As we reported from our sources and BYU later confirmed Wednesday, Aaron Roderick had accepted an assistant coaching position leaving the University of Utah. Well, he had a change of heart–again. Utah announced Thursday that Roderick would stay at Utah in his current capacity as wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator. Roderick did the same thing in 2009 when he accepted an assistants position at Washington before changing his mind and returning to Utah.
In the official press release Roderick explained why he had a change of heart:
“The response from my players, our coaches and the fans left me overwhelmed and I realized how much I loved it here and didn’t want to leave. I believe in Coach Whittingham and this program and I want to continue to be a part of it.”
Talked to several sources close to both programs. Obviously disappointment from the BYU side on his sudden change of heart. On the Utah end one of my sources told me he was surprised and joked that he should have at least stayed for a week or two so he could have infiltrated the BYU program, get playbooks etc. After now changing his mind on Bronco Mendenhall and Steve Sarkisian, all my sources agreed with my opinion that it will be very difficult for Roderick to ever be offered another college coaching job again. In that case he better hope the program gets better so Kyle Whittingham’s job stays secure.
In the end it appears Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is the smartest of the bunch. He must have felt he was going to get “ARodded” and decided to pull the offer before it happened.