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For six former Utes and current assistants, Pac-12 is dream come true

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 7 2011 7:10 p.m. MDT

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regis
Murray, UT

No question that Ron McBride deserves a ton of credit as the guy who lifted the Ute program from mediocrity. Without McBride and the foundation he built, there would likely never have been Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham, two BCS bowl victories, and now a spot in a BCS conference. Somehow, the Utes ought to figure a way to retire a jersey in honor of Ron McBride. And what makes the man all the more special is he's just such a darn nice guy.

regis
Murray, UT

I still remember the bad old days of Jim Fassel. I think he must have been hired with instructions to make the Ute offense as pass happy and high scoring as BYU was in those days. Problem is, he didn't get the message that football involves defense as well as offense. Watching the Utes under Fassel was like watching an arena football game: Let the other team score so we can get the ball back.

As soon as McBride took over, that philosophy changed. The Utes began to play defense and played football the way it was meant to be played. He didn't get the Utes completely over the hump, but he got them to the point where they could see where they wanted to be and how they could get there.

Andermart
Pullman, WA

Good luck to the Utes as they begin their conference schedule. Get a win this week against USC. Next week, well, do your best and may the best team win.

mindgames
Aurora, CO

Great article. Congrats to the University of Utah on their inagural PAC-12 game with USC. As a loyal BYU fan I have gone back to rooting for the Utes in all games but one. So here's hoping for an 11-1 season for you and a 12-0 for BYU, and a BCS Championship showdown game that will rock the nation.

I know that things are going to heat up next week, but in reality the move to the PAC-12 was a great move for the Utes. It should never be minimized. The move to independence by BYU was necessary. We would have stayed with the Mountain West had things remained the same, but with Utah's move the time had come for the big step to independence. So, from the "big step" angle we wouldn't have done it this soon without the Utes decision.

Go Utah teach the PAC-12 about the Ute Spirit. Utah 28 USC 17

Go BYU beat TEXAS. BYU 24 Texas 7

utah_man
St. George, UT

Utah will win this week. They are far better then USC and BYU combined. When was the last time BYU won a national championship? Obvious.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

regis:
wayne howard....i literally could not give my tickets away. no one in the crowd. horrible

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Enough about the PAC-12. Let's see if the Utes can even compete in football. We know they can't in basketball, baseball, volleyball and track and field.

I don't even see UTE apparel without the PAC-12 logo on it. ENOUGH!! You UTES just might be the frumpy girl at the hip sorority party.

truthsandwich
RANDOLPH, UT

@USA
"I don't even see UTE apparel with out the PAC-12 logo on it. ENOUGH!!"

Kind of like how I haven't seen a Utah Football article today without this exact same comment from you on it. Jealous much?

ClassyUte
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

USA lover is a jealous downer. Ha ha.

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