BYU, Utah football: Aaron Roderick the latest to join BYU's coaching staff

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  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Jan. 18, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    Roderick did a nice job at Utah. As a season ticket holder for the past 18 seasons, I've seen coaches come and go. I don't think Utah was the best place for him after the promotion of Brian Johnson and maybe there were some hard feelings there. However, he deserves to be treated with respect bythe fans and I personally wish him well.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Jan. 17, 2013 3:14 p.m.



  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 17, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    Sinew South

    "Roderick shattered return records at Ricks."

    Coincidentally, Roderick also shattered a return record at Utah.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Jan. 17, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    Maybe with him staying at the U Anae will be pursuaded to keep on Calhoun. That would be great news for the Cougar faithful.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:58 p.m.


    What "trashing" are you seeing on this thread? I have seen nothing but praise for A Rod. Good coach and still a UTE!

  • backpacn Sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    After trashing Roderick, it'll be interesting to see how the kids on the hill spin his decision to stay at Utah.

  • Juggernaut Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    Guess what, Aaron is now back with Utah, life is crazy. You just never know.

  • Sinew South Centennial, CO
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    Roderick shattered return records at Ricks. You know what records he didn't shatter? Cahoon's receiving records. The memory I have of each of them is that laid out catch Ben had against Texas A&M and any one of Aaron's 15 yards behind the deepest defender (he was certainly fast!), ball laid in his lap, and he somehow manages to drop it. You pick the game - happened several times. Ben was a much better receiver, but perhaps Aaron is a much better coach. I can't imagine any one of the current receivers feeling like they are going to get better coaching on exactly what it takes to be a great receiver than what they got from Ben. I'll remain a fan, but it hurt to see two of my former teammates (and all-around awesome guys) get axed the same day. Both Ben and Joe are great guys and I hope for the best for both of them going forward.

  • Derek_ Sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    Just reported that Arod is staying at Utah.


  • ute4ever West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    He was going no where fast at Utah. I wish him the best, but with a 25 year old OC, he wasn't getting promoted anytime soon. He saw a chance to work with Hoffman and put out a potential NFL receiver on his resume and hopes that will give him enough resume to get to OC someday.

    Or, Bronco is out the door after next year and Anae is the new HC. Roderick was promised the OC job next year.

    Just speculation, but there has to be more to the story. I'm pretty sure he's getting a pay cut (I don't think BYU's position coaches are making $200k + a year).

  • Snark Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Welcome back to BYU Aaron! We have a remarkable group of talented receivers for you to coach here, as you know. With our defense and your help with a newly energized offense, we look forward to an outstanding year of football! Thanks for deciding to return! You will look good in blue.

  • BYUHOCKEY American Fork, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Money talks. Despite being a pac12 doormat now, as long as Utah brings in the money Chris Hill, PhD's job is safe. Aaron Roderick should be very good in game planning against Utah next year for the Cougars. He was a victim of package12 pc passive aggressiveness by liberal gurus. One more year of losing by Utah will cost either Kyle or the OC's job. The future looks brighter at the Y than at the U right now however time will tell of course. Sadly, Utah State lost a great coach and it will be interesting to see if the team players can carry on. They have become a fan favorite in this state.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    It's unfortunate that DuPaix and Cahoon got caught in the coaching shuffle, but I understand why Anae would want to assemble his own coaching staff and replacing Cahoon with Roderick (a coach Anae already has a strong relationship with), makes alot of sense.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Hes getting of the shinking ship. And on to a missle

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:17 a.m.


    Interesting summation, but it looks like you posted it on the wrong article.


    Anae is assembling a great staff, and with the talent BYU has coming back for next season, the only thing missing is a great offensive line. It sounds like BYU's receivers are looking forward to working with Roderick and I think he'll do a great job.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:25 a.m.


    When you make a shot like that with 2.5 seconds left, nine times out of 10 you win the game. Actually, correction: According to Ken Pomeroy's math (his win probability scores track these sorts of things, naturally) you win that game *9.5* times out of 10. Plus, I'd guess that given the type of shot Dellevadova took, it might even be higher than that. You simply don't see too many double-clutch 40-footers go down.

    Haws' shot was clinical and polished and just like, have this -- honestly, it reminded me of Dirk Nowitzki. Dellevadova's, mind-blowing though it was, was a kiss from the basketball gods.

    I like them both equally. Considering what Dellevadova did Wednesday night ... yeah. What a finish.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:24 a.m.


    "But I have to say, watching the final few possessions of that game, I feel especially bad for BYU forward Tyler Haws. Because his might have been better.

    Of course, Haws' shot wasn't actually the game-winner. But as you saw on the video, on the penultimate possession, the Cougars got the ball to Haws on the wing with about 7 seconds left. He probably caught the ball too far away from the hoop, honestly, especially with his back to the basket. Instead of panicking, though,he doesn't hesitate for more than a second. He doesn't even try to face up. Instead, he brings his right leg through, which gets him close enough to the lane to make his first step with his left. He does, and then Haws lands again on his right -- the wrong foot for the shot, by the way -- then starts falling away and twisting in midair while two Gaels defenders reach out in desperation. And the thing is just … buckets.

  • UteJunky70 midvale, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    I always felt like Roderick did alot better job as O.C. in 2010 then he was given credit for.His offense scored 56 or more points in 4 of the first 8 games on their way to an 8-0 start and no.5 national ranking. Then they ran into 1 of the truly great defenses in college football in TCU. That game really affected the whole team for many weeks after that. I also felt the game plan and scheme for the Boise St game was very good. The players just failed to execute it. That having been said this move is good for both teams. BYU gets a big upgrade in coaching at the reciever position and my Utes get to pursue a coach who can hopefully justify a change in the coaching duties on the offensve staff. Has anyone heard what Jeff Tedford is looking to do in the twilight of his coaching career? I'd love to see him as OC on the hill.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Great game summation from ESPN on a thrilling win for Saint Mary's and a gut-wrenching loss for BYU:

    "There is a decent chance you were sleeping when Saint Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova hit the buzzer-beater of the season to knock off BYU in Provo on Wednesday night. If that is the case, you should watch the video now:

    I mean … what a shot, and what a play. Dellavedova somehow creates enough momentum with the catch and dribble to get to 40-ish feet within 2.5 seconds, at which point he euro-steps a defender, hops, double-clutches, hangs, and hits, followed by what must have been the single most ecstatic few seconds of his life. That celebration! Delly marches down the opposing team's floor, screaming and fist-pumping in a gym full of wailing white-shirted souls, not at all unlike that classic Michael Jordan-Cleveland Cavaliers finish. If heaven is real, and you get to choose your own adventure, I think most basketball players would sign up for this portion of the festivities."

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 11:38 p.m.

    If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em.

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    Jan. 16, 2013 11:29 p.m.

    May we should all start loving Chris B.

  • canadiancougar624 Raymond, 00
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:44 p.m.

    @ The Rock

    I am along with you on this movement to get rid of Chris B's negativity.

  • canadiancougar624 Raymond, 00
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:43 p.m.

    I would like to see Chris B blocked. His comments are distasteful and negative. Granted there are some Cougar fans who post negative things but I find his comments to be nothing but spam and are an embarrassment to Ute fans.

    Regardless, I am happy for Coach Roderick. And he seems to be happy with his new position at the Y. Hopefully the U can reload and get another great receivers coach. I don't know who, but maybe Ben Cahoon?

  • Vegas POV Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 16, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    Shave and a haircut, Two bits.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    Re: Mount Olympus

    Anae left on his own accord because of his own pride, actually.

    Doman, DuPaix, and Cahoon getting fired were not Bronco's decision. That may be what was reported. If Bronco "fired" those coaches it was because he was forced to. It was confirmed in a report that Anae coming back was an administrative decision. While I agree that Bronco really messed things up with the Riley Nelson situation, I don't believe Brandon Doman would have been fired by Bronco. Bronco would have protected him if he could.

    And I assume you are a Ute fan? Because Bronco has admitted many times in post game loss reports that the players weren't adequately prepared and that it is his responsibility to prepare his players.

    Bronco Mendenhall may not be perfect, but he does way more things right than he doesn't. Outside of the Riley Nelson decision (which I admit was really weird) Bronco has done great things for BYU.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    @Chrissy B
    "given that half of his season will be against "non AQ" teams whereas at Utah he was facing a gauntlet of significant BCS teams"

    Lol!! Only at Utah do they consider playing Northern Colorado, the Colorado Buffaloes and Washington State to be a "gauntlet"! I guess that's how low things have gotten up on the hill.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Jan. 16, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    Chris B's comments are offensive and abusive. I have had comments censored for far less. When it comes to BYU Chris's comments are anything but thoughtful.

    Why is Chris allowed to degenerate and insult LDS people in general and BYU fans in particular?

    Jan. 16, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    Chris B really. BYU's Schedule is not soft. While Utah's is a little tougher, because they play Stanford and Orgegon this year, BYU's is nothing to scoff at. Besides Hawaii and Middle Tennesee St. The rest of the teams are pretty good. Proves my theory, there is no such thing as a Utes fan, just BYU haters.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 16, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    Chris B:

    So, now I understand your bitterness toward BYU. The rules, and standards upsets you. America is great! Don't go there.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 5:31 p.m.


    "However, the challenge should be more or less the same, given that half of his season will be against "non AQ" teams whereas at Utah he was facing a gauntlet of significant BCS teams."

    How many teams on Utah's schedule could even remotely be considered "significant" BCS teams?

    Utah State - better than many PAC 12 teams, but not a BCS team
    Weber State - lol
    Oregon State - depends on the year
    BYU - better than most PAC 12 team, but thankfully not a BCS team
    UCLA - depends on the year
    Stanford - probably
    Arizona - maybe
    USC - depends on the year
    ASU - maybe
    Oregon - most likely, depending on what happens with their coaching staff
    WSU - lol
    Colorado - lol

    So where is this rumored gauntlet of "significant" BCS teams?

    Roderick obviously wanted a real challenge playing teams like Texas, Boise State, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame.

  • fliebynight Billings, MT
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    I attended Junior High & High School with Aaron and he's a super nice guy, was a good athlete in high school and college, and appears to be a very competent coach. Knowing his personality a bit I imagine that his players love to work with him. It's fun to watch his career and I wish him the best of luck back at his alma mater.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    The Cahoon decision makes more sense now. Roderick has many of the qualities of Cahoon with significantly more coaching experience. BYU has probably increased the years of experience in their offensive staff 5 fold over the previous season. Anyone want to take up that challenge and find the statisitics related to experience among coaches? It would be interesting to compare with similar programs and end of year ranking.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    Re: Cougar Claws

    Yes, because we all know Bronco treats BYU coaches with respect.

    Anae was forced out.
    Doman was fired, but didn't have much of a chance. Bronco had a mancrush on Riley Nelson. What OC could have been that successful with Nelson at QB?

    Cahoon and Dupaix were sure treated with respect.

    Bronco never takes responsibility. Always deflects it to someone else.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    Both Kyle and Ronco are guilty of doing so much in state and ex player stuff. How about grabbing some talent from CA? Texas? Florida?

    As soon as there is a change it seems like these two look about 50 miles in circumference to add to their team...hiring a once fired OC in Anae, hiring an ex player & current Utes coach, promoting QB coaches to OC.

    Did anyone notice that Ohio State hired Floridas ex coach? UCLA grabbed Mora? Kiffin from Tenn? Isn't it strange that UCLA didnt promote from within? Or hire an old player? Or just or just look around at someone who might be standing around the locker room?

    I think it's a big flaw! In both they are lazy or can't afford airline tickets?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    We have problems. I see facial hair. Get him a razor before he gets kicked out of BYU!

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    @ Chris;

    Sometimes you make some really good comments, but whenever anything involves BYU, that good sense seems to be tossed out the window, which is really too bad. I hope that perhaps one day you may let go of all that Max Hall-esque hatred and realize that the two teams have a lot more in common than some realize.

    As for the Utes, I hope they can find someone as good to replace Roderick. He seems to have had good success at Utah, and hopefully they continue to have better success with a replacement. Best of luck to both teams.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    Re: Chris B

    Perhaps he wants to be part of a staff that will treat him with respect instead of passing him up for a job that should have been his and filling it with a 25 year old. Kyle thought he could plug in a kid that's a job for a man and win Sugar Bowls every year. It's nice to see the arrogance on the hill coming back to bite Kyle Whittingham . . . and most of all fans like you.

    Kyle is a good coach though, maybe he takes a step back and learns from his mistakes.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    Perhaps he wants a new challenge of trying to win with 1 star "athletes"(if you can call them that) as opposed to 3 star athletes.

    However, the challenge should be more or less the same, given that half of his season will be against "non AQ" teams whereas at Utah he was facing a gauntlet of significant BCS teams.