Comments about ‘Brad Rock: Whether it's Utah's Larry Krystkowiak or BYU's Bronco Mendenhall, thinking big is OK’

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Published: Saturday, March 1 2014 5:20 p.m. MST

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Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Considering how much better this team is than people expected, there is no reason we can't win the tournament.

As far as our terrible road record - we haven't been getting killed on the road and in the tournament its a road game for the other team as well.

Utah can't win the Pac 12 tournament. Just like we couldn't hang with Arizona(barely lost), just like we couldn't beat byu(total annihilation), just like we couldn't beat UCLA, just like we couldn't finish above 12th in the Pac 12 this year.

I'm considering going to the tournament to watch the Utes win the Pac 12 tournament and go dancing.

Are U?

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

Slightly different with roscoe's comments about winning national titles.

Coach K has got this team into contention for what he plans on doing BEFORE he started talking.

And Utah actually does have a very realistic chance at winning the Pac 12 tournament, just as several other teams do as well.

We already made the semi finals last year, and we're better this year. So yes, its very realistic.

byu isn't any closer to a national title now than the day bronco made his comments almost a decade ago.

Big difference.

Go Utes.
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StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

It'd be nice if the comment board braggadocio understood this concept. Coach K didn't "promise" or "predict" anything regarding the conference tournament, only that he PLANS on winning it. Planning for anything less than success in any season, game, or even possession of a game, is not something I imagine any coach of a major program does. The thing I appreciate about this coaching staff is that they do their part in planning successfully, and more often than not, when they don't succeed (especially this season) it has been because of mistakes late in the game by the players, which can be fixed. Hoping for another run in Vegas this year, but hopefully with a chance in one more game than last year.

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

Now it's ok because Utah took a page out of BYU's play book, the same play book that ute fans mock BYU for. Now that Utah is doing it, it's ok somehow. Quest for perfection=win PAC 12 tourney. Neither one happened and Utah isn't going to win the PAC 12 tourney.

ekute
Layton, UT

CougarSunDevil,
It's ok because Krystko's aspirations are realistic.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Coach K speaks with confidence on winning the PAC12 tournament, because his team has shown they can play against the competition. When they've lost, the games have been very close.

To contend for the National title, one has to compete against top teams, which Coach M teams haven't done.

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

Ekute

Of course a ute fan would say its realistic for their team to win out but their rival won't. I however recognize that neither is going to happen. Utah has to go through Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, et al and on the road no less. Impossible? No. Extremely unlikely? Yes. Utah isn't going to win the PAC 12 tourney this year. Baby steps ute fans. Work on being competitive on the road, then worry about bigger things. Just like BYU needs to worry about winning bowl games and working on winning against decent competition before they need to worry about a perfect season, although 2014 might have a higher probability than past seasons, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

atlcoug
Atlanta, GA

ekute,

Bronco never said he was going to win the national championship in the year he said it was a goal. What is wrong with striving to be the best at some point? Coach K has expectations of winning the tournament this year. That is a big difference. I am a big Cougar fan, but I hope the Utes do win the tournament, whereas most Ute fans on this board hope that not only does BYU not win a national championship ever, they hope they never win a game. We have become a nation of haters, and sports is an unfortunate prime example.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@ekute

No they aren't.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Mendenhall, bless his heart, starts yapping it up before the season begins and then throws in inane slogans to drive home the point. Then Holmoe does his media dog and pony show in an effort to get fans to cougar stadium to watch games against teams no one cares about. Mendenhall somehow appeals to the strange alternate reality in which byu fans live.

Here's the difference...Coach K looks at the next challenge and says: "yeah, based on great wins this season and the eight near misses in conference play, we are in the thick of the Pac-12 conference and have a legitimate shot at the tournament." As the article correctly points out..."There’s no talk of a Sweet 16 appearance this year, not even from the Ute coach, who has raised eyebrows for saying his team can claim the conference’s automatic invitation to the NCAA tournament."

That's the difference. I'm not sure why Mendenhall is included in the discussion about the Pac-12 tournament. They are on completely different worlds and 'ne'r the twain shall meet.'

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Brad, I love ya, but don't ever compare Larry K to Bronco Mendenhall again. Ever.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

"Just like BYU needs to worry about winning bowl games and working on winning against decent competition before they need to worry about a perfect season, although 2014 might have a higher probability than past seasons, but I wouldn't hold my breath."

Is that because you think byu is one of the best teams in the country or are you acknowledging the incredibly weak (2011'esq) schedule that Holmoe and ESPN have lined up?

CougarSunDevil
Phoenix, AZ

My Perspective

"Is that because you think byu is one of the best teams in the country or are you acknowledging the incredibly weak (2011'esq) schedule that Holmoe and ESPN have lined up?"

It's a weaker schedule. I'd compare this schedule to Utah's 2008 football schedule. A couple of headliner games and then several games with lower level competition.

LCBSoCal
Northridge, CA

Seems to me that Coach Krystkowiak's and Coach Mendenhall's comments are like apples and oranges -- the context for each was completely different. The comparison seems very strained. I don't understand why some in the Salt Lake media seem continually to look for reasons to compare various aspects of Utah athletics with BYU athletics.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Utah took a page out of BYU's play book"

CSD:

Really? Were there red slogan "Quest for Pac-12" t-shirts for sale before the season, and I missed them?

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Nothing more amusing than utah "fan" hypocrisy lol. And nothing more predictable either. LOL!

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

"Brad, I love ya, but don't ever compare Larry K to Bronco Mendenhall again. Ever."

AMEN to that!!!!

Rwright
Seattle, WA

I understand trying to attract readers from all bases but this was one of the weirdest mashup articles I've ever read.

atlcoug
Atlanta, GA

MyPerspective.

It is not an incredibly weak schedule. It isn't as tough as last year, but playing Texas, Utah State, Boise State and Central Florida is not playing against creampuffs - all possible top 25 teams. The home schedule is not very good, but some years are always going to be better than others. Maybe if your perspective weren't so slanted, you could look at the schedules before and after, as well as this year, and realize that Tom Holmoe is doing a pretty good job, given the difficulties in scheduling, to schedule some pretty good matchups. But you would be giving the school you love to hate a tiny bit of credit, and that would be asking a lot of you.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Bronco has never been competitive at the highest championship level of college football... his expectations are therefore unreasonable.

Coach K has been competitive in the PAC12... his expectations are therefore reasonable.

Rock loves BYU... so it makes sense that he would try to justify Bronco's unreasonable expectation by comparing it to the reasonable expectation of Coach K.

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