Good for him. I haven't followed USU football enough to know how good of a hire it is. Some Aggie fans saying Yost had way more to do with the success this season than Wells, but he's taking his OC with him, so I don't know if we'll ever get a clear answer on that claim.
I once said that Lynn Swann may turn out to be a better AD than people expect. Like so many things football, I might be wrong.
by 480ute 2018-11-27 13:16:27
I understand the fear of creating a revolving door, but there appears to be a near total consensus among SC fans that Helton is not the guy for the job. Even worse, nearly every fan of every opposing PAC-12 team seems to be tickled pink over the decision to retain Helton. Even Jon Wilner seems to be on the same side as the masses, calling Swann's Notre Dame example in his memo to Trojan nation as bullshit (pointed out that Kelly had success as HC at other programs and was hust a couple of years removed from a NC game appearance, while Helton was completely untested). Swann better know something we all don't.
I'm still in the "never play them again" camp, but Shelley had some interesting words after the game.
by 480ute 2018-11-26 10:55:13
This game was the biggest game of the season for us, so we knew we had to keep the streak alive, and now we can worry about (next week).
Of course, this is patently false. Rivalry or not, this game had zero impact on the rest of the season. If we were vying for playoff consideration this game would have been big, but outside of maybe having a slight bearing on bowl consideration (assuming we lose next week) it means nada.
But, the team obviously talks about it, and it seems like it means quite a bit to them. Kinda hard to tell BYU fans that our program has evolved beyond the rivalry when your quarterback is saying otherwise.
They have been able to let loose knowing that very little people in America are watching. The pressure of knowing that they might have a national audience might cause them to make a lot of mental errors.
Despite all of my achievements, I routinely felt trapped, inferior and alone. This overwhelmed me internally and often left me mentally, physically and emotionally broken.
Sometimes the guys who appear to be the happiest and boldest harbor some of the deepest emotional pain and self-doubt. Maybe their constant feelings of inadequacy are what drive them to be ultra successful. It's great when people like Smith, who I'd say is one of the most confident and consistent athletes in recent history, open up and make others aware of the fact that depression and anxiety is a more widespread problem than one might realize. Breaking down the social stigma surrounding mental health is crucial in preventing suicides, and may even have an impact on mass shootings and the like.
Just saw an article on it, and was a bit surprised at how the news largely flew under the radar. Crazy that we have people serving mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana related charges that got more time than he served.
Even crazier to read that he briefly considered fighting for custody of his son... The son he tried to have killed, and who was born with a host of disabilities directly due to the attack. He went so far as to write a letter to his son's grandmother... The mother of the woman Carruth had murdered, and the person who has served as Chancellor's (Carruth's son) guardian since he was born. She shot that idea down immediately.
3. Notre Dame
8. Ohio State
10. West Virginia
11. Washington State
13. Penn State
15. Texas 16. Utah
20. Utah State
21. Mississippi State
23. Fresno State
25. Boston College
Everything shaping up beautifully, but November is coming.
by 480ute 2018-10-27 17:35:13
Strange year though, where the Utes are pretty healthy, and actually trending up going into the most historically trying month for Utah football. ASU will be a battle, and CU will bring their "A" game, but BYU is gonna be a bloodbath.
I thought he would struggle at times, and have some down games, but I don't see it now. He isn't phased by any competition or situation. His level of play is constantly at elite, and I have to wonder if he has even hit his ceiling. Scariest thing is that his little brother is coming to Tuscaloosa next year. If there was ever a time for Utah to not have a special season, this is it, because I don't see anybody beating Bama for the foreseeable future (barring injury to Tua).
National media is working to inflate BYU fans' egos, as if they need help there.
by 480ute 2018-09-25 09:00:37
All is well now. Mangum has become a multi-tasking wizard, and Grimes’s new sweep-heavy, motion-filled offense has helped BYU surge to a 3–1 start and a No. 20 ranking in the AP poll ahead of a trip to No. 11 Washington.
To understand BYU's return to national relevance under Kalani Sitake and first-year offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes
They had a win, a very good win, against a tough Wisconsin team, albeit one that may just have been a bit overrated. They followed that up with a 30-3 win over McNeese State. Against Wiscy, Mangum had just 89 yards passing, and BYU couldn't top 300 yards of total offense against McNeese. Their defense has done a fine job, and the O-line has kept Mangum off his back while opening nice holes for Canada to glide through, but I don't buy this claim that the offense is finding its groove. One of the author's main claims is that the offense has learned how to grind out the clock allowing the defense to rest, but BYU only had the ball for 24 minutes of the game against Wisconsin. Saying they "hogged the ball" to secure victory doesn't really add up when Wisconsin easily owned time of possession, and BYU split time with Cal in a loss.
I'll give them credit if they continue knocking off P5 teams, starting with Washington this week, but until then all this "return to relevance" talk is premature. I know Cougar fans will laugh this off due to my bias, but I just don't see how so much can be gleaned from one victory. That's pretty typical behavior from BYU fans, but the media is following suit as evidenced by the top 20 ranking, and goofy articles like this. All that said, IF they can take out Washington they can potentially have a phenomenal season. Boise State and NIU aren't playing great ball this year, but still carry some clout from recent history, so wins over those teams would look good on their resume.
Utah leads FBS in defensive rankings with 204.7 yards per game allowed. The next closest, Miami, is averaging nearly 20 yards more. The utes are 75th in total offense, with 400.7 yards per game. Believe it or not, our passing offense comes in at #53, while our rushing offense is a very un-Utah like 93. Some of this definitely has to do with Huntley staying at home more often (averaging 42 ypg less rushing this season), but it's still a sobering position in the rankings.
So, why not let Huntley rip it loose? I'm pretty sure it's a coaching decision to protect him, but if he's willing to take more chances, what's the risk? The offense can't get much worse, even if we had to play Shelly. If there was ever a year that Utah could win the PAC this is it, so hopefully we see some commitment to winning games. Just some fodder for Monday morning.
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