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Dick Harmon: Here's what to expect from BYU's football media day Wednesday

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  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    Here's what to expect:

    A lot of hype as per usual and not much delivery on the hype once the season starts - as per usual again.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    June 24, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    Should be an intriguing media day ... and an intriguing season to follow. Definitely looking forward to it.

  • BYU sports on TV in Missouri Lebanon, MO
    June 24, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    Getting excited for Football season! We have a good schedule, We have a some great players. Cant wait get the players on the field for the opening game!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    Last year on Cougar media day, the Utes announced a series with Michigan.
    Classic.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 24, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    @54-10 - Odds that a Ute troll will be the first to comment on a BYU article: 100 to 1. Christy is going to be so disappointed she wasn't first. P.S. What does your moniker "54-10" mean? I've been thinking of changing my moniker to 55-7. Thoughts?

    There are some things I like about Independence and some things I don't. Media Day is one of the things I really like about Independence. The amount of coverage is phenomenal compared to being in a conference.

    I'm really hoping we'll find out something about Bowl prospects for 2014, since the bowl situation is one of the things I don't like about Independence.

    I know it would be difficult, but I'd love to see a two tiered system where BYU gets into a better bowl with a 10 or 11 win season, and into a Poinsettia type bowl with 6 - 9 wins. But ultimately I'm happy I'm able to cheer for a team that still goes bowling.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 24, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    One can expect the same media coverage comparison as was experienced with the announcement of BYU going independent and the U accepting the PAC-12 invitation.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    June 24, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    54-10
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "Here's what to expect:

    A lot of hype as per usual and not much delivery on the hype once the season starts - as per usual again."

    This coming from the fan of the team that lost to the worst road team in college football, at home no less, when a victory would have gotten them a position in the first annual over-hyped and under-performing PAC championship. And for an encore, the next year, just stayed home.

    Thanks for the interest, but even 3 straight victories doesn't give you the credibility to talk about hype. That is unless your talking to yourself while looking in the mirror.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    54-10,
    And what will Utah say on their media day? More of the same? A promise of a 3 win season?
    Let's not cast stones until you have something to crow about. The last two years have been a disaster on the anthill.

  • Virginians for BYU Lebanon, MO
    June 24, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    @ 54-10...

    At least BYU has something to hype... Pre-Season All Americans, Great Schedule, Improving on last years winning season, future bowl games.... At the Pac-12 media days Utah and Colorado get to play rock paper scissors to see who will take last place in the conference while all the focus is on the great teams who are actually expected to win conference games.....

  • Broom Hockey Champ Scottsdale, AZ
    June 24, 2013 6:19 p.m.

    People are expcting bigs things from KVN this season, myself included. Replacing Ansah will not be easy, but having KVN for one more year softens the blow. Some. I like to think that we've got another Ansah in the wings. Is it Kaufusi? The kid that transferred from OSU? Hadley? At the end of the day, I'm not worried about the defense. Bronco always has them ready to go. Even with the harder schedule, I think we're up to the challenge.

    Despite not being worried about the D, I am worried about the offense. A lot of coaching changes, philosophical changes, a re-vamped line, and a QB (Hill), WR (Hoffman), and RB (Alisa) all coming off injury. The offense was putrid last year and there are A LOT of changes. May take some time to ramp up.

    I am also worried about big picutre stuff. Bowl arrangements being one of the biggest. Can't wait until Wednesday to hear from Holmoe. I hope he has some answers. If he were addressing the Ute fanbase a bowl game would not be part of the discussion.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 24, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    @54-10:
    "Here's what to expect:

    A lot of hype as per usual and not much delivery on the hype once the season starts - as per usual again".

    Oops I think you're confused or lost. The hype about Utah winning the south division and going to rose bowls (as per usual), and not much delivery on the hype in the form of losing to any PAC12 team with a winning record (as per usual again) doesn't take place until July 26th.

  • hobbes1012003 Kaysville, UT
    June 24, 2013 6:45 p.m.

    Ute fans seem to ignore the fact that BYU is ranked 32 in preseason polls. and where are the mighty Utes ranked? 82! come back and talk trash when you have a team that can back up the smack talk. 82 and your gonna tell us that your team is so much better?

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    June 24, 2013 7:11 p.m.

    @Down under

    "The last two years have been a disaster on the anthill."

    Not really. We knew that the increase in quality competition would take a few years to adjust to. And during this period of adjustment we've still managed to continue beating the mighty Cougars of BYU. Also, we haven't had the luxury of playing 5 WAC cupcakes to pad our record each year, misleading the sports writers back east to think BYU has actually earned a ranking.

    @Virginians for BYU

    As for your "great schedule", it's true, you don't have as many cupcakes on your schedule (You do have Middle Tennessee State and Idaho State). Yet, for all of your boasting of what a difficult schedule you have, the Utes' schedule is still much more difficult. One publication, College Football Universe, has Utah playing the 5th hardest schedule in the country as opposed to BYU's 42nd.

    @hobbes1012003

    BYU is ranked 32 in the preseason polls thanks to their playing (and usually beating) 5 bad WAC teams. If they had played Utah's schedule last year, they would have been lucky to be 4-8.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 24, 2013 7:32 p.m.

    GoRed:
    "Not really. We knew that the increase in quality competition would take a few years to adjust to".

    Really? Who do you mean by "we"? Because all I remember hearing pre 2011 was how Utah would win the south and be consistently in contention for PAC championships and rose bowls. Then in 2012 we heard a lot of hype again and the media joined in with predictions of 8-4 or 9-3 and competing for the south. It's only now we're hearing the "we knew this would happen" bologna.

    "As for your "great schedule", it's true, you don't have as many cupcakes on your schedule (You do have Middle Tennessee State and Idaho State)".

    And U have Weber State and Colorado. You do realize Middle Tenn State was ranked 64th in the final BCS rankings right behind Utah? If you're calling them a cupcake what does that make U?

  • hobbes1012003 Kaysville, UT
    June 24, 2013 7:33 p.m.

    @Go Red

    You are still side stepping the issue that the Utes are ranked 82. I dont care who you are, thats a sad preseason ranking. and the experts obviuosly arent too impressed with your team. wether BYU has 5 cupcake teams or not, the experts feel BYU is the better team. thus the preseason rankings. Your BCS affiliation hasnt impressed them too much.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    Mission accomplished.

    Too easy.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 24, 2013 7:53 p.m.

    Since all the Utes have joined us here, this is my vision of Ute media day...

    Reporter, "So Coach Whit, what happened last year with the Utes and not bowling? Will the Utes go bowling this year?"

    ... long pause

    Whit, "We sure hope so... we're counting on BYU to be out of town in December. Fat Cats is looking good for us."

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    June 24, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    54-10: "Mission accomplished. Too easy."

    Of course it was too easy, trolling is what Ute fans do best. They've delivered that role ever since I started paying attention in the early 80s. Now try and take the higher road. Not so easy, eh? "54-10" LOL. Do you like the UofU, or just dislike the Y?

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    June 24, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    In a moment of lucidity DH nails the fact that for BYU this season rests on the O-line.

    Two or three O-linemen who have never taken a snap at BYU will have to start... what's more they may have to rely on freshman at center.

    On top of that they will be installing a new offense with a coach who has never coached a D-1 game.

    That's not even to mention that the QB is still inexperienced and coming off an injury.

    The truth is that way more things can go wrong with this scenario than things that can go right.

    I'm kind of enjoying the prospects of what can go wrong... but if I were a Cougar fan I would terrified.

    You will be able to tell how terrified Bronco is by how little he will talk about the O-line... And no one in the media will dare to ask any probing questions of Bronco and certainly not of Anae.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    June 24, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    My vote: No more BYU-Utah games ever! Also deny the trolls access to these articles with their slander and abuse. They should never be allowed to be printed! Who needs them.

    I wish they had waited to have BYU Media day until things were more settled and questions could be answered. Makes more sense.

    Go Cougars!

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    June 24, 2013 10:18 p.m.

    Howard,
    Serious question here, what is the coaches name you mention that has never coached a D-1 game?

    Gored,
    College Football Universe's ranking of Utah playing the 5th hardest schedule in the country as opposed to BYU's 42nd can be explained by the fact those two teams play each other.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    June 24, 2013 10:53 p.m.

    @Whoa Nellie

    Tujague has never coached a D-1 game and on top of that Atuaia has never coached at all...

    Terrified yet?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 25, 2013 12:24 a.m.

    @gored - "One publication, College Football Universe, has Utah playing the 5th hardest schedule in the country as opposed to BYU's 42nd." CFU has BYU ranked 32 and Utah ranked 85. Do U agree with them?

    gamedayr has Utah schedule at 18 and BYU at 25. Common sense tells me that gamedayr is more accurate. Utah may have a slightly tougher schedule, but not much. And even though this is both schools toughest schedule, neither are Top 10 SOS.

    What think ye?

    Virginia - Arizona
    Texas - Oregon
    Middle Tennessee - Colorado
    Utah State - Utah State
    Georgia Tech - Arizona St
    Houston - Washington St
    Boise St - UCLA
    Wisconsin - USC
    Idaho State - Weber St
    Notre Dame - Stanford
    Nevada - Oregon St

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    June 25, 2013 6:28 a.m.

    Dick you want a big splash? You'll have to wait a year when BYU announces they are joining what was the Big East or American Football League. Yes, they get a Boise St share of the TV pie. The fact that the MWC sold its soul to retain Boise is why no other up market team would join the league. If the new league can hold onto Louisville and Cincinnati adding BYU gets them a decent TV package and first dibs for the 5 Conference Bowl castoffs. Remember you read it here from 'ole Lightening

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 25, 2013 7:33 a.m.

    I'm with BYUalum no more UTAH/BYU games.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 25, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    I think this will be a really good media day. Probably one of the best ever.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    June 25, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    25 to 1, Riley will be there somewhere.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    June 25, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    RE: GoRed

    “Also, we haven't had the luxury of playing 5 WAC cupcakes to pad our record each year, misleading the sports writers back east to think BYU has actually earned a ranking.”

    The SOS shtick is getting pathetic. Even last year, when we did play FOUR WAC teams, they weren’t padding our schedule nearly as much as the cupcakes the Utes faced. BYU faced TWO WAC cupcakes (New Mexico State and Idaho), USU (who beat the Utes), and ranked SJSU. NO WAC teams in 2013. Meanwhile Utah played the aforementioned WAC team USU (and lost), Northern Colorado, a 3-9 Cal team, Washington State, and Colorado.

    “Yet, for all of your boasting of what a difficult schedule you have, the Utes' schedule is still much more difficult. One publication, College Football Universe, has Utah playing the 5th hardest schedule in the country as opposed to BYU's 42nd.”

    And the more reliable and accurate Phil Steele has Utah at #18 and BYU at #25. Hardly “much more difficult.” Further, Phil Steele has BYU playing in EIGHT marquee games, which is more than the Utes are playing. Everyone has BYU ranked higher.

  • STuFOO Korea, AE
    June 25, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    I love how half the time the ute trolls ONLY want to talk about winning...

    "3 of 4, 5-8, we won 2 bcs bowls."

    and half the time the want to argue it is the strength of schedule...

    "We are going to play the 5th hardest schedule..."

    I am excited to see what ute trolls come up with next when BYU beats the u and has more wins.

    Then what are they going to say?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 25, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Howie:
    "Tujague has never coached a D-1 game and on top of that Atuaia has never coached at all...
    Terrified yet?"

    You do realize that Anae is an offensive line coach first and foremost right? That's where the majority of his coaching experience is. You sound like a fan who is desperately trying to find any reason why BYU will not be in a bowl game again while you're at home humming jingle bells and making sugar cookies. Sorry Howie, we will be busy so we won't be able to go caroling with you...again (sorry :(.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Remember the question, If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears, did it make a sound?

    Perhaps the question could be rephrased. If a new conference is held in Utah County and only Dick Harmon is there, did it matter?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 25, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    STuFOO:
    That's easy:
    "BYU barely beat us because some guy in the booth completely missed a replay because he is a BYU grad, even though he wasn't the head review official"...and "we still have a PAC12 logo in our window and play a tougher schedule"...and in their best Wizard of Oz voice "pay no attention to that 4-8 record behind the curtain!!"

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    @Cougsndawgs

    Anae didn't set the world on fire when he was at BYU the first time... now he's implementing an entirely new offense with two inexperienced coaches and an inexperienced QB recovering from injury.

    Sounds like a receipt for success.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    To Howard S:

    Some of your comments makes readers wonder if you haven't been living on another planet. You said BYU's new offensive coordinator has never coached a D-1 game before. Wow. Not even close! He's coached as OC the 4 years at division D-1, including the last 2 years at Arizona under 2 of the most respected offensive-minded college football coaches of the past decade.

    Also, BYU will be starting a QB that Utah's coaches would trade anyone on their team for. QB has been a huge weakness for Utah lately, and their record verifies it. Even BYU's backup QB is at a quality level that would make Kyle covet... after having to start a true freshman half way thru last season.

    Because the average BYU fan is obviously so much more in the know than you are, we are actually excited, not terrified of this season. The prospects of yet another big-conference cellar year is something that is legitimately terrifying.

    Just to verify just how wrong your media day assertions are, please actually watch BYU's media day events... including all of the media questions and coaches' answers.

  • BYUtah Fan Herriman, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Give to Ute trolls a break. I am happy to provide a forum for them. Criticizing BYU is just about all they have left. Have some compassion!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    "Then what are they going to say?"
    We're not worried about it...but it were to happen...

    We'll say "It doesn't matter because we're in the Pac12 and you're not!" lol.

    Go Utes.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    To Howard S. again:

    Anae's worst season record while at BYU was much better than Utah's record last year. And since he was at BYU last time, he's had the opportunity to be groomed by 2 of the most respected offensive minded coaches in college football while at Arizona.

    So you are exactly right... it actually does sound like a recipe (not receipt) for success. And on September 21st, you and every other Ute troll who posts on BYU articles will find out just how much so. By then, USU will have also beat you... again!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    We'll say "It doesn't matter because other things are more important than football." lol.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    To ekute:

    That's your rebuttal? Really? Wow, the truth must really hurt.

    Do you keep saying "Go Utes" because they haven't been going anywhere for awhile? Never mind. That's actually a rhetorical question with an obvious answer. lol.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    We'll say "It doesn't matter because the game was close and we had better stats." lol.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    June 25, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    @Tators

    Pay attention Mr.Tators...

    I never said BYU's OC had never coached a game.

    I said, accurately, that Tujague has never coached a D-1 game and Atuaia has never coached at all.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 25, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    We'll blame it on the refs and say "It doesn't matter because our basketball team made a run it the Pac12 tournament last year." lol.

    @tators...Go Utes! lol.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 25, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    Seriously, a loss in the rivalry game will not be devastating to either team this year.
    The Utes would still have their Pac12 schedule and...
    Props to byu, they also have a schedule that overrides the Utah game.

    Go Utes.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 25, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    But...Then it would only be 8 and 4...Shucks...Crossing my fingers for 9 and 3. ;)

    Go Utes.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 25, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Ekute:
    Lol, actually some pretty funny stuff there, thanks for the laughs. And I think you're right, neither season hinges on Sept 21st. Thank you for being the only ute fan I've seen actually give unmitigated props to BYU for their schedule. 9-3, ekute? Lol, you know better.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    June 25, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    Sooner Ute,

    you're right, the Utes have done some "classy" things. Trying to upstage your rival is one. Doing an onside kick when you're up by 40 with less than 5 min. is another great example.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 25, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    @ Howard S.:

    It's the OC that determines what the offense does during a game, not his assistants. Pay close attention next football game you see and you'll find out how true that is. So again, that's another reason why Cougar fans are actually excited, and not terrified of next season as you insinuated. Since most knowledgeable college football services have the Cougars ranked as high as 50 places better than the Utes, perhaps it's you that should be a bit terrified.

    @ ekute:

    You are wrong about a loss in the rivalry game not being devastating to either team. It would truly be devastating to the Utes since that particular win in the only thing their fans have to brag about in these online posts the past 2 years.

    You still haven't given us reason to believe your Utes have started going anywhere yet. But keep telling them to. Perhaps you should try ending your posts with "Try to go Utes." Maybe it will help. lol.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    June 25, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    Here's what to expect: A Utah troll will be the first to post on this story. So glad they've all moved on!

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    June 25, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    SoonerUte
    "Last year on Cougar media day, the Utes announced a series with Michigan.
    Classic."

    Where can we go to get a line on what attention-grabbing, inferiority-complex-fueled "little brother" stunt the kiddies on the hill will do this year at the start of BYU media day?

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    June 25, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    @tators

    Yeah... who needs experienced assistant coaches anyway?

    In fact I think they should just use volunteer fans out of the stand each game coach the o-line and running backs... The could probably do just as good a job as experienced coaches.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    June 25, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    Que sera, sera!

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    June 25, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    WA_Alum&Dad

    I think next year BYU should hold its media day on the same day as the PAC 12 media day... that'll show 'em...

  • Hondo Scottsdale, AZ
    June 25, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    Who wants to meet Mr. Harmon for ice cream at the Creamery after the press conference? If there are two things he knows better than anyone else, it's BYU football and the Creamery menu.

  • Hondo Scottsdale, AZ
    June 25, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    "It's the OC that determines what the offense does during a game, not his assistants. Pay close attention next football game you see and you'll find out how true that is. So again, that's another reason why Cougar fans are actually excited"

    Didn't you run Anae out of town just a few years ago?

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    June 25, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    Howard S

    I am amazed that you know about the Cougars than your own team. For instance, Utah has the least amount of returning players in the entire PAC. The Utes have real issues on defense and you finally play Oregon and Stanford

    Predictions are that the Utes have a real possibility at a 3 win,9 loss season.

    There is a reason why the Utes are preseason #82 in the rankings and BYU is #32.

    There are a lot more worries in Uteville than in Provo.

  • Hondo Scottsdale, AZ
    June 25, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    "Predictions are that the Utes have a real possibility at a 3 win,9 loss season."

    Who is making this prediction? You?

    "There is a reason why the Utes are preseason #82 in the rankings and BYU is #32." Which publication is this in? And, for the record, preseason rankings mean NOTHING. Ask USC about preseason rankings.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 25, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    @hondo

    "And, for the record, preseason rankings mean NOTHING. Ask USC about preseason rankings."

    It would seem that utah "fans" like yourself want to use that argument, shall we say....selectively?

    If that is true then I expect to not hear another word from any of you about your SOS for this coming season, afterall, and as you said yourself, "preseason rankings mean NOTHING" so of course that means preseason SOS also means NOTHING.

    LOL!

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    June 26, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    @STUFOO...."I am excited to see what ute trolls come up with next when BYU beats the u and has more wins."

    I'm sure this would shock you and most other cougie fan's but if the cougies beat the utes on the field then I would say the cougies are the better team. You see to ute fans and everybody else in the world beside cougie fan's know the team that wins the game is the better team.

    @Tators...."You are wrong about a loss in the rivalry game not being devastating to either team. It would truly be devastating to the Utes since that particular win in the only thing their fans have to brag about in these online posts the past 2 years."

    Well 1 thing to brag about is definitley better then nothing to brag about for cougie fans.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 26, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    @ 2BCSWINS:

    Wow. You just lots of credibility. So you think Y fans have nothing to brag about compared to the U fans. Right. Oh yea... we did have a winning season that the U fans didn't. And we did go to and win a bowl game last season while the Utes watched on tv. And we did finish the season ranked significantly higher than the Utes. And there's also the fact that literally every pre-season poll has the Cougars ranked ahead of the Utes... again.

    And that's just in football. There isn't room in this section to talk about all the ways the Y has to tout the U in basketball, soccer, rugby and track. Sorry to have to bring you back to reality in such a blunt way.

    @ Hondo:

    Even negatively biased people, with any pragmatism, would have to admit that Anae's resume has improved and enhanced since he was last employed in Provo. He's had the opportunity of receiving tutelage under 2 of the most nationally respected offensive minded head coaches while at Arizona (your home state) these past few years. It will be evidenced on September 21st. Watch and learn.