BYU football: Patrick Higgins accepts post at Purdue

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  • fender Washington, UT
    Jan. 20, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Chow isn't going to Utah. If, as has recently been reported in the LA papers, he was unable to work out a deal to return to USC and join a staff with Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron, no way he's going to Utah.

    When you look at the money some of the SEC, Big 10 and PAC 10 teams spend on coaching and, consequently, the caliber of players they are able to bring in year in and year out, you do have to wonder how teams as tightfisted as BYU and as poor as Utah will ever realistically compete. Takes money to make money in most cases.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Jan. 19, 2011 5:41 p.m.


    What a cluesless, obviously politically motivated comment.

    We're not talking Utah here.

    BYU has absolutely no reason to hire a coach because of his family's political connections. Ben will be hired solely because of his coaching skills and football knowledge.

  • Brushowl Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 4:00 p.m.

    Ben will get the job for one reason only, The Governor's little son-in-law needs a job and Herbert wants his little daughter back in Utah County.

  • Buster Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    On August 2, 2007, Ben Cahoon kicked a game winning 22-yard field goal in overtime in a 30-27 victory over the Toronto Argonauts.[4] He replaced Damon Duval, who had been ejected from the game.

    Sign the guy up...

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    A French Canadian newspaper is reporting that Ben Cahoon is retiring and coming to BYU. It quotes Ben as saying he would only leave the CFL if he had another job lined up. This past season marks the first year Ben didn't break 1,000 yards receiving and he didn't want to wear out his welcome as the all-time receiving yardage leader in the CFL.

  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    Jan. 19, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    @hedgehog, you are one argumentative dude. If I said BYU had better weather on its campus than the U, I bet you'd have something to say about it.

    Did you dispute any of my facts? No.

    Now what are you saying? That accountants at BYU aren't able to keep these Fund A separate from Fund B?. "corporate pot" ??? What are you talking about?? Athletic funds at BYU are separate from other university funds, period. Nothing to debate.

    Then you lay out your grand observation that the rest of the university (and in turn the LDS Church) somehow benefits from the athletic program. Duh!! This is true of pretty much every school that does well in athletics. I'm glad we have you to point these things out to us.

    BTW, the weather on BYU's campus IS way better than at the U.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    Boy, the Hedge sure knows how to go off topic.
    hedgehog | 11:24 a.m. Jan. 19, 2011
    Ann Arbor, MI
    uhhhh, silly silly Raintime,

    "If you'd spend more time researching then trolling Ute articles"

    From Hedge on a BYU article. Ute hypocrisy cracks me up.

    (Although, I read all sports articles... because I'm a fan of "sports"...)

    I appreciate the way the coaching staff is shaping up. I like how Bronco handled the need for change. It's too bad that a disgruntled staff member had to leak it inaccurately to the press, but as we see, Bronco showed class in how he handled the situation, giving everyone who was ready to move on a chance to land on their feet.

    DuPaix is going to be a stud. BYU has the (non-, per Ute fans) athletes and staff to make some real strides in the future, and out of the mtn. debacle, so sports fans everywhere can watch the teams play (regardless of Dutchman and Hailstorms predictions of Wed. Night games... more misinfomation...).

    But that's next year.

    Got tickets to the SDSU game next week. I'm smilin'.

    Props to Holmoe and Mendenhall.

  • stokethefire The Planet, Earth
    Jan. 19, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    We need to quit piling on hedgehog. After all he is only a hedgehog

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 12:51 p.m.


    If you'd really done your research, you'd know that Chow makes $640,000 per year, with incentives, for the next two years.

    That's about $500,000 more than Utah's highest paid assistant.

    Utah couldn't afford to pay that much for an assistant even if they wanted to. The $2 million Utah is getting from the PAC 12 Championship game will barely cover the projected $2 million shortfall in the Utes projected athletic budget next year.

    Chow gets NOTHING if he quits, but UCLA can't afford to pay a position coach that much, and Chow isn't about to walkaway from $1 million, so we've entered a high-stakes game of chicken.

    Now you can stop beating your chest about the vast financial resources the Utes have at their disposal and face the reality that Utah is completely at the mercy of UCLA and Chow negotiating a buyout, or Chow won't be coming to Utah.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    Hedgehog, your obsession is showing agian. Could it be that your a little jealous and more than a little nervous about what is going on down south of SLC. You certainly sound that way. Insecure people are constantly looking for attention, to prove that what they like is best and that what they hate is the worst. Sounds like some of the people I knew in Junior High. BYU plays a very exciting brand of football, they are nationally relevant and have a huge national following. There is really nothing for you down there. Move along with the other obsessed rubberneckers now.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    Uh wedgie....BYU's athletic budget is approximately 50% higher than utahs. That was reported in this paper this last year. BYU's athletic department also makes a profit, unlike utah's which is in the red. BYU just got a raise with their exclusive deal with the world wide leader ESPN. utah has virtually no income outside of ticket sales for the next couple of years.

    In short BYU could pay any coach they want to pay whatever they want to pay them and still have twice the money utah has. Just the facts.


  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 19, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    uhhhh, silly silly Raintime,

    If you'd spend more time researching then trolling Ute articles you would discover the Chow signed a TWO year contract for 1mil. let's do a little math shall we. 1mil divided by two is 500k a year.

    Move along now, move along.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 19, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    "Whether or not BYU will pay huge salaries remains to be seen, but it IS an option"

    Rocksalt bYu,

    Wow, it sounds like the tds has more money than they know what to do with? Literally coming out of you ears- right?

    I wouldn't try to cash those imaginary ESPN checks quite yet. As far as attempting to seperate Church and football....come on, it goes into a "corporate" pot. How is "selling" the LDS church via football not part of corporate mix?

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    @hedgehog: Never allow facts to get in the way of good reason.

    1. Football is financially solvent and independent in earnings to the res of the University. In fact, BYU football and Basketball pay for many, many other programs with the use of one cent of tithing.

    2. K-whit makes 1.2 mill? Chow makes 1 mil. So, according to you, Chow would be offered 600,000 or 400,00 less than he makes at UCLA. And Doman makes $80,000? Again, I think your facts are wrong.

    3. My hope for Roderick may be wishful thinking, but I took no cheap shots at the U. It seems you, hedgehog, are a hater. I encourage you to act independent of the way you interpret the way people treat you. Why so bitter?

  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    Jan. 19, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    C'mon @hedgehog, go ahead and be a Y-hater, and go ahead and point out facts about higher/lower salaries when you have them, but don't let your hatred blind you from these facts:

    - BYU's athletic department is one of a handful of programs in the country that turns a profit (i.e. there is money to spare).
    - BYU's athletic department is about to get a huge raise (i.e. there will be even more money to spare).
    - Not a penny of the widow's mite (tithing) goes into BYU's athletic program, which would be a total misuse of such funds anyway.

    Whether or not BYU will pay huge salaries remains to be seen, but it IS an option.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 19, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    "Unlike the U, BYU can afford to pay whatever they need, to get the coaches they want. Whether they will pay is another matter."

    oh yes, eventually the Y will pay the going rate or continue to live as an irrelevant. Look for your yearly tithing to jump to around 11%

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Jan. 19, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    Both Anae and Higgins made decent moves that could be considered lateral ones. It looks like they are being replaced by coaches with little experience.

    There is substantial risk. The offense should get a much needed update. But there will be a lot less experience in those positions.

    There is a very real danger of getting too many coaches who lack experience. Further, the new coaches need to mesh in.

    I supported Bronco's approach to the coaching changes and to changing the offense. However, there are risks and some down side. Besides reducing experience, the slow moving musical chair approach to the coaching changes tends to hurt recruiting.

    In the long run the coaching changes should be positive.

    Unlike the U, BYU can afford to pay whatever they need, to get the coaches they want. Whether they will pay is another matter.

    I am more worried about the lack of experience than I am about BYU not paying enough to get who they want.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 19, 2011 7:00 a.m.

    "Can Utah afford Chow? Is Utah going to pay Chow as much as they pay K-Whit?"


    Utah would need to pay Chow HALF of what K-whit makes. In other words, 5 times more than what bYu could offer a OC.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Jan. 19, 2011 6:58 a.m.

    Sometimes a subtraction is an addition.

    I would love to see Cahoon hired.

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    @ 1984 for life: ".....I hope Aaron Roderick is at least offered an interview or will take a look at the position at BYU."

    Again, my stuck in time friend, I hope he would at least look at the position. BYU is a more attractive place to work than you give it credit. But hey, UCLA just hired an ex-49er coach, so it looks as though Chow will head to the U and that leaves Roderick open for a move.

    But I'll use your logic on you. Can Utah afford Chow? Is Utah going to pay Chow as much as they pay K-Whit?

    The worst thing about a Ute fan is thinking the Pac-17 makes them more attractive than ...... other schools. They are not. A 40,000 seat stadium with a very fickle fan base does not beckon too many people.

    Well, it did Urban Meyer, but, ahem, he left after two years even after his many empty promises. K-Whit stays at Utah because he has a young family and he is a very good family man.

    The obvious choice for BYU is Ben Cahoon and we'll see how it goes from there.

  • Come on Man washington, utah
    Jan. 18, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    Aaron Roderick, Ben Cahoon come on man. I know Aaron has had D1 experience as a coordinator and Ben Cahoon is great at what he does, but why narrow our choices to those 2. How about Steve Clark the SUU offensive coordinator former BYU GA. The offensive production the T-Birds have had since Steve's arrival is crazy, and he coaches the Wide Receivers. He is a BYU guy who has playing calling experience and obviously the passing system he and Paul Peterson have created is terrific. Aaron Roderick's offense was at best terrible the last 3 games of the year, and for Cahoon great players don't always make great coaches. However, my gut says Ben Cahoon gets the job no way on Roderick, and Steve Clark will continue to help turn SUU around. I did hear that he interviewed really well.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    For all those who thought Coach Mendenhall handled his coaches wrong before Christmas, it looks like everyone is doing exactly as expected. Each coach was given the opportunity to evaluate their own position, what they could contribute at a higher level and if not, they could look for other opportunities while other schools had openings. Both Anae and Higgins contributed a lot at BYU and now have moved on. No one was left hanging in the wind who didn't know what was expected of them. No one was embarrassed by being fired. Coach Mendenhall handled this very well and my hat is off to him. This program is in great hands and I am excited for where it is going.

  • UteBall stockton, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 7:01 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.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    I am Happy for Patrick Higgins. He made valuable contributions to BYU as Bronco developed his program. Best Wishes at Purdue.
    As expected the people who knew the handwriting on the wall was that they either would have to step up their game or move on have moved on.
    Some injuries contributed to reduced performance this last year with McKay Jacobsen's hamstring being the most evident. But the lack of catches when hit in the hands was a major problem.
    Ben Cahoon should be the leading candidate as a superb technician of route running and making every catch. Worries about his recruiting should be minimual as he is outgoing, friendly and carries a blue ribbon career as a calling card.
    An the excitement continues to grow.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Jan. 18, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    This is a crazy chess match.

    Go Y

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    To RaininTime: and obviously if BYU came calling Roderick would run to Provo for the privelege of working for Bronco and coaching at BYU. Maybe Andy Reid could coach the wide receivers and Mike Holmgren could head up the offensive line. I'm sure all three of these gentlemen would take HUGE paycuts just for the privelege.

  • livestrong Springville, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    I like the idea of giving Roderick an interview, if he'll take it.

    I'm not sure letting Higgins go was a good idea. The problems this last year were related to injuries (Ashworth), the lack of reps between Heaps and the receivers (OC's decision), and the lack of production out of the tight ends (different coach).

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    I think it will be Cahoon, but I hope Aaron Roderick is at least offered an interview or will take a look at the position at BYU.
    Here's why:
    Roderick has D-1 coaching experience and can help our offense with more crossing routes. Roderick has recruited to Utah, has played at BYU and would already have some recruiting ties.
    Obviously Cahoon is a guy who goes after the football and can catch it with the best of them. But can he recruit and can he teach/coach? Roderick is a proven coach and recruiter.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    Ben Cahoooooooooooooooon!

    Go Cougs!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 18, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    It will be fun to see who repaces him.