Dick Harmon: Deploying analysts should help BYU keep pace in evolving college football landscape


PROVO — Kalani Sitake will deploy analysts in BYU’s football program this fall. It’s a trend made popular by Nick Saban at Alabama.

There will be four analysts on Sitake’s staff this fall and those positions are in the process of being filled. There’s no formal announcement planned at this time as to who they are. No practices, no games, no rush. But they’re coming, according to athletic director Tom Holmoe, whom I bumped into this week at a Utah National Football Foundation event.

So, what do analysts do?

First, here’s what they don’t do.

The NCAA allows for 10 full-time assistant coaches. Unlike those assistants, analysts cannot coach players. They cannot recruit. They cannot be involved in the skill development of players at any time. That’s coaching.

Analysts can be used as a hybrid, something akin to a quality control coach, kind of like a graduate assistant or administrative assistant. They can break down film, make cutouts of plays, and develop computerized data that show tendencies. They can prepare agendas for position group meetings, create scouting reports and help prepare game plans.

Alabama basically has an analyst assigned to every full-time assistant coach. Some programs assign a couple of analysts for the defense and a couple for the offense.

At Virginia, Bronco Mendenhall had three analysts last season and will enter this fall with six. It’s part of a $500,000 a year investment Virginia’s made in the football program and also increases his conditioning staff from three to five, according to The Daily Progress.

A four-win BYU season may have inspired the school’s administration to also make an investment. A lot of titles and hats have been switched around. It was evident in assistant hires since December, including luring Jeff Grimes from LSU to be the offensive coordinator and adding two experienced former offensive coordinators in Fesi …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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