BYU's Mendenhall not surprised Petersen left Boise State for Washington

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  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Dec. 22, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    Re Bronco at Oregon State

    I got a PhD at Oregon State. Nice little town, nice school, great forestry school. But frankly, OSU is not BYU. Bronco is seen coast to coast every week. His teams play all all over the country. OSU plays in the west. Bronco's BYU has and will play teams like Texas, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, and all the PAC-12 schools.

    Bronco is in a catbird seat. A fine season will be 9 and 4. A great season will be 11-2. He seems to think he's making enough money. He's recruiting players from all over the country. I don't see Bronco going anywhere.

  • CTJ fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    Who knew, From reading the article Bronco didn't say anything about BYU's affiliation, he was making a comment on why he thought Peterson left. So don't really understand the attitude. But if you want to go there, one of the reason's Bronco's at BYU is because of the church angle first, not any type of conference affiliation. Just like he said he'd love to coach one of the academy's, these schools are a little different in many ways, and I think Bronco likes to coach the type of guys who would go to a military, or sign on with a strong contract with high ideals etc. And love the kittens, I don't think any university cares where sports rank as long as they win. The guy has won with some of the strongest restrictions in the land, and without being in a power conference, that should say a lot to many universities.

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    Dec. 22, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    who new

    Remind us which bowl the mighty weak Utes played in the last two years.

    btw, Bronco is 2-0 versus the "elite" conference Huskies.

  • jimmy5804 Draper, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    JD : "fractured bones are part of the game". They are. So is CTE as it turns out.

  • LoveTheKittens Central, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    DeseretNews Censors,

    Why was this denied?

    "No, he won't be going anywhere. His style and personality are only admirable where he is at."

    There is nothing that is infammatory nor insulting about this. Bronco has a unique personality that is well suited to BYU only. Nobody else is going to hire a football coach that puts his sport 5th.

  • Who Knew? Boise, ID
    Dec. 21, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Dear coach Mendenhall........remind me again now......exactly which "elite league" is B.Y.U. a member of these days?

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    It seems that Chris Petersen has accomplished more at Boise than Bronco has at BYU. I think Bronco is saying that Petersen had probably reached his ceiling at Boise. Are you suggesting the same about Bronco? I could be wrong but I think Bronco might be a couple of perfect seasons and major bowl games short of Chris Petersen's accomplishments.

    Y Grad/Y Dad, could the Colorado program be considered as a successful one before Hawkins got there? They had a few good years in the Big 12 but was it as successful as Washington is now, when Hawkins "moved up"? If so there is no comparative advantage for Petersen.

    I believe Washington is getting a great coach. I know nothing about Petersen personally but on the surface he seems to be very good at what he does: get the best out of his players and win.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 1:53 a.m.

    @Y Dad/Y Grad

    I agree... the former coach did not leave the cupboard bare.

    Will the Huskies duplicate the success Coach Peterson developed at Boise?

    Who knows?

    He will be able to recruit some players who would have not given Boise a chance as well as the same type of players he developed at Boise...overlooked by everyone causing them to play with a chip on their shoulder to prove naysayers wrong.

    An exciting mix for any coach.

    The quote from Bronco suggests, for the most part, Coach Peterson had accomplished everything he could at Boise.

    Would Bronco ever leave BYU for the same reason?

    Who knows?

    The fact that Bronco has accomplished about everything he can at BYU as well as the fact that he has played as well as coached at OSU would make one wonder if Bronco has been thinking along the same lines as Coach Peterson.

    One possible opening, in the near future, that might interest him could be OSU. Bronco played and coached there. It would be a great challenge for him to see if he could replicate the success he developed at BYU and translate that level of success at OSU.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:54 p.m.

    West Point , UT

    Programs jumping up and coaches jumping up are different in a few ways. Peterson has the advantage of taking over a program that is already moderately successful.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:15 p.m.


    Most programs have trouble making the leap because they are behind as an athletic department: Smaller stadiums, smaller markets, lessor facilities. Texas A&M has one of the larger stadiums in the country, and they've done fine in the SEC, and frankly, the top teams in the Big 12 are just as good as the top teams in the SEC. USU is doing well in the MWC in part because their facilities are better than most MWC teams.

    Utah and TCU struggle because they have smaller stadiums, lesser facilities, fewer alumni, etc.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    I worry that Petersen may have the same reality check that his predecessor (Hawkins) had at Colorado and that Utah is having now in the "prestigious PAC12". It's an honor to play with the big boys but none of the above circumstances has been positive for the coaches/teams involved in making that jump up in competition. I wish Petersen luck because he seems like a class act.

  • Levin Reno, NV
    Dec. 20, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    When reading this, I couldn't help but hear Bronco applying those words to himself. As the Texas dominoes begin to fall, will we find Bronco somewhere else?