What you need to know about Mormon coaches Mendenhall, Niumatalolo meeting in this year's Military Bowl

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  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 8, 2017 8:43 a.m.

    On paper this should be a blowout by Navy. But if there is one thing Bronco does well, it is defend the option. He is one of the best. I look forward to this intriguing matchup. This could be close, and possibly an upset.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Dec. 7, 2017 11:50 p.m.

    I will watch this game with a lot of "Envy"... not because I wish that BYU was playing in it (we would have just embarrassed ourselves)... I will watch it with envy because we could have had either one of these coaches but we chose not to do what was required to either retain Mendenhall or replace him with Niumatalolo. Either one of these guys would have had our FB program on a much better path than we are currently on today. Heck, maybe we might have even qualified to play in this bowl this year Lol.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Dec. 7, 2017 2:43 p.m.

    Go Navy!

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 2:32 p.m.

    Guess you've never played in a "Church" basketball game. If so, you'd know that religion doesn't matter.

  • SportsFan1 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 2:16 p.m.

    Does anyone really care these two coaches are LDS. I have not heard any other coaches talking about their religion, Only in Utah

  • Klaus2012 Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 7, 2017 10:16 a.m.

    BYU wishes they still had one, or had hired the other.

  • red.diehard Central, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 10:06 a.m.

    What you need to know...well...er...desnews sports is desperate for something to write about.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 6:55 a.m.

    You need to know it is a football game between students.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 11:08 p.m.

    Nuthin'. We should focus post secondary education on academic pursuits. Sports is a rare, and wasteful, luxury.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 7:19 p.m.

    Brandon, since you mentioned Whitt and Nuimatalolo, you should know they met in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl, Nuimatalolo's first game as Navy's head coach. He said afterwards he appreciated Whitt showing him the ropes about pre-game protocol.