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The 10 college football programs that have made best back-to-back hires

4. Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham, Utah

 

Meyer’s tenure was brief — just two seasons — but it was wildly successful, with a 10-2 mark in 2003 followed by an undefeated 2004 season capped with a Fiesta Bowl win against Pittsburgh. Since replacing Meyer on a full-time basis in 2005, Whittingham has gone 104-50 with six top-25 finishes and four seasons with 10 or more wins.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2017/06/20/college-football-programs

 

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    Tony
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    Who thinks of these topics?  What’s next?  The top 10 college football programs that have the best pizza places which serve slices 2 for 1 on Tuesdays on leap years?

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      GameForAnyFuss
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      Welcome to the talkification of football.

      I bet for every minute of actual football played in America, there’s probably 2000 minutes of writing/talking about it. Can someone run those numbers? Now there’s an article I’d read.

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    UteThunder
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    If you went back-to-back-to-back I think you’d have to put Utah at number one. Utah football isn’t where it is today if Mac doesn’t build it back to respectability from the sad state it had fallen into. 

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      zeous
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      Utah football isn’t where it is today if Mac doesn’t build it back to respectability from the sad state it had fallen into. 

      So true.  If Mac hadn’t laid the solid foundation, Urban never would have given Hill the time of day.

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    Tony
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    Ute Hub iOS App – Response Rejected

    The Apple App Store has rejected my response to the original rejection to the Ute Hub app submission which can be found here: https://www.utehub.com/?th=34483 . #sadface

    It almost reads as if it is an automated response.

    Thank you for your response and for the information you have provided. 

    We understand that there are no hard and fast rules to define useful or entertaining, but Apple and Apple customers expect apps to provide a really great user experience. Apps should provide valuable utility or entertainment, draw people in by offering compelling capabilities or content, or enable people to do something they couldn’t do before or in a way they couldn’t do it before.

    We hope you will consider making the necessary changes to be in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines and resubmit your revised binary.

    There’s a higher appeal process I can go through to submit to the app review team.  I will probably try that and would have to convince them that the app isn’t just an aggregation of content the users can get already in a web browser on their phone. Perhaps a few of you can comment in here why an app-only version of Ute Hub is better for you than using a browser in your mobile device and I could use that as some backup to the appeal.

    Otherwise I have to build in some kind of “exclusive” functionality to the app which is not available on the site, and/or implement iOS features to make it more “app-like.”  Perhaps things like schedules and results can be app-only or who knows.  Any input is welcomed at this point.  The problem with any of that is that it will take away from the development time I need to work on user login and posting/replying, which will be the biggest and most technically challenging features to add. 

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    PlainsUte

    Suggested iOS interactive feature: Show random pic of Utah Starting player, swipe right if you like the player, swipe left if you prefer the backup, swipe up if you prefer the freshman on the bench, swipe down if you prefer the recruit still in high school.

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      Tony
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      Forget players.  Do that with cheerleaders.

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      ladyinred

      I like it it. Swipe to throw beer on a byu fan?

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        PlainsUte
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        or add facial hair to TDS cheerleader?

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          Tony

          Too late.

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    rbmw263
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    F%@* apple

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    zeous

    Something with location data?  Perhaps pin your location as you pee on (literally or metaphorically) anything apple?

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      Tony
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      Pin locations where you’ve poured beer on zoobs?

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    Tony

     I’m putting in schedules, results and rosters into only the mobile version… So irritated. 

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    Tony

    Maybe I can make a mobile-only Ute live chat.  I dunno. 

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    MBB Non Conference Schedule Announced

    Thoughts?

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    UteThunder
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    Missouri, Ole Miss, Hawaii, Butler, Utah State, BYU, and Rice or UNLV . . . not so bad. 

    The rest of those games are just bad.

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      Coreyc04
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      7 decent preseason games is kind of standard in basketball. Having balance is what it’s about

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        Of course it will look significantly stronger once the PAC12 contests are added?  Anyone happen to know which teams we’ll play just once?  Presumably the LA and Zona schools will all be home/away since we played those pairs just once the last 2 seasons.

         

         

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          Rick

          It hasn’t been announced yet.  It usually comes out a few weeks after the non-conference games are in place.

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    That’s another pathetic schedule. The home portion is a joke, just like last year. This is simply about padding stats, absolutely not about getting ready for Pac12 and NCAA tourney play. This schedule doesn’t do the players any favors at all. It isn’t getting them ready. Is winning against directional schools really good for their psyche? Are they fragile?????

    Jesus….last years non-conf was ranked 250th “toughest” in the nation. I guess this will come in somewhere around 200? How can this possibly help the players get ready for Pac12 play?

    I like Larry—-but this is 100% on him with his blessings. Part of the reason season ticket sales dropped a lot heading into 2017. Eventually the AD will care.

    Anyone want to guess on the Non-conf record? I’m guessing 4-5 losses.

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    Ute Hub Mobile App Released – Good News and Bad News

    I’m thrilled to announce the release the Ute Hub App!  I’ve been working very hard on the app and have even teamed up with the developers of the site’s forum engine to set up the back end to supply the data to the app. That collaboration will continue as I develop future features.

    The first feature set allows users to view all the forums, latest topics, latest replies, site stats and also schedules of your favorite Ute teams.  The football schedule is in there now, with more sports schedules coming.

    You can find the app in your app store by searching for “Ute Hub” or looking in the right column of most site pages.  That’s the good news.

    The bad news is that currently Apple has rejected publication of the app. Here is their reasoning:

    We noticed that your app only includes links, images, or content aggregated from the Internet with limited or no native iOS functionality. We understand that this content may be curated from the web specifically for your users, but since it does not sufficiently differ from a mobile web browsing experience, it is not appropriate for the App Store.

    Next Steps

    Please revise your app concept to provide a more robust user experience by including native iOS features and functionality. 

    We understand that there are no hard and fast rules to define useful or entertaining, but Apple and Apple customers expect apps to provide a really great user experience. Apps should provide valuable utility or entertainment, draw people in by offering compelling capabilities or content, or enable people to do something they couldn’t do before or in a way they couldn’t do it before.

    I understand their viewpoint and have responded:

    Thank you for the response. The users of the website have specifically requested an iOS app version of the site as they want the convenience of tapping and using their Apple devices without having to load a web browser. In itself that workflow represents a better user experience versus the inconvenience of using a browser on an iPhone or iPad. The app does provide a different user experience, different look and feel, specially curated content, and different options than one would have versus browsing to the website directly. 

    Further, this is the first phase of a much larger road map of development for the app which will further differentiate it from a strictly browser based experience. As development progresses, the app will provide even more native features and experiences.

    Please reconsider this issue.

    I hope that my comments are enough to resolve the issue and allow the members of the site who want to use their iPhones and iPads in an app view and not a browser view get that experience.  

    Please Police Your Comments

    I’ve learned during the process of releasing apps that the app stores of various companies will not approve publication if their competitor’s apps or app stores are mentioned in the app data.  This is why I’m refraining from mentioning any platform names in this post, as this post will also appear in the app.  I understand you users who are currently left out may wish to voice your frustation here, but please consider that any posts or replies here will appear within the app.

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    Coreyc04

    I like what I see so far in the app it is kind of basic. Honestly it’s a good starting place. I think being able to post from it is key but as a starting place it’s great! 

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      Tony
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      I have a whole announcement ready, but haven’t posted yet since the IOS isn’t out yet.  The back end technology and support for logging in and posting doesn’t even exist yet.  That’s going to take a lot of work but it’s part of the next phase.

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    CyclingUte
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    I think it’s going to be great. I’m on my phone more than a computer most times and this makes it easier than trying to deal with a browser. Thank you Tony for all the good work you’ve put into giving Utah fans a place and means to talk about common interests!

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    PlainsUte

    You need to tell them, thanks for your feedback, you will halt iOS development and only offer an Axxxxxx version.

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    PlainsUte

    Installed on Galaxy S5, looks great!

    Request: zooming of images

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      Coreyc04

      It looks good on my pixel.

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        Tony

        I have a Pixel also. Love it.  It does look killer.

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    KiYi-Ute
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    New Writeup on Troy Taylor

    Seems to think that we can have success with the new offense, but don’t judge it all on the 2017 season. Pretty much echoing what some people have been thinking here. The quick video of Taylor drawing up a simple play was cool, too.

    https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/6/26/15796978/utah-football-new-offense-2017-troy-taylor

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    Loved reading the part where he had to replace 4 starters on the OL when he came in at E. Washington. Gives me a bit more confidence that he can get the job done quickly here, too.

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      FtheY
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      Great read. I liked the slot receivers lined up between lineman. I realize it might be a bit gimmicky, but if it keeps the defense guessing, I’m all for it. 

      Would love to see some more trick plays this year too. 

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        Utah
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        Gimmicky or not, if it’s good enough for Belichick, it’s good enough for us. 

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      CyclingUte
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      I agree, I think having to replace more or less the whole line will give him something familiar to work with! Hopefully our WRs can get better and help out the new and improved pass game!

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    Utah
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    More Tuttle love:

    http://www.espn.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/109509/jack-tuttle-sticking-with-utah-ready-to-see-his-stock-rise-even-more

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    leftyjace
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    This article gave me a…. good feeling.

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    Utah

    Man, look at Mitchell’s shot. He never misses!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/CoachDaveDu4/status/879100836776779777/video/1

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    GameForAnyFuss

    And in that video, he’s facing the same level of defense he’ll experience in the NBA.

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      PlainsUte

      Wait, where’s the guy waving the matador cape to give the appearance of defense?

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    wcrunner
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    Kevin Dyson Airborne

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    89ute
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    Can someone quickly explain lacrosse to me? Soccer on a stick?

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    Utah

    Hockey on grass with football helmets. 

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      89ute

      Whatever it is, this is probably our first commit. I read that the season is February to May. It’s almost impossible to make it to a sunny, warm Utah baseball game, it doesn’t look like lacrosse is going to be weather friendly for fans.

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        Xanthis
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        I went to every home game this year. The weather was fantastic. Also that might be the first commit after announcing the D-1 move, but its far from the first commit for this upcoming class. 

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    Coreyc04

    I honestly wanted Utah to get a lacrosse team for the awesome lacrosse gear they’ll make. The sticks with logos, gloves with logos, really awesome helmets etc.

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      utefansince79

      Closer to hockey than to soccer.

      Hope we start seeing more western teams move from clubs to NCAA level as the schools in Utah and Colorado are rather isolated right now.

       

       

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        89ute

        Being isolated might be a good thing. If a kid wants to head west and isn’t going to Air Force, there are only two choices, us and Denver (I think). I have no Idea what kind of program can be built on a 15 million dollar endowment or how that compares with good, established lacrosse programs.

        It will be fun to learn about a new sport.

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    CyclingUte

    I live on the east coast and lacrosse is huge out here. And I know nothing about it. Now that Utah has a team I’ll probably take the time to learn the rules and hopefully become a bigger fan.

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    RedLine
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    Anybody remember this tweet from Snoop Dogg.

    Never in my life did I think Snoop Dogg would tweet regarding Utah Football. Definitely more eyeballs are viewing the U since being in the PAC12.

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    Tony
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    I fixed it for you.  Copy the link to the tweet and just paste it on its own line in the text editor and the tweet will appear. 

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      FtheY

      I don’t remember that tweet, but snoop is very involved in the football community. I know he used to coach pee wee football, maybe one of his old players?