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BYU football: Doman puzzled by AD Tom Holmoe's comments about offseason changes

Published November 6, 2012 8:54 pm

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A week ago, at the WCC men's basketball media gathering, of all places, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe expressed his dissatisfaction with how the Cougars' football season has gone this year. Holmoe told Greg Wrubell of KSL Radio that "there are some chemistry issues with some of the coaching staff as far as just ... how we do in games." Holmoe went on to say that he believes there will be some changes in the offseason, but didn't detail exactly what those changes would be. He seemed to be pointing his finger squarely at the offensive coaches, since the 5-4 Cougars are ranked No. 79 in the country in total offense and No. 4 in total defense. A few days after that, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said he had met with Holmoe the next morning after Holmoe's remarks, and that he was unaware of any offensive changes in the works. Mendenhall basically said his athletic director's remarks weren't all that newsworthy. Flash forward to Tuesday night, after the Cougars' practiced at the indoor practice facility in preparation for Saturday's home game against woeful Idaho. I caught up with offensive coordinator Brandon Doman and asked him for a reaction to Holmoe's comments. "I don't have any idea what he was talking about, or what he was mentioning," Doman said. "But I did have some people say that he had said something like that in the media." What does Doman think Holmoe was talking about? "Personnel, we will have different quarterbacks, and we will have a few new offensive linemen playing," he surmised. "Not knowing exactly what he was talking about, that would be the only way I could justify what he was saying. I don't know if he was speaking about the offensive staff. If so, I better go find a new job, I guess. But I don't know. I don't know what he's talking about." Finally, I asked Doman if he is happy with the job performance of his offensive staff. "Yeah, absolutely. I love the guys and I think they've done a great job," he said. "I am not happy with the collective group. But I am happy with who the men are. And I haven't had any reason to believe that someone else isn't. But that's not my call, and that's not my decision. And I don't worry about that. I have plenty of other things on my plate to worry about than those types of decisions. And if someone else makes those, that's their decision. But as of right now, collectively as an offense, we have underperformed this year. So, I understand that."