthy of the position I
have." Followed by "I want to stay here as long as I'm wanted."
This sort of conspicuous self-abasement is just plain silly (though
many BYU faithful are bound to eat it up).
Only in a land of unicorns and rainbows can a coach lose 6 games (including Utah
State) and get an extension.
Integrity above price.
So glad BYU has Bronco. He's a class act guy that seeks only the best young men
in the country. No coach is better for BYU than him. He is making BYU football
exciting! Being a Cougar fan is so awesome right now! Friends in Nebraska
want me to change my allegiance, but Nebraska doesn't have near the excitement
of BYU. Keep up the good work coach.
Glad to hear Bronco is on board for at least 3 more years. I expect some
growing pains with the new coaches but I think they are going to be great. Go
That's a pretty compelling attitude from coach Mendenhall. I'm sure the critics
will have something petty and disingenuous to say about it. But when the school
wants to sign you up for a long period, and he preferred a shorter period, in
order to put pressure on himself to continue to deserve the position, even
though he says he wants to coach at BYU as long as they will have him...pretty
hard to find something to criticize Mendenhall with. No, the short article
doesn't give all the facts. But the facts it does give, are compelling.
If Bronco takes us to the promised land, he'll be well positioned to reap an
even sweeter contract after this one expires. He's the perfect
coach for BYU. I can't imagine him anywhere else.