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Still plenty of questions for BYU as fall camp grinds on

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  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    Aug. 12, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    Sounds like the team and coaches are getting a tad bored already. Is it time to catch the flight to Connecticut yet?

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    No one suspended today??? One gets the feeling another shoe will drop soon.

  • ClarkeinAK Anchorage, AK
    Aug. 12, 2014 8:59 p.m.

    If Bronco is still coach, don't hold your breath for a good season. His in-game management and the team's lack of preparedness for key games says volumes. He might give an awesome fireside, but more dedication to the job is needed for the Cougars to succeed. Major college football coaching isn't a 9-5 job...

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 9:02 p.m.

    A former BYU wide-receiver great told me, after losing to a top-5 team. "Our first team is as talented as theirs, but when our firsts go out, there's a drop. Their team was three deep at nearly every pisition. That's the difference." If BYU is as deep this year, as has been suggested, this could get interesting.

  • BYU Joe MISSION VIEJO, CA
    Aug. 13, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    I've decided to show unity with the team and have suspend myself from game one as well. Broke team rules. I guess i'll have to stay home and watch it on BYUtv.

  • Levin Reno, NV
    Aug. 13, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    @Clarke, I think one change this year will be Bronco's move away from an active role on defense to managing the team as a "chairman." (See Harmon's recent article.) I've had my questions about Nick Howell, but in principle, I think the team can improve when the head coach is managing the team as a whole, with less focus on one half.

  • jamjam Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    @Levin

    I'm of the same mind. Maybe his focus will help the whole team. I was a bit surprised in the Harmon article when Bronco talked about getting irritated when the offense scored in practice. Certainly, you can't take that too far, but maybe there's a reason the offense has struggled off and on the last few years. Not completely supported by the HC??

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 13, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    Bronco is taking a page out of LaVell's book, who took a more hands off approach to managing the team, allowing his field generals to manage the individual units.

    I see this as a positive sign that Bronco is maturing as a head coach.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Aug. 13, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    The coach refuses to talk about player suspensions so some players are going behind his back and using social network to announce the suspensions and the reasons for doing so, i.e. earrings. I'm not sure that's the best example of transitioning to a "hands off approach and becoming a manager of the team".

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    Good for BYU for holding to their values and suspending players when they break the code or the law. I wish that the team on the hill had the same commitment to the law, but alas no suspension for Wilson.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 3:10 p.m.

    Great news for the o-line. BYU should be a solid team this year and next.

  • Jeff29 Draper, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    Interesting that one of the pictures was of Harvey Langi, Linebacker.

    Even though it wasn't really stated, I thought one of his reasons for transferring had to be about wanting to play running back. Looks like he actually just wanted to be at BYU, regardless.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    Stringer Bell

    Bronco deciding to handle discipline internally is the perfect approach. If a disciplined player decides to announce the details of his suspension, that's his choice.

    At least Bronco actually has the guts to hold his players accountable.

  • General Alpine, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 5:47 p.m.

    A radio talk show stated that Bronco is scaling back practices. This is what he did last year before the Virginia game and the Bowl game. Draw your own conclusion but mine is that they won't be ready for Connecticut.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    @pantomblade

    whittingham cannot afford to hold any of his players accountable for anything, at least not guys that are going to start or play major minutes. His job is hanging by a thread so short of a felony I doubt any punishment of any kind gets handed out to any of his players this year.

  • swizzy18 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    I don't see the questions in this article as much cause for concern. Many local high school teams could play byu's schedule this year and still finish with 8-9 wins. The only question I have is when, if ever, does byu play a game worth watching.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 14, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    Really?
    Blackmon suspended a game for wearing a earring to practice?
    Are the going to start suspending those players with tattoos as well?

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Aug. 15, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    swizzy18

    "Many local high school teams could play byu's schedule this year and still finish with 8-9 wins."

    More than half the PAC will finish with at least 8-9 wins. Unfortunately, Utah will not be one of them.

    Go Bruins!

  • CTJ fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    Swizzy18, show some intelligence when you say something. Their schedule is a lot tougher then they ever had in the WAC or Mountain West. In fact there are several quality teams on the schedule, Texas in Austin, Central Florida, if you know what your talking about is a very good team, beat a very good Baylor team in the bowl and have most of their starters back, Houston will be very good this year, Utah State and Boise are the best Mountain West schools, Virginia will be better this year. Next years schedule will be a lot tougher but this year is rated higher then some very good football programs out their. I may agree it's not the most difficult schedule but I'm so sick of the comments from Ute fans, if you can't handle your schedule go back to the Mountain West, quit griping how week other schedules are. Fact is we'll be relevant at the end of the year the Utes won't.