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Utah football: After accepting BYU offer, Roderick changes mind, stays with Utes

College football » Ute assistant has change of heart for second time.

First Published Jan 17 2013 04:30 pm • Last Updated May 05 2013 11:33 pm

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 had accepted a position at BYU.

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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 when he went to Provo on Wednesday.

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."


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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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