BYU fans need to give Sitake, Detmer and Tuiaki 3 years. Just chill this season.
BYU fans need to back up from their keyboard… for a year. A good goal for this season would be to let the coaches and players do their thing. Let Kalani Sitake, Ty Detmer, and Ilaisia Tuiaki coach without getting unjustified heat from fans. Most importantly, coaches and players should avoid Cougarboard altogether.
Cougarboard breeds discontent, speculation, and an overall negative fan experience. Nothing good comes from a bunch of anxious and fired-up zealots that are only fed minimal details about their team. I laugh every time I see someone claim that they have an “inside source.” Cougarboarders realize that many of those inside source accounts are just messing with them, right?
Although I referenced CB specifically, this point isn’t exclusive to Cougarboard patrons. Fan boards have a ripple effect that can help or hurt the support of BYU Football. In general, the upside of fan websites when a team is winning is smaller relative to a larger downside when the team isn’t performing to expectations. Meaning, the enjoyment of following your team with fellow commenters is less than the anger and discontent that can be felt after losses. Are you really a better fan by joining a fan website?
BYU has an anxious fan base.
Truth -modern BYU fans have never been known to have a lot of patience. They got a taste of greatness with Lavell Edwards in the 1980’s. However, since the 80’s (and specifically the 1984 National Championship, Detmer’s Heisman, etc.), BYU has experienced an up and down results.
Even after Bronco restored BYU football to its winning ways (five 10 win seasons), BYU fans were calling for his head.
Not only did BYU win with Mendenhall, but Bronco was also a peach for the LDS administration. He ran the program exactly how it was drawn up by the Mormon church (kept priorities aligned). This is where Gary Crowton went wrong. He didn’t give enough wins to balance the lack of discipline of the program overall. The Honor Code violations seemed to be stacking up.
Now to the current situation. Detmer and Tuiaki are first time assistants. In fact, Detmer has only coached high school for 4 years. Will any of that translate into OC success? Sitake is a new head coach and will take some time to get used to pressures on and off the field. GIVE THEM TIME.
When can BYU fans call for a change?
BYU fans may feel justified with their discontent after 3 years of losses (if they there are significant losses)). Let’s be honest – the first year may be rough, but Mendenhall and Anae did not leave the cupboards bare.
In years 2 and 3, we should see adjustments as the new administration’s recruits start fitting in the designated roles. We will be able to see their recruiting and talent-developing abilities in time. After everything is in play, then we can start looking at the program with a more critical eye.
Brandon Doman is a sad part of BYU history. He came in with a similar (but less) hype as Detmer, but was run out a job in a short year. Doman was not given adequate time to adjust within his role. The biggest and scariest difference between Detmer and Doman is that Detmer has more to lose.
The current coaching and support staff has a lot of legacy players and big BYU names tied to it. Giving them time to gel into their roles could make or break the program. We don’t want big BYU names leaving with a bitter taste in their mouths (could ripple into a Rick’s College decision?).
If you don’t want to repeat history then step away from your keyboard as the Sitake era takes shape. See the positive and enjoy this year. Oh – and let’s stop talking about the Big 12.