mussingaround:"Grasping at straws, Navel Vet, grasping at
straws...Any way you slice it, the Utes finished behind 7 other teams in overall
conference record..."Nope. I'm not the one inventing
alternate realities in order to desperately make Utah's 2011 season less
successful. The truth it, "anyway you slice it, the Utes finished
behind" FIVE other teams in overall conference record. FIVE; not seven.
Furthermore, at 8-5, your big brother finished with a worse overall season
record than only THREE other Pac-12 teams. PLUS, we pounded YOUR
mid-majorey WAC-wannabes 54-10, watched your boys quit, and witnessed your
fans' frantic 3rd Qtr scramble to your stadium's exits. There really
is no comeback for this comment. Period.
Wow! A story about a difficult time for young man, and it turns into a a
creativity contest to determine who can say "I hate your school" the
best. Sad commentary.Give me a break, Utah will definitely miss
this young man those first three games. He is the heart of the defense. But,
this story should be about him and I would think words of support should be the
theme of these comments not the trash talk that we are reading.We
all know that Utah beat BYU and lost to Colorado. We all know that BYU lost to
Utah and then made a change and had success. But know what, that was last year.
Over, done, finished.Final words, best wishes Brian, you can get
through this! You need to be on the field!
3 games will be a lot less than Wynnie will be out this season.
@Jeff29Eh, not exactly. It's more like, "thanks to
pressure from fans/boosters, a BYU player gets suspended right after the season
(even though the team found out about the offense in September) and is suspended
through spring practice, then conveniently reinstated just in time for fall
Too bad about this kid. Hope Brian gets things right. He's a very good
football player, but, football is down the list on important things in life.
Kyle W. has sent him and everyone else the proper signal.More than
that, hope the poster on these sites ever grow up. It's an article about a
young man's life and you guys degenerate into a pathetic name calling
The difference between Utah and BYU fans:A BYU player gets suspended
and the majority of BYU fans discuss the issue that got the kid in trouble and
their hopes that he can get his life back on track.A Utah player
gets suspended and the majority of Utah fans discuss the fact that he won't
be missed on the field with no regard for what might actually be wrong in the
Brian understands discipline.Whit enforces equal discipline.Pretty
I won't be surprised when this "suspension" is shortened by a game
or two with a proclomation from whittingham that blechen "has fullfilled all
the requirements" to be re-instated. And I won't have a problem with
that either. If the coach feels he did what he was supposed to do to come back
then that is up to the coach.
Careful with the police blotter smack, BYU fans. Do the words "Kyle Van
Noy" and "DUI" ring a bell?
The usual characters are out in force, taking shots at Utah. BYU fans can play
connect the dots, and use the Colorado game as an out; but losing 54-10 at home
is the trump card. Ouch.As far as Blechen goes, the first 3 games
are certainly the ones to miss. I wonder what he actually did?
I wonder if the suspension will actually stick? Interesting to see.I would sleep a little better if Star were suspended as well.
Personally I think we will need all the help we can get against BYU. I hope not,
but his presence will likely be felt.Hmm. Tough sentence to
decipher. I would think that if he is suspended, his presence probably
won't be felt very much.
Grasping at straws, Navel Vet, grasping at straws.The Utes may have
finished with the 6th best conference record, but the Utes were beaten badly by
the two teams that they tied with. Any way you slice it, the Utes finished
behind 7 other teams in overall conference record, third in the worst division
of the conference.
anti BCS:"you LOSE on head-to-head tie breakers"Not so my frantic and emotional little brother. Because there WAS no tie
breaker for 3rd in the Pac-12 South. The ONLY tie breaker rule that applies is
when determining who would play in the CCG should teams tie for 1st in their
respective divisions. But Oregon won the North division outright, and UCLA was
the outright winner of the South.And, for what it's worth, ASU
played in the Las Vegas Bowl. That's a lower tiered bowl game than the
Sun, so Las Vegas picks AFTER the Sun. Does the Sun Bowl pick the
"8th-place" Pac-12 team? Nope. They pick after the Rose, Alamo, and
Holiday. Don't be so frantic and emotional.Sorry. You lose
the head-to-head argument. No tie breaking rules need apply.mussingaround:"The Utes still only finished with a better
conference record than four PAC 12 teams..."The Utes ALSO
finished behind only 5 teams with better conference records. You're so
desperate to pin 8th on Utah, but you know it's in vain. 54-10, and your boys quit. Haha!
anti BCS:"sammyg is probably thinking more like the whiney
excuses we heard after...4th-and-18,...0-27 versus UNLV,...Harline is
still open,...George is still running,...the Colorado(3-10) meltdown..."Don't go there. NOBODY is guilty of more excuse making than the
Indy-WACers. You whine about blown calls, 8 and 7 turnover games, Robert Anae,
Freshman jitters, field conditions [on your OWN field no less, and one that
didn't stop FSU from scoring 50+ pts on YOU], and you love to cling to
"they didn't beat us, we beat ourselves" nonsense.54-10. Blame your players for quitting in the 2nd half.
Dnquixote says "Personally I think we will need all the help we can get
against BYU."That depends if you think last year was a fluke or
a trend. If these were Mountain West days, then losing a starter for the first
3 games would hurt. It's not boastful, just fact, that Utah has improved
recruiting and depth. The suspension is an opportunity for other players to
step up and show what they have. Plus, the suspension is known now, not a few
days before a game, so they have all off fall camp to prepare.
Wait, I'm confused ... we were all told ad nauseam that Whittingham cared
too much about beating the cougars to have a player suspension last through that
game.Perhaps 54-10 changed that philosophy???Where are you on this
topic this year coug fans? Are you going to applaud Whittingham for suspending
Blechen through the all-important BYU game???
CO UteWhatever helps you sleep at night.The Utes still
only finished with a better conference record than four PAC 12 teams (one of
which U lost to), and you LOST to the two teams that finished with the same 4-5
record as U.Finishing THIRD in a division that only had two teams
that finished with winning records after not playing either of the two best
teams in the other division shows just how pathetic Utah's 4-5 PAC 12
record really was.
@17-14 Hurts Don't It?Just like to point out a couple of
things. First, the article is about a very good Utah football player that did
something wrong and is going to be suspended for 3 games; not about the PAC 12
conference. If, however, the article was about a conference; someone would need
to explain to you that when there are divisions, there are no overall standings.
Hence your comment about 6th place is incorrect. Maybe if your team does get
in a conferene with two divisions these incorrect statements will be a thing of
UteologyUtah(4-5) LOSING decisively to BOTH California(4-5) 10-34
AND Arizona State(4-5) 14-35, means Utah ONLY finished ahead of Oregon St(3-6),
Arizona(2-7), Colorado(2-7), and Washington St(2-7).12 - 4 = 8th
placeSorry, you LOSE on head-to-head tie breakers.Live
I sure hope Brian can get himself straitened out. He's too good to waste
so much talent.
Uteology"8th in 2011? Why do you keep parroting false
claims?" Tied for 6th place. There, does that fell better?Does it really make a difference?It still hurts... obviously
I suspect that UCLA, ASU, Arizona, Colorado and of course UCLA are also
long-term fixtures in the Southern Division. So???As far a Blechen
I wish him well.
I hope he learns from the suspension and comes out fired up against ASU. @anti8th in 2011? Why do you keep parroting
false claims? Isn't that against the honor code or something?Here's some that disagree with you:"Utah's first
season in the Pac-12 went well, thanks to a defense that led the conference in
points allowed and finished in the top three in total defense, rush defense and
pass efficiency defense. " -- Mike Huguenin (Yahoo Sports)"Still, the initial verdict is fairly positive. While the grind of Pac-12
play is far different than the Mountain West Conference, it's clear that
Utah can compete in the Pac-12. They figure to be a long-term fixture in the
South Division race." -- Ted Miller (ESPN)
@ Mt OlyYea, it beats it all the way into the season-ending rankings
of the top 25. Where'd U finish?
Re: anti BCSStill beats being an Independent WACer
54-IQsammyg is probably thinking more like the whiney excuses we
heard after 4th-and-18, 0-27 versus UNLV, Harline is still open, George is still runningthe
Colorado(3-10) meltdownand 8th in 2011
Man, I would have really loved to have seen him take Nelson's head off. Oh well, Star will just have to crush him. Either way, a W in all 3
Blechen was caught buying gasoline in Utah County.......hence his suspension.
sammygSpringville, UT"I (we?) don't want to hear any
excuses, especially the whiny kind like after Colorado"You mean
like after the 54-10 pasting your boys took after they quit halfway through the
3rd quarter?orAfter every BCS conference passed your
Cougars by?orAfter your Heisman candidate, national
champion winning quarterback who announced his arrival in front of gleeful
Cougar "fan" at Iggy's decided to transfer?or............
"He's not really needed in those first 3 scrimmages. Had he started, he
would have sat most of the 2nd half anyway."Another
made-to-order whiney excuse for the Utes.Can't wait to see
which one the kids on the hill will break out first - new OC, injury-plagued QB,
or key defensive starter sidelined.
EdGrady:He must have been caught holding hands with a girl.Oh wait.... No, that'll only get you suspended 3 games down there in
Provostan. Maybe it was related to some off-campus affair...like
fighting or something...
Let the kid play. It could not have been that serious of an infraction, for
Pete's sake he's a Ute football player. I (we?) don't
want to hear any excuses, especially the whiny kind like after Colorado.
What does it take to be suspended from Utah football - armed robbery? No wait -
not even that is serious enough.
@SoonerUte That comment is hilarious! Not really true, but
hilarious! That is the kind of confidence I love in a fan. Personally I think
we will need all the help we can get against BYU. I hope not, but his presence
will likely be felt.I hate to see that much talent sidelined for 3
The USC game is what matters...........the first 3 clowns that Utah
plays..........the Ute "MUSS" could beat them by 21+ points easily. I
can't believe that Blechen made such a mistake? What a bone head!
Brian was seen in the company of Max Hall and Reno Mahe thus the severity of the
It'll be a good rest for a great player. Don't really
need him until PAC 12 play begins.
He's not really needed in those first 3 scrimmages. Had he started, he
would have sat most of the 2nd half anyway.
Three games? Didn't the DUI kid last year only get 1 game? I'm
guessing Bleache must have killed at least a few people to warrant 3 games from