According to Woody Paige of the Denver Post. BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall has become a viable candidate to replace the fired Jon Embree at Colorado. Paige also mentions Cincinnati and former Central Michigan coach Butch Jones as one of the favorites quoting a source:
“Both are winners. They’d be major coups for (Colorado athletic director) Mike Bohn.”
Why would Colorado have interest in Mendenhall and why would he even consider leaving BYU? While I don’t see this happening here are some possible reasons from both sides:
WHY COLORADO HAS INTEREST?
1. Mendenhall is a proven winner who rebuilt and turned around the BYU program almost immediately.
2. Defensive expertise. With the Pac-12 being a conference dominated by high powered offenses in the end defenses still win championships. Colorado could decide rebuilding with a defensive oriented coach could restore respectability faster.
3. Integrity. Colorado at least knows Mendenhall will do things the right way. Now whether that way will bring the program back is another question.
WHY MENDENHALL WOULD HAVE INTEREST?
1. Tired of the scrutiny. In Mendenhall’s world he is doing everything that has been asked of him at BYU. He’s put together a winning program while following the values of the LDS Church. Despite all that he continues to be criticized by the fanbase, and rightfully so at times, particularly with some of his decision making regarding personnel–like this season at quarterback. In addition he was basically criticized by his Athletic Director Tom Holmoe for the struggles this season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. He may just want a change of scenery. My gut tells me having his name floated out there is more of Mendenhall calling the fans and Holmoe’s bluff per se–basically sending the message that he can go somewhere else and then saying “who you going to get now?”
2. Lack of an Honor Code. Maybe Mendenhall would like to see how his methods and philosophies would translate at a BCS school where he wouldn’t have the restrictions of the Honor Code that prevents him at times from getting the best athletes to attend the school. He would have no such restrictions at Colorado.
3. Money. While money doesn’t appear to be a motivating factor to Mendenhall if reports are true that Colorado is willing to pay their new coach $2.5 million, which depending on what you believe is two to three times more than he’s making at BYU, it has to be considered. That could pay for a lot of trips to fly to the beach to go surfing.