Report: BYU fires former Heisman winner Ty Detmer

By Jesse Reed

Ty Detmer is a BYU legend. He won the 1990 Heisman Trophy as the school’s quarterback and then came back to the university two years ago to be its offensive coordinator.

Now, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, BYU has fired Ty Detmer after a dismal 4-9 season. As mentioned by Rittenberg, it’s probably not a “fair” move, given the circumstances.

“The Cougars went 4-9 this season and scored 20 points or less in nine games. Although Detmer took the heat for the offense’s struggles, he was surrounded by a very inexperienced staff, hardly ideal for a first-time college coach.”

BYU did go 9-4 last year, which was Detmer’s first season as a college coach. The Cougars scored 29.5 points per game in 2016, so clearly Detmer isn’t incapable of calling a successful game plan and engineering an offense that can score.

Likely, the former Heisman winner will get another chance somewhere else, if he so desires. Before he signed on with BYU in 2016, he was the head coach at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas for seven seasons.