Hoping Bronco stays another 20 years at the helm at BYU.Pure
Bronco is more than capable of coaching at a P5 school and has been approached
by other schools with opportunities to interview for other coaching jobs. BYU is
very lucky to have Bronco as HC. At this point in time, there is no other coach
out there ready to handle this job. BYU fans should be grateful for what they
have. The next three years are going to be good years, BYU will have winning
seasons, many young athletes are going to start out life on the right foot and a
few will owe their lives to this HC.
I think that it would be very difficult for BYU to find a better fit at head
coach than Bronco for their program. I think that the school has done a
terrific job of hiring athletic coaches over the years, with very few
@ Rufus T. FireflyHe gives credit to the other team. Don't you
remember his favorite term: "They made 1 (2, 3, 4,..) more plays than we
did." One thing I like is that he won't point fingers at position
groups or players, and he won't dwell a lot on the other team's
strengths. Just the brief facts of the matter.That's his style.
Whose style do you prefer?
Chris, you're misinterpreting "The Quest". It wasn't a quest
for the perfect season, it was a quest for perfection in position mastery, honor
code adherence, academic performance, etc. He said it a number of times. He got
"The quest for perfection" from BYU's mission statement: "The
mission of Brigham Young University is "to assist individuals in their quest
for perfection and eternal life..." Also, please don't
condescend to the fans of a team that have reached the pinnacle of college
football. Your team only reached #2, and not by a consensus vote.And
yes, he still thinks he'll lead BYU to a National Championship. I
don't mind speaking for him.Go Cougars!
I've always appreciated the task he's had and the job he's done.
I despaired during the last two Crowton years. I hope we never go through
anything like that again.I much prefer the Bronco of today over the
surly guy with the chip on his shoulder from the first few seasons, especially
when he seemed to feel that the fans were a problem to be dealt with, rather
than people who shared his passion for the BYU football team.I'm glad he's found joy in the job. Would I like to see him win
more, especially the big games? Sure. But unlike most other fan bases, and
evidently most other coaches, he lives up to the idea that there are things
bigger than just "the W." The fact that his guys will walk through fire
for him, and that past players are still loud supporters speaks volumes.
@ Chris B:You said you wonder about things Bronco still thinks. The
issue with that is that you seem to always wonder such things from a very
negative context whenever it comes to BYU. It's usually shows very
evidently and often excessively. Consequently, some of your comments get
rejected, and for valid reasons. I'm certain that Bronco
Mendenhall, like most coaches of sizable programs, still wonders and hopes that
the time and opportunity of a national championship will eventually come. If
not, that person is probably not a very successful coach. Optimism is a very
desirable characteristic when coaching or participating in competitive sports.
BYU won a national championship once. That indicates to Bronco and
his players that it's certainly possible to do again. Also, spending half
his BYU coaching time nationally ranked in the top-25 also indicates it's
very possible. Only a select group of coaches ever do that. Utah has
won a couple of BCS bowl games... once under Kyle Whittingham. That undoubtedly
indicates to Kyle and his players that it's possible under him, as well.
But probably with a more moderate schedule than what Utah has this season.
@ Rufus T. Firefly:Along that same line that you brought up (which
is very easy to refute), please consider applying the same criteria to
yourself.How often have you given Bronco any credit for great wins in
tough games? I can't remember you ever doing so on these comment boards.
Never.So doesn't it seem a bit hypocritical to ask someone else to
give more credit when you think it's due, when you yourself won't ever
give any credit to that same person when credit is obviously due?Just a
thought to ponder.BTW: Most BYU critics never bother listening to
post-game interviews which are always aired on KSL radio. Apparently, you
don't either. As "Cougar Claws" said, Bronco almost ALWAYS gives
credit to the opposing team, and usually right away... and whether BYU wins or
loses. He's very much a class act concerning the entire matter. As such, I
don't believe he has any critics from any opposing team coaches. None. That
says a lot.@ Stringer Bell:Forever is a long time.
There's no need to make baseless criticisms like that against any team. It
shows no class at all.
Re: Chris BHere are a few of the rules of Des News comments that you
claim to be following:We encourage thoughtful comments that:have a positive and constructive toneare on topic, clear and to
the pointare respectful toward others and their opinionsHow
many comments have you posted that have NOT followed these rules. Just something
to think about. Your last comment was fine, which is why it was posted. But I
have seen volumes of other comments you have made that don't even closely
follow even those basic rules, and that still get posted.
Des news monitors - Why do you delete comments when they follow all the rules?
Is one of the rules that a post cannot make fun of byu? Bronco
started 10 years ago talking about winning national titles, like most byu
players and fans do early on in their careers or early on in the season.I think at this point he realizes he'll never go on a quest and the
closest he will ever get to a quest is watching when his rival did it multiple
times.I wonder if he still thinks he's going to lead byU to a
national title game?
Re: 65 toss.. "Sometimes you can take the team out of a mid-major
conference, but you can't take the mid major out of the team."Agree. BYU left their mid-major conference and are now doomed to be a
mid-major independent, stuck on the outside looking in, forever.
Bronco is a class act. To coach in a place with such high standards is
difficult since your recruiting pool is so small. To be in the top 25 50% of
the time is quite an accomplishment for any school. I wonder how many times the
kids on the hill up north can say that, or will ever say that again.This feels like a special season for BYU. The offense should be back to the
days of yore and the defense seems very solid. Let's flip the coin and get
this season started.
Re: Rufus T FireflyMendenhall ALWAYS gives credit to the other team
when BYU loses, you just aren't paying attention during post game.
It's not something he dwells on or gives a lot of air time to, but he does
acknowledge what the other team did well to beat BYU. He does have more of a
tendency to focus on "WE should have done this" or "this is
something that could have changed the outcome for us to win" because it is
taking ownership for where he fell short as a coach. What do you want him to do?
Hear him give a 10 minute speech on how the other team was just so much more
vastly superior athletically and that BYU was just victimized and there was
nothing that could have changed the outcome, and then end it with "man, we
really do suck. I guess we should stop playing the big boys in the future."
I guess the haters would love to hear that in the post game. But Mendenhall
isn't going to appeal to people who hate BYU. He is going to learn from the
loss and focus on what he could have done differently.
I just have to laugh at the Cougar homers who want him gone. I guess the Gary
Crowton years are too far back to remember.
It is MUCH easier to be a critic than a coach!
I really hope that the BYU coaches take adantage of Michael Shelton's speed
in a PASS rush situation.Shelton is so fast, he could create havoc
for quarterbacks on a pass play, especially, if he fakes a drop back and comes
to the line as a rusher or vice versa, fakes a rush, but drops back.
Bronco knows football is only a means to a greater good; character growth,
perseverance, teamwork, sportsmanship and yes, honorable behavior as defined by
the institution which sponsors the team! Many coaches preach that but they and
their athletes do not live up to it! Bronco, does and teaches both! In other
words, he walks his talk!
Yes, yes, yes! "Can't we all just get along?". Play ball!
I think one of the reasons Bronco Mendenhall is so successful as a head coach at
BYU is he actually "honors" the Honor Code and knows that football is
not #1 in building the character of a young man as a future husband and father.
He holds that young player's commitment to God, family, and his education
above football.Please be mature, show respect, and stop the trash
talk of any team/coach on these posts. I appreciate the uplifting message on
Bronco shirt as well!Go Cougars against UConn this Friday!
As Chris Hill said, "I can’t expect us to play 11 really, really
difficult games in a season"In other words, unlike the
delusional kids on the hill, Utah's AD recognizes that BYU is a
"top-tier opponent."Hill also realizes that to have a chance
at qualifying for a bowl, it's crucial for the Utes win at least 2 of their
3 OOC games, something that would be very difficult if the Utes were playing
both BYU and Michigan in the same season.In order to help themselves
sleep at night, the kids on the hill will try to twist and turn and misinterpret
and deny what Chris Hill said, but the truth is, Utah ran away from the rivalry
in 2014 and 2015 because they were afraid of losing to BYU.As even
Utah fans have acknowledged, things are cyclical in college football, and the
pendulum of winning close games was bound to swing back in BYU's favor.
Whittingham and Patterson will be handing out resumes if they don't learn
how to win in the "Big Boy" conferences. Sometimes you can take the
team out of a mid-major conference, but you can't take the mid major out of
I liked the message on Bronco's shirt:, "Its your life, honor it".
What a great message to teach young men, which is supposed to be the point of
sports and life!
I like him. Hes neat!
"He said Utah was afraid of playing byU this weekend?"Let me
enlighten you on what the U AD Chris Hill says about that:From a
SLTrib article (July 2012):"'What we have to do is make
sure we don’t come close to overscheduling,' he said.In
Hill’s mind, playing both Michigan and BYU in the same years would have
put the Utes in that situation.'I can’t expect us to play
11 really, really difficult games in a season,' he said.The
Utes, who travel to Michigan in 2014 and host the Wolverines in the 2015 opener,
viewed dropping the BYU game as the easiest solution. . . .Hill said
he plans to stick with his nonconference scheduling formula of playing a
top-tier opponent, a mid-tier foe that the Utes should beat if they’re
playing well and an FCS-type or lower-tier FBS opponent that the Utes should
beat relatively easily."So Michigan is the top-tier opponent. If
BYU was a "mid-tier foe" then there wouldn't have been a problem.
But it appears Chris Hill doesn't see it that way.