BYU football: Joe DuPaix hired to offensive coaching staff

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  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    Re: UteBall

    I agree with your comments however, every school is unfortunate to have some ignorant fans. The silent majority is excited about having Joe Dupaix as a member of the coaching staff.

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    Re: fender

    As far as the offer to 'walk on', I'm not sure. I haven't heard that to be true but could be a situation similar to Van Noy's offer.

    As far as my statement, it was not an 'indirect' attack on his character. It is simply a factual statement. He was caught doing it and a family member shared the information. Go talk to his family if you feel the need for first hand confirmation.

  • UteBall stockton, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    Joe Dupaix is the man! I have personally been to navy's spring practice and watched him coach he is outstanding. BYU made a great choice; he can coach many offensive positions and also has more passion for the game than anyone I have seen in a long time.
    It is just to bad he had to end up at a school with so many ignorant fans!

  • fender Washington, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 9:33 a.m.


    Thanks for the input. What you say would explain it, although it doesn't jibe with the assertion that BYU pulled the scholarship offer then suggested he walk on (RaininTime above). I can't find any official source of confirmation for the statement anywhere, so perhaps you wouldn't mind sharing your source. It's an indirect attack on the young man's character and it should be stopped, if it's not factual.

  • Fed Employee Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    For everyone crying about how little D-I experience DuPaix has remind me; how much experience did Lavell Edwards have when he was hired? Remind me how that hire turned out for BYU.

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    Re: fender

    BYU pulled the scholarship offer because Langi's lifestyle didn't seem to match the BYU lifestyle. Bronco has repeated himself many times that he only wants players that are a good fit for BYU. It's best for both player and school.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Jan. 17, 2011 11:16 a.m.


    Now hire Ben Cahoon as wide receiver coach!


  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 17, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    @Osgrath et al,

    The sky HAS fallen. We played UTEP in Albuquerque last month and were listed by SI as one of the top 10 teams making a U-turn for the worse. When was the last time we played and won a BCS bowl? How did Utah, BSU and TCU do it with their talent and coaches? I'm just trying to be provocative here and say maybe we should demand more out of our football program than we're getting. I see more of the same old thing. Since when does asking more make one a pariah?

  • fender Washington, UT
    Jan. 17, 2011 10:29 a.m.


    You make some awfully broad, sweeping statements. whether or not a school is attractive kinda depends on the student-athlete, don't you think?

    As for Langi, why the cheap shots? Who gave you the information that he chose Utah becaue there's no "real" competition? Or that BYU pulled his scholarship offer? If in fact that were true, it's rather strange, because Langi is exactly the kind of back they need. If they're pulling offers to four star kids, that says more about them than him. Certainly BYU has gotten kids that Utah wanted in the past; can't the reverse be true in this case?

    As for Dupaix the research suggests a limited resume, but a good guy and a players' coach. Whether or not it's a smart hire for BYU will really depend upon what they're gonna use him for, wouldn't you think?

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Or so we hear from a few Cougar fans (?!) and of course from the usual suspects (Hailstorm, Utah County Ute, etc.). DuPaix doesn't have the level of experience of a Nick Saban (would that be good enough, East Coast Coug?), and he played option in high school - aw, what's the use.

    Maybe we need to take stock for a moment and remember that Lance Reynolds was an O Lineman as a player, yet coached Harvey Unga pretty well - or the running-back-by-committee from last year. As has already been pointed out, Mike Leach never played a down of college football, and made Texas Tech a power. Some people are just good coaches and teachers. Whether they were excellent players is a whole different matter.

  • Bluebird Provo, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    DNews welcomes thoughtful comments, so I hope to see more of them. Meanwhile:
    - the Cougars start spring ball in less than 2 months
    - even if Bronco wanted 'big name' coaches, the alums and other donors would have to double or triple their support to get athletic budgets and salaries like those at Oklahoma and USC
    - Bronco knows Top 50 lists have little meaning (Coach Rose does too - see Jimmer's HS profile)
    - the 2011 schedule does include some WAC schools for the transition period; Central Florida might be the hardest game of the first 4

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    Re: TheFailStorm

    BYU only has 16 recruits listed because they only have that many scholarships available for next year with the number of returning missionaries coming back. Recruiting services rate classes largely based on the number of recruits so BYU naturally wouldn't show up very high for next year.

    Nice of you to leave out Texas, Oregon St and Mississippi from your list of Cougar opponents. You should have left Central Florida off though since they won their conference and bowl game. You could have listed utah with the weak sisters on your list too.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    A good football coach is a good football coach. To think that DuPaix will be unable to coach wr's effectively because he came from an option attack is ignorent. I don't know him at all but if he is a good coach then he is a good coach regardless of systems or positions.

    I can give you a thousand examples of this. Just look at coach sitake at utah. He is now their defensive coordinator but at BYU he was a RB. He seems to be doing a pretty good job there.

    I know everyone wants to sound like they know what they are talking about but if you have actually played, or coached, football then you know that what position you played or what scheme you played in are pretty irrelevent. There are coaches, like Mike Leach for instance, that never even played college football, he simply decided he wnted to be a coach. He is obviously successful at it.

    So quit trying to predict possible failure over irrelevent things.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    As a Alta Dad I have to say that Roger Du Paix was the best coach in the State......he promoted his players and got the most out of them!

    If his son is half as good.....he will do fine at BYU!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 16, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    I'm not sure why you (Ute fan) are "dissing" BYU's schedule. The MWC was rated higher than the PAC10 the last two years. You are moving to an easier conference schedule than you've had.

    Sure there are some schools who used to be good in the PAC10; but I don't see how Montana St, UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado and Washington State are any different than the patsies on BYU's schedule.

    I didn't realize, until now, that Utah gets none (zero) of the PAC10 money in their first year. Now I know why USC approved Utah / Colorado joining the conference. USC will be "indy" by the time Utah starts to share revenue.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    BYU got the players that they needed this year, most of which are in the trenches. A lot of the exciting stars in the waiting are coming off redshirt years or missions which is the norm at BYU. The future is bright.

  • TrollPolice Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    It's so kind of our little friends on the hill to offer their questionable advice on BYU's coaching changes, but their time might be better spent helping Whit find a quarterback for next season.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    I am concerned about what Coach Mendenhall expects out of these two coaches, Doman and Dupaix. Their lack of experience is not my major concern. What I don't understand is why Bronco hired two former quarterbacks that are run-oriented, option quarterbacks. We don't have the type of athlete that can run an offense like that. Also, are we turning away from our traditional drop-back passing game? It seems to me that this is not just a coaching change, this is a complete philosophical change in the BYU football program. I cannot see how we can compete on a national scale by changing to a running game primarily. We can't recruit the type of athlete that could perform well with that type of offense. We could end up like Navy, or the Air Force Academy with creditable athletes, but never able to compete with the BCS big boys.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 16, 2011 4:29 p.m.


    Don't you mean eastcoastute? Let's be honest. You're fooling NO ONE.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    DC |
    Alexandria, VA
    Then the Cougars can start playing the real powerhouses of, Central Florida, Louisiana Tech, Idaho, Idaho State, San Jose State, Hawaii and of course the big game against Utah State.
    That's a pretty peck of peaches that you'll be picking.
    I am ready though for "The Rebuilding Year" excuse that we hear year in and year out as the only away games scheduled in the last 8 games are at Louisiana Tech and Hawaii.( for Bronco's field trip to go surfing )
    BYU has only have 16 recruits listed for next year and the blue bloods aren't even mentioned in the top 50 of or Rivals. ESPN doesn't even list your recruiting class in the top 75 , so why all of the Bravado and glowering hype? Add that to your sarcastic remarks about the Utes and logic doesn't seem to be on your side. Use a little wisdom and concern yourself about what is happening in Utah County before the chest thumping.
    Then again I hope you don't as it gives the Utah Alums and fans a lot of journalistic material to work with.

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    When Utes comment on who BYU hires as an assistant coach, I smell fear.

    Translation: BYU's future looks better than Utah's future.

    Here's my jab: Good luck in the Pac 12, where Washington State can now count a sure-thing victory.

    Truth: BYU is a more attractive place to play than Utah. Boise State is a more attractive place to play than Utah.

    Finally: Given a choice of another Pac-12 school, BYU or Boise State, where will most kids want to go? (And for you Harvey Langi fans, BYU pulled his scholarship offer months ago and asked him to "walk on.") That said, Utah deserves the credit for landing Langi. Overall, Langi made the easy choice, go to a school where there is no real competition for his position.

    Still, the hire of DuPaix is a good one and anyone with any type of research ability will agree.

  • fender Washington, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Having a feel good staff has merit, but unless Doman is planning on starting Nelson at QB next year, I don't see how this hire makes BYU's run game better. Option blocking is a different animal, so would be more logical for Doman to turn to Coach Reynolds for help improving their power spread run game, and maybe that's what he has in mind. If Dupaix ends up coaching inside receivers next year, then that's likely what's going on.

    Still don't see a dominant pro style RB in the stable like Unga, but maybe one of these guys steps up next year.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Jan. 16, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Next year is already shaping up to be an exciting year for BYU football. Mendenhall is doing a great job of assembling a young, but talented staff.

    "Young energetic coaches" and excellent recruiters who will work well together to continue to build the BYU football program.

    translation = requires evaluation skills way beyond the feable abilities of a hedgehog

    He's just jealous that they don't make the free t-shirts in hedgehog sizes.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Jan. 16, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    BYU fans keep telling us that they have tradition and a national following.

    So I have to ask is this the BEST BYU go do with all your tradition?

    No idea how good DuPaix or even Doman will be, but one thing sure I didn't see any top-tier programs going after their coaching abilities.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    Great hire. Obviously, this is someone the new OC thinks can help him put together a creative new offense. For those worried about experience, last time I looked Coach Reynolds has plenty to be the senior advisor, and assistant head coach. Utah is trying to find this type of experience with Coach Chow. Of course, it costs much more and probably comes with less commitment. Nevertheless, it is a model that both head coaches at the U understand, get excellent young coaches and combine them with a respected older influence good luck going forward to both programs.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 16, 2011 9:41 a.m.

    "Mendenhall is putting together. Young energetic coaches"

    Translaction= Enter level job.

    There are a few positives for taking such jobs though....

    1) You learn how to lose.
    2) Learn how to attempt to coach with less athletic players
    4) lean gimmick plays in an attempt to compete with superior competition
    3) Free T-shirts!!!

  • ConferenceofChampions Herriman, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    About what I would expect for the team that finished 3rd in the state this year in college football, behind Utah, and Utah State

    Also, whoever made the comment that you will see texas, usc, florida, etc rushing to go independent, you are wrong. Universitites are positioning to get into conferences right now, not out of them.

    You will see Notre Dame in a conference in the future.

  • Once Was Island Lake, IL
    Jan. 16, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    Areas of concern, Domain gets a high school buddy to help him and why higher a run coach? BYU is a passing school. Michigan is a run school. When you try to change the style of play fans become uneasy, ask Rodriquez. Rumors where Domain and other coaches where unloyal to Anae. Ok, Domain gets a guy who he feels with be loyal to him, I get that but a guy who played in and coached option football? Not BYU style football. I hope it turns out better then I think it will.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 16, 2011 4:45 a.m.

    Seems I am in the distinct minority of 5% who worry about inexperience in our coaching staff. Why is there such a lack of concern over this? Do you people all think that coaching football is like church callings - no experience required to be a Bishop or Sunday School teacher. Are there no differences any of you can see? Would you not have better comfort level if we hired someone to do the job who has actually PROVEN that he can do it?

  • firestorm Lehi, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    Also, before Uters bang on this guy for lack of depth, lets all remember that the Ute shining star,URBAN, was at BOWLING GREEN, a huge power(LOL) in D1 fb, before he came to Utah

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 16, 2011 4:41 a.m.


    Overestimating WHAT place in history?? BYU has won ZERO BCS bowls. Their last bowl win of consequence was in 1997. My point is exactly that in order to break out of the current and past level of play, you have to get coaches with PROVEN experience at the level you want to be at. We don't have to hire Nick Saban, just some former BYU players with NFL and Div 1 coaching experience - in the role we're hiring them for - would be an improvement. Notice we have a history of giving people a promotion to something they've never done before. It rarely happens in the job world, why gamble with it here???

  • firestorm Lehi, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 4:38 a.m.

    Before Uters start dissin'coaching peds, be it remembered that most of the Ute coaching staff are former COUGARS...

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    Sounds like BYU is trying to copy Skyline's program. Skyline South. After the Utah game next season they play a high school schedule, so that could be a good plan!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 1:11 a.m.

    I think what effected Joey Dupaix's philosophy, more than anything, was being Roger Dupaix's son, the most successful football coach in the history of Utah...

  • JayDogg Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    Well of course if we went back to "royal" blue gold trim would look stupid, but we did use to have it when we first started wearing "navy" blue back in 99 or whenever. The combo of the two colors looks very nice. If you want to see an example just look at DuPaix's Navy picture.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    What a huge move! Who is this guy?

  • Curtis Hight Anchorage, AK
    Jan. 15, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    I watched Joey, er, Coach DuPaix, run in the 1995 Real Dairy Bowl: he was great! I hope he and BYU are very successful, but even if he plays a prominent role in them becoming national champions he can't win my respect more than he already has by the way he treats my younger sister: commencing as a high school man and continuing now as a married one. I'm sure she's elated that he and Monica will be bringing their family to the Wasatch Front.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Jan. 15, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing, hedgehog, but you should stick to your knitting.

    BYU fans couldn't care less whether BYU's football staff has hedgehog's good housekeeping seal of approval.

    BYU football fans are excited to see Bronco assembling a staff for the future.

    If Utah fans are excited about Whit settling for a blast from the past, that's fine with BYU fans.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Sounds like another very solid hire, im really liking the staff that Mendenhall is putting together. Young energetic coaches that the players will feed off and love playing for.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    JayDogg | 2:27 p.m. Jan. 15, 2011
    Orem, UT

    No way we are putting gold trim in the jerseys. Now that we no long share a conference with the Air Force Academy, we're going back to the classic Royal Blue! Gold trim, are you joking?!

  • bluecoug89 Highland, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    To Carson (the one who wrote the comment earlier):

    Trying to keep up with the Utes? May I remind you that you guys were exposed by many teams, especially by 2 unranked teams, and you even lost horribly to one of them? Need I remind you that when you guys played BYU, you only won by a blocked field goal, we held you guys scoreless the first half, and you had the mercy of a blind ref? Not only that, when BYU lost to TCU, we didn't lose by nearly as much as you guys did. All I can say is that we ended the season going completely different directions and if anyone has catching up to do, it'll be Utah. I guess we'll see next season when BYU takes off and Utah drops into obscurity.

    GO COUGS!!!!!!!!!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    Otis Spurlock | 7:36 p.m. Jan. 15, 2011
    Ogden, UT
    Never heard of him.

    Funny, he has never heard of you either.
    Joe, broke the news to Bobby Miles... He's elated your going to be on staff.

    Dude, you are coming at the right time. Hang on, it's going to be a blast...

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 15, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Leave hedgehog in hibernation.

    I trust that Bronco is doing the right thing. Youth and fresh ideas will be great for BYU. The future looks bright.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Jan. 15, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Hire Cahoon too! Create an additional position, if necessary!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    I really don't know anything about coach DuPaix other than his name and that his Dad is a great high school coach in this state. But I like bringing in hungry young guys with motivation to prove themselves. Much better than bringing in musty old has beens that your rival discarded over a decade ago, blowing the dust off of him, emptying the mothballs out of his pockets, giving him some botox and viagra, propping him up on the sideline and listening to him complain about his arthritis.

    But of course young and energetic isn't for everyone. Old and ornery showing the onset of alzheimers seems to be what some want.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    I'm really excited to see how the changes will affect the team. I'm very impressed with Coach Mendenhall, and glad that he has taken a bigger lead this year instead of just running things in the background. He is a great coach. I don't know anything about DuPaix, but I wish him well, and it sounds like he will fit right in. Go Cougars!

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    Sounds exiciting. Hedgehog has spent toooooo much time underground. Come up for some fresh air and find out what is happening in football.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Jan. 15, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    The military academies are highly disciplined - I suspect this "culture" has influenced Coach Dupaix' coaching philosophy. Joe Dupaix will inject discipline in the BYU offense like Coach Mendenhall has done on the defense. Great times ahead.

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    Never heard of him.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    @ hedgehog

    The Cougars are nine month away to kicking, beating and pounding the utes on a regular basis.

    You may laugh at Indy, but BYU can support it self unlike utah who has to rely on other universities to support and finance their way of life.

    Just a matter of time before you see the likely hood of Texas, USC, Oklahoma, etc... moving toward Indy in football. But you'll will never utah move to Indy in football, because of their dependence of a conference and a piece of the pie.

    We'll be laughing at you and "U" in the near future starting with the BYU beat down upon utah in September.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 15, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    Welcome Coach Dupaix...Make Doubters Believers!!!!!

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Jan. 15, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    JayDogg, you got that right. He already wears blue.

    Glad Mendenhall hired Dupaix. I am excited that he is added to the offensive coaching staff. Some critics argue that with out deep experience then BYU should not hire someone. What? We were all the first time hire one time. Somebody gave me and you a chance without proven experience. Even the best proven coaches got their first job somewhere. Doman had zero coaching experience when he left the 49'ers and was hired to coach the QB's. Glad he is on the BYU sideline rather than the opponenets. DuPaix will fit right in, being a local grown product, this is likely a dream job for him and he is looking to grow into this job and make a bigger name for himself.

    If Ben Cahoon eventually ends up on the BYU sideline, he brings a wealth of experince and technique, but no proven coaching experience. Like Doman though, I believe he would be be very good.

    Welcome Coach Dupaix, Glad to have you on the team.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Jan. 15, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    These guys are not the most experienced but they are passionate and love BYU. Hope to see new wrinkles in the offense - plenty of weapons for at least the next 3 years.

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    It seems as though those who know nothing about coaching are doing all the trash-talking.

    This is a great hire. Motorbike is spot on. This is about being a cohesive staff and team. That said, Dupaix does not lack experience. This guys has a great, great resume which is the envy of many coaches.

    I am tired of hearing the bunk about BCS coaches. Rich Rodriguez comes to mind--he was pathetic. BCS coaches are usually not the most innovative since all they really need to do is line up and hand the ball off or have their quarterback or running back, both of whom are paid employees for the school, take off running.

    We welcome the Dupaix family to the Cougar family.

  • taraxopoios Lake Tapps, WA
    Jan. 15, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    Interesting comments about Doman and DuPaix's experience. Yeah, I am concerned about Doman's lack of experience as OC, but Anae had nothing but offensive line experience when he was hired as BYU's OC in 2005. Everyone wants experience but you can't gain experience without catching a break sometime. I guess Doman should have gone down to the JC ranks or maybe high school to get that experience before working at an FBS school, huh?

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 15, 2011 4:38 p.m.


    this coaching line-up is almost as good as the Bingham High football coaching staff,

    I guess the bar is set reaaaalll low as an "indy"


  • Trickeration Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    @Carson....I couldn't read your comment, I had 47 points in my eyes...what did you say??

  • bulldog72 Holladay, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 3:09 p.m.

    "It's like electing a US President who was on the city council 8 years ago"

    Wow, thinking a little highly of BYU, aren't we? I would equate coaching at a Florida or Alabama or Notre Dame, Oklahoma, etc. to the presidency, but BYU? Overestimating their place in college football a bit I would say.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    I'm a Ute through and through, but I know Both Doman and Dupaix quite well and I have to say I'd feel encouraged if I was a Cougar fan.
    Dupaix is very similar to Doman and will gel well.
    These are both good guys with great personalities for recruiting and coaching, players will enjoy them but also respect them.
    Not as much experience as others but they don't know how to lose. Also, BYU is the dream job for both of them. As long as BYU pays remotely well I think what Bronco's doing is putting an emphasis on hiring a COHESIVE staff of PASSIONATE BYU LIFERS that CAN'T HANDLE FAILURE and will NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. So regardless of whether the Cougs lose a few games as these guys learn the ropes, don't count on it staying that way. This is going to be a successful staff if they're given time but probably won't need it.
    That being said, here's hoping the Utes land Chow and we'll ALL be happy.

  • JayDogg Orem, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    At least he doesn't have to change his team colors. That Navy uniform would easily pass as a BYU uniform. Speaking of which, I wish the team would put some gold trim back into the uniforms. Keep the same patterns, but a little gold trim would jazz them up a little.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 15, 2011 2:09 p.m.


    Yep, Steve did coach at FCC before BYU. (Before that he was the coach for Clovis West -- that school killed everybody who played them in everything). We had the Clevelands in our ward as I was growing up (everyone except Steve). One of his brothers even taught me seminary my Freshman year. They are a great family!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 15, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    Good luck to Doman and DuPaix. However, both lack a real deep resume with top tier schools. We are gambling that a new Offensive coach who's never done the job can do it better than Anae. Sometimes the devil you know's better than the one you don't. Why we went with an inexperienced coach to run the whole offense shows our lack of ability to attract a stronger coaching staff. Is it REALLY that hard or do we just lack imagination and drive?

    At least we should go after former BYU players who have some years in the NFL or at Div 1 schools as coaches. Navy, OK, but Cal-Poly, etc. is not real strong. It's like electing a US President who was on the city council 8 years ago...Whatever happened to being sticklers for preparatory experience?

  • Sytra99 Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    I can't wait to see what DuPaix is able to do for Drew Phillips.
    DuPaix turned Shun White into a star a Navy (as mentioned in this article) and I think he could very well make slotback relevent at BYU for the first time since Bronco's first year; and he certainly has a weapon to accomplish just that with Phillips.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    Re: Carson

    BYU started making coaching changes for the upcoming season before Utah did. Anae was the TEs coach and so they needed a replacement for him. This wasn't a knee-jerk reaction to what Utah is doing despite your wishful thinking.

    I will agree, though, that an O-line coach is a lot more important than a TE coach. It all starts with the O-line. Utah's O-line play has been pretty averageg and so the Utes might fair a lot better in the PAC-12 with improved play by their O-line.

    And another thing, whoever says BYU's run game needs restructuring has no clue what they are talking about. Despite the 7-6 record, the run game is better now than it's been in years and will continue to get better. Even though there is no Curtis Brown or Harvey Unga in the backfield, rushing for an average of 160 yards per game with a strong stable of backs is something that BYU hasn't done in a long time.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    fresnogirl: My wife & I served a senior's mission in the Fresno CA Mission in 2006-2007. We loved the area. Drove past Fresno City College every time we went to the mission home. I believe that is where Steve Cleveland coached prior to his stint with BYU. He is now at Fresno State, I believe. If BYU ever played FB against FS, I would travel there to see the game, and do some visiting with brothers and sisters we learned to love in the mission. Bronco & Mr Holmoe, it would be great if you would schedule a game there.

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    LOL, BYU still trying to keep up with the Utes!

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Vai said in his blog yesterday that a team that desires to win the NC has to have a strong running game and their OL has to be aggressive, not just back up to defend the QB. He said, "pass to score, but run to win the game". It appears Bronco already knows that, therefore has hired DuPaix to get to the next level. I'm very excited about the prospects of the coming years. There is no where but up for the BYU football program, as well as the BB program.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Jan. 15, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Bring in whoever you want - just win! Beat Ole Miss, Texas, Utah to start the season. Only one of those three is a gimme right now...

  • fender Washington, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    chase SL

    Trumps Utah's choice of lineman coach? Davis' resume is far superior and an O line coach is a far more important hire than an inside receivers coach. Doman clearly needs help structuring BYU's run game, but if that's what Dupaix is there for, it's an odd choice, because he's another option guy. Bring Chow back to BYU; that would be impressive.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 15, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    I like the young, energetic crew of coaches Bronco is assembling. I'm excited to see how these changes affect play next year.

    On a side note to Tom Holmoe: I know we are punishing Fresno State for being sneaky and going back on their word, but couldn't we punish them on their own field better? Would LOVE to see my Cougars play here sometime....

  • chase SL Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    Happy to have him!!! This trumps Utahs choice of Lineman Coach... whats his name again... thats right no one knows it.