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Published: Thursday, Feb. 2 2012 9:00 a.m. MST

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Really? After conducting a nationwide search we realized we have the best candidate right here......I have a hard time believing that. The first place you look is within your own system. If you don't have a legitimate replacement, then you go look elsewhere. Sounds to me like they couldn't find anybody good that wanted to take the job, so they settled for Johnson. However, he was a smart player, he may do well...in time.

Worland, WY

I like the choice. He must have awesome leadership qualities to be named at a young age

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I love it. Yeah it sounds risky on the surface, but with Whittingham spreading out the duties as much as he is, no one person is going to have too much on his plate INCLUDING Brian Johnson.
If you're ever going to take a risk on a young guy, this is the way and the time to do it.
Great D to back you up, a much improved QB and O-line situation, and a second stud RB to add to an already good receiving corps.
Sept can't come fast enough.

Highland, UT

I fully endorse this move. It has the "Duckhunter Seal of Approval".

Kearns, UT

LOVE these coaching moves. Makes a big push in recruiting. Youth, energy, intelligence, diversity, personality. Shah will be terrific recruiting Cali. That's the main job of position coaches. Finn also a solid Cali recruiter.

As far as BJ goes, if the smartest guy in the room just happens to be the youngest, who cares. Very forward thinking move on Whit's part. Corporations do this all the time. Youth and intelligence means new ideas, innovation, engergy. BJ is a born leader.

Great moves.

Tooele, UT

This is interesting.

I have to say, given the choice between Crowton and Johnson, even with Brian's inexperience, I take Brian every day of the week.

I think Brian wouldn't get the promotion had he not been the right person for the job. Thing is, Whit giveth and Whit taketh away! Look at Schram and ARod. Brian must have impressed him in a lot of different ways. Look at Hays for example. When we first saw him play, looking at Utah's schedule, there wasn't many that predicted more than 4-5 wins this season. Brian did a tremendous job with Hays!

Should be exciting seeing what comes about with this change.

Go Ute's

Salt Lake City, UT

It does seem odd to promote a 24 year old as an OC but it's too early to judge. If Utes offense is terrible next year then there will be a lot of complaints about him. I think most Ute fans wanted a big name and after the harsh judgment on Doman, I would think most ute fans are sceptical about hiring such a young guy. On the other hand, if he really as good and brilliant as Whit says then maybe the U treating him well now by giving him these opportunities will help prepare him to someday be the head coach if Whit ever decides to leave.

Highland, UT


"hypocrisy, justification, rationalization, spin, desperation, excuses, deflection, etc....."

Thanks for the LOL!

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ Duckhunter

"I fully endorse this move. It has the "Duckhunter Seal of Approval"."

Will you continue to endorse Brian Johnson as Utah's OC after he lights up the scoreboard on your Cougies in September?

Utah is returning most of their starters from last years beatdown of the Cougies which includes a healthy Jordan Wynn (with back up QB's if needed), John White IV, and one of the best defenses in the country will all be back.

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

Honestly, the more I think about this, the WORSE I feel about it. Think about the message this sends to all of the coaches who have put in time in the program, especially A Rod. He better be outstanding, or it could ruin both of their careers.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

I thought this was ground hog day not April's fools day

Burley, ID

Johnson has a great understanding of the game and the quarterback's job in running the team. I've no doubt he will do well in the position.

Unlike other OCs of the past, I'm sure I won't be finding myself "screaming at the television" that they're calling the wrong play.

Whittingham knows what he has in BJ.

Kearns, UT


Shouldn't you be more focused on commenting on your Cougs under 50 recruiting class than continuing to spend your waking moments obsessed with everything Utah?

I know it's hard to take for Cougar fans. Even on their own website, they are once again being outshadowed by their big brother.

Get used to it.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

I can't say I wasn't surprised by the hire but the more I think about it the more I'm fine with it. As motorbike mentioned, Kyle has added others to the staff as well and Brian has been a student of the game from some great coaches.

I think Shah will be a great addition to the coaching staff as well. He will be a great recruiter and a good role model to the player as well. He has done a lot with his education and career that is a good example to young players.

Time will only tell if this was the right choice or not, but I have confidence in Kyle - he knows a lot more than I do.

Bottom line is we have a good group of retuning players, a great defense and have just secured our best recruiting class ever up at the U. The Utes are going to be on national TV for every game and the PAC 12 money is starting to come in.

It's a great time to be a Ute and I can't wait for the season to begin.

Harrisville, UT

BJ: The lesser of two evils.

Alpine, UT

I do think it was a good choice. However, a program like Utah should have been able to hire an experienced OC. There will be growing pains for Johnson just like we saw at BYU with Doman. The growing pains may be more severe with Johnson because of his lack of experience. In time, Johnson should be a very good OC but probably not the first season.

Cottonwood Heights, UT


Great job. Because when you didn't endorse Norm Chow he put a whoopin on your Cougies 54-10.

Lesson to be learned? NEVER smack talk an OC that hasn't been tested against your team.

Nice job Duckie. High five.

West Jordan, Utah

Is it just me, or is this the wierdest reshuffling of coaching assignments ever seen in football? If Johnson is going to be the offensive coordinator and QB coach, is he going to be on the field like Doman was last year? Who is calling the plays? How can you coach the QBs and be in the booth? Freshman QB starting the spread next year? Roderick is now a passing coordinator? What does that mean? We have two offensive coordinators? That didn't work to well last time. Sitake is assistant head coach? Whatever. Tim Davis is still the offensive line coach but only coaches the TEs and Tackles. The new guy coaches the Centers and Guards? Is this simplifying a spread assignment system or complicating it. Hill is now the RB coach, but still special teams coach. Hill is going to be overseeing ball security? Scary. What offense is Utah running? I like Shah as the cornerbacks coach, but where is Scalley? No mention of him here.

So Utah Fan
St George, UT

Not terribly excited about the hire. There has to be an OC out there that is more qualified. This could be the beginning of the end.

Layton, Utah

"After spending the past month conducting a national search for an offensive coordinator, it became very apparent that we had the best candidate for the job right here on our own staff,"

Hey Naval Vet? You buying this stuff your HC is preaching to his disciples? The entire nation didn't have anyone that could lead his team over a 24 yr. old with absolutely no experience?

Let's poll every college football coaching staff and see how many have an OC in their early 20's with zero experience.

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