The power of positive thinking - sounds good in practice, looking forward to
seeing it in action on the playing field.
Sports psychology is a area that BYU has hidden its head in the sand about for
the last few decades--they have previously had a part time sports
psychologist/academic adviser, only one, for the entire athletic department--it
is an area that BYU needs to step up in to compete at the next level--its about
time someone finally has done it--not surprised it is Bronco--when will Rose
follow?--give the athletes all the tools to play on a level field--all the top
Div 1 schools have been doing this for decades with up to 2-3 full time sports
psychologist on the athletic staff.
I've wondered if BYU employed a sports psych for a few years now. It
explains some things that it's new. There have been a few players who
could have definitely benefitted from time with one--- Heaps comes to mind.
Glad to hear they're getting on board. This is a legitimate need and could
make a big difference.
I guess something like this can't hurt, but it's not like this is the
key to going undefeated and winning a national title. Nice little addition, but
that's about it.Remember when BYU's ice baths were
supposed to be this amazing new thing that helped us win games? Remember when
our offensive linemen trimmed down to around 280 pounds so they would be better
conditioned? It turns out they got pushed around and that was our worst O-line
in years.Once again, I don't think a mental strength coach is a
bad thing. But I don't think it will be the difference between wins and
losses this year.
@ Rufus T Firefly:So where should BYU find a humility strength
coach... from online Ute fans?Wait... that's where they'll go
for lessons about unwarranted criticism and unwarranted optimism... toward
different teams, of course. Others and theirs... respectively. But after
this coming season, there will undoubtedly be many Ute fans who will then be
experts in the humility you are talking about.@ Taysom4Heisman:In close games, added mental strength in the players will definitely
make the difference between winning and losing those games. Mental
attitude in sports competition is a bigger factor than many, if not most fans
realize. Successful athletes totally understand that importance. There are
scores of athletes who have reached the pinnacles of their sports who have
credited and attributed mental toughness for making the difference in their
exceptional levels of achievement.If you remember this article a
month from now, after several games into the season, then you'll better
understand the importance this concept has made in the higher level of play the
Cougars will be showing.
byU needs a strength strength coach - their record against BCS teams is horrible
under bronco. When they meet a physically stronger team, they
typically get pushed around
Maybe Utah could hire Stuart Smalley - couldn't hurt."I'm
good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone it, people like me."
65TossPowerTrapSalmon, IDIt's your Cougars with the
mental health coach, not anyone else.
christina"BYU needs a strength strength coach - their record
against BCS teams is horrible under Bronco"Versus PAC 12
TeamsBronco 9-9(50%)Kyle 13-21(38%)
54IQAlthough Utah may require a mental health coach after their
third straight losing, bowl less season, BYU has a mental strength coach, which
many college and professional teams have.
Pickle juice, ice baths, mental strength coach, a parade after one win,
inspirational words on the back of player's jerseys- you can't make
stuff up to beat this.
@ 54-10 and Chris B:If they don't already have one, it's
the Utes that really need someone like this to help their fragile mental
condition after enduring back to back years of losing seasons, labeled as cellar
dwellers, sitting home during the holidays, and even having to wonder about what
major coaching changes will be taking place at the end of each season.BYU has a better record than Utah against many BCS teams... some of which Utah
has never beaten. Even someone like you, with your strong anti-BYU bias, should
be able to look that up and verify it... not that you would want to. It's become painfully obvious that you and a few other ultra-ute fans
have never let anything so trivial as actual facts ever get in the way of your
online anti-BYU diatribes and rhetoric.
Christy,Whit's record against BCS teams when Utah was a mid
major: 10-5broncos record as a mid major coach against BCS teams: 14-19whits record against ranked teams when he was mid major coach: 7-7broncos record as mid major coach against ranked teams 4-13Ya,
there are many reason Utah EARNED a power conference invite and byU
didn't.whits record against the big boys is much better than
Chris BDespite your slicing and dicing of Whit's record this
group of teams and that, bottom line:Bronco has more AP Top 25
finishes, more 11+ win seasons, more conference championships, more winning
seasons, and more bowl games than Kyle.If Kyle's record was
really as impressive as the crimson-goggles wearers like to pretend, he
wouldn't be lagging behind Bronco inAP Top 25 FinishesBronco 4 > Kyle 2 (the Utes have only had 5 AP Top 25 finishes in their
entire history)11+ Win SeasonsBronco 3 > Kyle 1 (the Utes
have only had 2 11+ win seasons in their entire history)Conference
ChampionshipsBronco 2 > Kyle 1 (the Utes have only won 6 conference
championships since 1958) Bowl GamesBronco 9 > Kyle 7 (BYU
will break Utah's longest bowl streak this year, but that will still only
be about half as long as BYU's longest bowl streak)Break out
the two-hit wonder song.
Chris B"Whit's record against BCS teams when Utah was a mid
major: 10-5; broncos record as a mid major coach against BCS teams:
14-19;.....whits record against ranked teams when he was mid major coach: 7-7;
broncos record as mid major coach against ranked teams 4-13... Ya, there are
many reason Utah EARNED a power conference invite and byU didn't."Chris- I'll try to be gentle about it, but after this season just
what is Whit's record going to be against: a)ranked teams; b) BCS teams;
and most importantly (that you intentionally skipped) c) PAC-10+2 teams? Do you
really expect his won/loss ratios to improve?I think geography was
the main reason the Utes are near the bottom of a "power"
conference--aka the Conference of Champions. It surely was not for the
championship status of your athletic programs. GO UCLA!
@RufusYou are absolutely right. All BYU personnel and fans think
that it is an outrage whenever anybody, professional or not, dares to say that
BYU is not top 5 in the nation. There is so much evidence that backs this up, so
don't anybody dare question it.With that sarcasm out of the
way, I do like to mention one thing in which BYU is among the current elite,
Alabama and Oklahoma: SOS. While BYU's is 97, Alabama's is 95's
and Oklahoma's is 93. Oops, let the spin start (it's going to be
something along the lines of how Bama's or Oklahoma's SOS will improve
throughout the season, but somehow it will be implied that BYU's SOS is
stuck at 97).
Not sure how one knows what % of brain he is using. Calculating that might be
distracting from the task at hand, winning with honor. Don't overthink,
just go play, give it your all, play each series with a sense of urgency. Fly!
I would totally choose Bronco over Kyle since Bleacher Report just listed Bronco
as one of the WORST coaches to play against top 25 talent. Out of 113 games,
Bronco has only faced 13 ranked teams,and won only 4 of those. It took Kyle 1
year to reach that lucky #4 wins in 1 year, and that was with 2 coming against
top 10 teams. BYU has had a really tough schedule playing so many great teams!
But don't worry, Bronco is leading the mighty cougars to the NC and Power 5
spot in the Big 12!As for bowl games look it up on WikipediaBronco 5-2Kyle 7-1
To say the mental health coach is helping BYU is hot air until the play on the
field improves. It shouldn't even matter against these teams BYU will play
the next three weeks.