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Published: Thursday, April 5 2012 10:29 p.m. MDT

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StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

DJ may be the one I'm saddest to hear about leaving, mostly because he'll be a senior this year and had some decent skills he could have added as a role player next year. He's a good defensive player, a decent range shooter, and can jump. He was a fun personality, too. Good luck to him next year and in his future.

redfeather
Palo Alto, CA

"We really want to thank Dijon for all of his efforts this year and we wish him the best of luck in the future," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said in a released statement.

As everyone knew, despite coach k's blather about working hard and never giving up, it was all just a bunch of hot air. He knew all along that most of his players would be shown the door as soon as the season was over.

"Good luck kid, and don't let the door hit you in the fanny on the way out."

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

The mass exodus continues - three years in a row. Don't tell me Krystko wanted to lose all these players. Utes will not reach double digit wins again next year, and we will see many of this years heralded recruits heading for the exits after next season.

millerdu
PROVO, UT

The merry go around continues!

murray19
Murray, UT

RE: CougFan

He may not want to lose these players on a personal level, but on a coaching level he knew it was going to have to happen. When you are recruiting 5-7 kids to come join your program and you had only 2 seniors on last years team (with 1 coming back because of a medical redshirt) simple math tells you that more players are going to have to leave. You have to mkae your team better and upgrade the talent whereever you can. And if you didn't hear last years team wasn't very good, so really what are you losing??

andrewute1
Salt Lake City, UT

Byu fans, (and a lot of Utah fans too) have no idea what is actually going on inside the program. The quality of players that is coming in next year is much better than the players that have left this year. When you only win 6 games, changes need to be done. The players knew first hand and the beginning of the year that they may only be at Utah for one year so every one of these players are no suprise to me that they have been given a release. Utah has already brought on several very quality players for next year, and are in play for 3 more very quality Pac 12 caliber players. Givon Crump will be a Ute, mark that down, and he is a very good basketball player and will definantly push Utah into contention for postseason play next year.

Dont be suprised to see Utah floating around .500 next year and possibly getting a CIT type bid. With how bad the past couple years have been for Utah basketball, the future is looking bright.

Th
Tooele, UT

These players knew before the season began that they wouldn't sniff the floor after 2011-2012 season. Whether Farr would have been a decent role player or not, his minutes were headed towards zero!

The only player I've been surprised about at this point was Chris Hines. The others, well, they were average JC players. They should not be playing D1 ball and especially at the level they were needed to play at. This will be the last mass exit from the program that Utah will see.

Cedric Martin might be decent next year with less pressure and attention on him. Utah has 5 excellent players joining the program this fall, 2 that have been with the team sitting out on transfer rules, and Foster back. Utah will have length and athletes next season. Something they lacked in a big way this season.

Utah will push for .500 or better next season. Had Foster played this year they would have made double digit wins. Not because he is such a great scorer, but because he changes multiple shots per game with his length.

GO Utes....

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Had to happen. Talent won't come if there are no scholarships. Pretty simple.

Unfortunate for these kids for sure but they knew what they were up against.

Good luck.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

CFIT, Farr has one year to play one and is not already a graduate, meaning he has to transfer down to DII, DIII or NAIA to keep playing. Th is right, as much as I hate to see him go, the forwards coming in this year vastly eclipse him in talent and experience (Dijon really hasn't been playing basketball all that long like most college players have), so finding meaningful minutes would have been tough.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

It is understandable that Cougar fans wanted Utah to keep the players from the 6 win season. As the Cougar program is headed down, they hate to see the Ute program on the rise.

BacanaUte
Holladay, UT

Now I'm no insider but it seems to me a lot of players on last years team were told flat out by the coaching staff that they would not be playing significant numbers next year. None of these players were legit D1 players let alone legit players for a power conference. Glad to see that the recruiting standards are on the rise up on the hill.

U 90
Corona, CA

CougFanTx, it's simple math, the Utes have to make room for all the new signees. Six or seven new guys coming in means 6-7 current guys need to leave.

Of the group that is leaving, I thought Farr and Hines had a decent shot at making the top 8 in the rotation.... guess I was wrong

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

re: SoonerUte "It is understandable that Cougar fans wanted Utah to keep the players from the 6 win season. As the Cougar program is headed down, they hate to see the Ute program on the rise."

Really? Cougars headed down? You're either dreaming or not informed. We're coming off a 26 win season, an NCAA invite with 9 Freshman. The Cougs will be better next year than this year. And look who we pick up
2012 - Tyler Haws, Ian Harward, Stephen Rogers and maybe Chris Collinsworth
2013 - Kyle Collinsworth, Isaac Nielson
2014 and beyond - Jordan Chatman, Nick Emery, Demarcus Harrison, TJ Haws, Jakob Hartsock

BYU is a program that will reach 25 - 30 wins for at least the next 5 years.

My guess - both BYU and Utah will improve their number of wins by 2 or 3 next year.

U 90
Corona, CA

Duck,

Yes, further down does exist. In fact other teams have proven it. To win less than six games would be considered further down.... say perhaps a team wins only 1 game, then that would be considered further down.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Jimmer-year: Cougars were in the mix for a number one seed.
This-year: Cougars had to come back against Iona (Iona!) to get into the field of 64.
Next-year: Cougars rebuild after losing 3 seniors.

On my graph chart that's called "a downward trend".

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@soonerute

You continue to post your foolishness LOL!

@u 90

Go ahead and tell yourself that, but bad is bad and when you only win 6 games it really doesn't mean naymoe than winning 1 game or 7 games, it simply means you suck. But hey it sounds you you were thrilled with that win total so who am I to tell you that things could be better LOL!

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

The hits just keep on coming.

Elk Hair Caddis
Sandy, UT

Really, what message is this sending future recruits.

The practice of releasing current scholarships to improve talent is exploitive of athletes that are subject to coaches and Universities keeping their promises. Florida, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Ohio State have all voiced disgust with this process.

Huston Nut at Ole Miss defended the practice, he is now looking for work and Ole Miss is in disarray.

This appears to be common practice in the PAC 12, USC currently has 77 football players signed with only 75 scholarships available. Not surprising to see the PAC 12 struggling to regain past greatness.

John Wooden never did and never would release a player from his scholarship to improve team talent. He taught integrity by example.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

SoonerUte

"This-year: Cougars had to come back against Iona (Iona!) to get into the field of 64."

Nice try, but...

BYU was already IN THE TOURNAMENT and beat Iona in the NCAA FIRST ROUND!

Obviously, it's been so long since the Utes played in the tournament that U didn't even know that there's no longer any such thing as a play-in game. (See official NCAA tournament record.)

#40 Iona and #45 BYU both had a higher RPIs than EVERY team in the PAC 12 except #37 California.

BYU has played in 6 straight NCAA tournaments, already equal to the longest NCAA tournament streak in Utah history, with a good chance of continuing that streak for many more years to come.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

@snacpac

A play in game is a play in game. I don't understand why that is something coug "fans" argue about. It's not only Utah fans that refer to it as such - please save me what the official website says. The cougs played a great game to come back by 25 points to beat Iona and make it to the first round.

As far as comparing tournament appearances goes, the biggest difference is that Utah actually won games while they were there. So I do give the cougs credit for being a good team recently, but they have only won 3 NCAA tournament games in 30 or so years. Those wins can all be credited to Jimmer - who was an amazing college player. Probably the best player to ever play at the y -other than perhaps Danny Ainge. All I'm saying is be happy that your team is good because you never know how long it will last but comparing the two programs doesn't do much for you.

The Utes will be better. They are putting together a team that is much improved than this years.

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