Since when is The Bleacher Report a credible source for anything? I don't care
if they rank Rice-Eccles number 1 or 120, they are a total joke...
Happy to see Alex Smith get another chance.. I hope this is a good
year for him.
I actually enjoy these articles on both BYU and utah where the DN links to
articles from other papers and sites. Of course they are a mixed bag as far as
quality is concerned and this one from the university of utah paper smacks of
amateur hour. I agree with some of her premise but her comparisons
were far fetched and her conclusion was laughable. I can see both
sides of this. On the states side utah is a state owned school chartered and
funded by the state and all of the citezens of the state. As such they have a
vested interest in all of their institutions as well as the right to dictate how
those institutions are run. On the uofu's side they don't want to be hamstrung
in their scheduling. Mandating they schedule 3 games per year total
with all of the many sports each school participates in shouldn't be hard to do.
Is it really that tough to schedule one basketball game, one volleyball match
and one swim meet?I know utah wants to think they are bigger than
everyone else now but in truth they still have a responsibility to their owners.
Tim K., writer for the San Jose Mercury News in covering the Niners draft picks
makes it clear that Alex Smith is a backup choice for the 49ers. Their interest
is there in case someone they are targeting for QB in the 2nd or 3rd round
doesn't pan out, and it gives the team a year to develop the new QB. Harbaugh
doesn't need a hot name. Luck wasn't rated as spectacular coming out of High
School but Harbaugh developed him and Harbaugh is ready to do that at the NFL
level, and has confidence in picking the right person for the QB job. So thus
the 1 year offer for Smith. Makes sense to me.
Duckhunter,Do you really think Senator Hillyard wants to see Utah
play USU in tennis? He's wanting to mandate footbal and/or basketball. If he
does actually put a bill together, he will narrow it down and won't leave it
wide open.This is just one more example of the micromanaging culture
that has developed in our legislature. If they want to make these kinds of
decisions, they should fire all the administrators and put in the hours to run
the programs themselves. They are paid to set the overall school budgets and to
set high level policy, not micromanage specific departments within schools.This is also an example of an abuse of power to get something Senator
Hillyard personally wishes for.
Hubble65,You may be right, but it may also be that Harbaugh believes
he can work with Alex Smith. He said in one recent interview that he spent
hours watching a whole season's worth of video of Alex Smith, before deciding to
make him an offer. Of course, the reason then for the one year deal would be to
see if he responds to what Harbaugh wants him to do.
@mormon uteI think if he expected them to play each other every year
in football he would say it. I'm sure he realizes that won't be an every year
thing. But by mandating they play 3 games every year that a football game
between them will be more frequent than otherwise.But my question to
you, and all ute fans, is why do you care? You claim your pac schedule will now
be so fantastic that you don't need anything else to be legitimate so why not
play USU every year in football? Just last week a bunch of you were telling us
you were going to get 30mil per year from your tv contract so you don't need to
go play any money games against teams from other bcs conferences so that
shouldn't be a factor. Not too mention the university of utah is not
an entity unto itself. It belongs to all of us and perhaps most of us want to
see this game played. As far as your micro managing assertion is
concerned I do not have any faith in beurocrats so maybe a little micromanaging
would be an improvement.
If it wasn't for the CBA, and the lockout I dont think Smith would consider
going back. A one year offer makes sense if they get a rookie QB to sit and
learn for a year.I hope they go after Josh Johnson via trade. He's
Haubaugh's guy from USD. Harbaugh knows how to coach QB's, hopefully he does the
same with Alex. If not Andrew Luck here we come.
Alex's biggest problem has been the Merry-go-round at the coaching positions he
has had to endure. Still another coach with another style. Hope he can succeed
#29 for LaVell Edwards Stadiumand#50 for Rice-Eccles
Stadiumseems about right.Amy did get BYU number of MWC
championship wrong, however.BYU and Utah have both won 4 MWC
championships.Bronco has 2; Kyle has 1.
Enjoyed the article on the Stadiums. BYU could fill in the corners of their
stadium and maybe add some end zone levels to get to 75,000-80,000. I think they
could fill it regularly. Will be interesting to see how Utah
remodels their stadium.
Duckhunter,I have never said the PAC-12 schedule alone will get us
where we want to be. I, like most reasonable Ute fans, know that we have to
schedule top notch opponents to be considered for BCS bowl games and high seeds
in the NCAA tournament. I care, because being in a 12 team league puts
non-conference games at a premium and no team can afford to schedule to many
teams that don't have clout.I don't recall making any claims about
specific dollars from the PAC-12 TV deal. I think we will be far better of than
we were with the MWC TV deal and the articles referenced by the DNews indicate
that. TV dollars don't have anything to do with playing the right opponents to
get you recognized by the bowl selection committees and the NCAA tourney
committee.So you don't have faith in your BYU alum Michael Young?
He and his staff are the beaurocrats managing the U.
So mormon ute what do you think utah's out of conference schedule should look
like? It appears they will probably play BYU every year, although I, as a BYU
fan, wouldn't care if that game wasn't played that often. So that leaves utah
generally 2 more games. I would think they want to schedule at least one patsy
out of those two, that is how the rest of the pac10, and all the other bcs
conference schools, do it. Why can't that patsy be a regular rotation of USU,
Weber and SUU? If I was you I would rather see them play USU than Montana St.
And for the other non conference game I can't imagine you want to
take on a real heavy weight. utah is going to struggle enough in the pac10 and
playing BYU every year, going out and scheduling Texas, Florida or Georgia seems
like I pretty dumb thing to do. Maybe something more along the lines of a mwc
school or a conference usa. Decent enough not to kill your strength of schedule
but also a pretty likely win?
@8:57This article was supposed to be about Alex Smith?If
he doesn't workout as the #1 QB, he could always follow in the footsteps of
Detmer who made a nice living as a backup QB in the NFL.As usual,
the comments turn into a "gotcha" game between BYU/UTAH fans.With regard to the legislature mandating who Utah plays:Just a
reminder, it was Anne Richards former Gov. of Texas and Baylor alum who through
her endless lobbying was responsible for keeping Baylor in and BYU out of the
Big 12.Still want legislatives types sticking their nose in the
business of college football?
Time to move on Niners and part ways!
The reason they are offering a one year contract to Smith - Hargaugh will do
whatever it takes to get Luck in SF next year.
I love watching Alex Smith play ... and get booed! Who cares if he returns to
San Fran? As long as he gets to play ... and get booed.
From Duckhunter: "I would think they want to schedule at least one patsy
out of those two, that is how the rest of the pac10, and all the other bcs
conference schools, do it."Agreed. The BCS-conference sshools
often follow that formula, and often for good reason. It burned Arizona State
last year as they were not "bowl eligible" at 6-6 because of two wins
against FCS teams. The SEC often takes it a step farther by scheduling 3 or
more. Sometimes that backfires (ex: Ole Miss losing to Jacksonville St. year)
but generally speaking as long as they play one decent OOC opponent, they'll
always rely on the "we play murder's row each week" mentality. The PAC
is not the Big-10 or the SEC, but scheduling 1 or two cupcakes really isn't a
big deal.So, which of these patsies would you most recommend for
those BCS schools: SJSU, Utah State, New Mexico State, Idaho, or Idaho State?
I don't have a problem playing Utah State, if there is an opening in the
schedule. I don't think playing Weber State or SUU would help us any. Also, if
we have an opportunity to play Notre Dame, TCU, Boise State, Alabama, or any
team of that caliber, I want us to have the flexibility to not play Utah State.
I don't think the legislature needs to mandate this and I don't think it would
be helpful to the Ute's program.
"Will be interesting to see how Utah remodels their stadium."The answer is: Portable bleachers, so when ute fans go back into hiding, it
will take little effort and money to down size the stadium seating.
@mipWho cares which one of them it is? If you are scheduling a patsy
what does it matter what patsy it is? It looks like this year utah chose montana
st. a division 2 school. Yes I realize you were trying to make a put
down about BYU's schedule for next year but it wasn't a very clever one. You see
BYU isn't in the pac10 and BYU doesn't have to answer to a conference or a
legislature. BYU is an entity unto itself and as such can do whatever it wants.
That is the beauty of private and independent. utah on the otherhand does have
to answer to the legislature and the pac10. Basicly they have to do what they
are told to do by both entities. But that is what happens when you can't stand
on your own.