Morning links: Sitake’s BYU coaching tenure examined; Jazz future looking up

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports looked at how happy or upset fan bases are with their 2016 coaching hires and the second coach listed (in a list moving from the bottom to the top), was BYU’s Kalani Sitake.

After looking at the disastrous situation for Missouri’s Barry Odom — who has won just 3 of 14 games against FBS opponents — Forde turned his attention to Sitake, calling him the, “Closest to the Odom inferno.”

Forde then spells out how the Cougars have performed under Sitake the last two seasons, saying, “Eight of Sitake’s 10 victories have come over teams from FCS or teams that finished last year with losing records. Last year every loss was by three points or fewer, but this year the average margin of defeat is 22.3.”

Forde continued, “The competition has been stout, but BYU’s offense is awful: The Cougars are last nationally in scoring offense and 129th out of 130 in total offense.”

Former BYU head man, Bronco Mendenhall was listed on the higher end of the scale in a spot that Forde called, “Corner Turned.”

“Mendenhall’s first year in Charlottesville was not pretty, starting with a loss to an FCS opponent and ending in a seven-game losing streak,” Forde wrote. “This year’s results are much better to date, highlighted by a road romp over Boise State last week. The Cavaliers are halfway to their first bowl bid since 2011.”

Jazz a top 10 ranked team in ESPN’s Future Power Rankings

ESPN Insider released its NBA Future Power Rankings — a projection of success on the court for the next three seasons — and the Utah Jazz came in at No. 10 on the list, tied with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Continue reading at DeseretNews.com.

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