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Published: Friday, March 30 2012 11:43 p.m. MDT

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SportsCenter
Olympus Cove, Utah

Leaving or booted?

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Unfortunately, my guess is leaving. It's dark times up on the hill for basketball. Oh how times have changed the last 8 years. Utah is now a football school.

These departures are quality players as well.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

This was expected from Kareem and Jovan. They've still got a couple years of eligibility ahead of them and would have had playing time severely decrease. Surprised and sad to hear about Chris, though. He's stuck through a lot with this team, and could have helped the team a lot next year. Congratulations to him on graduating, and good luck to all three of them wherever they end up.

jarka-rus
Layton, Utah

wow, why even have a bball program?

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

I wish all of them the best. Out of the three I am surprised to Hines go, I thought he still had a chance to play next year.

I expect to see at least two more go - I think they had to make room for 7 total new players to join the team for next year.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"why even have a bball program?"

jark:

It's not like the U is coming off a 1-win season. Did you ask that question of the y in 1997?

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

JohnInSLC

"Did you ask that question of the Y in 1997?"

No need to; BYU wasn't in a prolonged downward spiral.

On the other hand, Utah is coming off its 5th losing season in the last 7 years, continuing a downward spiral that has seen Utah finish well below every team in the state in the final Sagarin ratings:

#40 BYU
#124 Utah State
#135 Weber State
#233 Utah Valley
#239 Southern Utah
#294 Utah

Out of 345 Division 1 basketball programs, Utah finished 339th in scoring, 337th in rebounds, 325th in assists, and 304th in FG%.

btw, here's a little comparison of the two seven year periods:

BYU (three losing seasons, three 20+ win seasons, two NCAA tournaments)
1995 22-10
1996 15-13
1997 1-25
1998 9-21
1999 12-16
2000 22-11
2001 24-9, MWC regular and tournament champions; NCAA tournament
Overall 105-105

Utah (five losing seasons, one 20+ win season, one NCAA tournament)
2006 14-15
2007 11-19
2008 18-15
2009 24-10, MWC regular and tournament champions; NCAA tournament
2010 14-17
2011 13-18
2012 6-25
Overall 100-119

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