Brad Rock: Ex-Ute coach Mac had knack

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  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Oct. 11, 2013 5:34 p.m.


    All of the teams in the WAC measured their success by how well they did against BYU. BYU had dominated the WAC for several years at the time McBride became coach at Utah and having a goal to get competitive with BYU certainly made sense. This is exactly what Lavelle Edward's wanted to accomplish when he became coach at BYU. He said that the first thing he wanted to do was to get competitive with Arizona State, who had been dominating the WAC at that time. These days, I don't think Utah measures their success by BYU like they used to. They have a winning record against BYU since McBride turned them around -- including the current four-year win streak. Frankly, I wish Utah did go to bed thinking about BYU a little more, but I think they have moved on. They do indeed have some big fish to contend with. Sad. I miss the good old days already. It was a great rivalry.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    A very classy guy. I long for the days of McBride and Edwards. They brought a class to the rivalry.

    Oct. 11, 2013 3:05 p.m.


    No need to come onto our article on the Utes and try to point out how important your cougars are, at least in your eyes. To put it in perspective, Utah dominated BYU for over 50 years. But then, in the late 70's and 80's BYU turned the tables. So when McBride was hired, yes, he needed to beat his rivals to establish himself and bring the Utah program back to where they had been before.

    You are the only one who is bringing up the BCS and the "big brother" thing. Give it a rest. Let us read the article and pay tribute to a very classy guy.

    Go Ronny Mac, and Go Utes!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    A well deserved honor for a truly wonderful coach. His love of the game, his student athletes and his university will never be forgotten on the hill. Congrats, Coach!

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    MAFU's players were inspired beyond the football field. That is the mark of a truly great leader.

    Thanks Coach McBride for restoring the winning tradition to the U. Coach Meyer and Coach Whit surely have you to thank for helping build up the program to what it is today.

    Go Utes!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 11, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Coach Mac was, and still is, pure class. We will forever be in his debt. 34-31 and his interaction with Coach Edwards will never be forgotten.

    Congratulations Coach!! Well deserved.

    Go Utes!!

  • HK Lehi, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Anyone who has had the privilege of playing for Coach Mac knows that he cared more about us personally than he did about the game (yes, even BYU games). That's saying a lot because he was passionate about football. There are a handful of people who have truly impacted my life and Coach Mac is one of them. Thanks Coach and congratulations!

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Oct. 11, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    It's too bad McBride and Edwards had to coach rivalry schools against each other. They were both great coaches and class acts. When will you every see rivalry coaches act the way these two did around each other--poking fun but always willing to laugh at themselves. They became good friends.

    If it wasn't for MAFU, Utah would still be trying to figure out how to beat my Cougs!

    Well deserved honor for sure.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    Ron was a class act as a coach...still a great fellow. I enjoyed his intensity that could quickly be followed by a joke. He didn't take himself too seriously like several coaches in the state. A was a competitor without being disagreeable.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Oct. 11, 2013 5:15 a.m.

    Mac is THE man. How do you not like this guy? He is the one who turned Utah around and got them competitive. Utah has since had a great program. It is good to see him get the recognition he deserves.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:39 a.m.

    Urban went 23-2 with Mac's players.

  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    @ eastcoastcoug

    Explain to me how the headline "Ex-Ute coach Mac had knack" has anything to do with BYU. Yes the article talks about how 23 years ago when McBride was hired as head coach it was about beating BYU. However in a 22 paragraph article, BYU is only mentioned in 4 of them. Not really all about the Y.

    This article was not written by the U's athletic department, so talking about The U being obsessed with the Y is a little interesting. I suggest you take that up with Mr. Rock. In addition, the fact that you can turn an article that talks mainly about McBride's coaching career and his ability to recruit into an article about Utah being obsesses with BYU makes me wonder where the true obsession is.

    While, as a "Big Brother," you may not compare yourselves to what your younger brothers have done, if you comment even half as much on their lives as you do on Utah articles, they must be really annoyed.

  • Thriller Saint George, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    All of what Utah has accomplished in the past 10 years all began with Coach Mac. He's a legend.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 10:02 p.m.

    Thank you Ronnie Mac. I could go on and on about what he did for the Ute program and for football in general in the state, but I think we all know. Loved his friendship with LaVell. 2 men that I greatly respect and admire.

    Off subject and for what it's worth, I have much more respect for Coach Rose than I will ever have for have Mujerus.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    I'm just saying...Utah has a great program in its own right. Please...grow up and move on!!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    Love the headline. Just proves yet again that Utah lives by everything vs. BYU. So who's the "Big Brother"? I'm the oldest in my family and have NEVER compared myself to anything my brothers have done. I certainly wouldn't expect recognition just for "knowing how to beat them" at a game. Now you're in a BCS conference - sheesh! You people are obsessed. Good luck with that "moving on" thing...

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Classy guy. Deserves a lot of credit for turning Utah around.