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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27 2013 4:15 p.m. MST

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pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Excellent news

Erickson made great changes and we got a glimpse of what the offense can do in the first half of the season.

Hopefully Wilson can return and the offense can keep making progress.

Go Utes

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Certainly Erickson wants a "do-over" year. How bad his offense has performed is nothing for his "moving on" resume. It wasn't the defense as bad as it was at times (more than 35 pts isn't a great defense,.. just okay). It was the turn-over plagued offense. And that's on Erickson or at least is not a sterling endorsement.

Brad E.
HERRIMAN, UT

Dennis Erickson has already made great strides of improvement to our offense. Now we need to make him the official "offensive coordinator" and drop the "co." As for Brian Johnson, he needs to be the official quarterbacks coach. Brian's time for OC at Utah will come- But that time isn't today. Go Utes!!

mindgames
Aurora, CO

Looks like Dennis Erickson is eager to return for more than the reason of unfinished business. In reading between the lines the opportunity to step in to become Utah's next head coach is on his mind. Wonder if he will keep his offensive coordinator around. Fat chance,

Coach W. would be wise to give him his walking papers before he gets nudged out.

Just sayin'.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

The PAC 12 utes have TWO coaches that each have proven they can take teams to undefeated top 5 seasons.

It's only a matter is time until we go back to where we belong.

Proud PAC 12 member

Proud ute

Proud Erickson and whittingham supporter!

UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

Whit should give Erickson free reign to replace the receivers coach, qb coach, and o-line coach. Then hold him accountable for the results.

ekute
Layton, UT

I hope he's still here when Harvey and Chase return.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Lotsa things to read between the lines in that article.

ekute
Layton, UT

What I read between the lines is that no matter what changes are made in the next 2 years, the Utes will be no worse than they are now, which is still good enough to beat byu. So why the incessant digging from happy valley?

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

The minute Utah hired Erickson was the minute I knew Utah wouldn't do well this year. He couldn't do it for Arizona state, won't do it for Utah. Look what happened to ASU in the last two seasons without him. I'd question the judgement of anyone who celebrates his employment with their school.

CG
Orem, UT

ekute

Short of a bowl game matchup in the next 2 years, which is highly unlikely, since the Utes aren't even good enough to qualify for anything besides the couch potato bowl, Utah has no way of proving that they're even good enough to step unto the same field as BYU.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

CG, seeing as how Utah has beaten BYU 4 in a row, and 9 of 12, the onus is on BYU to prove they belong on the field with Utah. Sorry to burst your bubble. Actually I'm not sorry, I quite enjoyed it.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@ekute

It is pretty hard to be much worse than 1-7 so good point by you.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

Completely agree. It's the skill positions that did the Utes in this season. Coaching changes have to be made and none is more glaring than the O-line. As of today, the coaches in place were put there by Whittingham. If Erickson is the OC (it's great to hear that he is sticking around...he showed this Utah fan that he is the real deal), give him the responsibility to make the offense his own. The receivers and defensive backfield...same situation.

CG (in Orem Utah)
"Utah has no way of proving that they're even good enough to step unto the same field as BYU." That's really funny sport. The memo you missed make two points that address your sad comment; The Utes:

1) Are 4 of 4 and 9 of 12 with byu - there simply is nothing more to prove against the hapless cougs
2) Compete in the Pac-12 not in byu's fantasy world

End of story!

Great to hear that DE is staying. Responsibilities and titles across the Utah coaching staff need to change.

CordonBleu
Park City, UT

pocyUte

"CG, seeing as how Utah has beaten BYU 4 in a row, and 9 of 12, the onus is on BYU to prove they belong on the field with Utah."

Sorry to burst your crimson bubble, but previous results and no guarantee of future performance.

From 1968 to 1971, Utah beat BYU four straight and lead the series 38-5-4.

BYU won 18 of the next 20 games, most in dominating fashion.

Since Utah is too chicken to play BYU in 2014 and 2015, the onus is on the Utes to prove that they would have been good enough to step onto the same field as BYU.

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

I think Cordon Bleu is right. Utah is the one who backed down from BYU the next two years, not the other way around. And the reason was because they already had a difficult schedule without BYU. Sounds like it is Utah dumbing down their schedule for next year. Couldn't handle the "most difficult schedule ever" dispute the boasting of some fans.

Elmer Fudd
Sandy, Utah

@ CougarSunDevil

Utah didn't drop BYU to make our schedule lighter, they scheduled Michigan in BYU's place. Looking at the next two years schedule. Where is Utah dumbing down their schedule? If anything, Utah upgraded their schedule by adding Michigan and dumping BYU.

@ CordonBleu

Utah dropping BYU has nothing to do with Utah being chicken. Utah has nothing to gain by playing BYU, but BYU has everything to gain by playing Utah. I can see why BYU fans are so bitter about being dumped by their big brother the next two years. The Utes have already proven themselves against BYU and winning 4 in a row, 9 of the last 12 proves it. The way things are going, Utah would win the next two years if the two teams played again. Let's face it! BYU doesn't know how to beat Utah anymore. See you in 2016 little brother!

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

Good point Elmer. Why play a team you've owned for the last four years, right? No wonder ASU stopped playing Utah since ASU has owned Utah since 1978. It's a pity the PAC was too desperate to pick up the likes of Colorado and Utah. We should have held out like the big 12 is doing.

However, yes, Utah saw how difficult their schedule was going to be, so they dropped BYU, because it would be too difficult. I don't see how you can get anything other than scared out of that move. Too scared to have an awesome schedule that, if they did well against, would be nationally respected. Instead, they chose to dumb down their schedule in hopes of a bowl game. So they are doing the same thing BYU does. Unlike the sun devils who scheduled Wisconsin and Notre Dame for their out of conference games...and look where the sun devils are!

Just the FAX
Olympus Cove, Utah

Elmer Fudd

"Utah dropping BYU has nothing to do with Utah being chicken."

Utah dropping BYU has EVERYTHING to do with Utah being chicken... Utah's good doctor Hill said as much when he said:

"What we have to do is make sure we don’t come close to over scheduling," he said.

In Hill’s mind, playing both Michigan and BYU in the same years would have put the Utes in that situation.

"I can’t expect us to play 11 really, really difficult games in a season," he said.

In other words, BYU and Michigan are two "really, really difficult games" and the Utes are too chicken to play two "really, really difficult" OOC games in the same season.

Bottom line: the Utes are entering a severe bowl drought, with no post-season bowls in 2012 and 2013, and no bowls at all, not even a September bowl, in 2014 and 2015.

BYU will have an 11-season bowling streak going and the Utes will have a 4-season bowl-less streak going the next time the Utes face the Cougars.

See U in 2016 little brother!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

"Unlike the sun devils who scheduled Wisconsin and Notre Dame for their out of conference games"...and Sacramento State. Come on. You should know better than that.

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