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Published: Tuesday, June 3 2014 1:30 p.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014 1:41 p.m. MDT

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Adirondack Cougar
Loon Lake, NY

Not familiar with Mr. Nixon, can someone tell me his size, position, and where you think he will fit in. Looking forward to another exciting season next Winter.

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

Bad decision. If you told The Lord you were ready to go on a mission, you need to go on a mission. Don't these byu players know they represent the church?

ND95CA
Lincoln Park, IL

u-pac

"I figured that the absolutely "loaded" Runnin' Utes would blow out BYU at the Marriott Center by 20+."

You're obviously forgotting how pathetically Utah plays on the road.

Whatsnu
Sandy, UT

Lifelong Ute

Who are you to label Dalton's choice as a "bad decision"?

I'll simply refer you back to the official church announcement changing the age at which missionaries could choose to enter the mission field. The choice to leave at 18 or 19 or even later, is left entirely up to the missionary, and there's nothing the prohibits or even discourages a missionary from changing his mind about when to begin his service.

It's curious that you whine about BYU players representing the church, but don't even have the courtesy to show respect to the church's flagship university by capitalizing its name.

EPoint
Roy, UT

Looks like Dalton's teams won more games when he scored less, rebounded less...or as his numbers improved the team won fewer games, accomplished less. Hidden are the other players on the team, and that it is a team game. Hope he can contribute his freshman year, his decision may be the best for him, and for the missionary experience where he will be more mature, seasoned leader, and then come back knowing what to expect with D-I college basketball.

royalblue
Alpine, UT

u-pac

"Yes, Utah last year struggled on the road indeed, I agree."

It wasn't just last year.

After 3 full seasons in the PAC, the Utes still haven't won a road game against a conference foe with a winning record.

In fact, the Utes haven't won a road game against a PAC team with a winning record in the last 20 years.

As far as the BYU-Utah rivalry, 14 of the last 17 have been decided by a touchdown or less in the final minutes or in overtime. The fact that Utah has won a slight majority (8 of 14) of those close games doesn't prove any sort of dominance despite the chirping from the hill.

BlueNtheFace
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

@ U-PAC

Hey Mr. Romney. It was difficult to recognize you w/o your anti-LDS talking points, cut and pasted no less. But your writing style, full of UofU hyperbole and words like "sir" and "cheers", gave you away.

I'll see how off-season workouts and team health go before I confidently predict a winner, but 11 of the last 13 for BYU and Rose being 12-4 against our formal rivals lends to the belief that the Cougars might just bounce back.

Go Cougs!

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

Re: Royal Blue

Not sure why you brought up the Utes and football in commenting on a BYU basketball article. However, spinning some close-game stats to somehow make your team seem equal won't cut it. The "chirping" seems to be coming to the south of SLC. The facts are you've lost nine of the last twelve games and the last four in a row. It's been 18 years since BYU has beat the Utes by more than a touchdown. In addition, past performance of the Ute's basketball team the last three years is no indication whatsoever of the future performance for the Utes. They will be winning at home and on the road. Buckle up.

Yankees24
SLC, UT

Interesting how one decent season up on the Hill culminating with an embarrassing NIT loss to a "weak conference" opponent gives some fans the idea that they are unbeatable

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

We will have no problem getting byu clobbered like upac says because our road record proves it because we almost won st. Mary's on the road last year.

Go Utes!

Michael Romney
Salt Lake, UT

U-Pac is right. Utah moved above and beyond byu years ago. The 4-0 winning streak is just evidence we are a step above mid-major byu. BYU will never join us in the ranks of the "included" and Utah will never be relegated to the mid majors!

As for basketball, byu has had some fun years, with really nothing much to show for it in the big dance compared to how much talking they do. 1 sweet 16 in 30 years and byu fans think they are a premier program.

Just watch the continued trajectory on the hill to see what a real program is like. Cheers!

flatlander
Omaha, NE

This team is going to have a lot of players on it. Full up before Nixon joins so he can't be on scholarship. Joins the walk on group. He will have to be pretty good to even break in to real practice time. Maybe they will redshirt him.

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

U-PAC

The Utes only won ONE road game against a team ranked in the Top 100 RPI AND the Utes lost to pathetic 218th ranked Washington State on the road.

Utah finished the season ranked 79th in RPI, with not a sniff from the NCAA tournament selection committee.

BYU finished the season ranked 32nd in RPI, with an at-large berth in the NCAA.

The Utes crushed Arizona State 86-63 at home, but lost to the Sun Devils 75-79 on the road.

The Utes beat UCLA 74-69 at home, but were crushed by the Bruins on the road 66-80.

The Utes played Arizona close 63-67 at home, but were destroyed by the Wildcats 56-65 and 39-71 away from the friendly confines of the Huntsman.

And, since you've apparently forgotten this little tidbit, the Utes were dominated in their final road game 58-70 at WCC Saint Mary's, a team that BYU swept 84-71 and 60-57.

The truth is, Utah played well at home, but would have lost to BYU in the Marriott Center where Dave Rose has NEVER lost to Utah.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Upac/romney make me laugh with his insane jealousy over all things BYU. I think he needs to take off the crimson glasses and look at what BYU has built up over the years and the loaded class they have coming in for years. Crisco has been a flop and after three years still can not win on the road. BYU by 5

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

Michael Romney

You're quite the dreamer, but the reality is the Utes were lucky to win 3 of the 4 games since 2010 and could have easily lost all three.

As for basketball, the Utes have never beaten a Dave Rose team in the Marriott Center. The Utes would have lost in a return match to Provo.

FACTchequer
Salt Lake City, UT

U-PAC

It's laughable how Utah fans claim that nothing before 2004 counts in football and nothing since 2005 counts in basketball.

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Michael Romney

A team that hasn't won an NCAA tournament game in almost a decade has little room to speak about recent basketball "accomplishments".

As far as BYU's accomplishments - the Cougars were headed to the Final Four and a possible National Championship before Brandon Davies' suspension derailed their season. Even so, they still made it to the Sweet Sixteen and were within one made free throw in regulation of advancing to the Elite Eight.

And let's not forget Jimmermania and BYU having the Consensus National Player of the Year. Regardless of what Jimmer does in the NBA, Jimmer was one of the most electrifying college players ever to play in the state of Utah - a true nationally recognized phenomenon.

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

royal blue: I thought we were talking about BB on this article. FB is a different sport.lol

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

Re: Downunder "Crisco has been a flop ..."

No comment regarding your basketball knowledge is necessary. You have have done an excellent job yourself in this area. Utah is projected to be in the top 2-3 of the PAC 12 this year. Help me out, does your new conference, the AAC, have basketball?

gchris
rock springs, wy

Did I miss something? Wasn't this article about Dalton Nixon and his 2014-15 plans. There are more Utah fans on this comment board than BYU fans. What's up with that?

souptwins
Lindon, UT

I'm glad to hear Nixon will be following the "Mika Plan" by playing a year. BYU's roster may be full but there's certainly room for some depth. Gonzaga has made some tremendous off-season moves and look to be a very tough team this year. BYU will have their hands full this season in the WCC. It's hard to know what to expect --- seems to be the case nearly every year. Go Coug's!!

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