Mike Sorensen: Mendenhall, Whittingham can handle adversity

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  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Nov. 8, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    You know what...


    They're both great for their respective schools and for the reputation of college football in the state of Utah.

  • nomad1 American Fork, UT
    Nov. 8, 2011 8:37 a.m.

    How convenient for Mike to leave out the fact that Whit has won two bcs games and been national coach of the year. Yeah i guess you can leave out certain accolades and accomplishments to make everyone seem the same. I guess you could throw my name in the mix Mike. Can't we get some writers that base stories on fact instead of skewing the truth to publish opinion. Utah sports writers are horrible at best. The rivalry as we know it is dead. Sure the teams don't like each other, but Utah has bigger fish to fry now. Byu is just hoping to find somebody that wants to play with them or a conference that wants to add them. Byu needs to humble themselves and realize they're not the pretty girl they thought they were. People outside of Utah and the lds church don't care.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Nov. 7, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    Bronco said he does not read the sports pages which is probably why he thinks his team is improving. Imagine the surprise when he discovers that this years team is not actually the national champion and that other teams expect players to make football number 1 in priority.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 10:49 p.m.


    This was a particularly dull article. If you were trying to rev up the rivalry, forget it. It's over.

    Go Cougars!

  • bdl_juice OGDEN, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    -Wild Blue
    Strangely enough they will also have better record against Wac teams. Weird how that works out huh?

  • Wild Blue Abilene, TX
    Nov. 7, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    BYU will have a better winning percentage over PAC 10.2 teams this year than Utah will.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    Let's look further; One of them has been selected coach of the year, a BCS - sugar bowl win, been offered millions to coach other team(s), coached a team that as a non-bcs team had more wins over bcs teams than any other, coached a team that won 9 straight bowl wins (second most in ncaa history) coached a team that was the only non-bcs team invited to join a bcs conference as a result of expansion (not replacing a departing team).

    The comparison reminds me of a Roger Reid vs Rick Majerus. Winning %, conference championships, other? comparision was surprisingly close. Yet in big games, NCAA tournament wins, professional coaching respect,etc. the disparity was enormous.

    Comparison of this year for Coach Bronco and Coach Whit. One will win nine regular scheduled games. The other, hopefully, eight. Which coach has been the better coach this year? Close call? Not only no but NO

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 7, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    I think a nice fedora would go well with Bronco's grey shirt.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Nov. 7, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    I am one of those rare birds that supports both Utah and Boise State. I am an alumnus of Utah but I was raised in Idaho.

    Yes some BSU fans can be obnoxious, Boise's football teams have been good for so long that there is a natural arrogance that comes along with having great teams year in and year out.

    The occasional BSU fan that comes on these boards and makes derisive comments about BYU and Utah shouldn't be used as the Poster Child for ALL Boise State fans. Many of them support what Utah and BYU have accomplished.

    I support all three teams, except for when Utah or BSU plays BYU.

    By the way, Chris Petersen (BSU's coach) is a lot like Whittingham in both demeanor and how they run their teams.

  • bobco SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    @Howard S.

    Utah has as much reason to play as BYU does at this point. It just takes more losses for them to have a meaningless season. It doesn't matter if you are in a BCS conference if you can't win it.

    If you are at all interested in discontinuing a rivalry like BYU v. Utah you are crazy! This is what is wrong with college football right now. It would be a complete shame for it to end. BYU can't replace Utah as it's rival and Utah can't replace BYU. It's just the nature of the beast. No other game either team plays has the same feel to it.

    As far as comparing coaches, I believe they are evenly matched. I think Kyle has some more significant wins, but I think Bronco has a more difficult recruiting challange and does fairly well with it (not as well as I would hope for though). All things considered it seems equal.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 6, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    First comparisons of the the offensive coordinators, now the head coaches.

    The DN tries desperately to maintain interest in a rivalry that has past.

    Utah has moved on... BYU remains a non-AQ, mid-major.

    In the 11th week of the college football season Utah plays UCLA and remains mathematically alive for a shot at the PAC12 championship and a BCS bowl.

    Having secured a spot in a second rate bowl, BYU plays Idaho for... well, nothing really.

    You might as well compare Utah and SUU.

    Get over it DN, the rivalry is finished... as it should be.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    Kyle knows winning games is #1. He has proven he is a bcs caliber coach who gets bcs caliber players and bcs caliber effort and win bcs bcs games. That is the big difference between him and bronco. Bronco can't ever go to a bcs game or recruit enough bcs caliber athletes or win enough games to be considered for bcs game or bcs invite.

  • IdahoCougarFan Nampa, ID
    Nov. 6, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    I like both coaches and hate the negative comments from both teams. I also would like both teams to beat BSU, even though I think Coach Peterson is great. BSU fans love to put down Utah and BYU unfairly and need to be humbled a bit. Maybe TCU will do will fulfill my dreams this coming weekend. It sure would be nice for that to happen.

    BSU's wins against BCS teams are considered better and bigger than victories by the U and BYU. The fans love to ignore key wins, especially by the Utes and discount them as nothing. The obnoxious BSU fans think everybody is avoiding direct competition with their team and the hot air continues to increase hourly.