Coot fanFair enough, I have expressed my opinion and position. Mark
Few teams may be physical, but what Kafusi did in Provo crossed the line. IMOI'm certainly not the lone Zags fan who feels that way. Again, I
don't recall a single other coach or fan base complaining about Gonzaga
playing too physical. They beat BYU twice simply because they were a better
basketball team, don't kid your self. Looking forward to the Zags-BYU games
this year, Gonzaga doesn't rebuild, they reload. Have a good weekend Guy.
Maybe we will talk more as the season progresses.
BYU is still one "Big" down and Kaufusi is perfect for the spot...The Gonzaga fans are just going to have to bring their hankies to the
games when they play the Cougs.
Every team needs a physical presence... It was indeed comforting to know that
teams with thugs inside could in fact be neutralized... Gonzaga's Olynyk
found that his elbowing and shoving didn't work so well with Kaufusi in the
lane on both sides of the court... In fact, had cusick's 3 point shot
counted towards the end of the game in Provo BYU may well have knocked the Zags
into a 3 or 4 seed for the Tournament and that was primarily because of
Kaufusi's presence on the Boards.I very much hope that he plays
this year, the Cougs could really use him as a role player this season when
things get physical.
@Spokane Ute - we get it. Anyone can rough up Haws unless they also play
football. I guess because basketball players are so small and fragile, getting
mugged by them is ok, night after night, game after game. I give your whining a
9 on the BOO HOO scale.Kaufusi certainly has good basketball skills,
and he did help to counter a lot of pretty dirty basketball that was played
against Haws last year. Nature of the game - good players get mugged, and many
good teams have an enforcer to counter the mugging. Kaufusi's not going to
be All-Conference or win awards, but he gets rebounds and is pretty solid on
follow-up shots. Mika looks to be as big and solid as Kaufusi, physically, if
not bigger. Are opposing fans going to cry when he gets physical?
At shortsHe does have talent on the grid iron, but not on the hard
court. I hope that clarifies things for you. My talent has nothing to do with
it, just a Gonzaga fan voicing my opinion, on a public forum.
@spokane uteTypical utah "fan" hypocrisy. You no doubt loved
it when utah played thug ball last season against BYU. Head out while you still
have a shred of credibility.
Sad Spokane UteDon't you have a big game to prepare for?
Don't you have a basketball team to cheer on?Nothing else to do
but criticize a multi-talented BYU player. Pathetic.
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.
At TucketToo bad you weren't able to watch the Gonzaga at BYU
game last year.
TomYep, 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.
RE: Spokane UteSpokane, 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 - are we a little sensitive?? I'm sure you loved it when Haws
took his mugging last year.
I can't recall Kaufausi being a dirty basketball player. He can fill up the
middle if Mika and Worthington have fouled out.
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
Bronson,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.
Cougars don't need him this year with the addition of Mika and Worthington
-- but they sure needed him last year.
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.
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.
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
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.
We can only hope! I just want Bronson to play against Gonzaga one more time!
He should. It was fun watching him tackle people in the name of "aggressive
Looking forward to seeing the big man plugging up the middle again. He knows how
to bring it.