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  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    It will be interesting to soon hear Chris B's positive take on this hire as he also reiterates to us once again what a wonderful opportunity it is to play in the prestigious PAC12... regardless of how well or not the Utes do in it.

  • Alterego Harrisville, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    Someone recently posted that this was Guy Holliday's job and that it was a "done deal". lol
    What I want to know is why didn't Utah get this position filled by the Oregon offensive coordinator or receivers coach? anyone?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    Objectifie,

    He's a record setting former player with NFL experience and ties across the country that will benefit recruiting. What's the downside to this hire?

    Go UTES

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    It will be interesting to see this hire at work. He is a DC guy and we'll see how it all works out.

    I love how the first three posts are from byU "fans".

    Can't wait for August!! Football can't start soon enough!

    Go Utes!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:04 a.m.

    @staythecourse,

    You're so right. Can you imagine being one of those programs who has lost year after year after year to this merry go round of coaches at the U?

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 6:07 p.m.

    @ Chris B:

    In answer to your question, the downside to the Ute's recent hiring practices (3 new coaches this year alone) is that the players never get a chance to get used to any particular style of coaching.

    The approach is changed every year and the players hardly have a chance to adjust before another new set of coaches are brought in.

    Everything is always in a state of change. Players (like the rest of us) would enjoy a certain amount of stability.

  • Staythecourse Ogden, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    @ chris b

    Coaches want to go to the U because they know they will get the holidays off and not have to put in extra time scouting their opponent at a BOWL game.

    I think i'll send them my resume, i want the holidays off too.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    Please, every coaching staff every year has some amount of turnover. Yes, the Utes have more than the average team at the offensive coordinator position, but position coaches coming and going is a normal thing. The frustration I had is that Roderick wasn't moved from the position earlier. Dres' season last year was the first 1,000 yard receiving season a Utah player has had since 2009, I believe. It's good to see Coach Whit letting Christensen take the reins of the offensive staff. Welcome, Coach Stubblefield.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    Well christy I hope you enjoyed your little bout of premature exuberation over Coach Holliday. lol

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    @ Vegas Ute and Chris B:

    Let the record show that you two Ute fans are the first ones to bring up BYU in these comments to an article strictly about Utah. Makes it hard to deny there's no obsession there.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    Welcome coach.

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    I just hope that the new offensive coordinator has a better idea of what makes a good QB than the past OC's have had. Last year we had two freshmen QB's who were more agile, had quicker feet, and a more accurate throwing arm than Wilson. But Wilson had more "experience". What good is "more experience" when your QB throws 20 picks in 3 games? This year, it looks like we will have three QB's with very good QB capabilities and attributes. I hope they go with the best QB, this year, not simply the one with the most experience.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    Great hire for the Utes!!! Welcome to the PAC12!!! Hope you can help the team finish better then 5-7 overall and 2-7 in the PAC!!! Onward and Upward!!! Hope you are still around in three years when the Holy War resumes!!!

    Go Cougs!!! Rise Up!!!

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    Duckhunter
    Highland, UT

    Coach who? This is a PAC 12 article. The Independant teams are in the irrelevant section.

  • skitter Orem, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    Wait a second Chris, didn't you tell us that Guy Holliday was going to take the job. Were you wrong about that or did he just turn the utes down?

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 12, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    I think this is a hire that shows Kyle is definitely turning over the reins of the offense to DC. DC now has his own OL coach and receivers coach.

    By all reports, Roderick did well as a QB coach at SUU, so he's not exactly new to the QB coaching job. I'm also glad he is staying around as coach for recruiting. Recruits speak highly of him when he is involved with their recruiting.

    Looking forward to seeing how these changes gel.

    Go Utes.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Feb. 12, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    Re: Objectified "It will be interesting to soon hear Chris B's positive take on this hire as he also reiterates to us once again what a wonderful opportunity it is to play in the prestigious PAC12... regardless of how well or not the Utes do in it."

    It's a Ute article, why shouldn't he? If someone is so bothered by this, why would they be the first one to jump onto the comments section of an article about a school they obviously don't care about?

    The Ute's problems since joining the PAC 12 haven't been because of a WR or QB coach. Anyone other than the "uninformed" that Bronco speaks about know it was the poor planning for quality quarterbacks, especially in case of injury. That has been addressed and the Utes will be ok. However, win or lose, the Utes still are in the PAC 12 and the fans love it and that bothers a lot of jealous people.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    @ 54-10:

    "Irrelevant" is the section of the annual PAC12 football brochure where Utah always ends up. It's actually too predictable to make for interesting reading.

    What is relevant (and funny) is the fact that Vegas Ute and Chris B are the first ones in their comments to this article to mention BYU. Ute fans being obsessed about BYU is also very predictable.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    Tators
    Hyrum, UT

    What is predictable is the annual beatdown Utah football puts on BYU every year. I, for one, am going to miss that annual assured victory.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 12, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    Coach Whitt needs to get the Utes to a bowl game or he's out. I hope it works out and that Utah get's back to it's winning ways.

    @ the Moderator

    How is calling someone "Chrissy" considered civil dialogue or in any way thoughtful?

  • Gone fishin Seattle, WA
    Feb. 12, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    Great hire. If they can keep him more than a year it will be even a better hire.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    54-10

    Yes, we do have to do an ever better job this next year if we want to go bowling.

    The automatic win over byu was nice, but I'll take a game over a big time opponent like Michigan, or even over Fresno state for that matter, than regional no conference wants them byu.

    Go UTES, onward and upward to Pac 12 glory

  • Alterego Harrisville, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    Whittingham made an awful choice. Should have gone after someone on the Oregon football staff.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Feb. 12, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    @ CB
    that regional no-conference wants them team.
    Has been moved to a primetime tv slot on ESPN on Feb 20th against Gonzaga.
    Most Pac-12 schools (and definitely the Utes) have not even sniffed an ESPN primetime game this season.

  • Protecting This House Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    @alterego:

    Not sure you can claim Stubblefield is an "awful choice." Did you read the article, this guy is an NCAA record holder and former NFL pro! I think it's a refreshing choice. Excited to have a coach like Stubblefield really take the speedy core of receivers to new heights this year. With a healthy Kenneth Scott and Dres, plus all the speedsters they added, Coach Stubblefield is probably licking his chops at his new group's potential for greatness. Go Coach Stubblefield! Go Utes!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 2:59 p.m.

    BeSmart
    Cheyenne, WY

    There are no prime time slots on Thursday night but if that's what you want to believe...have at it.

    This looks like a good hire but we'll find out for sure in due time. Welcome to Utah, coach and get ready to coach some speed!!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    "Vegas Ute and Chris B are the first ones in their comments to this article to mention BYU. Ute fans being obsessed about BYU is also very predictable."

    Tators:
    Funny, since the first two "comments" on this story came, predictably, from y "fans'. Talk about obsession!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    skitter
    Orem, UT

    "Wait a second Chris, didn't you tell us that Guy Holliday was going to take the job. Were you wrong about that or did he just turn the utes down?"

    Who's Guy Holliday?

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 12, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    @Tators:

    "@ Vegas Ute and Chris B:
    Let the record show that you two Ute fans are the first ones to bring up BYU"

    "What is relevant (and funny) is the fact that Vegas Ute and Chris B are the first ones in their comments to this article to mention BYU"

    Two posts saying exactly the same thing about me. I didn't know you cared so much about what I say!! It feels nice to be so needed.

    Welcome aboard Taylor!

    Onward and Upward!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    "that regional no-conference wants them team. Has been moved to a primetime tv slot on ESPN"

    besmarter:

    C'mon now, we're talking Utah football here. In any event, that's because of Gonzaga, not because of the no-conference-wants-us team. Otherwise their last 5 games would not have been on byutv and Root.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Feb. 12, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    MyPerspective
    I guess you know better than every tv website.
    "The term prime time is often defined in terms of a fixed time period – for example, from 19:00 to 22:00 (Central and Mountain Time) or 20:00 to 23:00 (Eastern and Pacific Time) (7 p.m. to 10 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.). Timeslot's relationship to radio and television revenue"

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:20 p.m.

    BeSmart
    Cheyenne, WY

    "The term prime time is often defined in terms of a fixed time period – for example, from 19:00 to 22:00 (Central and Mountain Time) or 20:00 to 23:00 (Eastern and Pacific Time) (7 p.m. to 10 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.). Timeslot's relationship to radio and television revenue"

    I know what prime time is, BeSmart, I'm simply stating that your exuberance is a bit over the top for a Thursday night basketball game. Thursday night prime time is who cares time.

    Who is Guy Holiday?

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    CB

    "He's a record setting former player with NFL experience..."

    Stubblefield went undrafted by the NFL after his successful college career. He was signed as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers on April 26, 2005. He played during the 2005 season with the Hamilton Tiger-cats in the Canadian Football League. On January 6, 2006, Stubblefield was signed to the St. Louis Rams. Stubblefield returned to the Tiger-cats on March 6, 2007.

    Career NFL Stats
    0 Rec, 0 Yds, 0 Avg, 0 TDs, 0 Experience

    In other words, he has absolutely ZERO NFL experience.

    Stubblefield spent 2013 as receivers coach at Wake Forest, but was not retained by the new coaching staff. Less than a week ago, Stubblefield was hired for the same position at Eastern Michigan.

    Gotta luv your hyperbole though.

  • u25 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    Utah assistant coaches are always in demand so there will always be some coaching changes every year. Thats part of being in the BCS other schools want your coaches. If your in a mid major conference nobody wants your assistant coaches.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    u25

    "If your[sic] in a mid major conference nobody wants your assistant coaches."

    Which is of course why Utah stole Stubblefield from mid-major Eastern Michigan.

    LOL!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    Who's Guy Holiday?

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    @ Vegas Ute:

    You are not needed. But your comments are sometimes enjoyed. In fact, they sometimes make me actgually laugh. Yours and Chris B's.

    The Ute fan that is actually needed is Spokane Ute. He's a Ute fan who is consistently civil and usually adds positively to the ongoing dialog. He's usually more objective than many fans on either side.

    One quick question for you and/or Chris B:

    If the win over BYU is so automatic and always a given... as you contend, then why do Ute fans get so excited and storm the field whenever they get a win over BYU? They actually did so 3 different times the last time they played in SLC. None of them seemed to think those wins are a given.

    Two things to remember:

    3 of the last 4 wins the Utes had over BYU were by a single score after the outcome was questionable up to the last minute. It would be foolish to think those wins were automatic.

    Also, before this latest mini-streak of Ute wins, BYU beat Utah 3 of the previous 4 games. The streaks continue to go back and forth.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    Tators
    Hyrum, UT

    @ Vegas Ute:

    "The Ute fan that is actually needed is Spokane Ute. He's a Ute fan who is consistently civil and usually adds positively to the ongoing dialog. He's usually more objective than many fans on either side."

    Are you serious? Now you are telling us which Utah fans can post comments on Utah articles? What is it with you people that makes you think you make the rules. If civility is the criteria you are using, check yours before pointing fingers and let the Des News moderators do their job.

    Regarding the topic of discussion...

    Good hire by the Utes,and...who's Guy Holiday?

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Feb. 13, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    @ MyPerspective
    Guy Holiday is the BYU receivers coach who was rumored to be offered a job at Utah ( I have no idea if that is true)
    A certain fan was bragging that his sources were telling him it was a done deal, because the coach wanted to be in the Pac.
    A few fans are taking shots back because it proved to be false.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    I keep seeing all these "onward and upward" things at the end of each post and I have to wonder what is going on in the mind of these people. I can understand "onward", but what is with "upward"? Haven't the Utes gone downward each year? ( ref the win-loss record each year). I can also understand wanting some coaching that will take a team upward, but with all the staff changes, it just shows that you are not going upward, but downward.