“As a leader you will see in kids what they don’t see in
themselves."This is a very profound statement. It's indicative
of exactly what was not going on this year in Provo. The coaching staff was so
focused on showing the world how wonderful they all were they didn't take
time to do their job. Turning boys into successful men on the field is a God
given talent that did not exist on this team. If the staff stays nearly the
same next year will be no different. They can yell more, scream more and
intimidate more but being a "coach" is not what they're doing. If
major changes don't happen the program will not change for years to come.
I might be a Utah fan but I surely appreciate good football when I see it.
I've seen a lot of it coming out of Provo over the years. Good football
was not evident at all this year. If Holmoe can't do the job find someone
Dick,Does this mean that you are still in the BYU camp? With your last
article, I thought you had left!
Derwin is spot on. Good coaches put their personal aspirations aside and
motivate the person. My son plays for a great coach at Skyridge High School.
He brings the best out of him and the team with the tag line "Do Your
Job!" Thank you for this article Dick.
Thanks for this, Dick Harmon. Ty should have stayed, but his downfall was
perhaps not anything less than that he hasn't enough experience coaching in
the college ranks to be OC. Be great if he stays on staff, to show his
commitment. My take on past seasons for TY as OC is that the
pro-style offense may be too difficult for the amateur college kids who
don't get as much time to practice as the pros do. Simplify and show more
faith in the natural talent of the players, let them move forward at a
step-by-step pace that matches their age and experience. Gotta
coach 'em from where they are, not from where we wish they were.
I like Derwin Gray and remember him well. He's absolutely correct, but
doing what he says does not always result in longevity for a coach. Ty Detmer,
who I also like, is one of the classic examples. How could you not want your kid
to have Ty as an example of what a person should be?
Thank you, Harmon, for this article. And perspective. And the link to
Gray's comments. Awesome.