Following the 24-21 win over San Diego State, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall admitted he never should never delegated the defensive coordinator role that he assumed for so many years.
A really proud and relieved Mendenall said, "Yes. And it was my mistake. It was a slow process over four years. At the time I made the decision [to not be def. coordinator], I believed it was necessary, and I was overwhelmed as a head coach trying to get more help. And easy success can have you glance over some things that maybe should be addressed earlier. But when you are winning so many games, the urgency or the felt need wasn't the same. And it was no one's fault but my own."
One week ago, Mendenhall took over the responsibility of coordinating the defense, following the dismissal of Cougars’ defensive coordinator Jaime Hill.
On Saturday night, BYU limited San Diego State to 12 first-downs and 273 total yards. With Mendenhall making the defensive calls, the Cougars allowed just 3 of 10 third-down conversions. Amazingly, San Diego State possessed the ball for only 15 minutes in the game.
Mendenhall said, “I am not willing to say we've arrived. I am not willing to say that it is exactly as I want it to be, but I think we did see a difference."
When asked to evaluate his own performance, Mendenhall responded, "You know, he's hard to gauge. I think he certainly enjoyed coaching football this week a lot more than he has this season."
BYU travels to TCU this weekend.