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Published: Monday, April 15 2013 1:35 p.m. MDT

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Iowa City, IA

So the vocal minorities are who drive the news as long as their reactions is sensational. Yellow Journalism.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Doesn't matter which night BYU plays, they are the most popular team in the Land.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I love Friday night games. That leaves Saturday for chores to get ready for Sunday.

Scottsdale, AZ

I prefer watching the boys play on Saturday and I'd rather watch them play against SEC (Ole Miss) or Big12 (Texas) teams than against WAC teams (SJSU).

Columbia, MO

Thursday nights are bad for the team and bad for the fans in the midwest and east because it makes it a very late night before getting up for work in the morning. However, Fridays don't present as many problems. I love the BYU-USU games that are on Fridays each year. Keep up with the exposure, but let's win the games and prove that BYU belongs on the national scene each and every year.

Phoenix, AZ

Works for me, can watch BYU play Friday night, then spend the day going to Sun Devil Stadium to watch Arizona State University play. Win-win.

Agua Dulce, TX

This is what passes for journalism now at the DN? Some blogger no one's heard of publishing tweets

Marysville, WA

As an out-of-state fan who wouldn't get to go to LES for the game anyway, Friday night is fine with me. Making 20K season ticket holders and 10K students cold and tired versus having 100K more people get to see the game live seems like an OK trade to me. Also, being a west-coaster, the games aren't on that late. I can see how east coast cougs might feel differently.

Highland, UT

I'm mixed on this. I have been a season ticket holder for over 30 years, since Jim McMahon was the qb. Growing up Saturday games were the norm, and perfect for me. While in HS school we had our own games Friday night and then went to the BYU game the next day. No conflicts, just perfect.

But now I have kids in high school as well as coach youth football. I always attend the hs games on Friday nights and then coach football games on Saturday. The Saturday youth games do occasionally interfere with the BYU games so I probably miss 1 game per year where our youth game is the same time or else gets over with to little time to make it over to LES.

Thursday games are better for me at this stage of my life but that is the thing, it changes. 2 more years and my youngest is in HS so Saturday's open back up, 6 years and he is done with HS and all my days open back up.

In the meantime I'm glad there are dvr's.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Not sure that exposure has been such a great thing for BYU.

After two years of ESPN exposure BYU signed two of its lowest ranked recruiting classes since 2002.

In fact, BYU signed higher rated recruiting classes during its "obsolescence" in the MWC.

West Jordan, Utah

Friday night? It matters not. It's about exposure so why worry? If it was a Wednesday or Monday game thing and imbalance with days off, long and then cut short, then I would worry if I was a BYU fan. But it's not the issue. Friday night is no big deal. It's prime time exposure.

Bluffdale, UT


Give it a rest. Your conclusions are inaccurate and you obsession is starting to look frantic and obsessed.

I am in the same situation as Duckhunter, only my youngest hits high school in 10 years. 13 more years of watching the games late on Fridays with the dvr. First thing after reading the article I had to check the high school schedule hoping one of those days was a bye week. No such luck. See you on 9/20 Duck.

Payson, UT

RE: Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

For one of the first time I agree with you.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Bluffdale, UT

Conclusions inaccurate?

The facts are that following each of the two years of ESPN exposure BYU has signed recruiting classes that are the lowest ranked since 2002.

What is inaccurate about concluding that ESPN exposure may not have been such a great thing for the BYU football program?


Re: Howie baby - Recruiting schmooting. Since when has ESPNs recruiting rankings had a twit to do with how players are developed and egos are channeled and games played with full purpose of heart and are entertaining? Not all fans think their team must rank in the upper tiers of the polls to be worth watching. I guess those numbers are insignificant?

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Only a fool would prefer doing chores on Saturday instead of going to a football game.

Unless the Cougars make drastic changes this year, the exposure they realize will be provided by Boise State, not ESPN.

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

Sure wish we had a feature to block those who we feel do not contribute to a civil dialogue or submit thoughtful comments. Then those who have no interest in either of those would be more likely to actually find something worth doing with their time.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Exposure IS a two edged sword, and what we've wanted exposed, and what WAS exposed, are two different things.

But Howard, whose to say the recruiting classes would not have even been as good as they were, if not for the ESPN exposure?

I'm more curious why the U has had better recruiting classes, and more kids go to the NFL, and yet their seasons have been heading south faster than the Canadian Snow Birds.

Research that, Howard, and come back and report to us. We all really want to know.

Omaha, NE

To us who live out of state, I think most of us prefer this. I know I have gone to a local sports restaurant and asked if they could put the game over the sound system. Since it's usually on ESPN, they have no problem with that. It's fun to be the only college football game on TV, and living outside of Utah, these Friday night games bring TONS of exposure because the game is on all the big TV's, or only TV if it's a small store. I once went into Red Mango and they were playing the BYU game and it was the only option for people to watch, and people were watching.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Y Grad / Y Dad:

"I'm more curious why the U has had better recruiting classes, and more kids go to the NFL, and yet their seasons have been heading south faster than the Canadian Snow Birds."

Really? How many times do you need to be told this. This question had already been asked and answered. We're losing more games because we've been playing a substantially more challenging schedule.

I understand that cougar fans don't know anything about the rigors of playing top flight programs week in and week out featuring predominately highly recruited 3-, 4-, and 5-star athletes, so I get why you just don't get it, but what I DON'T get is why cougar fans keep asking that question. It's been asked and answered. If you didn't get it then, you're not going to get it now.

Had Utah been playing as many weak-WAC teams as you guys had, we'd have finished with a better record.

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