BYU football: Wisconsin's Gary Andersen credits Bronco Mendenhall for coaching opportunity

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  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    I guess in Chrissy's pretend world people that hate each other text and talk often with one another. In his/her world all these texts and calls are filled with hatred and animosity. I suppose Bronco and GA as well as Chris Petersen are conversing and laughing with each other before their games for show for the fans?


    And don't kid yourself, Chrissy. USU fans will respect BYU for playing them and not sticking their noses in the air because of the patch on their sleeve. I don't see how any fan in the state could respect Utah right now, except the ones living in the crimson bubble.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Nov. 5, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    I'm sure Anderson would say wonderful things about each of his opposing coaches...thats the type of person he is. CB is not exactly a U fan, real U fans know how fans behave...

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    rslfa: do the math're a little off.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 5, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    35-18 is a 17 point spread.
    31-16 is a 15 point spread.

    I'm not a math teacher, but I really don't get where you are claiming the USU win was a bigger spread, RSLfanalways.

    I do see where you are coming from, however, and examining both games shows that the losing team scored late to make the game a closer contest than either really was. But be careful with the facts in your arguments.

  • Crisco B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    The relationships with the coach is nice and all, but I want a win for the Y.

    Tylert73. Keep the music coming. I like your tune.
    I respect you a lot, but I thought you were a Y fan.......

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Nov. 5, 2013 3:53 p.m.


    First off, I never said they were good friends. But that doesn't mean they dislike each other either. Bronco got this guy his first college coaching job--an opportunity that has led Anderson to now make more than a million per year. That's a huge opportunity. Why would he harbor any ill feelings?

    The rivalry is mostly for the fans and young players. For the coaches, it's part of their job, but they are professionals. Whit ultimately decided to take the U's coaching job instead of coaching at the Y, but that in no way indicates he hates BYU. As I said, he played football for the Cougars and has only spoken positively about that experience. He still maintains close ties with the other players on that team. Whit and Anderson are surely closer because they coached together, but that doesn't mean they dislike Bronco.

    The truth is, when these coaches talk about respecting each other, that's probably closer to the truth than their statements about the rivalry. Do you really think Urban Meyer gave a hoot about BYU? He cared insofar as it mattered to keeping his job, that's it.

  • Warrior Parent Belle Glade, FL
    Nov. 5, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    Andersen is turning out to be the behind the scenes reason for the Utes winning seasons... Witt is looking tired and lost without Andersen.

    Andersen is a class act and deserves the Wisconsin gig. Good luck every game except this one

  • tylert73 West Valley, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    I love how an article about the Wisconsin and BYU coaches turns into commentary about the bottom dwellers of the PAC-12.

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    I like how the author says "BYU CRUSHED the Aggies, 35-17, in 2009 (At BYU), during Andersen's first season. The next year Utah State ended a 10-game losing streak, winning 31-16 at home." Why didn't he say this instead for the second sentence- "The next year Utah State ended a 10 game losing streak by crushing BYU 31-16." Funny how the author chose crushed for BYU but not USU even though the spread was bigger.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    Bronco and Gary Anderson text each other all the time and their relationship improved dramatically as soon as he left the hate-fest on the hill.

    We'll see what the Aggies really think of the arrogant, full-of-themselves Utes when Utah refuses to play the Aggies in Logan ever again.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    Truer words were never penned than these when I think of how many times my desire has been to read enlightening, informative, and even uplifting comments:

    But instead we're stuck with this.

    I believe coaches have potential to change lives for the better.
    Go Bronco! Go Cougars! Go Coach every game except this Saturday.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 2:56 p.m.


    You're kidding yourself if you think Whittingham or Gary Anderson think of Bronco as a good friend or anything similar. Whittingham and Anderson think of each other as good friends, even when playing against each other with Utah State and Utah.

    There is a reason Utes and aggies get along and neither school likes byu.

  • papi_chulo Ogden, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    Chris B....what a sad sad life you live.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    Coach Wit is the best because he hates other coaches and that makes the Utes the most awsome team.

    Go Utes!

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    From what I've read and heard Bronco is well respected in the coaching fraternity. His network includes other highly-respected coaches. I take this article at face value. Coach Andersen seems generous and sincere in his gratitude.

    But, I suppose you can inject ugly spin into about anything depending on your agenda.

    Go Cougs, beat the Badgers!

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Nov. 5, 2013 2:26 p.m.


    I agree that at times they are too fluffy with each other, but what about this situation makes you think this isn't genuine? I don't know about you, but if a guy gave me my first break that eventually led to a 7-figure salary, I'd be grateful. Believe it or not, not everyone that is affiliated with the U hates BYU and vice versa. I would wager, in fact, that the head coach of your beloved Utes doesn't actually hold any animosity toward BYU, having played there and all. These guys all want to win, but they don't necessarily take everything personally.

  • ideasnstuff Orem, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    In general, the coaches don't have the level of hostility or arrogance towards each other that some rabid and obsessive fans have. To them, it's football, not a culture war.

  • ideasnstuff Orem, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    In general, the coaches have nowhere near the animosity towards each other as some crazed, obsessed fans do. To them it's football, not a culture war.

  • John S. Harvey Sandy, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    Go Wisconsin - Here's hoping Andersen get's to add another win over BYU to his current count.