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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 5 2012 8:00 p.m. MST

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Dan the Fan
PROVO, UT

I'm a huge Cougar fan and still want to see Bronco gone. I think he is tired and I think a lot of the fan base is tired of his antics. But "eastcoastcoug" brought up a great point, who will replace him? It has to be a card holding member of the church. So even his suggestion that Sarkisian could come is inaccurate, he isn't a member.

Yes Bronco wins, but he is stuck at 10 wins. He is like Ron MCBride at Utah. He was good and had good teams, but they needed an Urban Meyer to take them over the top and to a BCS. We need another coach that has that fire and can instill it in their players. Bronco doesn't do that. What is Bronco's signature win? He loses against top talent year after year. The oklahoma game you say, yea they finished 7-5 that year(pretty impressive). Also, how many guys can have such a poor record against their rivals and maintain there job?

Either way, I guess he is the best option and we have to settle. I'd love to see Detmer and Sitaki join the program.

Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

Once we put Riley Nelson behind us, Bronco will do fine. I don't know how he got infected with Nelsonism but it was very detrimental to the team.

Jefe-Ute
SLC, UT

I'm going to have to agree with both sides. I think Bronco has had great seasons in the past and started out as a great coach. He also was leaning off of the last of Lavell Edwards recruits and strategies. Now, we can see that Bronco is still an amazing defensive coach, but is not up for the HC job. I understand that he understands BYU and it's honor code, which is great. However, I don't think that it is written into the honor code to play the player with whom you have a bromance. I'm sorry, but this is sports. You play the better player and he never gave anyone that chance. And that one time he did give Taysom Hill a chance, he let him run on the last play of the game. No decent HC allows that.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Bronco's only significant problem this year is that he didn't win. Enough. The right games.

Didn't we just have an article that said that Lavel wasn't enough of a riverboat gambler? If Going for two against Boise had paid off, he would have been brilliant, bold.

The decision to play Riley, even to play him injured? You can say it was the wrong decision. After the fact. But you cannot say Lark would have done any better, against the same tough competition, with the same crippled line. Different, but not necessarily better.

If the torch and pitchfork crowd get their wa, we will regret it.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Bronco's only significant problem this year is that he didn't win. Enough. The right games.

Didn't we just have an article that said that Lavel wasn't enough of a riverboat gambler? If Going for two against Boise had paid off, he would have been brilliant, bold.

The decision to play Riley, even to play him injured? You can say it was the wrong decision. After the fact. But you cannot say Lark would have done any better, against the same tough competition, with the same crippled line. Different, but not necessarily better.

If the torch and pitchfork crowd get their wa, we will regret it.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Well, this is certainly interesting--I agree with the cougs on here that support Bronco. I think he should stay at BYU as well. I think he's one of the best things to happen to Utah football. Don't go, coach!

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

All the rumors out there are nothing more than journalists guessing about different scenarios hoping one might actually come through and they will look like they know what they are talking about -- The same is true for the so called experts calling for Bronc's head.If they are so smart why aren't they in coaching at that level? -- To those who gripe so much it wouldn't make any difference who was coaching they would want someone else if one thing went wrong.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

He's not going anywhere. I am fine with him. Hard working guy and kept his players out of trouble nothing like what was his name previous coach when he was D's Coach. Only Holmoe and some other guys at the Y would let him know about Offensive end from us. I have a feeling that Bronco might stir up the pot again like he did two years ago. Sure, those three games should have been won but hope he will find some answers before 2013 season start.

Robroy
Murray, utah

Christine, You don't have to worry....Utah football will continue to degrade with or without Bronco. Count on it.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Best coach in the country. If he can just get the players to execute at a higher level, we would prevail.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

Dan,

Sarkisian is LDS. Still no guarantee he's a fit or would come to BYU. It's never been our history to get coaches from bigger teams/conferences to come to BYU. We grow people organically or move them up from equal or lesser schools. Why would it all of the sudden change??

I think a lot of us wish Bronco could get the team to a higher level, but no one wishes it more than he does. And we're lucky to have him. I've been negative too but keep coming back to the same conclusion that we should make this situation work, rather than bailing for the unknown.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@eastcoastcoug

So when did Sarkisian convert? He wasn't LDS when he was here, he wasn't LDS a couple of years ago, when did this occur?

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT

bronco is flat out lying. many have confirmed that he interviewed.

coleman51
Orem, UT

Based on this article, I think it will be Mendenhall's call when he leaves and that BYU will respect that. It is extremely difficult to find a coach that wants to jump in wholly to the culture of BYU sports, which is different than anywhere around the country. While during the season, I have disagreed completely with coaching decisions that have affected directly our win-loss record, I would have a hard time imagining anyone wanting to jump into that sports culture that would be worth having as a coach. I would prefer that Mendenhall and his coaching staff play the players that can play instead of rattling off good character and "toughness" as a reason why some players play and others don't. We should play those who have the best chance of winning.

SoUtBoy25
Cedar City, UT

Fans especially the bi-polar sports talk radio type (like I used to be) are like spoiled brats and Bronco is right to call them out. People need to get some perspective. My recommendation, if you love Cougar sports turn off the sports talk. Let the withdrawal symptoms wear off and you will enjoy the games much better.

BYUfaninWashSt
Everett, WA

Bronco: "We (he and his wife) are yet to look at a newspaper article."

Someone should tell Bronco that Obama won the election. Also that there was an election. Obama's "loyal" fan base came out to vote for him in big numbers. They do not recognize his lack of leadership qualities that would steer the country away from bankruptcy and disaster. They were too afraid to lose their gifts & benefits. Appears good portion of BYU fan base also vote to support poor leadership, falsely thinking that firesides and wins against WAC opponents is good enough. They are afraid of a brave noble future. It is disappointing that some fans will support limitless mediocrity. Under current leadership, BYU football program is headed down the tubes, just like our country's fiscal sanity. Only slightly off topic here ... you can still post it DN. :)

alternate
Salt Lake City, UT

As always, I was disappointed in the sarcastic and mocking comments that followed this story. There was even one person who called Coach M a liar! Strong words. I would like to see who the "many are who have confirmed" really are. Maybe from other comments. A lot of people say a lot of things while hiding behind an alias. I guess we feel comfortable that there is less of an accountability factor.

I believe it is now well known that Bronco interviewed last year for the UCLA job. Not sure if he actually turned down an offer. Again not all rumors turn out to be true facts.

I also had to smile at the Wisconsin "rumors". Maybe true, maybe not. But, I would be very surprised that if a major program like Wisconsin would wait until into January before selecting a new coach. Sure Barry Alvarez is going to "coach" the Rose Bowl game, but I would think that the wheels are already turning on the find a new coach wagon.

I for one am glad that Coach M is on board.

dww722
North Salt Lake, UT

Bronco is a good man but a mediocre head coach. After 8 years on the job he seems to have peaked and is now starting to slide into mediocrity despite a talented roster. When roster decisions need to be made that are obvious to almost anyone with active brain cells and he is either unable or unwilling to make them for the good of his team then it's time for him to move on. He loves Riley and rightfully so. Riley is obviously a great leader, a super competitor and an all around good guy. He just can't throw the football to the people he needs to throw it to which cost the team at least 3 games. Coaching 101 says you replace the guy that's not getting the job done. Bronco himself has advocated position mastery but failed to act when the lack of it affected his #1 guy. He's proven that politics takes precedence over performance. If changes aren't made I'm afraid for next year as we play the most demanding schedule in school history.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

I don't know what you Bronco haters are thinking. He's the most successful coach BYU has had. This is the #3 defense in the country, and look around at the the top 5. Defensive teams. Today, defense wins. Bronco is a defensive guru. The offense is another issue. Do we really need to replace Doman? Not sure. Why did they persevere with a wounded warrior? Don't know.

Many coaches have been criticized for sticking with a player the fans thought should be replaced. Everybody loves the backup when things are going bad. Sometimes, the backup outperforms the starter, sometimes they're worse.

Football is the most complicated game in the world. Sometimes coaches don't get it figured out.

Stick around Bronco - your recruiting is looking much better and we're seeing real athletes. We're out of the MWC black hole and the light is starting to shine. Lets not switch bulbs just yet.

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

With radical BYU fans, Bronco HAS to live in a bubble. I bet if BYU has a great season and then loses a big bowl game, there will be death threats.

I love BYU athletics, but I really can't stand many of the fans.

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