PROVO — The BYU coaching staff has enjoyed a good deal of stability and continuity over the last few years, but coach Bronco Mendenhall knows that can't last forever.
At this time of year, with coaches from around the country being hired and fired, assistant coaches are being courted and moving to other jobs.
Is this the year Mendenhall loses some of his assistants?
"Every year I anticipate it," he said. "There's now only four teams (in the nation) that have won more games (than BYU) the past three or four years. It's just a matter of time. I'll help any of (the assistant coaches) any way I can. I hope we can stay intact as long as possible. But the reality is, it won't happen. This year, I'm not sure we can dodge another bullet. We'll see."
Mendenhall's most recent hire on his staff was offensive line coach Mark Weber in 2007. Defensive coordinator Jaime Hill came aboard in 2006. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae, quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman, and wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins were all hired by Mendenhall when he became the head coach in 2005.
Assistant head coach/running backs coach Lance Reynolds (27 years), outside linebackers coach Barry Lamb (16 years), recruiting coordinator/inside linebackers coach Paul Tidwell (nine years), and defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi (eight years) are all holdovers from previous coaching regimes.
DETMER HIRED AS COACH: Speaking of coaching hires, former BYU star quarterback, and 1990 Heisman Trophy winner, Ty Detmer, has been named the head football coach at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, a high school program in Austin, Texas.
Detmer, who played for 14 years in the NFL, takes over a program that posted an 0-10 record in 2009.
Detmer's father, Sonny, has coached high school football since the 1970s and is now at Somerset High near San Antonio.
BYU'S ITINERARY IN VEGAS: The Cougars will practice this week in Provo before departing for Las Vegas Friday.
On Saturday afternoon, BYU will hold its only practice in Las Vegas — at Clark High School — before attending the team welcome reception at ESPNZone at the New York, New York Hotel. Also on the docket Saturday is the Terry Fator Show Night at The Mirage.
The team will participate in a couple of service opportunities on Sunday, including the traditional Sunrise Children's Hospital visit. That night is the Outback Buffet Bowl at the Fremont Street Experience.
Monday will feature a press conference in the morning at the Las Vegas Convention Center followed by the kickoff luncheon.
HIGH PRAISE: Asked about Oregon State being the best team BYU has faced in the Las Vegas Bowl, Mendenhall said Monday, "They're one of the best teams we will have played, period, not only in the Las Vegas Bowl."
Monday marked the Cougars' first full practice devoted solely to preparing for the Beavers.