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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 23 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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skippy

I can't believe that Greg is going along with this! I would hope that before they go and change the way the championships are run, they would have a GUARANTEED DEAL to televise it. This sounds like the SEC has decided that they want four teams, and chances are they will have at least three all the time. The Utes will be lucky to get to the championships now!

Jdart

Actually Skippy, Greg is one of the biggest advocates for change in the sport. This was one of the things he really wanted done. He also wants to go to only 5 gymnasts per event and all five scores count. That does make it more likely that there are upsets, which hurts Utah, but makes the sport more fan friendly to mainstream fans.

If getting down to four teams in the final can make it possible to get the finals on LIVE TV instead of rebroadcast in a much shorter time frame weeks later, it will be very good for the sport as a whole.

tommielee55

Coach Marsden is a leader for the growth of gymnastics. The Utes lead the NCAA in attendance by 3,000 year in and year out. Every Friday home meet 13,000 show up for a great two hours of gymnastics exellence and fun. He is a tremendous promoter of the sport. I do not feel a guaranteed tv deal is needed; "build it and they will come". In the world of collegiate sports today it is refreshing to see someone, who puts the growth of the sport ahead of individual goals.

Ernestine Russell

I suggested six scores count many years ago. It would make it truly exciting to follow. Every routine counts.

wilson

I hear the finals will now be Fri to Sun instead of Thur to Sat. I am not happy about that.

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