@GoRed - As a BYU fan who follows the comment board, you probably have good
reason to expect an emotionally hysterical response that may include a reference
to BYU's dominance of Utah in days gone by, their national championship,
individual awards, and lots of excuses.But, that was a good one that
made me laugh, so instead I pressed "Like."atl134 also made
me laugh, but for a different reason. Just so we're all clear - losing
games and being ineligible for a bowl game was part of the Ute's grand
scheme? That's a good one too. Next time try to be funny on purpose, like
@DSBUtah would've most likely been bowl eligible if Hays were QBing
the whole year but since we'd already had several loses by the time it came
to playing UCLA it made sense to prepare a quarterback for the future and
sacrifice a win or two this year for it.
I haven't been paying too much attention, which games has Lark played in
(other than that last quarter against Boise State, I know that much)? Do we know
if he can handle playing good teams or has he just been feasting on lousy teams?
@DSBYou ask "Maybe you should tell us all how Utah gets to 10
wins this season with their existing team?"Answer: Play BYU 10
The only thing that matters is that start or not, this is the last time we as
fans have to endure Riley Nelson. Wish him the best of luck in life but
don't ever want to see him on a football field again.
Bronco is not going to reveal who his starter is. Not by indecision. But to
force Long to prepare for both. As for the guy complaining about Bronco's
press conferences, well, he's paid to win games. If you want a public
speaker, I'm sure you can find a politician, even in Utah.As
for the Cougar Club boycotter, well, lots of people are sitting this one out.
I'm making a G-day minus one decision tomorrow. Frankly, I think it will be
a good game, and unlike Lavell, Bronco usually wins bowl games.
In disbelief, Bronco an idiot I see. LARK! This is a good four letter word.
@TheNun - based on your logic, there is no point in a coach playing his best or
most skilled players. That's pretty ridiculous. BYU fans can speculate
about a 10-2 or even 11-1 season if they think that existing players could make
a difference if they actually played. If the New Mexico game was indicative of
Lark's abilities, it's certainly reasonable to assume he would not
have made many of the same mistakes that Nelson made, and when you eliminate
mistakes, you increase your chances of winning, especially close games.I haven't heard much about Whittingham playing the wrong people at key
positions, and he certainly had to experiment at quarterback, with no clear
game-changing choice. Maybe you should tell us all how Utah gets to 10 wins
this season with their existing team, if indeed Whittingham was playing the best
players at each position.
Bronco puts the responsibility completely on the shoulders of his assistant
coaches to make the correct decisions and to train the players, and on each
player to learn and to grow in their respective positions. What he does not
realize is that these players are young men and need to be delt with as such,
not as pro players. The coaches, especially those in new positions, must be
trained by the head coach, not just be left to themselves to each carry the full
responsibility of their positions. Bronco seems to have the mind set that each
assistant coach and each players should learn their position and take full
responsibility for them on their own. I don't know what the answer is
here, but something seems out of whack in his program. Maybe it is only
perception because he is an abrupt type of individual and does not seem to cater
to the boosters or the fans. It may be only a communication problem.
Let's see what happens nexxt year. Good luck Bronco, coaches and team.
Hope the team has the best year it ever has had in the FB program. Go Cougars.
I’m sorry!I guess I am more of a fan of the Bear Bryant type
coaching than I am the laid back Bronco type coaching.Why not get
serious about a game? Why not practice like the game is important, every day,
all day until after the game is over. Work out all the kinks. Watch game
films. Run laps. Make sure that the team knows that this is an important game
to win.After the game, reward the win over SDS with Sea World, the
Zoo, Fire Side Chats, a trip to the Library and maybe some surfing. But really,
wait to do this after the game.
Riley deserves to be the starter, he's at least earned the right to redeem
himself with a bowl win.
Lark should be the starter, but if he was, and played well, Bronco's
doomed. Don't you think Bronco realizes that poing? If Riley plays well,
he's vilified, for the entire season. This is about Bronco saving his skin,
not about what's best for the Cougars.This Ute fan is pulling
for the Cougs to win. Good luck!
I have a feeling Bronco can't win on this, no matter what he does. Perhaps
alternating James Lark and Riley every series would bring a nice symmetry to the
quarterback disasters of the last three years.
Sure, Bronco, play both--Lark as QB, and Riley on special teams.
A Christmas wish...please let Lark be the starting QB.
I would love to see Lark get the start and Riley play a little wildcat or
something. Regardless of who plays qb, I will be watching every minute. Go
The NUNBlack Shirts was actually a bit conservative in his 10-2
estimation.BYU was only 4 plays away from being 11-1. When
you're that close, it's not unreasonable to predict that even slightly
better QB play could have changed 4 losses into 4 wins.
So, here we are at the end of the season and there is still a quarterback issue.
We have seen what each QB can do now. Is there still a QB issue? This is why BYU
needs to bring in a new head coach and OC. The Cougars are playing in a bowl
game that is close to a pick-up game on the sandlot. In order for the Cougars to
get back to their glory days, this coaching staff needs to go. The BYU AD needs
to follow through on his earlier remarks regarding making changes. No, I am not
a Ute fan causing problems here. I have watched BYU football over the years and
the last few years this has been a trainwreck. It is time for the Cougar fans to
rise up and demand change in this program. You can speculate all you want about
this program, but it has been heading south now since going independent. This is
a classic example of selling out for the money with no thought of how to improve
This will always be remember as a season of "what ifs". A great defense
that seemed wasted on a mediocre offense that appeared to have much more
potential in both personnel and in coaching than it produced on the field.Regardless.This Cougar Club member and a large contingent of
family members will be at the game supporting KVN, Ziggy, Hoffman, and the rest
of our team and hoping that lessons have been learned that will help make this a
jumping off point for better results in years to come, rather than a year of
regret for what could have been.
When your head coach can't decide who should be the starting QB when the
obvious is the one who threw for six touchdowns, maybe it's time to find
another coach. Bronco is a great defensive coordinator period. Lark should start
and Nelson should be clean up if the game goes that way. However, if San Diego
State has a great passing attack, BYU doesn't stand a chance. Their passing
defense has always been suspect. I want to see BYU win, but won't be
surprised if San Diego dominates simply because Bronco is indecisive and has
Doman as offensive coordinator.
Is it possible that Bronco refuses to name the starter so that his opponent will
have to spend valuable practice time preparing for both? The two quarterbacks
have different styles of play and the defense that SDSU must prepare will
certainly be different depending on who the quarterback is. Just because a
coach doesn't reveal his decision to the press or the fans doesn't
mean that he hasn't made the decision. I will enjoy watching the game
regardless of whether or not the coach announces who will start before the game
The quarterback tomfoolery that's existed at BYU for the past three years
is the exclusive reason this cougar club member is not going to the game or
watching it on tv. The way BYU mistreated Lark has flummoxed me.
I'd like to see Lark start and only be replaced by Nelson if Lark performs
worse than Nelson did against Boise or Utah. Bronco should stick to his
" which is somewhat Bronco's fault because he's the head
coach"No, my friend, he is the HEAD coach, so it all falls on
Albert"If you go independent and want to be a national caliber
team, you can't have the constant mumbo-jumbo that comes from Bronco's
sound bites. It's obvious as to why they are struggling. Just look at most
of the SEC coaches. They take charge and don't show any weaknesses or
decision making issues that they may have."So how do you explain
an SEC head coach winning a national championship and then getting fired less
than two years later? Did he suddenly forget everything he knew when about
coaching when he won the national championship?----------The real reason BYU has struggled of late is poor QB and poor OL play, which
is somewhat Bronco's fault because he's the head coach, but
responsibility also falls on the assistants who've done a poor job of
identifying and addressing weaknesses.
The last game of the season and the coaches still can't make a decision.
Please give Lark some more playing time! His last chance and he deserves it!
Please start James Lark, Bronco.
No doubt, Riley will play. Three interceptions and two fumbles would be the
perfect conclusion to his great career. I wonder who will field punts next
@ TheNunHow about this BYU and Utah would have had better records if
they had just scored more pointsI am not excited to see riley play
another game so I hope we don’t for his health and our sanity
If you go independent and want to be a national caliber team, you can't
have the constant mumbo-jumbo that comes from Bronco's sound bites.
It's obvious as to why they are struggling. Just look at most of the SEC
coaches. They take charge and don't show any weaknesses or decision making
issues that they may have. Their winning records account for this behavior.
Bronco doesn't read these articles or comments. You and i are uneducated
fans and boosters. So lets keep it positive and let gordon monson and pat
kinihan ask the hard questions when season is over....oh yeah i forgot...it
Wow, talk about the old cougar spin. The black shirt put a great one here
claiming the cougs would be 10-2 if.....How about this one? The Utes
would be 10-2 if they had won 10 games.
reason number 572 why Bronco is a bad head coach, he rotates kickers and
quarterbacks at will (like you would definsive lineman.and it works
great for that position), doesn't name a starter, and rarely new the right
Guy when he does nme a starter.
If you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks.
I've been told Lark won't play in this one.Thanks for
being so loyal Bronco. I'm going to miss you.
I love RN as a player, but as a QB he is the worst QB to play at BYU
in.....forever. BYU would be 10-2 this year is HILL or LARK was the starter, no
question. In fact, ND wouldn't be playing in the NC if HILL would have been
the starter. Broncos only fault is he's too loyal. Sure he gave 110%, but
that doesn't make it good. BYU's D was great!!!! Oh, and Riley had an
NFL caliber Rx in Cody Hoffman and he still is..................you fill in the