Dick Harmon: Getting to know BYU football's long-awaited 10th coach AJ Steward

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  • Caddis Terry, MT
    Feb. 10, 2018 5:30 p.m.

    I feel good about this hire. I am sure he knows his stuff!

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    Feb. 10, 2018 12:35 p.m.

    Another grand cheerleading piece from Mr Harmon!

  • Lester L. Wester Henderson, NV
    Feb. 10, 2018 12:28 p.m.

    Blue Husky: “I'm very optimistic about the offense. Grimes knows exactly what he wants and he's been recruiting heavily in SEC territory for SEC teams. Now he's recruiting for BYU.”

    Recruiting for powerhouse LSU was a little different than his now recruiting for nationally bottom-ranked BYU-P. Knowing exactly what he wants and then trying to convince them into coming to Provo is going to be a major challencfor him.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Feb. 10, 2018 11:06 a.m.

    "The last three seasons Rice was 5-7, 3-9, and 1-11"
    You're not serious are you? Since when does a position coach have full stock in W/L records? Look at his pretty good national stats. That's what you need to look at.

  • Colduphere Afton, WY
    Feb. 10, 2018 10:33 a.m.

    We all know it was a bad year last year and not all of that was on the coaching staff. But changes had to come. Welcome Coach Steward. We hope for your continued success.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2018 9:46 a.m.

    With Rice's high academic standards and lack of emphasis on sports, any win in football is a significant victory. When hiring college grads, recruiters look at the Rice U degree, not their W-L record in football. Steward should do well in BYU's program.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Feb. 10, 2018 12:40 a.m.

    robo - with you on Sitake...foolish move in dumping on Ty; we have yet to see the full effects, and will probably never hear them acknowledged.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2018 10:53 p.m.

    It scares me that he is looking to learn his position from the other coaches. Sounds like Reno 2.0. To add his record to Rodericks’s is depressing. A running back coach with no record of success to a QB coach whose never been around a good QB is not firing up my hopes. Nothing here to excite me about next year. This is not the promised “best offensive staff ever” at BYU.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Feb. 9, 2018 8:38 p.m.

    There we go again with Ute fans declaring an NC for BYU. Whoa fella, not anytime soon. But hey, thanks for the confidence in BYU's football program.

  • Mid West Ute South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 9, 2018 8:22 p.m.

    cjd1...where did you get NC? A bit of a stretch from his Rice team development record the last three years!

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Feb. 9, 2018 6:35 p.m.

    I'm very optimistic about the offense. Grimes knows exactly what he wants and he's been recruiting heavily in SEC territory for SEC teams. Now he's recruiting for BYU.

    Stewart comes in with a lot of Texas recruiting miles. Detmer simply did not have these connections ... he was a high school coach. In addition, his staff was heavily BYU alums. Grimes has greatly broadened the recruiting contact list by hiring Stewart.

    And both are very experienced coaches. This matters. It will be interesting to see which of the 8 QBs in camp winds up with the minutes. The other thing is that Grimes knows exactly what he wants: long and fast. Ditto for D-backs. Linemen also long and strong. Sounds like they've been recruiting these kind of guys. And some of Sitakes first recruits are coming back from missions.

    BYU will be better this year. I would guess about three games better. Year after? We'll see progress.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 9, 2018 6:12 p.m.

    Good luck Coach Stewart

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 9, 2018 6:03 p.m.

    Nice spotlight, Mr Harmon! I love these human-interest types of articles. Thanks for helping us fans get to know our coaches and players.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2018 5:14 p.m.

    Certainly a step in the right direction. Glad to see the University step up with more salary money. It may take a few years to be where they were in the Lavell days.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    Feb. 9, 2018 4:55 p.m.

    A.J. will take BYU to a National Championship! I am super excited about this hire.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2018 1:10 p.m.

    AJ Steward sounds like a great addition to BYU's coaching staff.

    BYU is going through some growing pains in adjusting to its first major coaching change since becoming an Independent, but in the end, I think BYU will be a much stronger program.