Dick Harmon: Dick Harmon: New book uncovers BYU, Bronco Mendenhall secrets

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  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    A shameless promo of gimmicks. Judging by the win record against BCS bowl-bound teams the past years, I'm not sure I'd run out and hire this guy.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 6:45 a.m.

    I'll run out and buy it. Nope.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 3, 2012 11:52 p.m.

    I have a perspective as a Ute fan and I am not a teenager either. Yes, talent is what it is, and being the best you can be is what anybody would want.

    BYU avoided hitting in camp again. Will it payoff? The Cougars looked physical against Washington State last week. If they stay healthy and are fresher in the 4th quarter (well conditioned), then they will be tough to beat.

    I am confident in my Utes but Utah State and BYU look formidable the next two weeks.

    If BYU can get on a roll here in September, they could have a special season. Boise State is beatable this year. The big question is when BYU hits the road back to back against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. I don't see BYU going 2-0 for that stretch.

    Anyway, week 3 is almost here. September doesn't have the November feel but the game will hopefully be a classic. I am looking forward to the not so 'Holy War' nonetheless.

  • B C Park City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 10:51 p.m.


    Not sure you can call their jealous temper tantrums insight but there you have it.

  • Barnbug1 SPANISH FORK, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    Uteology & Heater

    Thanks for the insight. It's great to get the teen perspective from ute fans.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    does it explain last years loss to the Utes?

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 3, 2012 5:36 p.m.

    I hope the book covers why you drive your best quarterback and best running back out of the program and how this helps the team. I can't wait to read about it.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Addressing Utelolgy's comments: Obviously a team needs to be as well conditioned as possible. Nobody is touting that as a panacea, however. It is more like one of those givens that make up the structure of the program. If you see room for improvement, you improve. Bronco did.

    Better conditioning cannot replace talent, only improve it. Now, how would you propose BYU get NFL caliber talent on the field in any way that doesn't diminish the honor code (which isn't going to happen)? Sometimes they think they know what they have from the beginning, such as Jake Heaps and Ofa Moetau and their five stars - neither lasted. They certainly did not know what they had with Steve Young. He was #8 on the QB depth chart.

    The only way BYU can function given its immediate handicaps (honor code, remote location) is to make the best of what it can get. But they will always working with unknowns such as Cody Hoffman (recruited by Sac State and noone else). Kyle van Noy was well respected coming out of high school, but I don't remember Alabama or USC breaking down his door. Such are the realities.

  • Heater BALA CYNWYD, PA
    Sept. 3, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    BYUAlum... so, you're telling me this is an unauthorized look into BM's success and he, BM, didn't sign off on it? He had nothing to do with it? LaVell didn't write his either. I think Lee Benson did.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 3, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    FYI Heater, Bronco didn't write this book.

    "Running into the Wind: Bronco Mendenhall — 5 Strategies for Building a Successful Team," by Paul Gustavson and Alyson Von Feldt (Shadow Mountain).

  • Heater BALA CYNWYD, PA
    Sept. 3, 2012 12:09 a.m.

    I'm glad LaVell waited until he won the National Championship before he wrote a book. I'm really interested in what BM is doing to beat San Jose State, Idaho, New Mexico St and UTEP in the bowl game. I didn't see Dan the Man on the sidelines roaming around during the 54-10 debacle. They looked gassed in the 2nd quarter chasing Utes into the end zone.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 10:51 p.m.

    Thankfully Bronco sees more than just football players in these young men. She sees future husbands, fathers, church leaders, family providers, and solid citizens of our country. That's why he invests so much in their character as well as their talent and why they stay so loyal through the years to the program and to him. Thanks, Bronco!

    Go BYU! Go Cougars!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Sept. 2, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    Someone didn't get much out of Sunday School today, did they?

    So, Alabama's NFL talent didn't help them against Utah, now did it?

    But thats so ancient history. How about we consider this hypothetical... Lets say you are playing a team that will go into history last year as a 4-8 team, and you find yourself tied at the end of regulation. Would you rather have the team in better condition, or not?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 2, 2012 7:31 p.m.

    It sounds like Bronco spends a lot of time reading about what other coaches do and incorporating their ideas into his own program. I think that is very commendable.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 2, 2012 7:16 p.m.

    Uteology - you are a real genius.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    "It fits a program goal to become the healthiest and most well-conditioned football team in America...It may not lead to a national championship this season or even 12 wins, but it might make the difference in a fourth-quarter play — and that could make all the difference to getting there someday."

    Yes because it was 4th quarter plays that stopped BYU from their Quest. Not the talent on the other side (TCU and Utah).

    Next time you see highlights of USC and Bama see if it's about "health and conditioning" or the NFL talent level on the field.

    How about getting players like Steve Young back into the program? Rudy can only get you so far.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 2, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    Interesting insight. It will be a fun read. I'm very impressed with how Bronco has approached the HC position. He has been incredible and I don't think he's satisifed yet.