Dick raises an important question that remains unanswered.If both
coaches and teams are living right on and off the field, for which team will
Why do people even dignify some of the comments with a response. Let the
primates beat their chests and impress themselves. Just enjoy it for it's
entertainment value but don't drink it. That's all they want. I
won't give them the satisfaction. "If a tree falls I the woods..."
If a BYU hater bellows on the net...
@ Old But Not StupidUtah didn't "want" to join the
PAC-12? I had no idea we were forced into such an awesome conference. I also
didn't know that Utah was forced into its home-home series against
Michigan. I don't know if I will be able to handle the punishment of
seeing Oregon, USC, UCLA, Michigan, etc., etc., all play in RES. If only I
could watch big-time teams like UNLV, Nevada, and MTSU...As for
2008. Utah beat 4 ranked teams en route to its undefeated season. Let me know
that last time BYU did anything close to that.
Since Chris B has chimed in again on this article with his flawed conjecture
about BYU being "irrelevant" I want to tell cb:I was
listening this morning to KNBR 680 - the radio host was interviewing Brian Shaw
(Stanford head coach in case cb didn't know). Shaw at one point in the
interview stated there are a number of "high quality" teams in the Pac
12 and then Shaw proceeded to name Oregon, Washington, USC, UCLA, and a couple
others but guess what - utah was not in the conversation. Is anybody
This is awesome to read. I know LaVell had great relationships with several
coaches who shared a similar mindset and coaching style as he did. I hope
Bronco is also able to develop those same type of relationships with people like
Bob Diaco; it's good for college football.
Old but not stupid "Otherwise we'd see a lot of WAC-type scheduling by
the Utes as occurred in 2004 and 2008. Mark that down! This explains the bitter
focus on SOS."What did the Ute's do with the schedules they
were handed in those two years? Hint: something BYU has been unable to even
come close to doing with theirs. Remember Virginia? You can mark that down.
BlueHusky"Unlike the SEC, who schedules only 2nd rate and 2nd
division OOC opponents, BYU will play anybody anywhere."I think
you just nailed it....BYU will play great teams anywhere because they WANT
TO....Utah will play great teams (but only) home-and-home because they HAVE TO
(i.e., the PAC-10+2 requires it).Otherwise we'd see a lot of
WAC-type scheduling by the Utes as occurred in 2004 and 2008. Mark that down!
This explains the bitter focus on SOS.
Chris-Back to fail again...."UConn is much more relevant
nationally than byU."And your evidence is that an ignorant young
man on the East coast said BYU is in a good conference?Every
knowledgeable fan knows that UConn is nationally relevant in men's and
women's basketball. I did not realize that UConn basketball success and
notoriety bled over to their football relevance. Actually, I know that it did
not....mark that down.Hopefully you didn't confuse these facts.
It's refreshing to read about two college coaches who understand the most
important aspects of their job.As for the relevance question that
Utah fans seem to be obsessed with, you really need to get out of your backyard
and do some traveling. I can assure you that the ONLY reason people outside the
state of Utah even know where Utah State and University of Utah are is because
the location is included in the name. However, the vast majority of people have
NO CLUE which school is which.
We are much more relevant nationally than byU because we win a lot.Go Utes!
BYU's schedule is a function of opponent availability and their willingness
to play a team that might beat them. Unlike the SEC, who schedules only 2nd rate
and 2nd division OOC opponents, BYU will play anybody anywhere.The
chaotic conference realignment caused considerable scheduling difficulties when
this year's schedule was put together.The trolls act talk this
was a deliberate scheme to inflate BYU's record. Or maybe they think its
the best BYU can do because everybody hates BYU. I notice that BYU plays a lot
of PAC-12 teams going forward. Even Washington re-scheduled BYU after buying out
their previous contracts when UW was down and the BYU game was just another
loss.With SOS becoming a factor, maybe a de facto scheduling
arrangement with the PAC-12 is shaping up. I like it. Add a couple of Big 12
games and throw in some ACC, AAC, and MWC games and we're good to go. SEC
can pound sand.
what percent of the college football fan base nationwide knows the difference
between UofU and UtahState or UtahValleyU, for that matter? Just like New
Mexico and NMState….no one cares, no one remembers….two seasons of
significance live large in Chris B's mind….everyone else just thinks
of them as a small school with a stadium prolly seats 40,000….or is that
Utah State? same thing….Go Cougs….represent us all
nationwide….just win baby….win.
@aggieandee... And I so wanted to respect and root for Utah State this year...
If you truly are an Aggie fan (which I kind of doubt based on your posts)you
will be making that difficult... I think USU has a very good team this year but
the truth is that they have been totally owned by the Cougars and the utes over
the years (winning at about a 10% rate or less)... very little to beat your
chest about... In fact, you could make it very embarrassing for other Aggie
fans.As for Coaching philosophies... I like Mendenhall and most of
his ideas on motivation and team building... But when it comes down to it... I
like Al Davis's quote the best..."Just win baby..."
BYU will head back to Provo with its tail between its legs after a surprise in
Connecticut Friday. Diaco is the better coach and will want to win a lot more
than Bronco. UCONN has a lot more talent than BYU on the field.It
will be like the Virginia game all over again for BYU. It's going to be a
long season for BYU even with a schedule that's the easiest in all of
college football this year.
Mr. Diaco "sounds" like a great guy and a great coach, as is Coach
Mendenhall. May the best team win. Can't wait for the GAME to be played.
I like the positive messages both coaches preach. In the final analysis though,
it really boils down to commitment and accountability by both the players and
I don't know when Riley Mendenhall and the utes are going to let this
year's schedule go. As I've said many times before, a bad schedule
does not make you a bad team. A good schedule does not make a good team.In order to determine how good a team is, you have to look at the win
total and the schedule it came against. In my opinion, BYU would perform equally
to utah if given their schedule, and utah would perform equally to us if given
our schedule.If utah won the same amount of games as BYU this year,
I would quickly admit that they are a better team. But they won't.Also, our schedules in 2013 as well as everything after this season are very
respectable and comparable to a power 5 schedule. This is the one down year.Back to the actual point of the article, I think both coaches are great
people who are good at what they do. I think Diaco will rebuild this team into a
successful program. Hopefully that won't start this Friday, but I wish him
the best of luck afterwards.
So no matter who wins the game, all the players have the opportunity to win at
life! I'll root for the Cougars, but have admiration and respect for the
Huskies!. Wish I could say the same about all the coaches, players and teams in
Riley,Ouch!That's gonna hurt every time through the
"Diaco recently named his starting quarterback, but he brought all four QBs
to the press conference so they could be interviewed equally as a reward for
competing. "Also interesting is that their starting QB said that
byU plays in a very good conference. That's how much respect and national
attention byU gets outside of LDS wards nationwide.UConn is much
more relevant nationally than byU.Go UConn!
Riley:Whatever you do, don't be original or use the same tired
Yes they do. It is called having the easiest schedule possible.