The only question that remains in my mind is how this changes what appears to be a massive train wreck? How does the firing of a coordinator change the fundamental challenges of a team that appears to have lost any sense of confidence in its ability to win football games? Considering the ardent challenges our world faces, many people may wonder what could possibly be the Republican position on this issue.
Personal responsibility is a key principle of the Republican platform. Taking responsibility for one’s actions is critical in political environments and yet most politicians dodge responsibility like bullets. That is why, despite the appearance of “scapegoating,” by BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall, it was somewhat refreshing to see him take some measure of responsibility for the current state of the program.
What would be even more refreshing would be some measured goals and strategies for winning games as opposed to relying on the old standby of “making progress.” The indecisiveness that led to the initial quarterback debacle leaves me less confident that this recent development will no more turn around the Cougars’ season than turning back a train that has already derailed.
Meanwhile, the success of the Utah program literally has Cougar fans blushing crimson shades of frustration while Ute fans sit smugly ogling at their top 10 ranking. Assuming the status quo remains the same this weekend with one program fleeting while the other flies, which head will roll next?
On the brink of conference independence, this season was meant to establish the strength of a program that could hold its own as a national brand. With all due respect to the fine institution that is the Utah State Aggies, they exposed more than just defensive problems with the program and they stormed the field more than once that night.
The Cougars need more than just some new defensive leadership. Like any good political leader, sports teams need strong visionary coaches who leave the team members breathless with the gut punch of confidence that they instill. Bronco isn’t winning over his team with his passion any more than he is winning games.
This leaves most fans in a debacle of their own. Most ardent BYU fans were able to climb aboard the two-quarterback express without much convincing that the ride was safe. Experienced and wiser after four losses, it’s pretty safe to say that a trip to Las Vegas isn’t forthcoming this Holiday season.
Even as a Ute season ticket holder, I value strong Utah-based programs as being good for my team. I don’t know if Bronco needs to meditate in serenity to find his mojo, but find it he must and quickly.
It’s not too late to find redemption this season and kick off your football independence in fine fashion. But here is hoping that Bronco does us all a favor like the good Republican I think he is. Take personal responsibility.