Blue roundup: Sporting News gives Bronco Mendenhall high marks

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  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    May 14, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    So Bronco has done more with less huh? I actually think it is the other way around, and even more so with Gary Anderson. Up until a couple of years ago the Y had a better overall recruiting class voted on by Rivals, Scout, etc. than the Utes did, and a lot better than Utah St. As of this morning Bronco had 1 more overall win than Kyle, a worse overall bowl record, and a lot easier of a schedule. Also as of this morning, there were 32 players from Utah on NFL squads, and only 13 from the Y. Utah St had 12 on NFL teams. So judging by those statistics, I would think that Whit and Anderson both DID more with less. Over the next few years we will see where each of these programs goes. If the Utes can handle the Pac 12, the Y independence, and Utah St the Mtn West, then they will all be in good shape, and the fans of each team can be happy. I think that the Utes have a better overall ceiling of where they can actually go. I hope the Y can get into a big conference.

    May 14, 2012 12:01 p.m.


    Sporting News must be the Chosen Word when it comes to college football coaches.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    May 14, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    I just hope that Bronco's wife "chooses" to wash his "BOB" t-shirt once in a while? That would be a nice touch.....

  • fender Washington, UT
    May 14, 2012 10:35 a.m.


    Relax pardner. You're trying too hard. The coach rankings are subjective, so it's hardly the end of the story. Your "consensus #1 ranking and national championship" reference is sooo worn out. Give it a rest.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    May 14, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    "I think that Bronco's gray "Band of Brothers" t-shirt completes his greatness."

    I believe that Bronco's excellent coaching and leadership are beginning to receive national recognition and any positive attention that brings to BYU will spur petty jealousy from some of our friends up north.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    May 13, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    PAC12 Fan, You wish!

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    May 12, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    Re: PAC12Fan

    You can believe whatever you want to believe, but here in the real world the Sporting News ranked Bronco higher than Kyle as a football coach. End of story.

    And, actually BYU fans are just fine thank you very much. Considering we have a fan base over twice as large as Utah's and larger than that of 7 of the 12 schools in the PAC and a national brand and a top 25 finish in 2011, we are OK. Oh, and a consensus #1 ranking and national championship; can't forget that.

    Trading coaches and places? Nah.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    May 12, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    I believe most BYU fans would trade coaches straight across. Actually most BYU fans would trade places with Utah. Everyone wants to belong to something.

  • Keisels Beard Overton, NV
    May 11, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    My first question after seeing where Bronco ranked: what about Whittingham?

    To be honest, I'm not sure that Bronco is a better coach than Whittingham. But he is the right man for the BYU job. I don't know if Whittingham could have the kind of success at BYU that Bronco is. But, on the other hand, maybe Bronco couldn't do as well at Utah as Whittingham has done.

    Both are very good coaches, though, and both schools are lucky to have such men heading their respective programs. It's nice to see them getting this kind of recognition.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    May 11, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    I think that Bronco's gray "Band of Brothers" t-shirt completes his greatness.

    May 11, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    Whittingham, Mendenhall, and Anderson are very impressive coaches. It's nice to all three of these programs on the rise. Good luck to all of them in the upcoming season

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    May 11, 2012 2:35 p.m.

    This state is very fortunate to have 3 great coaches at our 3 major universities giving our kids a lot of choices and avenues to pursue after high school ball. I am a Coug, first and foremost, but Bronco, Whittingham, and Anderson are all the caliber of coach I would want my son to be tutored by. Weber, Snow, and Dixie are also well run programs.

  • SoCalTrueBlue2 San Diego, CA
    May 11, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    What a credit to the state of Utah to have two head football coaches ranked in the top 21 nationally.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    May 11, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    John Beck rides again. Go Cougars!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 11, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    Well, I'm a big time Cougar basher (in fun--part of the game)-who also gives him high marks. It would be probably be more fun if he wasn't such a good coach and good person,(Roger Reid) but he is and that's all there is to it.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 11, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    It is great to see him get some National attention and it is well deserved. BYU has to be the most difficult place to coach in the country with the missionaries coming and going all the time and with the honor code limiting who they recruit. I think KW is a fantastic coach also. He is only one PAC South champion season from jumping into the top 15 himself.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    May 11, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    Oops see day see, Well Utes fans or should I just call you BYU haters. That is more fitting. Bronco is 6 spots above Kyle Whit. How irrelevant was BYU going to become again? A might pac ten point two coach below an obscure Indy coach? ouch. Just imagine where the basketball coaching would rank between the two schools?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 11, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    Man hes awesoem