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Published: Monday, March 31 2014 11:20 p.m. MDT

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Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Gee thanks Brandon. One more cool aspect of Coach Mendenhall that his critics will now deride.

From the comfort of their couches.

During bowl season.

Springville, UT

I wish I could be convinced of this so-called sense of urgency. Bronco might be more confortable in another calling. I'm not convinced he has the killer instinct that can be conveyed to the team that will be translated to the field. He is a nice guy, very principled, and the team is filled will nice guys. I suspect we will be left with a program that executes fairly well, but lacks the drive to be at the top. One other thing. There are no intermediate goals, such as a conference championship, to play for. I think this makes a difference.

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT

It was nice to see Washington make byu look like byu. It was just what we would have expected from a pac 12 vs. indy/wac game

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Washington had an unfair advantage of using all their allotted practices and no head coach.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Sense of urgency? Where was that sense of urgency when you blew off practices prior to the bowl game. To waste those bowl practices was absurd.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

It was nice to watch Washington make byu look bad again while we sat home again and watched it on tv again. It is just what we expect during bowl season by being in a pac 10 where we don't get to go to bowl games anymore. but the popcorn is good anyways and its cold outside then anyways so its fun watching byu lose.

Go Utes upward to PAC 10 prestegous!

Salt Lake City, UT

2013 Ute

"It was nice to see Washington make BYU look like BYU."

BYU is 4-5 versus Washington, Bronco is 2-1.

The bottom dwelling pacy Utes are 0-8 versus Washington, Kyle is 0-2.

It's laughable how out of touch with reality the kids living under the crimson bubble are.

West Jordan, UT

Gee, Bronco, where was that "sense of urgency" last December when you decided to take an early vacation and blow off half of your allowed number of bowl practices? Or how about in September when you decided to blow off a couple of practices before playing Utah?

Horrible Stumper
Hyrum, UT

@Ernest, when your right, your right, eloquently put. Even better than Coach Mendenhall could have said it.

Phoenix, AZ

Slogans don't win games, (but then neither do Utes in PAC-12 play and since Utah isn't playing BYU this year, it doesn't matter what happened in the past). Here's hoping BYU comes out the gates and put "wins" where their mouth has been. I would rather BYU talk down in public and then come clean house.

blue & white
Boise, ID

practice more between the last game and the bowl game, derive a new, more practice formula.

dallas, TX

2013 Ute:

You may remember that game differently due to your consuption of the Pac-12 kool-aid. BYU outplayed Washington for most of that game. Total offense BYU 473 to 319 for UW. I'm not taking anything away from UW, they got stops, had a couple long kickoff returns and the Cougs couldn't convert in the red zone (and no I'm not going to say "blue zone", that's ridiculous) when they needed to. But to make it sound like a walkover might just show your ignorant bias.

Gilmer, TX

Gosh, I certainly hope Bronco feels a sense of urgency. As several have mentioned, he failed to feel that particular "sense" before the Utah game and before the bowl game. If he could feel the same sense of urgency as many of us fans feel the Cougars would have a better roar. I, too, think Bronco is a great man but I not so sure about being a great football coach.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

"Will over skill"?

Hmmm. Well I suppose when the overall makeup of your team is as "2-star" loaded as the cougars, one can surmise that the "skill" part just wasn't there to begin with. So perhaps the cougar coaches might be on to something there by stressing the "will" part.

Plus it rhymes. That helps cougars stay focused.

Good call Bronco.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

It has been time for quite awhile now to make a change in the BYU football program. Until BYU realizes this and takes action, we will continue to hear more slogans and schedule time off before big games. The story does not change at a once great football program.

Idaho Falls, ID

"Will over Skill"

Man, I really hate that slogan....

Please, Bronco, enough with the stupid sayings, use all your allotted practices, lose the sophomoric 3-point start from the sideline, concentrate on the "Skill" and perhaps you'll garner a little more success and a little more respect.

Woods Cross, UT

Advice to Bronco: When you have the opportunity to practice, use it! To do otherwise is to demonstrate a lack of will. Here is an old slogan, "Practice makes perfect."

West Point , UT

Haha! I have to admit that rhyming comment made me laugh. I don't often agree with you, but thanks for the humor.

Now to what I don't agree with you about. BYU and Utah had about the same level of success in terms of recruiting this year. If you recall BYU brought in more 4 stars than Utah did, and more speed and talent where they needed it. The 2 star thing is old, and only makes you look bad when U didn't recruit any better. So now the question is whether Kyle will be able to win and keep his job with "2-star" Utah.

I agree with other posters that Bronco needs to show urgency and passion in how often and to what level his team practices. No excuse for wasting valuable practice time before a rivalry game or bowl game. Bronco has always been a great DC going back to his New Mexico days, but I think the stresses of being a HC in terms of media relations and team dynamics are not in his wheelhouse. I hope things can be different this year but I'm not holding my breath.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


Of the last 5 years, Utah won 4 of the recruiting classes over byu, according to Scout, Rivals, ESPN, whichever you want to use. In fact, of the four classes prior to the most recent, every single was was better than any single year for byu of the previous 4. So for 4 years in a row, Bronco never had a recruiting class as good as Whit's worst recruiting class. This past year byu "won" by .07 stars or something like that. Conversely, Utah "won" by .7 stars just the year before when byu averaged 2.3 and Utah averaged 3.0

You're showing you don't know what you're talking about if you think byu is doing as well in recruiting as Utah.

Now let me anticipate the "then why has Utah struggled" question for you...

Answer: We don't play byu 12 times a year.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


"BYU and Utah had about the same level of success in terms of recruiting this year. If you recall BYU brought in more 4 stars than Utah did...The 2 star thing is old, and only makes you look bad when U didn't recruit any better. So now the question is whether Kyle will be able to win and keep his job with '2-star' Utah."

According to Rivals, Utah had out-recruited the Y every year since 2008. And the average ranking of those 7 recruiting classes was 44.6 for the Utes, and 62.9 for the cougs. That's an 18-spot advantage for your big brother on the Hill, so our recruiting isn't as close as you're trying to make it out to be. During those 7 yrs, the Y signed 10 more recruits than the U, but the U still signed 6.3% more athletes graded at 4-stars or above, 36% more athletes graded at 3-stars, and 54.3% fewer athletes graded at 2-stars. Neither the U nor the Y will likely start any 2-star kids from our 2014 classes. Bottom line: Utah DID recruit better.

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