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Published: Friday, April 1 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Danbury, CT

I'm still disappointed. Chris who??

Ogden, UT

I'm pretty sure Chris' career wasn't what he dreamed it would be and I'm not sure why "catching up with Chris Burgess" is newsworthy at all.

It appears that the Dnews is taking a page out of the SLTrib manual for "How to excite BYU haters".

San Jose, CA

Chris whoo...Michael who... both TOP CAL high school boys with no work...grit. things came too easy for too long... 2 really big guys playing against children then they step to a man's league and they show they are women still in the minor leagues sorry I may have even forgot the second name.. color guy for L.A. Clippers I found out last week. pretty guy who still doesn't want to work and get dirty.

Eagle Mountain, UT

I remember thinking that Reid, to put it mildly, had really messed up big time on this. I wouldn't be surprised if this influenced others in their decisions on whether or not to come to BYU. It was embarrassing as a BYU fan and as an LDS church member.

Ann Arbor, MI


You may have been embarrassed but I get the feeling that many Mormon athletes feel the same pressure. Reid might have said it, but the unspoken word is still omnipresent.

Morgan, UT

Do we really need to re-live this again??????

Gary Kinney
Huntington Beach, CA

Re Eric in Nor cal

His name was Mike Smith.

The Disillusionist
Alexandria, VA

I heard Chris Hill was scheduled to meet with Roger Reid today to offer him Boylen's job.


Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

And lets not forget that Harmon made more out of the situation than it was worth as well... just to sesationalize the story. Chris never amounted to anything off the bench at Duke...won't even comment about his transfer to tun...not worth even mentioning. Had he gone to BYU under Reid he just might have become a name worth remembering. I don't see the sense in doing this story. I'm still one of the many disappointed in Chris's decision...which doesn't really amount to beans any more. But I'm also still disappointed in the way Harmon deliberately went out of his way to scoop every other sport hack in the state before BYU even had a chance to inform Reid that he was being dismissed...which should never have happened in the first place. The story is the epitome of making a mountain out of a molehill and Harmon was the epicentre of the shockwave that hit the BYU BB program at the time.

Ann Arbor, MI

'Had he gone to BYU under Reid he just might have become a name worth remembering"

As I said the unspoken word is omniprestent.

West Jordan, UT

re: Where's stockton And Harmon still continues to make a "mountain out of a mole hill" concerning stories about the Y.

Chubbuck, Idaho

Chris Burgess was very average at Duke and suprisingly at the U...he was below average even for he Utes standard. Currently he'd be average on a very below average Ute team, but He was not very good. Terrible foul shooter and just alot of hype. Never amounted to much in my mind...BYU didn't miss out on much and Duke was smart to can him!

Chubbuck, Idaho

Here are Burgess stats:

At Duke-He averaged 4.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, & shot 50.8% from the field while averaging 12.5 minutes a game as a freshman. He averaged 5.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, & shot 61.4% from the field while averaging 15.6 minutes a game as a sophomore.

At Utah-He averaged 7.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, & shot 53.5% from the field while averaging 21.6 minutes a game his junior year. He averaged a team high in 5 statistical categories with 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, & shot 66% from the field while averaging 25.5 minutes a game his senior yea

These are hardly the stats of anyone we should be mentioning on Deseretnews or any other newspaper for that matter.

atticus finch
Layton, Utah

Crazy that since that Reid incident two of Chris' brothers and one of his cousins have played basketball at BYU.

San Jose, CA

ya...smith that is a name for the ages...

Murray, UT

Any true cougar fan knows that Roger Reid was one of the great winners of all time. He got a bad rap on that one. him and his boys were winners! thanks coach, you got hosed at the Y.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

... and Skippy makes peanut butter!!! So Skippy what's your point??? As far as I'm concerned this Chris Burgess story is a non story...that keeps being brought out by someone at DN...for what purpose??? Certainly wasn't Harmon's best piece of work at the time.... and cost a good coach his job.

To paraphrase Markus Anthony...I came to bury Harmon...not to praise him.

Highland, UT

I had completely forgotten about this guy. I suppose it is interesting to hear what became of him although having forgotten all about him I probably could have made it through life not knowing.

But there is a good lesson in this story and it is magnified by the Jimmer story from this year.

That is that just because a guy is majorly hyped it doesn't mean he will turn into much, Burgess certainly was never much of a player at duke or utah, and a guy with little to no hype can turn into a superstar like Jimmer has.

In that aspect I find this story interesting. I also found it interesting that the honor code played a part in burgess decision not to attend BYU. Seems like another positive result of having an honor code.

Ann Arbor, MI

'But there is a good lesson in this story"


The time honored lesson is that if a highly touted LDS player doesn't go to BYU he will forever be vilified.

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