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  • B C Park City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 12:03 a.m.

    Protecting This House

    KVN is a great player, but he was speaking for himself when he said that the rivalry game was his super bowl.

    On the other hand, it's blatantly obvious from the posts of the vast majority of Utah fans on this blog that the Utes would rather beat BYU, than go to a bowl.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Jan. 11, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    Should we be marking something down with this hire?

  • Protecting This House Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    @scenic view:

    Correction. Although indignant Y fans insist that The Rivalry Game is the Utes' bowl game, it is actually YbU's "Super Bowl" as stated by the best linebacker to ever don Cougie blue. (Who coincidentally, never actually won said "Super Bowl.") Of course he'll enjoy NFL glory and his millions, as he deservedly should, but deep down inside, losing the rivalry "Super Bowl" four consecutive tries will eat at him for the rest of his days.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 9, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    CougarSunDevil,

    "Anyone who compares the two have obviously never played football or been to war."

    First, let me sincerely thank you for your service to our country. Second, I played several years of organized football and I also served in both the Air Force and the Army. I am now retired with full military benefits. My comment was not meant to demean or draw an exact comparison to war and football. But I do know from my own experience that the methods and management styles used by both football coaches and military commanders are very similar. For instance, football teams often take on the personality of the head football coach just as military units take on the personalities of their commanders. That is why in the war college courses that I attended throughout my career management styles of military commanders and football coaches were studied side by side.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 6:12 p.m.

    2020

    "I don't understand why BYU would keep railing on Utah getting new offensive coordinators."

    Does 4-5, 3-6, 2-7 help your understanding?

    ------------

    Scary thought for Utah fans to contemplate for the 2016 BYU game:

    Jameis Winston was the co-MVP of the Elite 11 QB Camp in 2011.

    Winston's co-MVP was Tanner Mangum, who will be BYU's starting QB in 2016.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 5:31 p.m.

    I don't understand why BYU would keep railing on Utah getting new offensive coordinators. We have had a new offensive coordinator and a new quarterback every year, and BYU still can't outscore them.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Jan. 8, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    Cougfan in tx and Rockwell

    I'll write slowly. The article was about Christensen not DE . DE was a head coach with a good offensive mind when he had his success not offensive coordinator. He's good, Christensen's better. Also, DE's success is no where near as recent as Christensen's.

    And I haven't conveniently ignored anything. I don't care what Christen's record was as a head coach and whether his opponents were were of the same talent or not. He's being hired - as- the - Offensive - Coordinator.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 8, 2014 4:26 p.m.

    "In issues of war, like football"

    I'm borderline offended by anyone's analogy of football compared to war. Anyone who compares the two have obviously never played football or been to war. Having done both, nothing is similar, not personnel changes, not reassignments, nothing.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 8, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    Yeah, I warned you guys about Erickson. You didn't listen. Utah keep hiring people who are has-beens or never-was. How come Utah can't pull someone from the Big 12 or those other conferences? Because no one wants to freeze!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    CougfaninTX,

    As General Patton demonstrated in WW II a leader does not have years to determine if staff changes need to be made. In issues of war, like football, staff changes need to be made immediately, but again like Patton, a leader does not necessarily need to fire people to put effective people in the right positions.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    Jan. 8, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    "Focus on beating the Utes in 2016, priority numero uno!"

    BYU fans have much more important things to focus between now and Utah's next bowl game.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Jan. 8, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    Stringer Bell

    You're conveniently ignoring the fact that Christensen was competing against teams with like talent.

    Wasn't Erickson also "nationally recognized" as an offensive guru?

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 2:55 p.m.

    Christine B. Hedgehog,

    No one is suggesting that KW is General Patton. Especially me. I have been a critic of KW on other issues. My comment was meant to point out that other bonafided leaders like Patton have handled staff changes and subordinates in much the same way as KW is doing at Utah. Demanding performance by subordinates and then replacing them with someone else when that performance is not achieved but at the same time keeping them on staff is employed by many successful leaders like Patton. It remains to be seen if this will work for KW. I am one who hopes that it does.

    As for Chris Hill, I am sure he has given subtle warnings if not direct warnings to KW about his employment status in much the same way Patton did to the one General that Patton did remove.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 8, 2014 1:36 p.m.

    @Stringer Bell - "Again for all of you slow readers, this man was hired as the Offensive Coordinator because of his recent and relevant experience that was nationally recognized in that position. Not because he was the former head coach for three years at Wyoming."

    Are you talking about Christensen or Erickson? U could make the exact same statement with either of them. U thought Erickson would be your savior last year, just like Brian and Chow before that. Now U think Christsen is the guy who will bring U glory.

    One year was not enough to prove whether Erickson could energize the offense. He should have been give a few years, just like his predecessors should have been give more time.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    Remember when
    St George, UT

    "My Perspective. The poll referenced is a 2014 Preseason prediction. It has nothing to do with the season just ended."

    Thanks for the clarification. I wondered where in the world Duckhunter got his information and now I'm wondering if he presented it to intentionally mislead. In typical Duckhunter fashion, could he have made it any less clear? Pre-season 2014 ranking by USA Today?? Now that's a ranking we can all take to the bank! Good grief.

    Actually, 25 might just work out for the cougs in USA Today as long as no one looks at the schedule Holmoe has lined up. The cougs could finish 11-1. However, I have to think that when the cougar faithful start looking, in earnest, at the 2014 schedule especially the home games it will be 2011 and 2012 all over again. It will be fun to watch.

  • Protecting This House Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    A lot of yappin' from the folks down south. Focus on beating the Utes in 2016, priority numero uno!

  • Ironmomo Southern, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    Some assistant coaches who have prospered as OC's struggle when elevated to the position of head coach. Not sure of the reason. Maybe they just fit better in a less stressful environment.
    Gary Crowton comes to mind. Hired as BYU's head coach in 2001 because of his great offensive work with QB's, he was let go in 2004 after three consecutive losing seasons. Yet in 2008 he won a national championship with LSU as their OC.
    You never know what piece of the puzzle is going to fit just right.

    Good luck to the Utes and their new hire in Christensen

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    "What happened to the mighty pac10.2 recruiting prowess?"

    They take the good talent from the MWC. ie:Chris Peterson, Matt Wells could be next.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    Being an offensive coordinator for Coach Kyle is somewhat like being an Admiral for Darth Vader. You get one shot at fixing everything. It will be a major cause of celebration if Christensen i still the OC this time next year.

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    @Stringer Bell

    THANK YOU!! 'Nuff said.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    Next man up in 2015 - Lane Kiffin.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    How can the pac10.2 power utes be looking at the lowly MWC for leadership AND talent?

    What happened to the mighty pac10.2 recruiting prowess?

    MWC coach and a MWC qb... both from Wyoming?

    chris/chrisb/christopher must be turning over in their red cool aid!

    LOL

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:05 p.m.

    Wow, Whit is now George Patton? So I guess we'll see the statue of him out in front of the foaming ice font building soon? Cool!

    Now if only Dr. Hill would take the same responsibility and "reassign" failed personnel.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    Many have questioned KW's management style and have been very critical of his many changes at the OC position. Here is a quote from the wikipedia write up of General George Patton: "As a leader, Patton was known to be highly critical, correcting subordinates mercilessly for the slightest infractions, but also being quick to praise their accomplishments.[77] While he garnered a reputation as a general who was both impatient and impulsive and had little tolerance for officers who had failed to succeed, he fired only one general during World War II, Orlando Ward, and only after two warnings, whereas Bradley sacked numerous generals during the war." Seems as though KW has many of the Patton traits, like not always firing people but demanding performance and thus finding others to fill new roles and reassigning others to another position. I hope this works for KW.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    No mention about how thrilled Brian Johnson must be. OC, to Co-OC, to QB coach, to ???? Will he be waterboy for Whitt's defense at Washington State after this year?

    It wasn't long ago that some of my fellow Ute fans were proudly declaring that Erickson would replace Whittingham on the program's way to annual National Championships. Oops, we missed on that prediction too.

    Welcome to Utah Coach Christensen, and the prestigious PAC-12 - the conference that gets every team in the league with an actual pulse a bowl game. I know Whit hits rewind and replay on the "it's tough to play in our league week after week" comment but 9 teams still managed to qualify for bowl games this year, in spite of the "grind".

    I love the prospects of a new football season in East Salt Lake. It makes all of us Ute fans proud to once again be eligible to go to the Rose Bowl (if only in our own minds and if only until reality again sets in, as it annually does)

    I wonder who will replace Christensen at OC after next season.

  • Horrible Stumper Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    @CougarFaninTX: A record of 4-8, wow you are way more positive than I am about the Utes record next year. Idaho State is a gimme of course. But I see Fresno State, Colorado, and Washington State as toss-ups. The rest of the PAC 10+2 games are sure losses as well as the Michigan game. At best I am thinking 2-10. Next year may be Colorado's year against the Utes, so a 1-11 is not a stretch for them. The Ute coaching staff better go fast and hard, or they will be looking for jobs in December.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    Re: Troy Town

    So what? Let Bronco go to Wyoming and attempt to recruit there and see what his outcomes are. Again for all of you slow readers, this man was hired as the Offensive Coordinator because of his recent and relevant experience that was nationally recognized in that position. Not because he was the former head coach for three years at Wyoming.

  • Remember when St George, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    My Perspective. The poll referenced is a 2014 Preseason prediction. It has nothing to do with the season just ended.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Re: Horrible Stumper " Replace a coach who has won a national championship with a man who has won....nothing."

    First- he was hired to be the Offensive Coordinator, not the head coach.

    Second- he was recently awarded the National Offensive Coordinator of the Year when he was at Missouri, a team now in a big time conference (SEC) something your team know's nothing about or probably ever will.

    As good as DE is, this guy is better and his offensive experience much more up to date and relevant. You should be more "stumped" over your team's decision to go independent and disappear from the national scene.

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 8, 2014 11:04 a.m.

    Sorry to burst your crimson bubble christy, but

    Wyoming's 52nd in points per game team LOST to Nebraska, Texas State, Colorado State, San Jose State, Fresno State, Boise State, and Utah State, to finish 5-7.

    Versus the Broncos and Aggies, the Cowboys were held to 7 points.

    BSU 48 Wyo 7
    USU 35 Wyo 7

    By comparison, BYU's go fast, go hard offense scored over 30 points versus the Broncos and Aggies.

    BYU 37 BSU 20
    BYU 31 USU 14

    Christensen was obviously picked to carry on thate glorious 5-7, bowl-less season tradition that BJ and DE have established.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    Did anyone actually look at the final ranking in USA Today or are just teeing off on Duckhunter's comment? Here's the ranking..

    1 Florida State
    2 Auburn
    3 Michigan State
    4 South Carolina
    5 Missouri
    6 Oklahoma
    7 Clemson
    8 Alabama
    9 Oregon
    10 Stanford
    10 Ohio State
    12 Central Florida
    13 Baylor
    14 LSU
    15 Louisville
    16 UCLA
    17 Oklahoma State
    18 Texas A&M
    19 USC
    20 Arizona State
    21 Wisconsin
    22 Duke
    23 Vanderbilt
    24 Notre Dame
    25 Nebraska

    Others Receiving Votes
    Washington 67; Fresno State 54; Northern Illinois 21; Marshall 17; Texas Tech 13; Kansas State 11; Mississippi 7; Texas 4; Miami (Fla.) 4; East Carolina 3; Cincinnati 3; Arizona 2; North Texas 2; Utah State 2; Navy 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1.

    The only thing factually correct about Duckhunter's comment is that Utah State received votes. Note that Texas received only 4 votes. byu is nowhere in this poll which is exactly what is expected given their mediocre performance with a soft schedule.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    Some people can't put 2013 in the rear view mirror fast enough...

    "USA Today's 2014 top 25 is out, BYU at 25"

    The Circle of Hype begins.

  • JDS1 St George, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    I can't say I believe that Erickson is OK with this. He has a stellar resume, including a national championship and professional head coaching experience. I'd be surprised if he sticks around just to take a back seat to Christensen. He'll jump if the right opportunity comes along.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    North Guy,
    There's not a Ute or cougar fan on the planet that longs for the days of the MWC.

    Duckhunter,
    Check the final Sagarins for football, I think next year will end up much the same as will this year for basketball.

    This hire better show promise right away next season, if not Kyle and the majority of the offensive staff might get their walking papers before the season is over. Matt Wells, stay close to your phone.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Jan. 8, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    It is not widely known, but before the advent of the ancient Mayan calendar, people use to keep track of the years by the annual "ute new oc announcement"

    Is doing the same thing over and over but expecting something different the norm at utah now?

    #redcoolaid

  • North Guy Corinne, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    Both Utah & BYU are involved in transition periods within their respective programs, putting all the money aside that comes with the "prestige" of being in a "power" conference and a better schedule with more "exposure" I wonder if both programs long for the day's of the Mountain West Conference.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Jan. 8, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    @gdog3finally
    West Jordan, Utah

    "Record aside. Utah beat BYU head to head AGAIN. Utah's best win was over Stanford. BYU had the Texas win. The Stanford win trumps the Texas win."

    Why must you insist on belittling BYU's win over Texas as oppose to Utah's win over Stanford? Quite honestly, I think both of those wins were great for your program. Consider this and then tell me if this isn't something that Ute fans shouldn't appreciate and be proud of...

    Utah beat BYU, which annihilated Texas, who destroyed Oklahoma, which humiliated Alabama in their final BCS bowl. I think that's something to at least feel good about, don't you think?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 8, 2014 7:28 a.m.

    I hope this one works out. The revolving door at OC has to end.

    As far as Utah-BYU goes; Utah beat beat BYU on the field (20-13) and in the Sagarin Rankings (#34 vs #35), and played a tougher schedule (#3 vs #38). Poor Coug fans lost in the poll that they always reference, year after year. They can't win on the field so they use this ranking as the end all, be all. It must be tough knowing your rival was better than you, even when they have a horrible season by there standards. Utah wins the battle and the war.....Ouch!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Jan. 8, 2014 7:18 a.m.

    It's obvious Coach W knows something about this new OC hire that many don't. Perhaps this is the final piece to the puzzle that they need and I hope it is for his own sake. Not sure his job will be safe after another year of mediocrity and couch bowling. There's no question that the Pac 12 is a premier conference and the competition is getting even stronger and tougher. This new guy has his work cut out for sure. My concern is, how truly do we know that Coach Erickson is 100% ok with his demotion? I mean it's got to be demoralizing to him as a coach of his stature and experience with a NC on his resume. If his pay is being reduced, then I don't see how he can be 100% happy about his new role. I'm just saying!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 8, 2014 6:47 a.m.

    I'm already wondering who the new OC will be in 2015?

    At this point, nobody knows what kind of impact Christensen will have on the offense, and whether he will be looked upon as a good hire or bad hire. But one thing is for sure, replacing Erickson with Christensen shows the pressure Whit has on him to win, which is not likely in 2014. This could be a one and done for Christensen if Whit is shown the door after 2014.

    I have no problem conceding the Utes strength of schedule, but what is clear is that Utah is not ready to play a PAC12 type schedule. 2014 looks like another tough schedule with another losing record. I'm predicting 4 - 8.

    But please don't take shots at the Cougs schedule in 2013. Our schedule was about the middle of all the "BCS" teams. I'll take a schedule like that any year.

    P.S. Has anyone heard if Langi or Hansen will come back to the Utes after their missions? I've heard both are looking at other programs.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Jan. 8, 2014 6:14 a.m.

    What makes them think this is a better hire than ASU's Erickson or Chow? Both were known for their high-scoring offenses. If you keep firing a coach and not letting him learn the system and the players, you'll never have consistency.

    Now a coach is hired who took OT to beat Hawai'i and could only score 7 points against a poor Boise defense and 10 against a poor Fresno defense. Ended up in fourth place in his division? He got waxed by every top 25 team save maybe one. Trying to be objective, but I don't know how this hire is any better than Erickson.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:45 a.m.

    gdog you should have been in the room when I asked some older Wyoming fans about the U's new OC and they almost busted a gut laughing. "Good luck with that!! Bwa-HA-HA-HA." (That's an exact quote.)

    If you miss going to a bowl yet again next year, remember your little post on this article and smile through the tears.

    While Texas might not have been a true #15, Stanford was not a true #5, losing three games which a true #5 team will not do, especially when one of them is to the 5th place team in a division of 6 teams (10th overall of 12 conference teams). And while your spouting about the tremendous differences in strength of schedules, by just how many points was your fluke win over Stanford, who barely lost on the last play, as opposed to what BYU did to Texas?

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:37 a.m.

    Next year's story will start with the following (only needing to change the names and replace a couple of seven's to eight's:

    It has become an annual tradition for the University of Utah to name a new offensive coordinator for the football team.

    On Tuesday morning, the Utes introduced Ken Niumatalolo, former Navy head coach, as the eighth offensive coordinator in the past eight years at a press conference at the Eccles Football Center.

    Niumatalolo said he was excited for the opportunity to coach with Kalani Sitake and added, ā€œIā€™m thrilled to be here in Salt Lake and coach in a conference where offenses are explosive.ā€™ā€™

    In a related story, Washington State announced today the hiring of new defensive coordinator, Kyle Whittingham, formerly the head coach at Utah and a close friend of Coach Mike Leach. Coach Leach stated that Coach Whittingham was a brilliant defensive coordinator before his struggles managing Utah's offensive coaching staff, a revolving door during Whittingham's tenure at Utah.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:09 a.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    It only matters where you finish. Speaking of which, in Sagarin's final rankings for this past season:

    34- Utah
    35- BYU
    41- Utah St.

    ouch.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 7, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    Did you hear? The USA Today top 25 is out. It's very credible. All ranking systems are. Speaking of popularity contests, did anyone see who wore the dress at the Oscars better? Ginger or Maryanne?

    BYU is ranked because of more wins against bad competition, have ESPN, and a fan following that makes the bling shine.

    Utah has the worse record because they play the harder schedule. I could care less about the Mickey Mouse Bowl. I choose the PAC 12 conference, it's schedule, and the hope of a special season. Either way, I will support my Utes.

    Record aside. Utah beat BYU head to head AGAIN. Utah's best win was over Stanford. BYU had the Texas win. The Stanford win trumps the Texas win. As for overall record? Give Utah a schedule with Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, GT, Houston, Idaho State, Nevada, and even the once proud downward spiral Boise State program. Utah goes bowling every time with that schedule.

    The schedules are not comparable. Head to head is not everything, but it's a legit something. Going bowling is not an indicator. Many teams with many schedules make some bowl. Sagarin ratings and others are a laugh.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    Wow, makes me think I have a shot at being the Ute's NEXT offensive coordinator!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:44 p.m.

    USA Today's 2014 top 25 is out, BYU at 25, USU receiving votes, utah nowhere to be seen.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:38 p.m.

    The Ute football program has largely squandered the opportunities made available to them by joining the PAC 12. It all points back to the loss in the Colorado game in 2011 and their inability to win when they should have. The theme continued this year in their close loses to Oregon St, Arizona, Arizona St and Wazzou. The last meaningful win for the Utes was against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. I have all the respect in the world for Whit. But just like McBride, it looks like his time has come. It the Utes don't make it to a bowl this year, his inability to successfully coach an offense should be the reason enough for the Utes to head in a different direction.

  • Horrible Stumper Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    One thing about the Utes you can question their coaching hires, and their teams ability to compete in the PAC 10+2, but no one can knock their schedule. 1 - 11 is a real possibility next year. Seriously that is one tough schedule. 1 sure win, 3 or 4 toss-ups, and 6 sure losses.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 6:06 p.m.

    @ Chris B:

    Interesting to see that you are NOW a Go-fast Go-hard fan. I guess it all depends on which team it is who implements it.

    Oh... Congratulations on posting a comment that doesn't end with a silly "LOL".

    I do wish the Utes well with this latest change and hope that it increases their competitiveness in the PAC12. Doing so next year with the schedule the Utes have won't be easy.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 6:03 p.m.

    I'm thinking this is a good hire. Christensen is a tough, hard nosed coach who appears to be unafraid to say what he thinks. That said, I'm looking for some indication, any sign whatsoever, that Christensen will make this offense his own. If he does, the near term future could indeed be bright.

    Note to Christensen: If you want to make the Ute fans believers in your system, start with finding your own offensive line coach. Then, take a hard look at the receivers coach. Is the Ute offense really yours or are you simply going to play the hand you have been dealt with the personnel already in place? Change for the sake of change is not needed or wanted just to get the fans to the beginning of the next season with hope that the results will somehow be different. That shell game won't work any longer.

    As for the remarks at the press conference, we've heard it all before...almost verbatim. Don't bother saying the offense is yours...show us.

  • Horrible Stumper Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    @daviscoug Couldn't agree with you more. However even the most ardent Ute fan can't see this as a positive. Replace a coach who has won a national championship with a man who has won....nothing. Can't be a good sign. Coach Whit can't decide what kind of offense he wants to run. I am not a Cougar fan, but at least Coach Mendenhall takes responsibility, and has a clear vision of where he wants his team to be. Whittingham seems like a man on a hot seat grasping for straws....any straws.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 5:17 p.m.

    Posters were posting the same negative comments about U B-ball and coach K not long ago. To some people the sky is always falling. They either hate the U or have a fatalistic view about life in general. Good hire.

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    anae's still open.....how many offensive coordinators can a team have in a year? I think this makes about three in the last 12 months

  • sherlock holmes Eastern, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    When there are as many coaches as there are first teamers, you know the team is getting ready for big-time football.

  • samuel h wiscomb Sun Lakes, AZ
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    So, as I read it, the blame is ALL about the coach not getting the job done. IO take exception to that. He does not put on a uniform. The players are the ones who do or do not get the job done. Why not get new players each year(sic)?

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    No disrespect for Mr. Christensen but this is a horrible hire.

    Time will tell and I am hoping I am wrong but I think this may be the straw that breaks the camels back. Or at least it should be.

    Here's to hoping we at least make it to a Bowl Game next year.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    "I don't need titles, I just want to help the University of Utah win."

    Props to Erickson.

  • daviscoug Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:30 p.m.

    @ Christopher B:

    LOL man!! Is there anything you can't spin into a positive for the Utes and a negative for the Cougs?!
    Tell you what.. I may not agree with hardly anything that you post but if I ever need a spin doctor or head of PR you are THE man. Mark it DOWN!!!

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:16 p.m.

    Welcome to the Pac 12 coach.

    Great to have you on board.

    Go Utes, onward and upward

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:16 p.m.

    That 27-35 record before being let go at the end of the 2013 season wil get us a bowl game next year for sure for sure! We are becoming even more prestegous than we already are!

    Go Utes!

  • CaptainCougar Sandy, Utah
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    Congrats to Utah. That got a good one in Christensen. Hopefully they can find a healthy QB to help them get that offense to the next level.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Jan. 7, 2014 4:11 p.m.

    This is a really good hire. He could really help the Utes make a big step.
    He should have beaten Nebraska. Injuries decimated his team throughout the year.
    He has also taken very average qbs and turned them into NFL prospects.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 3:58 p.m.

    Good enough for 4th place in the PAC 12 North.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    Christensens Wyoming team was 52nd in the nation last year in points per game.

    A local program with a prolific go fast go hard offense was 56h.

    So in other words, Ute fans, get ready for a go fast go hard offense that puts up a TON of points next year!

    Go Utes!

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    Well, here goes nothin'!