20 Utah basketball players have departed since 2010

Published: Tuesday, June 5 2012 7:22 p.m. MDT

During the 2010-2011 season, the Utes were coached by Jim Boylan, who was fired from the program on March 12, 2011 after consecutive losing seasons. The team had a season record of 13-18 overall, 6-10 in the Mountain West. When the Utes moved to the Pac-12 for their 2011-2012 season, coached by Larry Krystkowiak, they ended their season with a 6-25 record, 3-15 in the Pac-12. The Utes haven't had a winning season since 2009, causing many players to transfer to other universities or to pursue other interests. Here are 20 players who have made the decision to go since 2010:
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West Jordan, Utah

We can only hope our storied program can begin to rise up again sooner than later. It's interesting how Utah was a basketball powerhouse and football cellar dweller not long ago. It's just the opposite now.

I root for my Utes through thick and thin. With Chris Hill in charge, Ute fans have grown to trust him. Utah will be back in basketball and Ute support is stronger than ever. Bandwagon fans are by and large a thing of the past. Utah will need to win to get large scale attendance back in basketball though. It's no different to when BYU was down in basketball not too long ago.

Spanish Fork, UT

Gdog3finally is right and has the right attitude. Love the Cougars but know that the Ute program will be back, just as the BYU program went through misery. It is college sports and we're hanging on the words and actions of a bunch of hormonally-challenged kids in sneakers. I just hope BYU thrashes the Utes this year and gets back the balance. After that, I don't care if they play less. Maybe kill some of the foolish hatred.

Unca Bon

Gdog makes a great point. I'm a huge BYU fan, and witnessed the agony that was BYU's basketball team. We can't pretend that one win season never happened. However, Dave Rose righted the ship and we're in a better position now then we have ever before. The landscape of sports can turn on a dime. If the Utes are able to get a coach who can attract good recruits and develop them into quality players, then their level of competition will be like it was before. I don't know if their current coach will do that (I'm guessing he isn't the coach to do it), but it'll happen one day.
That said, if the football rivalry is biannual, I think basketball should follow suit. I don't think we should be annual rivals in one sport but not the others. I understand that football has far fewer games, but it involves more than that. The Utes are sticking it to BYU that they don't need them (which is true). However, BYU basketball doesn't need the Utes either. Scrap the rivalry altogether. I know I'm ready to move on.

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

I was surprised that 8 of these players had played at a different college prior to Utah.

Burley, ID

Sad to see so many empty seats in the photos, I remember when crowds of eight to ten thousand were commonplace.

Good or bad, I'll always root for my Runnin' Utes.

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