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Published: Thursday, Feb. 27 2014 10:35 a.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"If BYU really wants to achieve the goal of another national championship, it needs the talent pool and a dynamic leader who can take them there"

Talent is overrated, that's what byu fans tell us.

A good coach can turn a team full of 1-2 stars nobodies into national champions.


Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT


Common... the circumstances between Mendenhall and BYU and Carroll at USC/Seattle are total opposites.

Are we really that bored that we're writing this type of story?

Danbury, CT

I like Mendenhall too, but the author here misses the biggest difference maker and that is a lack of hiring top leadership to run the units of the team. Maybe Bronco can run the defense, but he so badly needs to hire a quality coach to run his offense. Someone that is both an innovator and a pragmatic executor. I'm not talking about gimmick schemes like "Go Fast Go Hard", but someone that can teach our kids how to create mismatches, picks, execute a route, block and use Tight Ends in the passing game. Someone who's plays aren't completely predictable and are designed to move the ball downfield by attacking a defense at all angles.

We've had Anae twice and he's been mediocre at best (and grumpy - talk about someone with no media sparkle), and Doman, who had never coached an Offense before. Where are the Scovills and Holmgrens at BYU today? We don't have to just pick up LDS coaches to run the Offense. The mark of a great CEO or HC is hiring strong people to run the organization.

I give Bronco an 'F' on who he's hired as OC.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Winning has a tendency to hide issues.

When/Where Pete has won...he is a media fan darling...

However...Pete left SC holding the bag when he went on his merry/likeable way to Seattle.

SC is still trying to recover...

Re: likeable...

Jerry Sloan once said if he was likeable...

He would be setting up in the seats with the fans.

I would prefer Bronco follow the Jerry Sloan blue collar approach...

Let's leave the digging out of the violation mess to the likes of SC alum/fans/administration who loved the Pete Mystique while it lead to winning...but are continuing to wonder if it was worth all the trouble.

Woodland Hills, UT

When the fans don't like you much, that means you like yourself too much. People pay a lot of money to see winners, the focus should be on that (if you want to have a football program) if not there are MANY other ways and means to build character. BYU fans come to see fighters and in recent years have been disappointed. It's about the fans and players, not a proud coach. The Y needs a leader who knows that.

Genola, UT

I don't think that Bronco Mendenhall should try to be Pete Carroll.

Cheyenne, WY

@ CB
You could give us a rundown of the last 5 years of recruiting and show that BYU is not made of 1-2 star nobodies.
It would also illustrate the dramatic decline in the quality of Utah recruits.
Utah secand best recruiting class in history was while the were in the MWC.

Nate in the 808
orem, ut

From the boasting of Utah supporters regarding recruiting classes and talent, you'd think they'd already have won a national championship

Salt Lake City, UT

The author is obviously a Seahawks fan and therefore a Pete Carroll fan but I won't hold that against him. While I commend Pete Carroll for his success in Seattle, he's probably one of the last coaches I would want Bronco to aspire to. Cheerleading coaches like Carroll are understandably popular with fans and the media but it's that kind of behavior that sometimes gets him in trouble with the media.

Let's also not forget that Carroll was at USC and conveniently took the Seattle gig just as that program was being punished for NCAA recruiting violations that resulted in their 2004 national championship being vacated and Reggie Bush being stripped of his Heisman trophy. I don't need to tell you who the head coach was during that time and you may already be aware that your beloved Seahawks have led the NFL is player suspensions for PED use since Carroll took the job in 2010.

Perhaps I'm being way too critical on Pete Carroll but my point is, is a coach with this much baggage the kind of the coach you really want Bronco to model himself after? I don't think so.

West Point , UT

I echo what some other commentators have said. Ask USC fans how much they love PC right now as they try and dig themselves out of the hole he left them in with his deceit and cheating. You can smile for the cameras, cheer your players on all you want but at the end of the day, if you've been found lacking in character there are going to be people that will never respect you because you've let them down. USC is still reeling from Pete Carroll, and while he's celebrating and making wise cracks to the media and living it up, they're wallowing in underachievement and hamstrung by the lies he strung them along with.

I do agree that Mendenhall can do some things differently and allow his players more latitude to be themselves, and endear himself to the media and fans, but Carroll isn't a model of good leadership, with an "end justifies the means" type perspective. Charlie Strong would be a good model to follow in my opinion...players love him, the media likes him, and he's a good leader who demands respect because of his actions.

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

I think too many people spend their whole life trying to be someone else and trying to please everyone else instead of being true to themselves! Love Bronco or hate him he is true to himself and others!!! That is why I am a Bronco fan and a True Blue BYU fan since I can remember!!!

Go Cougs!!! Rise Up!!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Be smart

Four out of the last five years byu lost to Utah in recruiting.


Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

And as much trouble as USC was in as a football team - the 2013 trotting utes eeked out 3 points. But they love their pac one two membership.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I read the title and pulled it up to see if the Deseret News was now publishing books!

Cheyenne, WY

Utah supposedly isn't rivals with BYU.
And they are dead last in their new conference.
Is it a trend that Utah recruiting has tanked in three years?
Only time will tell.
Being the Rutgers of the Pac-12 does not help much.
Or getting Florida players that were passed up by big time programs.

Cheyenne, WY

Utah recruiting per scout
Interesting that they are back to MWC levels.
As a famouse singer would say.
And they go down, down, down to the ring of failure.
Dead last in the Pac
out recruited by 1-11 Cal.

Woodland Hills, UT

What does it mean to be a true blue fan or crimson fan? Silly stuff! It's just a game, and in this case, played by a couple of not so good teams. It isn't war or something of great significance, so again what's with all the true blue. It's just a color.


Setting aside the comparison to Pete Carroll, I mostly agree with the article. There is no good reason to be curt and prickly with the fans or the media. It pays off to have them on your side in the long term. Bronco is very personable when he is around those he trusts. Sadly, that appears to be a very small group. Anae could use a refresher public relations course. I also agree with the comment about getting some coaches with more outside experience. I will say that Bronco has shown some progress with the hiring of coach Holliday.

Idaho Dad
Pocatello, ID

Bronco's not out of touch with THIS fan. I'm a Bronco Mendenhall fan first and a BYU Football fan second. Have you read Running Into the Wind? AMAZING.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

One day right about 1st or 2nd day Bronco became the Head Coach, LaVell Edward came to see him. Edward said to him, "Be Yourself". Bronco will never be like Pete, no way!

I can see Ty Detmer in that catagory "Make the media like you" and "Be Who You Are," but will he come? Stay tune!

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