Utah Utes football: Urban Meyer receives a warm welcome

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  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    March 21, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    The PAC 10.2!

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    March 18, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    I hope Coach Meyer enjoys the ESPN gig. From what I can gather, it may be a better move for him family.

    Goo luck coach!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 18, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    Al Bundy,

    It's also nice (and a relief) to finally have unbiased coverage ( i.e Ted Miller's ESPN blog) as opposed to the agenda driven local media.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 18, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    I lived in Salt Lake when Urban Meyer was there. I was always very impressed with him.

    I remember him riding up and down the Trax line talking up that first game to the students headed up to campus.

    I remember him filling the empty seats for that first (nationally televised game) with local High School students. Brilliant! The TV audience only saw a filled stadium, the Concessions probably made more money as a result AND he probably made a lot of fans for his team doing that.

    I remember his partnership with Rocky Anderson getting City of Salt Lake to really get behind the team.

    I remember him inviting an LDS General Authority & ex-Ute football player to a practice to show that the rivalry wasn't Mormon vs. Non-Mormon.

    A lot of talk (and rightly so) goes towards commending his abilities on the field as a Coach. This Cougar fan thinks he was just as impressive off the field.

    Welcome back, Coach Meyer. I hope you get to come and visit often.

  • Al Bundy murray, ut
    March 18, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    Pac 121! Espn Spring football highlights show! Great to be a UTE!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 18, 2011 11:25 a.m.


    Great post. Yes, many programs have head coaches and admin. that are insecure in thier own ability and often make "knee jerk" reactions both on coaches and the direction of the program.

    I'm so very glad the UofU has true leaders at the helm... the results are well deserved.

  • Rueben L Folsom, CA
    March 18, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    A couple of thoughts. Chris Hill handled Urban's departure well. He asked his new head coach, Kyle Whittingham, if he would like Urban to coach in the Fiesta Bowl. Good leadership and management, empowering your people to make important decisions. Whittingham, to his credit, displayed no ego or insecurity and without hesitation said, "yes, let's finish what we started". So Meyer and Whit were named co-head coaches for the Fiesta Bowl, with Whit and Gary Andersen coaching most of the bowl prep and practices since most of the assistants left SLC to immediately started recruiting, etc for UNLV and Florida.
    Fast forward to this week. Urban lobbied to include Utah in ESPN's spring football spotlights that will be running on national television the first week of April. Being included in a national spotlight with Texas, Notre Dame, Michigan and Oregon. Could anyone imagine just 10 years ago being in that kind of company for something like this? Go UTES!

  • BigSportsFan!! ogden, ut
    March 18, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    I cheer for most teams in the state. Its time to support other programs instead of bashing them.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 18, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    I third Cactus Flats, and Serenity now.

    I hope for the best for the Utes in the PAC-12.

    I think this is great promotion for the Utes.

    Thanks Coach!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 18, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    It's funny how other programs hold grudges against former (successful) coaches. Teams that had coaches with +10 successful years now treat them as outcast...just don't get it.

  • Pac12Champs Magna, UT
    March 18, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    My handle says it all.

  • Serenity Now American Fork, UT
    March 18, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    Agree with Cactusflats....As a BYU fan but a resident of Utah, I take pride in Utah's success and wish them the best in the PAC-12. Whit is a great coach. I still recall Meyer's quote in 2004 after taking the Florida job that he felt "relieved" that Utah got Whit to take over the reins. He clearly had some anxiety/misgivings over leaving a good situation for an elite SEC school, and that speaks volumes about his character.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    March 18, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    The University of Utah handled the departure of Meyer perfectly and with class. Rather than burning a bridge and demanding that Urban leave immediately as almost all schools do to departing coaches, the U allowed Urban to coach the Fiesta Bowl and then leave under friendly terms. It has paid big dividends for the U in terms of keeping a relationship between coaching staffs with a champion caliber coach. Things have worked out well for the U. If Urban had stayed at Utah a few years longer, Kyle would have taken the head job at BYU and then Urban would have left anyway. The U would have ended up with a different coach rather than the winner we have. Thanks, Urban for two very exciting years at the U.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 18, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    Sounds like a celebrities who's who at the RES yesterday. I agree with him that the stable of running backs just might be the best the Utes ever had.

    Yes, this will be viewed as a "home run" in regards to recruiting.

    I have always admired the way Mr. Coach Meyer pushed the envelope not just on team performance but on administration and fans.

  • imcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 18, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    FINALLY!!! A voice of reason. Cactusflats - you are a classy and well rounded individual. Thank you! The Utes are my team and I hope BYU becomes the most successful independant in football. They deserve it.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    March 18, 2011 6:31 a.m.

    Utah is building a great tradition with Urban and now Kyle. BYU is my team but it's great for the state to have more than one team with tradition and spirit and honor. I hope the Utes make the state proud in the PAC 12.

  • Name Already Used Fort Duchesne, UT
    March 18, 2011 5:51 a.m.

    Meyer is a class act. I like "Mount Olympus's" idea of his coaching the basketball them. Coach Whit is also a class guy--Utah is very fortunate to have had and have now such quality football coaches.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 18, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    Classy move Coach Meyer, you're welcome back any time! And thanks for all you did while you were here. You and your Utah teams will never be forgotten.