BYU concluded 2012 with an 8-5 record against a schedule that included 5 top 25
teams (two of them surprises in SJSU and USU). It also played 9 of the top 43
defensive teams in the country out of 13 contests. Now the fact is, I was very
highly critical of the way in which Bronco elected to go with Riley Nelson over
Jake Heaps, eventually chasing him off. I was even less happy about the fact
that James Lark rode the pine when he was clearly the more gifted thrower of the
two and probably only needed game experience and reps to settle in as an
exceptional Junior-senior. Nelson was a head-case nightmare from the get go. So
I didn't think Bronco managed that well. But he is a fantastic coach
overall and he is the right man for BYU. Everyone gets to make mistakes and
survive. I think he has assembled a good replacement staff and while this
year's team will face the toughest schedule in BYU history, I would not be
shocked to see 10-13 wins either.
It's good to verbalized your fears chris.
Bronco is right. He wants to improve that percentage against ranked opponents
from .150 up to .200
I like that Coach Mendenhall is not satisfied and is taking the steps to improve
and grow the team and it's National reputation. Any change costs, not all
change improves but you don't grow with out change. Coach Mendenhall has a
72% winning record with the longest string of bowl game wins in school history.
I don't know of any other coaches right now who could take on the unique
church school situation and not only win so much but raise GPA's,
graduation rates, make it where keeping the honer code is the norm and not an
exception and raise the number of returned missionaires playing. Yes, he is
doing it with clean living, diligent, hardworking generic sunday school boys.
No, 8-5 wasn't great. But if the offense had been 10 points better on the
year they would have been 11-2 and would have beaten two of the top 25 teams.
I'll be positive about the team. Better to be closing in than headed the
wrong way. I know it irks some people but you know what...that's because
they don't think they have anything to cheer for and misery loves company.
christyWhit was 0-2 versus Top 25 teams in 2012. If the hapless Utes
had been able to beat the lone WAC team on their schedule, Utah would have gone
bowling.Alas, the Utes are all talk, but no walk nowadays. Since
2008, they've been in steady decline, and 2013 looks to continue that
Based on what we have seen over the past 2 years, this train wreck needs to be
stopped. Too much confusion on the team, too many QB issues when there should
not have been one, and too many poor game decisions. Based on the schedule they
played, 8-5 is a poor excuse. But unfortunately, that is what we got week after
week. Make the hard decision and let's get this program going the right
Bronco is a great defensive coach and I am hopeful Anae will prove to be very
successful coaching the offense, sounds like it won't be the same old
offense. It is difficult to put new systems in place your first year, but I am
excited to see what this year's team can do. What an exciting year it would
be if our defense remained steady and our offense was as good as the defense!
There's more to loose you mean bronco.
We Love Bronco!Also, resign Tom while your at it.Season
T-shirt; BYU Overhauling
I hate to pick on spelling but it seems like nobody knows how to spell
"lose." Unless Aggielove meant "loose" as in unleash, in which
case I agree, we need to let loose on offense more
Here's my Coach Mendenhall Report Card:Leadership / Example:
AAlignment with Church Mission / Objectives: ATeam Discipline / NCAA
Compliance: ABowl Game Performance: ACommitment to Program /
Improving Program: APlayer Loyalty: AMedia / Fan Relations:
BRegular Season Performance: BFlexibility / Capability to make
Timely Course Corrections: BProgram Prestige / Reputation / Exposure: BPlayer Recruitment: BStaffing / Personnel Mgt: BScheduling: BPerformance against Rival: CImproving Program Marketability to
Major Conference Affiliation: COverall: B+Positive:
Strong on things that really matter from LDS perspective; Bowl performance
better than legendary Coach LENegative: Fans still waiting for program to
elevate performance to "next level" / return to consistent national
After reading this article and especially Bronco's quote, it is evident why
certain assistant coaches were not re-hired, especially Coach Doman. Doman is a
great guy and a great example and Church member, but he was not decisive as OC.
He had 2 years to learn, but only a little progress was noted. Bronco had to
make a change there, even though he liked Doman very much. It says a lot about
where Bronco's priorities are - he has spelled them out in this article.
The BYU football team is in good hande.The comment about extending
Tom's contract - if you are talking about Tom Holmoe - would he even have a
contract, or is the athletic director more of an appointed position, which has
no set number of years, like a contract has?
I also believe BYU can build a competitive advantage out of players who have a
great GPA, great character AND live the Honor Code.