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Published: Friday, Aug. 26 2011 9:56 p.m. MDT

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pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Good for Nai. I wish he hadn't made the mistake he did, but I'm glad he got things turned around.

LogicInduced
Ogden, UT

I'm a Utah fan, but this seems way too light of a punishment. 3 times the legal limit, on a suspended license, driving the wrong direction on 215. Thank God an innocent person(s) were not seriously injured, or worse. I'd say the USC game should be included in the punishment, minimum, even with a perfect record since. Of course, this is an opinion without any knowledge of the young man or the circumstances beyond what was reported.

wazzup
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Agreed Logic...a slap on the hand is not punishment..especially against Montana State.

Circumstances = driving under the influence of alcohol = drunk.

But then what did you expect Kyle to do. He has to win games.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Nice, since they needed him SO bad to win game 1.

If they would have at least suspended him through the USC game, I would have supported that more.

Kiboo
South Jordan, Utah

I agree with logic. This guy could have killed someone and he gets a mere slap on the wrist. And his "punishment" is to miss a game against Montana State???

I think Whittingham is succumbing to the pressure to win in the PAC 12.

Sad.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

I understand the sentiment from logic, but I disagree with him. First of all, drunk driving is deplorable, and all those things could have happened, but they didn't. 2nd, we don't know what Fotu had to do outside of the football things.

I think Kyle's track record shows that players truly have to earn their way back. If you remember Marquis Wilson, a player who had a bigger role on the team, he never made it back. Also there is Mo Neal who was going to be a huge part of LB corp last year, he was dismissed after a bar fight. This year Utah has the deepest D line and LB corp they've had in years, and people are saying Kyle caved in just to win games. Again, I'm not defending Fotu's crime, but I trust Whit's process and judgement.

SoCalUtahFan
Utesville, CA

I am glad that Fotu is given a second chance and hope that he will stay out of troubles as a person.

@LogicReduced...

There is punishment that Kyle can use to correct Fotu as a person. Fotu has to do that himself. So take your illogical thinking and go away.

Tyler McArthur
South Jordan, UT

Wow...slap on the wrist.

jwskrj
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT

Cougar fans would not be happy unless he was suspended for the season. I love how quick people are to judge this kid without having any information. It seems to me that there is a scripture that some of us may need to review. I believe it goes something like "Judge not that ye be not judged... for by the judgement that ye judge shall ye also be judged." Now, we don't know what he had to go through, we don't know what type penetance he has done or what form it has taken. I in no way want to sound as if I am condoning what he did. What he did was wrong but if he has learned from this mistake and done everything that was required of him legally and put upon him by the team, it is not up to us to decide. How many of us have made a big mistake and been given the opportunity to turn things around. He should have that chance.

LogicInduced
Ogden, UT

As I stated earlier, I don't know the young man or the circumstances except what was reported. I believe in redemption, but after consequences. Indeed, Coach Whit has a good track record and I trust the consequences were tangible. I just wish Fotu would have been suspended for a game that means something, or not any games. For the public punishment to be missing the game against Montana St., but return for the historic USC game, makes me wonder.

BigWilly
Alpine, Ut

That is a joke of a punishment. I would be a lot happier with a 3-6 game suspension. This just shows younger players on the team that they can get away from a serious offense with just a 1 game suspension. Driving while intoxicated is no minor offense, the details of the incident make it even worse. The NCAA should handle criminal offenses and proper disciplinary actions, not the coaches.

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

Now that is some real punishment.... I wonder if he would have been suspended had USC been the first game??? Or even BYU???

I'm thinking no....

MiP
Iowa City, IA

"This year Utah has the deepest D line and LB corp they've had in years, and people are saying Kyle caved in just to win games."
---pocyUte

Agreed. It's fine they want to think conspiritorial, but I'm not a fan of them trying to pass it off as fact.

"That is a joke of a punishment. I would be a lot happier with a 3-6 game suspension. This just shows younger players on the team that they can get away from a serious offense with just a 1 game suspension."
---BigWilly

1 game. 3-6 games. Both seem arbitrary to me.

"Nice, since they needed him SO bad to win game 1. If they would have at least suspended him through the USC game, I would have supported that more."
---Cougar Claws

Because, based on your name, I'm sure you are normally a big supporter of Utah athletics.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

I cannot believe that the school would do this publically and damage this young man's reputation. Sure he's made a mistake, but it could have been handled privately. No need for the institution to comment.

There is no way that Utah can ever compete in the PAC having rules of conduct.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

"This just shows younger players on the team that they can get away from a serious offense with just a 1 game suspension."

He did not receive "just a 1 game suspension." He was suspended indefinitely from the team after the incident. I think the fact that he was brought back to the team at all shows his level of dedication to change. As mentioned before, this is one of the best defensive line and linebacking corps the U has seen in a long time whether Nai plays or not. The team doesn't need Nai, Nai needs the team, and he has shown that by working his way back onto the team.

DrUte
Woods Cross, UT

Let's let Coach Whitt coach his team. If he believes Nai has paid his dues during these intervening months, that should fill the bill. We have a National Coach of the Year here who knows his stuff.

And, we have no idea what dues have been actually paid since all we have are newspaper reports.

No disrespect to MSU but Vegas point spread web sites currently show Utah -28, so there should be significant PT for many of the two's and three's.

Significant psychological impact --- being ready to play but sidelined. You can't compete to start if you're relegated to sipping Gatorade.

My guess is that after Sept 1st he will be a monster against USC, and that's why you can believe Coach Whitt is a motivational genius.

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

I think many posters don't realize how big of a punishment a DUI is in the state of Utah. It's jail time, a $10,000 fine, community service, they loose their licenses, they have to pay for things like towing and impound fees, insurance rates go up, reputations get damaged and many people end up loosing their jobs.

Over the next 5 years Fotu will probably loose between $20,000 and $50,000 as a direct result of getting his DUI. When Fotu graduates he's probably going to want a job, but because he's a convicted felon it's going to be really hard.

It's not coach Whit's responsibility to pile on.

DC
Alexandria, VA

As a BYU fan, I'm saying this - Coach W's job is not to groom men from boys. His job is to win football games. Suspending him goes against the responsibility placed on his to win games. Plus, the NCAA most likely had their say and is most likely satisfied with the punishment.

Bronco's job is to also win football games, except he's got something like 4 other responsibilities first, like grooming boys into men. That's just the priority placed on the BYU program. It's not a knock against Utah. Just the way things are.

gchris
rock springs, wy

U of U's version of the Honor Code.

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