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  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 21, 2014 7:31 p.m.

    "All the while forgetting that BYU pulled out all the stops to hire the guy, and when he went to Utah, they had to go to their backup choice...Bronco Mendenhall."


    What stops did BYU pull out other than the standard interview and offer?

    Interesting item on the hiring of Bronco. He didn't interview well his first time around. He acknowledged later that he felt troubled interviewing for the HC job when Gary was a close friend. BYU was ready to offer Lance Reynolds when a large contingent of BYU players approached the Athletic Dept Administration and asked them to re-consider Bronco. These players said they didn't want to play for anyone other than Bronco. The Athletic Dept interviewed him again, he hit it out of the park and the rest is history.

    Fans may have wanted Whitt but the players didn't, they got the man they wanted.

    Btw, when Whitt gets canned midway through this season, who will be the interim, Sitake, Christenson, or Erickson? Also, does Hill make one of them the new HC, get a re-tread name coach or do they go get a no-name young coach?

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    July 18, 2014 1:30 p.m.


    I beg to differ Gary Andersen was the best recruiter and in my opinion the best coach in the state of Utah before leaving for Wisconsin.

  • DodgerDoug Salem, UT
    July 17, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    Most BYU would not argue that they wanted Whit after Crowton was fired. I would also say that most of those same fans that wanted Whit are so glad that they got Bronco instead!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 16, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    I love the irony of all these Y fans bagging on Whittingham. All the while forgetting that BYU pulled out all the stops to hire the guy, and when he went to Utah, they had to go to their backup choice...Bronco Mendenhall.

    But you never really wanted Whittingham in the first place, right guys?

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 16, 2014 7:59 p.m.

    " I wonder how many of these guys would be considering Utah if Gary Anderson was the head coach?"


    Why on earth would Gary Andersen want a demotion from an elite football school like Wisconsin down to a MWC school playing in the cellar of the Pac10? You guys should've realized what everyone else did years ago about Kyle and the decline of the program and offered GA after the 2012 season before Wisconsin did.

    You snooze, you lose. Hey, I think Mark Sanford might be available.

  • GoUTES Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    Whit is the best coach and best recruiter in the nation. I shook his hand just last week at the Sugar Bowl and #4 AP finish celebration parade.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    July 16, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    Gary Anderson?

    Wow. utie fans are already kicking dirt on Whitt.

  • binghamalum South Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    ask your self something buddy, UTAH, or.... UCLA, USC, OREGON, you tell me of all 3 schools where would you go, play for Oregon 65,000 screaming fans, USC 88,000 fans, UCLA 100,000 fans, or Utah for 45,000, until it updates its weak Rice Eccles, they wont get recruits, Im sorry, but BYU wont get either because of there terrible decision to go to the independent schedule just for MONEY!

    I hate kids leaving utah, but I left utah for school and had the best 4 years of my life!

    Just tell whit To recruit better. which he cant do and match what PAC 12 big boys offer.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    July 16, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    They all want to "represent the state of Utah" but clearly all don't want to play college football here. None listed BYU or USU as top candidates and none list Utah in their top 5. BYU has dealt with losing top recruits for a long time as the decision to attend BYU is driven by different factors. However, Utah not in top 5 consideration for any of them is a major issue. It didn't used to be an issue when Utah just played in the Mountain West or WAC, but now losing top talent and trying to climb out of the basement of the Pac12 - well, that just doesn't work. I wonder how many of these guys would be considering Utah if Gary Anderson was the head coach?

  • Fball Fanatic Salem, UT, UT
    July 16, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    I would just like to congratulate Porter, Osa and Andre for their positive examples, amazing work ethic and overall talents as a player. Not to mention their role in representing the great state of Utah. You have all brought enormous amounts of positive attention to this state and to all the athletes that compete here. Several others will undoubtably benefit from this wonderful exposure as recruiters continue to flood the state. "A rising tide lifts all boats". I wish the best for all of you and your families. Continue to be positive role models for those that will follow in your footsteps and for those that have gone before you.