BYU football: Bronco Mendenhall pleased with first year of independence

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  • BYU DUDE Provo, UT
    Nov. 11, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    man of few words

    I hate to break it to You !! But you Are the 1 % !!!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 11, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    The first year scheduling was understandable and I'm OK with that. I am confident it will get better. However our performance in the limelight of ESPN has been very disappointing--starting with the debacle with Utah. We've lost every important game on ESPN this year. I didn't expect an undefeated season this year but I did expect a good showing on the national stage. If Bronco is really pleased with our debut as independents, then seriously, we need a coach with higher expectations. The only thing that disappoints me more than the Cougars' performance this season is this article and Bronco's comments.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 11, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    Well I'm not pleased with the performance of the football team but that is a completely different subject than being pleased with Independence. I'm very pleased with that.

    The fact is Bronco needs to improve his teams performance next year from what it was this year. The schedule itself is a little bit better next year so that will be nice. The schedule will be much better the following year with games against Texas, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Boise St, USU, Houston, Hawaii and utah. That is an excellent schedule with more games to be announced.

    And if BYU can continue to put together schedules like that then Independence will be an overwhelming success provided the teams performance improves. That is on Bronco, he is the coach. If he cannot perform up to the level of the schedule then he will have to be replaced with someone that can.

    But yes Independence itself is pretty pleasing despite the teams disappointing showing. Remember one is not the same as the other.

  • News For U Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 11, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    @ SportsFan

    "ESPN > KJZZ

    Any fan who tries to argue differently is simply fooling himself.

    Hang in their little brother, the PAC 12 Colorado-Utah Regional Network is coming."

    Wow! You need to get your facts straight before you make a fool of yourself further! You are correct about ESPN being greater than KJZZ. Utah will only use KJZZ for this year. You are forgetting the Pac-12 has contracts with ESPN and Fox that begin next year. (No more KJZZ). The Pac-12 will launch the Pac-12 National Network which will televise the remaining football and men's basketball games that have not been picked up by ESPN and Fox networks. In simpler terms "Every football and men's basketball game will be nationally televised!". The six Pac-12 regional networks are to televise the non-football and men's basketball sports.

    Hang in there band of little brothers, you'll be seeing your big brother on national TV next year.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 11, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    I like independence. I had a great time at Ole Miss. I plan to go to Notre Dame next year. The schedule will get better. I like to see BYU play a bunch of new teams. It's fun.

    I think Penn State's disaster, the dissolution of conferences, the scramble for BCS AQ eligibility, and the Ohio State affair will doom the BCS. A lot of schools are going to look at their athletic programs differently. There has been a lot of abuse and cheating. The AQ/Non AQ BS is a major problem. Open it up and Independence becomes really attractive.

    Who cares about the National Championship? Penn State, a great program, has won 2. How many of the NCAA BCS division have ever won a single NC? 1%? The BCS is rigged, we all know that.

    BYU is in a strong position. Stay Indy is my vote. We'll get a BCS invite if we win. And maybe the BCS will change. Maybe not. Does it really matter? Stay Indy and win, baby.

  • abejones SCOTT DEPOT, WV
    Nov. 11, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    All 16 comments are true. But, the Coach is covering his job and his boss. Why fire the coach? He didn't make the mess. So, who did? Also, it all fits in with that old line What's in a name? Say Notre Dame. But has any fan taken the trouble to check the records and names of its "independent" schedule? Six have losing records and three are part of the proposed Big East. BYU has played most of them and, in spite of the research by the Oklahoma U history professor, won the game. Even if the Georgia Bulldogs just played New Mexico State, they are covered by their good name and are not demeaned. So, join the Big East. If not, this time we should know why not.

  • International Cougar Fan Tacoma, WA
    Nov. 11, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    Bleed Red is watching the Ute Games in Salt Lake City with his laptop. I love it! Wow that is great TV coverage for you and the little pac12!

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Nov. 11, 2011 8:02 a.m.



    Any fan who tries to argue differently is simply fooling himself.

    Hang in their little brother, the PAC 12 Colorado-Utah Regional Network is coming.

  • BleedRed Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 11, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    International Cougar Fan
    " I get to watch all BYU games here in South Korea."

    You've played that card to long.

    I can watch any game I want with my lap top and a link.

    Welcome to the future.

    Hang in there Band of Lil Brothers

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 11, 2011 6:58 a.m.

    Get real fans. Anyone who did not know the first year of independence would look like this was blind. The schedule for 2012 will be better than 2011. The schedule for 2013 will be better than 2012.

    In 2011, we had 10 games on ESPN compared to 1 game in 2010. We're going to finish the regular season with a 9-3 record and are likely to get matched up with a solid CUSA team in the Armed Forces Bowl. It will be a much better match-up than last years bowl game.

    In 2011, IF one or two plays had gone differently we would have beaten a solid Texas team. IF our punting game had not collapsed, we would have beaten TCU.

    2011 is a good year, but not a great year. It's a much better year than 2010, playing more BCS teams, and in front of a national audience.

    Momentum is picking up for BCS proposal to include Top 10 teams in BCS bowls, regardless of conference. This would be a big win for BYU, opening up access. If it happens, look for more teams with a national brand (USC, Texas) to go indy.

  • International Cougar Fan Tacoma, WA
    Nov. 11, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    Overall Independence has been a big improvement to being in the MWC with its terrible TV coverage. BYU is light years ahead of Utah in TV coverage. I get to watch all BYU games here in South Korea. My Ute friends have to read about the Ute games on the internet.

  • man of few words Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2011 12:20 a.m.


    Dear Mr. Occupy BYU Comment Boards. Hate to break it to you, Dude, but you are not the 99%!

  • chubbuckidahocougfan Chubbuck, Idaho
    Nov. 11, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    I don't know why my fellow Cougar fans would want to schedule top tier BCS teams or even BCS teams for that matter. They would get beat by any top 25 team in the country and get beaten badly. This year, BYU does not belong with any teams in the country except for the WAC and MWC minus TCU and BSU. This coaching staff and Bronco continues to dissapoint me. His rhetoric is absolutely pathetic and boring. Come on Bronco, get real...Who have we beat this year of any value? Who? Oregon State? Is that our best win?

    Is this what BYU football has come to? Saying we are having a successful season when we have beat the likes of San Jose Diddley Tech, The Beavers, The Aggies (WAC) team, my alma mater ISU Bengals, Central Florida whom got beat by Florida International Airport, and the bottom feeder SEC team, Mississippi on a lucky one point victory.

    Until Bronco is relieved of his duties or fired, then all Coug fans should get used to his definition of a "successful" season which ecompasses beating lower tier BCS teams and occasional WAC and Big Sky Teams. Ouch!

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    People, people, people...what else would you expect Bronco to say...get real!

    It was the first year of independence, my marriage struggled for ten years, give the guy a break...he did not make a schedule, hello.

    The problem is scheduling...BYU took what was available, I only hope with more lead time, we are able to schedule better teams later in the season...if you people thought it was going to be a bed of roses for BYU going it alone, you also probably thought Utah would succeed in the PAC 12...both take time...

  • BYU DUDE Provo, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 10:17 p.m.


    If you are pleased with the first year of independence, and this is what Cougar Fan's can come to expect in the future it's time to look for a new Head Coach.

    Signed 99% of Cougar fan's

  • oh ye confederacy of dunces Flushing, NY
    Nov. 10, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    I gotta disagree w/ Mendenhall's assesment. As a Y fan, this has been one of the most frustrating seasons I can ever remember. 2011 will always be the year that we lost yet again (for the fourth time in a row) to "Hitch-yer-pants-up" Patterson and his horned Frogs; won a handful of meaningless games against vastly inferior teams and watched as our hopeful QB of the future struggled and was eventually benched. 2011 is the year where we knew our bowl destination once we lost our first game--a game in which the team turtled up in the second half and practically handed to Texas on a silver platter--and that bowl destination is quite frankly, embarrassing. But most of all, 2011 will always be the year our rival came into LES and absolutely destroyed us from top to bottom. And the worst part about that game? the players quit. You could see it in their body language. Bronco being pleased sounds like coach speak for: "Look at our record, we are having a great season, and I am doing a great job." Respectively Bronco, I gotta disagree.

  • Noblepromise PROVO, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    I am not sure what is so pleasing about playing a football schedule with so many teams that are not in BCS conference? I think BYU's arguement of being in BCS conference or being eligible for a BCS invite is diluted each time BYU schedules or plays against a football team from a non BS conference.

    What was the purpose of going independent in football if it wasn't to increase sports revenue and exposure for BYU football? Surely it wasn't to increase the win record against teams that are not from a BCS conference.

    Who handles the scheduling of games as an independent? Does the coach have input? I would be dismayed as Cougar Club member, BYU alumni, player or coach to have the schedule BYU had in 2011 as an football independent. For all intent BYU was in FCS conference in Division IA football this year.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    I think honest fans disagree with Bronco. This first season of independence has been anything but pleasing.

    Just wait for Saturday night -- second half, with the snow falling, sub 20's temperature, playing the might Idaho Vandals -- that is not very pleasing. Oh wait, it is on ESPN so that makes up for it. Not very pleasing getting beat 54-10 by your rivals on your home field or watching the pre-season heisman award winner get benched in favor of a kid that has guts but no throwing arm. Then sitting on the sidelines while inferior teams are invited to BCS conferences in front of you.

    Pleasing? Bronco? Really?

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 10, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    "Pleased with first year": I guess I missed something this year.

    54-10: So much for your pac-whatever melt down. Oh wait, round ball is coming up.

  • U4Me Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 10, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Obviously low expectations.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    It was very satisfying as the Cougars were demolished 54-10 at LES.