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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14 2014 8:05 p.m. MST

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Esquire
Springville, UT

Riding the bench at Duke, or developing skills at BYU or Utah. The ego exceeded the talent.

jpc53
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Pocy,
You must be forgetting JJ O'Brian who Krispy made three appointments to meet with him and his parents and blew them off all three times. He went on to start at San Diego. Or the kid that went to Iowa State and was name the Big 12 newcomer of the year. Krispy ran them both off and they were better than anybody he had for the next two years. Washburn was a complete flop until the last half of his senior year which was good enough to get him a job in Europe.

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

I have an idea: why don't we get over this and move on?

I think Roger Reid was a better coach of lesser-known and -talented players. He didn't have much luck with his dream recruits like the 7'6' guy whose name escapes me right now.

See how little this all means in the long run?

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Esquire, ego exceeded the talent? Do you know, or have you ever met Chris? I'm going to answer that for you, and say no, because you couldn't be further from the truth.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

JPC,


You're correct. Clyburn was better than Wash, but he was gone as soon Boylen got fired. Coach K certainly didn't run him off. He would be one of those players who left on his own accord, along with O'brien. Boylen got some guys with talent, but there certainly wasn't enough to compete in the MWC or the Pac-12.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ StGtoSLC, I stand by my comment. See it all the time where an athlete chooses the big name school but is only good enough to ride the bench while at a "lesser" school, they would play a lot and refine their skills and be better prepared for the next level if they are truly good enough. If they don't have aspirations to move to the next level, then that's different. Enjoy the experience. But for Burgess, he would not have transferred if it was just about the experience of being on one of the storied programs with a fantastic coach. I could develop the argument further, but my point is sufficiently made. This, by the way, is not a personal attack on Burgess. I am totally neutral about him, just like I am about Shawn Bradley who grasped the golden ring by coming out too early and had less than he could have had.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

I still remember the Reid, Burgess incident, and I remember as a BYU fan just thinking to myself...why? Why do crazy BYU coaches and employees say stupid things like this? No, BYU is not the Lords University, nor do all Mormons cheer for BYU...many are in third world countries where they are more concerned about where their next meal will come from.

That said, I also remember following Burgess and his shortcomings at Duke, and thinking "what comes around goes around". Mark Madsen had the same experience with Reid and never said boo about it, while Burgess and his parents had to whine to the media about how he was approached. I think BOTH Reid and Burgess would take their statements back if they could, because neither party did or said the right thing in that situation.

I wish Burgess all the best. He sounds like a great guy who's learned a lot from his experiences.

Hawk
Littleton, CO

C'mon, ute fans, whether it was ignorant or foolish, he was speaking rhetorically and you MUST admit that the response to Roger's comment was WAY over the top -- fueled, of course, by the indignation ute fans.

Regardless, interesting article, great guy, wish Chris the best, and I'm sure BYU will keep him on "the list" for that someday in the future when Dave Rose decides it's time to hang 'em up.

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