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Published: Friday, June 8 2012 7:57 p.m. MDT

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thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

As I've said over and over again before, it boils down to the one thing that is most important above all..."Winning against top competition." Until we do that on a consistent basis, we will still be looked at with scorn and ridicule. Achieve that and recruiting will be a piece of cake because no one will then dispute that we can mix it up with the big boys of college football. Short of that, the haters will continue to mock and make fun of anything and everything BYU.

Go Cougrars!

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

Only Utah fans look at us with scorn and ridicule and mock us. And they always will.

The Official
Bingham Canyon, UT

@ CougarBlue.... or old woman blue... its easy to ridicule and mock when its earned... and you make it so easy to do!!!

Mountainman56
Alpine, UT

Bigsamoan - Apparently you and others have forgotten about wins in recent years against Oklahoma, Oregon, Washinton (twice), Oregon State (twice), UCLA (twice), Arizona and Ole' Miss. Not to mention wins over the longer term over many of the nation's best programs including Texas, Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn St., Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Pitt. etc. Yes we've lost games to big time programs but so has everyone else yet they are not looked at with "scorn and "ridicule". You're really good at looking at the negative but there are lots of positives too.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

BYU has beaten a very large list of the top programs in the country over the years. They have also lost to a lot of them. Both of these outcomes are because BYU has always been willing to play those caliber of teams and because BYU is a well respected and successful team with a large stadium those programs have also been willing to schedule them.

BYU will never win all of those games, but they win/won enough of them to have built a legacy of doing it. Anyone that thinks otherwise is deluded and has no grasp on reality. True BYU fans know BYU is not an elite program the level of Alabama or USC, but we also realize BYU is a prennial top 25 program that wins plenty of games including games against top programs.

Any BYU "fan" that buys into the utah "fan" propogated falsehood that BYU must win every game against top programs to be successful is a fool. No program does that, not even the top programs. They all lose games. What BYU has done recently and over the last 40+ years is top 25 overall. Pretty darn good.

Wildcat
Provo, UT

I think BYU has a very good schedule this year: Boise State, Georgia Tech, U of U, are the top grabbers, but Notre Dame, Washington State, Hawaii, and USU are solid programs.

I agree with Duckhunter, obviously not in the caliber with Alabama, but BYU has a very good tradition. I also think that one loss isn't a deal-breaker this year. It might be tougher the independent route as compared to an automatic conference tie-in, but I think one and possibly two losses (depending on the scores and teams) could still put BYU in a BCS Bowl.

Other than the Boise State game, they don't leave the state of Utah until October 20th. This could give them the momentum they need when they go on the road for GA Tech and Notre Dame. With Riley Nelson at the helm, I think they have a good chance! The U of U game will be much different this year now that a seasoned quarterback will be starting. I like BYU's chances, especially how they finished last year. I think it will carry over to the start of this year. GO COUGARS!

Proud Ute
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Since you cougar trolls and whiners are so obessesed with the U that you can't welcome Coach Poppinga I will do it for you.
Good luck Coach, best wishes for a successful career. You'll know you've made it when you're wearing red.

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Coach Poppinga seems like a very good coach. Best wishes to you, Coach. It is not an easy job and all that traveling, selling and reselling would seem like a tough job. You definitely earn your pay.

I like the fact you continue the Bronco tradition of finding the best players who can represent BYU. It's a tough job and I am quite sure BYU will never be an "elite" football power but will be good enough to make this a fun journey with them. Glad I'm along for the ride.

Cougarista
Salt Lake City, UT

Coach Poppinga is in the mold of BYU, good football, good staff, good education and good players. Thanks for your hard work. Keep the standards high. Read Joe Nocera's editorial in the NYT today. BYU is dong just fine.

mightymite
DRAPER, UT

Learning on the job is what is 'not' what is needed. Bring people in who you can pay a decent salary with experience. This is what is expected-- primarily with all this talk of the ESPN money and exposure that is coming in.

Osgrath
Provo, UT

Gee, we should all listen to mightymite, he has always shown to have BYU's interest at heart.

As for thebigsamoan, why should I care what others think of me? That sounds pretty self-absorbed. If people look at BYU with scorn and ridicule, that is their problem, not mine. I chose not to hate and they choose negative emotions. Doesn't bother me.

Besides, I have watched enough great victories over the years, often in person, sometimes on TV, to feel pretty good about my team. Only on the field of play am I going to compare them to anybody else - head to head. Ute success doesn't affect the way I feel about BYU.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@mightymite
"Learning on the job is what is 'not' what is needed."

U should have told that to Whit before he promoted Johnson.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Barometer U. Lose to good teams, beat bad ones.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@mightymite

Let's see....kalani sitake, aaron roderick, and the biggest LOL of them all brian johnson. The 25 year old, no pro experience, not even a pro sniff, failed qb coach, now offensive coordinator. None had much, if any, experience.

LOL!

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Cougarblue and Duck

Whah!!! Always scorned and highly disliked! Cry me a river.

I's sure coach Poppinga will do just fine. Just like Coach Sitake has done and Brian Johnson will do.

BlueRampage
American Fork, UT

Proud Ute wrote: "You'll know you've made it when you're wearing red."

Indeed, the Utes have BYU to thank for their best coaches. Unfortunately, BYU cannot keep all of their well trained coaches due to NCAA staffing regulations. Some have to leave, not because they aren't exceptional, but because at that time there wasn't a place on the coaching roster to keep them. (Best example is Kyle who left prior to Dick Felt's retirement. Bad timing for BYU.)

So, Ute trolls, be truly grateful for what BYU has given you. Let's hope we can keep the good ones we now have for at least a while longer. Their success will eventually lead them to other opportunities, though hopefully not to the Utes.

MLH
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Cougar blue
Only Utah fans look at us with scorn and ridicule and mock us. And they always will.

No they aren't-it's purelly apparent you have never been to a Wyoming or Colorado State game. Byu is one of the most hated schools in the country. And it's not because of the players, coaches or administration, it's because of the fan base.

Proud Ute
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@bluerampage,

Indeed, the Utes have BYU to thank for their best coaches. Unfortunately, BYU cannot keep all of their well trained coaches due to NCAA staffing regulations. Some have to leave, not because they aren't exceptional, but because at that time there wasn't a place on the coaching roster to keep them. (Best example is Kyle who left prior to Dick Felt's retirement. Bad timing for BYU.)


You are aware Kyle was offered the head coaching job at byu the same time he was offered the head job at the U aren't you? So it wasn't bad timing, it was Coach Whitt making a wise professional decision.

Squinting at the world through blue goggles again, I expect that out of the

I'm sure Coach Pop

Proud Ute
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dang.... let's try that again.

....... I expect that blue skewed nonsense out of the resident cougar trolls.

I'm sure Coach Poppinga would smile at that comment coming from a Ute, but the lack of support from you "fans"....... pitiful, just pitiful.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@utahcountyute

I'm sure coach Poppinga will be just fine as well, and sitake has proven himself. Of course that is the point isn't it? All coaches start somewhere and work their way up. mightymites comment was just plain laughable.

Now johnson on the otherhand has a lot to prove and what he has proven so far is not very good. The qb's at utah have actually gotten worse under his tutelage. It doesn't bode well for the offense although to be fair it would be hard for any offense to be worse than the one utah put out on the field last season so I guess he will be the beneficiary of some pretty low expectations.

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