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Utah football: Utes unveil new state-of-the-art football center

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  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    mussingaround:
    I didn't know BYU started with Bronco's tenure. I guess I could point to the past 11 years (8-3) or further back, but that would be pointless.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 17, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    rhappahannock,

    I didn't say the University doesn't subsidize athletics, i said there is no tax money spent on athletics. The University of Utah gets most of its revenue from sources other than Utah taxpayers. When you look at the budget for undergraduate academics you can easily see that uses up all of the taxpayer money. The money used to subsidize the athlletic budget is from other sources. A friend of mine confirmed this with the University President.

  • rhappahannock Washington, DC
    Aug. 17, 2013 7:56 p.m.

    To Mormon Ute: You said "Please get off the taxpayer subsidy deal! I have a copy of the University of Utah budget which is available to the public and you can plainly see that the $250 million the State of Utah puts into the university from tax dollars is all consumed by academic pursuits. None of it goes to athletics."

    Well, Dr. Chris Hill says you are wrong, both in the Deseret News ("Pac 12 Have-nots to become Haves with TV Deal") and in the official UU Magazine Continuum ("The Money Game"). You can also find a list of athletic department subsidies in USA Today, and it is a common topic in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

    The new building has obviously received indirect subsidy at the very least. Now, when those huge flatscreens are not big enough or have high enough definition, who will subsidize their replacement?

    Why should any BCS team in any state be subsidized when they have billion dollar TV contracts? State legislatures in every state should make sure that at least half that money goes to education, and not bigger flat screen TVs.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 17, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    mussingaround
    Palo Alto, CA

    "Call us when Utah beats their first PAC team with a winning record."

    No, we won't call you because you don't matter. The Utes are in, byu is no where.

    Natester
    Cedar Hills, UT

    It's a weak character who can't find it within him / her to congratulate the accomplishments of another - even if that other person happens to be your rival team. Congrats to the Utes -

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 9:46 p.m.

    With this new football center and SLC's Trax system what else could be needed for winning the PAC recruiting war?

  • IDAHO-UTE chubbuck, ID
    Aug. 16, 2013 5:10 p.m.

    They Probably should have posted this video before I watched Oregon's!!!

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    Aug. 16, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    @ mussingaround

    "Not nearly as funny as a Utah fan mocking a miniscule 3-game losing streak (Bronco was 3-2 versus Utah before the streak), while Washington is a team that Utah has NEVER beaten, 0-8 versus the Huskies lifetime; BYU is 4-4 all-time versus Washington"

    Not nearly as funny as BYU fans hiding behind other teams to fight there battles against Big Brother Utah. Since BYU can't get the job done themselves. BYU is 0-3 against Boise State and 0-4 against Iowa State all time!

    Call us when BYU beats Utah for the first time since 2009!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 16, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    mussingaround:

    I guess some people really have to bend, stretch and spin to make a point!

    3-0 is miniscule? Tell that to Bronco and the boys! Besides, it is more than 3-0: it is 4-1, 8-3, 13-7, 53-31-4. Two straight decades of superiority and that will only continue! Utah is beating byU on the field and in recruiting. Utah beat byU out for first choice of head coach. And this all was accomplished before our start at improving facilities and after byU finished.

    "Bronco was 3-2 versus Utah before the streak"? That makes about as much sense as a Utah fan saying "before 1972 Utah was 41-8-4".

    Thanks for stopping by on all things Utah and giving us your support. The fact that you use the mighty Muss as your moniker displays how important Utah is to you. Again, we appreciate your love!

    Go Utes! Onward and Upward!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 16, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    @Down under
    Eugene, OR

    Just so everyone knows WSU also has the same type of football facility and yet they sit at the bottom of the PAC with Utah. Facilities do NOT make a team. Utah will continue to be the cellar dweller in the PAC and will NOT make the coveted Rose Bowl. I agree with a previous comment that the new media room will be great for watching the bowl season in comfort.

    ---------

    And BYU has the same NFL and recruiting talent as the bottom of the PAC-12. Considering Bronco has a losing record against BCS teams thankfully BYU doesn't have to deal with playing a PAC-12 schedule.

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Aug. 16, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Jenny83

    " It's funny because that team that is at the bottom of the PAC with Washington is a team that your Cougs can't seem to beat!"

    Not nearly as funny as a Utah fan mocking a miniscule 3-game losing streak (Bronco was 3-2 versus Utah before the streak), while Washington is a team that Utah has NEVER beaten, 0-8 versus the Huskies lifetime; BYU is 4-4 all-time versus Washington.

    Call us when Utah beats their first PAC team with a winning record.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 16, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    Love the new digs!

    Thanks to all the BYU posters with positive comments. We appreciate the civility and class.

    Thanks also to the haters. We appreciate the entertainment and your loving support.

    Go Utes!! Onward and Upward!

  • Jenny83 Logan, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Down Under..... It's funny because that team that is at the bottom of the PAC with Washington is a team that your Cougs can't seem to beat!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 16, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    @Down Under

    Just so you know, Utah has beat WSU two years in a row. Why do you troll Utah articles and rain on the parade. It really is a sad and pathetic MO when you think about it.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    Please get off the taxpayer subsidy deal! I have a copy of the University of Utah budget which is available to the public and you can plainly see that the $250 million the State of Utah puts into the university from tax dollars is all consumed by academic pursuits. None of it goes to athletics. The taxpayers of Utah contribute a mere 8% of the University's $3.2 billion budget. So the facts don't support your assertion.

  • Down under Eugene, OR
    Aug. 16, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Just so everyone knows WSU also has the same type of football facility and yet they sit at the bottom of the PAC with Utah. Facilities do NOT make a team. Utah will continue to be the cellar dweller in the PAC and will NOT make the coveted Rose Bowl. I agree with a previous comment that the new media room will be great for watching the bowl season in comfort.

  • Alterego Harrisville, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Thanks to this new facility, Utah will have a winning record at least once in the next three years.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Positive comments from the true BYU Fans are graciously accepted. Cheers.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    It just keeps getting better for the Utes and their fans. Go Utes!

    The general population of the state would tell you sour grapers that there are benefits to what the Utes have accomlished. March on the Capitol so the whole state can laugh at you.

  • redfeather Palo Alto, CA
    Aug. 16, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    "The meeting room is a theatre,” said senior defensive end Trevor Reilly. “Imagine a mansion house with a theatre room. Every single position group has a theatre room for a meeting room."

    All of those theaters will come in handy during bowl week.

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    You've gotta love Eccles' classic red sports jacket...that is awesome, and I'm a BYU fan. Gotta love it :)

    One thing I thought was interesting is that the Block U is quite prominent throughout the facility, and the only place I saw the more traditional drum & feathers U was on things that are much easier to replace (pillows, stickers above the athlete lockers, etc.).

    Meanwhile, for all the more permanent things, you see the new Block U (on the walls, the floor, the ceiling, heck, even the wallpaper). It makes you wonder how long the drum & feathers will last...we know that the administration (was it last year?) recently tried to do away with the drum and feathers, and there was quite the uproar from the more traditional Ute fans.

    I have to wonder though if this is a (somewhat) subtle way to get people used to the new block U and eventually drop the drum and feathers altogether. Seems to me like the drum and feathers are on the way out (even the most recent vanity license plates have the new Block U).

    Either way, that's a great new facility you have there; congrats :)

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    It's a weak character who can't find it within him / her to congratulate the accomplishments of another - even if that other person happens to be your rival team. Congrats to the Utes - looks like a beautiful facility. It represents the accomplishments of many an athlete who laid the groundwork for such a solid facility / program. Come on Cougar fans - Lets take the high road. This is a great thing for the Utes and for the State of Utah.

    Go Utes. Go Cougars!

  • Harry-T Davis, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    It’s good to see that Utah now has a $32M facility to help recruit potential prospects, because their previous records won’t help. Well if they don’t win games, at least they will look good with their hair cuts, have a place to watch TV. If this facility doesn't help imporve their football skills, at lest they can impove a skill in billards.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    Love skiing

    Laughable red herring. The taxing of alcohol (and every other legal commodity sold in the state) has absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact that tax dollars are, at the very least, indirectly spent on constructing and maintaining every building on the U of U campus.

    Anybody who claims otherwise is simply blowing smoke.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    I just wanted to say these are some really nice facilities for the University of Utah. It must be nice for the players to have a place like this to go. Congratulations.

  • Standingd Davis, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    Love skiing
    you caught the sarcasm huh? Where in my comments is any reference to where funding came from? You steer to evils in Utah??? Where you going with that?

  • Love skiing Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    No tax dollar was used in this facility. You may want to do a little research before you sound so bitter. If you want to go there, try the school lunch program. It is funded by the sale of Alcohol. You know, the one that is so evil in Utah.

  • Standingd Davis, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    Christopher B, Congrats to your SUC 12 membership. That sure is a fine daycare center for athletes!! Didn't really see much new high tech stuff that would really bring them up to standard in that other conference though. How is a video game room or a theater or place to take a nap or barbershop going to bring these guys up from the cellar?

  • clehman Sandy, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    I didn't realize you were in the Pac 12, Chris B. Congratulations!

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    I love my Pac 12 membership!

    You think recruits care about state of the art facilities?

    Just as Oregon!

    Just another reason Utah has won the recruiting war between Utah, byu, and usu the last several years.

    And will continue to do so, with ease.

    Both head to head AND average stars its been Utah, Utah, Utah!