Utah Must Now Replace the Water Boy

JeremySenior Writer IJanuary 21, 2009

With great success from non-BCS schools come the hard facts that other programs come in and lure away the coaching staff.  So far, the Utes have lost a total of four members of the coaching staff. This includes Andy Ludwig, who took his same position, offensive coordinator, to Kansas State, along with the Utes' offensive line coach Charlie Dickey to the same position.

No doubt the two will get a hefty pay raise, because Kansas State is in the Big 12, and even though the team is not great, they still get that BCS money.

Then there is Gary Andersen, who moved up the road to Logan, Utah, to become Utah State’s head coach. While at Utah, Andersen was the Utes' defensive coordinator and a great recruiter for the Utah area.

Then Andy Roderick, who was the Utes' wide receivers coach and a great recruiter, was given the job as co-offensive coordinator, along with running backs coach Dave Schramm. But the next day, Roderick decided to take the wide receivers position at Washington with former BYU teammate Steve Sarkisian, who is now the head coach.

Here is an interview with Andy Roderick taken in Salt Lake the Monday after the decision.



The Utes have had success promoting within, which started back when Kyle Whittingham was the defensive coordinator and then took over for Urban Meyer.   Questions do arise from Whittingham, who is a no-nonsense guy and does not go around sucking up to other coaches. 

That could lead to a problem, because Whittingham will not schmooze, which could mean losing out on a great talent.

The new coordinators are Kalani Sitake, who is a young first-time defensive coordinator, and then Schramm, who has been around a while but is also a first-time coordinator.

This process has worked for Utah, but the league adding quality, experienced coaches from outside might catch up with the Utes.

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