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Published: Saturday, Sept. 17 2011 5:00 p.m. MDT

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All I can say is after three disastrous outings (Yes, three--BYU should have beat Ol' Miss by a larger margin, they should have won against Texas, but handed the game to them, with basic mistakes a team with this many returning starters shouldn't make, and then tonight. HOw do you explain 7 turnovers?)the Cougars need to make some changes in their coaching staff. Perhaps Brandon Doman isn't the man for the job as OC. The BYU team I watched tonight could have been beaten by a junior high school football team.


FullyInvested | 12:19 a.m. Sept. 18, 2011

Here's a news flash for you...

Mendenhall is being paid approximately $1M per year to take on the responsibilities of a head football coach of a major D-1 university. He is NOT a General Authority. Sports at byu is not missionary work and Jake Heaps elected last year to go on a mission.

Just wanted to offer a few points of clarification because you are clearly very confused.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Looking back on the past spring and summer I don't blame the BYU fans for their bragging. I feel sorry for them, because it appears they were duped by the hype put out by the coaches, especially Bronco, and the media. I hope Bronco realizes how important it is to recognize your opponents efforts when they beat you instead of claiming your team was still the best team, even though your lost. I can bet that quote from him was on the bulletin board in the Ute's locker room and the Utes put an exclamation point on last year's win just to make sure he understands what the final score means.

A few comments here somehow are trying to make it out to seem that points off turnovers are somehow not as credible and other points. Give me a break. That's like saying Kyle Van Noy's game winning touchdown against Ole Miss somehow should be discounted.

All the BYU fans who have been saying we will be relegated to the basement of the Pac 12, where does that put BYU?

Salt Lake City, UT

Fully invested, "Greater calling?"

The problem is, Bronco thinks his calling is to TALK, not to perform. So do his players. I, for one, wanted the players to quit the "great offensive line," "Talented receivers," "Top ten receiver group" (last year's saying), talk not just this year, but EVERY year.

I'll give you a little quote from 3 Nephi:

"And ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me, that ye might FEEL and SEE; even so shall ye do unto the world; and whosoever breaketh this commandment suffereth himself to be led into temptation."

See, some people think Jesus was about sermons and "firesides," but he didn't say, "Let me talk a good game," he said, "Watch me, touch my wounds. I'll SHOW you who I am."

Ironically, Kyle Whittingham and the Ute's LDS players and coaches may give the LDS Church more "exposure" because of how they perform.


Coug fans, you saw tonight what it takes to play in an QA conference. Take a moment to consider what byu did to Utah State, the WAC, the MWC in it's exuberance to move to independent. The conduct of byu in taking those actions was disrespectful and yes, even dishonest. And for what? For football? With super conferences on the horizon and bridges burned with the regional non-AQ conferences, byu is where with football and sports in general?

Beverly Hills, CA

Don't worry BYU fan, at least you guys can still win the MWC, er, WAC, er, you will still be the champ of your own 1 team conference.

Bronco=Coach of the Year ICC/Independent Cougar Conference.

Buena Park, CA

As a BYU fan and alum, I apologize to the Utes for not giving them a meaningful game. I remember how disappointed I was after our 38-8 victory over Oregon in the LV Bowl because i felt that Oregon was so poorly prepared and played so badly that beating them didn't mean anything. We came to that game ready so that if they'd won, their victory would have meant something. I believe that we cheated Utah out of any meaning of their win tonight because about any 11 guys with uniforms and cleats could have beaten my Cougars tonight.

"Never send a boy to do a man's job." I believe that the coaches are unfair to Heaps by putting him on the field while he so very clearly is not ready to play D1 football. Paul said that the Lord would not tempt/test/try us beyond what we're able to handle; why is "the Lord's university" doing so to this boy who wants to play for us?



Magna, UT

Dr Doom, aka Duckhunter- Your crow is ready. Please come and gag it down!

Costa Mesa, CA

I'm not watching this team anymore. They folded after a few plays in Utah's favor.

They don't care, so I don't care.

Beverly Hills, CA

"FullyInvested | 12:19 a.m. Sept. 18, 2011

Remember, Jake isn't just playing football...he's serving a full-time mission too. People talk about how hard full-time missionary service is, they just had to knock doors, Jake has to step into a collapsing pocket and and get hit in the ribs. Cut him a break!! He's reaching millions of non-members for the church via ESPN.

Would you treat a missionary in your ward like this if he fumbled a roll at your dinner table? Put your criticism into context. "

As an LDS person, I find your post not only inaccurate but pretty blasphemous. A full time mission serving the Lord is NOT football.


BYU fans - do you feel like you're being left behind? It's a serious question.

SLC, Utah

I just left the shed and boy does my backside hurt.

Everett, WA

Apology: Sincerely offer my personal apology to coaches and players for negative comments I have made on sports articles during last two games. Coaches and players give 100+ times more effort to succeed than I, from my comfortable armchair. It must surely hurt to see high aspirations fall short of the goal, after tremendous preparation and efforts. Doesn't help when people pile on. Hope coaches and players experience success for remainder of the year and in the seasons to come.


Congrats Utes.
Hey Cougars, way to finish the games the last two weeks.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

I still respect Bronco and BYU football a lot. Personally, I predict this might be BYU's "UNLV" game - you know, when Utah was dominated by UNLV 27 to 0 in 2007. Utah was never the same after that - BCS, PAC 12, etc.

The jump from good to great is much, much more than the jump from average to good. It takes a painful memory to go from good to great.

Seriously, this "UNLV" type of game for BYU - losing awfully to bitter PAC 12 Utah rival - has the opportunity to be a changer for BYU to go from a good program to great. We'll see if that happens. To be honest, I hope so - it will make the rivalry between Utah and BYU great again.

Just trying to comfort you BYU fans - we Utes had 3 awful blowouts last year. It ain't fun, I know.

Bob H
Las Vegas, NV

Where oh where is BYU's running game? It should take pressure of Jake Heaps but it's been nonexistent so far. I know it's ONLY game three but Cougars seem to be regressing. What to do?

Salt Lake City, UT


Take a moment to consider what byu did to Utah State, the WAC, the MWC in it's exuberance to move to independent. The conduct of byu in taking those actions was disrespectful and yes, even dishonest.

How is BYU leaving the MWC different than Utah leaving the MWC?

BYU did NOTHING to Utah State or the WAC. Nevada and Fresno State, two schools who were part of negotiating an agreement with BYU LEFT the WAC, nullifying the deal. If there was dishonesty on anyone's part, it was those two schools. Once they left, the WAC option was no longer the same. I wouldn't be surprised if you've posted making fun of BYU's "WAC" schedule. Do you think those schools, including Utah State, would schedule BYU if they thought they'd been done wrong by BYU?

Your rush to judgement didn't include facts.

Salt Lake City, UT

Utes Fan, classy post. Maybe the classiest I've seen.

Syracuse, NY

Well, we knew the programs were moving in different directions when Utah went to the Pac 10 and BYU went independent, but what a shocker. I don't think anybody expected they would be this far apart so soon.

P.S. I think BYU waited FAR too long to put Nelson in. In three games Heaps has proven that he just isn't ready for prime time. They should start Nelson next time.

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