Potential Coaching Changes at U, BYU

Potential Coaching Changes at U, BYU


Good read here from  Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune:


Dick Harmon of the Deseret News broke the story last week about Bronco Mendenhall meeting with his offensive coaches and encouraging them to pursue other jobs while he evaluates them in the coming weeks. The rampant speculation is that Bronco wants to promote Quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman to Offensive Coordinator and eliminate the risk of losing him to another school. This of course would mean firing or demoting current offensive coordinator Robert Anae. The other hot topic of course is BYU’s interest in bringing the beloved Heisman winner, Ty Detmer, into the fold.

Brandon Doman is credited with developing Jake Heaps, as well as Max Hall and John Beck in previous years. Many realize what an amazing talent Heaps is. It has been said before here on Inter-Mountain Sports that Heaps could very well be good enough to enter the NFL draft as a Top-10 pick after his Junior year. Doman is not only responsible for grooming Heaps since he arrived at BYU the January before his freshmen season, but also in helping land the recruit in the first place. BYU could have an offensive machine for the next few years with Heaps running the show and it appears Bronco is ready to completely turn the keys to the sports car over to Doman.

The other part of Krathorpe’s story focuses on the Utes. No specific changes are rumored but he points out that an offensive shake-up might be more necessary at the U than at BYU. Utah’s offense essentially disappeared the last 5 games of the season. How much of this is due to poor coaching or lackluster quarterback play remains to be seen.

Matt Nielson has been writing about the college sports landscape in Utah and the Intermountain West since 2010. When he’s not pretending to be a professional blogger, he works full time as a residential real estate agent and house flipper. Matt graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000. He and his family reside in Salt Lake City, UT.


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