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Published: Monday, April 4 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Any of the former Utah B-Ball players/coaches that were mentioned in the article would be great to have, and moreover I think a must for the program to get back on the right track. A former UofU player will be able to help in recruiting and bringing a winning culture back.


Las Vegas, NV

Get somebody to convince Clyburn to stay, and then go get Brandon Davies to sign.

Cedar Hills, UT


They can't touch Davies, he is still with the Y and nothing like starting your coaching career under issues with the NCAA. Besides you better hope tehy do keeep what they have no one going to want to come to the U and toss their basketball career away?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


I'd hardly call going to a PAC12 school "tossing their basketball career away". Playing in high school gyms in front of 2,500 people in the WCC is more of a waste of a career.

Dave S
Holladay, UT

Sounds like Coach K2 is looking in the right direction to fill out his coaching staff. So far I love what I'm seeing and hearing about him.

Olympus Cove, Utah


"...then go get Brandon Davies to sign."

It's a violation of NCAA rules to recruit a player from an NCAA or NAIA institution unless written permission has been granted by the student-athletes

Good luck trying to get permission from BYU to recruit Davies.


Brave Sir Robin

Lots of hysterical hyperbole from jealous Utah fans, but BYU won't be playing in front of 2,500 people, they'll be playing on national ESPN broadcasts before a nationwide television audience. The size of the basketball arena is inconsequential.

Besides, which is better, playing in a packed arena filled with enthusiastic fans, or playing in front of 10,000 empty red chairs in arena where you can hear a pin drop?

Park City, UT

Brave Sir Robin

"Playing in high school gyms in front of 2,500 people in the WCC is more of a waste of a career."

Did John Stockton waste his career playing in the "high school gyms" of the WCC?

Did Karl Malone waste his career playing in the "high school gyms" of the Southland Conference?

How about Scottie Pippen playing in the "high school gyms" of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference?

Or Reggie Lewis playing in the "high school gyms" of the ECAC North Atlantic Conference?

Bottom line is true stars grow where they're planted.

Brandon Davies has a greater chance of building a successful career playing for a proven, winning coach at BYU in the WCC, than playing for an uproven coach on a rebuilding Utah team that will be lucky to finish in the upper half of the PAC 12 within the next two years.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

The names mentioned as assitants sound workable, if he can get some interest.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

He needs to get his assistants in place and then go after Tyrel Corbin. Forget Brandon Davies. He will be staying at BYU. Once he serves his suspension. They made it clear by letting him ride the bench even while being suspended that they want him back on the team as soon as he can get there.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

mormon ute: are you still bitter that byu "let him ride the bench even while he was suspended?" Isn't that was being suspended means - you dont play aka you ride the bench.

Or because he was suspended were you thinking BYU should not have let him be seen with team, talk to any teammates, ever wear a BYU shirt, show his face in public, or even think about basketball ever again?

I heard one time a University of Utah player jaywalked and Coach Whittingham had the nerve to let the kid still show up to practice and keep the "U" decal on his car.

Orange County, CA

Ted H: It sounds like you're the bitter one. There was no bitterness in Mormon Ute's comments; he was supporting his case that Davies is staying at BYU.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Judkins deserves a shot. Majerus was a total jerk to him. he would probably have been in the running for a HC position with the U if Majerus wasn't such an arrogant...........

Orem, UT

Ted H.

Unlike some Utah fans, Mormon Ute understands the repentance process that Brandon is going through. I don't think he has a problem with Brandon being allowed to ride the bench during his suspension, especially since he didn't break any NCAA rules.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Ted H,

79Ute and TrueBlue have defended me well. Thanks to you both.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT


If you were familiar with other comments made in recent weeks you would know that indeed Mormon Ute took issue with the fact that BYU "allowed him to sit the bench" even though he was suspended.

MormonUte went on a long rant a few days ago on the very subject and he thought Brandon should not have been allowed to represent byu by sitting on the bench.

Ridiculous I know, but that was Mormon Ute's belief.

Draper, UT

Players thinking about leaving due to the coaching change may want to talk to Josh Grant. After Lynn Archibald was fired after what I believe was Grant's freshman year, he was interviewed on local TV. He was not happy. I believe he said something about being "disappointed in my university today". I think he thought about leaving. He stayed, and look at how well things turned out for his career and the success of the team under Big Rick. Josh ended up going to the Sweet 16 a short time later.

And how did Ted H get bitterness out of that? Sounds like he's lookin' fer persecution where none exists.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

Mormon Ute | 11:47 a.m. March 31, 2011

Kaysville, UT

So let me get this straight, it's okay for BYU to let a suspended player travel with the team and sit on the bench, because that is showing compassion and helping the kid overcome his troubles?

Hopefully that helps for those who doubted that Mormon Ute has issues with Davies being allowed to ride the bench.

Sandy, UT

Ted is right.
I am the one Mormon Ute was debating with. But Ted watch out, what follows is usually uneducated illogical blabber with an occasional fact that doesn't even support what the blabber is all about

JD Books
Monroe, UT

How about the best Hs coach in the state from South Sevier?

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Ted H & Trevvor,

Thanks for taking that quote out of context and adding a question mark to it. That may not seem like much, but it does change the entire meaning. Here is the entire comment:


So let me get this straight, it's okay for BYU to let a suspended player travel with the team and sit on the bench, because that is showing compassion and helping the kid overcome his troubles. But when athletes at the U are suspended and then do what is required of them to earn their way back, it's not appropriate and you think it's just a slap on the wrist. Give me a break and take your double standard somewhere else."

I said that in response to Trevvor's assertion that the U is too lenient on its athletes. He claimed this in response to an article about Tyler Shreve, an athlete whose scholarship was revoked causing him to miss fall training camp and an entire season of football while he earned it back. Now that you have the full comment and its context you can decide if I am bitter, uneducated or illogical and if I blabber.

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