Dick Harmon: College Hall of Fame beckons Ty Detmer

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  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:45 p.m.


    You've seriously regressed. I was honestly starting to find most of your comments to be pretty level-headed. But lately it seems you're not running on all cylinders. Pretending comments you make are factual doesn't make it so. You're blue goggles have you way off base lately.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 4, 2012 8:44 p.m.

    Very nice tribute to Ty Detmer, Dick. Good Job. He was an amazing college QB. Even though he wasn't known for his arm strength, he was able to throw strikers over the top with regularity. Leadership, smarts, grit, accuracy, and field vision. He truly had the whole package. Truly deserving of this honor.

    I know he had some financial issues recently. At his disposal is a fast-track vault to a HC position of a D1 school with its 7 figure salaries. I would think he would at least show some interest in the prospect if approached.....

  • rafinsure Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00
    Dec. 4, 2012 7:46 p.m.

    I was at BYU during the Ty Detmer era. I got to see the win over the University of Miami and the schillacking the Cougs gave Penn State. Coach Paterno was so angry that he walked from Cougar Stadium all the way to their hotel on Center Street. Those were the days when the Cougars could pull off those big wins because they had better talent and they were hungry to win. Unfortunately, the team has lost its way. I went to the San Jose State game this season and the players on the sidelines were acting as if they were eating brownies and drinking juice after a fireside. I also don't think that Ty Detmer should get his hands dirty by joining the BYU football coaching staff. If things go wrong on offense, the fans will blame him. Let's keep him as a sports hero and not mess that up. Every major college or university needs its sports icons. Congratulations Ty. You deserve this wonderful award.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 3:45 p.m.


    I love how you pay more attention, have more angst, and respond more, to my posts than any others on here. Yes johnson was a joke this year. utah finished below 100 in total offense. The joke is that whittingham thought an unexperienced 25 year old would get any better of a result than he got. There's your joke. It's funny.

    My point was look at the evidence we have right here in front of us that you can't just grab a guy with little to no experience and make him your offensive coordinator. johnson showed that to us. So all of the BYU fans wanting Detmer brought in and immediately made into the offensive coordinator, and some even want him to be the head coach, need to have a look at the results of others who took those jobs with little to no experience. johsnon was an easy example to make that is all.

    Oh and yes there are absolutely dozens, if not hundreds, of utah "fans" on the trib, and for that matter here on the dnews, calling for johnson to be replaced. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it. Silly to pretend otherwise.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    I sat (actually, stood, since it would have been impossible to see the game sitting) directly behind the Miami bench during the BYU-Miami game. It was fun watching the stunned looks on the faces of the Miami players as BYU's "slow, untalented" receivers were constantly getting open all over the field to receive crisp, accurately thrown passes from this smallish BYU QB. My favorite moment was watching Ty sprint into the endzone after a touchdown pass to head butt one of his team mates.

    Great stuff!

    Detmer threw a lot of picks during his career at BYU, but he never let that discourage him. He completed many more TD passes for over 15,000 yards. Not bad for a QB that was so small that he had to move around in the pocket and scramble just to open a passing lane.

    I would love to have Detmer return to BYU as the quarterbacks coach, but he would probably need several years of coaching experience at the collegiate level before he'd be ready to be Offensive Coordinator or Head Coach.

    Congratualations on your Hall of Fame induction Ty!

  • Rexburg Reader Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 4, 2012 1:46 p.m.

    Ty Detmer was college football's version of John Stockton. Utah (the state, that is) was lucky to have both!

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    Ty would have to start as an assistant coach of some sort - perhaps a good fit would be to replace Coach Doman as QB coach, so as Doman would be able to concentrate full-time as the OC. The most needed spot and where he would be most effective, would be as OC. He is a supurb x's and o's guy. Either spot would be a great addition to the BYU football team, and maybe something the AD, Holmoe, would embrace. However, would Detmer even be interested in coming back to Utah? Maybe that would work well with his hunting ranch in the summer, but would probably be a conflict in the fall and winter. Mabe his dad or someone else could run it in his absence. I guess time will tell.

  • CBPapa Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    I still remember running onto the field after the Miami win. I was in the crowd like so many others and suddenly the crowd shifted as Ty was trying to run into the locker room. We mauled him...it was crazy. He was a great QB and a total blast to watch. It's awesome to know that he's been a class act his whole life. Great to see him get the accolade.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 4, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    I would love to see Ty come to BYU as OC and be groomed for Head Coach someday. He has the best mind for football ever to step on the field at BYU.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 12:27 p.m.


    Funny how Utah-related topics always creep into your comments. And at that, your comment is once again a bit over the top. You wrote: "look at brian johnson at utah, that has turned into a joke."

    Calling any new coach a joke when he was dealt a tough hand in his first year is not only unfair but can only be based on extremely unrealistic expectations. Let's remember that Utah had a completely rebuilt O-line, and injured 1st-string RB, and ended up starting a 3rd-string freshman quarterback while competing in the 2nd best rated conference in the country.

    In other words, no one knows much about Brian Johnson as an O-coordinator just yet. My OPINION is that Brian actually did a pretty decent job with what he had to work with and seemed to progress as the season went along. That said, my guess is you'll start telling us that far more Utah "fans" (LOL) are calling for Brain Johnson to be replaced than there are Cougar fans calling for Doman's head, right? Over on SLTrib of course.

  • Fred33 KAYSVILLE, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    Ty Detmer is my all-time favorite BYU football player. He was awesome to watch. This is a well deserved award.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    The good ole days of BYU football when the Y had a QB who could throw for 300+ per game and BYU could match up with anyone in the nation....including National Champ Miami. What a great game! Detmer was the real deal. Undersized as he was he won the Heisman plus played 11 years in the NFL. It helped to have Norm Chow as coordinator too!!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    @ Flashback.. Too funny! Thanks for the laugh.

  • BYU DUDE Provo, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Ty Detmer ,

    Thanks for the unforgettable memories.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    Another Cougar in the hall of fame. Joins a bunch of others with more sure to come over time. Congratulations Ty.

    As for him going to BYU as the head coach or even o-coordinator are concerned, what makes people think he is ready for those positions? What makes people think he would be great at them? I mean it is possible he could be great at either or both but we have no way of knowing that. If Bronco wanted to put him on his staff I think qb coach would be a good place to start and work his way up from there. Obviously his football IQ is high but you don't just hop into those positions and expect to have success, look at brian johnson at utah, that has turned into a joke. Even with experience it doesn't always work out, Doman had several years experience as a qb coach and it sure hasn't translated to him being a good o-coordinator, yet.

    It takes time and experience to do those things but it would sure be fun to see him get started on it and succeed at them over time.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:30 a.m.

    A great leader, indeed. Ty "walked the walk" Good for him! Loved the article.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    As a Ute fan Ty Detmer drove me crazy, I couldn't see him leave Provo soon enough.
    That should about sum it up ... the guy was a phenomenal college QB, one of the best of all time. On top of that he has always conducted himself with class and humility. This is a great honor and Ty is more deserving of it than most. Congrats to Ty Detmer and BYU fans everywhere who get to celebrate his accomplishments.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    54-10 - Thanks for the only positive comment I've ever read from U about BYU. Ever thought of updating your moniker to 24-21 so you're not out of date?

    Ty is a class act. I'd love to see him coaching in Provo. Now might he a good time to offer since he has a daughter attending BYU.

  • airliner Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    Interesting that there are undertones and flat out cries for Detmer to join the coaching staff at the Y. You fickle fans, give him three seasons of slightly above average performance, and you will forget all of the good he has done for your school as a player. I loved watching Detmer as a kid. If he is as smart as the article states, he will stay away from Provo and the worst fair weather fans in America.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    Sorry True Blue,

    I'm a Ute. Just stirring the pot. You caught me.

    I think change is a good thing. Hopefully Ty is ready to get after it.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    I worship the very ground he walks on (just kidding, don't rat me out to my Bishop). Deter was and still is the best quarterback the Y ever had. HE was the whole package. Leadership, grit, toughness, determination, brains, etc. He was even better than McMahon.

    Bronco ought to be looking south for a new offensive guru.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    Congratulations to Ty.

    Very well deserved.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    Ty would make a great head coach at BYU!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:28 a.m.


    Wishful thinking (or pot stirring).

    Would YOU literally sell the hunting farm so you can come and be subject to (some) BYU fans' disloyalty and criticism?

    My son met him at the game in Texas. He IS just as good as advertised.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:27 a.m.


    Try reading the article:

    Ty was already honored in Provo earlier this season after his Hall of Fame selection was announcement, now he's going to New York City to be officially inducted.

    "On Tuesday, their son [Ty] will be inducted into the College Football Hall of fame during ceremonies in the Empire Room at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in New York City."

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    Hmmmmmmm? Interesting timing for Ty Detmer to come to town. Don't you think?

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    Ty was a class act and a fierce competitor. It's great to see him add National College Football Hall of Fame to his long list of outstanding achievements.

    Congratulations Ty!

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    Ty was always a classy guy that fans and players looked up to. He truly deserves the Hall Of Fame. He made good decisions on and off the field. Not all tough guys do that.