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A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of sitting down with Utah Football coach Todd Graham, who’s been a Division I head coach for three years.
While the football program is still in transition, he told me that he’s not yet ready to talk about the state of the program.
“It’s been tough.
It’s been an uphill battle.
It hasn’t been easy.
It has been a lot of hard work,” Graham said.
“I’m still working on the transition.
We’re going for more wins.” “
We’re going to get better.
We’re going for more wins.”
The Utah Football program went 1-11 in 2016, finishing 12-3 and coming within one victory of a national championship.
In his first year as the program’s head coach, Graham led the Cougars to a 9-3 record, a third consecutive win, and the fourth straight appearance in the Rose Bowl.
“The thing is we’re in the midst of a big transition period right now.
The kids are learning a lot.
I think it’s time for us to come together, and we have to continue to improve.”
In terms of coaching quality, Graham said that the Utes are the worst in the conference in terms of recruiting and talent.
Utah is currently ranked 25th in recruiting rankings and has struggled to land quality players on both sides of the ball.
The Utes have ranked among the bottom 10 in all of FBS in 2016 and have struggled to get enough commitment from elite prospects.
“There’s a lot to do.
I’m sure there’s a couple more years of work to be done,” Graham continued.
“Our players are still learning a ton.
I don’t think it will be easy, but it will work.
The future looks bright for Utah Football.”
In addition to Utah’s inability to attract top-tier recruits, Graham also mentioned the school’s inability for the Ute fans to get behind the program financially.
“If we can’t get more recruits to the school, then that’s a big problem,” Graham explained.
I want to keep our fans as involved as we possibly can, but I don,t want to put our fans in the position of having to wait for tickets or other things to buy tickets. “
One of the big things that’s missing is the ability to get more fans to the game.
“I think we’re doing a good job of that. “
We’ve got to continue that, and then we’ll start to build our football program.” “
I think we’re doing a good job of that.
We’ve got to continue that, and then we’ll start to build our football program.”
Graham also told me about the Uts plans to get back to the Super Bowl.
Utah football is currently undefeated in the 2017 regular season, and Graham is hopeful that they’ll make it to the Rose in the next few weeks.
“That would be a dream come true,” Graham told me.
“Obviously, we’re a bit behind the curve in terms, but that’s where we’re at right now.”
In the coming weeks, the Utah Football staff will be heading to Orlando for the Rose Game.
In addition, the program will be hosting a camp in Orlando in February.
The next big step will be the Superbowl, where Graham hopes that his program can take the game to the national championship game.
“As a coaching staff, we can do whatever we want,” Graham stated.
“This is a new coaching staff.
There are a lot different things that we have going on.
It can be really exciting.”
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of sitting down with Utah Football coach Todd Graham, who’s been…