Brandon Doman was Bronco's scapegoat as a result of his love of Riley and
push to play Riley even when he was seriously injured. Again, Riley wasn't
just hurting, he had a serious injury and should not have been on the field
beginning with the Utah game. And, while inexcusable, the Taysom Hill injury
was the fault of the on-field offensive staff. The only offensive coaching
change that needed to be made was with the offensive line.
Each has his own garden to tend.
Appreciate the well wishes and class from some of the ute fans for Doman. Thanks
guys (VegasUte, U90, Two For).
Good luck to you in the future Brandon. No one can question your dedication or
Good coach, wrong time and not a good fit. We can argue if he is or was a good
coach and or OC. I think he is a good coach but wrong fit at the current BYU
situation. Was a change needed? Yes. Does that make him a bad coach? No.
Coaches are as good as the players and execution. Takes time to do this.
Brandon was given 2 years. Current players are mostly his who he recruited. He
inherited Anae’s players and now the stakes are turned. Both coaches are
capable and both have good and bad. Reminds me of McBride and Meyer
at the U. Meyer did a fantastic job but it was with McBride’s players.
Kyle is struggling some but I am sure he will get it back on track. Bronco needs to take some of the blame here but as in all businesses etc
someone has to be the scapegoat when in reality others are to blame as well.
This was not just a Brandon issue.In any respect good luck to
Brandon. A good man and will do well in life and what ever he wants to do.
BYU Football has become boring to talk about....the excitement of BYU football
went away; much like the 8-track player and other things that have had their
day. But are no longer relevant.
BYU people keep telling us how different BYU is. This story proves that BYU is
just like every other school. That's okay, just stop telling us that.
Doman seems like an outstanding person. He was just too inexperienced for the
OC job. Major DI OC's usually have more experience as a player or coach,
are OC under an offensive minded HC, or move around a lot to get immersed in
other schemes. Doman did not have that much experience as a player. He only
played at BYU for two years and got half a dozen snaps in the pros. Fiver years
coaching QB's was not enough IMHO. Most coaches have to put
their time in the trenches. Lance Anderson slogged as an assistant coach in
D-II and minor D-I programs for 10 years and finally hooked up with Harbaugh at
San Diego and then Stanford. He is still a position coach after 7 years at
Stanford. DC positions come calling, but he won't hop just on any given
train to be a DC. He will pick the right train. I think Brandon
needed more time as an assistant before he was given the OC reins. Bronco needs
heat over that on as well. BTW, I think Lance Anderson should be
the next DC at BYU when Bronco decides to turn over the reins.
Nice article Brandon. I walked by your football office one day and saw a picture
of Pres. Hinckley on your desk. I think you have things figured out no matter
what happens. Plus you will always be a BYU football legend...last second
running TD in Salt Lake and a beautiful option pitch to Luke Staley for uhm...30
yards and a TD the next year!You've got a lot to smile about.
Best wishes to Brandon and family
Good fortunes Brandon. You are an outstanding person in every way. I wish you
I put the blame on his "failure" on the coach. Should have left him to
develop as QB coach. Then when your big idea doesn't work, you just cast
him out. That's not right.
It didn't take long for Lightning Lad to demonstrate what Ernest T. Bass
and bigmontanan were talking about...@NorCalCougar - I know Bronco
turned down a 5-year contract in favor of a 3-year contract before but where do
you get the info that his agent is pushing for another 3-year contract? I
don't have any inside info but Bronco has been sounding more interested in
staying long term. I've been hoping that would translate into a longer
eastcoastcoug,First, Coach Mendenhall was offered a five year
contract last time and he didn't take it. He wanted only a three year
contract and his agent is asking for only a three year contract right now.
Second, Lavell Edwards is an alumnus of BYU. He received his doctorate at the Y,
which puts him in the category of alumnus. Edwards' tenure at BYU is
unfortunately a rarity today. Third, Mendenhall does make more money with three
year contracts than five year contracts as long as he performs well. Just do the
math. Fourth, I didn't complain about his performance as a coach. I think
he's done an exceptional job. I just don't think he will be at the Y
long-term. Finally, I didn't mean to downgrade the contributions of parents
of students/alumni and friends of the university. I was just making a point. An
alumnus coach will more times than not have a greater attachment to the
university. Anae's return and Doman's long tenure at BYU are examples
of the latter.
Doman will be a great coach someday, but his style doesn't didn't gel
with Bronco's for some reason. I think he would excel as a QB coach at one
of the military academies.
Anyway you cut it, Brandon Doman was both a better player and Coach than anyone
who listed their opinions on this page. So, go back to selling insurance, or
laying sprinklers, or driving your UPS truck and be glad your weaknesses
aren't the subject of news articles and comment boards.Good
luck Bishop Doman and wish you all the best. You've been a great
ambassador for BYU.
@ Common sense Czar,Brandon was on Sports Illustrated Top Five
Heisman Watch from October through December. He didn't go to New York, but
Ivan Maisel had him as high as number 3 for a month.You can google
@NorCal,You may be making a few assumptions about Bronco:1-
BYU may not do more than 3 years at a time2- Bronco's the one asking
to stay...seems BYU is lucky to have him (warts and all). I don't know who
would be better???3- BYU alums are the only ones with an emotional
attachment to BYU. That leaves out LaVell and many parents now sending
their kids to BYU and loving it!! Kind of a 47% comment...I'm
as dissatisfied as any fan with our inability to climb, but have to be realistic
given the climate in Provo and personnel available.
We never know, Brandon Doman could end up back at BYU in one capacity or another
if Coach Mendenhall leaves. Coach Mendenhall continues to just ask for
three-year extensions of his contract, which forces me to question his long-term
commitment to the program. I think part of it is that Coach Mendenhall is not an
alumnus of BYU, which gives him no real emotional attachment to the university.
If he hadn't been fired, Brandon Doman probably would've been a lifer
at BYU like Lavell Edwards.
Whats next to belly ache about and express ingratitude. Thank you for your
great example Mr Doman.
Heisman hopeful? I don't remember him in the mix. Good luck Brandon in
Being out of work is tough. I wish him success. One bit of advice, don't
make your next quarterback a player who cannot throw the ball. Also, talk and
fielding punts won't do much for your on field success.
I wish Brandon success in his new path. Many of us have had at least one career
change (the average is climbing for each new generation) so while we may not be
a fit in one place, we can succeed in another. Brandon's positive attitude,
communication and leadership skills, knowing himself, etc. will serve him well.
There are limits in how far you can go in coaching and it is a tough profession.
This will open up many opportunities (and likely a better lifestyle) than
Brandon would have had at BYU. Good luck!!
I hope that Brandon goes on and excels somewhere else. I never really blamed him
at all for the lack of offense. He was dealt a tough hand with the injuries and
all, and I thought he did pretty well. I would have liked to see the offense
opened up more, but I'm not sure we had the QB to do that (nothing against
Riley Nelson). I am a life long BYU fan, and will be until they
plant me in the ground, but I have to say that BYU fans are the WORST fans in
the world. They criticize every little move that happens on the field and act
like somehow they would have done better in that situation. All I have to say is
this: if you were that good, Bronco or Holmoe would have given you a call and
asked you to coach. BYU, for the most part, puts a quality team on the field,
one I enjoy watching. Bronco 'gets it' in that he understands they are
ambassadors of the church (whether they want to be or not). So BYU
fans: sit down and S H U T UP and just enjoy the games!
I appreciate this article and the thought it projects about not quitting in
difficult times and about what is the important things in life, such as your
kids. Thanks for the effort to show us all what you are made of. I wish you and
your family much success.
There are always positives and negatives to any event or course of action.
Successful people learn to find and focus on the positive. Brandon has done just
that. Good luck, and don't let the way things ended at BYU keep you from
coaching again. Lavell used to say that there are two kinds of coaches, those
who are fired and those who are going to be. It is just the nature of that
industry. There are many fine institutions that could use a good coach. Hang in
Nice article about a nice guy.....maybe too many nice guys coaching at BYU! It
just doesn't seem they have lived up to their potential over the last
several years. Some very good players on very average teams. When I played
football, we all respected and were scared to death of the coaches. Maybe all of
that "tough love" has changed over the years and for the better. Anyway,
Thanks for a nice article Brandon. Thanks for trying your hardest as a
coordinator and I wish you the best of luck in all the things you pursue in
life. You will always be one of my favorite Cougar quarterbacks! Thanks for
winning LaVell's last game.
I don't think anyone dislikes the guy as a human being but he failed as
BYU's offensive coordinator, pure and simple. I know the excuses,
inexperience. Injuries, weak OL play, etc., but the bottom line is that the best
defensive in the schools history was pretty much wasted. Had he not locked onto
Nelson, claimed he didn't care about the kid's turnovers, said he
would play him as long as he "could physically play". insured Jake
Heap's was gone, not made a horrible choice to play Hill in garbage time
actively running the option, who knows? As the season ended, I regarded him as
too arrogant to learn from all his mistakes, or incapable to doing what it took
to improve. I have never before witnessed the deplorable offensive show that he
ran in the Boise and Utah State games. I hope maybe garage doors, siding, or
some other field might avail itself and together with the job and Brandon't
abilities find great success. As a football coach, he does not have what it
Good luck Brandon with the next stage of your life. I know you worked your tail
off for BYU and the moments of appreciation from outside the program were
Doman was a lot better than fans and the head coach gave him credit for. Just
like the first time Anae was calling plays, he was better than too many people
gave him credit for.That said, now Doman will have a chance to really
thrive. His last job was too negative.
Good luck to you Brandon Doman. I've always admired Doman as a man, father,
and person. It's unfortunate things didn't work out better as an
offensive coordinator, but he is the kind of man that will find success because
of his work ethic and desire to succeed and be the best he can be. Failures and
adversity always make the strong even stronger, and that will certainly be the
case with Doman.
Not a big fan of the lack of success the last couple of years with the offense
and I do believe a change needed to be made. But I think there is a place for
Brandon and a step back to quarterback coach after a year away from football
would be good. Sometimes moving up the ladder quickly causes a problem where
more experience would be beneficial. I think, with time, success will follow
Brandon whatever he decides to do.