Bronco Mendenhall, Kyle Whittingham don't let friendships divert goals

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  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 25, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    Anae takes over as BYU's Offensive Coordinator and brings in an entire new staff.

    Erickson takes over as Utah's Offensive Coordinator and not only does he not bring in a single new coach, he keeps two previous Offensive Coordinators on staff.

    BYU clearly has an Offensive Coordinator who will be in total control of every aspect of the BYU's offense.

    Utah clearly has an offense that will be run by committee, with Whittingham over-ruling Erickson whenever he sees fit, BJ tagging along pretending to be coordinating something, and A-Rod doing whatever Passing Game Coordinators do, which is a mystery to everyone except Kyle.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 11:22 a.m.


    So are you the official interpreter for the utah football program? Did they hire you to tell everyone what it is they actually 'mean' instead of what they actually said?


  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 25, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    Well said Louis D. Precise and accurate!

  • LouisD Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 25, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Riley Nelson's BACK was not the reason his head kept throwing pics in critical moments or why he had happy feet all the time. Ineptness, a weak arm and poor decision making skills sets during game conditions was Nelson's downfall. He was also instrumental in orchestrating much of the back-story camp division behind the loss of Jake Heaps. My problem with the coaching staff was that it failed to recognize the things going on or effectively correct them and when presented with options, made mistakes (Taysom Hill injury, failure to develop James Lark).

    With Utah, I think most people wondered how Jordon Wynn would survive another season without injury, much like Nelson. Wynn has a very good mind for football and when healthy, he was a high quality player. I liked his game. It is sad that he too was simply not able to compete at the 1A level a full season. Where UTAH's staff made a few of the same mistakes, failure to develop solid backups was the main error. I hope BOTH programs have learned from these errors and will greatly improve.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 7:59 a.m.


    When are the Utes going to stop using "tougher schedule" as an excuse for losing?

    Whitless created his own QB mess, by converting most of the QBs he recruited to other positions and leaving his QB cupboard completely bare. Chow immediately recognized what a horrible job Whit had done in stocking his team with quality QBs, and immediately went out and got the only decent QB he could find, a D-II QB who was only available because his team had dropped football.

    Frankly, Utah's schedule hasn't been THAT tough. The Utes just haven't been able to beat any decent teams besides BYU.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    Howard S.

    "Tri-Coordinators and Clueless have won three in a row against Bronco's staff brilliance."

    Clueless has finished with worse records and lower rankings in the last two seasons and in five of the eight seasons during the Bronco/Kyle era.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 24, 2013 11:24 p.m.

    "Utah’s starting quarterback, Jordan Wynn, went down early in the season. That’s a major disadvantage. But in 2011 Utah also lost its starter, yet 65-year-old Norm Chow coaxed enough out of reserve quarterback Jon Hays to win a bowl game."

    True, but BJ also played a tougher conference schedule.

    For example, Chow beat UCLA (6-8) and Oregon State (3-9) while BJ lost @UCLA (9-5) and @OSU (9-4). That's two games that "could" have been a 7-5 season for BJ.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    Ernest T. Bass: Why are you making assumptions? Mendenhall did not fire Anae! By Anae's own account in an interiew, he indicated he decided to go elsewhere to get some different exsperience. If all were known, and not just reading between the lines, being that there was discord in the coaching ranks the year Anae left (I understand once it almost came to blows, but nevertheless, a heated argument), Anae may have left because of that. You will remember that Bronco announced there would be changes, that not all would be retained, and even told them to look elsewhere for coaching positions, which some did. I feel that Anae did not feel comfortable in the present situation, so he went elsewhere. I am happy, even if a little surprised, that he did come back.

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    Hahaha ... kyle shows such great loyalty that he's now on his 6th OC in the past 6 yrs. Enjoy staying home for bowl season once again utes. I'm glad you're getting used to your new lot in life.

    When the Cougars beat your utes this year, it'll be a bitter 2 yrs until we play again. It's too bad that kyle and chris are afraid to play every year.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 24, 2013 7:56 p.m.

    BYU - Defense will be solid again. Offense is a question mark, depending on Hill, the O Line and Anae. This is the first time they've played a legit AQ type schedule. Texas and Boise St should be better than last year. Notre Dame should remian a Top 10 team. Wisconsin will compete with Ohio State and Michigan for the Big10 crown. I'm prediction 8 - 4 and will be doing cartwheels with anything better. Too many unknowns on the offense with a new coach and new QB.

    Utah - Should be solid, but I don't see anything saying 2013 will be a big improvement over 2012. Losing Star, Kruger and White will have an impact. Wilson should be improved. Erickson is a plus. But this will be the Utes toughest schedule in the PAC. Stanford should be on par with last year. A bit of a drop off with Oregon (new coach) and USC (new QB and D coordinator). UCLA or Arizona could be favored to win the South. 6 - 6 and bowl eligible has to be considered a successful season for the Utes.

    BYU vs Utah will be settled on last play, just like 3 of last 4 years.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    Orem, UT


    @Snack PAC
    Olympus Cove, Utah

    Whit Clueless?


    Tri-Coordinators and Clueless have won three in a row against Bronco's staff brilliance.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    Feb. 24, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    Ducky: any way you slice it is's . . . Spin, spin, spin, quack, quack quack. The old empty barrel is starting to rattle.

  • FB Fan #2 Grantsville, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    @ Navel Vet,

    I'm not saying BYU 100% WILL get Top 20 ratings, but I think personally it is possible. I was just saying that USA Today/Sagarin had BYU listed as 26th despite it's okay season. However, games are played on the field, not on the computer or on paper so it will be interesting to see what happens this season.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 24, 2013 9:44 a.m.


    "Bronco was smart enough to pick ONE Offensive Coordinator, instead of experimenting with Tri-Coordinators..."

    Haha! You still think a "Passing Game Coordinator" is an O.C. The football IQ of your run-of-the-mill Indy-WACer is laughable.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 9:00 a.m.


    Might not of until you brought me up. Obviously I am in your head and have set up residence there. LOL!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 24, 2013 4:33 a.m.

    "Rising star, maybe. But superstar? Not yet."


    Don't you think what Coach DE meant in his statement was, "Superstar in the making"? I'm 100% certain you in fact do which then makes your misrepresentation of it here in this article of yours a reflection upon you yourself in which way, precisely? IMO, it doesn't come across as being reflective of journalistic-integrity....What do you think?

    Thanks in advance for acknowledging your error in judgement here and expressing your renewed determination to remaining above such a thing, going forward....I'm certain it's appreciated.

    Yours Truly,

    Mesa, AZ

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2013 11:37 p.m.

    Howard S

    "Kyle stuck by his belief that BJ will be a great one."


    Kyle is simply saving face because he's too embarrassed to admit that he made a colossal blunder in elevating Brian Johnson to Offensive Coordinator.

    Whittingham is so clueless that he actually thought a 25-yo with only two years of coaching experience was qualified to match whits with seasoned PAC 12 Defensive Coordinators.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 11:09 p.m.

    Howard S.

    Bronco was smart enough to pick ONE Offensive Coordinator, instead of experimenting with Tri-Coordinators that Whittingham will still try to micro-manage.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 10:44 p.m.


    Kyle stuck by his belief that BJ will be a great one. As an employer he found a way support him and help him get better.

    Bronco pulled the rug out from the entire offensive staff kicking them all to the curb.

    And lets not forget that this is the second time in 4 years that Bronco has dumped his offensive staff.

    Where is the loyalty that Bronco values so much?

    Oh, and lets not forget that Whit's management of this staff has won 3 in a row against Bronco.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 10:25 p.m.

    It'd be great if both teams are successful this incoming year.

    @Howard S.

    Your right, they are nothing alike, Bronco has the guts to do what he thinks is needed. While Kyle hires a "real" offensive coordinator and cops out by making co-coordinators. What a joke.
    I'd rather have someone end it quickly than drag it out slowly and give me lip service.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    Feb. 23, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    Good article, balanced, well written and interesting. No one-sided homers here. Guess we won't hear from Ducky.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 23, 2013 8:14 p.m.

    FB Fan #2:

    "BYU had one of the worst offenses in school history and they almost beat those 4 opponents,PLUS finished 26th in the country...They certainly have the talent to do so,..."

    I noticed that Baylor (AP) and Michigan (USA Today) were the first teams out of the Top-25, but not the Y. In fact, the Y was nowhere to be seen among those other teams receiving votes. And if they weren't anywhere to be seen amid those other teams receiving votes with a weak schedule, how are they suddenly expected to crack the Top-20?

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 23, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    "But winning comes first for Mendenhall..." -- Brad Rock

    Is it "first" now? I thought football was FIFTH on the list of importance.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    The actions taken by Bronco and Whit are not remotely equivalent.

    Bronco kicked his struggling OC to the curb.

    Whit hired a mentor for his struggling OC.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Feb. 23, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    In today's environment a head coach with a heart is quickly unemployed.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 5:08 p.m.

    Bronco was a total stud when he fired Anae then begged him to come back. So cool that he does that.

  • FB Fan #2 Grantsville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    Chris B. One game doesn't mean anything, and losing on the road to those 4 teams by 8 combined points is respectable. BYU had one of the worst offenses in school history and they almost beat those 4 opponents,PLUS finished 26th in the country. I can see a top 20 finish if everything falls in place. They certainly have the talent to do so, and so does Utah and USU.

  • Buffalo1 McLean, VA
    Feb. 23, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    Chris B:

    You're not taking much risk here, given the rebuilding that has to happen on both offensive and defensive lines. Nevertheless, I admire your spirit, since you are bravely foregoing a demand for a quid pro quo -- and should BYU exceed expectations, it might be fun to see if you can carry a tune on the internet. I probably should offer to do the Ute fight song if they break .500, which I consider to be unlikely but not impossible. Half my family -- the dark side, of course -- would laugh like crazy. Alas, I cannot carry a tune; thus I won't make the offer. In the meantime, tune up your golden voice, because miracles may happen. Rest assured that I will duly remind you of your commitment, should a Top-20 finish end up being in the cards for the Y. Don't shout too loud at the games -- vocal chord stress will not be a valid excuse, so mind that voice! You may be needing it.

    Take care Buffalochp1

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 4:06 p.m.


    byu top 20?


    You can't beat Utah, Notre Dame, Boise, Texas, but somehow you're going to be top 20?

  • FB Fan #2 Grantsville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    From a BYU Fan, I can say that the future looks pretty bright for Utah, and BYU this year! Not sure how USU will do without their head coach, but the talent is there to make top 15 team! Utah definitely has the tougher schedule of all the schools, but BYU's isn't too far behind. I think Utah will be able to knock off USC and UCLA this year, I believe they have a shot at the PAC-South Title Game. A long shot yes, but possible. I think BYU will be able to make a statement in important games against Texas, ND, Boise State, USU and Utah. I see them being atleast top 20, with the Utah-BYU, and USU-BYU games being toss ups at this point. USU has great home field advantages in the new MWC schedule format, and The Boise St game will be a fun one to watch. Future looks bright in Utah and wish all of the teams good luck!