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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 3:00 p.m. MDT

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talkinsports
Gilbert, AZ

The power of positive thinking - sounds good in practice, looking forward to seeing it in action on the playing field.

straightshooter
Spnaish Fork, UT

Sports psychology is a area that BYU has hidden its head in the sand about for the last few decades--they have previously had a part time sports psychologist/academic adviser, only one, for the entire athletic department--it is an area that BYU needs to step up in to compete at the next level--its about time someone finally has done it--not surprised it is Bronco--when will Rose follow?--give the athletes all the tools to play on a level field--all the top Div 1 schools have been doing this for decades with up to 2-3 full time sports psychologist on the athletic staff.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

I've wondered if BYU employed a sports psych for a few years now. It explains some things that it's new. There have been a few players who could have definitely benefitted from time with one--- Heaps comes to mind. Glad to hear they're getting on board. This is a legitimate need and could make a big difference.

Taysom4Heisman
Heber City, UT

I guess something like this can't hurt, but it's not like this is the key to going undefeated and winning a national title. Nice little addition, but that's about it.

Remember when BYU's ice baths were supposed to be this amazing new thing that helped us win games? Remember when our offensive linemen trimmed down to around 280 pounds so they would be better conditioned? It turns out they got pushed around and that was our worst O-line in years.

Once again, I don't think a mental strength coach is a bad thing. But I don't think it will be the difference between wins and losses this year.

Brio
Alpine, UT

@ Rufus T Firefly:

So where should BYU find a humility strength coach... from online Ute fans?
Wait... that's where they'll go for lessons about unwarranted criticism and unwarranted optimism... toward different teams, of course. Others and theirs... respectively.
But after this coming season, there will undoubtedly be many Ute fans who will then be experts in the humility you are talking about.

@ Taysom4Heisman:

In close games, added mental strength in the players will definitely make the difference between winning and losing those games.

Mental attitude in sports competition is a bigger factor than many, if not most fans realize. Successful athletes totally understand that importance.
There are scores of athletes who have reached the pinnacles of their sports who have credited and attributed mental toughness for making the difference in their exceptional levels of achievement.

If you remember this article a month from now, after several games into the season, then you'll better understand the importance this concept has made in the higher level of play the Cougars will be showing.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

byU needs a strength strength coach - their record against BCS teams is horrible under bronco.

When they meet a physically stronger team, they typically get pushed around

65TossPowerTrap
Salmon, ID

Maybe Utah could hire Stuart Smalley - couldn't hurt.
"I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone it, people like me."

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

65TossPowerTrap
Salmon, ID

It's your Cougars with the mental health coach, not anyone else.

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

christina

"BYU needs a strength strength coach - their record against BCS teams is horrible under Bronco"

Versus PAC 12 Teams
Bronco 9-9(50%)
Kyle 13-21(38%)

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

54IQ

Although Utah may require a mental health coach after their third straight losing, bowl less season, BYU has a mental strength coach, which many college and professional teams have.

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

Pickle juice, ice baths, mental strength coach, a parade after one win, inspirational words on the back of player's jerseys- you can't make stuff up to beat this.

71-39
Alpine, UT

@ 54-10 and Chris B:

If they don't already have one, it's the Utes that really need someone like this to help their fragile mental condition after enduring back to back years of losing seasons, labeled as cellar dwellers, sitting home during the holidays, and even having to wonder about what major coaching changes will be taking place at the end of each season.

BYU has a better record than Utah against many BCS teams... some of which Utah has never beaten. Even someone like you, with your strong anti-BYU bias, should be able to look that up and verify it... not that you would want to.

It's become painfully obvious that you and a few other ultra-ute fans have never let anything so trivial as actual facts ever get in the way of your online anti-BYU diatribes and rhetoric.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Christy,

Whit's record against BCS teams when Utah was a mid major: 10-5
broncos record as a mid major coach against BCS teams: 14-19

whits record against ranked teams when he was mid major coach: 7-7
broncos record as mid major coach against ranked teams 4-13

Ya, there are many reason Utah EARNED a power conference invite and byU didn't.

whits record against the big boys is much better than broncos

skywalker
Palo Alto, CA

Chris B

Despite your slicing and dicing of Whit's record this group of teams and that, bottom line:

Bronco has more AP Top 25 finishes, more 11+ win seasons, more conference championships, more winning seasons, and more bowl games than Kyle.

If Kyle's record was really as impressive as the crimson-goggles wearers like to pretend, he wouldn't be lagging behind Bronco in

AP Top 25 Finishes
Bronco 4 > Kyle 2 (the Utes have only had 5 AP Top 25 finishes in their entire history)

11+ Win Seasons
Bronco 3 > Kyle 1 (the Utes have only had 2 11+ win seasons in their entire history)

Conference Championships
Bronco 2 > Kyle 1 (the Utes have only won 6 conference championships since 1958)

Bowl Games
Bronco 9 > Kyle 7 (BYU will break Utah's longest bowl streak this year, but that will still only be about half as long as BYU's longest bowl streak)

Break out the two-hit wonder song.

Old But Not Stupid
Moorpark, CA

Chris B

"Whit's record against BCS teams when Utah was a mid major: 10-5; broncos record as a mid major coach against BCS teams: 14-19;.....whits record against ranked teams when he was mid major coach: 7-7; broncos record as mid major coach against ranked teams 4-13... Ya, there are many reason Utah EARNED a power conference invite and byU didn't."

Chris- I'll try to be gentle about it, but after this season just what is Whit's record going to be against: a)ranked teams; b) BCS teams; and most importantly (that you intentionally skipped) c) PAC-10+2 teams? Do you really expect his won/loss ratios to improve?

I think geography was the main reason the Utes are near the bottom of a "power" conference--aka the Conference of Champions. It surely was not for the championship status of your athletic programs.

GO UCLA!

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

@Rufus

You are absolutely right. All BYU personnel and fans think that it is an outrage whenever anybody, professional or not, dares to say that BYU is not top 5 in the nation. There is so much evidence that backs this up, so don't anybody dare question it.

With that sarcasm out of the way, I do like to mention one thing in which BYU is among the current elite, Alabama and Oklahoma: SOS. While BYU's is 97, Alabama's is 95's and Oklahoma's is 93. Oops, let the spin start (it's going to be something along the lines of how Bama's or Oklahoma's SOS will improve throughout the season, but somehow it will be implied that BYU's SOS is stuck at 97).

EPoint
Roy, UT

Not sure how one knows what % of brain he is using. Calculating that might be distracting from the task at hand, winning with honor. Don't overthink, just go play, give it your all, play each series with a sense of urgency. Fly!

Jefe-Ute
Richmond, VA

I would totally choose Bronco over Kyle since Bleacher Report just listed Bronco as one of the WORST coaches to play against top 25 talent. Out of 113 games, Bronco has only faced 13 ranked teams,and won only 4 of those. It took Kyle 1 year to reach that lucky #4 wins in 1 year, and that was with 2 coming against top 10 teams. BYU has had a really tough schedule playing so many great teams! But don't worry, Bronco is leading the mighty cougars to the NC and Power 5 spot in the Big 12!

As for bowl games look it up on Wikipedia
Bronco 5-2
Kyle 7-1

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

To say the mental health coach is helping BYU is hot air until the play on the field improves. It shouldn't even matter against these teams BYU will play the next three weeks.

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