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Published: Saturday, Dec. 14 2013 11:05 p.m. MST

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Roy, UT

Coaching basketball is what these two men do as a career, and they get paid handsomely to do it, I hope it means something more than a shrug to them, whether their teams play well or not. If its just a shrug and an oh well, kind of thing, they ought to find another job, one that really doesn't matter at all, so we can have two who seek excellence in what they do, and teach that to their team...John Wooden must be turning over in his grave to see such don't give a care keep it all in perspective kind of attitudes as portrayed in this article.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

I really like coach K, the UTES are trending upward! BYU can't shoot free throws and they are soft inside. The game wasn't even that close, Utah jumped on them and cruised!

Salt Lake City, UT

Good article, Rock. I have to say though that Rose was, in fact, distressed throughout the game. His angst began 2 min and 30 sec into the game and never let up. In fact, he had one timeout left with 9 minutes to go. Other than that, yeah...one cool dude.

Danbury, CT

Congratulations to Utah for a clean sweep in Football and Basketball (even the women did it). It clearly means so much more to the Utah fans (and players) to beat BYU. After more than 45 years of watching the rivalry, I'm still not sure where that comes from. So many Utah fans talk about moving on. When the fascination with and hatred of all things BYU goes away, I'll believe it.

Danbury, CT


My guess is that where Coach Wooden is now, he probably has the same perspective as Rock talked about here. Probably wishes he had poured some of that same passion into other things that mattered more.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

Horse feathers!

This game was huge for both teams.

First, it validated Coach K's efforts to resurrect the Utes -- and affirmed to the team their potential and their future.

Second, it was a slap in the face and kick in the gut to BYU (and many of its fans) that it can't win games without playing with urgency, effort, and precision. BYU got run out of the gym before the first media timeout. They were, plainly, awful. They were unprepared, outcoached, outhustled, and outplayed at every turn.

The coaches know that this game was HUGE for both teams. BYU needs to begin playing with more discipline. Utah needs to continue this terrific level of performance and has discovered that it can play very, very good ball against a solid competitor.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

DRay, I suspect John Wooden has a bit more perspective now and would concur with this article.

Layton, UT


They care. It's just another attempt by Rock to minimize a Utah win. Typical.

I'll call it
Ogden, UT

credit: “The Essential Wooden”

Expectations of all Team Members:

Always be a gentleman.
Always be a team player.
Always be on time whenever time is involved.
Always be learning.
Always be enthusiastic, dependable, and cooperative.
Always be earning the right to be proud and confident.
Always keep emotions under control without losing fight or aggressiveness.
Be spirited, not temperamental.
Always work to improve, knowing you can never improve enough.

Important Team Tips:

Never stoop to playing dirty - play hard and don’t complain.
Unselfish team play and team spirit are two of the foremost essentials for our success.
Be sure you acknowledge and give credit to a teammate who hits you with a scoring pass or for any fine play he may make.
Without faith and courage, you are lost.
Be thinking at all times.
Never be a spectator, be in the game at all times.

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

I think you are the one that has missed what sports are supposed to be about and how not to get so wrapped up and make them more important then the truly important things in life!!! Coach K took over a program that was in the dumps and is bringing it back to life and Coach Rose has had to deal with cancer!!! To me both coaches care and are doing a great job building great programs and molding boys into great men!!! I think John Wooden would approve of the success that both men are achieving in the parts that matter most!!!


Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters." - John Wooden

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player." - John Wooden


I always liked coach Rose, but he was no match for Coach K this year!

Layton, UT

Here we go with the "other things are more important" and "it means more to Utah" after another byu loss. lol.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

Majerus again?

Mojo was a brilliant basketball coach... and like all of us he had his failings.

One of those fails that the local sports media can't seem to get over is that he often disregarded them.

Can we finally let Majerus rest in peace without the routine posthumous jabs by the local media?

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I think it means Coach K has certainly done a great job in rebuilding the Utes, just like Coach Rose has done for BYU. I think that's something to celebrate and something that can translate into real life.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Coach wont let the guys get too excited.

The team knows our non conference schedule is a bunch of easy teams. Any team in the Pac 12 is better than the team we played last night. If Utah is #9 in the Pac 12 as projected and byu #2 in the WCC, just shows the gap between those conferences is grand canyon like

The Pac 12 Utes, the best team in the state, and its not even close

Go Utes, CA

You're the one taking the time to comment on this article and trying to diminish another Ute victory. It's obvious you care more about these games than you can admit.

Hailstorm is a coming
Riverdale, UT

"things got most heated when BYU’s Eric Mika was whistled for a flagrant foul and ejected."
I was watching with disbelief as Mika kept jawing at the Utah fans after the foul. Part of The honor code states, " respect others. " Mika needs to have that reminded to him before he really hurts someone out of frustration and lack of respect for the opposing players. Maybe he's too immature at this point to realize what an embarrassment he was when under the gun of regular play.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

A decade since Majerus was the coach on The Hill and Rock is still dragging his name through the mud. Really Rock, let it go.

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