Audio, video and a transcript of the Utah football press conference
Both Utah, and BYU can win out, and win a bowl game.--Unless they play each
Enough excuses. It is time to hire me as the new OC or HC. Go
I agree completely. The first two years we weren't in most of these
games. This year, we've done what Oregon, ASU, and many others did in
beating Stanford. We took ranked OSU, ranked ASU, ranked UCLA down to the final
play. Back in 2008 we had several narrow wins(Michigan, Air Force,
Oregon State, New Mexico, TCU). Those close wins were wins, but I'm
realistic to admit we got several lucky bounces that helped us out, more lucky
bounces than unlucky bounces. This year for whatever reason, we've gotten
more unlucky bounces. Point is, any team that beats Stanford and comes within
a play of beating 3 more ranked teams is doing a lot of things right. Are there
things to fix? Of course. But things will change again like they always do,
and next year I bet we make those few extra plays and get a few more bounces our
way and we'll become a great Pac 12 program.
At 1-5 at the moment compared to last year's 3-6 final conference showing
and knowing that the Utes should have been bowling last year had Hays been given
the reins???This team is better this year? It doesn't look like
it.How about coaching, is it better this year?Has Dennis made
things better this year?I think Coach Whit is 'losing it'.
Better than last year? That's coachspeach for we were Really bad last year.
When Whit says that they need coach better, he is setting the coaching staff up
for a major coaching change next year. Mr Eccles and the Utah
faithful will demand changes if they can't win 2 or the last 3 games. Go
After watching the games I have to admit that Utah does seem better this year.
If they can keep improving, a big if, then they will do well in the future. Go
THis team is better than last years team??? I guess that is what a coach who is
trying desperately to keep his overpaid job says. Time for Whit to move along.
I hear Dixie State may have an oppening soon.
If the team is improved over last year and the record is the same, then maybe
the problem is with the only other factor--coaching.
Just think....if they get any better next year they won't have any
victories at all.Talk about spin, Kyle.
Selective hearing or selective reading? Coach W said the team is no better than
its record.Yes - they have improved over last year! But a loss is
still a loss and I don't think Coach W is counting moral victories. He
knows what the future will be.Also consider we swapped out
Washington and Cal on the schedule for Stanford and Oregon - that is tough! A
lot to ask these kids who still are a small step behind Pac 12 talent across the
board. We are close and I am going to stick with it for at least another year
before I call for the drastic changes that will set the program back two
If you don't see that this team is better than last year you are only
looking at the record and not going any deeper. ASU blew us out the past two
years, not this year. OSU beat us handily last year, this year went to OT. UW
was replaced with Stanford (so to speak). UW ran all over us last year, this
year we beat Stanford. Last year, loss to USU; this year a win. Beat the Y at
home last year, beat them in Provo this year and were never behind. Seems like
there is some progress after all.Let's see how the last two
games pan out and if we can give the Ducks some kind of a scare (doubtful).One other thing. According to Sagarin, the Utes have played the most
difficult schedule in the country so far. Anyone that expected 2-3 more wins
against that schedule is not being realistic.
Sammy and tosmart,Come and support the Utes, then your questions and
opinions will have merit. Why don't you ask your AD why the best that byu
can do the next 3 years is the poinsettia bowl?
Ek this article is about utah, not BYU. Off topic. Talk about obsessive.
@ekuteAre you seriously slamming BYU's bowling when Utah has
not been nor will go bowling?
This year's Utah team is definitely better than last year's version.
Anyone who thinks otherwise either isn't paying attention or doesn't
"...we were a better football team this year than we were last year. The
record does not reflect that."To paraphrase the great Bill
Parcells, you are what your record says you are.
ed,Works for me...9 of 12, 4 in a row.
ekute:If you're implying that Utah is better than BYU, then you
have a uncanny grasp of the obvious and irrelevant. Remember, Utah fans
don't frame their success against BYU anymore. You do remember, right?
@ed grady:Can you say 'flip flop!' Can you say
'hypocrisy.' I suppose whatever works, works.I agree with
Ken's comment. And to the other detractors, simply comparing win-loss
records does not tell the whole story. Case in point - last year, the Utes lost
to ASU, but a 37-7 rout versus a one point 20-19 defeat reflects two completely
different Utes teams.The Utes are literally on the verge of breaking
through. The win-loss record of this year's team is not indicative of how
far the team has truly progressed. Throw in critical losses of Kenneth Scott,
Jake Murphy, Westlee Tonga, and others, and who knows how different this season
might have turned out.Looking forward to them carrying some positive
momentum forward. They're playing their guts out. The ball will bounce
their way very soon.
sammygSpringville, UTThis team is better this year? It
doesn't look like it.===I disagree. I think the Utes are
much better than last year. I thing it has to do with the new co-OC. If Utah were smart from an administrative standpoint, they should evaluate
the coaching from top down. With a new HC, and lose BJ as co-OC, the
Utes would be bowl eligible today, and in contention for the PAC South.The Admin just needs to decide if they want to win, or settle...
How comical!Every team in America with five or more losses are
saying the same thing.Fire the coach, and get rid of the
quarterback.Second law of Worf--for every victory is an opposite,
and equal loss.Some people will be happy, and some frustrated.Sports go in cycles, and the utes will come around. BYU will have losing
seasons, than turn it around again.Nothing to have a stroke about.
Enjoy the ride.
Utes offense is probably better than last years team, only because Wilson is one
year better. But defense (especially front seven) is not as good as last years
I actually agree with whittingham to a point. It doesn't matter if they are
better if they cannot beat the teams they play however. What that shows is that
the teams they play are still better than they are. Improvement is a subjective
thing and it only applies if you are enough better that you actually beat the
opponents you are trying to compete with.
Reminds me of the positive affirmations from Stuart Smalley: I deserve good
things. I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am
an attractive person. I am fun to be with....blah...blah...blah... and darn it,
I'm good enough.Keep up the self-talk. You'll need it in
big doses come Saturday about 5:00 P.M. Pacific Time.Utes and the
Jazz, measuring success in new and innovative ways.Beat WSU and pray
that there are enough open bowl slots after you manhandle the Buffs. If you get
to a bowl and show well, then all these statements about being better may have
some validity.Until then, don't be a Jake Heaps trying to
convince anyone with platitudes and excuses...do your talking by winning two of
the next three...then you WILL actually be measurably better.Best of
Veritas AequitasFruit Heights, UTsammygSpringville,
UTThis team is better this year? It doesn't look like it.===I disagree. I think the Utes are much better than last year. I
thing it has to do with the new co-OC. ---------------I
disagree. I think we are better but it has to do more with our PAC-12 defense.
Without our defense we get rolled by UCLA, USC, Arizona, and ASU.The
defense seems to have depth and talent and we were told, in the off-season, that
the offense did too. Obviously we don't, specially at QB and RB positions.
As far as coaching, we need to replace the OL coach Dan Finn and QB
coach BJ. They failed, and need to be replaced with coaches with Big 5
Whittingham is absolutely right... The way that you can tell that a team is
better than the previous year is to simply look at the record... Last year Utah
went 5-7... This year they are going to go, oh wait....
Keep Oregon's offense off the field. You guys have the defense to do that.
Look at what you did against ASU ! Run the ball right at at them.
Wear them down. Play all four quarters, and don't turn the ball over. Win
the time of possession battle and you will win this war. I'm not watching
the Cougs play the Idaho Spuds...I'm watching you guys. (sorry Cougar
friends - - - I'll watch the Notre Dame game.) Wow - - -
beating them on the their home turf would be redemption for you guys. It would
salvage the season and bring respect. Go Utes !
Utah as a whole is pretty similar to last year's team, but better overall.
They have improved in some areas, most notably in scoring defense and kicking.
They have dropped off the cliff in other areas like turn over margin. Utah
fixes its turnover machine and they become scary good.I am going to
enjoy watching Utah's defense versus the Ducks offense this week. I am not
anticipating an upset. I am expecting the Ute D to compete and the Ducks punter
to have to play like he had last week. The Ute D has proven itself as the best
bright spot on the team.
I have no idea what the score will be Saturday but I certainly expect oregon to
win by a healthy margin. If utah can keep the final margin under 20 points they
will have done a good job imo. The task just got a lot tougher when oregon lost,
I think they'll be very motivated in this game and they are definately
superior in talent to utah.
Veritas AequitasExactly where I'm at, Veritas. It's time
for Coach Whitt to evaluate which position coaches get to keep their job.
Instead of bringing more coaches to teach the coaches who aren't
performing, replace them with real coaches who have demonstrated expertise.
Good grief, this is the Pac-12.Come on, Coach Whitt, you know what
needs to be done...do it!