The lone Heisman Trophy winner in BYU history took a minute to sit and talk with BYU Athletic Communications about the changes that BYU will experience with its newfound independence and the possibility of becoming a member of the Cougar staff someday.
Detmer believes the exposure on ESPN will allow BYU to reach more recruits across the nation, much in the same way the Cougars reached him via national exposure while he was a high school quarterback.
"I think BYU has missed out on a lot of recruits, including LDS recruits, to schools like Notre Dame and Stanford because they have so much more exposure on the national landscape. Now I think we will be able to get some of those kids and attract more non-LDS kids because they will get a chance to see this team on national TV like I did in high school. I had the chance to see BYU play for the National Championship and in a few other games. I didn't know anything about the school, Utah or the LDS Church, but I knew they threw the ball, and knew that would be perfect for me. Seeing BYU on TV made a huge difference for me during my recruitment and I am sure it will make a difference for other kids as well."
Detmer is currently the head football coach at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. When asked if he would ever consider returning to the BYU sideline as a member of the Cougar staff, Detmer admitted it could be possible if the situation presented itself.
"BYU is very close to my heart," Detmer said. "If they came to me and said 'we want you' or 'we need you' then I would entertain the offer. It would have to come in the right situation for me and my family. I really like the situation that high school football provides. I have time to come to these types of events, along with some charity golf tournaments and also get to go hunting and run my ranch. But I will say that if I were to come back to BYU it would have to be the right situation and the right job."
While discussing coaching, Detmer also discussed the perception that BYU coaches are often paid less than coaches at other major football programs around the country.
"If we are going to be a competitive program and are planning on staying independent then we are going to have to step up to the table and do what some of the other major colleges do around the country when it comes to coach compensation," Detmer said. "We have a lot of young guys on this BYU staff with a lot of potential and in order to keep them we are going to have to pay them. If we want this BYU team to compete against the top BCS competition then we are going to have to pay like the top BCS competition."