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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18 2013 11:35 a.m. MDT

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West Valley, UT

Wow, stay classy Utah!

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Gee, I wonder if there is any chance the sports talk radio guys will hype this for all its worth.

Ted H
Sandy, UT

Proving Max right, one day at a time

Fred T

No offense taken. At least not by the picture shown.

I suppose you could title the picture, "Flunk'in and dunk'in"

I didn't take it to be religious in any context.

Utes home for the holidays
Sandy, UT

Is this there way of "leaving religion" out of football like they're always crying about?


Layton, UT

Rivalry week...Stirring the pot...lol.

Anybody that has participated in sports and has been in a locker room knows about the horse play...Yes, at byu too.

Go Utes!

Salt Lake City, UT

Two of them have been baptized by immersion, one of them is LDS, probably where they got the idea for some of it.

Saratoga Springs, UT

@ Lifelong Ute

I couldn't agree with you more.

@Fred T

I am not quite sure how you say that it wasn't taken in religious context. I am not aware of anything else that uses baptism except for faithful and religious purposes.


I see what you are saying, however, this is not the mind set and opinion of all Ute fans.

This should not have happened. Blechen is a great player, I love the passion with which he plays. But the kid has sure made some poor judgements over his time at the U.

But as I said I agreed with Lifelong Ute. Whit needs to quit covering for his guys and have them start taking the fall. I know leaders take it for their men, but these are kids who still need direction. And if he doesn't get a handle on it, these are the only players your program will attract and it will only set the program up for a fall. And I would hate to see that.


Utes home for the holidays
Sandy, UT

For a program whose core value are as shown below, should we be surprised? And yes, these are the teams official core values as shown on their brand new facility:

1. Honesty(Good one)
2. Treat women with respect(good one)
3. No stealing
4. No drugs
5. No DUI's.

Are you kidding me? Those are their core values? Way to shoot for the stars!

Kirkland, WA

So it's a few dumb athletes being ridiculous ... but face up to the truth and say you're sorry for your player's behavior, Whit ... it WAS intended to offend religions ... fortunately BYU fans will be above it.

Orem, UT

I accept Kyle's and Jake's explanation that this was not intended to be a slam against any religion.

Some of the other things I've witnessed at the U obviously were intended to slam a particular religion, such as the time a "special edition" of the Daily Chrony that questioned the validity of many tenants of the LDS faith was distributed in RES prior to a BYU-Utah game.

Mocking LDS beliefs happens frequently at the U, but I don't think that is what was happening in this particular case.

Layton, UT

Better than thou detractors,
Have you ever been in a ward house gym?

St. Louis, MO

The video was posted on August 23rd and it's an issue right now?

Like in most other cases, it's only offensive if you want to make an issue of it. It's kids having fun. I'm moving on and I suggest if you believe you are above it, you should too.

Saint George, UT

Where's the story about the photo of Lucky Radley, Jake Murphy, Trevor Reilly, and another Ute (sorry I don't recognize him) visiting a recently paralyzed teenager in the hospital? After all, that is something that actually happened just a few days ago; much more recently than the other photo. How awesome must that kid feel after he got a visit from some Ute stars? Even though they're very busy, not just with football, but rivalry week and their classes, they still made time to go cheer someone up. I think that's pretty awesome.

While some of these kids make poor choices, they also make some really good choices too. Why do we always need to focus on the bad things? Let's celebrate the good they do and not dwell on the bad ideas.

Also, let us (Mormons) not become one of the those groups of people who get offended over every little thing. We're stronger than that, we've survived much stronger persecution than a couple of college kids doing an ice bath dare that may or may not resemble a baptism.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Well, if the goal of BYU in waiting until now to get into an uproar over this video (which is a month old) was to get BYU fans to forget about the suspended linebacker, it definitely worked.

Omaha, NE

No excuse, this is poor judgment no doubt, but insensitive and immature. If this was the NFL, they would have insensitivity training and possibly more. I also dispute Whit's opinion, this was intentional and ignorant. Shame. Having said that, hopefully they will learn from this and move on, just like Hadley, Davies and others from BYU have done and will hopefully do.


Area 52
Tooele, UT

This will great for all the in-state recruits to see!


Las Vegas, NV

Pathetic attempt by Utah County fans to stir the pot to get attention away from Hadley.

Move along, no story here at all!


"fortunately byU fans will be above it."

Have you read the rest of the posts? LOL!!

Go Utes!!

ute alumni
paradise, UT

whittingham, are you kidding?
not offended, but you begin to understand why many ute grads root for BYU. waiting for Mendenhall to excuse this kind of behavior if BYU players videotapped spinkling babies before their notre dame game...........don't think it will happen.

Cottonwood Heights, UT


Re: "Wow, stay classy Utah!"

- says the guy with Ute hater in his moniker. For life no less.

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