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Published: Monday, Dec. 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Arlington, VA


Black Shirts was actually a bit conservative in his 10-2 estimation.

BYU was only 4 plays away from being 11-1. When you're that close, it's not unreasonable to predict that even slightly better QB play could have changed 4 losses into 4 wins.

Boise, ID

I would love to see Lark get the start and Riley play a little wildcat or something. Regardless of who plays qb, I will be watching every minute. Go Cougars!

Riverton, UT

A Christmas wish...please let Lark be the starting QB.

Buffalo Rider
South Jordan, UT

Sure, Bronco, play both--Lark as QB, and Riley on special teams.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I have a feeling Bronco can't win on this, no matter what he does. Perhaps alternating James Lark and Riley every series would bring a nice symmetry to the quarterback disasters of the last three years.

Alaskan Ute
Fairbanks, AK

Lark should be the starter, but if he was, and played well, Bronco's doomed. Don't you think Bronco realizes that poing? If Riley plays well, he's vilified, for the entire season. This is about Bronco saving his skin, not about what's best for the Cougars.

This Ute fan is pulling for the Cougs to win. Good luck!


Riley deserves to be the starter, he's at least earned the right to redeem himself with a bowl win.

Ronald Uharriet
SWun City, Ca.

I’m sorry!

I guess I am more of a fan of the Bear Bryant type coaching than I am the laid back Bronco type coaching.

Why not get serious about a game? Why not practice like the game is important, every day, all day until after the game is over. Work out all the kinks. Watch game films. Run laps. Make sure that the team knows that this is an important game to win.

After the game, reward the win over SDS with Sea World, the Zoo, Fire Side Chats, a trip to the Library and maybe some surfing. But really, wait to do this after the game.

Lindon, UT

Bronco puts the responsibility completely on the shoulders of his assistant coaches to make the correct decisions and to train the players, and on each player to learn and to grow in their respective positions. What he does not realize is that these players are young men and need to be delt with as such, not as pro players. The coaches, especially those in new positions, must be trained by the head coach, not just be left to themselves to each carry the full responsibility of their positions. Bronco seems to have the mind set that each assistant coach and each players should learn their position and take full responsibility for them on their own. I don't know what the answer is here, but something seems out of whack in his program. Maybe it is only perception because he is an abrupt type of individual and does not seem to cater to the boosters or the fans. It may be only a communication problem. Let's see what happens nexxt year. Good luck Bronco, coaches and team. Hope the team has the best year it ever has had in the FB program. Go Cougars.

Cedar Hills, UT

@TheNun - based on your logic, there is no point in a coach playing his best or most skilled players. That's pretty ridiculous. BYU fans can speculate about a 10-2 or even 11-1 season if they think that existing players could make a difference if they actually played. If the New Mexico game was indicative of Lark's abilities, it's certainly reasonable to assume he would not have made many of the same mistakes that Nelson made, and when you eliminate mistakes, you increase your chances of winning, especially close games.

I haven't heard much about Whittingham playing the wrong people at key positions, and he certainly had to experiment at quarterback, with no clear game-changing choice. Maybe you should tell us all how Utah gets to 10 wins this season with their existing team, if indeed Whittingham was playing the best players at each position.

Orem, UT

In disbelief, Bronco an idiot I see. LARK! This is a good four letter word.

Mission Viejo, CA

Bronco is not going to reveal who his starter is. Not by indecision. But to force Long to prepare for both. As for the guy complaining about Bronco's press conferences, well, he's paid to win games. If you want a public speaker, I'm sure you can find a politician, even in Utah.

As for the Cougar Club boycotter, well, lots of people are sitting this one out. I'm making a G-day minus one decision tomorrow. Frankly, I think it will be a good game, and unlike Lavell, Bronco usually wins bowl games.

Salt Lake City, UT

The only thing that matters is that start or not, this is the last time we as fans have to endure Riley Nelson. Wish him the best of luck in life but don't ever want to see him on a football field again.



You ask "Maybe you should tell us all how Utah gets to 10 wins this season with their existing team?"

Answer: Play BYU 10 times.

Salt Lake City, UT

I haven't been paying too much attention, which games has Lark played in (other than that last quarter against Boise State, I know that much)? Do we know if he can handle playing good teams or has he just been feasting on lousy teams?

Salt Lake City, UT

Utah would've most likely been bowl eligible if Hays were QBing the whole year but since we'd already had several loses by the time it came to playing UCLA it made sense to prepare a quarterback for the future and sacrifice a win or two this year for it.

Cedar Hills, UT

@GoRed - As a BYU fan who follows the comment board, you probably have good reason to expect an emotionally hysterical response that may include a reference to BYU's dominance of Utah in days gone by, their national championship, individual awards, and lots of excuses.

But, that was a good one that made me laugh, so instead I pressed "Like."

atl134 also made me laugh, but for a different reason. Just so we're all clear - losing games and being ineligible for a bowl game was part of the Ute's grand scheme? That's a good one too. Next time try to be funny on purpose, like GoRed.

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