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Published: Monday, Jan. 7 2013 6:48 p.m. MST

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54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

Whether the player plays at BYU, Utah, Utah State or wherever, no one on this baord knows the facts or anything else about any of these situations. Nor is every BYU or Utah fan a "hypocrite". Everyone needs to relax and let the caoch at each school take care of his players.

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

ute4ever

If you have additional information to share about Blechen and/or Afa, feel free to share.

Otherwise, we'd love to hear your explanation why Whittingham kicked a bench warmer off the team for a fight and a DUI, while Kyle only gave his starting LB a 3-game suspension for two DUIs?

As Duckhunter said, nobody is throwing the "kids" under the bus, but the seemingly inconsistent actions of Utah's football program demand an explanation.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

phoenix: "If you have additional information to share about Blechen"

Umm I do. He didn't have 2 DUIs, he had 2 failed program mandated drug tests over the course of his 3 years on the team. He was never in any legal trouble, the team imposed its own predetermined discipline for the situation on him. Whether you think that is weak is for you to decide, but in that case the majority of the nation is pretty weak on it because many schools, like Oregon, have never had institutional drug testing, and others, like LSU with Tyrann Mathieu, have let players fail up to 7 before exacting a zero-tolerance policy. What is really pathetic is fans who cross over from sensationalizing one's misdeeds to just plain making things up, like Blechen having DUI charges, or Ernest T. Bass saying Van Noy had two DUI charges and questioning his high school graduation. If you don't know, seriously just keep your mouth shut about it.

Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

It would be nice if Utah would explain why the punishment for Afa was so harsh compared to the punishment Utah gave to Blechen - it seems that two DUI offenses should be considered every bit as serious as one assault and one DUI.

A 2nd DUI conviction in Utah requires

Jail – 240 Hours Minimum, or Work Service Program - 240 Hours Minimum or Home Confinement
Fine - $800 Minimum
License Suspension – 2 Years

Sounds like the state considers it a pretty serious offense.

backpacn
Sandy, UT

StGtoSLC

Who made you blog monitor?

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Ufan, it would also be nice if people stopped making up stories about what Blechen was suspended for. Two DUI convictions would most certainly get a player kicked off the team. He didn't have a single DUI.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Blechen didn't get any dui's from my understanding. What he did was fail to drug tests and is a dope smoker. The criticism about his "punishment" is that he wasn't punished at all when he failed the 1st drug test and the punishment he received for the 2nd failure was not done by whittingham, it was a university mandated punishment from an internal policy that requires it. whittingham and the football program did not punish blechen at all, in fact he was allowed to practice in full the entire time he was kept by university policy from playing in the games.

Now in my opinion I would say a dui and an assault that left a person unconcious are more serious than the failed drug tests blechen had. I'm not even saying that blechen got off easy. But it is interesting that whittingham and the football program did not punish blechen at all for his failed tests. If whittingham had done something after the first failed test then I might think differently but the fact he did nothing is sure an interesting fact.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Duckhunter: "in fact he was allowed to practice in full the entire time he was kept by university policy from playing in the games."

What's your "source" for this nugget? Not receiving a gameplay suspension is not the same thing as having no disciplinary action. I know you "know people," but I know people, too, and know that this is not the way the program is run.

OCoug
Ogden, UT

Wow, you all have a ton of time on your hands. Stats here, stats there. In the end it comes down to doing what's best for each individual regardless of where they play football. The whole story is sad, hopefully Afa can turn things around.

Utah'95
FPO, AE

You guys disappoint me.

ute4ever
West Jordan, UT

@ Duckhunter

I'm glad you have done enough research to "know" the kid by knowing his age. I guess you really are qualified to hand down punishment based on your google search of this kid's age. I didn't know his age. I assumed he was young because he was a walkon freshman that had never played. That doesn't scream 24 year old, unless you are BYU I guess.

BYU fans are killing the kid, the program, the coach. We can try to do all the google searches possible to find out the similarities and the differences between 2 situations, but this kid is a walkon with questionable ability to be on the team in the first place. Next he goes and has some kind of DUI road rage incident where someone is left unconcious in a parking lot. Sounds a little different than a regular DUI that you are trying to compare it to. I don't know specifics, and you don't either.

Lets all stop pretending this needs to be tried in the court of fans opinions.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@stg

"What's your "source" for this nugget?"

Uh.....the local papers and news. You see it was reported in all of them that blechen was allowed to practice in full during his university, not football team, mandated game suspensions. They even ran stories on how he was qb for the scout team during that time and how much he was helping the team.

I love you utah "fans" with your little "proof, link, evidence" cries every time you don't know something yourselves. Of course none of you ever post any "proof, links, evidence" either but that's different I suppose.

LOL!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@ute4ever

"Sounds a little different than a regular DUI that you are trying to compare it to."

Do you even read things before you comment? I never tried to compare this to any other dui, don't even know what you're talking about. Also the articles here in the paper tell us his age, I didn't "google" anything. It really might help your cause to actually read stuff before you make comments about them.

LOL!

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

ute4ever

"BYU fans are killing the kid, the program, the coach."

Cite one example of a BYU fan who is "killing the kid".

Otherwise, stop making things up.

joseywales
Park City, UT

ducky- when I reap what I "sew" I get scarves or sweaters. When I reap what I "sow" I get a garden. What about you? You are "so" smart.

ute4ever
West Jordan, UT

@truth machine: You are one of them for blowing this WAY, WAY out of proportion. This newspaper is another. This shouldn't even be a story. This former player is a person and a walkon that would never have his name in the mud if it wasn't for the media....and furthered by the supposed controversy that is trying to be made here by BYU fans. Everyone should just leave the kid alone and wish him well, hoping he can get his life on track and recover from this thing that will forever alter his life.

@duckhunter: so far I've seen references to Nai Fotu, this kid, and Blechen. Nai had a DUI. This kid had a DUI. Blechen smoked drugs. You BYU fans can't keep your comparisons straight. Utah played by the predetermined rules for a 2nd offender of drug use. Blechen was suspended from games for 1/4 the season. If YOU think he shouldn't have practiced....that is your problem but that isn't the University or Team policy that was established BEFORE his incident. Keep trying to twist it. Hypoctrites.

Utah Fan2
Anaheim, CA

joseywales

Actually, you're more likely to get scarves and sweaters from knitting.

LOTR
Baltimore, MD

ute4ever

"This shouldn't even be a story. This former player is a person and a walkon that would never have his name in the mud if it wasn't for the media...."

You're welcome to live in your own little fantasy world if you like, but that completely ignores the reality that EVERY player who becomes associated with a major college football program, be it starter, walkon, or recruit, is immediately thrust into the public spotlight.

The fact that this player was kicked off Utah's football team is newsworthy, regardless of how much that embarrasses U or anybody else associated with Utah football.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Duckhunter, simply being allowed to practice does not mean the team didn't impose any of its own discipline on him, or that he actually was a full practice participant. The team handles nearly all of its team rules violations internally, pretty much the same as any other program. Virtually the only times they get reported is when it involves a player's gameplay status. You either already know this and just want to blow it out of proportion, or you are not really as intimate with the workings of a college football program as you let on to be.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@stg

So what punishments did the team put on blechen? As naval vet is so fond of telling us "If there is no certified published article about it then it didn't happen." So please tell us what the team did to blechen because there are no "ceritifed published articles" other than those telling us he was a full participant in practies during his university, not football team, mandated suspension from the games.

Also you seem to be more than just a little bit "frantic and emotional" about this. Why?

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