Sammy GI was simply commenting on the strange comments, 1st two on
this article, though Ute fans get the bad wrap from the Cougs about trolling. I
wasn't writing at all about the tuition issues. He'll most likely get
a break on that, since his dad is an employee. I was just wondering why
he's being criticized for walking on at the U. Unless DownUnder and
Seriously Folks were complimenting him on his decision. Seems unnecessarily
critical of a kid wanting to play/be with his dad. That's what I meant. I
guess the tone of my comment was hard for you to pick up on.
Chris BThere's an opening in the U of U tuition office. I might
be wrong but maybe you should consider another career path.
William WallaceWere you embarrassed over someone's lack of
knowledge on tuition discounts or was it something else?
Wow. A kid wants to go play for the school that's been pat of his family
for 3 decades and he's criticized. He was All State, so I'm guessing
he's better than average. He walked on, meaning he wants to go help the
starters be better, and keep playing the game he loves, with a person he loves.
Tommy Connor is a great coach. Good for him. Some of these comments are
embarrassing. I congratulate him for wanting to be part of the Utah team.
Those walk ons are very valuable and work for free. Find a different story to
criticize, because this is just a simple, feel good story.
Chris BSalt Lake City, UT"This kid will probably never
play, but if he wants to be part of the ride, good for him, nothing wrong with
that."Chris, if the kid will likely never play, I'm
suspicious of his love for the game. Being an undersized white guy over 50 years
ago I was too small for Stan Watts of BYU, but was offered 1/2 ride from Jack
Gardner of the final four Runnin' Redskins. But faced with the realities of
Life I went the small school route on an academic scholarship. Whatever Jake wants is okay--it is his life. I just never could have been
happy with being a "part of the ride." I had to play the game I loved.
@azuteYou are wrong.Find the correct information
below:Tuition ReductionThe University offers 50% tuition
reduction for eligible employees and their families.•You must be
employed in a full-time position (75% FTE or greater) to be eligible for tuition
reduction benefits. •Tuition reduction is available: ◦For you
after you have worked for the University in a full-time benefit-eligible
position for 6 consecutive months; ◦For your spouse after you have
worked in a full-time benefit-eligible position for 1 consecutive year; and ◦For your eligible dependent children after you have worked in a
full-time benefit-eligible position for 3 consecutive years.•Eligible dependent children are unmarried, under age 26, and dependent
on you for at least 50% of their support.
ZAUTE is correct. Its free tuition for most full time faculty's children
WCC fans, This doesn't involve you. This has to do with Pac 12
Utah. This kid will probably never play, but if he wants to be part
of the ride, good for him, nothing wrong with that.Onward and
AZUTE1,He would qualify for a discount due to his father's
employment, but not free.
I don't understand the negative comments by Seriously Down. I guess they
have nothing to be excited about with byU's direction, so they try to
bother big brother. Typical.Welcome to the U, Jake. You are coming
in at an exciting time and you will witness the rise of Utah basketball back to
it's national prominence. Whether you eventually become a starter, or are
always a role player - you will always be in the Ute family.Go Utes!
Go Coach K! Onward and Upward!
@ Mormon UteI suspect Jake's father's employment at The U
grants him free tuition, but I could be wrong....Either way, we still have 
scholarship available, which we hope will be taken-up by 4-Star SG Namon Wright,
who's currently on campus for his official visit.
Every college program has walk ons. It's part of the deal and there are so
many variables that determine why they are a walk on instead of being offered a
scholarship. The most common reason for walking on is the school has no
scholarships available, but the kid wants to play for that school anyway. That
is likely the case here, since it has been reported that the Utes had filled all
their scholarship spots. This kid wants to play for his Dad and is willing to
pay his own tuition to do so. I have no problem with that.
Tommy is a top notch assistant. Hopefully his son will prove to be a valuable
player insuring that Tommy will stay with the program for a few years. Coach K
just signed a new contract. The future is bright for Utes basketball!
Dow Under and Seriously - I think all Ute fans see this for what it is and have
problem acknowledging what it is. He's a good high school player and due to
his connections with his dad being here was able to secure a walk on spot at a
very good university playing in of the best leagues in the nation. I don't think any Utes will make this more than it is. Welcome aboard
Last week there were several players drafted to the NFL who were
"walk-ons" at their college.So, why comment now? Why not just wait
until he plays to see if he is an average player, a good player or a great
player. No one will know until he gets on the court for the Utes.
Hmmm. Why didn't they show interest before and just recruit him? I am certain that CB will say that he was recruited by all major power
I am guessing that he will soon be a 5 star player as soon as the ute fans hear
about this even though he is a walk-on.