Reports: Former UTEP assistant Guy Holliday set to join BYU staff
The "other guy" in the strange saga of BYU's interest in luring University of Utah receivers coach Aaron Roderick is actually a guy by the name of Guy, it appears. A couple weeks after Roderick accepted a position at BYU then turned it down the next day the Cougars are apparently ready to hire Guy Holliday, who has been the receivers coach and offensive coordinator at UTEP the past five years. Holliday was not retained when former Miners coach Mike Price resigned at season's end. As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, BYU had not officially announced Holliday's hire, or the hiring of Jason Beck as its new quarterbacks coach. But both announcements are seemingly imminent. A source confirmed to the Tribune that Beck has been offered the job, and accepted. As far as Holliday is concerned, his son, a UTEP receiver, mentioned on his Twitter account that his father was joining the BYU staff. Also, the website coachingsearch.com reported Friday that Holliday was going to be BYU's new receivers coach. A woman at the UTEP athletic department offices said she "had heard that," when asked about Holliday joining BYU's staff on Friday. Regarding the Roderick saga, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said this last week at his signing day news conference regarding Roderick's waffling: "I will talk about it maybe as delicately as I can. I think the best way to say it is just it was the best fit. If I were just to say bluntly and honestly, Aaron currently will fit better at Utah than at BYU. Sometimes it takes a while for that to sort out. And sometimes even when a decision is made, there is still more that has to be sought out, or vetted a little bit. It was completely Aaron's decision. I think he is a great person and a really good coach. That's why I went after him. Ultimately, for this time, he was more comfortable at the University of Utah." Holliday was on the sidelines when BYU defeated UTEP in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl, having joined Price's staff in 2008. Prior to working for UTEP, he was receivers coach at Cornell for the 2007 season. He coached the tight ends and receivers at Mississippi State from 2003-06, and held the same position at Western Michigan from 2000-2002. Holliday was the offensive coordinator at Alabama State from 1995-1999. His coaching career began at Clark Atlanta University.