It didn't work out with Andy Ludwig??? Excuse me? It was Ludwig's offense that
steamrolled Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Utah was undefeated that year and ended
the season ranked #2. At that point Ludwig was a very hot commodity and was
lured away by higher paying jobs. If leaving because of great success isn't
"working out", then let's have more of it!
Don't many coaches hire people they know and have worked with, developed a trust
and bond with? Non-issue.
@MaxYou have GOT to be sarcastic right now. Everyone and their dog knows
that Brian Johnson was the mastermind of that offense. Most OCs will develop a
gameplan after watching a bunch of film and then hand it to the QB and say learn
it. Johnson was in the film room with Ludwig DEVELOPING the gameplan with him
and then executing it on the field. You do know that Johnson called all the
plays in the Sugar Bowl, right?? Johnson knew the offense just as much, if not
more, than Ludwig, and that's not saying much. And Ludwig went to the
"greener pastures" of Kansas State for about two months and then to
Cal for only one year and is now at San Diego State.....what does that say to
I think you save a lot of time by hiring people close to home. Teams that bring
in a whole new coaching staff every three years tend to waste a lot of time
getting a system together and getting everyone used to it. They also waste a lot
of time finding out that the guy who looks great on paper simply can't deliver
when he gets the job or doesn't get along with the others on the staff. After
eight years in the program as a player and coach, I suspect Brian knows how to
work with coach Whit and what buttons never to press. I'm looking forward to
seeing what he does with an offense that has often sputtered.
@ThomasJeffersonI'm not sure what you mean by "another
mediocre" season. Going 8-5 in their first year in the PAC-12 against
mostly all BCS-caliber teams is a very good accomplishment, especially when you
add in four impressive out-of-conference victories over teams from the ACC, the
Big East, and one of the best D-2 teams in the country. And a 54-10 thumping of
their rival in their rivals own home. This was all accomplished without a
proven D-1 quarterback.Things are definitely looking good for the
Utes. Coach Whitt is an outstanding coach, and, as the article points out, very
loyal to those who have worked with him. This kind of loyalty usually pays off.
Basically Utah is being too cheap to pay for a experienced coaching staff.
Sure it makes sense to hire people that you know. I wonder, though, if Coach
Whit proactively expands his sphere of contacts by participating in off season
visits to other programs. Some other head coaches and their staff have engaged
in these professional development coaching exchanges for quite a while now. I
just haven't heard whether or not Whit or his coaches have done this.
GoredTime for some 'Memory Revitalizer'!"I'm not
sure what you mean by "another mediocre" season. Going 8-5 in their
first year in the PAC-12 against mostly all BCS-caliber teams is a very good
accomplishment, especially when you add in four impressive out-of-conference
victories over teams from the ACC, the Big East, and one of the best D-2 teams
in the country. And a 54-10 thumping of their rival in their rivals own home.
This was all accomplished without a proven D-1 quarterback."That's some new age 'urban legacy' you got going there, I'm impressed. I've
always enjoyed cowboy poetry and now it's 'Ute yarns'.You
conveniently forgot to mention that the Utes were only 4-5 in their new
conference, that's less than mediocre and I'm pretty sure in light of the hoopla
that was all about the Utes being in a 'big boy' conference I'm willing to bet
that's what Thomas Jefferson was referring to.Best D2 team in the
country... everyone was certainly impressed by that, kudos for beating a Big Sky
opponent.I will certainly give 'chest pounding' rights to your fluke
7 fumble assisted win, it was the Utes only quality win of the season.And the "without a proven D-1 quarterback." comment is off the
charts false.Didn't Wynn played football for you guys and got
injured a second time? Your attempt of trying to sugar coat your 4-5
conference showing and losing to Colorado,the worst team in the conference, fell
very flat.Mediocre was a fair assessment of the situation,
especially after Colorado, when the Utes lost their chance to win their division
and advance to the conference championship.Busted...
Re: somephonyg, I can' think of a better reply to your blue-skewed
nonsense than a quote from one of your brother trolls in arms;hypocrisy,
justification, rationalization, spin, desperation, excuses, deflection,
etc....." But thanks for caring and being a part of Ute Nation
by nature of your obsession.
@sammygsammyg, my friend, aren't there some "BYU to the Big
12" conference rumors that you should be attending to?When you
know what it's like to play a big-time BCS schedule your comments on a Utah
article will have more credibility.Until then perhaps you should
wait for that Big 12 phone call and the next round of BYU/WAC scheduling
Since when did the comment word allowance increase to 300 words? Conspiracy!
Looks like the old saying, "It's not what you know, but who you know"
The article is about U football and a coaching hire, not about a season review
and comparisons to BYU. This certainly is a risky move by Whit but he has been
successful with most of his hires in the past. Something about BJ stood out
when he was the QB at Utah and clearly it is standing out again when being
considered for a coaching position.@sammyg - because you couldn't
leave it alone, you deserve a reply. I'm sick and tired of hearing about the
'fluke' win over BYU this year. Yes 7 TO's is unusual but that doesn't make it
a fluke. I guess that having 5 intereceptions in 2008 was also a fluke. And,
don't forget the 5 TD runs in 2004, which clearly was another fluke. Funny how
these 'flukes' keep happening when the two team play. Last but not least, you
indicate Utah only had one quality win last year. That means BYU had ZERO
quality wins by your standards.
A 4-5 conference record pretty much defines "mediocre". I would think
tuah "fans" would agree because if not, and that is an acceptable
season for them, then they are in for a lot of "acceptable" seasons.
From an outside persepective (Or a BYU fan/Utah hater perspective), sure 8-5
looks like a pretty mediocre season. Considering the fact that there was
virtually no passing game, a patched-together offensive line, and little to no
depth anywhere else except for the d-line, 8-5 (4-5 in the conference)is
actually pretty good. Oh, and btw to all of those claiming that
54-10 was a "fluke". No, that was a beatdown. Losing 17-14 to colorado
with three missed field goals was more of a fluke. Or how about that 14-13
"fluke" win over ole miss BYU fans? You claim that winning by way of
turnovers is considered a fluke, but weren't turnovers half of your scores in
@ Duckhunter | 9:56 a.m. Feb. 13, 2012 Highland, UT Whereas
playing the 101st worst schedule in the nation, losing 54-10 on your home field
(and quitting in the 3rd quarter), is acceptable for Cougar "fans".LOL.
Rock, you usually write pretty funny, semi-witty articles, but I think this may
be the one of your better efforts. I mean, you can't really be serious by
implying that Whit's crony hires have been successful. I'll grant that he can
coach Defense, the U defense has saved them the past few years, but other than
that....This past year their season was salvaged by Chow running the offense and
it is quite a stretch to say that Chow is "one of Whit's guys".
Without Chow as the OC, this team would have collapsed quicker than Wynn's
fragile shoulder.Can't wait to hear all of the excuses next
year..."It was Johnson's first year as OC." "He just needs to
get some experience." "He just needs a year or two to get
settled" Whatever...enjoy the middle of the over-rated Pac because that is
where the mighty Whit has taken you..
Thomas Jefferson,Seems to me you are not as smart as the actual
Thomas Jefferson, or maybe you have just lost your memory. You said the PAC 12
only had 1 BCS caliber team this year. The Pac 12 actually had 2, both of which
should have won their BCS games. Has Stanfords kicker not blown the game, they
might have had 2 BCS wins. Oregon won their BCS game, and both Stanford and
Oregon could compete with any team in the nation last year on on given day. As
long as the UTES defense can continue to plauy at a high level, and we have an
at least average starting D 1 QB behind center, the UTES will be just fine.
Worry about your own team who can barely beat the likes of the WAC, Conf USA,
etc when no one is watching at 11pm on the east coast. Tulsa was your best win
last year, and they had to comeback with 11 seconds left against a below average
team. The Y did make it to 10 wins, but their season was a lot more mediocre
than the UTES was.
Papa Smurf UTE:"You said the PAC 12 only had 1 BCS caliber team
this year. The Pac 12 actually had 2..."Three, actually. You
are forgetting about USC. Just because USC wasn't "bowl eligible"
doesn't mean they wouldn't have been capable of measuring up to some of the best
teams in the country. The Trojans finished ranked 6th in the AP poll, and, when
considering that the Pac-12 also had #4 Oregon and #7 Stanford all finishing in
the Top-10 in the same season, it's a difficult frantic and emotional argument
to make that we weren't a top tier BCS conference. Only the SEC and Pac-12 had
multiple teams finishing in the AP Top-10.Thomas Jefferson is just
bent because there weren't any Indy-WACey team in the AP poll this year. Well,
THAT and the fact that his WACey team got pounded by 44-pts, at Home, by an
another unranked Pac-12 team, and that no other AQ conference wants them.
4-5 is mediocre regardless of the conference and regardless of the team. Get
used to that record.
I say hire McBride to coach the O-line....