I want to see a head coach who is more accountable, rather than blaming (and
firing) the offensive coordinator every year! Coach Whit lost two very good
assistants to USU, and is not even close to being a threat for a PAC 12
championship. True, he beat Stanford last year, but what happened the rest of
the year? Oh ya, they did win their "bowl" game with that team down
south (who actually went to a bowl game). I hate to say it, but Coach Whit may
be over rated and failed to appreciate the talent of his assistant coaches. I
really hope I am wrong, but unless things are different this year, I think it
may be time for coach Whit to retire.
Armchair coaches who offer Monday morning insight on coaches on the hot seat are
clueless. Coach Whittingham remains one of the best coaches in the country. A
head coach is the CEO of a multi-million $ organization and Whittingham does a
great job. Coach Whit graduates his kids and runs a clean program. Make no
mistake, without the wins from Coach Whittingham after Urban Meyer left, the
Utes would be on the outside looking in at the major conferences. He's
loyal, having turned down BYU and Tennessee. He's put together one of the
top coaching staffs in the country w/ 2 former National Head Coaches of the year
and the National Assistant coach of the year. The number of kids that have gone
on to the NFL speaks for itself.Face facts and put egos aside,
outside of WSU, Utah is the toughest place in the PAC-12 to recruit to. Coach
Whittingham does more with less than any other coach in the Pac-12. The grass
ain't always greener on the other side of the hill so be careful of what
you wish for.
I agree with Erickson - 100%.
It's nice that Coach Erickson has Coach Whittingham's back, but if
Kyle wouldn't survive a 3-9 or 4-8 season, then, it's pointless to try
to sugarcoat it, he's most definitely on the hot seat.
@ water rocketBYU is not our bowl game. At best, it's the 10th
most important game on Utah's schedule.
@JoCo UteCorrection, Coach Witt does "less with less". You
could claim he was doing more with less, if he were actually winning. His record
is getting worse every year. Gary Anderson was the real driver behind the
success at Utah. You just have to look at what he did at USU, and now where he
is. Look at what Utah has done since he left. Witt may have assembled a staff of
coaches with meaningless accolades, but what has that got them? Where are the
results? The fact that the school is putting players in the NFL says a lot about
the talent they are getting, but is an indictment of the coaching staff that
they can't get wins with so much talent. In actuality, you could say that
Witt is doing "less with more".
"The Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette ranks Whittingham the most likely coach
in the conference to lose his job." -- RockThe who?Ute Nation ranks as one of the best coaches in our history. He's not
going anywhere since we most likely will win 7 games this year. I think he has
one more year, unless we only win 2-3 games.
Even though I'm a BYU fan, I think it would be a sad day for the U to lose
Whittingham. Everyone knew going in what a difficult transition it would be
going into the PAC 12. It took years for ASU and the UofA to become
competitive. Why would it be different for the U? Give him at least 2or 3 more
years. At least you're in one best conferences in the nation.
JoCo Ute: "Coach Whittingham remains one of the best coaches in the
country."Best at what, exactly? Certainly not at winning
football games, which I thought was at the top of the list in his job
description. I certainly applaud his ability to run a clean program and graduate
players, but if he can't do job one, then maybe you need to hire someone
who CAN do job one as well as jobs two and three."A head coach
is the CEO of a multi-million $ organization and Whittingham does a great
job." But if that "multi-million $ organization" puts
out a poor product that can't compete in the marketplace, by definition the
CEO is NOT doing a "great job". The organization sooner or later has to
begin looking for a CEO who CAN do a "great job".Coach KW is
a nice guy, and I wish him all the best, but if he doesn't start showing
improvement this year over last, I doubt he will be Head Coach much longer.
Uteology"Ute Nation ranks as one of the best coaches in our
history. He's not going anywhere since we most likely will win 7 games this
year."Chances of games won and temperature of Whittingham's
coaching seat8 - zero - cool7 - slight - tepid6 - slim -
warm5 - fair - hot4 - good - blazing hot3 - solid - screaming
hotIf the Utes don't make it to a bowl game this season,
chances of Whittingham surviving are only 50/50? He'll at least need one
solid win, ala Stanford last year, and some heart breaking losses showing that
Utah was on the cusp of getting to a bowl.
Kyle will be fine as he is doing a very nice job at the u.
I really like what Whittingham was done, and after the Sugar Bowl season I
really thought the guy would be Utah's coach for as long as he wanted the
position. I realize Utah has a brutal schedule this year; but anything short of
a bowl game warrants looking for a new coach. I really hope it doesn't
happen, but if the Utes have a horrible season; say
It don't matter if we lose because we care a whole bunch more about being
prestegous and saying that we are big boys in a big boy conference now even
though we don't go to bowl games anymore and that's whats really
important to lots of us now.Go Utes!
Gosh, maybe we should go independent and schedule 10 wins most years and 8 wins
on the others (so we can talk about our grueling schedule and how we are the
best team in the state...even though we can't beat the other teams). Then
we can smack our lips about going to a bowl game, woohoo we would be
'Downtown' and riding high! That would keep coach Wittingham secure.
Nothing like a schedule that equates to a gov't job to keep the kids fed
and braces on their teeth.If the Utes win 4+ games this season and
Wittingham is fired, my wallet closes. I will always be a Ute fan but I will no
longer give any moeny to the U.'Champaign/Urbana
81UteUtah fans used to brag about Utah's bowl winning streak
when the Utes were nothing but a very mediocre 7-5 team beating up on another
very mediocre 7-5 team, but now that the Utes aren't even good enough to
qualify for a bowl, it's hilarious that you're forced to pretend that
having a losing record versus a tough schedule is superior to actually playing
in a bowl.
@81UteI hope it doesn't happen, but say Utah wins 4 games this
year. How much longer to you give Whittingham? That would be 3 years with no
bowl and sub .500 football. I hope it doesn't happen, but at some point you
have to make a change.
The team is moving in the right direction and the local media needs to find
something else to write about. Hey, I know...how about an article exploring
pitfalls of an emotional move to independence by the team down south and
schedules high school teams to show how desperate they are to be part of an
SI.com has Whittingham at #14 on the hot seat.ESPN has him as #2 in the
PAC 12; only behind Sonny Dykes of Cal.If his seat isn't hot;
it's certainly very warm. I really hope he turns it around this year.Go Utes!@Truth MachineWhat's more hilarious
is that you brag about playing a weak schedule and ending up in the same old low
tier bowl. No chance of achieving a better bowl. Nope, win 6, 8, or 11 games,
and you end up in Miami playing the winner of the American Conference. The
payout doesn't even cover the travel costs. Certainly nothing to beat on
your chest about; and that's the Truth; and you know it! It's gotta be
a tough pill to swallow.
re: 81ute'If the Utes win 4+ games this season and Wittingham
is fired, my wallet closes. I will always be a Ute fan but I will no longer give
any moeny to the U.'I doubt they would care much. It
won't be about what you think or do. It's the big boosters. They
guys with names on athletic facilities that they care if their wallets close
that matters. Obviously, Erickson thinks this talk is stupid since it directly
affects his future employment. He's not biased at all.
MyPerspective"The team is moving in the right direction and the
local media needs to find something else to write about."Sure,
bury your head in the sand and pretend that everything is rosy - 4-5, 3-6, 2-7
doesn't seem to be heading in the direction that most fans would consider
the "right direction".Eventually, even you will get tired of
having to justify losing, bowl less seasons, with the whiny excuse, "but we
played a really tough schedule".
@MyPerspective"The team is moving in the right direction and the local
media needs to find something else to write about."I keep
hearing this but I don't understand what it means. The same with
"Onward and Upward".The last 3 years overall (since we
don't care about the MWC): 8-5, 5-7, 5-7The last 3 years in
conference: 4-5, 3-6, 2-7How is this the right direction? How is
this upward?The only thing getting better is the competition in the
@ Scott"He'll at least need one solid win, ala Stanford
last year, and some heart breaking losses showing that Utah was on the cusp of
getting to a bowl."That is exactly what happened last year. We
beat #5 Stanford, had heartbreaking losses to Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona
State. We were on the cusp of a bowl game but the injury bug threw the team into
a tailspin.This year we go 7-5 and win our bowl game!GO UTES!!
@81uteI highly doubt they care about your $20 per year donation. lol
Spokane UteIt's laughable that you try to equate bowl tier with
performance, when you know perfectly well that bowl tier is largely just a
function of conference affiliation, and has very little to do with how good a
team was.Bottom line:BYU is accomplishing more as an
Independent than Utah is accomplishing as a P5.As an Independent,
BYU has extended it's bowl streak from 6 to 9.As a P5, Utah is
on a two-season bowl less streak, and looking to make it three.And
don't give us your whiny "weak schedule" excuse.BYU
qualified for a bowl in 2013 after playing the 38th toughest schedule, which was
tougher than any schedule Utah had ever played prior to 2013.Let
that sink in a little before you respond.
cottAlpine, UTUteology"Ute Nation ranks as one
of the best coaches in our history. He's not going anywhere since we most
likely will win 7 games this year."Chances of games won and
temperature of Whittingham's coaching seat8 - zero - cool7 - slight - tepid6 - slim - warm5 - fair - hot4 - good -
blazing hot3 - solid - screaming hot--------------Nope! Utah has good chance to win 7 games assuming we don't suffer any
major injuries. Most pundits have us around 5-7 games.If he wins 8
with this schedule, I am going to dance "in the streets", "hug
perfect strangers", "light off fireworks", in general, celebrate and
celebrate and celebrate just like you did when your team went 1-0 in 2009.
Sports writers don't put coaches on the "hot seat," Athletic
Directors do. Winning against real competition takes patience and perseverance.
If all you're interested in is a winning record, go Independent and put
schedule a lot meaningless games.
When season tickets are at a 98% renewal rate, the "hot seat" is pretty
yeah not going to a bowl game in 2 seasons in college football means nothing to
why a coach should be on the hot seat, especially when you tout yourself as
some Pac powerhouse
Love how Ute fans talk about a losing record and not going to bowl games in 2
seasons as a coach doing a very nice job , I guess Kansas's coach should be
named coach of the year every year using Utes logic LOL
KYUte"This year we go 7-5 and win our bowl game!"Based on what, your wishful thinking?Utah may have improved,
slightly, but according Utah fans, Utah's schedule has improved a lot.So, unless Utah has improved a lot, 5-7 seems far more likely than
7-5.btw, the Stanford game could have just as easily been another
heart-breaking loss.The reality is, Utah is breaking in a new OC, is
installing a new offense, and still hasn't decided whether they'll be
installing a new QB, or not.And you honestly think that's a
recipe for improvement.
DuckhunterHighland, UT@81ute"I highly doubt they
care about your $20 per year donation. lol"Please don't
equate your knowledge of what individuals donate to a college to that of Utah
fans. There's no coupons for this sort of thing.
UteologyReality check.Name the seven teams Utah as a
"good" chance of beating in 2014.After all of the grief Utah
fans have given BYU fans for their optimism, it's interesting seeing Utah
fans boldly predicting that every 50-50 ball is going to go Utah's way this
year.Of course, we all know that the kids on the hill have a
treasure trove of whiny excuses waiting to dip into when the 50-50 balls
don't go Utah's way.
Coach Whitt didn't suddenly become a bad coach when the Utes entered the
Pac 12. The competition did become much better and the Utes haven't had
the talent or the depth to compete as well as even Coach Whitt would like. He
has taken full responsibility for everything and will continue to. I think the
team has hit bottom the last couple of seasons and will start to rise up the
next several. I don't think he will be fired after this season or any in
the near future. I hope to see him retire from Utah.
Spokane Ute:There are two flaws in your argument - byU will not be
facing the winner of the AAC, they will be facing the sixth place finisher of
the AAC. And, even if byU goes undefeated, they will still end up in the same
game because the playoff committee will never put byU in the playoff with a SOS
hovering at 100, regardless of the record.Go Utes!! Can't wait
wait to play in a bowl game that we earn with the toughest schedule in the
game!I feel sorry for the byU seniors this year - Savannah State on
Senior Day? Will the parents even show up?
I sincerely hope the Utes improve this year. If they don't, Whittingham
likely is gone. It hasn't been, and won't be, all Whit's fault.
But the head coach is the ultimate lightning rod and Utah has too much at stake,
including its reputation, to stay with him.
@vegasutethey don't have the toughest schedule in the game, boy
hyping up the Utes schedule like they play NFl teams every week to setup the
excuse train early I see.
Riddes in the DarkNo need to let anything "settle in" when
responding to you; it's elementry. Of course Bowl tier is associated with
conference affiliation. BYU is on the outside looking in, I've never said
otherwise. What exactly has BYU accopmlished as an independent? Lost 3 straight
to their rival. Beat SDSU, Tulsa and lost to Washington in bowl games. So they
played a decent schedule in 2013, then got pounded by Washington. BYU went 5-11
vs. P5 schools during that time frame. Impressive? well, not really. If being
locked into the Beach Ball bowl, before the season even starts is considered
satisfying or impressive, then so be it. Win 6, 8, or 11 games, and the Beach
Bowl ball is your reward. How depressing. I hope you don't find my response
"whinney", just telling it like it is. You may want to flip on the light
switch prior to responding. You seem to be wandering aimlessly in the dark. Utah
hasn't accoplished much in the last 3 years, I can admit to that; but
neither has BYU, don't kid your self.
VegasUteI beleive your response is at some one else. Also, BYU will
play the winner of the American Conference in the Beach Ball Bowl, certainly not
a team for a P5 conference (ACC). They are on the outside looking in.
Willingham is in the hot seat, and rightfully so in today's environment.
It's only going to get worse. The problem is that I don't see Utah
climbing out of the PAC-12 cellar or mid-rankings anytime soon. Colorado and
Utah are both in the same boat. Maybe Willingham can lead a team somewhere to
stellar seasons, but it won't happen at Utah in the PAC-12.(By
the way, this has nothing to do with BYU, folks, so can you leave them out of
it? Why can't we discuss U of U topics without the BYU v. Utah stuff
always coming up?)
@ jarka-rusUtah finished last year with the 3rd ranked SOS, and ESPN
has Utah's SOS at #1 going into this season.
Utah AD Chris Hill, who is closing in on retirement, is not going to go
searching for a new head football coach. Nothing will be decided on KW, good or
bad, until after Chris Hill retires and a new AD is hired which probably
won't be until after the new b-ball facilities are completed.
"I highly doubt they care about your $20 per year donation. lol"Which is still worth 1,000 times more than the 2 cents offered by all
the y "fans". lol
Hey, what does ESPN and SI know about sports anyway. We should trust the
experts on the hill and completely ignore the national experts. If I was utah I
would not be giving long term extensions to a coaching contract.
Utelogy,WHo are these pundits. The ones on the hill don't count.
The PAC pundits certainly do't give them 7 wins and have picked them 10th
of 12 teams. Nice try though.
@midpacmajorGood chance of beating 5 teams: Idaho State, @Colorado,
Fresno, Washington, Arizona.Then they'll need to pull off 2
wins from the following: @Oregon State, USC, or @Michagon Most
likely 6, but a chance at 7 wins. Like I said, I feel KW gets fired if
he's around the 4 win mark.I agree with the following
pundits:Bill Connelly: 6 or 7 wins overall"This is a
top-30 (or so) team on paper, one that should be able to start 3-1, finish 2-0,
and find at least one win in between...there are enough experienced play-makers
to take another, more noticeable step forward in 2014." Steven
Lassan: 4-5 (6-6 overall)"The Utes could rebound back into the
postseason in 2014. Sure, the schedule is tough....As usual, Utah will be solid
on defense. It may require an upset, but the Utes have a good shot to get back
into the postseason in 2014"Paul Myerberg: 6-6 overall"Though I question whether Utah can notch eight or more wins during the
regular season, I can't really envision a scenario where this squad
doesn't make a charge into bowl play after a two-year absence."
@Mormon UteWhile I agree with most of your post, I don't agree
that KW has taken responsibility. In particular, the issues with the offense
over the last 6 years. Hiring 6 OC in six years, that is just ridonculous.His decision to hire an inexperienced, 25 year-old OC set the program
back a few years.
Down underSalt Lake City, UTUtelogy,WHo are these
pundits. The ones on the hill don't count. The PAC pundits certainly
do't give them 7 wins and have picked them 10th of 12 teams. Nice try
though.-----------They picked them on par with
Washington State which won 6 games last year. I could not find number of win
predictions:2014 PAC-12 Media Rankings:#1 Oregon 232#2 UCLA 231 ...#9 Washington State 87#10 Utah 82#11 Colorado
43#12 California 41
UteologyWishful thinking on your part.The Utes have
absolutely no chance of beating USC or Michigan.They'll lose at
least one, probably two, to Colorado, Washington, and Arizona.6 wins
would be the high water mark, but 5 or fewer is more realistic.
Who cares what Dennis Erickson thinks ! Just look at his resume and what he has
done for college football.
@JoCo Ute"Whittingham does a great job. Coach Whit graduates his kids
and runs a clean program."-----------------That's nice and great goals for a MWC school. Problem is, Whitt and the
Utes are no longer in the MWC. The stakes are significantly higher and so are
the expectations. He's finished 4-5, 3-6 and 2-7 (bad trend) and since
joining the Pac12 has repeatedly mis-handled his QB position (not keeping
sufficient depth or bringing in the necessary talent) and repeatedly mis-handled
his all-important Offensive Coordinator posiition (what is it now....I've
lost count...7 OC's in the past 6 seasons?)After reading Dres
Anderson's comments about the annual need and focus the team puts on
beating BYU at the expense of conference games maybe fans need to finally decide
once and for all:Now that your team is in the Pac12, what's
more important to you, keeping BYU as the most important game on the schedule or
maybe winning conference games and getting to a bowl game?"...because it's become clear, you can take the school out of the MWC but
you can't take the MWC out of the school (or the Head Coach)
@uteologywe most likely will win 7 games this year. I think he has one
more year, unless we only win 2-3 games.------------------------FYI - Winning fall scrimmages don't count as wins. Vegas has the
over/under for Kyle and the Utes at 4.5 wins. Utah has a stretch of 8 games
starting with Michigan at Ann Arbor (don't mistake this Michigan team for
that terrible one you beat in 2008. It was the worst Michigan team in over 100
yrs that also lost at home to an FCS school and you needed OT to beat them) and
finishing with a revenge-minded Stanford in Palo Alto. All 8 schools have
QB's who will play on Sunday and several will be Heisman contenders for
more of the season. Hundley, Mariota and Mannion will likely be 1st round NFL
picks. Utah could very well suffer an 8 game losing streak just with
that stretch. I'd say winning 2-3 games is a more likely scenario. Thank
heavens you scheduled some cupcakes.
"the worst Michigan team in over 100 yrs that also lost at home to an FCS
school and you needed OT to beat them"BigCougar:Your
take might be more credible if you had your facts right. The 2008 Michigan team
was pre-season ranked #25 and they did not lose at home to an FCS school that
year. It was the 2007 team that lost at home to Appalachian State. But at least
Utah beat them. What's Roscoe's excuse losing last year to UVa? Their
only other win in 2013 was against 2-10 VMI, a team that lost at home to a DII
school.Seems to me you should spend more time worrying about UVa
this year than Whitt's job.
I love BYU fan that tries to convince themselves and everybody else that their
team has been better than Utah the last several years. It's speculation,
but I have no doubt Utah would have won just as many games as BYU has, playing
that exact same schedule. What is not speculation is Utah beat BYU each of the
last four seasons. Therefore, Utah would likely have one more win than BYU, in
each season since joining the PAC 12. BYU fan can try, but you can't
convince me that you would have done any better in the PAC 12 than Utah has.
You can't even beat Utah. Don't forget, there is a reason Bronco was
BYU's second choice.
"Whittingham the second-least secure coach in the conference"If the U has a another losing season this year Whittingham will be looking for
work....probably as defensive coach somewhere. He makes a lot of money and the
more you make the hotter the seat is.
I think Kyle was a good defensive coach but he road the coat tails of Meyer and
then Anderson as his offensive corrdinator and I think his head coaching ability
is suspect as seen by his record over the past few years. I doubt Kyle will last
much longer as a head coach - probably better suited as a defensive coordinator
@ BigCougarThis Michigan team is better than the team in 2008, but
they are FAR from unbeatable. Also, the Michigan team that lost to Appalachian
St. was 2007, not 2008. Further, Utah beat Michigan in regulation. There was
no OT.Utah has a very tough schedule again, but I'm wondering
which "cupcakes" (plural) Utah scheduled?
People rarely surprise me. We all breath in some sort of craziness. But I
honestly am perplexed by so many BYU fans, that for so long, keep putting stock
into BYU making a bowl game and Utah not. Okay, it's trash talk and it
washes for a little while. But the obsession with it as something valid is
wacky. Look, here is the bottom line on this issue; if the programs schedules
were reversed then Utah goes bowling and BYU does not. It's all relative
and minor bowls are not much to be excited about anyway are they?. Playing UTEP
or San Diego State in a bowl does what for you BYU fan? Utah and Whittingham was
one small game better record wise than BYU (even teams) for the first 6 years of
Whit and Bronco's tenure. They had the same conference and similar
schedules at that time. Then the PAC called and BYU went independent. The
schedules and records between Utah and BYU are not comparable anymore except
that Utah has beaten BYU head to head each time since. Keeping it real, that is
all we have to go by.
@John in SLCAnother interesting fact regarding Michigan. Bo
Schembelcher only coached one team that did not have a winning record.....the
1984 team! Remember that team?
Riddles in the DarkOlympus Cove, UtahBYU is accomplishing more
as an Independent than Utah is accomplishing as a P5.----------That's like saying Northern Illinois is accomplishing more in the
MAC than Florida is in the SEC.Ha ha ha ha!Of course BYU
is accomplishing more. The same way it's easier to be elected as your 5th
grade class president than it is to be elected president of the US.BYU isn't even in the same universe as Utah is in terms of competition.
At IRS AgentGary Anderson had a strong influence on the Utes when he
was there. But saying "he was the driving force" isn't true.
Utah's recent struggles have been offensively. Coach Anderson had nothing
to do with the offense as a defensive coordinator at Utah. Plus
Whittingham's defenses when he was defensive coordinator and since he has
been a head coach at Utah have been consistently good (before Anderson came,
during Anderson's stay, and after Anderson's departure). Anderson is a really solid coach and I would be confident if he was
Utah's head coach. That said, Whittingham is NOT a worse coach because of
it. I think Whittingham is a solid coach who has had his blunders (costly ones
lately). But I also think Bronco is a really good coach at BYU. I say that even
though he went with Riley Nelson at QB and sabotaged a promising season or two
for BYU. But he still is the quality coach that he is. Very few coaches are
great all the time. And many of those are rewarded with head coaching jobs at
schools were the cupboard is never bare (Saban/Alabama).
@2ferUtah finished last year with the 3rd ranked SOS, and ESPN has
Utah's SOS at #1 going into this season.--------------------you can go to the SOS Bowl and compete for the SOS Championship.
I'll send you a trophy for participating, I think my kid has an extra one
for participating in his youth soccer league that he doesn't care about and
won't miss. Congrats for almost being the SOS Champs!Keep
trying to convince yourself that being a doormat is something special.As for which 2 opponents are cupcakes, one is obvious and the other (Fresno
St) qualifies based on every negative comment i read from ute fans about the
@ BigCougarNobody asked for an SOS trophy. I simply corrected a
misstatement made earlier in this thread. The fact that Utah plays a big boy
schedule seems to bother you for some reason though...Nice try, but
Fresno is not a cupcake. They were the MWC champs and are a very respectable
opponent. Quite taking what one hater says and applying it to the entire fan
I think KW is a quality coach. And therein lies the dilemma.The U
has a good coach coaching fair talent playing teams with good or great coaches
coaching better talent. The results are predictable. Truth is the
U has a coach who's in the middle third of coaches in the conference
coaching players in the bottom third.Logic dictates that the teams
performance can't improve much regardless of the quality of the coach if
you can't improve the quality of your players as compared to the rest of
the conference. And the inherent challenges of recruiting to SLC as
compared to CA, AZ, Eugene and Seattle don't bode well for future UT
recruiting classes being superior to those from schools in those locales.
It is really simple for Utah to put an end to all this talk, win some games like
12 or more, but that ain't going to happen because Utah and Colorado were
not invited in to win, they were invited for the number of TVs in their states.
And as a P5 school, life will only get worse.
BigCougarBountiful, UT@uteologywe most likely will win 7
games this year. I think he has one more year, unless we only win 2-3 games.------------------------FYI - Winning fall scrimmages
don't count as wins.--------------FYI - Nice try,
but we don't play BYU this year.
I'd give the man at least two more years. Belonging to the PAC12
doesn't automatically make you equal to your competition. Utah leveraged
two great seasons into an invite to play with the big boys but if ASU and AZ are
examples, it takes a while to become viable with recruits especially. I do
think Whittingham has done more with less, just like his mentor did for 29 years
at BYU but U management and the rest of the 12 will get tired of shoring Utah
up. I think the spinning wheel at Washington State is evidence of that. I do
think if he gets fired Whittigham will resurface as a DC and eventually work his
way back to a head coach's job some place. He is still young. He's
much more the coach than the former USC guy and he keeps getting good jobs. I
think my Cougars would struggle in the Big 12 for a few years too, all things
Luckily for U fans you have those 4 wins over BYU. i believe someone listed
Washington as a likely win. UW in Seattle is not a likely win for anybody any
year (except Oregon).My concern with Utah and BYU is the new rules.
Paying athletes for their "brand", is going to be interesting. Competing
with USC, Notre Dame, Texas, Oregon, Alabama, et al. Is another matter. They
will simply outbid Utah on every player they care about. There are about 60
teams in the P5 who are going to have a tough time competing for recruits.
Minnesota over USC? I don't think so.What will eventually
happen, IMO, is that antitrust suits will break up the P5, and the NCAA will be
on a hot seat. This deal smells too much like a monopoly to me. And maybe the
suit won't be eventually. There is already talk. For Utah, WSU, AZ etc., I
certainly hope it comes sooner. I don't watch the NCAA Championship now,
certainly won't watch Alabama vs Georgia.
I'm hoping for a good year but if Kyle's relying on a lucky win
against any of the upper teams in the PAC12 he's definitely in the hot
seat. At best we win 4 this season and he should be worried.If we
win 5 or more he'll get another year or two. We are, in fact, a mediocre
team in a strong conference. If we want to improve in the conference we need
higher caliber players and coaches. I don't expect to see Kyle around for
more than a couple more years.