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Published: Monday, Sept. 12 2011 9:41 p.m. MDT

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Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Lavell Edwards offered Whittingham a scholarship to the Y right out of high school. Mendenhall had to go the JUCO route, and even THEN was not wanted by Edwards in Provo.

Whittingham was the Y's FIRST choice to coach the cougars. Mendenhall was their THIRD.

Whittingham coached his team to a perfect record back in 2008, won the Sugar Bowl, and was voted National Coach of the Year. Mendenhall hadn't yet achieved perfection; he only "Quest[ed]" for one. No BCS bowl invitations or Coach of the Year awards went his way.

Tennessee flew into Mendenhall's "Home" town -- Provo -- back in 2009 in an effort to poach one of two MWC coaches to take their head job. But neither of those two MWC coaches were named Mendenhall. Both Whittingham and Calhoun declined....and Tennessee STILL didn't want to talk to Mendenhall.

Whittingham coaches a school from an AQ conference. Mendenhall's team is so very mid-major-ey.

Is it any wonder why Mendenhall can't relate to Whittingham? He's as envious of Kyle as his frantic and emotional minions are of the Utes.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah's chance of playing in BCS game:

Considering -
We done play Stanford
We don't play Oregon(until title game)
USC can't go to title game
We're one of top 2 teams in Division(USC the other)

30% Chance Utah plays in Rose Bowl
70% Chance Oregon plays in Rose Bowl

byu's chance of playing BCS game

0% chance, like every other year

LOL

Utah 31
byu 17

Mark it Down!

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Typical of a BYU-hater: a revisionist historian.

Sure, Bronco came out of nowhere to get the BYU head job. He wasn't "known," but his presentation blew the sox off the BYU brass, because Bronco understood what football meant to the school: exposure for the Church, not wins to puff up one's standing in the world.

Kind of like how Ute fans view their role in football---BCS wins means that they're "something"; BCS membership means that they're "something." Remains to be seen what that something will turn out to be.

Kind of why Ute trolls don't get BYU's independence, or Bronco's message about football not being the end-all.

Ute trolls just don't get it.

Kind of why BYU fans laugh at Ute troll posts.

BlueNtheFace
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Naval Vet's take on the "Quest" just about wraps up his comprehension on BYU and it's goals. He's a bright guy, but just doesn't "get it". Ugh.

BYU 21
UofU 13

Go BYU!!

CougarKeith
Roy, UT

I look forward to BYU's defense outshining Utah's defense! I think it will be a defensive game, and I think that Brandon Doman better learn to let his Quarterback Win games by his play calling rather than call plays so that Heaps doesn't lose games for us. You can't go very far with that kind of play calling, as was proved in Austin last Saturday!!! I would say the play calling offensively cost us the game, not so much the players or the execution, but what the plays were that Doman sent in. We can't be successful with that kind of play calling, it won't work, and it won't WIN games, it's like sitting on our hands hoping not to lose a game. LaVelle never coached like that, he didn't call a game like that, nor did his coordinators. Bronco doesn't play that way either, and I know it was just a rookie coordinator learning a hard lesson (I hope!). This is a big game on the line, and we have to come out and PLAY TO WIN!!! We need to go for the jugular, or else we will lose!

nairbnosral
American Fork, UT

Chris B,

This is the fourth or fifth time I have read your "chances" post. You have copied and pasted it with the SAME typo ("We done play Stanford")in every BYU article.

Please give it a rest.

Striker
Omaha, NE

I hate this week as far as comments go. People just MUST act like children. I never read any comments for this game, so this will be my only one.

I just have to say BYU has a huge advantage. They've played two VERY good teams on the road from great conferences. To be at home will be very refreshing. Playing Utah at home will not be near as tough as playing two teams in the heat of the South. BYUs chances of winning are very great, but I still expect a close game in the 4th. That's why this rivalry is so cool! First, we have a rivalry. Second, it's always very, very close. We're fortunate to have such a great rivalry.

maryland cougar
Pikesville, MD

byu will want this game to prove they can hold their own to themselves and to their fans they could care less what the world thinks of them they already know and have been told over and over that they are too slow. famous qoute " the only reason someone would hate you is because they want to be just like you" Byu 27-24

carver
Enterprise, UT

It's a no brainer that BYU is much better than Utah this year.
BYU 38
UTAH 14
Oh, and Chris B? Fancey you telling someone to give it a rest! That was funny.

troutman
Washington, UT

Right now, I think the Best team in the State is Utah State!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

maryland cougar:

"the only reason someone would hate you is because they want to be just like you"

Max Hall wants to be just like Utah?

CoachWinWA
POULSBO, WA

Back in the day not everyone could get into BYU. If you didnt have the high GPA and ACT score, you couldnt get accepted. It gets tougher every year to now if you dont have a 3.8 and your ACT isnt above 28, your crossing your fingers. So many of those that cant get in decide to go to the commuter school up north that is really easy to get accepted to. There isnt much on campus life at the U like most schools because most of the students live at home and drive or take the bus to school from all over Salt Lake. I found it odd that many friends from high school going to the U would be in Provo on Saturday hanging out at our dorms and going to the games with us dressed in Blue. There is a reason BYU sells out 64,000 and could sell out 20k more.

Utah is and will always be the little commuter school up north that is most students second choice. Once Utah goes 3-6 in the PAC for two years in a row, they'll be giving tickets away.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

CoachWinWA:

When I was at the Y, I didn't see any Utah students.

On the other hand, while I was at the U, we saw PLENTY of Y students trying to get into parties along Greek Row.

I got in the Y with no trouble. After transferring up to the U for my Sophomore year, I met a few other students who likewise transferred. Only ONE of those students was kicked out. He got caught smoking. The rest of us left on our OWN accord, and in good academic standing.

I find it odd that cougar alumni would tout their academics as superior to the U's, while having never studied at the U. Having studied at both the Y AND the U, I can attest that the material is the same. Except for the Religion classes. At the Y those classes are mandatory. At the U, those classes are for no credit.

Utah will always be the Y's big brother. The Y will always be the school most students go to if they fear they can't keep the commandments on their own, thus requiring a nanny to watch over them, and hold their hands all the way through college.

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