Coach Mendenhall has been and continues to be an excellent fit at BYU.Good luck coach, the future will be a joy to watch with you at the helm.The team's record over the last several years speaks for itself.
Most teams in the Country would love to have a 7-5 record in a down year. Yea,
it's not 10+ wins, but 7 or 8 wins is the exception. Coach has created a
very high standard when you put things into perspective.Next year,
the schedule gets more difficult but BYU will be just fine.Go
"all in-state teams"!
Bronco: "I'm not sure how long (he will keep going). The easy answer is
until I'm supposed to."Someone, anyone who can, please tell
Bronco the time has indeed come, he is supposed to leave right away. He has
never read a news article before (according to this article,) doesn't
listen to radio or TV news, so we obviously can't deliver the message here.
What a bubble he lives in ... simply amazing.
"I didn't express any interest, haven't been contacted,
didn't interview and didn't know I was a candidate," he said.
"Other than that, I guess I'm a finalist, from what I've been
told.That pretty much sums up the reliability of today's
"journalists." They're so eager to scoop each other, that
they're constantly throwing stuff out there based on "reports" from
the flimsiest of "sources."Anyway, I'm glad to hear
that Bronco, not surprisingly, was never even interested in the Colorado job.
Even the most casual BYU fan recognized immediately that the possibility of
Bronco wanting to be part of the Boulder culture was extremely unlikely.Mistakes were obviously made this season and, hopefully, lessons were
learned and better decisions will be made in coming seasons.
BYUfaninWashStEverett, WAIf you think Bronco mishandled Heaps,
I could understand your "burn the ships" attitude. But then
you'd be wrong about two things.
Bronco is the the BYU program. I love how he runs the program, his intensity,
his integrity. There is nobody that can even match what he is doing or his
vision. I'm very disappointed in fans like "BYUfanin
WashSt." You may want to pay closer attention to what Bronco is doing with
the football program. It's not always about wins.
I'm glad to hear it coach. There are things about Bronco that
are frustrating and his obvious contempt for the fans is ridiculous, but hsi
results have been pretty good. With the exception of this season I have not been
disappointed at all and I am willing to give Bronco a mulligan. He's earned
it.I do think he is going to compound on his season long mistake of
starting Nelson by doing it again in the bowl game but truth be known I barely
care who he starts in that game at this point. Hopefully the defense will carry
the day and they can eak out one of those 17-10 games.
BYUfaninWashStSorry, I disagree that it's time for Bronco to
leave.It would be nice for Bronco to acknowledge that it was a
mistake to play an injured Riley against Utah, Boise State, and San Jose State,
but overall, Bronco is still doing an excellent job.Doman may be the
larger problem if he can't overcome his infatuation with the option
offense. Brandon painted himself into a corner by building an option offense
around an injury-prone QB, instead of keeping the play book large enough to take
advantage of Lark's passing skills.Nothing against Taysom,
because I think he's going to be an excellent QB for BYU, but, why was BYU
relying on a Freshman with almost no playing experience to fill in for Nelson,
instead using an excellent Senior quarterback, who, just like Riley, had also
paid his dues and was owed just as much loyalty and respect as Riley?
The man is a winner and we are lucky to have him as head coach.
Thank you, Bronco Mendenhall, for all you do and have done for BYU football. You
are a man of honor and integrity. You are an excellent role model for the young
men you coach. We appreciate you and and hope you stay at BYU as long as you
can. Those who complain are minimal compared to those who support you and this
program. My only wish is that you would smile a little more on the sidelines,
but what do I know about the pressures you face every day.Go
We just need to keep executing at a higher level.
Never understood why anyone would think Bronco would want the Colorado job. I
could understand if he got tired of the pressures of coaching at BYU, but
Colorado is a disaster.
Clint Eastwood: "When someone isn’t doing the job, we’ve got to
let him go."
Rumor has it that Bronco is leaving for Wisconsin now that Bielema is going to
Arkansas... It will be announced after BYU's trip to San Diego for their
bowl game and after the Badger's have their Rose Bowl win.
Our house hold is very glad Bronco is the head coach at BYU!For
those of you who have less support for him than many others do, just put
yourself in the position of head coach at BYU. Is there a more demanding head
football coaching job in the country?He is doing great!
@ BYUFANIN WASHINGTONST. you are not a true BYU fan i think you are a
Washington husky fan disguised as a BYU fan because true BYU fans will
support their coach and it is obvious that you don't,Bronco is a great
coach,sure he has made a few mistakes but what college coach hasn't and
he has yet to have a losing season. GO COUGARS
Well this makes it kind of hard for the BYU faithful to claim he turned down the
One question for all of you who want to see Bronco go: Just who do you think
will take over for him that will do any better. Forget Andy Reid. He will never
be happy coaching BYU after the level he's been at in the Pro's. Maybe
another university but not BYU. Think it through.And forget about
anyone who isn't already a head coach. Part of Bronco's problem is his
transition to HC from DC (Doman never was OC either - so same issue). Sarkisian?
He's in the PAC 12 and not likely to come back down to BYU. It's harder to find a fit for HC at BYU than it is to get great players.
The coach needs to not only win, but understand BYU in the context of the
mission of the church and support the honor code. I'm just
saying....before you all bail on Bronco, consider it could be far worse. Better
to support the guy and remember we all are human. Good thing no one is watching
your business performance this past year and putting all your mistakes out in
If you believe CU administration they are only interested in a coach from a
major college in a power conference. BYU is neither making Bronco the candidate
that never was. The new trend in college football is discriminatory against
anyone who has no major college experience. Additionally the problem at CU is
the administration that keeps perpetuating the ability to lose. Bronco is brave
but going to CU would be like asking David to take on Coliath and his two big
Bronco hopefully Holmoe say there's the door don't let it hit you on
the way out! If you put the team first and winning first over hurting your
favorite players by bringing someone else in when players are injured or
aren't performing and made the right decisions BYU might be in a BCS bowl
or even playing for the National Championship this year. If you care about
BYU's success step down from head coach to defensive coach and let someone
who cares about the fans and winning take your head coaching job!
I'm a huge Cougar fan and still want to see Bronco gone. I think he is
tired and I think a lot of the fan base is tired of his antics. But
"eastcoastcoug" brought up a great point, who will replace him? It has
to be a card holding member of the church. So even his suggestion that Sarkisian
could come is inaccurate, he isn't a member. Yes Bronco wins,
but he is stuck at 10 wins. He is like Ron MCBride at Utah. He was good and had
good teams, but they needed an Urban Meyer to take them over the top and to a
BCS. We need another coach that has that fire and can instill it in their
players. Bronco doesn't do that. What is Bronco's signature win? He
loses against top talent year after year. The oklahoma game you say, yea they
finished 7-5 that year(pretty impressive). Also, how many guys can have such a
poor record against their rivals and maintain there job?Either way,
I guess he is the best option and we have to settle. I'd love to see Detmer
and Sitaki join the program.
Once we put Riley Nelson behind us, Bronco will do fine. I don't know how
he got infected with Nelsonism but it was very detrimental to the team.
I'm going to have to agree with both sides. I think Bronco has had great
seasons in the past and started out as a great coach. He also was leaning off of
the last of Lavell Edwards recruits and strategies. Now, we can see that Bronco
is still an amazing defensive coach, but is not up for the HC job. I understand
that he understands BYU and it's honor code, which is great. However, I
don't think that it is written into the honor code to play the player with
whom you have a bromance. I'm sorry, but this is sports. You play the
better player and he never gave anyone that chance. And that one time he did
give Taysom Hill a chance, he let him run on the last play of the game. No
decent HC allows that.
Bronco's only significant problem this year is that he didn't win.
Enough. The right games. Didn't we just have an article that
said that Lavel wasn't enough of a riverboat gambler? If Going for two
against Boise had paid off, he would have been brilliant, bold. The
decision to play Riley, even to play him injured? You can say it was the wrong
decision. After the fact. But you cannot say Lark would have done any better,
against the same tough competition, with the same crippled line. Different, but
not necessarily better. If the torch and pitchfork crowd get their
wa, we will regret it.
Well, this is certainly interesting--I agree with the cougs on here that support
Bronco. I think he should stay at BYU as well. I think he's one of the best
things to happen to Utah football. Don't go, coach!
All the rumors out there are nothing more than journalists guessing about
different scenarios hoping one might actually come through and they will look
like they know what they are talking about -- The same is true for the so
called experts calling for Bronc's head.If they are so smart why
aren't they in coaching at that level? -- To those who gripe so much it
wouldn't make any difference who was coaching they would want someone else
if one thing went wrong.
He's not going anywhere. I am fine with him. Hard working guy and kept his
players out of trouble nothing like what was his name previous coach when he was
D's Coach. Only Holmoe and some other guys at the Y would let him know
about Offensive end from us. I have a feeling that Bronco might stir up the pot
again like he did two years ago. Sure, those three games should have been won
but hope he will find some answers before 2013 season start.
Christine, You don't have to worry....Utah football will continue to
degrade with or without Bronco. Count on it.
Best coach in the country. If he can just get the players to execute at a
higher level, we would prevail.
Dan,Sarkisian is LDS. Still no guarantee he's a fit or would
come to BYU. It's never been our history to get coaches from bigger
teams/conferences to come to BYU. We grow people organically or move them up
from equal or lesser schools. Why would it all of the sudden change??I think a lot of us wish Bronco could get the team to a higher level, but no
one wishes it more than he does. And we're lucky to have him. I've
been negative too but keep coming back to the same conclusion that we should
make this situation work, rather than bailing for the unknown.
@eastcoastcougSo when did Sarkisian convert? He wasn't LDS when
he was here, he wasn't LDS a couple of years ago, when did this occur?
bronco is flat out lying. many have confirmed that he interviewed.
Based on this article, I think it will be Mendenhall's call when he leaves
and that BYU will respect that. It is extremely difficult to find a coach that
wants to jump in wholly to the culture of BYU sports, which is different than
anywhere around the country. While during the season, I have disagreed
completely with coaching decisions that have affected directly our win-loss
record, I would have a hard time imagining anyone wanting to jump into that
sports culture that would be worth having as a coach. I would prefer that
Mendenhall and his coaching staff play the players that can play instead of
rattling off good character and "toughness" as a reason why some players
play and others don't. We should play those who have the best chance of
Fans especially the bi-polar sports talk radio type (like I used to be) are like
spoiled brats and Bronco is right to call them out. People need to get some
perspective. My recommendation, if you love Cougar sports turn off the sports
talk. Let the withdrawal symptoms wear off and you will enjoy the games much
Bronco: "We (he and his wife) are yet to look at a newspaper
article."Someone should tell Bronco that Obama won the election.
Also that there was an election. Obama's "loyal" fan base came out
to vote for him in big numbers. They do not recognize his lack of leadership
qualities that would steer the country away from bankruptcy and disaster. They
were too afraid to lose their gifts & benefits. Appears good portion of BYU
fan base also vote to support poor leadership, falsely thinking that firesides
and wins against WAC opponents is good enough. They are afraid of a brave noble
future. It is disappointing that some fans will support limitless mediocrity.
Under current leadership, BYU football program is headed down the tubes, just
like our country's fiscal sanity. Only slightly off topic here ... you can
still post it DN. :)
As always, I was disappointed in the sarcastic and mocking comments that
followed this story. There was even one person who called Coach M a liar!
Strong words. I would like to see who the "many are who have confirmed"
really are. Maybe from other comments. A lot of people say a lot of things
while hiding behind an alias. I guess we feel comfortable that there is less of
an accountability factor. I believe it is now well known that
Bronco interviewed last year for the UCLA job. Not sure if he actually turned
down an offer. Again not all rumors turn out to be true facts.I
also had to smile at the Wisconsin "rumors". Maybe true, maybe not.
But, I would be very surprised that if a major program like Wisconsin would wait
until into January before selecting a new coach. Sure Barry Alvarez is going to
"coach" the Rose Bowl game, but I would think that the wheels are
already turning on the find a new coach wagon.I for one am glad that
Coach M is on board.
Bronco is a good man but a mediocre head coach. After 8 years on the job he
seems to have peaked and is now starting to slide into mediocrity despite a
talented roster. When roster decisions need to be made that are obvious to
almost anyone with active brain cells and he is either unable or unwilling to
make them for the good of his team then it's time for him to move on. He
loves Riley and rightfully so. Riley is obviously a great leader, a super
competitor and an all around good guy. He just can't throw the football to
the people he needs to throw it to which cost the team at least 3 games.
Coaching 101 says you replace the guy that's not getting the job done.
Bronco himself has advocated position mastery but failed to act when the lack of
it affected his #1 guy. He's proven that politics takes precedence over
performance. If changes aren't made I'm afraid for next year as we
play the most demanding schedule in school history.
I don't know what you Bronco haters are thinking. He's the most
successful coach BYU has had. This is the #3 defense in the country, and look
around at the the top 5. Defensive teams. Today, defense wins. Bronco is a
defensive guru. The offense is another issue. Do we really need to replace
Doman? Not sure. Why did they persevere with a wounded warrior? Don't
know.Many coaches have been criticized for sticking with a player
the fans thought should be replaced. Everybody loves the backup when things are
going bad. Sometimes, the backup outperforms the starter, sometimes they're
worse.Football is the most complicated game in the world. Sometimes
coaches don't get it figured out.Stick around Bronco - your
recruiting is looking much better and we're seeing real athletes.
We're out of the MWC black hole and the light is starting to shine. Lets
not switch bulbs just yet.
With radical BYU fans, Bronco HAS to live in a bubble. I bet if BYU has a great
season and then loses a big bowl game, there will be death threats. I love BYU athletics, but I really can't stand many of the fans.
UPDATE THURSDAY 10:20amButch Jones after accepting the $13.5 million,
5/year offer to become the head football coach at Colorado later claimed he
didn't accept the offer, then this morning officially turned down Colorado.
I see the sudden opening at Wisconsin being the deal breaker. What this means is
that Bronco and Gary Anderson, the other mentioned cantidates will be contacted
or their agents will be contacted about the job.
To BYUalum, I agree that Bronco Mendenhall is a good man and he is a good
example for his players. I also feel that the brethern in the First Presidency
and the Quorum of the Twelve are probably even greater men and even better
examples. However, I don't want any of those 15 great men named as head
football coach at BYU. I think Bronco would make a great mission president, but
he has done a terrible job coaching this year. The BYU football program
deserves someone who can actually get victories that should come from the talent
he can put on the field. Bronco did a terrible job at that this year.
I'm extremely pleased with the way Bronco runs the program and BYU. Has he
made a few mistakes? Yes. But every coach makes miscalls and has some poor
decisions on their records. Overall Bronco handles the Cougar Football program
with decipline and class. It would be difficult to find someone else that could
do a better job. His win-loss percentage is one that many other schools would
love to have.I'm hoping he stays at the Y as long as possible!
BYU fans calling for Bronco's head should reflect back just a few years to
remember the dumpster fire Bronco inherited from Crowton and how Bronco is
responsible for returning the BYU football program back to respectability.A much as some like to complain about how awful this season turned out
to be, just remember, BYU was only four plays away from being 11-1 and a very
likely berth in the Orange Bowl.Instead of seeking the greener grass
on the other side of the fence, BYU fans should be grateful for what they have
and hopeful that with just a few minor tweaks, things could be even better in
We are very lucky to have a man of such integrity as the coach at BYU. I'll
even deal with his occasionaly mistakes as a HC when I sit down on Monday
morning to QB. Bronco is one of the few coaches in the NCAA I would pick for my
son to play for, regardless of his win-loss record.
Sports writers make up stories to hopefully get reactions just to make up more
stories. Bronco is focused as he should be. Go Cougs and sports writers go
Bronco is a great fit at BYU and a fantastic coach. I'm glad to hear that
he plans to stick around a while longer.
Why does anybody believe these talking heads on the sports news? They insisted
that Bronco was in negotiations with Colorado when he says knew nothing about
it. This seems to happen a lot and nobody ever calls them on it. Why not start a
new rumor saying that Bronco is going to be Secretary of State and quote me as
your secret source?
Bronco lives in his own little world. A world in which the Y is always on the
verge of being national champions, a world where the best team doesn't
always and a world where fans are irrelevant.
Bronco just dug his own grave in my opinion. He does not even want to be the
head coach. No wonder he makes awful decisions, he lives in a bubble! Sign the
petition to get him fired ASAP so we can get a coach that actually WANTS to be
our coach. The petition is called dump bronco, like the page and sign the
Henry DrummondIt's interesting that a person "familiar with
the decision" told the press on Thursday that Butch Jones had rejected an
offer to become the Buffaloes' next coach. The person spoke on the
condition of anonymity because Jones hadn't publicly revealed his decision
to stay at the University of Cincinnati.Sounds like Colorado may
have "leaked" the initial list of "viable" candidates to make it
seem like there was a lot of interest in that dumpster fire of a program.
Michael Bohn, the AD who fired Brown, trashed his own program during the news
conference to announce the firing. Then, last night, he quickly tweeted out a
denial that Jones had accepted the job after initially announcing it was a done
Bronco hasn't been contacted?Shocking.LOL
Coach Edwards used to always say that he kept his golf clubs in his car trunk
and that if he ever came out of his office and found himself headed for the car
instead of the practice field, it would be time to hang up the cleats. It took
a good long time, and I have a feeling it may be like that for Coach
Mendenhall. At least, I hope so.
phantombladeSalt Lake City, UtahA much as some like to
complain about how awful this season turned out to be, just remember, BYU was
only four plays away from being 11-1 and a very likely berth in the Orange
Bowl.Instead of seeking the greener grass on the other side of the
fence, BYU fans should be grateful for what they have and hopeful that with just
a few minor tweaks, things could be even better in the future._________________________Oh geez. Just go ahead and say they could
have been 12-0 and playing for the national title!Yay! we are awesome!And 6-10 all time against San Jose St.
54-IQ"Bronco hasn't been contacted?... LOL"Who, really, would want to be contacted by an AD who trashed his own program
during the presseer to announce the firing the previous coach?What's really laughable is watching Utah fans gagging and choking while
they're being force-fed this "new rival" of theirs.btw,
your screen name is a little dated; shouldn't it be 42-35?
WACpaddledHow does it feel to be 0-1 against the WAC this season?Or 1-6 lifetime versus the YMCA?The Village People own U!
fresnogirlFresno, CAIt's good to see you back.
We've missed your thoughtful questions and civility.
So Bronco says he will be at BYU for as long as he is supposed to and as long as
he thinks he is progressing. I guess Bronco is more powerful than Holmoe.
Should he not be saying that I will be at BYU so long as I have the support of
the administration? Did Bronco fire Holmoe? If I was the AD and read that
statement from Bronco, I would sit down and have a little chit chat with the
mussingaround said:"WACpaddledHow does it feel to be
0-1 against the WAC this season?Or 1-6 lifetime versus the YMCA?The Village People own U!"Really? It appears that both
San Jose St. and Utah own BYU.Sorry bud. Lobbing lame commments like that
won't fly while you also lose to ranked teams when you play them each year.
Why would he leave? He has the support of the most arrogant fan base in all the
Craig FrantzSpokane, WAWhy would he leave? He has the support of the
most arrogant fan base in all the land.Wow. Apparently you've
had no exposure to USC fans. Or Notre Dame fans. Or UoU fans. Or....
NightOwlAmericaIt's laughable that Utah, a team that
"supposedly" OWNS BYU, seldom seems to be able to finish with a better
record or higher ranking...Top 25 FinishesBYU 18Utah
7Top 15 FinishesBronco 3Kyle 1Conference
Championships in the Last 50 YearsBYU 23Utah 6Head-to-head Last 50 YearsBYU 29Utah 21BYU 7-5 + bowl
> Utah 5-7 no bowlBYU beat Top 25 Utah State THIS YEAR. What
ranked team did U beat?*crickets*
Yeah what ranked team did Utah beat. Guess that does not include BYU. And Utah
State was not ranked when BYU played them.mussingaround, why do BYU
fans like yourself continue to post stats that have LEFT YOU OUT of a major
conference?Nobody cares yet you and other BYU wishful thinkers think
posting that stuff makes you look great. Well only to BYU fans.It's
been 40+ years and everyone outside of Provo does not give a rip.Seagulls just ate your *crickets*
"Yeah what ranked team did Utah beat. Guess that does not include BYU. And
Utah State was not ranked when BYU played them."That
doesn't include BYU because the best indicator of the quality of a team is
ranking at season's end...where it just so turns out BYU faced five ranked
opponents but, only managed to beat one.
DuckhunterMost of your (BYU) fans just assume every athlete is LDS
when they come to BYU.
"Y" fans, biggest Ute around HERE. I cannot believe some of the
comments. Bronco is perfect for BYU, who is going to come in and be better.
The way you talk about your coach is the same way you talk about Utah. I think
there were some questionable coaching at both Utah and BYU but Whits my coach
and I'll back him all the way, I gurantee niether one of these guys is
trying to loose. Y fans slow down a little about Bronco, there is no one out
there any better for what is asked of a coach at BYU.
Is this guy still around with his OC? At this time of year, it's time that
the AD cleans up this mess and get back to the Cougar teams we all remember. He
has proven that he no longer can get things done nor has the ability to make
changes (at the OC level) to make things better. What is BYU waiting for? I read
all of the comments between Utah fans and BYU fans trying to decide who is
better and who owns whom. The bottom line is that Utah has proven itself the
better team over the past 2 years, end of story. Also, what BYU once had, no
longer exists and will not exist until Bronco is replaced along with the OC. Now
it's time to get to work rebuilding the program. The question is whether or
not the AD will.