Dick Harmon: BYU basketball: Despite ups and downs, this has been a season to remember

Published: Saturday, March 5 2011 6:20 p.m. MST

Rose moved the twice-a-week media availability for local press before practice instead of after; in part to have an end time to interviews so work could get done.

After losing to New Mexico here on Wednesday, recognizing his team's emotional state after losing teammate Brandon Davies to an honor code violation, Rose told his players to take Thursday off and forget about basketball.

At school, for the past two months, Fredette found it hard to attend classes. He was a rock star. Students he sat by in class with relative peace back in October now wanted his autograph, others wanted him at their little brother's birthday party. Add up every 20-second conversation times a hundred and chit-chat became a verbal train with no caboose in sight. It became unmanageable for Fredette on campus and in his private life.

Piles of mail arrived for the star to the basketball office from all over the world. BYU basketball secretary Zeffie Barton took the mail to the Marriott Center floor daily for Fredette to sign items. Sensing how it was looking in front of his teammates, Fredette politely asked Barton if this could be done in her office in private.

In ways few can imagine, the team has endured an exhilarating and exciting emotional ride this season. But it's also been a roller coaster with curves, dips and peaks that Rose has had to manage to avoid an impending implosion.

"At that moment, this one feels like the best," said Rose of his team's MWC title. "Being the last one in the league means something. This team took a lot of shots from some very good teams and now they'll have a banner in the rafter to look at always."

It was only fitting, before All-American Fredette and Rose climbed the ladder to cut down the cotton, Davies made the reach on the steps and take his piece of the net, a non-playing team member of a title team that will be known for all time as one of the very best — regardless of what happens the next two weeks.

"We'll have records to look back on when we're old men," said Fredette. "We'll be taking about this season for the rest of our lives."

e-mail: dharmon@desnews.com

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