Friendly rivals: BYU's Bronco Mendenhall, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen share special bond

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  • Rufio1070 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    This is a pretty interesting article. I love Gary Andersen. He's one heck of a coach. Don't use this article to act like the relationship was because the U is some horrible school with awful fans. That attitude is what makes the rivalry ugly. Both schools have some pretty embarrassing fan moments. Who could forget the U fans rushing the field last year almost losing the game or the Y fans throwing trash at the refs this year. It's fun if you can keep things in perspective. In this case, the article is about an interesting relationship. Forget your disdain for the other side.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    "Stay classy Mendenhall" That's a real laugher redthunder. Ya, Bronco is really bitter. Good one.

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Sounds to me like Mendenhall is a little bitter. But hey...I would be too if i couldn't beat my rival to save my life. Stay classy Mendenhall.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Nov. 6, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    @ Culbear
    "When you are an employee for a rival company (a very rauccous and well fought one at that). You simple don't fraternize with the other side, even if they were your best friend."

    You describe precisely the attitude of bitter rivalry that needs to change. LaVell and McBride got along just fine. THen Urban The Destroyer rode, stoked and used fan hatred, and took the poison to a whole new level.

    Now that they play in different playgrounds, there is no good reason to keep the whole "Team Down South" attitude alive. Utah fans and the team talk all the time about moving on, but they choose not to. And shame on Whittingham, a BYU alum, for not changing the tone.

  • Culbear Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    To Whoa Nellie
    It has little to do with sportsmanship and everything to do with professionalism. When you are an employee for a rival company (a very rauccous and well fought one at that). You simple don't fraternize with the other side, even if they were your best friend. Why? because there are certain obligations that must come first. That and especially with him being the defensive coordinator while he was at Utah he has no right to take certain liberties or things that a head coach could get away with without being an obvious insubordinate.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Nov. 6, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    Hard not to notice the point Bronco made about how their relationship basically returned to normal after leaving the U. I hope that whole dynamic changes once Kryle gets the boot.

  • SamoanYfan WEST JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    Onward and Upward

  • BCMom Brigham City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 7:25 a.m.

    Great article! What a wonderful article about two great coaches who are rivals and friends. So nice to step away from the bitterness often found in sports and just enjoy good competition. Thank you, Coach Anderson and Coach Mendenhall - I am a proud Cougar fan and see you both as coaches and men worthy of being mentors in the community of sports and life.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 12:19 a.m.

    May the best team win on Saturday. But what I really hope is that BYU is the best team. Two great coaches and a bunch of great players.

    Interesting how the relationship between these two coaches was more normal after Anderson left the U of U. Perhaps sportsmanship is emphasized at other schools more so than at Utah?

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 11:23 p.m.

    Gary obvious owes everything to Bronco and Bronco's coaching tree will continue to grow with the great assitants that he has had and has now.