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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 9:50 p.m. MST

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Wookie
Omaha, NE

Anyone else notice the blatant biased reporting by Deseret news? Each of the cougar players were highlighted whereas others were grouped together.

Go Utes!!

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

If you are looking tor a pro utah bias then go read the SL Trib. They favor the utes and don't give BYU any respect. BYU clearly had the better recruiting class this year and they gave them props. Get over it and accept the future of basketball in the state, which IS BYU.

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

Wookie

Brandon Gurney is the DN beat writer for BYU athletics. Your real beef should be with the beat writer for Utah athletics who took a flyer on this one.

JP
Chandler, AZ

There wasn't much to write about the other two Ute signings.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

JP I hope you keep that mentality because I have a feeling Kuzma will blow you away next year.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Wookie:

Judging from the abundance of empty seats at Utah home basketball games in recent years, nobody really cares about Utah basketball; therefore, extensive coverage of Utah basketball recruits isn't really warranted.

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

The Running Utes are making great strides. The coaching staff is fantastic. The Recruiting is amazing, considering where we've been the last few years. Wright, Loveridge, Tucker, Taylor...are a very entertaining group to watch.

Go Utes!

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

Wookie,
The DN is owned and run by the LDS church! What dark cave have you been living in if the pro-BYU slant is something new and a surprise to you?

Farid @ Pocatello
Pocatello, ID

I write for the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello and we had this discussion this past weekend. We don't have a lot of sidebar stories and features on our football and basketball teams because we're so bad no one wants to read them. We as a paper can't will the community to embrace the teams.

Same thing for the Utes. When the community starts to care, you'll see the coverage for the Utes increase. I remember vividly the Roger Reid era vs. Utah's Rick Majerus. The Utes got all the ink, they kept bringing in the great Utah players, ran a faster offense, and Roger Reid had a team of lower-level LDS players and an offense that scored in the high 40's and low 50's.
It was no contest. The Utes were the darlings of the state.

Now Dave Rose has all (most) of Utah's Mr. Basketball's, runs an offense kids love to be part of, and averages 25 wins per season.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@ magma - amazing and fantastic are not adjectives I would use to describe a team and coaching staff that has yet to reach .500. Loveridge is a great player and Chapman will be a great player, but the supporting cast on the U BB team is average for a D1 team, and below average compared to the rest of the PAC. It's going to take a couple more Loveridge, Chapman type players to get the team back to being an NCAA contender.

However, for Coug fans, we have to be salivating at the talent pipeline. 2016, 2017 and 2018 will be fantastic and amazing, and the recruiting class is fantastic and amazing.

Wookie
Omaha, NE

The News is owned by Deseret News Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, a holding company owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). This was helpful for my understanding. So why report on anything other than the Y?

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Welcome to BYU PD, TJH, JT DN and RA. As for u trolls, go to trib!

So, how are we doing this year, so far so good but Iowa State Cyclone will be a test for sure!

Go Cougars!

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

CougFaninTX- I didn't say the team was amazing or fantastic. I said they were very entertaining. If you don't think it's amazing to see a team that has been below .500 for a few years bring in a top 30 recruiting class (per ESPN), then I'll just disagree.

I am very encouraged by the current trajectory of the Utah basketball program. Coach K and his staff are have completely turned things around on the hill.

Go Utes!

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Farid says "I write for the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello and we had this discussion this past weekend. We don't have a lot of sidebar stories and features on our football and basketball teams because we're so bad no one wants to read them."

I imagine a similar discussion with the Salt Lake writers. One team can't finish above 3rd in the WCC while another adjusts to the PAC12. Now is the chance for the Aggies to get some newspaper column space.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Magna,

Don't worry too much about the coug fans and what they think about the Utah program or its recruits. They'll learn soon enough that things are changing at the U and the talent has improved. They're all sky high after a nice win over Stanford (despite how they like to rip on the Pac-12), but they'll still get a fair share of humble pie this year. It won't surprise me in the slightest if part of that humble pie get's served compliments of the Runnin' Utes.

I certainly give Dave Rose props though, he's got a nice program going and has had some very good recruiting classes. That's not an easy win for any team and they should be solid for years to come.

scott
Alpine, UT

Magna Ute Fan

How far has the standard of success plummeted on the hill when 5-13, 15-18, not even a sniff at a post-season tournament, and "running" one of the most boring offenses in the country is considered "entertaining" and "making great strides"?

Don't be fooled by the 128 points the Utes put up in their season opener against a high school team; the Utes were one of the lowest scoring teams in the country last season, not surpassing 80 points against a single Division 1 opponent the entire season.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I love the whiney utah "fan" posts LOL! Frankly if BYU's program was as bad as utah's has been I'd be grateful for any write up at all. It appears utah signed a good class, still only second fiddle in this state but whatever, and they have a couple of ok players already on the team, but they still haven't done anything so until they do all the utah "fans" slobbering all over them looks a bit silly.

But beside all of that wookie the fact is that more people care about BYU and BYU's basketball team than care about utah and their basketball team. That is simply a fact and newspapers need to cater to the majority and what that majority wants to read.

Now I personally like to read about both schools so it wouldn't bother me one bit if they'd added another paragraph to this article and saved you some serious angst, but they didn't deem it worthy of any more print space so there you are.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

SoonerUte,
The WCC had a team ranked number 1 for a little bit. That same team took a number 1 seed in the tourney. So yes, BYU got third in a conference with a number 1 seed.

How long are the Utes going to continue to use that "we're still adjusting line?" If your team is so great, just play better.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

How long are the Utes going to continue to use that "we're still adjusting line?" If your team is so great, just play better.
===

It's a weak excuse.

Utes would have made an easy transition to the PAC in the Majerus years.

Looks like the Utes are bringing in talent, but so did Boylen. I'm interested to see all three teams in the state become competative. But there is a hope that things will get better on the hill.

Swimmer
Honeyville, UT

Farid, your memory is playing games with you. During the Roger Reid era he got all the good Utah recruits and had a winning record against Majerus in head to head play. It was only after Reid was fired that Majerus started winning the recruiting battles.

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