ESPN’s Mark Schlabach On BYU’s Scheduling: ‘Don’t Know How BYU’s Administration Can Expect To Win 9 or 10 Games a Year’
ESPN College Football writer Mark Schlabach feels for Kalani Sitake.
Is BYU head coach Kalani Sitake on the “hot seat” in 2018?
ESPN senior writer Mark Schlabach joined the Gunther & Ben show on ESPN 700 AM in Salt Lake City, and he was asked about Kalani Sitake’s job security and overall feelings of BYU football heading into 2018.
Kalani needs to get a healthy quarterback and maybe Tanner Mangum can come back from an Achilles injury. But I just don’t know how the guy has a chance with that schedule. At Arizona, at Wisconsin, at Washington, at Boise State, and at Utah in the Holy War at the end of year…it’s brutal.
If they’re going to continue scheduling those types of games, I just don’t know how BYU’s administration can expect a guy to win nine or 10 games a year. I understand why they have to do it…to stay relevant. But it makes it really difficult on a coaching staff to get any momentum.
BYU football independence appears to be here to stay for Cougar football. Athletic Director Tom Holmoe said last January one of the big selling points to the fan base following an independent football program is having the opportunity to play teams around the country. Is BYU trying too hard with their schedule? Especially when you consider how difficult it has been for Kalani Sitake to bring in Junior College transfers or athletes that meet NCAA requirements, but don’t pass admissions at BYU?
It’s an interesting debate and Mark Schlabach from ESPN has a feel of the national pulse of college football. The national exposure BYU covets looks to be making pundits feel bad for the Cougars rather than an appearance of they belong with the powers that be in the sport of college football.
Listen to the entire interview between Schlabach and Gunther & Ben below: