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Published: Friday, June 28 2013 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Old Navy
Provo, UT

I was at the USU game. That was the most epic coaching failure in the history of BYU football by an OC.

We can all take comfort that Doman isn't there anymore to call another needless QB keeper.

The Cougars will have a fine season.

Highland, UT


"Hill will hand off to RBs who are coached by a lawyer who has never coached."

You've tried to pass this lie off multiple times now so let me expose you once again.

Atuaia was indeed a graduate assistant at BYU for several years before taking 2 years off to work in administration. He has coached before, you are either ignorant or trying to be intentionally dishonest about it. I don't know which one it is but it doesn't really matter because both are embarrassing for you, and your fellow utah "fans" cheering you on, now that you have once again been exposed.


Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV


Growup!!! I have friends and family on both sides!!! I grew up a BYU fan and I will always root for the Blue first but that does not mean I can't also root for the boys on the hill when they are not playing BYU!!! I do not sit on the fence when it comes to the head to head rivalry, it will always be BYU!!!

Go Cougs!!!
Go Utes!!!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

CO Ute

I think most BCS teams would recognize the recent success of Houston, Nevada and USU (especially) as more BCS caliber than Washington State (alas) and Colorado.

Meaning nothing personal of course.

Being IN a BCS conference means no more that a team is BCS caliber than being OUT of a BCS conference means a team is not BCS caliber, ala Boise State. Hopefully this is the year that people begin to put BYU in that category.

Hopefully this is the year people begin to put Utah in that category, too. Just not at BYU's expense.

Virginians for BYU
Lebanon, MO

I am happy to have Anae back. BYU usually keeps their dirty laundry from flying out in the open but it has been pretty clear that for the past few years they have had chemistry issues between the coaches and subsequently the players. No question now that Anae is the OC and he has been able to arrange his staff according to the direction he feels is best for the team and the offensive playbook he wants to run. Metaphorically speaking, now we all know that Anae has the ball. I give him the benefit of the doubt and want to see what he can do with it.

Mesa, AZ

Aaron Sharp will be a UTE! Hoorah! Hoorah!

In other news, injury-prone th is ready to see his bu take snaps! Aaron Sharp will be a UTE! Hoorah! Hoorah!

Alpine Coug
Alpine, UT

@ Lindon Man

You couldn't be further offbase. Although a life-long Cougar, I also cheer for the the Utes in every game they play except one.

I will always root for the Utes and wish only the best for them and their classy coach.

Go Cougs and yes, Go Utes!!

Provo, UT

Sorry, LindonMan, I like both teams because they both play an interesting brand of football, and they both represent the state I call home. I am a sports fan, as in a fan of sports. I am a fan of specific teams, as well, but I also choose not to let irrational hate dictate my actions and thoughts.

Provo, UT

steeleute - I will always respond positively to tact and decency. You ask legitimate questions so I will give you my thoughts.
My expectations are that the team will struggle, especially early on, as they build a cohesive unit. They will not win every game. But I think they will do better than some expect.
Looking at the schedule:
Virginia - it is always more difficult to travel from west to east than vice-versa, but Virginia isn't all that good.
Texas - as a home game, this looks good, but Texas will probably be a top 20 team this year; 2011 the Cougars gave them a scare in Austin with no quarterback - we'll have to see how Taysom progresses.
Utah - at home, but historically the emotions involved generally negate home-field advantage, so who knows? The team whose quarterback progresses best will win.
Middle Tennessee State - pretty close to a gimme in LES.
USU - tough situation in Logan - great quarterback, solid team. Cougars will have to play their best.
Georgia Tech - home-field advantage and a team that BYU easily handled back east last year.

Provo, UT

Houston - flying to Houston is a lot less taxing than flying to Virginia, and Houston hasn't been Houston of the past.
Boise State - another scary match-up - top 20 team; how much impact will home field provide?
Wisconsin - this has potential to get really ugly. BYU must play way over-their-heads to come close.
Idaho State - a chance to rest up after the Badgers.
Notre Dame - top 10 program in their lair; good experience for the players and visiting fans.
Nevada - New, unproven head coach; great bloodlines but unproven. Without Kaepernick Reno should be ordinary.

I’m happy with Anae because this time around he has been given more authority to put his stamp on things, plus a year working with Rich Rod raised his awareness.
All indications are that Hill will not be running as much as last year: new OC and new awareness. Besides, the running backs are stronger, too.
Notice the lack of predictions. I really don’t want to make a fool of myself. Anything can happen and I am sure a couple of these games will not go the way anyone expects at this time.

Hugh Janis
South Jordan, UT

Future Star!

idaho cougar fan
Twin Falls, ID

A lot of civil comments is nice to see! Us BYU fans tend to be a little unrealistic, but I think most BYU fans expect an 8-9 win season. We should be competitive in all the games with a chance to win them, but history has shown the team has turnover issues in big games. If they take care of the ball and the offense gets better every game, they have a chance for 10-11 wins and a possible BCS bowl! Yes Ute fans, I think 11 wins gets BYU a BCS bowl invite especially if Utah can muster up a 6-6 or 7-5 type of year. (Makes the win look better instead of a 3-9 or 4-8 team, so don't be that team again this year Utah.)

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Parker CO ute,
If USU is not a BCS caliber team at this point, even though they are the top team in the state, does that mean the Univ. of Utah is not a BCS caliber team either?

Even though most of the comments, including this one, are totally off topic, what do you think Utah's record will be in December?

CO Ute

Best set of posts I have seen on a Y or U article in a long, long time. Nice to see the discussion focus on the article and other topics without the majority of posts focused on one team being superior to the other.

CO Ute

@whoa Nellie

Except for one game a year, I root for USU every week. Make lots of positive posts about their football team and was thrilled for them last year. All that said, they are not - in my opinion - a BCS caliber team at this point. They have some very good players but the overall talent of the team has not caught up to either Utah or BYU. I'd love to see them have another season with double digit wins this year but my feeling is they aren't at that level right now.

For you other question, which has no bearing on this article, I think the Utes will win about 5 games this year but am hoping for more.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT


Graduate assistant?

Well that answers all questions about Atuaia's qualifications to coach.

Unpaid volunteer clipboard carrying experience certainly qualifies him to coach mid-major running backs.

Add that to an o-line coach who has never coached at the D-1 level and o-linemen who have never taken a snap at BYU and who wouldn't expect record setting BYU success this year?

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Utah, BYU and USU will ALL struggle. I hate saying it and hope I'm wrong.
The Ute defense is inexperienced in the front and back, while just plain outmatched in the middle.
Ute offense could show improvement but the receiving position is getting thinner every day. There's a stable of RBs but they're all unproven or injury prone.
BYU fans ... I don't wish it upon him, but Taysom Hill only makes it through the season if he holds back. And if he holds back ... well ... I don't see good things happening against a much improved schedule.
I'd also start getting a bit nervous about the last couple of recruiting classes ... I know you guys don't like to acknowledge it, but it'll start taking INCREDIBLE coaching efforts to make up for some talent deficiencies that are bound to be creeping into the program. Good RB, great receiver, great LB ... inexperienced OLine, fragile QB, real schedule.
USU could surprise me, Chuckie's awesome. However, the bottom line is ... SCHEDULE ... as in, toughest ever for USU.
Advice to all ... pick an out of state team to add to your DVR schedule this year.

East Salt Lake City, Utah

9 of 15 is the record that BYU has over the past 6 years against members of the PAC12...
5 of 17 is the record tha Utah has against members of the PAC12 just over the past 2 years (a 29% win ratio)... Their 6 year record agaist these opponents is slightly better, it jumps up to 8 of 23 games (a 35% win ratio)... That's right folks, BYU has more total wins against PAC10 memers than Utah who has played in that conference for 2 years and has played the oponents 8 more times...


Utah was 4-5 and 3-6 in the PAC-12: 7-11 (39%)
Over the same period BYU went 2-3 (40% - wins over 3 win teams)

Over 6 years (arbitrary number picked by you):
Utah went 3-2 ... so overall 10-13 (43%)

BYU went 6-2 ... so overall 8-5 (62%)
* 6 wins were against teams with losing records
* 4 teams with 4 or less wins

When you play a real schedule week-in-week-out, like Utah and TCU have, then come talk.

Aurora, CO

How far off is the start of this season...I can't wait any longer.

Gooooooooo Cougars!

Gooooooooo Taysom!!

East Salt Lake City, Utah



"Hill will hand off to RBs who are coached by a lawyer who has never coached."

You've tried to pass this lie off multiple times now so let me expose you once again.
Atuaia was indeed a graduate assistant at BYU for several years before taking 2 years off to work in administration. He has coached before.


What you exposed is the lack of research skills.

Yes "he as coached before" so much that the experience he gained isn't even acknowledged on Mark Atuaia's official Bio page:

Prior to joining BYU Coaching Staff
Worked as assistant to the athletics director for student services at BYU (2012)
Worked as assistant to the dean of student life at BYU (2011-12)

Instead of calling out others, do yourself a favor and look up Robert Anae's official bio page to see the difference.

That being said, Utah's CB coach Sharrieff Shah went from being a reporter and lawyer to a coach. Personally I think he struggled in year one due to a "learning curve". I would think Atuaia will go through the same "learning curve" phase.

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