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BYU football: Brandon Doman named Cougars' offensive coordinator; Kelly Poppinga also promoted

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  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Congratulations Brandon!

    You've done a great job as BYU QB coach and I look forward to watching an exciting BYU offense next season.

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Great news for BYU football! Both will be great assets to the program.
    It's a great time to be a BYU football fan!

  • Bigmommas-house Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    And it begins.

  • Cosmo Springville, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    Congrats to coach Doman and Poppinga!

    Best of luck to you moving into the 2011 season!

  • My Belief Spanish Fork, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Nice! Should be fun to see how this turns out.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    Well let's see how he does. Hopefully well but time will tell.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    Congratulations Brandon!

    You're going to be an outstanding Offensive Coordinator.

    Like the phoenix, this is just the next step in Bronco raising BYU's football program from the ashes to the glory days BYU enjoyed under LaVell.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    Great news and just what the Cougs needed!

  • BP Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to the next few years of BYU football!

    Doman gets it, and the LBs looked a lot better after Poppinga started working with them.

    Next year will be very interesting.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    As always I have to say I am a Utah fan but I have to give Coach Mendnhall his due. These two men are excellent choices for their respective positions. Coaches Doman and Poppinga are definantaly going to help BYU in the upcoming years.
    I wish them both the best of luck and I look forward to seeing what they will come up with next season.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Brandon was an exciting player to watch and I'm expecting that same fire and passion to be exhibited in BYU's offense next season.

    I'll bet Jake and the rest of BYU's offensive players are thrilled with the prospects for next season.

    It's a great time to be a BYU fan!

  • jazzfanzz Farmington, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Can't wait to see what next year brings!

  • statman9 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Exciting stuff, Doman is the man for this job! This will be a fun couple of years for BYU football

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Surprise Surprise - I actually think these are good decisions. Both seem worthy candidates.

    However(you knew it was coming) byu still doesn't have athletic ability to compete with the likes of Ole Miss, Texas, Utah, UCF, and Oregon State next year.

    BYU at best wins 1 of those 5(and it won't be the Utah game)

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    We're excited about the new offensive coordinator, Brandon Doman. Congratulations! It's a good fit! It's exciting to see all the positive feedback on this call.

    Go BYU! Go Cougars!

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    Chris B

    "BYU still doesn't have athletic ability to compete with the likes of Ole Miss, Texas, Utah, UCF, and Oregon State next year."

    You're hillarious Chris.

    BYU DESTROYED Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl just a year ago, and beat Oklahoma, which is just as athletic as Texas.

    As far as Utah is concerned, don't hold your breath expecting a Utah win at LES next season.

  • hatchna Draper, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    Funny, Chris B. BYU met Oregon State a year ago and the same things were said then. The result, Oregon St. got blown out. The same was said a year and a half ago against OU, the result, BYU wins 14-13.

    Heck to bring a Ute example into it, people said that the U had no change against Bama, and that they're "superior" athletes were going to wipe the floor with Utah. That obviously didn't happen.

    BYU starts off 4-1 or 3-2, and the loss(es) won't be against Utah.

  • JayDogg Orem, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    This is great news for BYU. Mendenhall knows what he's doing.

  • ER in EUR Belgrade, Serbia
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    @CHRIS B,

    Oh c'mon. As a U grad I am always ashamed by the low level of logic that comes from some of the fans of the U. The Y not having enough talent to compete with the U? The Y beat "your team" quite handily for 3.5 quarters THIS year and ended up short by only one point. Don't make us look stupid.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Creativity, Ingenuity, Aggression, and Speed are all welcome back to BYU!

  • Johnny Ace Logan, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Nice try, Chris B. I see you trying to create an uproar on the board by suggesting that BYU suddenly doesn't have the athletic ability to compete with 2 teams they beat a year ago, a Conference USA team and the literal dregs of the SEC. You almost got me, good try.

  • Jens Bloomquist Forks, WA
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    I'm betting three of five. Ole Miss, UCF, and Utah.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Chris B do you want us to write it down? I just don't know if I want to do it again since you have been wrong so many times. At last count, every time you have said "write it down" you have been wrong.

    Write this one down......BYU WILL beat your utes next year and not only that, but the u will finish in the middle of the pac 12 or below. ENJOY!

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    This should be exciting.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Chris B: We'll see. We'll hold you to your prediction. Get ready to eat some crow, bud. My feel is that if BYU wins only one of the 5, it will be Utah. However, that said, BYU will win 4 of the 5 or all 5, one or the other. If Bronco and his coaches have their way, they will win all 5, and, in fact, be undefeated for the last game, with Hawaii. Hawaii will go all out to try to stop BYU's quesst to play in a BCS game. BYU will be ready this time around, unlike when Detmer played against them.

  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    good moves. this should improve the offense especially

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    You silly cewgs think you can point to one or two wins against good programs and reason to believe you are comparable.

    FACT: If byu played in a competitive conference they would never finish better than 8-4. Yes, you beat oregon state and Oklahoma(during a down year with a backup QB). You've also been smoked by TCU a few times, Florida State, Nevada, Utah State, Air Force, Utah beatdown 2008, and several others in recent years.

    When you look at all the athletic teams byu has played in the past 10 years, your winning percentage is right around .300.

    Yes - you are capable of ocassionally pulling out the lucky win, which is why you will win 1 out of 5 to start next season, JUST LIKE THIS SEASON.

    Did you cewgies predict a 1-4 start this past season?

    I did.

  • ldsoccertodd Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    Very good moves. I just hope we announce soon that Reynolds will still be with Cougs as well.

  • Sir Randall Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    So what happened to coach Nick Howell who, back in August, was touted by Dick Harmon as a "rising star"? Was he not the outside LB coach?

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    re: Eddie

    Utah may very well finish in the middle of the Pac-12 next year.

    While BYU will lose @ Texas in game #2 of the season, and have nothing to play for the rest of the season. No BCS, no conference title, no all-conference players, etc. Unless you count getting up to play the WAC!

    It's just stupid for Cougar fans to continually downplay the Utes and the Pac-12. 1)BYU would have jumped at the opportunity had they been deemed worthy atheltically and awarded an invitiation. 2)If a team you just lost to will finish in the middle of the Pac-12, what does that say about your own team?

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    All this board has proven is that...

    1)Utah will be BYU's biggest game next season, without question. Huge amount of revenge in the minds of Cougar fans. A Pac-12 team coming to LES.

    and..

    2)BYU will be Utah's 9th biggest game next season, after USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Washington, UCLA, Oregon State and Pitt. Actually 10th if Utah finds a way into the Pac-12 Championship Game.

    That is so pathetic.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Rolling the dice with a rookie OC. I hope it works - Anae made some dumb decisions, but his track record overall is still very good. Doman has some big shoes to fill...I think his past shows that he will fill them adequately - the guy knows how to win, and a former QB being OC a Quarterback U sure sounds right.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Welcome aboard Brandon. Great man coaching great talent at a great school. If it weren't for hoops, I'd be wishing for spring football.

    Chris B.
    We all, including you, know that Max was right. Why continually remind us?

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    A change is almost always good for a team because it brings a new perspective to the players and the play calling. Teams won't be able to look at last year's tapes and predict what the Y will do. Plus, both men are good positive examples of sportsmanship and character, win, lose, or draw (I know, I know, draws are not possible anymore, but I like the cliché).

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    BYU will be so good next year it will be very difficult to be humble!

  • BYU Student Provo, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    Williary, you are lying to yourself if you think that. Only the USC game will come close to matching the fervor of the BYU game.

    Remember when you lost to a UNLV team that went 2-10? And they shut you guys out, 27-0? Yeah, the Utes are so much more elite than little old BYU, right? What a joke. See you in September. Can't wait for Heaps to torch your secondary.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    @willary
    Actually the revenge game was this year. After all the chest-thumping from the "Max hates me" crowd, you should have rolled BYU by 40. That didn't happen. The reality is that we owned you for 3+ quarters, just like last year, and then had a offensive brain-freeze.

    We all know deep down inside a huge sigh of relief was felt by U nation. Don't think it will be that close next year, but you never know.

  • Serenity Now American Fork, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    Chris B: Your comments are provocative---I'll give you that. Most Cougar fans are wildly optimistic about their team, but I for one think a 9-3 record next year would be great---2 losses during the first 6 games and 1 loss the latter half. But I will personally mail you a Cougar growl towel if BYU somehow loses to your Utes in LES.

    I admire you for showing a certain detached obsession with the Cougars---almost as if you have no other team worth following. We thank you for your support.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    What's with all the conference chest-thumping? Utah gets invited to the might "Conference of Champions" and expects to fit in. Well, here are a few numbers for you all.

    MWC Championships (as of 10/27/10):

    Men's Sports:
    BYU 45 (4 from football)
    Utah 7 (4 from football)

    Women's Sports:
    BYU 50
    Utah 13

    Total MWC Championships:
    BYU 95
    Utah 20

    Wow! What a champ! You know, there were a total of 103 men's sports MWC championships and 106 women's MWC championships earned.

    Lets do some math:
    BYU: 45/103 men's = 44%
    50/106 women's = 47%
    95/209 total = 45%

    Utah: 7/103 men's = 7%
    13/106 women's = 12%
    20/209 total = 10%

    These are all rounded to the nearest one percent. So, we see that BYU has almost won as many conference championships as all the other schools combined! I know that it is clearly not the best indicator, but it's very hard to argue with 95 vs 20. That should put some things into perspective as far as sports are concerned.

  • Andy Tomasso Layton, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Ha ha Chris, you talk about BYU getting smoked by TCU as if TCU didn't smoke Utah. It took a bad call and a blocked field goal for utah to squeak by BYU this year. Can't wait for next season to start!

  • smitxxx Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Great moves. This is exactly what I wanted to see happen on the offensive side, and if Bronco promoted Poppinga, I have confidence that he is good as well.

    We have some fantastic players coming back. On offense, I am going to enjoy seeing what Ross Apo and Drew Phillips add to the offense, along with the considerable and growing talents of Heaps, Hoffman, Quezada and others (including some very good young underutilized tight ends). I believe Doman will be imaginative and creative in exploiting the talents of our players, and that he will create a very exciting brand of football.

    Most of all, I am excited to see the passion come back into BYU football. It was kind of gone for a two or three years. Bronco brought it back to the defense and Brandon will bring it back to the offense.

    With this passion, we might get beat, but I don't think we will see the 2-3 games each of the last couple of years where we were just never in the game.

    Predicting wins and losses is fun but ultimately meaningless. As long as they compete with passion, I'm all in.

  • America Sur Corrientes, Corrientes
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    I think Mendenhall has his head in the sand. He think that Doman is the best quarterback coach in the country. I would submit that it he would look around he would find that he is not even the best quarterback coach in the state of Utah. There is a high school coach with college experience that is far better qualified and more experienced that Doman is but Mendenhall passed him over 6 years ago. I doubt he would fess up to making a mistake in doing so.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    Congratulations to Brandon and Brady. I look forward to watching the energy, excitement and execution you both can bring.

    I'm with smitxxx, I'm excited to see the passion come back into BYU football. I think this team will just get better and better as the players and coaches continue learning and growing.

    Go Cougars!

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    @All Ute Trolls

    Chris B, Willary, Naval Vet....ya da ya da ya da

    All you guys need to know is this....

    Achievement does not come from Conference Affiliation.

    It comes from performance and from Utah's performance the last half of this season, it kind of stinks to be U.

    Nobody shivers when thinking of Vanderbilt, Duke, Iowa St, Baylor, UConn, Rutgers, Washington State or Utah football.

    You've now joined their Universe. Members of a BCS Conferenece and yet, out of sight and out of mind.

    You may belong to a Phony contrivation called the BCS, but that does not by decree make you worhty of the Elite.

    BYU, on the other hand, will exceed your TV revenues next year by about 10 million dollars.

    Be on National TV, every game, Football and Basketball.

    Have all of their Olympic Sports with National Exposure as well.

    All your Self-Worth, being tied to a Socialistic Conference Model, is a shallow reality.

    As you pile up losses next year and the next, recruits will look elsewhere and Utah Sports will be nowhere to be seen.

    Recruits will ntoice, as you take your rightful place in "The Land of Oblivion".

  • Cougar Cindy Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    Go Cougars!

  • Trent Madsen North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    The Future looks bright for the Cougars. Great move by Bronco. Ty Detemer would had been great, but i think Doman will do an even better job. Brandon Doman might have to many responsibilities and a new quarterback coach could come up. Im excited to see what the new offense can do. Good luck to the new coaches and to the players next season. Go Cougars!!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 4, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    OK...and who's going to be up in the booth??? Chow was more effective up in the booth...and when Max Hall asked Bronco to send Anae to the booth...he was too... but then this year he came back to the sidelines and we went 1-4. The rest of the season were cupcakes... So whose going to read the coverages for the offense from up on top. Look if you can't get Detmer to leave paradise then at least bring in someone ....Three good choices...Robbie Boscoe, Steve Young or Blaine Fowler...actually Blaine would be number 4. Jim Mcmahon would be the third if he had his degree and could remember where he parks his car after every home game.

    Scoobie

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 4, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    And what about Mike Leach....He currently doesn't have a job... He just might be good to have up top...but then again he could be more coach than Mendenhall. Would Mendenhall be looking over his shoulder all the time. I think Mendenhall rushed this choice without fully looking at the talent there is out there

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Jan. 4, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Well, Cougar fans got what they wanted. It will be interesting to see how long they remain in rapture when some tough games don't go their way.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    Chris B

    BYU did not play Oklahoma during a down year. OU had a down year because they played BYU. If they had skipped the preseason game with BYU and opened with Idaho State and Tulsa, OU would have played in a BCS Bowl in 2009. Instead, they played a fantastic BYU team with an unprepared O-line. That game cost them their quarterback and their season.

    Remember OU still finished 8-4 after losing the nation's best college quarterback. That sounds like a good team.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    Oops ... I guess that should read "Congratulations to Brandon and KELLY."

    At least I didn't put "Cliff and Brady." HaHa

    I wonder if non-Utah teams have so many family legacies playing for them?

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Doman as OC and QB coach? Not saying he can't do both or won't excel as both, but, man, that seems like a lot on his plate.

    This means that Doman will have to have both the "big picture" for the OC role and the "small picture" to intimately deal with whatever QB is taking the snaps during the game.

    I would have LOVED to have had Detmer as QB coach but I just couldn't see him giving up all his coveted free time.

    GO COUGARS!!!

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Based on the comment from "ER in EUR" at 4:13, I want THAT guy to run for President! :-)

  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    Jan. 4, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    If he really does change the offense to fit his players that will be a positive. We will just have to wait and see. I expect some foolish fan will say this was a mistakke at some point next year when things are not going as well as people hopped.

    Now, will there be more changes that will be meaningful or is this only a game of mucical chairs?

  • glenrd3 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    I absolutely love this move by Bronco and Holmoe I think Doman will do a good job next season and then get better and more comfortable as the OC the next few years, as for him being the QB coach yeah Detmer would have been great to get as the new QB coach it's ok for now hopefully he will change his mind in the next few years and Jake Heaps wanted Doman as his QB coach next year so that is part of the reason why he stayed in that position as well, I look forward to seeing the cougs offense next season and the next two years- with Heaps of course and Apo and Hoffman and the tight ends and JJ, Kariya and Quezada they will be fun to watch.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    @yet another Ute troll
    rock ofthe marne

    Here are BYU fans' favorite quotes of the year, and unlike you, I'll name the "Quoter"

    ESPN's V.P. of Programming Dave Brown

    We're anxious...to come back to BYU with every game here over the next eight years,"

    We have had a great relationship with BYU over the years (plural) thanks in part to LaVell Edwards, who gave us so many signature games in the past that really put ESPN on the map in terms of being a College Football destination Network."

    ESPN's Lee Corso

    "This place (Utah) is almost as nice as Provo."

    It's now Official, Utah is BYU's little brother.

    BYU's "Legacy Program" spans 40 years not 2 BCS games.

    In Utah's "Decade for the Ages", Utah still didn't have more Conference Championships, Top-25 finishes, nor did they have more Consenus All-Americans than did BYU.

    Spend a day at BYU's "Legacy Hall"

    Then visit Utah's "Legacy Closet"

    Then you'll understand why ESPN is paying Millions for BYU's BRAND. Basketball and Football.

    Washington State & Utah...joined at the hip.

    The Long and Winding Road

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 4, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    I love the direction BYU is moving. I hope that Doman can handle the dual responsibility of OC and QB coach. Also going to be tough for Mendenhall to balance Head Coach and DC without getting burned out.

    For all the naysayers, BYU will lose no more than 3 games next year and more likely 1 or 2. Utah will not be one of their loses. I predict a lopsided BYU win.

    Utah will end the season in the LV Bowl as the 5 seed in the PAC or no bowl at all. They were exposed at the end of the season, and should have lost to SDSU and BYU if it weren't for a couple of lucky plays.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    Just you wait until BYU DOMANates the Mountain WAC schedule next year. They should win at least 6 games and get into another bowl game nobody has ever heard of. Maybe they will play Arizona in the Pizza In a Can Bowl or the Opti-Grab Fight Cross-eyes Bowl.

    If one of those six wins comes against PAC-12 Utah, we can all be happy.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    I for one have some reservations about Doman as he has limited experience. However, he should be more innovative that Anae.

    Bronco can always add a QB coach at anytime the right person becomes available so I am not concerned about the dual role. Ditto for D coordinator.

    The probability of BYU having a better record than Utah next year is very high.

    I see no reason to believe Utah will be any better next year than this one and may be worse with a lot harder schedule.

    BYU's offense should be better and the defense may improve some depending on recruits. Texas is changing to BYU's offense so BYU should know how to defend it.

    BYU needs some TEs and WRs in the worst way. DBs are also a concern. You have to have receivers who can catch.

    I hope Doman adds some Pistol plays. BYU plays a lot out of the gun and the Pistol hides the RB. BYU has enough game breaking speed at RB to make the Pistol work as change of pace plays. It would make them less predictable and force the defense to back off of Heaps.

  • BYU/RSL Fan Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    "In Utah's "Decade for the Ages", Utah still didn't have more Conference Championships, Top-25 finishes, nor did they have more Consenus All-Americans than did BYU."

    Very well said, even though I prefer to call 2000-2010 Utah's "Decade of Dumb Luck."

  • firestorm Lehi, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 4:59 a.m.

    {PLEEEESSSEEE,Doman Play to win, not"play to keep from losing" That is what sent Ani to Lizzardville.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    If we could get Robert's son at BYU would that be like trading Anae for Anae? Old testament style.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    Man, Doman will be so much better than Anea. I mean play calling is super easy, when I'm at games in LES everyone around me knows the best play to call everytime.
    I expect 63 points a game.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    Thanks to BYU, ute fans have a life.

  • Snark Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    The Brandon Doman move was one that all the insiders expected and desired. The players love and respect him. I love the passion and toughness that he brings to the offense. Most will remember that he was one of the few BYU quarterbacks that loved to run over linebackers and d-backs. He will not require Heaps to run over anyone, but he will not allow the offense to back down to anyone either. This will be a fun offense to watch!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 5, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    If BYU gets productivity from the Tight End position and solid play from some inexperienced D Backs, they have a shot at going undefeated. I feel comfortable with all the other pieces of the puzzle that are being put together for next season.

  • Big R La Palma, CA
    Jan. 5, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    Congrats Brandon Doman, we're all behind you until you leave and then we'll rip you mercilessly and cite all your faults because that is what we do!

  • OnlyU Draper, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    Interesting hire in my very biased eyes. While I appreciate hiring from within you can't hide the lack of experience. I assume that with all of the championships that you have won, all of the percieved national recognition, being a "highly visible" and recognized program shouldn't you be able to attract a experienced, top flight coach? Not that Brandon isn't capable but as a manager of people there is nothing worse than spending time to train them to do thier job. There will be growing pains for sure. You're schedules will be very difficult in the future outside of the 7 or 8 gimmies and I question whether or not he'll be ready to handle that pressure. It will take him a while to adjust. I think he could be good but are you in a position to gamble right now? You still have to be perfect as an independent and how long will it take to get there with an inexperienced OC. Texas, Notre Dame, Utah, Central Florida, Oregon St almost every year and a lot of the games on the road tough to run that gauntlet...good luck to Brandon.

  • duck Saint George, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    Great choices Bronco! Now, recruit more speed and mix up the offensive plays better, so our opponents never know whether BYU will run or pass. Hopefully, you've got the fresh blood you need and a more balanced attack that will make BYU invincible.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Most coordinators also coach a position as well. Having the OC coach quarterbacks is probably the most logical and most common in college football.
    Doman should do well as the OC. He has been very successful as the QB coach and it is just a matter of time until offers outside BYU come.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Jan. 5, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    I think I'll withhold judgement until after a couple of games next season.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    "OnlyU | 10:12 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011
    Draper, UT
    Interesting hire in my very biased eyes. While I appreciate hiring from within you can't hide the lack of experience."
    ===

    Everyone entering the workforce, or accepting a promotion with new responsibilities, has a "lack of experience". Doman has been prepared for this "new experience" very well.
    ===

    I just feel bad that with the honor code, BYU has no real athletes in their athletic program.

    Maybe if they did, they would pick up more Mid-Major MWC titles in all sports.

  • ji bae Saint George, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Chris B I will bet you anything that I have that BYU wins at least 3 of those 5 games.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Jan. 5, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    Two guys who love BYU! What more could you ask for?

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    @OnlyU (and all the other "only U" trolls)

    As a BYU fan, I am grateful for all your concern as you express your doubts about the future prospects for our new OC. Your fears that Doman is sooooo inexperienced are touching.

    Might I suggest you do a little bit of homework. Just pull up the bios on Roderick, Sitake, and Doman. (By the way, it's always fun to note the awesome Y ancestry in the U coaching staff.)

    I think I'll take Doman's NFL stint (even as a backup or practice player) and resume' over football powerhouse SUU.

    I think Brandon will be just fine.

    But thanks for your obsessive worry nonetheless.

  • jbcougar Orem, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Chris B. for all of your blowhard comments how about explaining how it is that you made fun of the cougars always going to the "Las Vegas Bowl" but stayed quiet when the Utes go there and LOSE! At least we went to that bowl and WON!!

  • fanfair44 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    Congratulations to those 2 young coaches, I enjoyed cheering for both during their playing days! I hope Brandon remembers that a great offense includes a very solid running back. He had Luke Staley which I give credit for 50% of the wins during Brandon's QB days. Luke was an outlet guy that delivered like no other I have seen since! I miss Luke almost like I missed Harvey and Dennis this year.

  • --JEFFE-- Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    Well only time will tell if this is a good decision. I was hoping Bronco would bring in someone with more experience and prestige. Someone that has operated a successful offense that fits the style and talent that exists in provo. Maybe Doman will prove to be the answer, maybe not. We'll see!

    But right now the BYU staff reminds me of a high school football coaching staff. Bronco just kinda threw a group of coaches together and hoped that it would result in success. And it did to a degree. But the success could have been much more.

    I feel like in order to improve the program and further its success, Bronco needs to do something different. I am not saying Doman will not be successful, but it seems unwise to gamble at such an important time. I would love to see Doman come in and do an incredible job, and I believe he can, but the timeline may not be in BYU's favor. They need to make an immediate impact as an Independent. Here is to hoping that they do.

  • ute-chute Beverly Hills, CA
    Jan. 5, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    Chris B. is found severly lacking in intelligence, and Uteology is found lacking in basic logic skills.

    BYU is headed on a spectacular direction across all athletic programs, and Utah is headed another way.

    At least Utah is headed to a weaker basketball conference, per Sagarin...

    And why was there no PAC team in the Vegas Bowl?

    The PAC has TV's support, but no legitimate football now. Utah went to a weaker basketball conference, so to say they will be a mediocre team is only stating the status quo, but lesser. Boylen will stay because of the weaker PAC.

    ...and Kyle will be exposed, as his team was this year.

    Look for new Utah coaches in football and basketball in the next three years.

    Not Rosebowl... But a reorganization.

    And Utah will bring in an Urban Meyer type, while BYU continues with a coach that care to win.

    Contacted by this post, Kyle and Boylen issued "no comment" statements...

    Just ride out their Ute contracts, and then apply to BYU...

  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 6:58 p.m.

    @JBcougar
    "At least we went to that bowl and WON!!"

    True 60% of the time, 3-2. Which of course is very close to Utah's 66%, 2-1.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Congrats to Doman and Poppinga. They will bring excitement to the BYU program. It will be interesting to see how it works out.

    Go Utes!

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    Cactusflats | 10:53 P.M. Jan. 4, 2011

    Although I think BYU will be much better next year than you are predicting, you are pretty funny. I especially liked your references to "The Jerk" which I'm sure went right over the heads of most everybody who read your post. Keep up the quality entertainment.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Jan. 5, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    Looks like BYU is doing what Utah has been doing in the last 5 years to gain success: hire/promote former BYU players for the coaching staff!

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Jan. 5, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    i agree with madden on this one (rolling the dice with a new, inexperienced oc)... anae got forced out, and this move was planned after what doman said after the usu game. congratulations to doman and poppinga on the new promotions! go byu!

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Jan. 6, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    All I can say is, I'm waiting for that wonderful conference championship next year ... oh, wait. They've got nothing to play for, except the ESPN money.