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Published: Sunday, April 10 2011 9:55 p.m. MDT

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Allen#1
West Valley, UT

I agree that it is stupid for any current Utah basketball player to leave Utah. But if they should, why not recommend the players go to either Utah State or Weber State instead of the universally despised BYU?

Hawkeye79
Iowa City, IA

Staying players may be best for Ute fans, but the players appear to think otherwise.

Laser
Iowa City, IA

Wow, nothing like the local media trying to persuade the players. So much for objectivity. Journalism is now speculation mixed with ulterior motives.

If I were an objective reporter, I'd start digging into the story why so many players leave the basketball program? I wouldn't be writing an article hinting for them to stay.

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah will be rebuilding next year so staying means being part of a team that will be lucky to finish above .500 next year. Some players may enjoy being part of that. Others may want to play for a winning program next year.

TandJ
LaVerkin, Utah

Er, Allen, could it possibly be, just a slight possibility, that it is because going to BYU would be a step upward instead of oblivion?

TandJ
LaVerkin, Utah

Swoop, finishing above .500 isn't even a remote possibility. Going into the PAC12, Utah is going to be mighty lucky to win one or a remote possibility of two conference games. Football doesn't appear to be any more rosy for them in the PAC12 either. Utah will most likely end up being the bottom dwellers in both basketball and football for as long as one can see, or until the PAC12 decides that they are not an asset and bids them adieu. Well, so much for nice new (and very expensive) facilities that will be less than half filled. Maybe they will be able to figure out some other use for them, like another Olympics.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@allen

I love "the universally despised BYU" comment. LOL

As a matter of fact so many of the top local high school players "universally despise" them that they flock down to Provo to play for them. LOL

So many of the local basketball fans "universally despise" them that they fill up the 22,700 seat Marriott Center while avoiding the huntsman center like they may catch the plague, or a serious case of losing, just by going there. LOL

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Laser,

Journalism includes opinion and op-ed pieces in addition to straight reporting. This article did not appear on the editorial page but it is obviously an op-ed piece and that is ok. I want to read opinions from sports writers. I thought the opinions expressed were well reasoned.

thebig1
SLC, UT

Yes why are so many players leaving, I know the reason Majerus is not there was Bogut wasn't coming back if he stayed, straw that broke back for Coach. Something is really wrong and the players don't think K is the answer. The Masters was great

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

"Journalism is now speculation mixed with ulterior motives."

I was thinking the same thing about Dick Harmon's article on the state of byU football. He was really trying to make us beleive that byU did not lose to Utah State last year and that they are going to beat Texas and Utah this coming year. lol

Terry
Sandy, UT

I think Allen#1 meant to say BYU is universally despised by all religious bigots like him! I went to Utah, but I grew up rooting for BYU, so I still root for both schools when they are playing anyone else from outside the state!

I must say I am not impressed with coach K yanking the scholarship promise Boylen extended to two 6'10 tall local talents because they are going on their mission first. If he wants to make an impression for the local talent, he should probably not alienate the local LDS kids who want to go on missions.

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

Good luck to new coaches and efforts in a new conf. Basketball will improve with a new start.

Just a question, I guess to Allen#1, or any other "dispisers" of a local program: Why is BYU "universally despised". It seemed like in sports highlights this past season BYU was pretty popular around the country. What is with the "despised" label here in Utah? Is it just local rivalry? Is it the fans? Is it the school and the association? It would be interesting to know.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Terry,

Where did you hear that Coach K has revoked any scholarships? I highly doubt that is true or at least not the whole story. Give us a source so we know you're not just trying to drum up animosity toward the new coach.

steve84088
Orem, UT

Does O'Brien lose a year if he transfers to a PAC-10 school immediately since Utah is not yet a member until July 1?

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

"It's not surprising that players are leaving, considering an average of nearly four players per year have left the U. program over the past 20 years.

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Something is wrong with the program, or with recruiting.

Maybe Coach Connor will get the program on track.

gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

I think the BYU posters need to worry about losing their best offensive player in school history, losing the best defensive player in school history, losing their best current recruiter in Dave Rice. On top of all that BYU is moving to the WCC where if you win 25 games and win the conference you are strairing a double digit seed in the face.
Utah has huge challenges and I do not know how it is going to turn out but I like the hiring of the 2 new asst. coaches and any player that does not want to help, best of luck.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Steve,

My understanding is that the rule for transferring are in effect. So if O'brien transferred to another Pac-12 school he would lose 2 years of eligibility. He would only have to sit out a year, and could use his red shirt, but he would come back as a junior.

The only way not to lose eligibility is to transfer to a lower level, like D-2.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

I thought this article was about Utah's team not BYU's! Why are the Utes so totally adsorbed by what BYU does or doesn't do? Worry about your own team and let BYU will take care of itself!

joecoog
North Las Vegas, NV

gonefisin,
if your so worried about byu going to the wcc you obvously dont know much about college ball. Gonzaga, you know tht team from the wcc, has been the top seed in atleast one game 7 times in the last 10 years with a top seed of 2 multiple times. Know what you are talking about before posting.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

What's surprising is that any ute player would stick around to get their brains beat out next year! What's the over-under on how many leave. So they are up to 4 now!

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