BYU basketball: Center Chris Miles goes the distance


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  • friend of joey and ryan
    Oct. 15, 2009 12:24 a.m.

    I go to a post high school with joey and ryan. they are so fun to be around. Ryan is super tall. i only go up to his chest. im pretty short though too. Joey is pretty huge but still loveable.

  • Father of autistic son
    March 8, 2009 12:10 a.m.

    Incidentally, my son is entirely without language ability, so he can't even say he needs to go to the bathroom or wants anything in particular. Early therapy likely would have helped in that regard. We have seen instances of well-off individuals (professional athletes or actors) who have seen their children make remarkable progress. It's a matter of whether or not people have access to financial resources, unfortunately.

  • Father of autistic son
    March 8, 2009 12:05 a.m.

    I paid special attention to this article. Today my son urinated on the floor twice, scared my wife and me with the potential of a third time (the sound we heard was him pouring a bowl of water on himself with much of it ending on the floor), and smeared feces on his shirt. Today was admittedly worse than most days, but I look forward to the day when our society recognizes a collective responsibility toward families with special-needs (not just autistic) children. Families like mine and the Miles family won't benefit much, if at all. But I would certainly be happy to not see others have to go through it as well. Much of it lies in early, intensive therapy and specialized education that is financially out of reach for most. We are years behind in our finances because of efforts to do what we could for our son. He made some progress, and likely would have made more, but we ran out of money.

  • Taylor Family
    March 6, 2009 6:26 p.m.

    Chris- We are so proud of you. Our youngest son has autism. I've seen the love and care that our other children have given to their brother and it has changed their lives for the better. Thank you for your example on and off the court!!!

  • Carolina Cougar
    March 4, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    I have had the privilege of knowing Chris' mother. She almost single-handedly took care of those boys and is a true inspiration. She loves all her kids equally, and always describes Chris as being humble and helpful to her and the rest of the family. Great article.

    btw....LOVE the picture, especially with Joey holding the little piece of paper. Classic. Great Family!

  • New Fan
    March 4, 2009 10:44 a.m.

    I'm now a Chris Miles fan!

  • Excellent Article!
    March 4, 2009 9:24 a.m.

    Very refreshing article in this day and age where cheating (steroids) and money seem to be the most important things in sports. What a wonderful family to live with such trials, keep up the good work Chris! Go Cougs!

  • BYU fan
    March 4, 2009 12:08 a.m.

    Ryan, soon to be 20 years old, is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds (down from 327). Joey, who just turned 18, is 6-3 and at one point in his life weighed 416 pounds.

    Anonymous--this was in the article. Did you actually read it?

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    is he kneeling down in the picture, or are his brothers really 6'4"ish?

  • knizst
    March 3, 2009 6:19 p.m.

    We need to remember that sports are a fun diversion but not reality. It's great to cheer for your team and against the other team. The problem is that some people carry their feelings for sports over into true life. I'm sure you can find these kind of stories on just about any team. I've know Chris and his family for a number of years and they are great people. Chris has worked hard for all the success he has had.

  • PA Cougar
    March 3, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    Great work Dick. This was such a great read. It's awesome to see the good guys like Chris succeed. Truly a great piece.

  • Ute Fan
    March 3, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    I've never liked Dicks articles much, but I admit this was a good story to read. If all sports fans, (utes and cougars especially) could understand that the teams they root for and against, are filled with great young men. Sometimes we forget that these guys have regular lives and some of them have had some very unique families. Too bad we can't see these guys as individuals instead of Utes or Cougars.

  • RockOn
    March 3, 2009 4:00 p.m.

    Well done, Dick. We had a son with dwarfism and another with Downs. We didn't get to raise our two boys to maturity -- they passed away too early. The tremendous life lessons our children learned with these two boys is invaluable.

    You've captured the essence in this article about the Miles family. Chris's mother and father, himself and brothers are true American heros. And they'll never think of themselves that way.

    Whether the Cougars win or lose, Chris Miles is a true winner.

  • Nice person
    March 3, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    I played a pick-up game at a local church in Provo with Chris once. He swatted my shot at least twice. He was very friendly and personable. He is a great guy.

  • Great Article
    March 3, 2009 3:48 p.m.

    I just wanted to thank DNews for shedding light on something outside of the court that we would never know if articles like this didn't exist!
    Kudos to the family for the effort and dedication. working as a family is so much easier esp. when you have needs such as these.

  • Z
    March 3, 2009 2:56 p.m.

    This is one of the best "sports" articles I have read in a long time. I was riveted by the story. Great job Chris. I don't think many people knew about his background...until now.

  • SoonerCougarJr.
    March 3, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    I've been a fan of Chris since watching him back up Plaisted last year. I'm even more a fan now, knowing some of the things that have shaped his character and his ethic as a player.

  • Nice Story
    March 3, 2009 2:38 p.m.

    Just goes to show that everybody has a story, everybody has trials, blessings, and struggles in life.
    Thanks for an inspiring story to help each of us deal with our daily challenges.

  • cece
    March 3, 2009 2:32 p.m.

    Thanks so much for a positive and uplifting news article. These are the things we need to hear more of!!!

  • Jmetees
    March 3, 2009 1:58 p.m.

    Great article, Great Man. Chris is exactly the kind of athlete/student that the Y should recruit in every sport. BTW - he's at least 23 (was 4 when brother who is almost 20 was born),

  • From Montana
    March 3, 2009 1:16 p.m.

    Re: Kitty Litter: Some people cannot enjoy an article without adding something to take away the good. If I read the Article correctly - Chris has served a Mission ie: at least 21 and single upon his return - has continued in school - and why not being married?

  • kitty litter
    March 3, 2009 12:08 p.m.

    good article, but 20 years old and married?

  • Great Story
    March 3, 2009 11:50 a.m.

    Great story! It was fun to see Chris have a great game on saturday. Even more important it was even better to read what a great guy he is. Keep up the good work.

  • t-3
    March 3, 2009 10:45 a.m.

    A great story. It really puts sports into perspective.

    Best of everything to the Miles family.

  • awesome
    March 3, 2009 10:40 a.m.

    great story, makes my challenges with my 3 little (healthy) kids seem so insignificant. Thanks for the pick-me-up D-news!

  • Thanks Dick
    March 3, 2009 10:34 a.m.

    Good Story

  • Thanks
    March 3, 2009 10:21 a.m.

    Great article, Dick. I've always been a Chris Miles fan but after reading this story I am really impressed by his kindness and willingness to help out with his autistic brothers.

    Chris, you can be proud of what you have accomplished growing up and helping out with your family. Basketball accomplishments are great as well but are really nothing in the long term scheme of things - your kindness is what will serve you best throughout your life.

  • Hard work pays off
    March 3, 2009 10:02 a.m.

    Great story. Great kid. Doing the little things (like shooting 100 free throws a day) is paying dividends. Keep up the good work. Go Cougs!

  • marty
    March 3, 2009 9:27 a.m.

    Growing up a couple of miles from Chris's dad on an Idaho farm the work ethic is coming thru.We spent time hunting, hauling hay and cleaning lots of calf pens with a pitchfork into an old spreader. If we got a little out of line grandmother Miles only had to say "listen here honey" you knew she meant what she said and said what she meant.I am an AGGIE but we always pull for the other instate teams Good luck to the Coug's

  • SeŁor Humbled
    March 3, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    Having been a critic of Miles, (free-throws) I now feel like a jerk. He and his mother are heroes indeed for all they do for the younger brothers. I'll be pulling a lot harder for Miles after reading this article.

  • Rob
    March 3, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    This is much more important that winning. This is what BYU sports is all about.

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2009 8:56 a.m.

    Great article.

    Chris - way to put it all together in the last 2 games, you played up to your potential - as did the rest of the team.

    I have to give kudos to the coaches for putting [Im sure] some inspiration/pressure on all of you.

    Keep up the good work and I am sure that you will be rewarded in the rest of your life.

  • Luke
    March 3, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    Great game Chris, keep it up.

  • long time reader
    March 3, 2009 8:33 a.m.

    This was an interesting little known human interest story. Often overlooked in the emphasis on winning at all costs. I was touched as I read it. Kudos to the Miles family and to you for reporting it. Go Cougars!!

  • Kicky
    March 3, 2009 7:47 a.m.

    sounds like a nice kid.

  • Understand
    March 3, 2009 7:05 a.m.

    Wonderful article. Wonderful young man.

  • thanks harmon
    March 3, 2009 6:03 a.m.

    Great, inspiring story. We'll be cheering for chris the whole way.

  • Nice article
    March 3, 2009 5:23 a.m.

    I didn't know any of this. I'll root for Miles to succeed, even though I'm a Utah fan.

  • Thanks Chris
    March 3, 2009 5:07 a.m.

    For all the hard work and shutting down Luke.

    Now help BYU seal the deal with a win in Laramie. The Lobos will open the door to another BYU MWC championship tonight.

  • Good luck Chris.
    March 3, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    God bless you and your family.