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Published: Thursday, Aug. 18 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe I don't understand. Phillips expects to have a scholarship when he is academically ineligible?

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

I hope Drew Phillips ends up in a good spot playing football somewhere. I was looking forward to seeing him play in Provo with that tremendous speed. Maybe there is still time to reverse his decision.

Highland, UT

I was looking forward to seeing this guy play. His footage looked amazing. I know he had issues, but he is still young and I think he should have been given more time.

I still support my cougars.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I've said it before and I'll say it again.

byu will never be a top program as they simply can't recruit(or keep) athletes.

This guy was one of maybe 10 true athletes on the entire team.

He's likely looking for BCS quality teammates, BCS quality coaches, to play in a BCS game, and be in a BCS league.

This kid is counting his blessings tonight his time in the bubble is over.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

I cannot believe BYU put his name out like that to be publically humiliated by the national media.I thought BYU was all about forgiveness. BYU will never be an elite program until they drop all academic standards.

BYU threw Phillips under the bus as a knee-jerk reaction to Utah being invited to the PAC-12.

(I thought I'd try and hit all the talking points for the alumni house kids.)

Alexandria, VA

Just like Chambers was never going to come back. Both Chambers and Phillips will be suited up next year.

Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

Phillips, a freshman who redshirted last season, announced via Twitter Thursday night that the school has pulled his scholarship. While he later deleted that tweet, he subsequently reiterated several times that he won't be returning to play for the Cougars.

Does DN read everybody's Twitter or are you relying on hearsay (since you didn't mention how this "fact" came to your attention?

Murray, UT

Maybe he had better consider putting football on the back burner for now and get his academics in order so that he can get his football scholorship back.

Clearfield, UT

Hopefully he can get the academic thing straightened out and be back on the team. If it doesn't work out then best of luck to him.

Alpine, UT

Thanks Chrissy. What we would we do without you to enlighten us?

Mesa, AZ

Chris B - not even worth really commenting on but since it was designed to get a rise out of the dominant football program in the state, I'll just say that 70% of the PAC-12 is a joke and that is a BCS conference. Yes, Utah is in the 70%. Watch BYU roll over these BCS cupcakes in their first 5 games. BYU 5, BCS 0. Now take your smack talk and stay by that Olympic stadium that holds 38,000 but is only sold out when big brother comes to town for your yearly spanking. Scoreboard baby.

Orem, UT

Errrr @ Chris B and Veritas Aequitas, ummm, WOW!!! Jeff Call got this information from Drew Phillips, via twitter, not BYU. As far as athleticism at BYU is concerned, tell that to Oklahoma. (your act is getting old)

And BYU always, always, always matches up, if not exceeds that of the Utes athletically. To say otherwise is as blind as is SL sports Radio or more to the point, as is the blindness of Ute trolls on every BYU article written. The Utes will match up athletically with Washington State and UCLA, kinda like, looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.

The U of U lose players all the time, the interest in such just gets buried like most Ute articles, somewhere around High School Tennis.

Many BYU fans were excited about seeing Drew Phillips on the field, but I was far more excited about Drew getting his education and having a great experience at BYU.

As has been said and over-stated, BYU is not for everyone. BYU is obviously for Josh Quezada and Ross Apo and Jake Heaps and Carter Mees and Austen Jorgensen and Cody Hoffman and I can go on forever, my man etc., etc., etc.,

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

That bites.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

I don't understand it. I thought that Coach DuPaix was working with Drew and that the BYU Coaching staff was interested in his success. We needed him bad, particularly for next season with JJ DiLuigi and Bryan Kariya leaving. Maybe there is a chance he comes back? I sure hope so.

Iowa City, IA

Too bad for Phillips. I hope he lands somewhere and gets to play football. I was pretty excited to watch him play for the Cougars.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Hey... it was Phillips opportunity to blow...He has no one to blame but himself. Obviously his academics again didn't cut the mustard the second time around. If you don't make the minimum you don't play. That's just the way it is. It's too bad because he is talented and would lock down depth at his position for a couple more years. And the guy tweeted his own story to the DNews so why are individuals laying that trip on Mendenhall and the school. And Chrissy B. is Chrissy B....He/she just doesn't seem to be in control...so that isn't going to change anytime soon either...and with so many comments so far out in left field... should simply be ignored by now...

Lehi, UT

My guess is that he didn't get the grades he needed in his summer courses. When someone is academically ineligible, that means they're on probation. There's not a student at BYU who can continue their elegibility for school without passing classes. I tutored a very well known BYU athlete who was facing probation one time. He had to put in overtime on the studies to make it. Some guys just can't or don't make the effort it takes to succeed academically, even when talked to by coaches and assigned a tutor, etc.

rock springs, wy


Drew Phillips was recruited and given a scholarship as a student-athlete. If he's looking for BCS quality teammates, BCS quality coaches, a BSC quality game and a BCS quality league, maybe he should look for the library first. Do they have one of those at your BSC school? It is unfortunate that, for whatever the reason, Drew wasn't able to meet the academic requirements of participation in BYU extracurricular activities. He will probably be academically eligible at another school. Hope he graduates and finds a rewarding life after football.

North Salt Lake, UT

@logical. I know BYU fans live in the 80s. Now you are trying to take the Utes back there with that post. Nice attempt.

Mesa, AZ

Chris B

You put too much stock in the BCS. What will you do when the BCS implodes with corruption?

Just cause you keep saying it doesn't make it true...

Or don't you remember the beat down from the last article you commented on.

I guess you can't learn and old ute new tricks.

We'll see how the BCS team does on Spet 17th.

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