Twitter has been in flames today as speculation on a head coaching change swirls in the Salt Lake valley. Kyle Whittingham's 2014 campaign, while not perfect, has been his best since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. The plight of offensive coordinators at the University of Utah is no secret, however, with the recent loss of defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake and defensive line coach Elisa Tuiaki, the majority of the Utah faithful fear that this program is in a tailspin that will ultimately lead to the loss of the head coach.
It has been a veritable who's who of coordinators on the offensive side of the ball:
Each of the names on the list have had varying degrees of success. Each of the names held some intrigue, Roderick and Schramm because it seemed to be their time, Chow because he had orchestrated high-powered offenses everywhere he'd been and coached Heisman winning quarterbacks, Johnson by virtue of being the winningest quarterback in Utah football history, Erickson because of his championship rings and success at Pac-12 stops like ASU and Oregon State, and Christensen for his offenses at Missouri.
Quarterbacks came and went without much in the way of a legitimately Power 5-level passing game. Some quarterbacks were lucky to make it through the season unscathed, and others were simply unsuited for play in a Power 5 conference.
So we're left with an eighth offensive coordinator in as many years. Although most information is purely speculation at this point, I can say that while I was not given any names, the OC position appears to be taken care of.
Contrary to rumors of players wanting to transfer, I was also told that those reports were completely false.
The information world we live in is lightning quick. However, the truth can be (and most times is) extremely hard to decipher. Take it all with a grain of salt and know that regardless of what happens, the University of Utah football program is headed in the right direction.
I should buy everybody some Hennessy on ice so they can relax a lil bit lol— Kenneth Goobie Scott (@Kscott_2) December 27, 2014