Guest commentary: What Bronco Mendenhall could learn from Pete Carroll

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  • Ken Lee Pasadena, CA
    March 3, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    In bad years the Bronc goes 8-4…in good years he does 10 plus wins….he's searching for the undefeated season…it will come. This is a good article. He never implied that Pete was a prince at USC and that he didn't leave behind a mess. All his comments were legit about Bronco upping his game with press interviews and allowing players to "be themselves" personality wise….as long as those players don't go wild, they don't need to be clone cookie cutters of each other. These are good points. As to CB mentioning, again, the 1-2 star athletes that BYU uses to get our 8-10 win seasons….keep wishing….someday you may have a team that is remotely relevant and has routine winning seasons and bowl games vs just a punching bag for the average PAC12 teams….keep cashing your paycheck fro the PAC12…you'll never have the Y's facilities or student body or intellectual horsepower of the students.

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    Feb. 28, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    Pete Carroll can also teaach any college team how to cheat and pay players leaving his once proud school in the midst of NCAA sanctions while bolting to the NFL to make millions of more dollars and win a Superbowl. When will the NCAA and NFL team up to not allow these cheating individuals the chance to bolt the first time an investigation is brought up. Pete Carroll may be a good football coach but that does not make him a good person and he should take the hit in how he left USC!

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    Pete Carroll's success in the W-L column is obvious. In the NFL winning is the only thing that matters. Collegiate athletics does not need any PC's, ask USC.

  • LouisD Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 28, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Criticizing the author is silly. He picked out a very few specific things Bronco could learn from Pete Carol to incorporate into his own bank of leadership skills. I didn't read that Bronco should become Pete Carroll.

    Why do readers put far more into what was written than there? So many "emotional" and yet shallow responses are usually an indication that many did not actually ingest and analyze what they read.

    I agree with suggestions he actually made and nothing more. He never said Bronco needed to remake himself or cheat. He suggested Bronco utilize his private interpersonal charm a little more with the public (become more likable) and continue to build a solid reputation for defense.

    In fairness, there were also some good comments above. Fact! Bronco has mostly mismanaged the offense since he arrived. That needs to be fixed. I still doubt Anae's leadership. BYU had a great system IT INVENTED (WCO). Big egos have tampered with what worked and would still work today (even with GHGF as it did before). I am not an Anae fan for reasons another poster suggested. If you aren't getting better in key areas, your getting worse!

    Feb. 28, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    With all do respect to the author. Pete Carroll should not even have a job let alone anyone's respect. Go to USC and pay your players? Get the school in all kinds of trouble and then leave it in the lurch before it is made public. Something is really wrong. The majority of our country use to believe in honesty. No more, nothing to see here as long as have a nice demeanor wins games......

    That said the point the author makes is a good one. I just have little to no respect for the example you chose.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2014 7:02 a.m.

    "Utah is BYU's rival but BYU isn't Utah's rival."

    We all thought denial was a river in Egypt, but it obviously flows freely from under that crimson bubble on the hill.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Feb. 28, 2014 6:21 a.m.

    You mean besides how to commit multiple NCAA violations? Yeah, not a good comparison at all.

  • dahlrob PROVO, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:46 p.m.

    Chris , if BYU is not your rival, why do you keep commenting so often?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:52 p.m.


    When did I say byu and Utah were rivals? Its partially true. Utah is byu's rival but byu isn't Utah's rival.

    4 out of 5 years beat byu in recruiting.

    4 years in a row beat byu on the field(Van Noy never won a super bowl lol)

    Think those are related?

    You'd better believe it!

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:33 p.m.

    Holy cow - I'm going to be generous and call this story silly. Granted, Bronco M. could use some work on his people skills, but to say that he should be more like Pete Carroll is absurd. Is the author suggesting that Mendenhall should aspire to be fired from two NFL jobs as was Carroll? Is the author suggesting that Mendenhall should have an affair with a grad student as Carroll was rumored to have done? Is the author suggesting that Mendenhall should allow the BYU football program to suffer severe NCAA sanctions and leave town one step ahead of the possee as Carroll did at USC? As the saying goes - "be careful what you wish for."

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    Honestly, what's the big deal? In my opinion he already meets all 4 of the qualifications.
    In reference to the first paragraph, who at byu or in the state of Utah feels that they don't personally know bronco? As a Ute fan I would love to know him away from football. Anybody that rides a hog is A-1 in my book. Bronco, keep doing what you do, don't listen to the media.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:49 p.m.

    lame article. and i'm a seahawks fan. carroll is a pro coach. he led usc down the drain.

    bronco is bronco. nothing wrong with that.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 6:15 p.m.

    One day right about 1st or 2nd day Bronco became the Head Coach, LaVell Edward came to see him. Edward said to him, "Be Yourself". Bronco will never be like Pete, no way!

    I can see Ty Detmer in that catagory "Make the media like you" and "Be Who You Are," but will he come? Stay tune!

  • Idaho Dad Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 27, 2014 5:32 p.m.

    Bronco's not out of touch with THIS fan. I'm a Bronco Mendenhall fan first and a BYU Football fan second. Have you read Running Into the Wind? AMAZING.

  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    Setting aside the comparison to Pete Carroll, I mostly agree with the article. There is no good reason to be curt and prickly with the fans or the media. It pays off to have them on your side in the long term. Bronco is very personable when he is around those he trusts. Sadly, that appears to be a very small group. Anae could use a refresher public relations course. I also agree with the comment about getting some coaches with more outside experience. I will say that Bronco has shown some progress with the hiring of coach Holliday.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 5:09 p.m.

    What does it mean to be a true blue fan or crimson fan? Silly stuff! It's just a game, and in this case, played by a couple of not so good teams. It isn't war or something of great significance, so again what's with all the true blue. It's just a color.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Feb. 27, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    Utah recruiting per scout
    Interesting that they are back to MWC levels.
    As a famouse singer would say.
    And they go down, down, down to the ring of failure.
    Dead last in the Pac
    out recruited by 1-11 Cal.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Feb. 27, 2014 4:43 p.m.

    Utah supposedly isn't rivals with BYU.
    And they are dead last in their new conference.
    Is it a trend that Utah recruiting has tanked in three years?
    Only time will tell.
    Being the Rutgers of the Pac-12 does not help much.
    Or getting Florida players that were passed up by big time programs.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    I read the title and pulled it up to see if the Deseret News was now publishing books!

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    And as much trouble as USC was in as a football team - the 2013 trotting utes eeked out 3 points. But they love their pac one two membership.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    Be smart

    Four out of the last five years byu lost to Utah in recruiting.


  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    I think too many people spend their whole life trying to be someone else and trying to please everyone else instead of being true to themselves! Love Bronco or hate him he is true to himself and others!!! That is why I am a Bronco fan and a True Blue BYU fan since I can remember!!!

    Go Cougs!!! Rise Up!!!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    I echo what some other commentators have said. Ask USC fans how much they love PC right now as they try and dig themselves out of the hole he left them in with his deceit and cheating. You can smile for the cameras, cheer your players on all you want but at the end of the day, if you've been found lacking in character there are going to be people that will never respect you because you've let them down. USC is still reeling from Pete Carroll, and while he's celebrating and making wise cracks to the media and living it up, they're wallowing in underachievement and hamstrung by the lies he strung them along with.

    I do agree that Mendenhall can do some things differently and allow his players more latitude to be themselves, and endear himself to the media and fans, but Carroll isn't a model of good leadership, with an "end justifies the means" type perspective. Charlie Strong would be a good model to follow in my opinion...players love him, the media likes him, and he's a good leader who demands respect because of his actions.

  • jaredw007 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    The author is obviously a Seahawks fan and therefore a Pete Carroll fan but I won't hold that against him. While I commend Pete Carroll for his success in Seattle, he's probably one of the last coaches I would want Bronco to aspire to. Cheerleading coaches like Carroll are understandably popular with fans and the media but it's that kind of behavior that sometimes gets him in trouble with the media.

    Let's also not forget that Carroll was at USC and conveniently took the Seattle gig just as that program was being punished for NCAA recruiting violations that resulted in their 2004 national championship being vacated and Reggie Bush being stripped of his Heisman trophy. I don't need to tell you who the head coach was during that time and you may already be aware that your beloved Seahawks have led the NFL is player suspensions for PED use since Carroll took the job in 2010.

    Perhaps I'm being way too critical on Pete Carroll but my point is, is a coach with this much baggage the kind of the coach you really want Bronco to model himself after? I don't think so.

  • Nate in the 808 orem, ut
    Feb. 27, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    From the boasting of Utah supporters regarding recruiting classes and talent, you'd think they'd already have won a national championship

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Feb. 27, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    @ CB
    You could give us a rundown of the last 5 years of recruiting and show that BYU is not made of 1-2 star nobodies.
    It would also illustrate the dramatic decline in the quality of Utah recruits.
    Utah secand best recruiting class in history was while the were in the MWC.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    I don't think that Bronco Mendenhall should try to be Pete Carroll.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:40 p.m.

    When the fans don't like you much, that means you like yourself too much. People pay a lot of money to see winners, the focus should be on that (if you want to have a football program) if not there are MANY other ways and means to build character. BYU fans come to see fighters and in recent years have been disappointed. It's about the fans and players, not a proud coach. The Y needs a leader who knows that.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    Winning has a tendency to hide issues.

    When/Where Pete has won...he is a media fan darling...

    However...Pete left SC holding the bag when he went on his merry/likeable way to Seattle.

    SC is still trying to recover...

    Re: likeable...

    Jerry Sloan once said if he was likeable...

    He would be setting up in the seats with the fans.

    I would prefer Bronco follow the Jerry Sloan blue collar approach...

    Let's leave the digging out of the violation mess to the likes of SC alum/fans/administration who loved the Pete Mystique while it lead to winning...but are continuing to wonder if it was worth all the trouble.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    I like Mendenhall too, but the author here misses the biggest difference maker and that is a lack of hiring top leadership to run the units of the team. Maybe Bronco can run the defense, but he so badly needs to hire a quality coach to run his offense. Someone that is both an innovator and a pragmatic executor. I'm not talking about gimmick schemes like "Go Fast Go Hard", but someone that can teach our kids how to create mismatches, picks, execute a route, block and use Tight Ends in the passing game. Someone who's plays aren't completely predictable and are designed to move the ball downfield by attacking a defense at all angles.

    We've had Anae twice and he's been mediocre at best (and grumpy - talk about someone with no media sparkle), and Doman, who had never coached an Offense before. Where are the Scovills and Holmgrens at BYU today? We don't have to just pick up LDS coaches to run the Offense. The mark of a great CEO or HC is hiring strong people to run the organization.

    I give Bronco an 'F' on who he's hired as OC.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:04 p.m.


    Common... the circumstances between Mendenhall and BYU and Carroll at USC/Seattle are total opposites.

    Are we really that bored that we're writing this type of story?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:00 p.m.

    "If BYU really wants to achieve the goal of another national championship, it needs the talent pool and a dynamic leader who can take them there"

    Talent is overrated, that's what byu fans tell us.

    A good coach can turn a team full of 1-2 stars nobodies into national champions.