BYU Assistant’s Kalani Sitake referred to as “Ted Lasso of College Football”
PROVO, Utah – Who would have thought BYU football head coach Kalani Sitake was the gridiron version of Ted Lasso, the most popular TV character of all time?
That’s what BYU’s offensive coordinator, Aaron Roderick, says. Roderick drew this comparison with Yahoo’s Pete Thamel.
“The western team with the best marksman to hit the CFP is BYU… who overcome injuries and find ways to beat Arizona, ASU, and Utah.
“It all comes back to Kalani Sitake,” said BYU OC Aaron Roderick. ‘Like Ted Lasso, he’s the college football coach.’ “Https://t.co/NROPf4JFKu
– Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) October 3, 2021
“It all comes back to Kalani Sitake,” Roderick told Yahoo! about how BYU overcomes injuries from 5-0. “Like Ted Lasso, he’s the college football coach. He’s so positive all the time. Our players love to play for him and come into the building every day. Practice is fun and meetings are fun. He created such a fun environment to play and train in. “
What Sitake achieved during his time at BYU was impressive. But of course it wasn’t always smooth. Just two years ago, parts of the fan base were ready to part with the former Cougar defender. But after getting his recruiting courses and experienced coaches on his team, success has made BYU a national story.
Kalani Sitake Makes BYU Football Fans “Believe”
To take a side from Ted Lasso, BYU fans suddenly “believe” that the program can reach the highest levels in the sport. Something they haven’t felt since LaVell Edwards roamed the sidelines.
Back at the beginning of the 2020 season, BYU set a record of 16: 1. The only loss was to an undefeated Coastal Carolina team that BYU had set 48 hours earlier, and they were three feet away from victory.
Only the reigning national champion, Alabama Crimson Tide, has a better track record than Sitake’s BYU program on this section. That’s one reason for a delicious pink box of lasso biscuits, if you ask me.
BYU now ranks 10th on both AP and Coaches Top 25 polls, with notable games against Boise State, Baylor, Virginia and USC on the schedule, BYU could make a memorable run like AFC Richmond .
BYU plays confidently and easily under Sitake, and the players want to run through a wall for the man. What other school can hold a talent like Baylor Romney as a backup quarterback? Sitake’s program can do that, and it continues to result in one of the best stories in college football this season.
Mitch Harper is BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and moderator of the Cougar Track Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.