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Published: Monday, April 23 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

Chow is showing his true colors.

Alexandria, VA

So will he be able to play this fall or will he have to sit out a year?

Springville, UT

Is it true Chow said he could go to Utah or anywhere except BYU?

Orem, UT

Hawai'is visit to Provo on September 29th just got a little more interesting.

Athletes should be able to attend any school they wish after sitting out two years while serving a mission.

Tualatin, OR

Not a smart move by Chow. This will affect future LDS recruiting.

Go Utes!
Springville, UT

I have always had a suspicion that BYU took advantage of kids on missions. When Coach Chow, a high profile BYU assistant for 20+ years states that BYU has an advantage you kinda have to think he might have some inside information. I do not like the direction BYU is headed in right now, it seems the usual high standards and scrupulous attitude of the coaching staff is slowly fading away.

P.S i know as a Utah fan this will seem like an attack by BYU fans but its just this one fellows opinion.


It is not an unfair advantage for missionaries to want to attend BYU. People change over a two year period and begin to understand their own priorities. Perhaps the opportunity to live in Hawaii is an unfair advantage in some eyes.

Frisco, TX

Student athletes need to make sure they know which schools will strictly enforce transfer rules. Decisions like this will hurt programs like Hawaii and Wisconsin in the long term. I really like Chow, but he was allowed to transfer from Utah to Hawaii before the end of his contract / agreement. Let the athletes do the same.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I wish we could trade Wadsworth for Riley. Chow should not complain...BYU got the worst our of the Riley Nelson transfer.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Norm did not think this one through. There have always been and always will be LDS athletes who change their minds about playing at BYU while they are on their missions. The rules for missionaries should not be any different for them than for any other athlete who sits out a year and wants to transfer. BYU does not initiate contact with or in any way recruit athletes while they are serving a mission. However; They would not be very smart if they did not take a serious look at athletes who initiate contact with BYU and want to play there. This can only hurt Chow / Hawaii.

Chandler, AZ

Hawaii has an unfair advantage when it comes to recruiting non-LDS players.

Iowa City, IA

Chow never complained about the "unfair" advantage when he coached at BYU. Of course what is Chow really taling about, is it unfairness or envy? I mean nobody complained when UCLA went after Ben Olsen when he was on his mission. It only seems to be "unfair" when BYU gets a player.

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sounds like cougar fans want to see an open season on other schools missionary's. This situation was set up by the Riley Nelson transfer from Utah State. BYU fans need to let this take its course and quit Ying about the rules. His father needs to quit Ying to the press and act like an adult. Just follow the rules for crying out loud.

Manti, UT

Silent Lurker: What rules did BYU or his Father break? BYU did not contact him about transferring. He wanted to play close to home after his mission. And had his father make contact with BYU. This is allowed and how the rule is set up. Chow blocked him from transferring to BYU and getting a scholarship. Again this is allowed (but shouldn't be) If John L Smith can agree to coach at Weber State, then 4 months later leave them high and dry.... Last instead of taking a scholarship to BYU which would be against the rules as he was blocked from receiving financial aide to BYU he chose to enroll in the school him self and pay his own way. Again this is allowed and is not breaking any rules.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

This kid's dad needs to back off and let him do what he wants. Why wasn't he good enough to be recruited by byu to begin with?

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT


How old are you? BYU fans lost their minds when Ben Olson left.

I agree though that kids should be able to transfer at a lesser cost than they currently have. If nothing else, they should change the rule to be that a player can leave without penalty if the coach leaves.

Missionaries will want to transfer to BYU on occassion. I think in this case there was no funny business (unlike the Nelson case IMO).

Springville, UT

Also, schools can yank a kid's scholarship on a whim. Where is the fairness to the student? Student-athletes are being used by the schools.

Kearns, UT

Yep Ben Olsen transfered, look what good it did him. There were other QB's at the Y that were better than him. He had such a stellar career at UCLA and now does not play in the NFL. Shucks. Chow ought to cut bait and run.

Salt Lake City, UT

Aren't there former BYU players playing at other schools?

Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Chow is still bitter at BYU after all these years.

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