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Published: Thursday, Nov. 14 2013 5:15 p.m. MST

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Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Looking forward to seeing the big man plugging up the middle again. He knows how to bring it.

Salt Lake City, UT

He should. It was fun watching him tackle people in the name of "aggressive basketball."

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

We can only hope! I just want Bronson to play against Gonzaga one more time!

Frisco, TX

With the tighter rules for fouls, Bronson would only last about 5 minutes before he fouled out. It was fun watching him on the court last year, but I'd much rather see him on the field. Let's give the minutes at the 4 and 5 to Worthington and Sharp or Collinsworth when we play small ball.


I can't agree more with CougFaninTX. Bronson needs to focus on football. He's big and strong, but he doesn't have the quick hops. He would not improve the team by joining, and this is going to be a fun b-ball team. Bronson should focus on his off season development in football. He has so much potential there.


with the new rules enforcement procedures, foul problems will become a bigger issue - we need the big man back - if he comes back my prediction is that he averages more than one foul per minute.

Marysville, WA

I'm pretty sure "LeBronson" wants to play with the same intensity that Coach Mendenhall wants to keep him focused only on football.

If Bronco has his way, it won't happen. But if Rose has use for him this year, and the fan outcry is loud enough, I bet it would happen.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

Cougars don't need him this year with the addition of Mika and Worthington -- but they sure needed him last year.

Salt Lake City, UT


Your payday is in football, and frankly, your name doesn't get called there as often as it should given your size and athleticism. Spend the off-season working on football technique.

Syracuse, UT

I would just like to see him play against the u with the new rules. With all the mugging the u players tried to put on BYU last year, why not put Bronson in and do a little mugging of his own for a few minutes? I am sure if he landed on someone they would think twice about anymore rough playing.


BYU's basketball team is deep enough that Kaufusi may not see enough playing time to make it worth his while. But sometimes a team can use an enforcer on the court, even it he fouls a lot - heck, sometimes BECAUSE he will foul. Kaufusi's fouls are tough enough to send a message if necessary. I don't see any other meaningful role for him on this team.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

He needs to stay on the grid iron, where he belongs. I lost all respect for the guy after the Gonzaga game. What a pathetic move to bring a player on the team with no talent to rough up your opponent. It doesn't say much for Rose either. Sorry BYU fans but the majority of Gonzaga fans feel the same way!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

What a hypocritical fan base. If Gonzaga pulled a muscle head off the rugby team he would be public enemy no. 1. But because he plays for BYU, dirty and cheap play by a football player is not only acceptable, it's wonderful!

Coog Fan in Spokane
Spokane, WA

Wait - Gonzaga has a rugby team?!!

Kaufusi is the latest in a proud tradition of BYU backup big men with no hops, stone hands and 5 precious fouls to give. Long live the enforcer!

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

I can't recall Kaufausi being a dirty basketball player. He can fill up the middle if Mika and Worthington have fouled out.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Spokane Ute - are we a little sensitive?? I'm sure you loved it when Haws took his mugging last year.

Payson, UT

RE: Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

"What a pathetic move to bring a player on the team with no talent..." No talent Hmmm I'm guessing you have a bit more basketball talent yourself.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA


Yep, Kafusi pushes a button with me. Which player from the football team roughed up Haws? Everyone a Gonzaga is. Basketball player. Mark Few doesn't pull enforcers off of the grid iron. Gonzaga doesn't have to, they are a top 20 program year in and year out. Funny thing is, I don't recall another fan base complaining about Gonzagas physical play. Nor do I recall another opponent bringing in a football player against Gonzaga. I'm sorry if the truth hurts, but that's exactly what it is. Keep it real Tom.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

At Tucket

Too bad you weren't able to watch the Gonzaga at BYU game last year.

Coog Fan in Spokane
Spokane, WA

Spokane Ute:

Whoa, big fella - Dave Rose did not specifically bring in a football player against Gonzaga. Kaufusi made the team last year because BYU was short on big men. He's physical and played some crucial defense, which was important, especially with Davies using up 2 fouls in the first 5 minutes every other game.

I don't recall what happened in the game at BYU, but I do know Gonzaga brutalized Haws in the game up here. And why not? You take what the refs give you. That's been modus operandi in the WCC - case in point, Dellavadova's entire offensive arsenal revolved around his ability to lower his non-dribble shoulder and drive it into defenders, then push off with his forearm. Most WCC teams typically use physical play on defense to compensate for inferior athleticism - Gonzaga should be used to playing against that by now.

Gonzaga is a class program with great coaches, great players and a (generally) classy fan base. I think they can handle a few hard fouls at opposing arenas, especially if they're going to use similar tactics in their own building.

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