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Published: Saturday, March 9 2013 9:10 p.m. MST

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SportsCenter
Olympus Cove, Utah

The headline for this article is disturbing:

"University of Utah AD Chris Hill vows to look into allegations aimed at athletics dept."

SEVEN years after reports of abuse first surfaced at the U, Chris Hill is FINALLY going to look into the allegations???

Where have you been for the last seven years Dr. Hill?

JSB
Sugar City, ID

This is what I love about college sports. It builds character, good sportsmanship, honesty,etc.etc. etc. Sports bring out the best in people. And participation is so inexpensive, it's a wise use of tax dollars. And the University of Utah sports program brings a lot of good publicity exposure to the state of Utah. Why spend the taxpayer money on education when you have an athletic program?

shorts
Payson, UT

I agree with Go Red, lets wait and find out what happened before we jump to anything.

RE:Balan
South Jordan, Utah
"Go Red - stop with the hypocrisy! We all know how these comment boards would be lit up if this were to happen at BYU under Holmoe's watch."

You are right BYU haters would be lighting up these comment boards. But why do we need to do the same thing? Lets wait and see what happened.

fcbenjamin
Chittenango, NY

Two items: First, I lost a lot of respect for Chris Hill way back when he was first starting as AD, and he pressured then-KALL to fire a sports-talk host for airing a program allowing listeners to vent their spleens after Hill fired a middling but popular basketball coach (before Majerus). ADs, and head coaches, for that matter, too frequently treat their departments as fiefdoms. Second: to the parent who sat on accusations for 3 1/2 years until his own son was fired from the team - Aren't these allegations serious enough that you should care about others in the program, and not just your own son? If you are so concerned, why wait 3 1/2 years?

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

Another reason to love USU

ekute
Layton, UT

Not Good! Get this cleared up, no matter cost.

To the Ute Haters,
Have your fun but this ain't going to help anything at byu. The Utes already went racing past you, and with the basketball team up and coming, even the trail of dust is starting to disappear.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Oh, LOOK, a comment NOT made about other comments, but about the article:

"Two former Utah assistant coaches who resigned in 2012, Charlie King and Lisa Pursley, were contacted by the Deseret News, but both declined to comment about their time at Utah or why they left."

Were they paid off, or are they just cowardly?

MUSSing with U
Baltimore, MD

"I agree with Go Red, lets wait and find out what happened before we jump to anything."

In other words, let's just sweep it under the rug and pretend that nothing happened. Heaven forbid that Hill and company could actually be involved in a cover up after all of the $$$ he brought to the school.

Forget that "what happened" has been going on for five years without Hill saying a word about this to the public.

thebig1
SLC, UT

The Dr has been practicing on the hill way too long. Got lucky with Urban and let Big Rick way overstay his welcome. Other than that what has he done?

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Something that is obvious here to anyone who knows anything about the inner workings of competitive sports is the characterization of the accusations. Until the Arizona issue comes up all the accusations are from disgrunteled athletes and their parents who are unhappy with treatment by coaches. Most competitive sports programs could build a staircase to heaven with the stacks of such letters..including highschool programs. I read accusations of hazing, excessive training, and racial slurs. All things to take seriously, but nothing that would set an AD's hair on fire, and say oh my the program is out of control. Such behaviors pale when compared to what happened at Penn State..not even in the same universe.

We'll see what comes..but slow down with the hyperbole. It reminds a little bit of the hatchet job the Allred family did on Majerus.

ekute
Layton, UT

@thebig1

He hired Whit,he got us in to the Pac12,and he hired coach K. ETC.

SLCguy
Murray, UT

"NCAA athletics, where students not only have scholarships held over their head but are forced to stay with their school or suffer a redshirt season while coaches can come and go as they please, is the perfect environment for abuses of power."

Civil said it perfectly.

For every one report, you know there where many times that that went unreported since a kid's scholarship was the leverage held by the coaches, and the coaches alone.

As for the OEO office.... Wow what can I say? You are everything that we have come to expect from bureaucrats. That entire office sounds like it needs to be flushed.

As for Dr. Hill. If even part of the Yahoo article is accurate (and it sure seems like it is) your time at the U has come to an end. Time for the U to start looking for someone that will shake up the whole department. Like David Brandon did at Michigan.

The U should be interviewing his Asst AD now.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

According to other news accounts, "For years, student-athletes and their parents approached the University of Utah athletic department with multiple allegations of abusive behavior by head swimming coach Greg Winslow, and yet the university never disciplined Winslow until it became aware he was the focus of a police investigation into the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl."

But according to the apologists, since the abuse allegedly "pales in comparison" to what happened at Penn State, none of this should be setting Hill's hair on fire and we should all assume ostrich position.

I wonder how "pragmatic" these apologists would be if it was their kid who was being abused?

Brian T
Mapleton, UT

Innocent until proven guilty. My only question is, who is conducting the investigation? If Dr. Hill has been alleged to have acted improperly, the investigation should be conducted by an organization outside the athletic department. This article seems to indicate that Dr. Hill is conducting the investigation, including whether or not he acted improperly. Conflict of interest there if you ask me.

B C
Park City, UT

SLCguy

"As for Dr. Hill. If even part of the Yahoo article is accurate (and it sure seems like it is) your time at the U has come to an end."

Couldn't agree more.

Why is Dr. Hill "investigating" the allegations if he was part of the cover up?

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

I realize that in this day of the internet lynchmobs, this guy is already guilty, and maybe he is. There certainly seem to be a rash of stories about teachers sleeping with their students. But in general, I don't know why anyone joins the teaching/coaching profession anymore. You become certified and start your career, and at any moment it could all be taken away based on the accusation of a kid who was mad at their grade or not making the team.

phantomblade
Salt Lake City, Utah

ekute

"The Utes already went racing past you, and with the basketball team up and coming, even the trail of dust is starting to disappear."

Your obsession with all things BYU betrays U.

This has NOTHING to do with BYU. It has EVERYTHING to do with a continuing pattern of abuse of student athletes at the U being ignored by the administration - first Majerus, and now Winslow.

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

Moderate

Lots of justifying there, but we're not talking about ONE kid making ONE accusation that may or may not be true; we're talking about MULTIPLE kids making MULTIPLE accusations over a period of MULTIPLE years at MULTIPLE institutions, and a complete failure on the part of the University of Utah to properly investigate the allegations.

The university already "lynched" the abuser by running him and his boss out the door; the question now is why did it take so long when Utah's administration has apparently been aware of the abuse for years?

killarney
Lincoln Park, IL

Moderator

"I realize that in this day of the internet lynchmobs, this guy is already guilty, and maybe he is."

Are you serious? The university has already fired the guy and his boss, apparently without conducting an investigation, and now the administration is busy trying to cover their tracks.

Linus
Bountiful, UT

Wow! This is a new phenomenon: Parents complaining when little Jimmy or little Mary is cut from the team, or when Coach is too hard on them, or when Coach speaks unkindly. I've never heard of parents complaining before. This must be serious! Heads must roll!

Frankly, if I were Dr. Hill, I would have considered the source of every parental complaint and assumed a mountain had been made of a mole hill. I'm glad I don't have his job to do. We all owe JoPa and Ohio State such a big debt of gratitude for making every program and every coach suspect!

I'm a Cougar fan and BYU alum, but I'm giving Hill and the U the benefit the doubt for having a slow over-reaction time.

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