Utah football: Roderick decides to stay with Utes over BYU
Published: January 17, 2013 02:24PM
Updated: January 17, 2013 12:53PM
Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah receivers coach and passing game coordinator Aaron Roderick has decided to stay with the Utes a day after it was announced he'd accepted a position at BYU.
Aaron Roderick has flip-flopped again. Roderick, Utah's passing game coordinator, has decided to stay at Utah a day after it was announced he'd accepted a position at BYU.
Roderick had a similar change of heart in 2009 when he left the Utes for Washington but returned less than two weeks later.
Roderick, who was a receiver at BYU in 1997-98, said he realized he'd made a mistake and on Thursday morning he asked Utah coach Kyle Whittingham if he could remain on staff.
"The main thing is I realized how much I love Utah," Roderick said. "The response from my players yesterday was overwhelming when they heard I was leaving. I was touched by the way players reacted and realized how much I love Utah."
Roderick said Wednesday's events weren't construed as a way to pry a raise from the Utes.
"I didn't use it for leverage or anything like that," he said. "I just realized how much I love Utah."
Roderick has been with the Utes since 2005, serving as a receivers coach, co-offensive coordinator and passing game coordinator.
"Aaron has been a valuable member of our coaching staff for the past eight years and is an excellent coach and recruiter," Whittingham said in a release. "We are pleased he chose to stay with us."
The Utes still have a position to fill since defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a left to join Gary Andersen at Wisconsin.
Whittingham said there is no timeline on hiring a replacement.
"There is still a lot going on as far as gathering information and seeing what assistant coaches are available," he said. "The emphasis right now is on recruiting."

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