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Published: Saturday, March 2 2013 8:05 p.m. MST

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LouisD
Las Vegas, NV

BYU concluded 2012 with an 8-5 record against a schedule that included 5 top 25 teams (two of them surprises in SJSU and USU). It also played 9 of the top 43 defensive teams in the country out of 13 contests. Now the fact is, I was very highly critical of the way in which Bronco elected to go with Riley Nelson over Jake Heaps, eventually chasing him off. I was even less happy about the fact that James Lark rode the pine when he was clearly the more gifted thrower of the two and probably only needed game experience and reps to settle in as an exceptional Junior-senior. Nelson was a head-case nightmare from the get go. So I didn't think Bronco managed that well. But he is a fantastic coach overall and he is the right man for BYU. Everyone gets to make mistakes and survive. I think he has assembled a good replacement staff and while this year's team will face the toughest schedule in BYU history, I would not be shocked to see 10-13 wins either.

kat
Ogden, UT

It's good to verbalized your fears chris.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Bronco is right. He wants to improve that percentage against ranked opponents from .150 up to .200

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

I like that Coach Mendenhall is not satisfied and is taking the steps to improve and grow the team and it's National reputation. Any change costs, not all change improves but you don't grow with out change. Coach Mendenhall has a 72% winning record with the longest string of bowl game wins in school history. I don't know of any other coaches right now who could take on the unique church school situation and not only win so much but raise GPA's, graduation rates, make it where keeping the honer code is the norm and not an exception and raise the number of returned missionaires playing. Yes, he is doing it with clean living, diligent, hardworking generic sunday school boys. No, 8-5 wasn't great. But if the offense had been 10 points better on the year they would have been 11-2 and would have beaten two of the top 25 teams. I'll be positive about the team. Better to be closing in than headed the wrong way. I know it irks some people but you know what...that's because they don't think they have anything to cheer for and misery loves company.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

christy

Whit was 0-2 versus Top 25 teams in 2012. If the hapless Utes had been able to beat the lone WAC team on their schedule, Utah would have gone bowling.

Alas, the Utes are all talk, but no walk nowadays. Since 2008, they've been in steady decline, and 2013 looks to continue that trend.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

Based on what we have seen over the past 2 years, this train wreck needs to be stopped. Too much confusion on the team, too many QB issues when there should not have been one, and too many poor game decisions. Based on the schedule they played, 8-5 is a poor excuse. But unfortunately, that is what we got week after week. Make the hard decision and let's get this program going the right direction.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Bronco is a great defensive coach and I am hopeful Anae will prove to be very successful coaching the offense, sounds like it won't be the same old offense. It is difficult to put new systems in place your first year, but I am excited to see what this year's team can do. What an exciting year it would be if our defense remained steady and our offense was as good as the defense!

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

There's more to loose you mean bronco.

UtahBy44
Beaver, UT

We Love Bronco!

Also, resign Tom while your at it.

Season T-shirt;
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Spider Rico
Greeley, CO

I hate to pick on spelling but it seems like nobody knows how to spell "lose." Unless Aggielove meant "loose" as in unleash, in which case I agree, we need to let loose on offense more

Kwality.Nerd
Orem, UT

Here's my Coach Mendenhall Report Card:

Leadership / Example: A
Alignment with Church Mission / Objectives: A
Team Discipline / NCAA Compliance: A
Bowl Game Performance: A
Commitment to Program / Improving Program: A
Player Loyalty: A

Media / Fan Relations: B
Regular Season Performance: B
Flexibility / Capability to make Timely Course Corrections: B
Program Prestige / Reputation / Exposure: B
Player Recruitment: B
Staffing / Personnel Mgt: B
Scheduling: B

Performance against Rival: C
Improving Program Marketability to Major Conference Affiliation: C

Overall: B+

Positive: Strong on things that really matter from LDS perspective; Bowl performance better than legendary Coach LE
Negative: Fans still waiting for program to elevate performance to "next level" / return to consistent national prominence

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

After reading this article and especially Bronco's quote, it is evident why certain assistant coaches were not re-hired, especially Coach Doman. Doman is a great guy and a great example and Church member, but he was not decisive as OC. He had 2 years to learn, but only a little progress was noted. Bronco had to make a change there, even though he liked Doman very much. It says a lot about where Bronco's priorities are - he has spelled them out in this article. The BYU football team is in good hande.

The comment about extending Tom's contract - if you are talking about Tom Holmoe - would he even have a contract, or is the athletic director more of an appointed position, which has no set number of years, like a contract has?

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

I also believe BYU can build a competitive advantage out of players who have a great GPA, great character AND live the Honor Code.

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