Utah football: Washington State's Leach drawing praise

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  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:14 p.m.


    I wasn't rumor mongering - I don't hear any rumors where I live and if you will re-read the post I wasn't passing on rumors. Aside from the sarcasm of the first sentence of my post, I'm expressing real concern that KW can't continue to keep his job when we're finishing each season just ahead of CU. A loss at Pullman means another losing season overall. I'd be thrilled to see KW stay. I can't think of anyone I'd like to see replace him, but you have to admit that WSU is playing better as the year has progressed and we are playing worse. That doesn't bode well for a win or the future of the coach. To stay he's got to step up the recruiting - especially at QB where we have been so thin this year, last year, and the year before and especially when it's being reported in the press that Dennis Erickson is expressing a lack of confidence the current QB's.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    Not as good of a coach as Bronco.

  • red.diehard Central, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    As opposed to the semi-tropical climate of SLC?

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    The only place on earth where Coach Whitt is in danger of losing his job is this web site. Leave the rumor mongering out of it.

  • The Moose Southern, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    79 Ute. I don't consider Stanford an anomaly. It shows how important depth is. When Utah is healthy, they can play with anybody. But when you have to go down to number 2 or 3 in many positions late in the season, there are problems. That is the biggest difference I see in changing conferences. We used to have a couple of "gimmee" games a year to rest up and get better. It was kind of like a bye week with an easy scrimmage t the end. In the Pac12 there is no "gimmee" game. Even Cal and Colorado have the athletes to step up and beat you.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Pullman in November can be a nasty place to play: wet, cold and windy. The home crowd has really been energized with Leach's arrival. If the Utes don't come completely dialed in (that includes the sideline staff) they will be out-coached and embarrassed.

  • STLute St. Louis, MO
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    Aren't some of you tired of making ridiculous predictions every week? It's just as old as reading a certain persons "mark it down" comments.

    Coach Whit isn't in jeopardy of losing his job just yet. It's still a little premature to think so. This time next year may be different. We'll see.

    Go Utes!

  • Daved6 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    That's cute. For some reason I assumed Whittingham was friends with anyone. Ah well.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 21, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    My main concern with this game is that the U has struggled against the pass.
    Utah has a great pass rush, but the Air Raid offense is based on quick release passes.
    The wide stances that Wazzu uses will attempt to negate Reilly's pass rush (defenders simply have to run farther) so I think the key is a lot of pressure coming up the center of the line.
    I think the Utes have a good chance of pulling it out.
    But the Air Raid is an offense that aims at the weaknesses of the U.
    Hopefully they pull it off.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 21, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    Good matchup, but I think Utah will win this. Win the last two, and let the cards fall where they may. Trolling a Utah thread with that same old BYU bias, interesting, very, very interesting. Yet par for the course. Kind of like losing four in a row to your rival.

    GO UTAH!

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:18 a.m.

    Sounds like Whitt can work for Leach if he loses his job in SLC. It will take brilliant coaching to avoid a loss in Pullman. I think Kalani is up to the task. Hope Erickson and Whitt are. With a loss, KW's job is in serious jeopardy.

    Need to step up the recruiting again for a QB. Erickson doesn't like his choices for next year.

    Calling Chris B: Why can't we find a QB recruit with more than three stars? We're in the PAC-12, aren't we? And the best we can do is three stars with offers from Tulane and Louisiana Tech? We waved good-bye to the WAC and MWC to compete with Conference USA for a QB commitment? The best QB even considering Utah has only three stars. As we've been told countless times, don't stars matter?

    In Whitt's defense, the year started off tragically and it's been one problem after another since then, except for the Stanford miracle when both the offense and the defense played so well. While we all hoped the same team would show up the next week, the Stanford win clearly was an anomaly.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    Those 25% would be Leach, Sarkesian and Whittingham.

    Go Cougars!