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Published: Monday, March 4 2013 9:10 p.m. MST

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Springville, UT

It's great to once again experience the excitement of Spring camp. Here's hoping for no injuries and a fast transition with the new coaches and offense.

Go Cougars!

Farmington, UT

Almost anything would look fast compared to Heaps steady delay-of-game penalties and slow snap count and Riley's time looking over the defense to decide where he was going to run with it. I'm looking forward to seeing about 30% more offensive plays a game. Too bad last year they wasted the best defense in the history of the school. Even an average offense last year would have been rewarding compared with what was on the field.

In a positive light, this year should be better.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

With our new offense, we should average about 35 points per game.

South Jordan, UT

Mildred, You are on the wrong post. That's the comment for the Utes, sweetie!

PA Rock Man
Allentown, PA

We won't know how good these guys are until the Texas game.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

We should be totally up tempo this year. Lot of excitement and points too.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

With bronco's .200 record against ranked teams this year, I wonder which one significant game byu will win this year?

Utah - nope, Utah seniors will get the 4-0 embarassing sweep
Boise - unlikely
Wisconsin - Gary Anderson will roll byu
Texas - Texas all day
Notre Dame - I know wheere my money is

Between Georgia Tech, Nevada, Virginia, Houston, and Utah State you'll probably go 2-3 or 3-2.

0% chance byu wins more than 2 of the "significant" '5 games mentions above, and most likely you'll go 1-4. And if the past several years are any indication(and they usually are, it won't be the Utah game you'll win).

Mark it down.

That's A Good One
Meridian, ID

I love the "mark it down". Historically, whenever she says that it's a real good indication that the opposite will happen.

Should we "mark down" a 3rd consecutive year "bottom third to basement" reservation in the PAC for the mighty Utes while we're marking? How about marking down Kyle Whittingham's final year on the hill before being relieved of duties? Any chance of that happening?

We could "mark down" the Runnin' (ha, now that's a good one) Ute's consecutive "bringing up the PAC rear" basketball finishes but then again there isn't any speculation to that conclusion.

Frisco, TX

Chris B - Why do U point out that BYU was .200 against ranked teams when Utah was 0% against ranked teams? Yes, 0%. At least find a stat that makes U look good.

There is no argument from BYU fans that the offense was pathetic last year, that's why we brought in a whole new O coaching staff. I'm excited Anae is bringing in an up-tempo style and not just the same old scheme he ran in 2010 and before. This means he is trying to be innovative.

In the 70's, BYU was one of only a few schools to implement a passing attack that changed college football. Today there are only a couple of schools that effectively run an up-tempo offense - Oregon does it best. Hopefully we can capitalize on it.

cal cougar
camarillo, CA

Fast offense, means more plays for both defenses. That favors BYU with the quality of the defense. It also is a more entertaining brand of football. That favors BYU with their contracts with ESPN.

Anae will give us at least a decent offense. His experience and demeanor to steady the ship during tight spots in the fourth quarter, will be night and day from Doman. Mental mistakes in big games were epidemic during the Doman years. Doman in my opinion had some genious, but not the personality to coach. He was too nervous. That played out in the unsteady nature of the plays during tight spots in the game. Hence, our local detractor's comments which often contains elements of the truth although one sided and caustic.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

Interesting choice of words by the head-coach: "Said Mendenhall: "It's probably the hardest our collective team has worked since I've been the coach. The demand was really high. It was a typical first day in terms of lack of execution. That tempo, with that demand, with a new system, the offense certainly has a long ways to go in terms of execution, but it's the hardest they've tried since I can remember."

So, it's the hardest the collective team has played since he's taken over the team. Why did it take him entering his 9th year as head coach to get to this point? Also, he refers to the offense as "they"?

I didn't read one "we" in the article. I go back to the point that the Cougs need a stronger, more dynamic "head-coach."

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

BYU against defenses ranked below #50 in 2012: 44 PPG, 6-0 record.
BYU against defenses ranked above #50 in 2012: 14 PPG, 1-5 record.

In other words, BYU's offense is only good when it's facing a bad defense.

Seems to me that rather than trying to fix a broken offense, it would be easier to just line up a bunch of bad defenses. The good news is it looks like that's exactly what Bronco is trying to do.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

Since 2010, we’ve gone 7-6, 10-3 & 8-5 against less than a stellar schedule. Last season was a formidable schedule and this season will be even stronger. I just don’t see the football program advancing to the level it should, and the head-coach has to take full responsibility. I don’t see a lot of personal responsibility by Coach Bronco. He’s totally hands-off the offense. He’s one of the best DC’s in the country, but that’s not what our team needs. Remember Cougs, Holmoe talks all about BCS-respectability. 2010-2012 isn’t getting us there. BCS-respectability means advancing the program beyond merely "we all now how unique BYU is and how the program is preparing the athletes beyond "just" football." I love the school. My kids have attended and graduated from there. Let's ratchet up the football program. I hope Anae, et. al, is the anwer on offense. Perhaps he's the next "coach in waiting."

Hayden, ID

Being on national T.V. EVERY game is better than being in the Pac 12, win or lose!

Columbia, MO

To complainers about Coach Mendenhall, I recall that Lavell Edwards was first and foremost a defensive guy (DC before HC). He was also recognized by everyone as a hands-off coach. He brought in good talent as his assistants and gave them free rein.

Hold off judgment on the coaching until we see the fruits in the fall.


"I know his personality pretty well. I know one moment he can be pretty laid back and calm, then flip a switch and be pretty fiery," Munns said of Anae. "But that's what we need. You need that fire and someone who's going to call you out and make sure you're doing your best. I'm excited to have him back."

Bring the fire! Go Cougs!

Spider Rico
Greeley, CO

I'm back to drinking the kool-aid. I didn't jump off the BYU train last year, but I was admittedly worried about the state of the offense. I am not any more. There will be some growing pains in putting the offense in place, but it will click pretty quick imo. Simpler plays at a higher pace equals lots of success for the Cougs. Mark it down!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


Are you serious? You're telling us if the Pac 12 called Holmoe(we won't) and offered a spot, Holmoe would say "no thanks, we're have way too much fun losing to utah, boise, texas, Notre Dame, and Oregon State" on ESPN?


Danish American
Payson, UT

Mark this down: People who are always critical of something is because of one or two things. Number 1: They are jealous. Number 2: They are actually in love with the thing they are so critical of. I'm actually hoping that the U does better in both football and basketball so Chris B isn't so worried and infatuated with BYU. Also remember the old Indian saying: The empty wagon rattles loudest.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Chris B you should maybe worry about your own team having a winning year before you worry about how BYU will perform. The utes were just as pathetic last year, 5-7 no bowl game remember? Yes you are in the PAC 12 congrats we have seen your window stickers all over your cars, which in my opinion is the most pathetic thing I have ever seen. You don't see other pac 12 teams have pac 12 logo's. they have thier team logo's. you guys are more giddy about being in the PAC 12 than winning any games. The utes have been abismal in that league you can barely beat colorado and the year before you helped break their streak of 12000 straight road losses. congrats! go troll somewhere else. losing record again this year buddy. mark it down!

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