#DNHuddleUp: Deseret News sports staff sounds off on Bronco Mendenhall's career prospects

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  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Dec. 10, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    The headline should be --- Where the sports journalists should go when they try stop being journalists and try to be coaches --- and policy makers --

  • Teddy Bear Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 8, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    @hamaca-also, I believe a BYU head coach has to be LDS, so that would eliminate Sark.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2012 1:36 a.m.

    What? Bronco talked to the media? I can't believe it!

  • iNKSpot Wilsonville, OR
    Dec. 7, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    If he goes to a BCS AQ, the smart money is on his alma mater. Is Mike Riley retiring anytime soon?

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 7, 2012 1:19 p.m.


    Of Andy Reid, Norm Chow, Steve Sarkisian, Mike Leach,

    Andy Reid is the only somewhat realistic possibility to replace Bronco.

    Norm Chow wouldn't even consider it - too much bad blood.
    Steve Sarkisian has no reason to leave a fast improving PAC 12 program.
    Mike Leach has way too many "issues" with his players.

    Tom Holmoe or Robbie Bosco could be possibilities, although Holmoe would probably only consider it on a short-term basis.

    Bottom line:

    Bronco is an excellent coach. He's alienated some of his fans, but he's also produced a winning and well-respected program. True, he's made some mistakes, but hopefully lessons have been learned and better decisions will be made in the future. Until a viable successor who is obviously much more capable than Bronco is available, BYU fans would be wise to continue supporting Bronco.

  • Y's Guy Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    Ernest T. Bass
    Bountiful, UT
    Two years after Bronco leaves, the fans will finally realize what they had.

    And be even happier that he's gone.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Dec. 7, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    Does he read this comment section or DN? Think not. He is staying.

  • cros La Crosse, WI
    Dec. 7, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    ideally, Bronco would stay on as defensive coordinator when Andy Reid comes to BYU after being fired from the Eagles and Doman is replaced with Ty Detmer as offensive coordinator. That's a whole lot of wishing right there.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    If BYU meets or exceeds expectations in 2013, Bronco will stay past this next year's contract. If not, he either:

    1. Will not be offerred a contract, or
    2. Will turn down an offerred contract

    If Holmoe can iron out the offense for 2013, BYU will likely at least meet expectations. I look for BYU to do so.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Dec. 6, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    People that post on these boards don't represent the fan base. Most fans agree with these articles that question coaching status quo. They just don't post. Most of the frequent "posters" have to "one-up" their counterpart Ute "posters." Any stated weakness, especially at coaching position, represents admission of being inferior to their Ute counterpart for the next argument. Cougs & Utes discussing who is best these days, is kinda like an advertised heavyweight fight between Gomer vs Goober or Pee Wee vs Bieber. Both teams stink (are really bad) offensively. BYU won't be a serious "contender" for anything remotely BCS until they get serious about the coaching position ... from the top down. What is there to lose ... a WAC game? Oh dear. Everything to gain ... very little to lose.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    So these "writers" actually get paid for this drivel?

  • hamaca Baton Rouge, LA
    Dec. 6, 2012 6:24 p.m.


    It's a good questions. Gary Crowton seemed perfect on paper, but failed to reach expectations. We forget that part of the reason BYU fans had such high expectations before the season was due to Bronco's development of the defense.

    Having said that, I would think any of the following could come in a enjoy reasonable success: Andy Reid, Norm Chow, Steve Sarkisian, Mike Leach.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 6, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    To SG and all the others in this dump Bronco Braintrust: Just who does BYU get that is any better than Bronco? Be realistic.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 6, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    What a stupid article. Bronco should stay at BYU. We have no guarantee whatsoever of getting anyone at his level or quality. Quit baiting the fans...

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 6, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    Woods Cross, UT

    "Y Grad/Y Dad: Many Desnews sportswriters are Ute fans."

    Understood, usually doesn't take that much to rile them up.

    Ernest T. Bass

    I realize your comments are always dry sarcasm, but this time you got it right.

    newhall, CA

    Like Oklahoma? I realize a case could be made for "what have you done for me lately?" How about Utah State? How about Notre Dame? A loss, yes, but certainly no fold against the now #1 team. At their place.

  • sg newhall, CA
    Dec. 6, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    It's time for Bronco to leave. He's a good coach, but folds under pressure when he faces a ranked team. His decisions against tough opponents are horrible and cost games. He frankly chokes in preparing the team. His choice of Doman as offensive coordinator is offensive. Doman is a bust and needs to go elsewhere. He's just not mature enough to know what he's doing or what offensive plays to call (currently boring and predictable). Where should Bronco go? I don't care, as long as it's not at BYU. And he'd is better suited as a defensive coordinator not a head coach.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    Two years after Bronco leaves, the fans will finally realize what they had.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    This is just plain pathetic. You put Bronco up to be beaten for no reason. I'm amazed he stays with all the garbage he gets put through. Shame on you, DesNews, for such a ridiculous article and concept.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 3:31 p.m.


    Why would you read read at all?

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Y Grad/Y Dad: Many Desnews sportswriters are Ute fans.

  • ogmson Mapleton, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    Stay at BYU and get a contract renewal. Dump Doman in favor of a Ty Detmer type of quality head coach (albeit at a jr level) and groove him to take over the program in 3-5 years when Bronco decides he is really done coaching. Bronco is good for BYU....not so good for the boosters/Cougar Club donors who want 12 win seasons every year and to win an occasional big game more than once every two years.... but good for BYU and the student athletes and for The Church.

    Everyone who knows anything about who owns BYU, also knows the simple reality is that if the program brings dishonor to the University, it also brings dishonor to the 'owner'. On that day, football ceases as a program at BYU. I'll take 8-10 wins a year from an honorable, toe-the-line kind of head football coach guy; just to keep football playing in the Fall. No, I don't want to be a Miami, Penn State, Ohio State, USC kind of program. If we were, that is the end of Cougar football. And, there is no way I'm going to start wearing red in the fall.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 6, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Does the desnews really want to see if they can get a coach dumped, or is this shameless display an attempt to rile the otherwise normally placid BYU fan base?

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    Was the purposae of this story to make us think the sports staff are clever or to remind us of their talent to see what others cannot?
    By the way, this is NOT news. It is now even speculation since he said he is staying put.

    They say never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrell, so I won't say more. I would voice a stronger opinion but you wouldn't print it.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 6, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    Bronco has one career until he chooses to quit...BYU Football!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    Bronco is a good coach - he needs a new offensive coordinator. Doman is a bust.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    Meh....I was hoping for some insight, instead all the comments were painfully unfunny attempts at being clever. Last time I'll bother reading that.