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Published: Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:15 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Weeks ago when asked if he was going to return he was non-committal. Apparently it was obvious to many he was going to leave. I don't remember which reporter asked if he was going to leave, but since its not a typical question asked to juniors it must have been well known, even if byu coaches wont admit to it. Either that or reporters knew but somehow the coaches had no clue.

Good decision by Matt - best of luck

Vegas POV
Las Vegas, NV

Remember all that excitement of Carlino transferring From UCLA. Well just direct that excitement to the transfer of UNLV's 10th best player. Woo Hoo! Transfers seldom work out.

Cinci Man

The article is well written. The ability of Carlino to bring the game home or to blow it open for the opponents gave many of us too much uncertainty. Carlino is a class act. He never bad-mouthed others. He took criticism with courage and determination to not let it stop his wide open, little controlled game. Only the bench could stop him from wild shots. I liked Carlino for his lack of fear to attempt the big shots. I didn't like the lack of team play on the part of the entire team. Haws and Carlino are not going to look for the man open for the best shot. That isn't their style. I wish Carlino well wherever he lands. I suspect he may be like Heaps, a star that ultimately doesn't deliver for a poor team either. But I will always see Carlino as a classy guy and a good young man who will go far; likely not in basketball.

American Fork, UT

Fair assessment, Brad. Good job. I'll miss Carlino, but with a sigh of relief.

Herriman, UT

I never really trust announcements like this on April 1st, but if this is true, and we'll see tomorrow, then it will take away our most unreliable, but also one of our most potent, weapons. Carlino's explosiveness is great, though not consistent. I'm curious as to why it says he is necessarily transferring without providing a destination.

Kaysville, UT

I'll miss Matt. BYU wouild be a better team if he stayed, but I guess he has itchy feet. I can't see how transferring helps his cause. He is very talented but streaky. We don't know everything, but the impression is when things don't go exactly how Matt likes he bolts.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

He may be playing against Jimmer in Europe in a couple of years.

Michael Lloyd Jr.
Spanish Fork, UT

I have eligibility left.

River Falls, WI

Re: Uncle Rico

"He may be playing against Jimmer in Europe in a couple years."

You might be right. I think Carlino has what it takes to play professionally. I doubt he makes $7 million dollars in his first three years playing, but it is becoming more and more common for former BYU players to make big bucks playing ball so I wouldn't put it past him. Good luck Matty basketball.

Saint Paul, MN

One of Rock's better written articles, and I agree with one exception. BYU was a good fit for Matt Carlino precisely because Coach Rose would permit him to freelance on the court. There aren't many places where a Fredette or Carlino would have the green light in the same fashion Coach Rose has permitted.

However, while BYU's half-court offense is centered on hand-off, "motion" passes among the guards well away from the hoop, and especially as the clock wound down, it seemed the only offense available was the type Matt (and others) displayed. Their offense did not appear "structured" in the sense of the old Princeton back-door cut, a definable triangle offense, or old Indiana's off-the-ball pick offense. As such, BYU's offense was guard centric, but seemed to make poor use of the "bigs."

I wish Matt great luck wherever he may land. He may find his shot still won't drop more than it has without a bit more "structure", and he may not enjoy the same freedom on the court that he was given at BYU.

Frisco, TX

Carlino and Loyd have nothing to do with each other. Their reasons for leaving could not be more different. Why do U make this stuff up?

Loyd was suffering academically, missing practices, etc. He may not have liked the influence of Mormons, but it had nothing to do with his reason for leaving.

Carlino's departure has everything to do with playing time and starting role. It has nothing to do with academics, or the influence of the church. "I wonder what Carlino's impressions are of byu?" Do you really? Just watch one of the many times he was interviewed. He's been extremely complimentary of the BYU, Rose, his teammates, his classmates. Instead of trying to make up what he is thinking, give me one quote where he is critical of the church, the honor code or the school. I can give you 100 quotes of what his impressions are of BYU, and they are all positive.

Alpine, UT

@ Chris:

Just curious as to why you wrote 2 of the first 3 comments to another all-BYU article... especially in light of the fact you make it no secret that you totally despise all things BYU?

On top of that, you totally speculate in trying to purposely create controversy concerning the reason for Matt's departure. It's never a good thing when someone (usually you) has to include "don't blame me..." in their comment (twice in this past week alone).

Since you've never said one positive thing about Carlino in the 3 years he was at BYU, why are you now wishing him "the best of luck"? Both your comments seem obviously laden with sarcasm and hypocrisy. Just being honest.

And since Utah has players transfer from both their basketball and football teams each and every season, why don't you spent a little more time speculating on those and a little less time feigning concern about BYU's transfers.

And since transferring seldom works out by any athlete from any sizable program (i.e., Jake Heaps, etc.), why do say this was "a good decision" by Carlino? You didn't list a reason.

Frisco, TX

For those wondering about Carlino's impressions of BYU.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity Coach Rose and his staff have given me. I’m also grateful for my teammates, professors and advisors for making my time at BYU such a great experience and for helping me grow so much as a person. Thank you to the fans that have given me so much support. I feel very blessed that I was able to represent BYU.”

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

Carlino will never be "than man" on any team. He would show flashes of what we all hoped and expected of him 3-4 games each season. But, he never strung a good, consistent season together for any of the 3 years he was here. He will forever be a "legand in his own mind."

Eagle Mountain, UT

Carlino reminded me of Tavernarri. When he gets hot look out but overall he tended to hurt us and frustrate everyone with terrible shot selection and turnovers. Anson Winder is a much better option at point and Bartley will continue to get better and better. this is a good move for both because I think Rose felt obligated to play Carlino.

Tooele, UT

Chris B:

Actually, it's very common for reporters to ask any player who was previously a team starter, but then relegated to coming off the bench if they have thoughts of leaving before their next season. It's a natural question since most players don't like feeling demoted, and egos will then often come into play. Some players are more team oriented than others.
As such, it's doubtful if any reporters (or coaches) actually saw this coming beyond just pure speculation (much like your comment)... especially since it was asked just a single time and multiple weeks ago.
Taken in full context, it's obvious Carlino's leaving wasn't previously "obvious to many" as you once again make another assertion without foundation.

BTW: I'm glad your other controversial comment was removed. Its intent was obviously negative in nature and didn't add anything positive to the dialog. Rules are rules.

Salt Lake City, UT

It would appear that BYU's offense is built around having one player take the majority of the shots and the other players assume a supporting role. One has to wonder if Matt wanted to be more of the one taking the majority of the shots and less of the one playing the supporting role.

River Falls, WI

RE: Korenek

"It would appear that BYU's offense is built around having one player take the majority of the shots and the other players assume a supporting role. One has to wonder if Matt wanted to be more of the one taking the majority of the shots and less of the one playing the supporting role."

I think that is unlikely as Matt took more shots than anyone on BYU's team other than Haws, played the second most minutes of anyone on the team, and shot TWICE as many three pointers as anyone else on the team.

FYI: Tyler Haws shot 24.9% of all BYU's field goal attempts last season. Matt shot 19.5%, Collingsworth shot 16.1%, Mika shot 12.1%, Halford 8.9%, and Austin shot 4%. Troll conjecture = epic fail.

Go Cougs!

Lewisburg, PA

I for one am of the opinion that Matt will continue to look for greener grass his whole life, instead of making the grass greener. He left UCLA to BYU because he was not getting what he wanted. At BYU his shooting was as up and down as a rollercoaster, much like the article showed so well. I wish him well, and it is my opinion, as it was shown in the end with him on the bench BYU will be just fine. when he had to be on the court because of injury, he returned to his style of shooting and not passing, despite a 27% avg. Thank you Matt for all you have done.

Overton, NV

Carlino's reasons for leaving UCLA most likely had nothing to do with his playing time. It more than likely had a lot to do with a certain player on the UCLA squad who liked to bully other players; and for some reason had a special dislike for Carlino. There were a lot of guys who transferred away from that program because of the horrible atmosphere.

Thus, this transfer is not the same situation at all. I don't know his real reasons for transferring, but I wish him luck and hope he can find some consistency in his final year of eligibility. If he can find that consistency? Well, we all know how dangerous he can be.

Finally: comparisons to Jimmer? What? This is the first time I have ever read or heard anything about Carlino being expected to be like Jimmer. This conjecture was really the only problem I had with the article.

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