Red roundup: 49ers still like Smith

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 22, 2011 4:33 p.m.


    Who cares which one of them it is? If you are scheduling a patsy what does it matter what patsy it is? It looks like this year utah chose montana st. a division 2 school.

    Yes I realize you were trying to make a put down about BYU's schedule for next year but it wasn't a very clever one. You see BYU isn't in the pac10 and BYU doesn't have to answer to a conference or a legislature. BYU is an entity unto itself and as such can do whatever it wants. That is the beauty of private and independent. utah on the otherhand does have to answer to the legislature and the pac10. Basicly they have to do what they are told to do by both entities. But that is what happens when you can't stand on your own.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    April 22, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    "Will be interesting to see how Utah remodels their stadium."

    The answer is: Portable bleachers, so when ute fans go back into hiding, it will take little effort and money to down size the stadium seating.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 22, 2011 3:08 p.m.

    I don't have a problem playing Utah State, if there is an opening in the schedule. I don't think playing Weber State or SUU would help us any. Also, if we have an opportunity to play Notre Dame, TCU, Boise State, Alabama, or any team of that caliber, I want us to have the flexibility to not play Utah State. I don't think the legislature needs to mandate this and I don't think it would be helpful to the Ute's program.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    April 22, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    From Duckhunter: "I would think they want to schedule at least one patsy out of those two, that is how the rest of the pac10, and all the other bcs conference schools, do it."

    Agreed. The BCS-conference sshools often follow that formula, and often for good reason. It burned Arizona State last year as they were not "bowl eligible" at 6-6 because of two wins against FCS teams. The SEC often takes it a step farther by scheduling 3 or more. Sometimes that backfires (ex: Ole Miss losing to Jacksonville St. year) but generally speaking as long as they play one decent OOC opponent, they'll always rely on the "we play murder's row each week" mentality. The PAC is not the Big-10 or the SEC, but scheduling 1 or two cupcakes really isn't a big deal.

    So, which of these patsies would you most recommend for those BCS schools: SJSU, Utah State, New Mexico State, Idaho, or Idaho State?

  • The Disillusionist Alexandria, VA
    April 22, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    I love watching Alex Smith play ... and get booed! Who cares if he returns to San Fran? As long as he gets to play ... and get booed.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 21, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    The reason they are offering a one year contract to Smith - Hargaugh will do whatever it takes to get Luck in SF next year.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    April 21, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    Time to move on Niners and part ways!

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    April 21, 2011 9:47 p.m.


    This article was supposed to be about Alex Smith?

    If he doesn't workout as the #1 QB, he could always follow in the footsteps of Detmer who made a nice living as a backup QB in the NFL.

    As usual, the comments turn into a "gotcha" game between BYU/UTAH fans.

    With regard to the legislature mandating who Utah plays:

    Just a reminder, it was Anne Richards former Gov. of Texas and Baylor alum who through her endless lobbying was responsible for keeping Baylor in and BYU out of the Big 12.

    Still want legislatives types sticking their nose in the business of college football?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 21, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    So mormon ute what do you think utah's out of conference schedule should look like? It appears they will probably play BYU every year, although I, as a BYU fan, wouldn't care if that game wasn't played that often. So that leaves utah generally 2 more games. I would think they want to schedule at least one patsy out of those two, that is how the rest of the pac10, and all the other bcs conference schools, do it. Why can't that patsy be a regular rotation of USU, Weber and SUU? If I was you I would rather see them play USU than Montana St.

    And for the other non conference game I can't imagine you want to take on a real heavy weight. utah is going to struggle enough in the pac10 and playing BYU every year, going out and scheduling Texas, Florida or Georgia seems like I pretty dumb thing to do. Maybe something more along the lines of a mwc school or a conference usa. Decent enough not to kill your strength of schedule but also a pretty likely win?

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 21, 2011 4:25 p.m.


    I have never said the PAC-12 schedule alone will get us where we want to be. I, like most reasonable Ute fans, know that we have to schedule top notch opponents to be considered for BCS bowl games and high seeds in the NCAA tournament. I care, because being in a 12 team league puts non-conference games at a premium and no team can afford to schedule to many teams that don't have clout.

    I don't recall making any claims about specific dollars from the PAC-12 TV deal. I think we will be far better of than we were with the MWC TV deal and the articles referenced by the DNews indicate that. TV dollars don't have anything to do with playing the right opponents to get you recognized by the bowl selection committees and the NCAA tourney committee.

    So you don't have faith in your BYU alum Michael Young? He and his staff are the beaurocrats managing the U.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    April 21, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Enjoyed the article on the Stadiums. BYU could fill in the corners of their stadium and maybe add some end zone levels to get to 75,000-80,000. I think they could fill it regularly.

    Will be interesting to see how Utah remodels their stadium.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    April 21, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    #29 for LaVell Edwards Stadium


    #50 for Rice-Eccles Stadium

    seems about right.

    Amy did get BYU number of MWC championship wrong, however.

    BYU and Utah have both won 4 MWC championships.

    Bronco has 2; Kyle has 1.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    April 21, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    Alex's biggest problem has been the Merry-go-round at the coaching positions he has had to endure. Still another coach with another style. Hope he can succeed this year.

  • CocoNutzz Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    If it wasn't for the CBA, and the lockout I dont think Smith would consider going back. A one year offer makes sense if they get a rookie QB to sit and learn for a year.

    I hope they go after Josh Johnson via trade. He's Haubaugh's guy from USD. Harbaugh knows how to coach QB's, hopefully he does the same with Alex. If not Andrew Luck here we come.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 21, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    @mormon ute

    I think if he expected them to play each other every year in football he would say it. I'm sure he realizes that won't be an every year thing. But by mandating they play 3 games every year that a football game between them will be more frequent than otherwise.

    But my question to you, and all ute fans, is why do you care? You claim your pac schedule will now be so fantastic that you don't need anything else to be legitimate so why not play USU every year in football? Just last week a bunch of you were telling us you were going to get 30mil per year from your tv contract so you don't need to go play any money games against teams from other bcs conferences so that shouldn't be a factor.

    Not too mention the university of utah is not an entity unto itself. It belongs to all of us and perhaps most of us want to see this game played.

    As far as your micro managing assertion is concerned I do not have any faith in beurocrats so maybe a little micromanaging would be an improvement.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 21, 2011 1:52 p.m.


    You may be right, but it may also be that Harbaugh believes he can work with Alex Smith. He said in one recent interview that he spent hours watching a whole season's worth of video of Alex Smith, before deciding to make him an offer. Of course, the reason then for the one year deal would be to see if he responds to what Harbaugh wants him to do.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 21, 2011 1:22 p.m.


    Do you really think Senator Hillyard wants to see Utah play USU in tennis? He's wanting to mandate footbal and/or basketball. If he does actually put a bill together, he will narrow it down and won't leave it wide open.

    This is just one more example of the micromanaging culture that has developed in our legislature. If they want to make these kinds of decisions, they should fire all the administrators and put in the hours to run the programs themselves. They are paid to set the overall school budgets and to set high level policy, not micromanage specific departments within schools.

    This is also an example of an abuse of power to get something Senator Hillyard personally wishes for.

  • Hubble65 Sandy, UT
    April 21, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Tim K., writer for the San Jose Mercury News in covering the Niners draft picks makes it clear that Alex Smith is a backup choice for the 49ers. Their interest is there in case someone they are targeting for QB in the 2nd or 3rd round doesn't pan out, and it gives the team a year to develop the new QB. Harbaugh doesn't need a hot name. Luck wasn't rated as spectacular coming out of High School but Harbaugh developed him and Harbaugh is ready to do that at the NFL level, and has confidence in picking the right person for the QB job. So thus the 1 year offer for Smith. Makes sense to me.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 21, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    I actually enjoy these articles on both BYU and utah where the DN links to articles from other papers and sites. Of course they are a mixed bag as far as quality is concerned and this one from the university of utah paper smacks of amateur hour.

    I agree with some of her premise but her comparisons were far fetched and her conclusion was laughable.

    I can see both sides of this. On the states side utah is a state owned school chartered and funded by the state and all of the citezens of the state. As such they have a vested interest in all of their institutions as well as the right to dictate how those institutions are run. On the uofu's side they don't want to be hamstrung in their scheduling.

    Mandating they schedule 3 games per year total with all of the many sports each school participates in shouldn't be hard to do. Is it really that tough to schedule one basketball game, one volleyball match and one swim meet?

    I know utah wants to think they are bigger than everyone else now but in truth they still have a responsibility to their owners.

  • TwoBitsWorth Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    Happy to see Alex Smith get another chance..

    I hope this is a good year for him.

  • LongDistanceUte Columbia, Sc
    April 21, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    Since when is The Bleacher Report a credible source for anything? I don't care if they rank Rice-Eccles number 1 or 120, they are a total joke...