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Ute coach Kyle Whittingham says 1st day of fall camp was 'exceptional'

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 7:54 p.m.

    That's what we like to hear. Anyone who doesn't think we'll be bowling is just crazy. Coach Christensen puts up 40 points a game - just go look at his stats at Missouri - against power 5 teams!

    Defense was never the problem.

    We're going to win 2-3 games the "experts" don't have us winning.

    7-5 and the best bowl of anyone in the state - I'll be reminding you all year long I called it.

    7-5

    Go UTES!!

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Aug. 4, 2014 8:21 p.m.

    I think it is finally time for Utah to have a winning season and go bowling. Hope springs eternal but sometimes it all does work out.

    Go Utes!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:53 p.m.

    Kyle had better hope for a winning season or he will be looking for a new job....just my prediction.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 10:06 p.m.

    Spoken words by a coach who wants to keep his job!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    @ Chris B

    Defense was a HUGE problem against OSU, Arizona, and WSU last year. Maybe watch a game or two sometime.... You might like it.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 11:52 p.m.

    I had two coaches. One who though every thing was great ( like Whittingham) and so we believed so and constantly lost. The other who rode us hard and constantly told us we need to be better (like Mendenhall, Sloan , K, to name a few) and we were winners. Just a thought. The Utes will be lucky to achieve their best of 5 and 7 in the Conference of Champions, which they will never be. I predict a continual decline and probably a 3/9 season; 4 and 8 at best. So sad for a once respectable program that sought money over winning football games. they are have become the Maryland of the college football world.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 4, 2014 11:56 p.m.

    Try 5-7.

    Even that's stretching it.

  • WhoRtheUtes??? Elko, NV
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    Turn out the lights, the party is over. After this season a mad scramble to rebuild the program. Ute program is in turmoil. Time for ChANGE was last year.

  • Yankees24 SLC, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    Chris,

    You're right he did put up around 40 a game at Missouri. What you forgot to mention was that Missouri was a better offensive team than Utah is with a lot better quarterback (Chase Daniel).

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    Try 8-4.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    Sanefan
    Wellsville, UT

    "I had two coaches. One who though every thing was great ( like Whittingham) and so we believed so and constantly lost. The other who rode us hard and constantly told us we need to be better (like Mendenhall, Sloan , K, to name a few) and we were winners."

    You honestly think Mendenhall is a coach who drives his players and isn't "every thing [is] great" kind of guy? Seriously? This is a guy who comes up with catchy slogans, inexplicable symbolism, and uses only a third of his allotted practices before bowl games.

    The difference between the two coaches in your comparison is that one plays against high caliber athletes and coaches who are adept at finding and exploiting every weakness no matter how small. The other doesn't.

  • KYUte Louisville, KY
    Aug. 5, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    For once, I actually agree with part of Chris B's comment. The Utes will have a 7-5 season this year and go bowling. The Utes are much improved and hungry to avenge last year with more depth and talent. The running game will be more of a factor this year than last with the addition of Booker and McCormick. The receiving corps is deeper with Scott back and the addition of Clay. The QB position is much improved with quality backups behind Wilson (or Thompson). I think the Utes are poised for a break out season!

    Idaho State - Win
    Fresno State - Win (We're 5-1 vs Fresno in RES)
    Michigan - Win (We're 1-1 in the Big House, '02 10-7 Loss, '08 25-23 Win)
    Washington State - Win (Shulz won't be at the helm)
    UCLA - Toss-up (Down to the wire last year with 6 INT's)
    Oregon State - Win (Down to the wire with 3 INT's)
    USC - Toss-up (Offense is much improved)
    Arizona State - Toss-up (Last year still stings!)
    Oregon - Toss-up (Shulz won't be at the helm)
    Stanford - Toss-up (Utes match well against power run)
    Arizona - Win (Healthy QB)
    Colorado - Win (2011 was a fluke)

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 5, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    I've got the Utes slotted for the Rose Bowl. Bet on it.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    Thanks Chris. I was having a bad morning and needed a good laugh. I my job was on the line I would say the same thing. When the first snap is taken reality will set in and we will see that all of the hype is just that. 40 points per game is a nice dream and it could happen once or twice but when the other team scores 50 it is still a loss. I do believe that in the moral victories category the utes will be 12-0.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    win win win win toss-up win toss-up, etc. That's just funny. I don't care who you are. The list projects no losses for the team up on fantasy hill this year.

    The only thing left out was that K Whitt will get a contract extension and the utes will finally keep an offensive coordinator for more than one year...since we're fantasizing...

  • chicagoborn Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    @Sanefan
    Is this the same Bronco Mendenhall that makes excuses for why they lose instead of owning up and saying the other team was better? Oh I forgot he also blames "questionable" calls for his team's failures.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    same words from wittingham as he said the last 2 years...
    same words from chrisb as he has said the last 2 years...
    same thing expected from utah as they have done the last 2 years...

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Aug. 5, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    Re: SaneFan

    I had two coaches. One went to and won BCS Bowls and got his team included into a prestigious P5 conference (Whittingham), and one who never came close to even being invited to a big time bowl game and whose team is languishing as an outsider independent (Mendenhall).

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    KYute

    Adding realty to your fantasy

    Idaho State - Win
    Fresno State - LOSS (you'll be looking looking past Fresno St to Michigan)
    Michigan - LOSS (you barely beat the worst Michigan team since 1962)
    Washington State - toss-up
    UCLA - LOSS (it's in the Rose Bowl where the Utes have never won)
    Oregon State - LOSS
    USC - LOSS (BYU versus BYU with more talent)
    Arizona State - LOSS
    Oregon - LOSS (LOL that you'd think this was a toss-up)
    Stanford - LOSS (the Cardinal are going to pile drive the Utes into the Bay)
    Arizona - toss-up
    Colorado - toss-up (the Buffs have been playing the Utes close and will seal the deal)

    1 win, 3 toss-ups, 8 losses

    5-7, IF, the Utes spring an upset, otherwise it's back to the couch potato bowl

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    @Troy Town

    I certainly believe and I'm hopeful Utah will end up in the 6-7 win range. Do us a favor. Since you are such a huge BYU fan, or maybe a Utah hater, is the better term for it; place BYU against that schedule and let's see what you crank out. There's no doubt that if you put Utah in BYU's schedule; 9-11 wins is the end result.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 5, 2014 4:55 p.m.

    Every team in America had an exceptional first day of football practice.

    For every winning team, is a losing team.

    Don't get to excited utes.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    Aug. 5, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    Interesting to see all the BYU fans making prediction, especially the ones that go to the trouble with going game by game. Just as interesting is to see some of the U fans going overboard with their predictions.

    Listing Fresno as a LOSS is crazy. Utes playing at home and will be favored. OSU on the road is also a toss up, Utes will probably be underdogs but not by a lot. UCLA, Stanford, and ASU will be extremely difficult games. Every other game on the schedule is winnable (and yes that includes Oregon due to their schedule making this a trap game) but really only 1 gimmee on the schedule this year.

    Utes could be anywhere from 3 to 8 wins depending on how things go. I think they have a realistic chance to win 6 games and make a bowl. That would be a good season given the schedule.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:24 p.m.

    Spokane Ute:
    "There's no doubt that if you put Utah in BYU's schedule; 9-11 wins is the end result."

    You sure about that? Ok I'll bite:
    Utah vs-
    UCONN- win
    Texas- toss up (playing AT Texas is never easy)
    Houston- toss up (and no, this wouldn't be a gimme for Utah...5 star QB and 5 star recievers with best TO margin in country last year)
    Virginia- win
    Utah St- toss up (against Chuckie Utah lost once and probably should have lost last year if not for having to onside kick)
    UCF- loss (yes, loss. Game is on road against tough defense, preseason ranked, and if that's not enough ask Baylor who's better th U
    Nevada- win
    Boise State- toss up (I have them same for BYU...just don't know how good they'll be & they've owned U in the past, also on road)
    Middle Tenn- win
    UNLV- win
    Sav State- win
    Cal- win
    So I have 7 wins, 4 toss ups, and 1 loss. Yes, 9 would be possible but certainly not in the "no doubt" range. UCF is the wild card...that defense is tough.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:50 p.m.

    "Coach Christensen puts up 40 points a game - just go look at his stats at Missouri - against power 5 teams! "

    How about we look more recently, as a coach at Wyoming. Just last year, his road performances were dreadful. 21 @ Texas State, 44 @ San Jose State, 7 @ Boise, 7 @ USU...vs non SEC/Big XII competition...all losses. 7 losses, including 4 in a row. This was one of his better years.

    I guess there is one month to enjoy "reports" of good practices until Fresno comes to town.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    Remember that every coach (not just Whit) thinks his team is exceptional at this time of year. Everyone is undefeated. At this point the only people who think that the Utes being in the pac-12 is a big deal are the utah fans. To everyone else in the country they are just Pac-12 fodder to beat up on. It's not a great honor to be in a great conference when you bring no honor to that conference. The Utes need to win a title (in any sport) to be taken seriously. So far they haven't shown that they belong. Just win in any sport at all and the respect will trickle in.

    Until then it would be wise to be silent. Please!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    Remember that every coach (not just mendenmidmajor) thinks his team is exceptional at this time of year. Everyone is undefeated. At this point the only people who think that the cougars are a big deal are the Y fans. To everyone else in the country they are just Power 5 fodder to beat up on. It's not a great honor to be independent when the only reason you are is because you weren't wanted by any relevant conference in country...and ESPECIALLY when one of those conferences has 2 vacancies that they'd rather leave empty than to invite you. The Y needs to play a "big boy" schedule and win to be taken seriously. So far they've shown they don't belong. Quit playing "small ball" and losing to P5 conference "bottom-feeders". Utah and TCU were the only non-AQ teams who had winning records vs. the BCS, and now they're both in elite leagues. Now it's a new era, and the reset button had been set. Win and get into a major bowl, and all and the respect will trickle in.

    Until then it would be wise to be silent. Please!