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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    Welcome coach to the prestigious Pac 12!

    We already beat an incredible Stanford team and took ranked UCLA, ranked OSU, and ranked ASU down to the final play.

    This team isnt' far from competing for the Pac 12 title.

    Go Utes!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    "I am also excited to be back coaching at the BCS level"

    Yes coach, we know what you mean! As you know, its vastly better than being a non-power conference team!

  • Blue Collar Huntington, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    Hey, maybe they can rekindle some of those magic years that they had together at Idaho State. Come to think of it, Wyoming is an offensive powerhouse aren't they? Kyle your going to be looking for a new job after next year.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Get ready to see a "Go Fast Go Hard" offense here in the state of Utah!

  • nampaaggie9 nampa, ID
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    @chris, that sure was a nice way of saying welcome to the basement. ....lol!

  • wtfhinutah SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    Another year and another OC! Me thinks I see a pattern. Why not make them Co Co Offensive Coordinators? Perhaps the OC isn't the problem ... just saying. The common denominator through all of the OC's has been Coach Whit, and Brian Johnson. I'm willing to give Coach Whit a psss for now, but Johnson has done nothing for us. Let him go!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Yup!! Scream about being in the mighty PAC 12, right in the basement as #10. One fluke win and you'd think Chris B was making reservations for the Rose Bowl. More like Arizona in reality. Oh, and speaking of Arizona, who won the game between Arizona and Utah this year....remind me once more. (Or even Washington State, the perennial basement bottom-feeder in the PAC.)

    You gotta have something to crow about while everyone else is busy with a bowl game, and you're not....yet again.

  • Aggie 4 Life North Ogden, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    So the Utes pick up a coach who was fired from Wyoming and who's defense stopped the little teams but teams with a better offense they gave up way more points. Here's the proof:

    Nebraska - 37 pts. (L)
    Idaho - 10 pts. (W)
    N. Colorado - 7 pts. (W)
    Air Force - 23 pts. (W)
    Texas State - 21 pts. (L)
    New Mexico - 31 pts. (W)
    Colorado State - 52 pts. (L)
    San Jose State - 51 pts. (L)
    Fresno State - 48 pts. (L)
    Boise State - 48 pts. (L)
    Hawaii - 56 pts. (W)
    Utah State - 35 pts. (L)

    Hope Utah is ready to outscore their opponents....

    Sounds liks a great hire to me!

  • Dan the Fan PROVO, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Nice hire! I can't wait until they are looking for another OC in two years. Brian Johnson - Swing and a Miss (Strike 1)
    Dennis Erickson (BCS Coach, national championship, yadayadayada - Swing and Miss (Strike 2)
    Dave Christensen - From the mighty MWC and Powerhouse that is Wyoming. Strike 3!

    @Chris B, Where are the big time coaches lining up to coach a big time Pac-12 program???

  • ER in AF Harare, Zimbabwe, 00
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    Whoa there Chris, You are starting to sound like BYU fan. Try to get back to getting bowl eligible before you talk about PAC 12 champion.

    This is confusing. A former 2 time nat champion coach in Erickson gets demoted to running back coach and a head coach gets picked up to be a coordinator. They must pay pretty well at the U.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    Surprising hire. Kyle hiring a friend who was just fired from Wyoming? Guess Dennis just wasn't getting it done.
    Having assistant coaches who are compatible with the head coach is the key to a good coaching staff. Kyle is pretty compatible with Dave ...they both had 5-7 records this past year.

    2014 should be a very interesting year in Utah football.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    I like this hire. Having DE an DC on the staff makes it better. I'm sure this doesn't happen without DE's blessing.

    Now, Travis, get better.

    Go Utes!!!

  • Tom in MS Madison, MS
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    Wow a lot of naysayers on here. Laramie is a tough place to recruit to, whoever you are. Nick Sabin would have a tough time recruiting there. With better athletes, and as an OC, he has already proven himself. If you really think the Utes won't be any better next year than this year, look at his track record as an OC - top tier of offenses in the country - not the league - the country. I think it's an excellent hire. I'm glad the Utes were able to grab him before he went elsewhere.

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    Just like Bronco did with Robert Anae, sounds like Kyle is trying to deflect the criticism by bringing in some new blood. We will have to see if it works. Based on his record, he looks like more of a has-been IMO....which sounds like their previous strategy with Coach Erickson.

    Hopefully it actually works next season, but only time will tell. If it is a failure though, Kyle's second chances will likely be exhausted.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    He better be great or a lot of people will be looking for new jobs next year -- with big pay cuts -- at non-automatic qualifying schools.

  • Sambonethegreat Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    Whittingham seems afraid to fire people. The OCs at Utah sure do get demoted a lot. This lack of consistency is going to continue to hurt the Utes.

  • STLute St. Louis, MO
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    A great hire. Those who actually follow all of CFB know this.

    Oh, and angry haters … Merry Christmas to you too! Keep up with the holiday cheer.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Thank goodness we finally filled our vacancy at the co-co-co-offensive coordinator position!

    Seriously though this feels like a long term play that will hopefully end the revolving door era of Utah OC's. That's a good thing. Let's hope he's the right guy for the job.

    Welcome to the U, Dave!

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    Aggie 4life check your reading skills because he was named offensive coordinator not the defensive coordinator. So why would anyone care about defensive stats while he was a head coach at Wyoming? Dah! He was hired to out score opponents.

  • jaxon Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    Christensen is a good hire for the Utes.Utah is already the best team in the state and will now be even better.The offense will be exciting and consistent with a coach who isn't too old or too young.Time will tell be it looks promising to me. Go Utes

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    We are even more prestegous now because we have someone from wyoming and we even now have 3 oc coaches to help us win every pac 10 team!

    Go Utes!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    Shocked. Brian Johnson goes from OC, to Co-OC, to QB coach. Dennis E. goes from NC Head coach to Co-Oc to RB coach. Replaced by a mediocre fired and now demoted from head coach to OC. Do these guys have any dignity left?

    It may work if egos can be altered, but, this smells like a recipe for a disjointed program and building animosities.

  • Shamal Happy Valley, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    Wyoming teaches classes on hating BYU. I'm sure its one of the first places Utah looked.

  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    Good grief!

    A MWC head coach coming off back-to-back LOSING seasons, with a loss to Texas State this season, replaces a one-time NC coach and Utah's Sugar Bowl hero as Utah's new OC???

    Dave Christensen's record at Wyoming
    2013 - 5-7
    2012 - 4-8
    2011 - 8-5
    2010 - 3-9
    2009 - 7-6
    Overall - 27-35

    In their season finale, the Pokes were held scoreless until early in the 4th quarter at Utah State and only managed 190 total yards.

    This is seriously a "great hire"?

    Whittingham must be going for some kind of record for having the most current/former offensive coordinators on one staff - by my count, he'll have at least 4 next season.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    What? Kyle goes through OCs like my wife goes through shoes!

    That's now 6 OCs in 6 years. Highly disappointed that he can't find a longer term solution. There is no consistency in recruiting if go from one offense scheme into another.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    "Aggie 4 Life
    North Ogden, UT
    So the Utes pick up a coach who was fired from Wyoming and who's defense stopped the little teams but teams with a better offense they gave up way more points.

    Hope Utah is ready to outscore their opponents....

    Sounds liks a great hire to me!"

    Coach DC has been hired as our Offensive-Coordinator....Coach KS is our Defensive-Coordinator.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    This is my reaction to this hire...

    I can't wait until Kyle Whittingham is fired.

    Period.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    7 offensive coordinators in 7 years... that is NOT a road map to build a championship team in the pac10.2

    It is glaringly obvious the utes/whitt don't have a clue what they are doing!

    chrisb likes to always use alabama as an example... well chrisb, how many OC's does alabama go through?

    LOL

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    Looks like another desperate attempt by KW to save his job.

    How many OC's can Whit demote to chief cook and bottle washer before Chris Hill finally figures out that it's the guy hiring the OC's that's the real problem?

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    RockOn
    Spanish Fork, UT
    Shocked. Brian Johnson goes from OC, to Co-OC, to QB coach. Dennis E. goes from NC Head coach to Co-Oc to RB coach. Replaced by a mediocre fired and now demoted from head coach to OC. Do these guys have any dignity left?

    --------

    Nope. Whittingham is ruining this program.

    Get him out, now.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    @toosourforyou

    "Yup!! Oh, and speaking of Arizona, who won the game between Arizona and Utah this year....remind me once more!"

    Reading articles about Utah football, and hiding behind other teams doing what your cougars can't ever do.. I guess that's one way to deal with getting perennially beat by the Utes.

    The basketball team certainly didn't help you deal with it this year.

    I'm sorry it's been hard on you guys. Here's hoping it gets easier!

    Merry Christmas!

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    silent one

    "He was hired to out score opponents."

    Nebraska - LOST 34-37
    Texas State - LOST 21-42
    Colorado St - LOST 22-52
    San Jose St - LOST 44-51
    Fresno St - LOST 10-48
    Boise St - LOST 7-48
    Utah State - LOST 7-35

    Doesn't look like he was doing a very good job of out scoring opponents, does it?

  • Oregonian Sherwood, OR
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    This is the first time in years that I read about Utah's new OC and thought, "Great hire". Wyoming is not an easy place to win and he did well. The last coach to do that was Joe Tiller. Missouri had great offenses while he was OC (but then, the BIG12 isn't known for their defenses). This hire also moves Brian Johnson back to his natural coaching position (QBs). I rolled my eyes and chuckled when Utah hired Dennis Erickson as OC, but you can certainly take advantage of his experience in another role.

    While I'm not a Ute fan, I've watched them with interest and always felt they were just one above-average QB away from being contenders. They always have a great D but are wildly inconsistent on offense. This hire will go a long ways to solving that problem.

    Last I heard, Travis Wilson's condition was potentially career-ending. Has there been an update? I thought he was really good and I hope he is able to come back.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    truthsandwich

    Unfortunately for U, the Utes won't even have their regular September bowl game versus BYU to beat their chests about for the next two years.

    Enjoy the couch potato bowl with family and friends while watching the Cougars playing in their 9th straight bowl game.

    Merry Christmas!

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    I don't understand this hiring at all. I think Erickson would be a great OC with time to work with his system and a little luck with fewer injuries to key players. Johnson as OC was a mistake, plain and simple.

    Another OC with a new system for the players to learn? I've been supportive of Whit in the past, but this hiring makes no sense to me. I predict Whit will be looking for a new job 12 months from now.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Coach Christensen,

    No matter what happens you know BYU fans have your back...

    Welcome to UTAH!

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    In the words of Chris B,

    LOL!

    Seriously, how many Offensive Coordinators does it take to run Utah's offense?

    Can't wait to see BJ, DE, DC and a new OC installed in 2015 as Utah's co-co-co-co OC's.

    Whit could then assign each of them a specific down to coordinate - 1st down coordinator, 2nd down coordinator,...

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    Erickson is about the only coach Whitt has ever hired without having a previous relationship with them. That limits your options, especially when you aren't a major-major program like Ohio State, Alabama, Texas, LSU, etc., or have a genius coach like the-head-ball-coach, that continually sends coaches to other schools and brings them back -- while promoting them when they come back. Even BYU, with its honor code restrictions, hired Bronco, a previous BYU enemy from Oregon State and New Mexico, as an assistant.

    When the Utes moved to the PAC I thought they'd be able to compete despite their competitive disadvantages of location, weather, stadium size, budget, market size, etc., because I thought they had one advantage -- their head coach. Whitt is looking more and more like a great DC who is over his head. He had one breakout season, and gets his guys psyched up to play BYU. If the Utes don't get to a bowl game next year, he has to be let go -- no matter how many close games there are, no matter what their best upset win is.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    Christy and byu fans

    His offense this year did better than your go fast go hard offense.

    LOL!

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    Moving Erickson out of the way has got to help the results.
    He's past his prime, long ago.
    Just on that one fact alone, you can add 3 wins to Utah's 2014 record.
    Great move, they'll win at least 8 next year.
    You can mark that down, if you feel so inclined.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    This is sort of like the blind squirrel eventually finding a nut.

    If U hire enough offensive coordinators, eventually you'll find one who can coordinate an offense.

  • William Wallace OGDEN, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    It seems funny that BYU fans are laughing about the Utes OC hirings. Look in the mirror. What you see is someone fired by the Broncster, kicked out of the "Band of Brothers", and then re-hired by the same guy who fired him. That makes a lot of sense. The "offensive power monster" you have at BYU can't manage to beat the "awful" team that you BYU trolls love to attack. Thanks for giving me fodder to continue to dislike everything that is BYU. By the way, thanks for the early Christmas present with the "great" effort your boys showed on the hardwood. Ouch, and yet you geniuses still act like you're better. I'll continue to root for the Utes through thick and thin, and be what a good fan is, loyal. You should try it.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    Chris B

    "His offense this year did better than your go fast go hard offense."

    Really? And how did you come to that conclusion?

    versus Boise State
    BYU 37-20
    Wyo 7-48

    versus Utah State
    BYU 31-14
    Wyo 7-35

    LOL!

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    Seems like a lot of indecision on the hill. I don't follow Utah football much since I usually have more important things to consider. So, I may be wrong about this but it seems like this hire is a result of having no quarterbacks in the cupboard. Utah has had a string of bad luck with quarterbacks but that is a direct result of a weakness in recruiting. Hiring yet another OC probably won't fix the problem unless someone up there focuses on recruiting three or four decent quarterbacks. Is there no plan for filling (read depth), and keeping filled, key skill positions? Not that I really care because I honestly hope Utah loses every game they ever play.

  • killarney Lincoln Park, IL
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Ufan

    "Can't wait to see BJ, DE, DC and a new OC installed in 2015 as Utah's co-co-co-co OC's.

    Whit could then assign each of them a specific down to coordinate - 1st down coordinator, 2nd down coordinator,..."

    Post of the Day award!

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    Chris B said to,

    Christy and byu fans

    His offense this year did better than your go fast go hard offense.

    LOL!

    CB, forever you have said the teams in the MWC are horrible and yet you are now talking about DC's offense doing good against those same "bad MWC teams"? Why would the u hire a losing Coach for any reason, from such a horrible league? You should quit posting comments while you are behind.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    The OC job at the U seems to be a consistent 1 year contract. Not sure I would be too excited about taking something so unstable.

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Well I guess Whittingham has nothing to lose...either way if the offense is unproductive next year, regardless of who's the OC, and Utah slumps below .500 for the THIRD year in a row he and probably the entire coaching staff will be done for.

    I don't disagree with this coaching hire. I'm just glad he did it now rather than at the beginning of spring camp like the past couple of years.

    I am cheering for you Whittingham and Christensen.

  • wtfhinutah SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    Let's see, we've had Norm Chow, and now Dennis Erickson among the mix of 6 OC's in six years. Can't get more prestigious than those two, so perhaps the problem is more that Brian Johnson. I know I called for Johnson to be let go and the more I think about it, Whit should be gone equally as fast.

    It's crap and I can't believe Chris Hill is putting up with it ....

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    They need a new offensive line coach (offense doesn't do squat if they don't have time to get plays off) and someone to stop the defense from being so vulnerable to the pass (either improve the pass rush or a secondary coach). I don't see how this hire helps.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    @Rational
    "Whitt is looking more and more like a great DC who is over his head."

    In fairness, Utah has not had their starting QB get through the season without injury since 2008. The first year in the PAC had Wynn go down in one of their first conference games. Utah probably could've won another game and gotten bowl eligible in 2012 but decided it made more sense to use the freshman Wilson than the experienced senior Hays (work for the future). Then Wilson suffers several injuries and ends up with a career-threatening condition this year. Stuff happens. Just one more win each year would've meant a PAC-12 championship appearance the first year and at least getting bowl games the last two years.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    I don't know who appears more desperate at the moment with this hire. Is it KWhitt trying to salvage a job, or the king of "marking it down" doing the backstroke on all things Dennis Erickson.

    Anyone else remember all the glowing praise last fall about an OC bringing two NC's to the table and big-time power Conference of Champions" experience? The current spin is incredible.

    Onward and Upward!

    Best of luck Coach Christensen! (You're going to need it...see legacy of recent past Utah OC's)

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    Now Utah has three OC's. All Utah really needs is a healthy QB for a whole season. 2008 is such a long time ago. You know the last time Utah the same QB all season. The offense was good the first six games and not so good after that. Kind of follows the health of the QB.

    Go Utes!

  • SI SANDY, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    Wow - six OC's in six years. Maybe Whit ought to try recruiting athletes that are actually capable of running an offense - any offense. Utah now has $450K tied up in their ex-OC's, now the QB and RB coaches. What a joke!

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    As much as I hate to agree with Blue Collar I'm afraid I have to agree with Blue Collar.

    Tough day to be a Ute!

  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    The OC position at the U is turning into the Professor of the Dark Arts position in "Harry Potter"....

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    Bummer for the Utes. I saw Wyoming play Boise State and the Cowboy offense was dreadful.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    "Just like Bronco did with Robert Anae"

    Cosmo:

    Not at all. Whitt never fired Christensen. On the other hand, Mendenhall fired Anae, then was pressured by the AD to re-hire him.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    The irony for BYU fans is that at this time next year, if Kyle fails, BYU will be demoting Bronco to DC to make room for KW.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    Is this the same Wyoming coach who flipped off Kyle after the Utes kicked an onside kick in the 4th quarter of a blow-out game?

  • Gone fishin Seattle, WA
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Just like predicted earlier this year that DE would only stick around one year. Who wants to be the basement year after year. I even marked it down.

    The new guy will quickly become weary of being the laughing stock of the conference and will also leave after two years. CB can mark it down.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Hmm?

    BYU went to the PAC 12 for an offensive coordinator, and Utah crawls to Wyoming for theirs. Why didn't they find an ex-cougar? Look at their defense, and it makes sense.

    Go figure.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    The problem is Utah isn't a destination coaching job like ND, Ohio State, or BYU. They will constantly have people coming and going. Welcome coach. Enjoy the mountains, skiing, beautiful summers. For a year anyway.

  • Gone fishin Seattle, WA
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:38 p.m.

    Crissy B,
    The only fast and hard will be to the sidelines after a three-and-out so their punter can pad his stats.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    Maybe Coach Christensen can share with us that nice little anti Air Force Academy rant that he did last year. That was classic.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    Serenity

    It is not, that was the coach before Christenson

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Dec. 20, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    JohnInSLC

    "Mendenhall fired Anae, then was pressured by the AD to re-hire him."

    Not true!

    Uteology

    "The irony for BYU fans is that at this time next year, if Kyle fails, BYU will be demoting Bronco to DC to make room for KW."

    More red koolaide induced fantasy.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 20, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    I really had my heart set on Lane Kiffin.

  • Horrible Stumper Hyrum, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    Great hire for the Utes, an incredible offensive genius. Lets see the Aggies, with theoretically equal talent held Wyoming to 7, that's right 7 points. What an offensive output! The Utes really out did themselves here. Replaced a coach who has won a national championship with a coach that has won.....nothing. Come on Chris B the way you harp on the WAC 2.0 and the "magnificent" PAC 12 you can't really believe this is a good hire. This is a huge stretch down to gain an offensive coordinator. And the U of U death spiral continues.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    Congrats to the new coach.

    However, the article failed to mention the most important detail: how much he will be paid?

  • ArgoFY Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    Not a good hire overall. When DE was named OC, Ute fans were really excited about the potential to finally see a great offense at Utah. And for the first half of this season, that's largely what we as fans got. That is, until a few key injuries occurred. But more importantly than that, Whit seemed to be involving himself more and more in the offense as the seasoned progressed (not a good thing). This leads me to believe Erickson was not the problem. Until Whittingham either changes his coaching tendencies or is let go, this coaching circus will continue full steam ahead.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    Doesn't matter who the Utes have as OC as long as Kyle is coach. History shows they'll get spanked in conference and pummel the in state foes.

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    @ JohnInSLC:

    ...oh wait, mussingaround beat me to it.

    Yes, I suppose that since Anae was here before that it isn't COMPLETELY new. However, just like it appeared that Bronco was looking to pass the buck for a lousy offense, Kyle's hiring of Christensen (especially just one year after hiring coaching veteran Erickson on) seems eerily similar.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Dec. 20, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    @Serenity - that coach was Joe Glenn

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Dec. 20, 2013 6:26 p.m.

    Yup, Dennis Erickson was the offensive savior Chris B deemed him to be. Six OC's in six years? The Utes really know how to run an offensive offense.

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    Chris B:

    "Yes coach, we know what you mean! As you know, its vastly better than being a non-power conference team!"

    As opposed to being a non-power in a power conference.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 7:09 p.m.

    Let's face it fellow Utah fans. Coach Whitt is clueless when it comes to the offensive side of the bowl. I've never seen a coach go through new OC's as much as Whitt does. No wonder our offense is so bad! Since Whitt can't seem to fix the offenses problems. We need to hire someone else who can. Does anybody believe Christensen will be any better than what we've seen since Whitt's been the head coach?

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 7:09 p.m.

    @ Tom in MS

    Having "better" athletes and being able to recruit PAC-12 caliber athletes didn't help Denis Erickson or Brian Johnson, did it?

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    Rational
    Salt Lake City, UT
    "He better be great or a lot of people will be looking for new jobs next year -- with big pay cuts -- at non-automatic qualifying schools."

    They're all non-automatic qualifying schools next year. The BCS is no more, remember?

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:41 p.m.

    Tried to tell you that Dennis Erickson needed a trusty Designated Driver...but you didn't listen.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Dec. 21, 2013 2:39 a.m.

    Utah really should change his job title to one that is a more accurate description of what he will be doing for Kyle and the utes... Instead of OC they should call the job SG for 2014... (The ute's new Scape Goat...).

    In the meantime we'll take pictures of San Francisco and send them to the DN for their coverage of BYU's Bowl Game victory over the Washington Huskies... In fact, Christensen might want to watch it and see how a team in the State of Utah takes down a team in the big bad pac12 that the utes have never beaten... He might learn something useful for next year.

  • Maverick West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 4:53 a.m.

    9/21/2013 - Utah at BYU - Provo, UT 20-13 W

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 6:38 a.m.

    Just smiling from the myriad of 'positive' Ute comments about this new OC.

    There's something special about Santa delivering a new 'train' and seeing the first wreck!

    Merry Christmas Utes! LOL

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Dec. 21, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    I don't care what anyone says but a demotion can never, and will never be a feel good thing for anyone involved. I'm willing to bet that unless Coach Erickson's pay will remain the same or comparable to the new guy, feelings will be hurt and that usually don't end well. Ego and pride can be hard obstacles to overcome. No one feels good about a demotion at any time, period!

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    LOL, those who are detailing which teams the pitiful Utes lost to this season, always seem to leave out which team from down south they defeated.

    So, "remind me once more" who has won four straight in the "rivalry" game. That's what I thought.... the silence is deafening.

    When one team makes changes on their coaching staff it is thought to be clever, when the other team does it, they are chided for being dumb. That is always the way it is for little brother, mock big brother, but then copy him at every chance.

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    While everyone is making fun of the for hiring Dave Christensen, check out where his area of expertise in recruiting was while at Mizzou, that's right Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alabama. While he was at Toledo he recruited Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

    Now, you know the rest of the story.

  • oddman ,
    Dec. 21, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Let me get this straight - You're a 4 star athlete. Windy, deep freezer Wyoming comes bidding with a full ride scholarship to play before 14,213 heavily bundeled cowboys.Late in the game,warm, beach laden So Cal gives you a chance to walk on and possibly play before 100,000 fans in shorts and shirt sleeves or no shirts. Duh. Recruiting couldn't get any easier. Congrats to you coach for leaving the windswept barren wastes of blizzard wracked Wyoming for the Valley. Good choice and good luck.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Dec. 21, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    Guess its a guaranteed NC now right Chris B? LOL

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Dec. 21, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    @TheNun...who's making fun of Christensen...he's a good coach.., I live in Bowling Green Ohio outside of Toledo...he's got some good Credits......nothing like our former Urban Myer who left here for Utah...but respectable. The real joke is still ongoing...and that was the hire of Dennis Erickson in the first place.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 21, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    maybe the Athletic director at the U can announce a new head coach via the news media and let Whittingham learn about it that way to.

    Perhaps, however, maybe Whittingham made it clear that these coaches always new that coaching assignments could be changed without prior notice. They do still have jobs. Stil, not very professional for this key coaching position

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Welcome Coach and best of luck.

    That said, this is only a good hire if it's a long-term hire and that's far from assured since Coach Whitt may not survive another sub .500 year and since this hire is likely to make the U worse on Offense next year, there's no assurance either of them will be around next year.

    I expect digression on offense for two reasons: 1) he's putting in a new offense and they'll be a learning curve and 2) the U doesn't have the personnel, especially at QB to run the spread. Wilson would be ok in the spread, but if he can't play, who else will run it. None of the QBs on the roster were recruited to run the spread. If Wilson can play, putting him in the spread just about assures it will be another year when the starting QB doesn't last the season.

    I'm also concerned about how many cooks there are in the offense--why not dump DE, he can't be happy as a position coach and having him around will make second guessing easier to do.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    As the Utes quest to move onward and upward in the PAC 12, the byu "fans" rise and shout about it more than they do about their own programs. Funny.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    TheNun

    "While everyone is making fun of the for hiring Dave Christensen, check out where his area of expertise in recruiting was while at Mizzou, that's right Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alabama. While he was at Toledo he recruited Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana."

    Do you honestly think DC will be around long enough for him to do any significant recruiting for Utah?

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    ekute

    "As the Utes quest to move onward and upward in the PAC 12..."

    LOL!

    Only under that crimson-bubble on the hill would 4-5, 3-6, 2-7... be considered "onward and upward"

  • sunrunner Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    Wow smooth Move, more dumb moves by Whitingham and Chris Hill AD

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    @ atl134

    "In fairness, Utah has not had their starting QB get through the season without injury since 2008."

    Joe Montana came off the bench in two different seasons. The second time he led Notre Dame to a national championship.

    Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon all came in for injured QB's and led BYU to Conference Championships. I'm sure there are hundreds of examples like this in programs all around the country -- not named Utah.

    Lack of overall depth MAY be an excuse, but lack of depth at QB, where you MUST be deap, isn't. It reveals a flaw in a program, and how are you supposed to recruit depth when you rotate your OC's every year? What top recruit is going to want to go to a program that is that bad offensively, and that inconsistent in its scheme?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    Snack PAC,

    I said "As the Utes quest", I didn't say that they had moved onward and upward in the PAC 12. They have improved relative to the WAC, the MWC, and byu but the PAC 12 has also improved since the Utes joined. Nice try though, and continue to rise and shout about all things Utah as you teams get taught another lesson about our conference, in basketball vs Oregon and in football vs UW.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 21, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    Kinda odd given all the smack talk about WYO and the conference...they you hire an OC who was at Wyoming. Nice spin from the usual trolls tough. Who knows, this could be a good thing if players can stay healthy.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 21, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    I guess they have to move onward and upward from 2-7 conf success. No where else to go is there?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    The insightful comments by the byu "fans" about all things Utah and the PAC 12 are so enlightening. Please...continue to rise and shout. lol.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    BYU fan base,

    You guys have no room to talk until you beat the Utes.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    Dec. 21, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    toosmartforyou
    Farmington, UT
    Yup!! Scream about being in the mighty PAC 12, right in the basement as #10. One fluke win and you'd think Chris B was making reservations for the Rose Bowl. More like Arizona in reality. Oh, and speaking of Arizona, who won the game between Arizona and Utah this year....remind me once more. (Or even Washington State, the perennial basement bottom-feeder in the PAC.)

    You gotta have something to crow about while everyone else is busy with a bowl game, and you're not....yet again.

    ________

    Speaking of reservations. Outside of BYU fans, how can anyone get excited about a prearranged bowl game? I bet you were all excited about going to the KFH Bowl a year ago. You had all this time to make reservations. Didn't you? Other than trying to pretend to be Notre Dame, signing up for a bowl way ahead of time is a perk for independent programs. Well, except for Notre Dame. More bowls would take them over BYU anyway.

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 7:44 p.m.

    So WACPadding, you are saying you would much rather not go to any bowl game as opposed to going to a set game? Well, at least you got your wish......again.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    Even as a Y alum, I hope Utah does better next year. I think it is hard, at best, to recruit either coaches or players to the "empty quarter" or "fly over portion" of the country.

    Go ahead and let Coach Whit go, who will come to replace him? And stay long enough to make a difference? A new coach will ask for patience, then bail when the welcome mat is yanked out from underneath him.

    Utah and Colorado were invited to the party to fill out the dance card, not to be prom queen. It isn't in the cards. Be happy in your work (role as foil for the PAC 10 schools).

    The Y's dreams of grandeur are equally as fanciful.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    worf:

    When the coach told him to pack his bags, Anae went from being an OC for your indy/WAC'ers to a line coach for UofA . Then Holmoe announced that changes would be made after Doman's experiment with a left-handed fullback and an over-hyped prima-donna at QB went south. Presto, a line coach in the Pac-12 is rehired to be an OC.

    Yeah, that's something to be REAL proud of.

  • starthillnotnelson Kamas/United States, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    Just watch- a great nc coach and a former stud qb can't get it done but a Wac coach from hill billy USA will

  • Utes-Best Lil Brothers Anaheim, CA
    Dec. 22, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    WACpaddled

    More petty jealousy from a program that's not even good enough to win their last two games against teams with losing records in order to qualify for a bowl.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Dec. 22, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    My suspicion is that Utah is doomed to another year of failure in 2014. The rotating door of OC's makes it nearly impossible to implement a system, recruit the talent to make it work, and gain the confidence of the players. So Chris B, what are you marking down for next year's campaign? The quest is to win three conference games? The Dennis Erickson hire, in my opinion, was a huge mistake and I'm surprised he is hanging on in some capacity for another year.

  • jazzer St. George, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    Someone please tell me something special BYU has done? Pleae tell me

  • Chamberlain Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    jazzer

    "Someone please tell me something special BYU has done?"

    Two iconic trophies represent the epitome of team and individual achievement in major college football - the Crystal Football National Championship Trophy and the Heisman Trophy.

    BYU has won both!

    -----------

    As far as 2013 accomplishments. BYU rushed for more yards (550) against Texas(8-4), than the Longhorns have ever given up in their entire history. Sure, this wasn't the best Texas team in history, but it certainly wasn't an awful team either. The Longhorns tied for 2nd in the Big 12, one game behind conference champion Baylor.

    To put BYU's rushing performance versus Texas in perspective, Utah has never rushed more than 478 yards against any team in their entire football history.

  • Levin Reno, NV
    Dec. 23, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    So Christiansen got fired from Wyoming, and in taking his new position in the Conference of Champions, basically blamed his lack of success on his players. Classy. Umm, Coach, if you'd been playing in the SEC with Wyoming players, you might have a case, but you were in the MWC where everyone had the same difficulties.

  • NorCalCougarAlum Elk Grove, CA
    Dec. 24, 2013 12:24 a.m.

    Both BYU and Utah continue to show signs of desperation on the offensive side of the ball. Mendenhall rehires Anae two years after asking him to reapply for his job and Whittingham is even more desperate with this hire because his job was on the line. Whittingham should have given Erickson more time. Pathetic.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Dec. 24, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    As long as OC is a revolving door, the Utes will never establish an offensive identity.

    This move is driven either by desparation as Whit tries to salvage his career after two losing seasons, and a third on the horizon. Or some real conflicts between Whit and Erickson that never surfaced in the media.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Dec. 24, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    EKUTE,
    Funny you should use the word quest for what the Utes are trying to do in the PAC12!!! Do you really think a failed and fired HC from the MWC is going to be the savior for the Utes? Good luck it will be fun to watch from a far!!! The main thing I see the Utes need is a good quarterback that can last a full season!!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to us all!!!

  • Duckhunter SLC, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    There are several ways to look at this. One is that Erickson was neither the "coup" nor the "steal" that whittingham and Utah "fans" claimed he was. I think that is the most likely scenario.

    Another is that Erickson refused to be a "yes man" sycophant in the way the ultimate micro mgr whittingham expects from his assistants.

    Still another is that this failed mwc coach is somehow the real "coup" and whittingham just couldn't resist him despite having hired Erickson less than a year ago. This is the spin most utah "fans" will be spouting over the next year.

    Another is that whittingham is just plain incompetent and absolutely clueless when it comes to managing assistants, or even hiring them. I think this is partially the case along with the micro manager point.

    Another is that whittingham is simply desperate and panicking to which there is probably some truth.

    But all in all there is really no way to spin this as a good thing, no matter how you look at it. Your 7th offensive coordinator in 7 years is an obvious blunder, piled on top of 6 other blunders. But it is extremely funny regardless of all the "reasons".

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 25, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    I come onto this thread and see the same, identical predictable back-and-forth I find on each and every other thread--Yawn.

    So, instead, I'll give you all a different perspective on it all--

    If Coach KW were banking on Coach DE only being around for another year or two, which is highly likely, then hiring Coach DC during this extremely tiny window he’d be available on the market was absolutely the correct decision! He's a former National OC of the Year and was runner-up for the Frank Broyles Award, honoring the nation's top assistant coach, for a reason!

    It would only be the incorrect decision, IF Coach DE were planning to stay on-board for another 3-5 years, for instance, which knowing him/his history and based upon his current age would’ve been/IS virtually unthinkable! From every program-insider I've come across, Coach DE not only knew about it well ahead of it being finalized, he's entirely 100% on board w/it, as well!

    Merry X-Mas to all!

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 27, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    As funny as it is for you that Utah hires new OC's every offseason for the last seven years. It's even funnier that Utah can still beat BYU even breaking in a new OC every year.

  • Duckhunter SLC, UT
    Dec. 29, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    @elmer fudd

    Congratulations? Of course that is the only thing that matters to Utah "fans" so your program is unquestionably a huge success.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 29, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    Duck

    BYU's the only thing that matters to us Utah fans? Who is the BYU fan on a Utah article?