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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26 2012 7:31 p.m. MDT

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Duckhunted
highland, utah

Just another example why no conference wants the Cougars!!! Like the old kids joke!!! Hertz Doughnut....Be thankful the WAC needs opponents!!

Duckhunted
highland, utah

17-14 if that's the score you have to hang your hat on best of luck! Last time I checked Utah is a state owned school, not a religious institution. If Utah loses LDS recruits because of this I respect those recruits in their beliefs!! I'm happy with their decision and have "true belief" in their religion!!

Veracity
Morgan, UT

I have read alot of people rationalizing when their standards are thrown out the window.

xert
Santa Monica, CA

The concern isn't so much about whether or not they "play" on Sundays. More important is, can he "get them to play" on Sundays? Or Thursdays? Maybe on Friday nights, or possibly Saturday afternoons? How about on Wednesdays? Alternating Tuesdays? The third Monday of every month?

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

You know what's interesting, is all of these BYU "fans" jumping in on this article on the Utes, and condemning the Utes for the possiblilty of playing on Sunday. This, from a fan base who constantly derides Utah---a state-owned school---for playing a few games on Sunday. As hard as this might be for some of them to understand, the U is not an LDS-owned school. Like the Utah Jazz, there will be times when they will need to compete on Sunday. I'm sure it will only be a few times/year. But to those same BYU "fans", what about Steve Young, Danny Ainge, Ty Detmer, Vai Sikahema etc.? Where was your criticism against all of those former BYU alums who competed on Sunday?

Playing on Sunday is not ideal here in this state, but for a few times each year, that is what Utah, just like the Jazz, will need to do. It's the price, I guess, for playing in a prominent conference as opposed to trying to strike out on their own as an "independent" and not being sure if they can even fulfill a full 12-game schedule.

J-TX
Allen, TX

That's what happens when you join a conference oriented squarely on the left coast.....

Utah Alum
Orem, UT

It's not surprising that some of my fellow Utah fans would fail to understand the real issue isn't whether or not it's okay to play on Sunday, it's the lack of respect from Utah and the PAC 12 to schedule games on Sunday AT Utah, KNOWING that a significant portion of Utah fans won't be able to attend because their privately held religious convictions.

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Lots of byU "fans" on here posting holier than thou like comments. Kinda funny when 99% are watching NFL games and supporting players like Pitta and a couple other byU players in the NFL as they play on Sunday.

Wasn't it Sunday when the Utes finally beat the cougs for the 3rd time anyway? I had to.

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

Lots of clueless Utah fans on here whining about "holier than thou" comments, while failing to understand the significance of excluding half of Utah's fan base from attending Sunday home games on the hill.

Cowboy Dude
SAINT GEORGE, UT

It's the U of U at Huntsman Center. There is no beer, no beer ads, no suggestive ads. Doesn't sound like a bad place on Sunday.

Cowboy Dude
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Jonathan Eddy "The NBA has no problem with Sunday games in Utah."

Actually, as a promise to the season ticket holders, only national televised Jazz games are played on Sunday in Utah. Regional TV would not be on Sunday.

One year the floor wasn't ready and the NBA wanted the Jazz to reschedule San Antonio to Sunday, but the Jazz said the promise held and the game was rescheduled two months later.

Dallas and Charlotte have similar arrangements for NBA even though they have NFL Sunday.

However, I stand with my prior comment, a U of U game at Huntsman is not like going to a pro game with the beer ads and side-line dancing.

Razzle2
Bluffdale, UT

Sunday worship is an individual choice.

Reminds me of 1981 when the Cougars made it clear they would not participate in the National tourney if they had a bracket with Sunday play. Meanwhile, the Utes had to play on Sunday at the NCAA tournament.

All of the Utes showed up for the game and won.

However, the all-star game was also on Sunday, Frank Arnold of BYU was a coach and Danny Ainge was a key player while the invited Utes Danny Vranes and Tom Chambers skipped the game because they weren't playing for their team.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

As a season ticket holder, I guess I can start my Sabbath at sunset Saturday night to sunset Sunday night and go to the evening game. Are LDS people really counting my steps on Sunday?

When I was in the Middle East, they didn't have weekends and Sunday's was just a regular day. The LDS took the sacrament at night and observed the Sabbath on their day off.

Razzle2
Bluffdale, UT

If it was NOT on TV, I might have gone.

Razzle2
Bluffdale, UT

If I go, I better not order a cola.

MLH
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Canyontreker

Thank you for putting it a way people should be able to understand. I have been unable to get a comment past the sensors. Sunday is the day most companies(out of the state of Utah) start thier pay periods. In other words Sunday is just another day of the week.

PAC man

Your attitude is exactlly "holier than thou" Utah fans have the CHOICE of not attending. Going into this new conference Sunday play was none to all. The only athletic team that will not play on a Sunday is the football team. If fans do not want to go to a game, a lecture, a movie, throw a frisbee in the park it's their CHOICE. We learned that we had that in Sunday School. Judgemental religions and their people are ugly, IMO. I am LDS but I do believe that we have a CHOICE and I will go to the games. I also know I am going to go to heaven I trully believe the lord will not judge me because I went to a Sunday basketball game.

MLH
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Duckhunter

It maters to you , Or why the comment? lowlife morman hater-WOW

SportsFan
Orem, UT

MLH

The root issue of Utah not respecting its own fans enough to push back on the PAC 12 scheduling Sunday games in the Huntsman has NOTHING to do with a "holier than thou" attitude by BYU fans about Sabbath worship, but EVERYTHING to do with a complete lack of respect for the values of a significant portion of Utah's fan base by the very institution Utah fans support.

TroyTown
Anaheim, CA

SportsFan

When have the lapdogs of the PAC ever stood up to the conference on anything?

The conference tells Utah to rollover, and the Utes willingly oblige.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Johnny Triumph
"Not sure I'd trade integrity for money, though."

What integrity? Okay that came out wrong, but I'm going to leave it there to give you all a laugh. I mean... it's not a church school, Utah does not have any institutional principled stand against Sunday play so it's not like they're violating their own standards/ideals nor is there any national sense of standard morality being to not play on Sundays. That's just what BYU and others institute for themselves. It's like you're criticizing a baptist for not eating kosher.

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