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Published: Thursday, Dec. 8 2011 2:00 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Unlikely, but miracles happen. Especially in rivarly games. Show up Utes - I'll be there. Will U?

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

What a surprise!!

Pleasant Grove, UT

Coach scrambling to keep it within 40?

Iowa City, IA

So now we know that "indefinite" suspensions are easy to clear up, especially before a rivalry game. Funny how that resovled itself so quickly.

Sandy, UT

Lets see, he is suspended and they lose at home by the biggest margin in school history..They are scheduled to play in state rival in 2 days, who btw is playing quite well..Did anyone honestly not see his reinstatement for this game? I'm sure he's learned his lesson by now.

Eagle Mountain, UT

All this means is the point spread might be under 40 instead of under 50. It can't be much worse than last year.

South Jordan, Utah

It won't make any difference in the outcome of the game, but I just lost some respect for Coack k. He realizes he is in a world of hurt and is acting a bit desperate, or so it would appear.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'll bet he did. Nobody like losing by 30 at home.

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT

I thought the team was better without him. still, its fun to see the conspiracy theorists go crazy over such an inconsequential team. why do you people care?

South Jordan, Utah

"Josh will not be participating in any team activities until he has met certain obligations"

Those must have been really toooooough obligations for Josh to have conquered them so quickly!

Murray, UT

The kid was late to a practice. Leave it alone.

West Jordan, UT

Awesome! It will be great to see what the runnin utes can do at full strength.

See u at the game, chris b.

Santa Monica, CA

Wow, coach! Lesson learned! Punishment delivered! Back to business! I guess others will think twice now. I'm sure Watkins used that 27 hrs and fifteen minutes to really mull over his trangressions. He must be credited for using the fifteen or twenty minutes between classes to work on fullfilling those obligations. I hope those tough disciplinary measures don't break the kids spirit.

Springville, UT

This is great, Utes at full strength, no excuses.

Highland, UT

I didn't think his being suspended would affect the outcome of the game Saturday nor do I think his being reinstated will affect it either. BYU is going to absolutely humiliate utah unless Coach Rose hooses not to humiliate them. He is a classy coach so he'll call off the dogs at some point.

I do think it would be extra funny if Cusik and Sharp go off just a little bit. I'm kinda hoping for that.

Sunnyvale, CA

This has me scratching my head. "Suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team" sounds pretty ominous, but how bad could it really have been if within three days the kid's back on the team? Either the coach is so desperate to not stink up the Huntsman Center two games in a row (and it's hard to believe otherwise - and even with Watkins it's hard to believe it won't happen) that he is willing to brush away whatever grievous offense Jiggy had committed, or it really wasn't that bad a problem to begin with. Either way I don't think this reflects well on the coach's judgement and can only diminish the respect his players have for him.

I bleed red and white, but I'm at the point I feel like the Saint's fans of 1980 and would wear a bag over my head at the games. Google "1980 New Orleans "Aints" and check out the images and you'll see what I mean.


A lot of posters here seem to have a lot of inside information about the circumstances of Josh's punishment.

South Jordan, Utah

The problem with what Coach Krystkowiak is doing is this. Without Watkins playing Utah has a whopping 0.00% chance of beating BYU - Zilch, nada, no way. With Watkins playing the percentage jumps to 1% - maybe. So, for a 1% chance of beating BYU Coack Krystkowiak is willing to compromise his standards??? What message does this send to everyone in the U of U basketball program? And the sad thing is that he knows it, his players know it, and the fans know that what he is doing is suspect at best.

Not a good way, in my opinion, to start off his coaching career.

Frisco, TX

Indefinte suspensions usually last longer than one game. I'm not sure if it was the 30 point loss or the rivalry game that caused Coach Kry to reexamine his decision. From a fan perspective, I'm glad Watkins is back so U don't have any excuses for the 44 point loss on Saturday.

I've been in pain since September 17. I think all my pain will be gone after Saturday.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

sammyg -
This is great, Utes at full strength, no excuses.

Thank you for that comment. Too many of the others oooooze the 'I'd rather play a depleted team and win by a million' attitude.
Although, technically Utah's still not at full strength...losing Foster was a huge blow to this undersized team and changes our defensive scheme completely.
Memo to others, Utah's already depleted enough this year and will get annihilated...so rest easy. I'm simply hoping they keep it under 30...20 would be fantastic.
As for the suspension...you guys are all over the top. His main 'offense' was being late to practice...most coaches wouldn't even be suspending a guy for that. Good for Coach K.
And yes, I called him coach K.

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