Commentary: Would Bronco Mendenhall give himself an extension?

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  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    June 9, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    He should make himself re-apply.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    June 8, 2013 2:19 p.m.


    For the record, Mr. Bluto the BCS is not dead until the beginning of the 2014-15 football season.

    After that the five power conferences will dominate the College Football Playoff system.

    And Bronco still has a losing record against the teams that comprise the five power conferences... including two loses to Utah.

    If you want more facts, Bronco has a 36% winning record against ranked teams and a 22% winning record against BCS teams ranked at the time of the game. Bronco has a 0% winning record against BCS teams that were ranked in the final polls.

    That record against big boy teams (BCS/Five Power Conferences) doesn't seem like executing at a higher level.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    June 8, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    The BCS is dead.
    Try and keep up.

    The BCS is dead...after this season. Make no mistake about it, the power conferences are alive and well and will carry on.

    Welcome to this century, Bluto.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    June 8, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    The BCS is dead.
    Try and keep up.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    June 8, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    Bronco has a losing record against BCS competition and has never beaten a BCS team that finished the season ranked.

    Since the announcement of independence Broncos recruiting rankings have declined.

    So no... Bronco is not executing at a higher level against the big boys.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    June 8, 2013 1:38 a.m.

    I like Bronco. You could tell how skilled he was as a defensive coach after he fired Hill and took over the defense and they performed much better. He made an instant impact. On the other hand the Jake Heaps thing didn't go down that well and Ziggy did not break in to Bronco's starting line-up until October of his senior year. Go figure. I'll never understand why Bronco went for 2 against Boise State on their home field. Net/net, he's still a darn good coach.

    If Bronco was negotiating with himself over a contract extension, he would say, "Bronco, did you execute at a high level?"

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2013 5:56 p.m.

    "Would Bronco Mendenhall give himself an extension?"

    Silly question that will be answered when Bronco decides whether he wants to continue his coaching career at BYU, or not.

    Bronco is by no means perfect, but he is a great coach who would be sorely missed if he decides not to stay for at least a few more years.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    June 7, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    Well, true enough, Bronco is not Urban Meyer. Or Pete Carroll. But, unlike Urban, he doesn't have 20+ felons on his team. Unlike Pete, he won't have the NCAA chasing him to the pros. Unlike many schools, BYU players have to be able to stay in a tough school with very high standards. Stanford, the academies, few others have such really high standards. Add the mission deal and most coaches would walk away. This is a special place with very tough issues that have to be handled.

    Before Bronco, we complained about BYU's defense. Bronco takes over and BYU has a great defense.

    Before Bronco, BYU's recruiting was largely local, white, Poly, and Mormon. Now BYU recruits players from all over, good non LDS kids of all backgrounds.

    Yes, the the offense has been in a shambles since Anae left. Now he's back. BYU always had a good offense under Anae. No reason to expect that to change, except for the better.

    Show Bronco the money.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    June 7, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    Virginia Beach, Va

    "Anyone who watched last year knows Lark was a much better qb then Nelson. Bronco hurt the team last year....badly."

    I watched last year, closely, and I disagree with you. Lark flourished against a very week opponent; so did Nelson. Nelson floundered against good competition; so did Lark.

    What we don't know is why Bronco chose to go with an injured Nelson over a healthy Lark for most of the season. Since we don't know why, I refuse to speculate. It's not a bad course.

  • 56-6 BYU Afton, WY
    June 7, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Mendenhall is a great leader and a great head coach. BYU would be hard-pressed to find a better coach and fit than Bronco. BYU head coaches have to be card-carrying members of the church, so the pool of coaches to pull from is pretty limited to begin with. There was a day when BYU was able to get most of the LDS talent that they recruited to come to Provo. Now more and more LDS kids are realizing that they don't necessarily have to come to Provo to have a great college experience with people who share the same ideas. LDS institute can be found all over the map and at most colleges and universities. Given the challenges of recruiting the coaching staff faces, I think BYU and Mendenhall have done great. They are consistently ranked in the top 25 with 9 or 10 wins. The program is clean and respected. ESPN loves the football program because of the worldwide viewing audience, but also because of the mystic and reputation associated with the school that entices some to watch. Do they win all the close games? Of course not. Only one team each year does.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    June 6, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    Bronco did not want a long term contract when he thought he was "hot" now that his stock has plummeted Brono wants a long term deal. No big time school would hire Bronco given the disaster of his offense. Bronco has shown he is a top notch defensive coach.
    Bronco has not proven he can handle player selection, the hiring of a functional sound coaching staff or the ability to deal with the media. All of those traits are crucial for a major program and Bronco has failed at all of those traits. Anyone who watched last year knows Lark was a much better qb then Nelson. Bronco hurt the team last year....badly. The AD is handling this just the way he should.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 6, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    Bronco is BYU football. Period.

  • GoCougars Krum, TX
    June 6, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    I like Bronco. I would like to see him and BYU Football succeed. There are positives and negatives to take away from the past three years. I would offer another three year contract along the lines of the original five year deal with some bonus incentives.

  • Sweater In Rafters Franklin, IN
    June 6, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    Anyone see that SNL skit with the Harry Carey impersonator who said he loved hot dogs! And then said, "if I were a hot dog...I'd eat myself"...

    It was stupid...but funny! The title of this article is equally strange...answer...yes! Bronco would sign hself to a 20 year deal worth 2 million each year...isn't it strange however that this possibility never happens... Bosses don't let subordinates call the shots...

  • mitchjensen sandy, UT
    June 6, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    To say that I am NOT a BYU fan would be a gross understatement. BYU makes me ill. However, I don't think you will find a finer coach than Bronco. His character on and off the field, and the way he cares for his players...I just think he is top notch. I have great respect and a lot of admiration for him. Whatever happens, I certainly wish he and his family the very best. He deserves it.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    June 6, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    I just saw Bronco speak last night and let me attest, he is the real deal. I hope that he can stay for a long while and that BYU can win for a long while as well. I think that having Robert Anae back should help the offense. It was sort of predictable, but at least it was predictably positive for the most part. Also, being away at AZ for a bit couldn't have hurt his play calling abilities.

  • hobbes1012003 Kaysville, UT
    June 6, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    I love Bronco, and I love how he coaches. I do however need to see some improvement on those big games. last year the games we lost (minus the OreSt game in the 4th Quarter) by less than a touchdown.

    Utah 24-21 that overtime fiasco was painful
    Boise St. 7-6
    Notre Dame 17-14 lost in the 4th Quarter
    San Jose 20-14

    Bronco needs to turn those close games around. I love him and I want his defense around for a loooong time, but he needs to figure that last little hurdle of winning the close games. If that means another HC steps in, fine. as long as we can keep Bronco as pur DC.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 6, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    Did Papa Smurf UTE really mean to put quality teams and the Utes in separate categories? That may tell something about how Ute fans view their team.

  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    June 6, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Papa Smurf UTE makes some good points about the need to defeat more quality opponants. There have been a couple good wins here and there and some close calls. However, winning the big games consistantly is what BYU needs to "rise up" out of obscurity. Same goes for utah and USU.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    June 6, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    It is very, very doubtful that Bronco would have his agent contact some media outlet to put pressure on the BYU administration. I think the writer somehow forgot just how loyal Bronco is the university.

    Reasonable speculation by a writer is one thing, but this isn't even close.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    June 6, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    Bronco is a great coach at winning the games he is supposed to win. There is the exception of San Jose St last year, and Utah in 2005, but other than that, he beats the crap teams that make up the majority of their schedule. Once he starts to win those so called Big Games, then I think they should look at extending his contract long term, if that is what he wants.

    Right now he is a great leader of men, a good defensive coach, head of the Band of Bunglers, and I think that he would excel more as the DC and not the HC. He brought back Anae who he, in a round about way fired after 2010 to coach his inept offense again. He stated in 2010 that the offense was to predictable. What has Anae done to change how he coaches? Byu should be looking for their new HC. Bronco himself said he does not want to do this long term.

    I really hope he does stay for awhile. He has a tough time beating the Utes, and an even tougher time beating the quality teams on their schedule.