Utah football notebook: Whittingham not pleased with pass protection

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  • tharef Riverton, UT
    Nov. 11, 2013 7:04 p.m.

    Does Dr. Hill have Rod Carey's AD's Phone Number. I think it is time for a change at Utah also. Mac had a winning season and he got fired. What warrants a losing season 3 year's in a row warrant a raise? Nope a new coach!

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    I love it how Whit gets credit when he wins but when he loses it is all on the players. Nice work utah fans. I am glad to be a BYU fans where all wins and loses are on the coaching staff. I am not sure how longer the administration will stand for poor coaching before they make a coaching change. One thing is for certain, Dennis Erickson will not stick around next year and go through a forth year of being in the cellar.

    Nov. 10, 2013 6:58 p.m.

    Bleed Crimson, I have to disagree with you about the Sugar Bowl being Urban Meyer's seniors' doing. The only guys recruited and signed during Urban's short tenure, by my count, that played in that game were Robert Conley, Brent Casteel, Brian Johnson and Paul Kruger. Conley was a mediocre OL, and while Casteel, Johnson and Kruger were all high-impact guys, Kruger likely would've ended up at Utah anyways, as I believe they were the only school to offer him.

    Sean Smith, Zane Beadles, Brice McCain, and Darrell Mack all signed after Urban had already left. The rest of the guys, Derrick Shelby, Neli A'asa, Joe Dale, Caleb Schlauderaff, RJ Stanford, Stevenson Sylvester, Zane Taylor, Matt Asiata, Jereme Brooks, Brandon Burton, Nai Fotu, Robert Johnson, Corbin Louks, Koa Misi, Eddie Wide, Aiona Key, David Reed, Sealver Siliga, Mike Wright, Kepa Gaison, Chaz Walker, Christian Cox, all either were recruited or walked on later. Those 2004 recruits were very important, but it's not like they were the bulk of the team at all.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 10, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    @ Ken

    Wake up! Whittingham is NOT a great coach. If he was a great coach, his team would be winning. Period! Since joining the Pac-12, Utah has regressed and the win/loss totals will illustrate that for you. Great coaches don't miss bowl games. Great coaches will win these close games, great coaches don't call for a 2 point conversion after the first touchdown. Great coaches don't have QB problems to deal with year after year. Great coaches have teams that will "reload" not "rebuild" ever year. Whittingham has been the head coach for 9 years now. 8 of those 9 years were mediocre seasons. He has a Sugar Bowl to hang his hat on, but lets not forget that Whitt did it with Urban Meyer's recruits (who were seniors) that year. Let's face it! Whitt hasn't exactly dominated the MWC either. I see Whitt has taken Utah football as far as he can. I think it's time for a coaching change that will help take this program to the next step. I don't it from Whitt!

    Still a Utah fan! I always hope to see them succeed!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 10, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Keep telling yourself that moral "victories" count for something ken.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 9, 2013 10:05 p.m.

    Oregon's quarterback looked pretty ordinary when he lost pass protection.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Nov. 9, 2013 9:03 p.m.

    This is NOT Whittinghams fault. He's one of the best coaches in the nation. Anyone who is calling for him to be fired is clueless. If he can beat a powerhouse Stanford, and come within one play of beating ranked UCLA, ranked OSU, ranked ASU, he's doing a masterful job.

    I try not to read too much into these close close close losses. Yes, they hurt. But common sense says that we're on the right path and just need a bounce or two to go our way. Last thing we need is to totally shake up the program. We're playing the second hardest schedule in the entire COUNTRY! Anyone but Alabama would be struggling with this schedule. The future is bright for this program in this Pac 12 Conference of Champions