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Published: Friday, Feb. 7 2014 9:35 p.m. MST

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let's roll

If this is true, then best of luck to Brian at MSU. He has been a great ambassador for the U and a fine example as both a player and a coach.

Sadly, I suspect that part of the thought process in evaluating whether to take what appears to be a lateral position was the fact that Coach Mullin is likely to be at MSU longer than Coach Whit will be at the U. Hopefully, they will both have long tenures.

springville, UT

Rats are jumping off the ship. He is just getting a years head start on the rest of the coaching staff.

Tom in MS
Madison, MS

If this is indeed true, then Brian has a very talented qb to work with. Because Dan Mullen is infinitely better than his predecessors, he can stay as long as he wants in Starkville. I wouldn't blame Brian for going there. SEC football is a way of life here in the South, and it will probably be an eye opener to Brian. And Mullen probably wants to hit LA and TX harder recruiting. If it is true then, welcome to Mississippi Brian, it's great to have y'all here! Instead of "Ki!Yi!" it will be "And then we'll yell, yell, yell, yell!"

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

Good Luck Brian. Johnson was a casualty of accepting too much responsibility too soon. He didn't have the experience needed to be the OC at Utah. He'll be a great recruiter for Mullin at Southern Miss. For now a QB coach is where he should be. He'll grow and learn and someday become a great OC and maybe even a head coach.

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

I think there is now an opening for Chris B and the wealth of football knowledge he would bring to the utes. Good luck to Brian in Mississippi.

Cougar Blue 1
Henderson , NV

I guess being the co-co-co offensive coordinator lots it's appeal.

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

Re Cougar Blue. . . lots what?

Salt Lake City, UT

Interesting development. I wonder what the chances are the Donovan Isom follows BJ to MSU. Surely, BJ knew he was going to make this move before the NLI was over.

Good luck, Brian and thank you for the quarterback legacy you left at Utah!

Pocatello, ID

Good for Brian.

I hope he does well there. He has always been a great representative for Utah.

Whit has done a good job with hires this off season, it'll be interesting to see who he brings in to replace Brian. My guess is it will be someone with recruiting connections to the South.

Go Utes.

West Point , UT

"it'll be interesting to see who he brings in to replace Brian"

I thought that was a given...what's the QB coach's name at Wyoming? I'm sure we'll be getting that announcement soon.

Highland, UT

And so it begins....

play by the rules

The new QBs coach will be the new OC next year! I hear the U is great at recruiting. Recruiting offensive coordinators. They land a great one every year!

Layton, UT

Oh, I'm sure Aaron Roderick still has plenty of time to talk him out of it.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

And this just weeks after Utah "fans" told us both Erickson and Brian Johnson supported the move to bring the Wyoming guy in?

Salt Lake City, UT

I can't disagree. The bigger question is whether Whitt will promote someone already on staff or will Christianson bring in the new qb coach? That's where your comment is in play. If Whitt allows the new OC to bring the qb coach, I will at least concede that Whitt is making progress with organizational decisions. Of course, that doesn't mean the program will be any better off.

Lincoln, NE

I just don't understand...why in the world would he want to leave the elite Pac-12 conference?

Frisco, TX

I don't really know how good of a coach Johnson is, but he was a great QB and a class act. There aren't too many guys / coaches that would have played in Whit's music chair game with as much class and grace as Brian did. I don't think he got to opportunity to prove what he could do at Utah. No OC can implement their schemes and show their impact in one year, but apparently that's all the time an OC gets at Utah. I wonder who the OC will be next year? Good luck at MSU.


BJ is a class act, Miss St is lucky to have him. Despite his shortcomings as a coordinator at Utah, he's a great football mind an even better man of high character. Mississippi State just became the only SEC team I'll root for this year. Good luck, BJ!

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Smart move to get out while he can. After another season in the basement of the PAC the rest of the coaching staff will also be looking for work next year.

Orange County, CA

Hope he makes it back to Utah afar his SEC experience.

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