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Published: Wednesday, May 2 2012 11:34 a.m. MDT

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EnglishAlan
Rugeley, Staffs

Speaking as an outsider "from across the pond," can I say that all of this BYU / U of U bickering appears very childish, and unnecessary. Just accept the fact that some athletes will find a better fit at BYU whilst others will feel more comfortable au University of Utah. There is no shame or dishonour in either.

I played God's sport of Rugby League in a town where there are two professional teams. I was fortunate enough to play on one of them in my youth, and had many friends who played for the other, and also some friends who supported the other. I didn't think any less of them, and they still liked me. Whenever we played our rivals the friends from the other camp always wanted me to play well, but for my team to lose. I wanted my friends that played for the other team to do well, but for us to win. When we didn't play them, I wanted them to beat whoever they played, and vice-versa.

Learn to get along. You have more that unites you than that divides you.

I hope both Reilly brothers go on to have stellar careers.

Braxton
ogden, ut

The sad truth is a trend has been set by these athletes that have a negative impact on future LDS athletes. A growing issue that BYU and Bronco have created. Many programs outside of Utah will not recruit LDS athletes because there is a high probability they will want to transfer back to Utah, in most cases BYU after they return 3 examples that come to mind, Nelson, Wadsworth and Reilly. Coach Chow is doing the right thing. The kid made a commitment and they should honor that commitment. I'm sure Reilly lived in an environment for two years that he had to rely on his up bringing and moral beliefs to see him through. Staying at CSU could provide many missionary opportunities for him. His selfish decision will impact other future missionaries from being recruited. BYU coaches must end this and encourage these young athletes to honor their commitments.

CordonBleu
Park City, UT

"Trevor, who signed with Texas Tech out of high school, found himself at Utah following his own mission service and encouraged Drew to seek out opportunities at both Utah or BYU in order to find a better fit for him socially."

"This is really telling of his character. I would be cautious of this kid."

"The truth hurts... BYU does not have the talent to be among the elite..."

So if Drew had decided to go to Utah instead of BYU, the same trolls who are questioning this kid's "character" and "talent", would be extolling the virtues of his sound decision making and his amazing athletic ability.

The finite mind of the hill trolls never ceases to amaze.

Welcome to Cougar Nation Drew!

Utah-Hawaii Alum
Dallas, TX

@ worf, You can have all the Sunday school boys you want. BYU is loaded with them. I'm pleased to see that Utah's latest and greatest recruiting is resembling the "complexion" of a perennial Alabama squad, or the likes. I think the Utes will crush the "Sunday school boys" again on 9-15-12. Goooooooooo Utes!

Utah-Hawaii Alum
Dallas, TX

@ Braxton, very well said sir. What you say is a fact. It also happened back in the early 1980s when I was on the UH golf team.

Utah-Hawaii Alum
Dallas, TX

I remember when I was recruited by UH, Ed Chui, the golf coach, specifically asked if I was LDS, and if so, how LDS was I? We had zero LDS golfers on our team........and I think I know why. Being a "Romney" from SLC, Utah originally...........I've ALWAYS gotten all sorts of questions like that throughout my life. It gets quite comical many times. Cheers!

WON84
PLANO, TX

Braxton, your comments really sound of "I hate the fact that BYU is going to benefit from LDS transfers more than Utah." BYU is a church run school. This should be no surprise at all honestly.

Utah-Hawaii Alum
Dallas, TX

I think BYU needs a gazillion more guys like Jim McMahon again........the coolest athlete to ever attend that school by far!

JLFuller
Boise, ID

It is good he found a slot at BYU because I doubt he could have made the team at Boise State.:)

worf
Mcallen, TX

BYU may have some advantages with missionaries, but it works two ways because of the honor code.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

Hi Drew!

Welcome to Cougar Nation!

Utah-Hawaii Alum
Dallas, TX

When BYU recruited me.............as I examined the bland, uninteresting curriculum, found out that i was required to take 16 semester hours of religion courses, was required to have a continual religious advisor to approve me, then read the "honor code" demands................deal breaker. I actually laughed, then my mom slapped me because of what I said the the BYU dept. head.......very funny scenario. I'm way glad that I went to Utah and Hawaii. I got a great education and had a blast!

Hegdehog
Bountiful, UT

@Pac12Commie
" going from CSU to BYU is a lateral move while trying to earn a spot at Utah would be a challenge."

Hmph...it obviously wasnt a big deal for his brother Trevor to walk on at Utah and not only get a scholly but also get significant playing time to boot on a defense ranked merely in the top 40. Judging by the actions of both Drew & ute player Trevor, they both seemed to have realized that they had utah as an easy fall-back option if it proved too difficult finding an opportunity with Bronco's 13th ranked defense.

Possibly Trevor is suffering from a case of buyers remorse seeing as how he personally drove Drew down to BYU first. He was probably thinking, "Lets start with your Cadillac plan first at BYU and then we'll work our way down the list to the guaranteed-in-the-bag options like utah State, Weber, Utah, SUU, Dixie, etc."

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

I agree with Braxton. On a case by case basis I don't really blame kids that want to transfer to better fit their situation. But I wish it wasn't the trend that it seems to be. It will affect the marginal LDS athlete the most. The kid who just want to go to school on a scholarship, but less and less schools will give him a good look because they don't want to deal with the hassle. I don't blame any of the athletes that want to transfer, but you can't really blame coaches who would discourage a mission and athletes from transfering either.

Utah-Hawaii Alum
Dallas, TX

When BYU recruited me...............YIKES! That meeting lasted less than 3 minutes.......a waste of my time!

WON84
PLANO, TX

"JLFuller
Boise, ID
It is good he found a slot at BYU because I doubt he could have made the team at Boise State.:)"

Boise has done more with less. There is no question.

They may also occasionally do better in recruiting but, for the most part if there is a Tanner Mangum available he is going to pick BYU over Boise.

Cougarista
Salt Lake City, UT

Congratulations for focusing on what matters in life. Long after the BCS becomes irrelevant, as if it weren't already, your personal journey will be rewarded for your decision. Best wishes from an unapologetic fellow Sunday School boy.

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

The anti-BYU troll comments are as telling as Reilly's decision. You can tell a person's character by their friends, or in this case by their enemies.

History Freak
Somewhere in Time, UT

I happen to know that the coaching staff at Utah was ELATED when Norm Chow left. Unfortunately, that player that wanted to transfer from Hawaii to BYU had to deal with Chow instead of someone who has the best interest of his players at heart.

Utah-Hawaii Alum
Dallas, TX

Tanner Mangum is Jake Heaps part deux. I saw his pathetic performance in the Under Armour game......two picks, should have been five. I'm glad he will be at BYU, so Utah State can eat his lunch. Utah won't be scheduling BYU........Big 10 games are in Utah's future! Ya GOTTA love it baby!

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