I'm a big BYU fan, but have thought for decades that the student section really
shows a deplorable lack of class at nearly every game. How many times has BYU
played a small school at the Marriott Center, and even if the Cougars are
winning by 30 points, they'll still chant "airball, airball" if an
opponent throws up one, or sing "Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye" if
someone fouls out. An embarrassing lack of class when you're already beating an
overmatched opponent that badly. That kind of poor sportsmanship,
and obviously even worse as evidenced by the behavior last Saturday, is on
display at nearly every game at the Marriott Center.
I hope they don't pull that stunt when the Zags come to town on Thursday. The
game is on ESPN2, so BYU fans behavior will be on display for all to see.
Throwing debris on the court is weak sauce; no matter what the items are. Class
Up BYU fans!
tcom2011, to answer your question, college basketball referees generally do not
cover a single conference, more a geographic region. I've spoken with several
officiating teams at the Utah games and they all cover several Pac-12, MWC, WAC
and WCC games each year. You're dealing with the same ones we are up north.
Agreed that this is not good behavior. I wish it did not happen however, I do
agree that since the cougars have gone to the WCC the ref's are considerably
worse. I have an honest question, are these ref's just starting out in their
careers and then they move up into bigger conferences? Obviously BYU is not
playing to their potential now but I think frustration is a factor into how they
are playing. Get the ref's out of your head and go play bc you can beat these
To answer Deadspin's sarcastic question:Yes, it is a violation of
the Honor Code. Those who threw objects on the court acted without honor.To the Anti-BYU-Utite trolls: He without honor has no business lecturing
college students on the definition of the word.
Fortunately, this is an isolated incident. Unfortunately, the refs cannot be
blamed for BYU losing this game. There was nothing virtuous, lovely or of good
report or praiseworthy about the shooting performance of BYU. Same goes for the
refs. They really were that bad, but nothing is deserving of the actions of the
student section throwing their cheap T-shirts on the court. Most of their
aerials however, ended up in the high-roller courtside seats.
Typical Reminds me of Church BB when I was in the Stake Athletic
Program.Only sporting event I know of that started with a prayer and
ended with a fight!
Very disappointing indeed . . "We believe in being honest,
true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men . . . if there
is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after
these things."Sadly, I guess this does not apply to BYU
stundents at sporting events.
The actions of BYU fans reflect poorly on our LDS faith. I am embarrassed and
would like to apologize on their behalf. Unfortunately, this is hardly an
I think the BYU fans were more frustrated with their team's overall failure to
perform and turned to blaming the officials for the loss. 41 percent from the
field, 15 percent from the parking lot, 65 percent from the charity stripe, and
getting out rebounded just isn't going to get it done against a team like SMC.
SMC gave them plenty of turnover opportunities to get back in the game,
but they failed to capitalize. Don't blame the officials....they were bad on
both sides of the ball.BYU better get their collective stuff
together before the Zags come to town on Thursday otherwise they'll be staring
at another loss.