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Published: Monday, Nov. 25 2013 7:06 p.m. MST

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eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

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.

Crow
Sandy , UT

@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

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

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!

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

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.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

"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.

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

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.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"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.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

@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".

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

@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?

Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU

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?

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

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!

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

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.

U-tah
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

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

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.

UteNationAlum
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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

InterestedObserver
Provo, UT

“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

@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?

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