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BYU, Bronco Mendenhall working on contract extension

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  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 1, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    Very interesting. Bronco is hard to read sometimes. Other times he is predictable as can be. For all that bothers me about this man, I do like like how Bronco only signed for three years when he had a hard time reading himself as well. It was there he kept it simple for the better of the program rather than himself. Nice.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    I heard there was once upon a time a team that lost to the WAC opponent it played. I heard that once upon a time there was a team that did not go to a bowl game. This happened last year, or so I hear........better to win the WAC and go to a bowl then sit around cleaning up nacho trays and empty beverage bottles for the big guns in the BCS. Mr. X(censored), we will look for your cheesy nacho hands this fall.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 1, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    cb - apparently U forgot to look at the schedule, with BYU dropping Hawaii and Utah picking up Fresno St, U now play more wac teams than BYU. BYU is moving away from these teams. Utah is trying to do anything to make their schedule easier to get to .500. Good luck.

    I knew there had to be something more than OC to lure Anae back to Provo. I'm not too concerned about the titles. I'm hope these coaches can get us back to double digit wins.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    CougFaninTX

    Utah is playing a total of zero WAC schools. They play one MWC, one indy, and one one Big Sky team. BYU is playing 1 Sun Belt, 3 MWC, 1 C-USA, and 1 Big Sky team.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    March 1, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    Looks like Bronco will be around for awhile, whether some like it or not. Now that BYU seems to have moved past the entitlement phase in regards to their coaches (requiring them to hire assistant coaches who can get results, having no nepotism or favoratism), hopefully, BYU football can achieve its potential. I feel excited for this year. In the next 9 months of so, we will see if all of this hard work of recruiting, changes in coaching personnel, and this difficult schedule, will all pay off. Go BYU!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    I'm somewhat surprised to hear about Bronco pursing an extension. I thought I remembered him saying that he didn't plan on coaching for an extended period of time.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 1, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Too bad. Now BYU will continue to be nationally ranked and will go on to play in Bowl Games...

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    March 1, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    Seems like mostly minor title changes. Bronco is a great defensive coach and hopefully the Cougars can play just as well defensively this year while improving offensively.

    It will be interesting to see how many years are on Bronco's new contract extension!

  • carver Enterprise, UT
    March 1, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    BYU and Utah football programs headed in two different directions. One to mid-pac nothingness and one to national limelight. Go Cougs!

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    March 1, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    Great news! Nice picture of Bronco celebrating another bowl win.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    March 2, 2013 12:28 a.m.

    Holmoe, et. al., talk about "BCS Respectability." If, indeed, that's where they want the BYU Football team, I'm sorry fellow Cougs fans, but extending Coach Bronco's contract is not the decision to make. Over the last 2 years in particular, he has clearly shown he is a GREAT defensive coordinator, but not a great "head coach." A head coach takes control over the entire team and program. The program is stagnant if not regressed the past 2 years. Bowl eligible, yes. But, again, if BCS is the goal, I don't know that Craft Hunger Bowl and Poinsettia Bowls are going to cut it. I know many Cougs fans will point to all the bowl games and where the program is from when Coach Bronco took it over, and those points are well-taken. I, too, was once the biggest Bronco supporter. I simply think he's reached as far as he can get the team. Time for new blood.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 2, 2013 12:48 a.m.

    More state championships for the cougs, and beyond.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 2, 2013 1:22 a.m.

    Note--During this current BCS Era [1998-Current], both UTAH and byu have reached a bowl game in 11 out of 15 total years....However, this is where any similarities cease to exist....While byu is mired in post-season mediocrity, barely hovering around .500 at 6-5, entirely in low-/mid-tier bowl games, UTAH has enjoyed off-the-chart success, steamrolling to a beyond impressive 10-1 bowl game record, including 2 squarely on The Center-Stage in The National Spotlight on The National Stage resounding, straight dominating BCS Bowl Game victories, the former as The Original BCS-Buster, when it was significantly more difficult to do so and which ultimately led to a change in the non-BCS qualifying-threshhold, yet not one which byu will ever even remotely sniff, mind you.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 2, 2013 2:07 a.m.

    In the process, UTAH managed to go undefeated twice and finishing the year ranked #4 and #2, respectively, the latter against long-running ranked #1/the following year's NC, the sec's own Powerhouse Alabama and their legendary HC Nick Saban, w/all of his millions-of-dollars....Coach Urban Meyer/Kyle Whittingham Bronco Mendenhall will never be, defined by mediocrity and rarely ever beating a good team.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 2, 2013 3:49 a.m.

    All the while, UTAH continues to play against a more difficult SOS, annually....Good times, Good times, indeed.

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    March 2, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    Why not wait to see how next year turns out. Based on last season Bronco would surely be looking at a substantial pay cut.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    March 2, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    This is better news the Van Noy coming back! Bronco is about more than football, which is how it should be. Yet at the same time his intensity about the game is phenomenal. But the thing I love most about his program, pre-game firesides. Bronco's identity is not football. Make fun of him for quoting scriptures if you want, but that shallowness will cause you to miss getting to know a good man.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 2, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    This is great news, I have thought it ridiculous that people have been calling for the head of a guy that has won as much as Bronco has. Certainly there is room for improvement but that is true of 99% of the coaches and programs in the country.

    It looks like things have solidified themselves and now spring ball is about to begin. This is exciting.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 2, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    "...“Robert, Nick and Kelly are pillars of our coaching staff," Mendenhall said. "I have complete confidence in their coaching and leadership abilities and the sincere desire each has to help the young men in our program succeed at the highest level. I have great expectations regarding the contributions of each member of our staff as we prepare our team for the 2013 season.”...".

    Brandon, Joe and Ben are pillars of our coaching staff...

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    March 2, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    How many coordinators and assistants will Bronco run out of town?

    How about hiring a coach that is accountable?

    Bronco takes credit for wins and blames losses on assistants. He has forced out several coordinators and many assistants.

    Bronco is the problem.

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    I'd be happier if Bronco had a coach that would speak for him...

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 2, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    I hope they give him a million dollars for a million years. He's so good and unbeatable.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 2, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    Congratulations to Cougar nation and Bronco Mendenhall! This was an interesting article that told us that Bronco turned down TWO PAC 12 coaching jobs at UCLA and Colorado. I guess that being in the PAC 12 isn't that big of a deal. Actually, I don't care what league BYU is in. I just want a solid program, and with the coaches we have lined up for 2013, that's what it looks like. And, we're playing a terrific schedule!

    PAC 12 doesn't look so great for Utes. When they are not Bowl eligible and continually beaten by league teams, it must suck. Basketball program is struggling as well with few wins.They are trying, and both programs have good coaches.

    Go Cougars!

  • byu_num_1 Salt Lake, UT
    March 2, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    BYU should have waited until after the 2013 season, or at least the Utah game.

    I will be chanting "Fire Bronco" at the game if BYU loses to Utah. Bronco is 3-5 against Utah (with 2 of those being huge blow out losses).

    Bronco is the king of beating inferior teams, but how about getting a coach that can occasionally beat a decent team?

  • Jim1027 St. George, UT
    March 2, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    To the trolls up north who post first on every BYU article, remember this: "he who laughs last, laughs best!" Also, Shakespeare said, "thou protestesth too much!" Those that have to get a word in every BYU article seem to want to fight the battle with words, and make sure their same words are repeated often. The battle is fought on the field...the rest is rhetoric.

    BYU will be LAUGHING LAST this September! I predict the score to be BYU 31- Team North 3.

  • UtahBy44 Beaver, UT
    March 2, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    Yes! Bronco's our best asset.

    Now, pleas, please, please sign Tom for the same extension.

    This is awesome!

    This seasons T-shirt; Extension to Perfection

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    March 2, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    @3grandslams "Yet at the same time his intensity about the game is phenomenal."

    Intensity?

    The only intensity I see is in an oxymoron; Bronco does an intense impersonation of a low intense Lavell Edwards.

    This season's T-shirt;
    BYU
    Football
    N10s

  • No Conference Will Take Us SEATTLE, WA
    March 2, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    Veritas Aequitas
    Fruit Heights, UT
    Too bad. Now BYU will continue to be nationally ranked and will go on to play in Bowl Games...

    >>>

    Is that all that matters to you? I want BYU to play for a national title. Not just continue the same stale story of lame bowl games and lousy record against ranked teams. Our supposed rankings the past several years is nothing to be proud of.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    March 2, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    People, myself included, thought new blood would help the program when Anae left a few years ago. Look how the offense performed in his absence.

    If you really want Bronco replaced, all I have to say is: be careful what you wish for.

    And I have to laugh at the Anti-BYU-Utites spouting their "BCS bowls when it was much harder to get in." Utah got in BECAUSE of BYU. Exhibit A: 1996. Exhibit B: 2001 (?). (And before anybody says BYU didn't get into a BCS bowl in Doman's last season because they lost to Hawaii, they were told they weren't invited before they even played Hawaii.)

    If BYU hadn't been unjustly shut out those two seasons then the changes that allowed Utah, Boise St, Hawaii, and TCU to crash the BCS party would never have happened. It was the threat of Congressional investigations after BYU was left out the second time that led to the BCS making the changes that allowed Utah to bust the BCS.

    Your welcome.

  • Cougar Cindy Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    Wonderful! Go Bronco! Go Cougars!!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 2, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    AZUTE1
    Mesa, AZ

    Did you really just use the expression "mired in post-season mediocrity?"

    Missed this last bowl season entirely? Barely beat, in overtime, a Georgia Tech team the season before? Insulted your bowl opponent the year before that, then proceeded to get spanked by them?

    Please, BYU has room to improve, but it's difficult to take chastisement from a team who HAD a tremendous bowl reputation but is quick becoming the poster child for mediocrity.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 2, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    @AZUTE1:

    All the while, UTAH continues to play against a more difficult SOS, annually.

    Somehow I knew ute fans would be crying over their SOS. Bwah!

    Can't take the heat,-get out of the kitchen. Taking so many beatings, are embarrassing to the state of Utah which only BYU can fix.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    March 2, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    I hope Bronco gets the extension. It is also about time that he start acting like the head coach instead of trying to be the defensive coordinator. Good leadership and management requires the head of the team to be able to stay about the fray during the game so he can make pay attention to time management and strategic issues. (like making sure your QB doesn't run a play and get injured at the end of the game). Whomever his management guru is, he has done him a disservice up to now. Very few successful CEO's also act as the CTO, Sales VP or CFI

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 2, 2013 6:28 p.m.

    What is happening? I have agreed with Duckhunter three times this month. It's nice when you aren't out to ridicule. Bronco is the right guy for BYU. His job is harder at BYU than many realize. Continuing a winning tradition doesn't just happen (especially nowadays). Bronco works under a much tighter ship from the university than Lavell did. And Bronco embraces it and makes it a positive. That takes faith because it wasn't a given that winning would continue with the paradigm shift took place 8 years ago.

    Bronco had a losing record his first season and stayed the course and his record has been impressive.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    March 2, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    BYUalum
    South Jordan, UT
    Congratulations to Cougar nation and Bronco Mendenhall! This was an interesting article that told us that Bronco turned down TWO PAC 12 coaching jobs at UCLA and Colorado. I guess that being in the PAC 12 isn't that big of a deal. Actually, I don't care what league BYU is in. I just want a solid program, and with the coaches we have lined up for 2013, that's what it looks like. And, we're playing a terrific schedule!

    PAC 12 doesn't look so great for Utes. When they are not Bowl eligible and continually beaten by league teams, it must suck. Basketball program is struggling as well with few wins.They are trying, and both programs have good coaches.

    Go Cougars!

    __________

    Looks like UCLA is doing just fine without Bronco. And Colorado hired a better coach.

  • fender Washington, UT
    March 2, 2013 6:36 p.m.

    Y Grad

    "Please, BYU has room to improve, but it's difficult to take chastisement from a team who HAD a tremendous bowl reputation but is quick becoming the poster child for mediocrity."

    Difficult? No doubt...but you must, because that team has beaten you three years running and 7 out of 10. Sorry.

  • Clark W. Griswold Sandy, Utah
    March 2, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    @ NevadaCoug

    Of course! BYU is the reason that allowed Utah to crash the BCS first. haha. Your funny!

    First and foremost, the only thing BYU is credited for is the creation of the Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, and the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) because of their weak sauce SOS in 1984 that resulted in a bogus National Championship.

    The 1996 Cougs did not change the rules for mid majors to gain better access to BCS bowls. The Bowl Alliance at the time included the SEC, Big Eight, SWC, ACC, Big East, and Notre Dame. The Pac-10 and Big Ten champs were locked in the Rose Bowl which was not included as one of the Bowl Alliance bowls. As a result multiple split national championships. 1998 the BCS was formed to include the Rose Bowl and it's two conference affiliates. Not BYU's 1996 season!

    Next BYU in 2001 didn't go to a BCS bowl because they didn't finish the season ranked in the top 6 (which Utah did in 2004). But if they're were teams that helped Utah crash the BCS in 2004 it would have been Tulane in 1998 and Marshall in 1999. Both teams went undefeated. Not BYU!

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2013 9:34 p.m.

    Sweet. Hope they sign this guy for 50 years.

    For opponents, he is the gift that keeps on giving. For his own BYU "fans", he mocks them.

    Best of both worlds.

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    March 3, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    @Nevada Coug

    ? for you since in 1996 and 2001 the cougies somehow opened the door for the utes 2 BCS bowl games. Why hasn't the cougies stepped through that door they opened and been invited to a BCS game yet?

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 3, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    CougFaninTX:

    The cougars didn't drop Hawai'i from their schedule. Hawai'i dropped the cougars.

    Big difference.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 3, 2013 8:03 p.m.

    NevadaCoug:

    "Utah got in BECAUSE of BYU. Exhibit A: 1996. Exhibit B: 2001 (?). (And before anybody says BYU didn't get into a BCS bowl in Doman's last season because they lost to Hawaii, they were told they weren't invited before they even played Hawaii.)"

    Not true. Utah got into those game because they went undefeated. In 1996, there WAS no BCS, and the expanded BCS bowl games occurred AFTER Utah busted the BCS. If the Y were responsible for the expanded BCS bowl games due to their 2001 season, then there would have been 5 BCS bowls by 2002 or 2005. Not 2005.

    The Y was told they wouldn't have played in the 2001 BCS because there was no room. Back in '01, there were only 4 BCS games. The Rose automatically got the BigTen and Pac-10 champions, the Sugar took the SEC's, the Orange took the ACC's, the Fiesta took the Big 12's, and the Big East's champion filled the 6th of 8 auto bids. That left only 2 at-large bids to out, and there were 2 other schools with a higher BCS ranking than the Y's whose regular season had already finished.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 4, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    BYUalum:

    "This was an interesting article that told us that Bronco turned down TWO PAC 12 coaching jobs at UCLA and Colorado."

    The article did NOT say that. The article said 2 Pac-12 schools only "approached him". I get "approached" by recruiters all the time, but no job had ever been offered to me that I didn't interview for, and neither had I been offered a job for every position for which I actually HAD interviewed. And neither had Bronco.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    March 4, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    For a prime example of off-topic comments see azute1.

  • WON84 PLANO, TX
    March 5, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    AZUTE1 - Win a National Championship and then come talk...or better yet, have a winning season...in either sport.