BYU football: Ben Cahoon hired as wide receivers coach

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  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    re: Just the FAX | 5:33 p.m. Feb. 1, 2011

    What happens when the BYU offense stalls and all you optimists are calling for Brandon's & Jake's head on a pike?

    re: Sportfanatic | 5:44 p.m. Feb. 1, 2011

    "Look how many BYU past players and alumni there are that are helping make the Utes a very quality program! Go BYU! they know how to produce not only great players, but also great athletes!"

    The operative word is BYU *had* great players & *knew* how to produce... But that was all thanks to the OC LaVell had. What was his name? Oh yeah, Norm Chow!

    Insert Nelson Muntz catch phease here!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Feb. 6, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    Everyone's in love with Cahoon and he is totally unproven as a receiver's coach. There is a big transition from doing it well yourself to teaching and leading others to do it. Anae failed in part because of his lack of experience. Everyone remember how excited we were to have him? Ty or Steve Young would be no different. Seems we lose our heads over some 'star' getting a position leading the team.

    Here's a new idea: let's look at which programs have what we like in terms of coaching style, culture, outcomes and hire from those programs. Businesses do it, other teams do it to BYU; let's think like a real top tier program!!!

    And while we're at it, if Bronco really wants to coach the D so bad, let's make him the D coordinator and go find a real HEAD COACH!!!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 2, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    It is no one elses business if an individual goes on a mission or not. Going on a mission is not a requirement to go to heaven, attend church, hold meaningful church callings, attend BYU, have a temple recomend or participate in anything the church has to offer.

    Frankly Big Hapa probably means well but it is simply none of his business.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 2, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    Making kids go on a mission or punishing them for not going infringes on their free agency. Free agency is a basic tenet of the gospel. Infringing on it is definitely not "representing well".

    Let's just remember who's plan it was to compel others to obey....

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 2, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    Hapa and Wiley:
    I'm still not quite following you. Are you saying that Nelson should start over Heaps because he went on a mission and Heaps isn't planning on it? Where in the BYU football "policy and procedures" does it state that everyone on the team has to go on a mission or they don't play. Lots of BYU athletic stars have gone on to be great ambassadors for the Church without going on mission (did you see Fredette baring his testimony on ESPN?).

    While part of a coach's job is building responsible young men with strong character ( and I think Bronco has done an exceptional job at this) , his primary job is to win and play the players who are going to help the team achieve that goal. Making the kids go on missions is not part of the Honor Code nor is it part of the Football Team culture. Heaps is a good person, leader, and role model, and few would argue against Heaps being the better QB.

    If this were the days of McMahan, I would understand your argument. But with Heaps? . . . . ., I just don't see your point.

  • Wiley Old School RIC, VA
    Feb. 2, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Os and Just,

    Reread Big Hapa's post again a little more closely. It has nothing to do with who out-performed who athletically. With the constant "this is a special, different kind of program" message pitched to the media and recruits, one can only wonder why the program invests and rewards players who opt out of one of the primary components of what should make it special. The actions don't quite match the words.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 2, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    Big Hapa

    Don't be too harsh on Bronco for respecting that kid's free agency. We did fight a war to have it, you know.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 2, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    Big Hapa must be a personal friend of Riley Nelson and/or his family because he's been on the Riley Nelson bandwagon since before Jake Heaps ever took his snap at center for BYU.

    Riley was given a fair opportunity to earn the starting QB position. That's all any player can really expect.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    Big Hapa, I hope that one of these days you will explain your antipathy toward Bronco Mendenhall. You continue to deride him for playing Jake Heaps, but why? Once Jake got up to speed with the college game he did quite well. It was apparent that Riley Nelson - although a good athlete and even a good quarterback within the right program - was not up to running the program. The competition was open, no one was lied to, no one was denied a chance.

    So why the hatred, man?

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    Even though the addition of Cahoon comes as no surprise, im still very excited to see it become official. I think he will do a fantastic job coaching the recievers

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    Poor Hedgehog: his knowledge and comments are as poor as his spelling, punctuation and grammar. Both Cahoon and Dupaix are excellent hires, skilled in their positions and able to teach and motivate. I can hardly wait until next season!

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Feb. 1, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    Good hire in Cahoon. I am excited to see his success transfer from player coach to young wide recievers on the field. We do not know if he will be a success or not, but then someone took a chance on most of those on this board and hired them for the first time once. Good for those employers that take a chance and good for Bronco on taking a chance with Cahoon.

    Go Cougars.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Feb. 1, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    There are numerous reasons to believe that the Ben can teach the current WRs (and maybe TEs) how to run a route and hang on to the ball.

    That would solve a lot of problems on offense.

    The BYU coaching staff is now stronger. Anae and Higgins were good coaches or they would not have been able to make the moves that they did. However, the new coaches are a better fit for what BYU needs to do going forward.

    The only question is the lack of experience at OC. That is both good and bad. At least there should be some much needed change.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Feb. 1, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Excellent. Proven talent and knowledge. Sure he hasn't coached but you can't dismiss the facts of his work ethic. That alone will help win games. Teach it, instill it, breath it and greatness will follow. Sure even I don't believe BYU will just break out and win all their games next year. Most likely two or three losses maybe even four but, a step in the right direction is a step towards the bigger goal.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    Congrats cougs from a Utes fan, it's going to be exciting to see how all this turns out for both teams.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    Wonderful News ! Cahoon will be terrific in the BYU sytem, he understands what this program represents and he is the perfect example of what an LDS football player is all about.

    Bronco talks about the unique and different environment that BYU is and now he has on staff a perfect example of a Return Missionary who did the right thing and it all worked out for him.

    This is the Unique environment that is danced around and not spoken openly about.

    Bronco last Saturday 1/29/11 at "The Meet The Juniors" recruiting party, he told the 100 plus boy's that BYU is different, it stands for more then just football it has a higher and bigger standard, it is not for everyone, so do not come to BYU if you can't buy in to what we are about here at BYU, good stuff.

    My nephew and his 3 teammates all were impressed. However, to bad Bronco has does not fully buy in to the "Unique" difference,case in point the starting QB. So, actually BYU is like all the other programs in the country.

    Talk the Talk Bronco.

    POLY Cougar Nation

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 1, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Cali Coug

    That was funny.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    Fabulous hire but let's not go overboard up there and say BYU is going 13-0. It will take some time for the fruits of these coaches work to bear out!

  • Sportfanatic West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Hey Hedgehog!

    Just look at the past and current Ute coaching staff. Look how many BYU past players and alumni there are that are helping make the Utes a very quality program! Go BYU! they know how to produce not only great players, but also great athletes! I guess you can say that the Utah football program is really BYU north!

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 1, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    The breadth and depth of hedgehog's lack of understanding is truly amazing.

    Even the master can't work magic without the necessary raw materials.

    Doman has Heaps.

    Who will Chow have?

  • Barack Obama Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 1, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Great pick up.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Feb. 1, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    "You just never know with a hire like this. The guy may be great, and here is hoping that he is, or he may stink"


    I suprized you followed me on this one. Yes Brian Johnson was/is over his skiis as the QB coach for the Utes - enter chow.

    Johnson will know have the ability to learn from the master.

    Tell me, who will calhoon learn from? Doh!man? Good luck with that.

  • sjgibbons Provo, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    I'm just as excited about this hire as any other BYU fan, but just because he's an amazing receiver who can catch anything, doesn't mean he will be the one in the game pulling them in from Heaps. Hopefully he can help these young players develop the confidence to catch the ball. Watching dropped balls definitely gets old!

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Feb. 1, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    What do you get when you cross a uou football player with a groundhog? Six more weeks of bad football.

    I can see from wedgie's comment he doesn't follow football at the professional level closely. Think it through wedgie...what was Ben doing the last three years in Canada while playing WR? He did more than just play WR...can you guess what other role he had in Canada?

    Crickets, Crickets, Crickets

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    This is exciting. If COACH Cahoon can instill half the desire, drive and work ethic to the talented receivers BYU has there should be an immediate improvement this year. These coaches Coach Mendenhall has hired for offense are the types that will inspire the players to give everything they have and want to reach their potential. I can't wait for this Fall.

    Some other things about hedgehogs I have personally learned. They stink(especially the opinionated ones), they squeal alot but the noise has no intelligence connected and they tend to make the same predictable mistakes over and over and over.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Re: Wedgehog.

    What kind of a professional career has Brian Johnson had? Exactly. . .

    Who really knows if he'll be a great coach? I'll tell you one thing though. . .I'd much rather have Ben Cahoon as a WR coach then I would have Brian Johnson as a QB coach.

    Cahoon has been around the game for a long time, and every coach has to start somewhere.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    It was fun watching Ben at BYU and will be great to see what he can bring as WR coach. Only time will tell how his skill and success in the pros translates to teaching and on-field performance of his players. Good Luck!


    hedgehog = n. a nocturnal insectivorous Old World mammal with a spiny coat and short legs, able to roll itself into a ball in defense.

    I hesitate to use the phrase, but "'nuff said."

  • Jeff29 Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    Excited about the Cahoon hiring; concerned about the DB's coach. DB is traditionally our weakest link on D and I'm not sure how much experience Howell has with DB's. In addition, lumping all of the DB's together seems like a mistake. Corner and safety are very different positions. Back in the day when we had solid defensive backfields there were two coaches.

  • SoCalTrueBlue2 San Diego, CA
    Feb. 1, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    After a game with about 6 dropped passes early last season, in response to a feature article on Ben Cahool, I posted a comment about hoping he would soon retire and that Bronco would hire him as the wide receivers coach. Wish fulfilled. This team will now soar to greater heights with Bronco coaching the D and his new hand-picked coaching staff around him. I predict 11-3 in 2011 (including a Bowl victory), with 2012 being the BCS Busting year.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 1, 2011 2:31 p.m.

    H-hog @1:16:

    That was unprecedented respect - the fact that you capitalized "Y" when you said Y?, instead of y?. Good boy H-hog!

    Oh, by the way - how's your basketball team doing?

  • J1234 Spanish Fork, Utah
    Feb. 1, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    @Hedgehog - Get a life.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    I felt the cold blast coming from the north and here he is. Welcome back Ben!

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Hello Hedgehog

    I have no comment on your posting. It speaks for itself. Only fluff, no substance. A waste of your time and ours. Get a clue, Hedge.

  • Cougars - Wise Older Brothers Anaheim, CA
    Feb. 1, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    ewe should know all about sheep hedgehog

    Secretly, we know you're quivering in your little hedgehog hole about the great staff Bronco has assembled.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 1, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    We certainly got our money's worth out of just wanting a change at the Offensive Coordinator position. And I think Hedgie Doggie must have been the runt of his litter and got wedgied all the time... and the Rubber Duckie Slayer must understand what that's like too since he's so agreeable.

    But all in all this is going to become an awesome program...and you can just sense the coming together of something special. Utah's got some good things going for it as well. Nowhere at the end of the season could I have imagined the uniqueness of these changes with everybody landing standing up like they have. Including Robert Anae.

  • satch Highland, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    As someone who grew up with Ben, what a positive person. You're getting a WINNER! I hope this young energetic staff has a great run.

    Roger Dupaix is the dean of coaching- his son Joe was so fun to watch in college. Best of luck to BYU.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 1, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    I wasn't sure about this hire until Hedgehog piped in. Now that we can see that hiring Cahoon adds to Hedgehog's growing insecurity, i know it is a good hire!

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    Congrats to BYU for an excellent hire. Good upgrade and a good person.

    With Aaron Roderick coaching the wideouts at the U. and Cahoon at the Y, it should make for some outstanding receivers in the state - not that we don't already see that here, but it should improve even more.

    Congrats from this Ute to BYU for a great hire.

    Football in the state of Utah has never had a brighter future.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 1, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Good job, Coach Mendenhall. Good luck next season!

    P.S. I hope someone on his staff who DOES read these comments passes on our happiness and excitement to him.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    I actually agree with wedgie although he doesn't have a clue why he is correct.

    He loved the Brian Johnson hire by the utes last year and that has proved to be disastrous as thier qb's quite litterally sucked this year and showed zero improvement.

    You just never know with a hire like this. The guy may be great, and here is hoping that he is, or he may stink like Johnson stinks.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Feb. 1, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    wow, sounds like all you sheep "love the hire".


    What has he done to show you he can coach? That's right you can't show any proof can you.

    Bronko has surrounded himself with a bunch of yes man...not proven coaches.

  • --JEFFE-- Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    This is definitely a huge step forward for the program. With the quality of receivers coming into Provo, this is a huge move and will be a great advantage to the passing game. I think we will see crisp precise routes, good blocking downfield, and most importantly no more dropped balls. I have been a fan of Cahoon since I was a kid and am really excited to have him.
    I think the impact will be immediate, with receivers like Hoffman, Apo, Ashworth, and Mathews, and a stable of talented TE's, Cahoon will have some top talent to work with.

    This is great news.

    Go Cougs!

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    I love the hire as well as the assignment changes.

    I doubt BYU will go undefeated as its only happened once in the program's history, but I do think they will win 10-11 games.

    It looks like LOI day is almost a wrap and soon we'll be into Spring ball. It's a good time to be a Cougar.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Very good hire! We've got ourselves a pretty awesome staff. I can't say I'm super surprised but I think this was a guy everyone was hoping for. Chad Lewis would have made a good TE coach but he'll still make a good program administrator as far as the marketing goes or whatever he does.

    The future is pretty bright for BYU. There are some questions marks but that's why there's faith right?

    Go Cougs!

  • Waterton Edmonton, Alberta
    Feb. 1, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    I've never been a fan of the Montreal Alouettes but Ben Cahoon was simply the best receiver in the history of the CFL. All the best Ben, your hard work and perserverance paid off and thanks for the great memories of amazing catches in the CFL. Cougar fans should be very very excited about having Ben Cahoon become a receivers coach.

  • CougarKeith Roy, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Personally I think BYU has the opportunity to go 12-0 or 13-0 if the TCU game comes to fruition. I say that almost every year and then they let they're guard down for one game, and then they lose another one somewhere. I think Heaps will lose some frustration in the coming year when the WR's actually hang on to the balls they are thrown!!! Good pick up!!! I couldn't believe some of the drops last year, it was very uncharacteristic of the Cougars to drop so MANY PASSES!!! I personally think that this team is going to be good, and only get better! Way to go Bronco, way to go BYU!!!

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    Two thumbs up on this one!!!

    Go Cougars!!!

  • Cosmo Springville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:42 a.m.


    Talk about a fantastic addition to the program! We're cheering and rooting for you Coach Cahoon!

    Welcome back to Provo!

    Goooooo Cougars!

  • sisucas San Bernardino, CA
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Best hire ever! Cahoon is just an average guy who studied and worked like crazy until he became legendary. I can't imagine a better background for being a coach; super talented people who didn't have to work for it could never develop others the way Cahoon could. I think BYU is about to become Wide Receiver U.

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    seems like a great pick up for a positional coach.

    doman is going to be the one w/ a lot of pressure - will be interesting how he does w/ the full control.. definitely like the new pick ups though.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    Bad for Canada, good for BYU! What an awesome hire! This team is going to be something else.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    Most notable, to me, is Mendenhall keeping the defense. Big Big news for him to keep the D.

    This staff gets BYU nicely poised for good things into the future. 2011 will be a nice schedule to make adjustments to the team and set up for years into the future.

    Great job Cougars

  • UTMANMI Centerville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    As a die hard Ute and 26 year football season ticket holder, I have to say congratulations to the program and fans of byU. I have had the privilege of meeting Mr. Cahoon on a couple of different occasions in the past and he is extremely knowlegeable in his area of expertise (WR's), but more importantly he is a good man and will represent his school and team with class (Max could take a lesson from Ben!). Here's hoping for his success in all games but one! ;)

    Go Utes!!!

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    good get for the Y. i lived in hamilton, ontario for a while and i got sick of watching cahoon and calvillo shred my ti-cat defense 2-3 times a year. too bad forward motion isn't allowed in the american game. i think that's what makes canadian football fun to watch. all the same though, football is football and byu got a good guy.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    Wonderful hire! Now BYU needs to show the patience to let these guys recruit and coach to continue building the program to be a consistent, top-25 program.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 1, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    Great hire, by by dropped passes, hello great routes. Heaps has got to be loving this.

    This article says the staff is complete. Meaning the end of this chapter, no one was fired, all coaches were given notice, everyone ended up with a job. Another coaches award for Bronco.

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    BYU's coaching staff is top notch. Very exciting. Recruiting is going to get better and better with this staff, guaranteed.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 1, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    Good move, Coach Mendenhall.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 1, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    And all we were hoping for was a change at Offensive Coordinator...My, my... how things have blossomed...We didn't get Tye Detmer but in the long haul I think we came out in even much better shape. Now with Ben Cahoon in the fold the transformation will progress and this team will be a lot better than it was destined to become had things remained the same as they were at seasons end. Here's to a brighter looking future...despite the opening 2011 schedule which was just to get things rolling. Still hope that TCU will be the 13th game in 2011 even if they do beat us. 2012 will ultimately be the breakout year anyways. And despite the obvious naysayers who will jump on this...down the road I still believe that ESPN will be a catylyst in keeping BYU vs Utah a reality. Both Schools and the PAC can only benifit from it. It's not a losing propostion. Not when there's already an existing ready made lucrative market and wide Fan base to support it. Utah and the PAC have more to lose than to gain if they pass on this.


  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    Feb. 1, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    Other than a Detmer hire, the consensus of the fan's hopes for coaching changes have come true!

    I was at Ricks College and BYU when Cahoon was there. He was awesome! The fans in Montreal love him, and why wouldn't they, what's not to like? I think he has the on-and-off-the-field skills to be a great coach!

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    BYU's offensive staff is going to be awesome. Young, energetic, great knowledge of the positions, great recruiters, and an old dog with decades of experience to help the younger coaches with teaching skills when needed.

    Welcome aboard Ben!

  • J1234 Spanish Fork, Utah
    Feb. 1, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    Awesome news!!! This guy is a stud!

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    Wow- what a surprise!

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    This is fantastic. Can't wait to see what his effect on our talented young reciever's will be. He brings professional cred along with the fact that he has worked in the summers with a lot of our kids. Go Cougs!