Crow"Duckhunter that is what BYUu said so Anae could save
face."No, that's what Anae, whom I know personally,
said.Unless you have a better source than Anae, stop making stuff up
and just drop it.
No one scores on the "Duck"
@Duckhunter that is what byu said so anae could save face. He was fired then
donko admitted they needed to go back so they could stay mediocre
I think this is a very smart move for Utah. The offensive line has been a weak
spot the past two years with Finn as the coach. New blood is needed. Dave
Christensen knows offensive line and if he does get Harding, its because he
knows the guy is a good oline coach.
@2020No, they didn't "get rid" of him, he left on his
own. That said I'm not the one making any claims about it, timid robin is
and I just pointed out how what he thought was a clever cut on BYU actually
applied much better to utah. Mission accomplished.
@Duckhunter - Didn't BYU hire the same offensive coordinator they already
got rid of once?
Hire a another crony who won't question Whittingham's authority. Now
that's a real recipe for success.
@robin"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over
and over again and expecting different results."You mean like
firing your offensive coordinator every single year and expecting your offense
I wish Utah the best as they continue to find the right coaches that fit their
plans. I'm sure Coach W knows what he's doing. The security of his
job is now hanging on the success of every part of the coaching staff he's
now putting in place so I'm sure he's aware of that. If it works,
then he's a genius and no doubt Utah will resign him for a few more years,
unless a more lucrative contract is being offered from somewhere else.
Good luck Utes!
@Lifelong Republican"What is going on up on the hill?"What's going on is called improvement. The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So
Utah is trying to do something different.It's a lesson BYU
could stand to learn. But you guys just keep plugging along with the same
coaches, occasionally and then re-hiring one, and you're surprised that
year after year you get mediocre results (beating bad teams, losing to good
ones). I see the national championship talk has returned, but honestly,
what's different this time around?At least Utah's trying
to do something about it. They're not satisfied with mediocrity, unlike
BYU. You guys seem to lap up mediocrity like a cat lapping up milk.
It's a good thing Florida didn't hire Urban Meyer, a coach from the
MWC. He definitely can't make it in a big time SEC conference only coaching
in the MWC. I mean that could have led to 2 national championships. Good thing
Utah didn't hire Urban Meyer from Bowling Green. A football team no-one
hears about for a running for the national championship. That could have led to
a fiesta bowl win and an undefeated season. People wake up and smell the roses.
I'm glad that the OL coach is gone. I am a little leary about bringing over
everyone from Wyoming, but changes need to happen. Only time will tell if it
works out. Go Utes!!
Of course the easy, and fun, thing to do would be to mock Utah for this. And to
be honest that isn't altogether a wrong reaction as they have been terrible
offensively for a long time. But whittingham is fighting for his job at this
point, he has to do whatever it is he feels needs to be done to try and improve
that awful offense. Who knows if it will work, I have my doubts as I think the
real problem is whittingham himself and his micro managing and impatience, but
I'm not going to criticize the hire itself. Just like some recruit none of
us has ever heard of none of us knows much about this coach either. We'll
find out if he is any good soon enough I'm sure.
Big Cougar and Republican,Yes, the Utes are searching for a way to
get better as a football team. Some of that means coaching changes will be
inevitable.To bad the Utes can't pattern themselves after BYU
when it comes to offensive line coaching because, clearly, that was a strong
suit of the cougar team this year. At no time was the byu offensive linemen
overmatched by the scheme or the ability of the defensive linemen they faced
@ BigCougar"Wow, is that how bad it's gotten up on the
hill? Now Whittingham is hiring reject coaches from the University of Wyoming?
After these don't work out is he going to start looking at schools like
Northern Arizona and Weber State to find replacements?"Nope, at
that point Whittingham will probably be fired if our offense doesn't
improve or we miss another bowl game. Let's not be bashing these smaller
schools for our coaching hires. That's how Utah found Urban Meyer. Remember
that guy? He was coaching at Bowling Green before he came to Utah. At least Utah doesn't hire coaches that they've previously fired.
After watching last season, I wonder if the BYU fans and coaches remembered why
they fired Anae in the first place?
And the Utes death spiral continues downward.
Wow, is that how bad it's gotten up on the hill? Now Whittingham is hiring
reject coaches from the University of Wyoming? After these don't work out
is he going to start looking at schools like Northern Arizona and Weber State to
find replacements?I guess that just goes to show, you can take the
school out of the MWC but you can't take the MWC out of the school (or
it's head coach).
Lifelong Republican,First you and your friends tell us that the Ute
program needs to make coaching changes then you tell us that "the
merry-go-round keeps on moving". How about an insightful comment once in a
while? Kyle is making the change that he thinks he needs to compete in the PAC
12 as he said he would. As far as to compete with your team, no changes have
been needed for 20 years.
So, the missing pieces for Utah was to be more like Wyoming? So much for being
in an elite conference and picking elite coaches to improve the chances for a
conference championship and Bowl invite. Look, I'm sure
Christensen and Finn are fine men and GOOD coaches, but Kyle and Utah can--and
have to--do a lot better than reach down and hire from a mediocre mid-major
team. Think upwards, not lateral or down...
Best of luck to Coach Finn.I don't know that we need more
coaches from Wyoming. The offensive line is not something to experiment with.
Find the best OL coach out there and bring him in to coach our team.
THAT is exciting ! A new line coach might be more important than a new OC
The merry-go-round keeps on moving. If I was a recruit, I would seriously be
considering a different school right about now. What is going on up on the
Welcome to the PAC 12 utes coach HardingGo utes!
Hey Kyle...please take Weber off the Aggies hands! I hear he is great.
Good luck to Coach Finn, I hope he has a fine future in coaching, but this is a
welcome change on the staff to me. The offensive line was a mixture of great
young talent and good experience this year, but looked very poorly coached.
Christensen seems like a guy who will pay great attention to detail and not let
any slack on his side of the ball slide. To be fair, Finn was put in a tough
situation. He was only expected to be an assistant to Tim Davis, a very good OL
coach, and was forced into being the position coach when Davis took an offer
from Florida that nearly doubled his salary at Utah. Anyway, I hope for a more
competent coach this year, and for a tighter ship run by Christensen.