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  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    Let me get this straight. They are spending $36MM on the new basketball facility yet only spending $6MM of that on improvements to the Huntsman Center itself? They need to blow up that facility and build something that is much more fan friendly. That would include seats that people can actually fit in. I have a 36" waist yet I barely fit in the seats. Now that it can't be used for either the Men's Basketball tournament or the Women's gymnastics' tournament totally renovate it so that those of us that have continued to go to games through the lean times have a comfortable place to enjoy the Ute's during the good times. It's probably too late since they have already raised the money.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    LOL! You're right, Two For Flinching, byu is the center of its own universe.

    Duck asserts that byu's basketball facility has been planned for 10 years. Ok, so Where are the pictures and what is the completion date, Duck? How is it that Utah can announce a facility, prepare the plans, set a completion and launch a fund raiser in just two years? How can that possibly be, Duck?

    Honestly, Two for Flinching, I don't think we'll see Duck on this board again.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 12:35 a.m.

    @ MyPerspective

    Not true. Everything is about BYU. Even though this article may seem like it's about Utah building a new facility to help to basketball program grow and compete, it's actually about how Utah is trying to keep up with a facility BYU planned to build ten years ago. And of course, like Duck said, the undertone of this article is clearly about BYU's upper hand in the basketball rivalry lately.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    Duck
    "But of course the real discussion here BYU/utah so why not tell me why BYU has won 7 in a row and 11 of 12?"

    No, Duck. The real discussion is about Utah's new basketball facility and what it means to the program long term. That's the discussion.

    As for the rest of your post...you need to define "it and they." Then I will be able to understand what you are talking about.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 10:08 p.m.

    @crow

    "Why cant they Beat the top 25 teams they have played?"

    Because those teams are better than they are. Pretty easy to figure that out. We'll see how the season plays out however and discuss then.

    Perhaps you can tell me why utah loses to so many of the lower division teams it plays?

    But of course the real discussion here BYU/utah so why not tell me why BYU has won 7 in a row and 11 of 12?

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    The Utes will now lose in a really nice building. Excellent!

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    If BYU is obviously quite good, borderline top 25 at this point, and has more talent currently on the team than utah has had in the last decade combined. Why cant they Beat the top 25 teams they have played? Maybe because they are not as good as you think they are.

    Also in the last decade Utah went to the Sweet 16 and had a #1 draft pick into the NBA. What has BYU done but get bounced in the first round of the NCAA tourney?

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    @ LonestarRunner

    Let me clarify not NCAA tourney first round exits but actual runs in the NCAA Tourney. Utah has the third best record for deepest run in the NCAA tourney on the West Coast. BYU's one and dones do not hold a candle to the prodution Utah has had in NCAA Tourney.

    Funny part BYU is claiming 3 trips to the Elite Eight when one of the years 1950 only 8 teams went to the NCAA tourney 1951 16 teams went big achievement to beat one team in 1951 and 0 teams in 1950

    Utah is the only team in the nation who can say that they not only have one the NCAA and NIT Championships but they can also claim to have won the National AAU Tournament. Not even UCLA, Arizona, and Kentucky can say that.

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Wow! That looks beautiful. New football facility---check New basketball facility---check Being able to comepete---.... However in basketball's defense they are improving. Football, not the case. Nice, pretty, new facilities are great but it's not going to mean anything if we can't go out there and win.

    GO UTES!!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    Duck, you are sounding a little frustrated and there's a hint of desperation in the tone of your comments.

    There are two constants in the college sports world:

    1) Results change every year
    2) Those who have not will always look up (way up) to those that have

    Your response to Motorbike is answered by Constant #1 and your presence on the Utah boards (especially this article) is explained by Constant #2

    You're the best, Duck...don't ever change.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Really motorbike? Come on you're better than that. You know how this game is played on here, it is actually comments like yours and no perspectives that come off sounding "frantic and emotional" not to mention desperate. But I understand why, your program has been simply awful for more than half a decade, truly terrible, one of the worst in all D1, and that has made you guys more than a bit sensitive to it. It must be tough for you but I understand.

    On the bright side for you guys it appears they are at least beeter than the naia and d3 teams they have been losing to over the last few years, that is something I suppose. of course there is no way to know if they can compete with an actual D1 team yet as they haven't played one but it appears there are a couple of low end D1 teams coming up on the schedule so we'll see if utah is ready to jump into the top 200 yet. It's a big leap from where they've been but I really do think they can be a top 200 team.

    Good luck.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 27, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    @no perspective

    Actually BYU's facility has been planned for many years, almost a decade. BYU has their own schedule for doing things, they really don't care about utah's, but if thinking that helps prop up your fragile ego then I'm ok with it.

    I suppose by your logic utah's indoor practice facility and football center were a knee jerk reaction to BYU's which were planned and built long before utah's?

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    motorbike
    Cottonwood Heights, UT

    It's priceless watching BYU fans backpedal and attempt to explain how they really aren't desperately concerned with the steps forward in the Utah program despite their uncontrollable urges to comment on a simple article about a new facility.

    That is exactly what I'm thinking. The new basketball facility is a perfect complement to the football facility and aligns perfectly with goals and objectives of the Pac-12. I can see why byu fans are lit up about it. What I don't get is why they continue to insist that Utah is their competition.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    It's priceless watching BYU fans backpedal and attempt to explain how they really aren't desperately concerned with the steps forward in the Utah program despite their uncontrollable urges to comment on a simple article about a new facility.
    Obsessed much? Thanks for the interest, it helps us Ute fans feel that much more comfortable about the direction the Utah program is headed.
    Go Utes!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    @ anti BCS

    My post had nothing to do with Utah, so I'm not sure why you focused on the Utes in your reply to me. Also, I never said BYU was not a successful program. My point: BYU is not a "top" program. There is no spin, I simply provided evidence to support my claim.

  • anti BCS Anaheim, CA
    Nov. 26, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    2fer

    Since when is winning a conference tournament the end-all-be-all of having a successful program?

    BYU has won FOUR conference championships and played in SIX NCAA tournaments in the last 8 seasons.

    Regardless of how you spin it, that dwarfs the measly one-and-done that the have "accomplished" since the last remnants of the Majerus era left Utah.

    Rose era (2005-06 to present)
    BYU 214-67(76%)
    Utah 121-137(47%)

    7 in a row, 11 of 12, 149-145 - BYU owns you in basketball

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    "The difference is BYU already had good facilities and a top program so they dont feel the sense of urgency the downtrodden utah program feels."

    I'm sorry, in what universe does BYU have a "top" program? The Cougs haven't won a conf. tournament since 2001. They can't even get to the CCG in the West Coast Conference. Then there is that fact that BYU has been to exactly ONE Sweet 16 in the past 32 years. That is not the resume of a top program.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    gamer
    PROVO, UT

    I read the article again. Nope, no plans to turn the Huntsman Center into a WCC gymnasium where the Cougs would be comfortable playing.

    Duckhunter
    Highland, UT

    Hmmmm...lots of words to satisfy a "morbid interest." You people are using an article about a beautiful basketball facility at the University of Utah to bag on the Utes. There seems to be more than just a morbid interest in play.

    Also, I am aware that byu has a basketball facility in the planning stages. Thank you bringing that to my attention. Holmoe announced the facility right after Dr. Hill announced Utah's. Come to think of it, byu now has a student section at the their football games that is remarkably similar to the MUSS (including the 3rd down Jump...oops...I mean roar). Then, there's the matter of the black uniforms byu rolled out last year. My goodness, Holmoe is proficient at watching his neighbors. Imitation, as they say, is the most sincere form of flattery. So, thank you byu!

    It won't make a bit of difference, though...Utah's competition is the Pac-12, not byu. Sorry, that's just the way it is.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    @jordan

    They are not your boards. Take the good with the bad, that is how it works.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    @no perspective

    Other than morbid interest, kinda like watching a train wreck, none of my friends or myself cares what utah is doing. It is fun though to point out how bad they have been to guys like you and it is a lot of fun to read posts where you guys claim utah is as good or even better than BYU at this point in time.

    When you guys claim BYU fans are scared or concerned with what utah is doing it simply shows your own desperation, like I said it is nothing more than a morbid interest for us. But it is fun, and that truth I am sure you can understand even if you won't admit it on here. utah "fans" like yourself take the same pleasure in pointing out the failures and inadequacies of BYU's programs and look for any opportunity to try and spin a false face of superiority.

    BYU also has a basketball facility in the planning stages and it will no doubt be everything utahs is. The difference is BYU already had good facilities and a top program so they dont feel the sense of urgency the downtrodden utah program feels.

  • Rose Bowl call yet? Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    UteNationAlum

    "When Stanford, ASU, UCLA, and Oregon State come to SLC to play you, let us know"

    It's extremely doubtful that BYU will ever play any of those teams in SLC.

    btw, when was the last time any of them won a national championship?

  • Jordan Lynchburg, VA
    Nov. 26, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    Also, for the very many BYU fans on here, congratulations on the win against Texas. Apparently you own those guys, well done, that's a very good win. Now come back and beat an even better Wichita State. You guys have plenty to focus on, maybe that will get you off our boards. You guys are definitely a good team with tourney hopes, and I respect your team. Can we now pleaaase talk with some civility?

  • Jordan Lynchburg, VA
    Nov. 26, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    BYU fans, BYU fans everywhere... Now that I'm back in Utah and able to come to the games, as well as working near the U, I'm exciting to see what these facilities look like!

    Go Utes!

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    With this facility we will be in the final four every year! Another national championship trophy for our display cases!

  • gamer PROVO, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    Are there plans to update the Huntsman Cneter and make it a little smaller?- So Utah can fill the stadium? With all these big name preseason teams they have coming in right now and for being such a dominating, and prestigious program I'm surprised the Hunstman Center isn't at full capacity every time they play tough teams like Evergreen, Grand Canyon etc.. Im pretty sure the SOS is way off- no way Utah is ranked #350? right...
    But like I was saying if the Huntamsn Cneter was smaller than Utah could have more sold out games in our first 14 out of 15 games at home this year and then maybe we could change our minds and dare to play super tought teams at home like Weber State in the future.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    BamaDuck
    Miami, Florida

    All of the points you raise are absolutely true. What you failed to understand from my post is that when this schedule was put together two years ago, the thinking was that Utah would be able to compete with this teams. Now, two years later, the Utes are blowing them out. With that bit of context, the pre=conference competition the Utes have this year is below them.

    Duck,
    I have read the articles and even been to the games over the last few years. So, when I say..."I haven't seen this much basketball smack from byu fans in years," it's based on experience.

    That said, it's great to have you and your friends stop by now. It's wonderful knowing that byu fans like yourself don't like what Utah is doing. Keep talking.

    btw...no one has said Utah doesn't have a long way to go. But, watching our program turn around is indeed an enjoyable journey. So, thanks for the well wishes.

  • romeisn'tburning layton, ut
    Nov. 26, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    Great to hear. The Runnin Utes are the premier basketball program in the state of Utah. Their is no debate, let me know when your team makes a final four appearance.

    Quick facts:
    Utah
    Tournament Appearances: 27
    Tournament Champions: 1
    Final Four Appearances: 4
    Tournament Record: 35-30
    One Win Seasons: 0

    BYU
    Tournament Appearances: 27
    Tournament Champions: 0
    Final Four Appearances: 0
    Tournament Record: 15-30
    One Win Seasons: 1

    Utah State
    Tournament Appearances: 20
    Tournament Champions: 0
    Final Four Appearances: 0
    Tournament Record: 6-22
    One Win Seasons: 0

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    @no perspective

    "I haven't seen this much basketball smack from byu fans in years."

    Of course you haven't. Your shame for the sorry state of the utah basketball program has kept you from even reading a utah basketball article, let alone the comment section, in more than half a decade. You can't see it if you are to humiliated to even read it. LOL!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    @motorbike

    Declaring that the team that is far and away superior is the one that lacks confidence simply smacks of desperation. i'm sure utah will some day improve over what they have been but they still are pretty bad at this point. BYU on the otherhand is obviously quite good, borderline top 25 at this point, and has more talent currently on the team than utah has had in the last decade combined. If you want to throw in what they have on missions and otherwise committed the disparity is even greater.

    BYU fans are simply having some fun pointing out the ludicrous comments by huntsman about this thing being 'the best in the country" and utah "fans" actually talking any baksetball smcak at all.

    Yes someday in the future utah will have a better basketball team than BYU, nothing remains the same forever, and then some time after that BYU will once again be better than utah. But for now and the forseeable future utah is vastly inferior to BYU, they really don't even compare that is how bad utah is. Enjoy the journey I guess. LOL!

  • STLute St. Louis, MO
    Nov. 26, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    The new facility will be nice, but conference wins will improve recruiting greater than anything else. Wins beats everything else. They showed improvement in conference last year and I expect they will improve more this year too, bad non-conference schedule aside. It's still a slow climb out of the gaping hole we were in.

  • BamaDuck Miami, Florida
    Nov. 26, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    @MyPerspective
    "Utes are light years ahead of where they were two years ago and are now playing competition well below them. It is what it is."

    Are you being for real? Well below them? There is a reason Dr. Hill scheduled a weak non-conference slate. They threw in the towel on any hopes of a post season appearance when they scheduled savannah st, grand canyon, saint katherines, lamar, idaho state etc. The Pac-12 media picked the utes to finish 9th for a reason. It was even 5 pts out from being 11th.

    If utah wants to recruit with the big boys in the conference they need a facility that is a game changer, and not one that most programs already have.

  • STLute St. Louis, MO
    Nov. 26, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    Do any of you really think he thinks it's the biggest or best in the country? Let's use our heads for a minute before speaking. If he promotes it that way, the money will actually arrive on the private half.

    Saying, "hey, it's the 91st best facility, but your money will really help push us into the top 90", isn't very persuasive when inspiring deep pockets to fork over a little dough.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    Pac12commish
    This new facility will suffice just fine, thank you very much. Oh, and thanks for stopping by.

    motorbike
    Right on point...I could not agree more. I haven't seen this much basketball smack from byu fans in years. They get more agitated the farther behind they fall. First it was football and now the writing is on the wall for basketball. Kind of fun, don't you think?

    Go Utes!

  • Pac12commish Miami, Florida
    Nov. 26, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    Has Jon Huntsman ever been to any other Pac-12 school? To say that the new facility will be the best in the country is laughable. Has he ever been to Oregon? They built a brand new $236 million facility that is unbelievable. To throw $36 mil at something is like a band aid as far as facilities are concerned.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    "There's absolutely no excuse for Utah scheduling the absolute worst pre-season schedule in the country, other than Hill and Kristko padding Utah's schedule with guaranteed wins."

    No, there is no excuse. Hill and Coach K have said that this year's schedule was put together to help install some confidence in the program. Utah is still rebuilding afterall. Ute fans understand that. I don't know where the disconnect is with BYU fans.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    Should be a great complex.

    It's funny how much this stuff gets under the skin of coug fans. It seems obvious you guys aren't too confident that your recent dominance over the Utes will continue much longer - otherwise an article/announcement like this shouldn't serve much motivation for commenting.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 26, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    @ WAC
    Really you are going to talk about who BYU has lost to?
    Utah losses last year.
    Sac State, Cal State Northridge, SMU, Washington State (13-19), Oregon State (13-19), USC (14-18)
    The year before
    Adams State, at Boise State
    Montana State
    Harvard
    Massachusetts
    UNC Asheville
    Fresno State
    BYU lost to Saint Mary's and Gonzaga yes but they have gone to the NCAA tournament both years.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    Nov. 26, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    eastcoastcoug
    Danbury, CT
    @Rational et al,

    And for those of you who think "gyms" are not where real teams play, come out here and watch some of our East Coast teams play in smaller arenas. There's some awesome basketball. Even in the WCC, St. Marys and Gonzaga could beat your Utes any day of the week, in their "gyms".

    _________

    Look no further than BYU. They have already lost to St. Mary's and Gonzaga in their "gyms."

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    "On the other hand, OOC basketball schedules are made up yearly. There's absolutely no excuse for Utah scheduling the absolute worst pre-season schedule in the country..."

    You make a statement of fact and you are absolutely wrong, at least in Utah's case. The 2013 pre-conference schedule was put in place two years ago. Considering where the Utes were two years ago, this schedule would be about right. However, the Utes are light years ahead of where they were two years ago and are now playing competition well below them. It is what it is.

    Maybe you haven't noticed but the Utah Athletic Administration is making no apologies and Utah fans are not making excuses. The University of Utah certainly doesn't need a hall pass from byu fans.

    However, if you want to talk schedules...how about that awesome conference line up byu has?

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    Truth Machine

    "BYU didn't pad any schedule with guaranteed wins; BYU scheduled who they could to fill up their schedule on short notice after declaring Independence."

    Well, 2014 will be four years into the independence experiment. Have you seen the schedule Holmoe put together for next year? It's every bit as sorry as 2011. So, LOL at your wishful thinking.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 26, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Actually this is a great idea. Who knows, once this new facility comes on line, the Utes might leap past Weber State and become the 3rd best basketball program in Utah.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    I'm sure it will be a nice facility but the utah "fan" gushing over it is pretty funny. utah is a bad basketball program right now, BYU is a good one. That is just the way it is.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 26, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Yeah - that new football facility really did magic for the football program. Just curious - why are they reducing the seating capacity of the Huntsman Center? Must have been something the Gymnastics program requested.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    gored

    LOL at your delusional spin.

    BYU didn't pad any schedule with guaranteed wins; BYU scheduled who they could to fill up their schedule on short notice after declaring Independence. Football schedules are made up years, sometimes decades, in advance. BYU had no choice but to schedule the handful of teams that still had openings in their schedule for 2011 and 2012. In the process, BYU also managed to schedule a bunch of teams like Notre Dame, Texas, Wisconsin, Boise State, and Georgia Tech, proving that your claim of scheduling automatic wins is completely false.

    On the other hand, OOC basketball schedules are made up yearly. There's absolutely no excuse for Utah scheduling the absolute worst pre-season schedule in the country, other than Hill and Kristko padding Utah's schedule with guaranteed wins.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    eastcoastcoug

    "Like I said, you guys are pretty full of yourselves."

    Like I said...The Daily Universe and the ever popular...the world is our campus is all that byu needs to say. LOL!

    "I'm not saying BYU is anything special, but you guys need to get out of the Wasatch Front once in a while and see the real world."

    A byu fan proclaiming that others need to see the real world is simply priceless.

    I really enjoy the news regarding Utah's facilities upgrades. The byu faithful flock to these boards and show, in no uncertain terms, how scared they are of becoming irrelevant. You people know it's coming.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    @Pavalova

    "When Texas comes to SLC to play you, let us know. When you go to Wisc or ND let the world know as well."

    Nice Try... When Stanford, ASU, UCLA, and Oregon State come to SLC to play you, let us know. When you go to Oregon, USC, Arizona etc. let the world know as well. When you do this every single year, please by all means, let us know.

    "As for hoops, don't you need to beat byu once in a while?"

    As far as football, don't you need to beat Utah once in a while?

  • InterestedObserver Provo, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    “This is a major basketball facility that will give us everything we need to be successful,’’ said Utah athletics director Chris Hill.

    Everything needed except talent greater than UCLA, AZ, Stanford, Etc...

    Granted Newlin came to Utah because of a new facility, but did they make it anywhere outside SLC, no.

    Huntsman has so much money he is just giving or throwing money away to charity, like the U of U Basketball program.

    So Utah in the future should just kick the he!| out of BYU because they will have the best toys to play with or on.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    This is great news! Love seeing my Utes improve the facilities. Keep up the good work coach K! The future is bright!

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 26, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    U-tah
    I cheer for the Utes but you are referencing 3 items that are at least 5 years old.
    And who has the nations greatest rodeo team is as relevant as the skiing team (in fact a lot more fans of rodeo)
    How many people talk about Hawaii being a BCS bowl? Or TCU beating Wisconsin in 2009.
    In the world of college athletics it is what have you done for me lately, unless you are in a large TV market i.e Washington (because a lot of people watch).
    Utah has not made a splash in years (neither has BYU) so in the national perspective even most college fans don't care.
    By the way Florida won the title in 2008 this year they are not even bowl eligible. Times change.

  • U-tah WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    eastcoastcoug:

    Your right, after the 2004 and 2008 football seasons beating Alabam on National TV, The NCAA finals with Andre Miller and the boys and the best ski team in the world......Maybe all on the East Coast should stay up later and watch TV.

    Nice try.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 26, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    What is sad here is that kids trying to get a quality education are paying "athletic fees" to support the athletic department.
    This money would be much better spent on food or something for the kids.
    How about the U atheltics stop spending more and give some back to the state.
    I think most students pay 200 dollars a year * 33000 students 6.6 million dollars taken from their students.
    When they have all this Pac-12 money coming in that is almost theft.
    Especially when it goes to overall mediocre or bad athletic teams.
    Raise money to give food to poor students eating Ramen everyday.
    UVU has a food bank students can go to. What does the U have? A new grossly overpriced football facility.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 26, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    It's an arms race. Looks like a nice facility. Nice to see the envious Haters checking in right on cue. Classy, very classy indeed!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 7:44 a.m.

    eastcoastcoug

    "Like I said, you guys are pretty full of yourselves."

    Like I said... "The Daily Universe" and the ever popular...the world is our campus" say it all about the byu mentality. LOL at byu's fans!

    "Most people out here in the East Coast aren't even aware Utah has a football or basketball program."

    Interesting that you would say that. Just last week I had an attorney in Washington DC tell me that Utah has a great reputation. Hmmmmmm....a jealous byu fan stating one thing and an unbiased third party saying the complete opposite. How completely unexpected is that?

    "I'm not saying BYU is anything special, but you guys need to get out of the Wasatch Front once in a while and see the real world."

    A byu fan talking about the "real world" is indeed special.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Nov. 26, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    The same idaho state you'll be playing next year. What about weber state...? Not sure schedule smack is in order, however, when texas comes to SLC to play you, let us know. When you go to Wisc or ND let the world know as well.

    As for hoops, don't you need to beat byu once in a while? When people do fundraising they have a good product to fund raise with. How's your on court product these days? Pretty untested given the competition you played thusfar isn't it. Hope the team gets better. With all the 4-5 star talent you get, you should be a title contender by now right?

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    @lonestar runner

    You BYU fans would certainly know all about padding your schedule with guaranteed wins. Just look at you football opponents over the past several year: New Mexico State, Idaho, Idaho State, Hawaii, Middle Tennessee State, etc., etc. And look at next year's schedule. More of the same.

    I guess the question is, why would that bother you so much about the Utes? Is it because it hits so close to home with your own cupcake scheduling?

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 26, 2013 5:54 a.m.

    @Rational et al,

    I think Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Louisville, UCLA, Syracuse, Tennessee and many others would laugh their heads off about your "biggest" and "best" claims. I'm happy for you that you're building a long overdue top-tier facility, but let's wait and see how the team actually does before claiming to be the best...a problem the U. and Y. fans BOTH have.

    And for those of you who think "gyms" are not where real teams play, come out here and watch some of our East Coast teams play in smaller arenas. There's some awesome basketball. Even in the WCC, St. Marys and Gonzaga could beat your Utes any day of the week, in their "gyms".

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 1:30 a.m.

    "Most people out here in the East Coast aren't even aware Utah has a football or basketball program."

    If you're talking about the general population, that's probably true. 83 percent of Americans can't even name a single supreme court justice (according to Gallup). American's are unaware of the world around them. However, those who are fans of college sports are probably more than aware of Utah's existence.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 1:04 a.m.

    Why are they fundraising? Isn't all of that pac12 money I keep hearing about enough to build a small facility like this? Are they going to stick it to the taxpayers and the students again?

    Sports at the U just doesn't pay off. They would be better off dumping all sports and focusing on academics and medicine. Something worthwhile.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2013 12:01 a.m.

    eastcoastcoug

    "Like I said, you guys are pretty full of yourselves."

    They are indeed full of themselves as BYU is slowly, but steadily leaving them in the dust:

    7 in a row, 11 of 12, 149 to 145 overall

    NCAA Tournaments
    BYU 27
    Utah 27

    with BYU already looking like a solid tournament pick, and Utah forfeiting any chance of an NCAA at-large bid with the absolute WORST pre-season schedule in the country - 350th out of 350 in SOS.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 10:45 p.m.

    "you guys need to get out of the Wasatch Front once in a while and see the real world."

    I think Jon Huntsman has been around the block a time or two. His name is pretty prominent in the east, as well. Perhaps you've heard of the Wharton School of Business?

    All I can say is $36 million on a facility -- how much of that is going to the students, you know, the ones providing the entertainment? Scholarships in the NCAA are STILL $3000+ per year less than basic educational needs. Revenue has gone up by BILLIONS, the amount of time athletes spend preparing has also increased, and still, the athletes (who in the case of many sports, have bodies that have aches and pains the rest of their lives), get the short end of the stick.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 25, 2013 9:51 p.m.

    Like I said, you guys are pretty full of yourselves. Most people out here in the East Coast aren't even aware Utah has a football or basketball program. I'm not saying BYU is anything special, but you guys need to get out of the Wasatch Front once in a while and see the real world.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 8:43 p.m.

    Crow

    "There are only two other teams in the west coast with more trips to the tourney then Utah and one of them ain't byu."

    Forget byu. The two programs to which you refer are UCLA and Arizona. It is no coincidence that both are in the Conference of Champions...OUR conference. Some great basketball is coming to Salt Lake City and the Utes will stand toe to toe with them.

    Go Utes!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 8:33 p.m.

    eastcoastcoug

    Thanks for the well wishes. The new facility will indeed be a tremendous addition to the University of Utah campus and the basketball program. Coach K has the program moving in the right direction and, in time, the Utes will once again be a national contender. At the onset of the 3rd rebuilding year, the transition has been nothing short of spectacular.

    You know, as I read your post the first two things that came to my mind were "The Daily Universe" and the ever popular..."the world is our campus." LOL!

    'nuf said.

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 8:24 p.m.

    @eastcoastcoug not very many bigger programs than Utah and soon enough they will be dominating the state in recruiting. After all who wants to play in high school gym's and practice in the dump your team practices in. There are only two other teams in the west coast with more trips to the tourney then Utah and one of them ain't byu

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 25, 2013 7:42 p.m.

    Congratulations and good luck on being the best in the PAC 12 and in the entire US of A. Kind of like the movie "Elf" where the main character notices a sign on a coffee shop proclaiming "World's Best Coffee". The U may be a special place to you, but as you have found out, there are a lot bigger and better programs out there.