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Published: Thursday, Jan. 17 2013 11:55 a.m. MST

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Sandy, UT

@Mt. Olympus

BYU has been there and done that.
23 Conference Championships, that is.
Utah has not.

Sorry lads, Utah is as irrelevant as they come, all sports and academically.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah


"6-10 all time against San Jose St. Lost to them on national TV this past season."

LOL at your pathetic attempts to minimize BYU.

San Jose State was a Top 25 team, while you're pathetic Utes didn't qualify for a bowl and got lucky on a fluke scoop and score to beat BYU.

BYU was 8-5, beat Top 25 Utah State, and finished #26 in the final Sagarin ratings.
Utah was 5-7 this season and finished #61 in the final Sagarin ratings.

Utah's record since joining the PAC 10.2: 13-12
BYU's record since going Independent: 18-8

And don't whine about it being all based on schedule. Utah couldn't even beat Colorado last nor Utah State this year.

Charlotte, NC

Clearly, he is a very good coach with Washington, BYU, Wisconsin, Hawaii, and Utah all wanting him. Sure, leaving a good job in a place you like would be tough. The fact that he has found it tough to do so doesn't mean he is not a good coach. With all of those schools wanting him, well, that speaks for itself. It is hilarious reading how BYU fans didn't really want him anyway. Grow up everybody.

Mark D

@ Chris B:

"Got to love being in a BCS conference, with BCS money, BCS athletes, and BCS quality coaches!"


As an ASU Alum, I can appreciate UtahBruin's perspective (as a Pac-10 Alum - I'm giving credit for a UCLA degree here, so if not, my bad...) that Utah has not earned credit in the PAC and doesn't look to in the near future. It's a bit different now that the U has what it wanted - a seat at the BCS table, as it were. Looks more and more like the U has been relegated to the "child's table" at the BCS party...

Utah Fans, lay off the rhetoric (at least until you're relevant in the PAC) and focus on becoming competitive in the PAC. There's very little "street cred" in your words until you prove that you belong in the PAC discussion. Start winning games and contend for a PAC South title, and then you can beat your chest and throw around the "BCS" smack.

I'd like to see the U become more relevant in the PAC - but until it does, enough with the BCS talk - it just makes you look pathetic...

South Jordan, UT

This is all so familiar. Remember when Whit was the first choice of BYU to coach the Cougars and he shook hands on the deal only to renege before a contract was signed.

Birds of feather.

Good that he got his mind right before he actually went to work.

Salt Lake City, UT


Cry me a river.

mr. j
Cottonwood Hts., Ut

that is all.


Derek_, my sentiments exactly! Roderick is a nice guy, so I won't stoop to the level of the bitter here in any personal criticisms. But as a coach, he's still very average, and decent (I think currently 4th or 5th best on the staff) as a recruiter. I'm happy for his being happy to stay, and say may round three be more successful in coaching, coordinating and player development than the previous two.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

So do we believe what he said today or what he said yesterday?

Ogden, UT

Hmmm, interesting. Really, if his heart is at the U, then stay there. Similar to recruiting, it seems that many schools increase their interest in players/coaches proportional to their rival.

Springville, UT

Having hired a couple hundred people in my life this is a sign of character and BYU is just fine not having him. I have had this happen and it is pretty low class. I will never know though strongly suspect this was all about negotiating a better salary. About five years ago, the last time this happened to me, the "former" employee called up and thanked in for the job, yada, yada, yada then acknowledged that he got a payraise and this offer helped him with that payraise.

The problem with this, on my side of the ledger, I had gone through a several month process, narrowed it down to a handful of highly qualified candidates, did interviews then finally made the choice. In making that choice I place a couple other highly qualified candidates on the backburner. Do you think these other candidates were happy to suspect they were second choice? Nope, and the process of hiring starts over again.

What this young man did was very immature. In any case, his abilities as a coach aside, I've seen this before and have a very low opinion of the matter. He harms others for his own benefit.

Gilbert, AZ

mr. j

ummmm....finishing behind BYU 5 of the 8 years during the Bronco/Kyle era in record and ranking
that is what it's all about.

Lyman, WY

So he changed his mind again. He just needs to stay at Utah, until they fire Whitingham, which is coming, because they will not have anymore winning seasons at Utah with him. This team last year was supposed to be a contender and look what happened. As for these comments about wanting to be in the conference of champions, when was the last time a Pac 12 school won the national title? USC a long time ago, and that championship was vacated. so I guess you Utes fans can say conference of champions all you want, but the championships the PAC 12 wins are in sports the Utes are either really bad at or do not even have. And about BYU being in obscurity, how about being on National tv in all but two games, which a lot more than Utah is on National tv. I am actually more disappointed about Cahoon being let go than I am of Roderick changing his mind again.

Y's Guy
Salt Lake City, UT

Word on the street is that in reality it was an imaginary offer, and Roderick was simply the victim of a prank.

Castle Rock, CO

"There were some positives but ultimately I just really believed in our program. I believe in coach (Kyle) Whittingham and what we're doing in the Pac-12."

For the record, what they are doing is losing.

He may be excited about where they are going in the future, but what they are doing now is losing. That said, BYU isn't doing any better. Neither teams has much to be excited about if they want to be a top program. Both programs are good at being decent, but not good enough.

And I say this as a BYU fan.

Hillsboro, OR

I'm fine with him staying at the U. What bothers me is that he interviewed for the BYU job, accepted it, BYU coaches told other applicants/interviewees that they were not hired. The announcement was made that Roderick was coming to BYU, then he decided to stay at the U. I had the opportunity to do that for a job, but chose not to accept the offer because it wasn't fair to other applicants. That's the right thing to do. Make up your mind before you say yes to an offer.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Wow, it's great to see this guy is really solid and has great decision-making skills. I'd rely on his word for anything.......NOT!


It is time to give him the OC job. Whit needs to make some moves here. Being a avid Utah fan, I have alot of respect for Bronco and his ability to make changes when they are needed not when it is to late. Get on board Whit, Johnson is not going to take us to the Rose Bowl.

Dave S
Holladay, UT

Re: Bluto

I'll take our irrelevance as you call it and winning 8 of the last 11 vs. your been there and done that team as well as two unefeated seasons and BCS wins in the past 10. Doesn't sound much like irrelevance to me!!

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Good luck, Aaron. You're a Utah lifer now, IMO. Kyle could have done the right thing and mentored you about burning bridges (best case) and commmitting coaching suicide (worst case). Whittingham looks out for the interests of only one person in this situation, unfortunately.

Imagine the embarrassment of possibly losing a coach to the lowly Cougars. He must have lost at least one night of sleep. Definitely a lil' brother attitude of at the U.

Keep your eye on the Y.


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