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Once asked about vetoing decisions made by his offensive coordinator, Mendenhall said he never had overruled any of them — ever. Ultimately, the head coach is paid for his sound judgment, right?


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He shouldn’t be paying so much attention to his role as defensive coordinator to mess over the whole team, especially when he has an inexperienced offensive coordinator. And he shouldn’t allow his love for gutty players — read: Riley Nelson — to cloud decisions on who should play and who shouldn’t. Nelson never was going to be a great BYU quarterback, and Mendenhall should have recognized that long ago.

Before this season started, Brandon Doman noted that BYU’s coaches had realized they needed to start working harder. "Our coaching staff has stepped up the urgency," he said.

Question: What took so long?

Maybe BYU is satisfied with its current condition, being good, but never great. If it is, fine. Own it. Admit it. Live with it. If it isn’t, you have to wonder if the coach the Cougars have is the one who will make the difference.

GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 1280 AM and 97.5 FM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.

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