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Published: Wednesday, June 1 2011 6:37 p.m. MDT

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Maverick
West Jordan, UT

Shameless!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I just can't understand why players aren't flocking to utah now that they are in the pac10? That is what wedgie said would happen but instead they are all baling out like rats from a sinking ship. It just doesn't make any sense. Don't they know that utah used to be good? Don't they know utah has a basketball legacy? Oh wait....ute "fans" tell us legacies are meaningless. No one remember's them. They must be right.

LOL

foxkids2000
Tracy, CA

The loophole allows it, but I'm sure he made the decision on his own w/o BYU actively recruiting him. One he stated his intention, it's a no brainer to go after him. Just following a trend of other key Ute basketball players this year to leave and pursue fresh opportunities. Utes should recover fine and it opens up for another player who will love the opportunity to play for the new coach and new conference foes.

scenic view
Baltimore, MD

Sorry, to disappoint you Maverick, but Josh Sharp decided to leave Utah and enroll at BYU on his own. He wasn't recruited by BYU, in fact, BYU wouldn't have even had a scholarship for him if James Anderson hadn't decided to forego his senior season and another kid who was offered a scholarship decided to play at BYU-Hawaii.

BlameItOnTheOfficials
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I guess Josh doesn't realize that the utes will be in the final four every year now that they're in the Pac12!

79Ute
Orange County, CA

It's not shameless. The coach that recruited him was fired, and the new coach has no relationship with him and is yet to prove himself to any of us Utah fans. Rose is a known commodity so it's not such a big surprise that Sharp would change his mind. There is no evidence that he was recruited by BYU, and no report that Sharp has been offered a scholarship yet. As a Utah fan I'm optimistic that the new coach will bring the U back to the kind of program we had with Gardner, Foster, Pimm, and Majerus, but it will take awhile to recover from tatters the program is in now.

ouisc
Farmington, UT

I must agree with Coach K....the recruiting that happens while a player is on a mission is pretty classless. Oh, yeah, so is having your father email the University that you're transfering. LOL. I would hate to root for a guy like this, anyways. But I'm sure someone is desperate enough to take this kid.

eagle
Provo, UT

Scholarships are one-year contracts. When you go a mission or join the military you are released from your scholarship. Whether BYU recruited him or not matters not. They (BYU nor Sharp) did anything wrong.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

I wish Josh well. If he doesn't want to be at the U, I don't want him to be there. I do think it's a bit chicken for the dad to notify coach K by email, but, what's done is done.

Go Utes

viva la Pac-12

CG
Orem, UT

ouisc

Have a little whine with your sour grapes.

BYU will be very happy to take this fine, upstanding, returned missionary who will now become a great addition to the stellar program Dave Rose is building at BYU.

A Utah fan stated a couple of weeks ago that Utah's basketball program couldn't sink any lower. It appears that the Utes still have a ways to go before they hit rock bottom.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

I should say on the surface it seems a bit chicken for the dad to notify coach K by email, but maybe that was how they generally had communicated or something that we aren't privy to.

MichiganCoog
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Whatever ouisc...

He was an awesome get when he was intending to play for the Utes, and all of the sudden has become a dud for changing his mind to play for your big brother to the south.

Really, it was just plain common sense on his part, go play for the far better program (hands down) to the train-wreck on the hill...pretty smart kid if you ask me...

SportsFan
Orem, UT

In case U missed it, the Pac 12 just announced that Utah's Pac 12 debut at USC will be televised on...

VERSUS!

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

Josh Sharp sounds like a great get for BYU.

Welcome aboard Josh!

Chickenhunter
Provo, Ut

We cougars aren't classless! We aren't holier than thou. We aren't delusional and we aren't obsessed with Utah!

Arynen
Midvale, UT

ouisc, ...

Lets not jump to conclusions here about how he communicated with the U and start calling the kid names. Having served a mission, I'm pretty sure he, as a missionary, only communicates with family and maybe a close friend or two back home. This is usually by letter, and only twice a year allowed by telephone. I'm willing to bet he mentioned in a letter home that he had changed his mind to play for BYU. Dad took the next step and informed the U of the change. On missions, you aren't too concentrated on calling up your university and talking about sports, and is probably not allowed. Leave the kid alone with the name calling and show some class yourself.

CdA Ute
Mason, OH

I'm not going to begrudge the kid for leaving whether he was recruited or contacted BYU on his own. But, shouldn't he be concentrating on doing the work at hand on his mission?

BYU DUDE
Provo, UT

Today Basketball soon it will be Football,

And the Utes will cry wee, wee, wee, all the way home.

79Ute
Orange County, CA

CdA Ute: One of the things a 19-year old learns on a mission is how to plan ahead (as the former dean of the Harvard Business School reported on the Charlie Rose show on PBS a few years ago). Planning ahead for school upon one's return doesn't imply lack of concentration for the work at hand. I wasn't a basketball player, but I made college plans for when I returned to the U and it was just a couple of letters exchanged with my parents to make sure I was set to start school when I got home. That's the kind of thing missionaries do on their preparation day along with doing laundry and playing basketball if a gym can be found.

Clear Thinker
Draper, UT

If there is anything classless here it is Krysko screaming foul play trying to play an ethics card, a rivalry card, and most importantly setting up yet another excuse as to why the team will not be able to compete. Just for a moment imagine signing a good faith commitment with an employer before you left out of town for a couple of weeks vacation. By the time you got back the management had been gutted, the guy who hired you was replaced by a total unknown, 90% of your peers had bolted for greener pastures, and the company appeared to be incapable of making money for the next decade. Finally, just down the street a culture of winning, player development, and stability was available. You are told you have no committments to the first company. Are you sure you would stay? Would you feel obligated to meet with the new boss face to face. If you said yes, you will never make a career change no matter teh circumstances.

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