Utah football: Utes to hire a new offensive line coach

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  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 10:43 p.m.


    "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.

  • Flames6 North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    No one scores on the "Duck"

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 7:22 p.m.

    @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

  • jbkhbrmz Saint George, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 5:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 2:19 p.m.


    No, 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.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    @Duckhunter - Didn't BYU hire the same offensive coordinator they already got rid of once?

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 13, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Hire a another crony who won't question Whittingham's authority. Now that's a real recipe for success.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 10:12 p.m.


    "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 to improve?

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Jan. 12, 2014 5:39 p.m.

    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!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 12, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    @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.

  • Jefe-Ute SLC, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 4:55 p.m.

    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!!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    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.

  • KimmyP Granstville, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    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 this year.

  • Clark W. Griswold Sandy, Utah
    Jan. 12, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    @ 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?

  • CougOrUte..Naah Nibley, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 2:45 p.m.

    And the Utes death spiral continues downward.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    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).

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Black & White SLC, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    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...

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 12:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Flames6 North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 12:10 a.m.

    THAT is exciting ! A new line coach might be more important than a new OC

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    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 hill?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 10:36 p.m.

    Welcome to the PAC 12 utes coach Harding

    Go utes!

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    Hey Kyle...please take Weber off the Aggies hands! I hear he is great.

    Jan. 11, 2014 9:42 p.m.

    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.