On Monday, Utah football announced its coaching changes and here is the list.
Defensive coordinator: John Pease
Pease is coming out of retirement to become the Utes' defensive coordinator/defensive line coach. He last coached at Utah from 2009-10 as the defensive line coach. He has nearly 20 years of NFL experience, including a short run as the Jacksonville Jaguars' defensive coordinator from 2001-02.
Linebackers coach: Justin Ena
Ena comes to Utah after serving as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Weber State University. He played at BYU and played four seasons in the NFL.
Co-offensive coordinator: Jim Harding
In addition to his new duties, Harding will remain the Utes' offensive line coach as well as be the team's run game coordinator.
Co-offensive coordinator: Aaron Roderick
Roderick has been with Utah since 2005, most recently serving as Utah's quarterback coach. Roderick will remain the team's QB coach as well as serve as the passing game coordinator.
Assistant head coach: Dennis Erickson
Erickson, who has been with Utah since 2013, has been promoted to assistant head coach. He will remain the team's running back coach.
Special team coordinator: Morgan Scalley
Scalley will continue to serve as Utah's safeties coach and recruiting coordinator.
National Letter of Intent day is fast approaching and commitments are flying in.
Signing day is Wednesday and BYU, Utah and Utah State all landed commitments over the weekend.
BYU pulled the anti-Utah and flipped a commitment from Oregon State. Offensive lineman Jacob Jimenez, who committed to the Beavers last summer, announced on Twitter he was heading to BYU.
The Utes have had a string of recruits flip to the Pacific Northwest and even some Utah fans were happy to see the Beavers lose a player — even if it was to BYU.
Jimenez wasn’t the only player that flipped over to the Cougars over the weekend. Bountiful offensive lineman Brady Christensen committed to BYU after originally pledging to Air Force.
Utah was also able to land two verbal commitments during official visits over the weekend.
The high school teammate of Utah QB Donovan Isom was in Salt Lake and committed to the Utes. Alfred Smith, a receiver from Louisiana verbally committed to Utah and even said he would be wearing No. 6 during his time with the Utes.
Smith, who prefers the name Tarzan, is a wide receiver and had once committed to Utah last January, before pledging to Arizona State in May. It looks though he will be teaming up with his old high school teammate after all.
Andrew Gorringe of Scout.com reported junior college running back Joseph Williams from ASA College in Brooklyn committed to Utah during his official visit as well.
As for Utah State, the Aggies landed Hawaii offensive lineman Viliamu Auwae during his visit to Logan. Auwae had offers from Washington State, BYU and Texas Tech.
Auwae even took the time to thank BYU fans on his Twitter account, saying, “And much love to the BYU fan base. You guys showed me nothing but love. And I thank you for that.”
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- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll took the blame for the curious play call that led to New England’s Super Bowl-winning interception.
- ESPN compiled Twitter reaction to the Super Bowl's deciding play call from current and former NFL players. Spoiler: They all thought it was bad.
- Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel writes how this Super Bowl win means the most to Tom Brady because he’s sharing it with his family.
- BYU swimmer Jake Taylor broke the BYU pool record in the 100-yard backstroke.