BYU football: Cougars' coaches mining NFL teams for ideas

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  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 29, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    "Cougars' coaches mining NFL teams for ideas"

    Well, it seemed pretty clear to me during the last 'Holy War' that the Indy-WACers were all out of ideas* by mid-September. So it looks like asking around might not be such a bad idea. Even if it was just from Oakland and Houston.

    ** Other than loading up their schedules with the worst teams in the WAC. But even at that, after this season, there won't BE a WAC to dine on.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    June 28, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    Cougar Passion,

    They are not dumbing down there schedule too much. They have Michigan now in 2014-15. The Pac 10 now 12 did do us a favor, by not inviting you. That was the best thing that could have happened. If you could go ask Larry Scott or the PAc 12 Presidents, they would tell you that Utah was always in. The knew that if they did get Texas, that Texas A&M was not going to head west. They wanted the SEC. Stop with all this we were the 2nd choice. Even if that were true, which it is not, at least we were a choice. You were not chosen at all, and have yet to be chosen. You are the red headed step child of the college football world. Your demands, and the fact that you cant give the precious yBu TV, that no one really cares about, makes you arrogant and pretty pathetic. Sweet, ESPN exposure, but no chance at winning a NC, getting to a BCS game, or a high tier bowl. Great trade off.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 28, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    It's ok. Utah is trying to make a name for themselves, and get out of the shadow of BYU.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    June 28, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    Regarding the Utah game, '"I don't know a good reason why we wouldn't play. It makes no sense to me," Mendenhall said.' As much as I like Coach Mendenhall, a "good reason" is subjective. I understand Kyle Whittingham's desire to dumb down the season instead of playing BYU. Although I don't agree with it, it is true that playing a high-intensity game at the beginning of the season might be detrimental to Utah's efforts in their conference season. And, if I might speculate, I don't think it bothers Whittingham one iota that he has a chance to give his team at least an appearance of having leverage after decades of being in BYU's shadow. Even though the choice of Utah was clearly seen as a consolation prize after Texas and friends stiffed them, the Pac-10 did Utah an incredible favor in that regard.

    By the way, with regard to dumbing down schedules, Gary Crowton did the same thing when he dropped a home/home with LSU and tried to do the same with USC. Instead, BYU got beaten twice by an on-the-rise Boise State.

  • BigLebowski Mesa, AZ
    June 28, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    I think you need to check your facts Jeff Call, the title says that BYU spoke with NFL teams. In reality they just spoke with the Raiders and Texans.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 28, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    I loved the two Media Day programs on BYUtv yesterday. Curtis Brown was hilarious. Although the full 2013 schedule has not been announced, I get the feeling that it will be improved over 2012, which is better than 2011, which was better than 2010 and the MWC schedule.

    I like the idea of playing the Utah State game as the last game of the year. It looks like Notre Dame will also become a November game. With ESPN liking to put BYU on Thursday, it should be easy to find someone to play on Thursday before conference to keep that weekend free.

    I hope we continue to play Boise State, Hawaii, Utah State, and Notre Dame every year (which I think we will). I also hope Utah has a change of heart, and keeps the rivalry game intact. In spite of the bitterness, this is one of the best rivalry games in college football. Sure Utah has a slight edge recently, winning 7 of the last 12, but there have been some spectular finishes on both sides.

    To be clear - neither teams "needs" the other, but the fans on both sides deserve this game.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    June 28, 2012 6:57 a.m.

    It's a great start. I'm sure you won't see the same kind of weird play-calling in the NFL that we saw last year at BYU. Here are 2 ideas from the NFL - 1) you drop a pass and you don't play, 2) better strengthening and conditioning. Our guys just don't play with heart and toughness. Our efforts vs. Utah and TCU the past few years have been pathetic.