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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4 2012 11:50 p.m. MST

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toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Let's make a decision, folks. Out of respect for the player, postpone the game and make an announcement to that effect. Figure out the rescheduling later if necessary. Then let's remember him in our prayers. I wish him a quick recovery.

Y-Ask-Y?
Provo, UT

I am sorry to hear about Danny, and wish him the best.

But when I played ball, we didn't postpone or cancel games because one player wasn't healthy. That is what the sixth man and the rest of the players are for.

What ever happened to "The show must go on"?

Esquire
Springville, UT

Play the game.

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

Y-Ask-Y?

Danny almost died and is still in critical condition. Even an old school geezers should be able to understand postponing the game for a week.

Good luck to Danny. Our thoughts and prayers for your full recovery go out for you and your family.

cork
Murray, UT

Sorry folks. I agree; play the game. He's not dead; he's not dying. He had an accident (undetermined) but is doing well in the hospital. Thia scenario is not new to college sports. If the team bus crashes on the way from Logan, then cancel the game. Play on.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Well when I was in high school we had a cheerleader killed and two star players injured in a car accident a day or two before one of the most critical games of the season and the game went on. Best team our school ever had to going to state and the game went on without them. We didn't go to state.

No disrespect to this situation or this young man, his family, or the team... its something that simply occurs in life.

Life throws us curve balls each and every day.

Hope things work out for the best for all involved.

mohokat
Ogden, UT

No disrespect to the young man but since when do they cancel games because a player is ill.
Come on suck it up and play the game. The Chiefs played after one of their players shot himself.

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

I think they should probably play the game, but some of you guys are acting like he is out with a cold or something. He almost died. The incident happened during practice in front of his teammates. That can be pretty traumatizing.
Heck, just last week we had the NFL (the richest professional league in the country by far) considering postponing or cancelling a game because a player murdered his girlfriend and killed himself.
I think that college athletics could show a little support for the athletes that they claim to care about (that is a topic for another day). Considering cancelling or postponing a non conference game for this is reasonable.

Superzero
Farmington, UT

I find it interesting that the two comments that the game should still go on come from the Provo area, and are likely BYU fans. While the other two comments north of Provo suggest postponing the game is the correct thing to do. Which leads me to wonder if some BYU fans just don't understand what gravity of yesterdays's event. What will it hurt to postpone the game until the dust settles? What if the tables turned and one of your own players nearly died?

The fact is Danny almost died and had to have CPR along with other life saving procedures to get him breathing again and he remains in critical condition. It's not like he came down with the sniffiles the night before the game so the term "the show must go on" does not apply here. It is unfair to ask any team to play a game while one of their own is in critical condition. It would show a whole lot of goodwill and sportsmanship from BYU to postpone the game so that the two can meet again under better circumstances.

Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

I read the headline, did a double take, couldn't believe I saw what I thought I saw, and upon the third read, I finally got it. I never realized you could postpone a game at the last minute with all the work that goes into putting on an event, arranging for TV coverage, along with the promotion work and ticket sales. I can't imagine how the other players, coaches and ancillary employees might feel with all the emotions of shock and sadness, but I'm not familiar with anyone cancelling a game because of an illness or injury. I remember seeing a team play with 6 players after a flu epidemic swept through campus sidelining more than half the team, but a scheduled game went on. Another team had a player killed in a car accident coming back from a break to visit family in California, yet that weekend's game was played, albeit with a sad group of kids. With the game in Limbo right now, somebody needs to make an offical announcement, people do travel to the games from other states. Best wishes to the young man for a quick and complete recovery.

Superzero
Farmington, UT

Really mohokat? Your comment not only demonstrats your lack of respect but also a lack of companssion. The Chiefs should not have played that game, that football game should have be postponed. Yes they won but when the Chiefs played that game they showed their lack of respect and lack of compassion for the victims of that tragedy and life as a whole as well as the other athletes. I would have gained more respect for the NFL and the Chiefs if thay had actually done the right thing and postponed that game in the wake of that tragedy.

Just postpone the game because it's the right thing to do.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

Those north of Provo want the game cancelled, but there are other issues. Scheduling for one. Yes, BYU does not have a game mid-week next week, but I suspect that was planned due to finals. Then after next week, there is no room in the Y's schedule for a game. as for USU, their schedule, they also have next week open (which leads me to believe they also have finals) but beyond that, the only open slot is the day after Christmas. We all hope Danny gets better quickly, but there are a lot of other players to consider. Playing games during finals week is very difficult and given that most of these players will go professional in something other than basketball, their grades are important. I think it's (1) play the game, or (2) cancel it or (3) postpone till next week and make the players play through finals week.

treesap32
Germantown, MD

Lightening Lad, Danny didn't come down with the flu. He effectively died (stopped breathing, no pulse, not responding to CPR) on the court during practice as the team was about to finish and board a bus to Provo. Many of the coaches and teammates drove to the Murray Hospital to spend time with Danny who was (and for all I know) is still unresponsive.

People saying the game should be played and it's hard to reschedule have a complete lack of class and disrespect for this college athlete. I'm hoping that they just don't fully understand the gravity of what occurred yesterday. Out of respect for Danny's privacy I will not go into further details, but it was a scary scary situation for several hours, and still is. I'm glad that Coach Rose did not reciprocate the lack of class shown by BYU fans in this thread, realized the gravity of this situation, and took the high road. If they can't reschedule than Utah State should just forfeit the game. The kid's life is more important than the game of basketball.

Many of you posters should be ashamed of yourselves.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I think they should play the game although if they do get together and postpone or cancel it I don't think those would be wrong decisions. I'm sure this has been traumatic for the rest of the team since it occured right in front of them but since it appears he is going to survive and recover I hope they are doing better. I can't even imagine how it would have devastated them if he had actually died. Really tough situation.

Apache
Draper, UT

Why? This makes no sense.

3rdGenAggie
Logan, UT

They had to do CPR and use an AED on the court to start his heart and breathing again. To those of you saying that he's alive, so we should play the game need to realize that he basically did die, they were able to resuscitate him and essentially bring him back to life.

I personally have never had one of my good friends essentially die in front of me and need resuscitated, but I imagine it's a traumatizing experience and would make you put trivial things like basketball on the back-burner. Props to Dave Rose for doing the right thing.

Aggie24
Hyde Park, UT

One basketball player DIED yesterday. He DIED!! And his teammates watched as he was shocked back to life! But "the game should be played" regardless?

mohokat, did the mighty chiefs watch their teammate die? Nope they didn't. And they should have cancelled the game anyways. Don't even worry though. Just reschedule it for Sunday; the mighty chiefs play on sundays all the time.

VAggie
Bristow, United States

toosmart, this is way more serious than a player being "unhealthy". It's a player was on the brink of death, and was brought back. The mission statement of the NCAA is: "to be an integral part of higher education and to focus on the development of our student-athletes.” By playing today we wouldn't be helping Danny, or his teammates develop at all. This goes above and beyond fans who just like to see basketball. The game will eventually be played, 10 years down the road, most of us probably will not remember the outcome of any given USU-BYU basketball game. I will remember the message that was sent: That even when your life and career revolve around basketball, there are things that are more important than basketball. This can be applied to any career or major hobby.

mohokat
Ogden, UT

They are wringing their hands in Aggie Land based on Aggie fans comments here. Take a breath, quit hyperventilating. I wish the kid well. I still say play the game.

Aggie24
Hyde Park, UT

Yeah, silly Aggie fans! No biggie! Play the game! It's not like someone's life is hanging in the balance or anything! What are all you crazies up in arms about?!

Stay Classy!

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