Defensive Maneuver

Defensive Maneuver

Posted - Oct. 2, 2010 at 4:33 p.m.



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BYU Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach Jaime Hill was relieved of his duties on Saturday--the day after BYU's 31-16 loss at Utah State, which dropped BYU to 1-4 on the season.

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Saying he "would not quit on his guys," Hill told me that has was given the option of resigning or being fired during a morning meeting with head coach Bronco Mendenhall and AD Tom Holmoe.

Hill says he felt like a "scapegoat" and that BYU "had no reason to fire me." He noted that injuries have hampered the depth of BYU's defense, which ranked 102nd in total defense, 86th in scoring defense, 57th in pass efficiency defense, and 118th against the run heading into the Utah State game.

Named the DC in 2008, Hill's first season calling defensive plays was in 2009, when BYU ranked 28th in total defense, 29th in scoring defense, 38th in pass efficiency defense and 21st in rushing defense.

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Hill says the meeting began with Mendenhall saying "we're going to make a change," that Mendenhall would be taking over play-calling responsibilities and that Hill would be paid through the end of his contract, in August 2011. Hill says he was not given the option of retaining his secondary coaching responsibilities, but would have remained in that role if given the opportunity.

Hill says once given the option of resigning or being fired, he told Mendenhall and Holmoe that "we have nothing to talk about" and left the meeting.

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BYU indicated it would have no further comment on the matter until Mendenhall's Monday morning press conference. There was no team meeting to inform players of Hill's dismissal, and many current players were still unaware of the firing late Saturday afternoon.

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