Utah Utes football: Matt Asiata granted another year of eligibility by NCAA

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  • 1
    Feb. 28, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    Cut his hair and shaved? Goodness kids. The school you attend is named after a guy who was bearded and had long hair. What the heck does shaving and cutting hair have to do with it? Was Jesus a bad man because he had a beard and long hair? do you turn his picture around when the bishop comes for a visit?
    Silly children !

  • Go to NFL Asiata
    Feb. 26, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    As an avid Utah fan, don't like Asiata's return. Too many running backs and that doesn't give Lucky Radley an opportunity to showcase his talent. I say Radley redshirt and let Wide and Asiata finish of their senior year. Asiata was good during his eligible years, but he is wearing out his welcome. Time for new blood. Plus you can't keep running the same old running plays over again and again. Teams adapt and you have no backup plans to counter their defensive attacks. I hope the coaching staff comes up with new stuff. Take a page out of Boise St's playbook. They must be doing something right to constantly be in contention for yearly BCS berths and a possible shot at a national championship game.

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 26, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Interesting that comments that are non-abusive, without profanity, but recount some embarassing moments in BYU history don't get posted. Would the monitor please explain to me why my last post from about an hour ago wasn't posted.

    My email is attached to this comment in the appropriate location.

  • re: honor code
    Feb. 26, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    How great would it be to NOT have any kind of honor code or moral code of any kind, like the U of U. Then we could say and do and act however pathetically we wanted to all the time and point our fingers at everyone at BYU for doing much less worse things. You are so lucky, Yewts, that you have no standards!

  • re:
    Feb. 26, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    What bowl game are you referring to that Manase played in and was supposedly ineligible? Seems like you know a lot about BYU's team, brother. Maybe you should get a life! So should the person who brought up Filiaga who played 30 plus years ago. Wow.

  • re:
    Feb. 26, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    Still doesn't change the fact that Asiata is worthless, damaged goods, so what is the point of this article? He gets one more year to prove it? Cool! Congrats, Utes!

  • re:
    Feb. 26, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    What century are you living in? Junior Filiaga? That was like 30 years ago. You are a joke. So is your comeback. Filiga at least cut his hair and took a shower and shaved. Your players should try it sometime. And to the other guy who seems to know so much about the BYU honor code and who is academically ineligible and all of that, sounds like you are a little obsessed with BYU and what they are doing. Thanks for the flattery!

  • TheHailstorm
    Feb. 26, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    Bronco knew that Manase Tonga was academically ineligible , but played him anyway in the Vegas bow. He also knew that the league had given Max Hall a reprimand for hate comments , but Bronco ignored the honor code violation anyway ( respect for others ).
    The double standard from the tds is what irks me the most from down in Utah County where, " The World Is Our Campuss".
    In the blew blooded world you just enforce the rules when it's convenient and not when they are clear to everyone in the college sports world that BYU pulls the honor code card when they can't think of a reasonable excuse. Bronco was way wrong allowing those two to play in that bowl game.. which they finally won one.. trying for 9 in a row is inconceivable to the Donko without ignoring the standards that he preaches. He's just not executing the game plan " the right way "

  • Re: News?
    Feb. 26, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    Are you tossing the first stone here? Asiata looks like a "thug" and judging an incoming recruit for his actions at a baseball game?

    Let me toss it right back at you and try not to hurt your sore toe. Junior Filiaga decked a referee in a game against USU. I think I one upped you here because here was a "thug" wearing a byu uniform that assaulted a referee. How's that for "standards"?

    Want to discuss DBs and their actions off the field?

    He who tosses the first stone usually gets buried in stones.

  • News?
    Feb. 26, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    This news about Asiata coming back for another year of standing on the sidelines in sweats and a do-rag looking like a total thug is about as exciting slash shocking as finding out that I need to have a bunyon removed from my foot. If this is the best news the Utes have then they really are in a world of hurt. They always have their prize 2010 QB recruit from California that just got charged with assault for hitting his baseball coach to look forward to. Sounds like this kid will fit in nicely with the U program and their standards.

  • Re:Re: 2:43 p.m
    Feb. 26, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    Whoa there cowboy!

    First, keep it on sports, please.

    Second, as a BYU alum, and a huge supporter of the program, you are delusional. Yes, BYU is a great place to be, and the education there is solid. However, I currently work in a place that deals with this type of data, and I wouldn't even rank BYU in the top 75 for overall educational quality. Yes, there are some great programs as you mentioned, but there are so many schools (mostly out East) that have far more resources, much better instructors, and more far-reaching influences than my old school.

  • Dave
    Feb. 26, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    This conversation is very interesting to me, much more so than the typical mindless drabble that finds it way on here.

    You can instantly tell the true fans from those who just like to hate (these are the same people who showed up at Walmart to buy some Saints gear the day after the Super Bowl).

    The true Ute fans talk about how they're excited to see Asiata back (like the very first poster), those who just like to hate are exemplified by the second poster, only attacking BYU.

    The same is also true for BYU. Those who are true fans saw this article and make comments about how it's cool that Asiata has another chance, but the haters have to come out and make the dumb comments about him being injury prone and making predictions about next year.

    Thank you haters for helping me see the difference between a true fan, and bottom-dwelling riffraff.

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 25, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    RE:anonymous @3:14

    Yes we all are proclaiming it. Infact all Utah fans have been yelling, "BCS" as we break huddle in our home each day, we are printing up some t-shirts explaining by some catchy slogan how we are going to bust the BCS, and hanging out at the airport si we can celebrate how pending national championship and Heisman Trophy winning QB.

  • re:Cougarf@n | 2:43 p.m
    Feb. 25, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    "if the PAC-10 invites Utah and passes over BYU it will be based on ideology and little else. Utah doesn't draw the television audience, home or away attendance, and doesn't have the money in it's athletic program that BYU does."

    Should we point out that byu has the money and the "draw of the television audience" because of the "ideology". The far majority of byu fans are because of the "ideology" and nothing else.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    Now that he's back, all the U fans are proclaiming another BCS win.

    haha, what a joke!

  • That's so nice!
    Feb. 25, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    I'm glad that the NCAA did this, now Asiata can win the Heisman like we all predicted when he was recruited out of High School.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    "Matt and harvey unga are both the same age. they both graduated in 2003"

    Yet, Unga is one of the younger guys on the kewg team.

    Feb. 25, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    Matt and harvey unga are both the same age. they both graduated in 2003-2004 and are in their 6th year of eligibility. so all these questions about how old Matt is there you go.

  • DRLL
    Feb. 25, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    Fantastic news for Matt and his family. Best of luck on a very successful and injury free year! You definitely deserve it.

    The stable of running backs looks very good next year -- the power back (Asiata) the change-up, quick back (Wide) and the hard-nosed backup (Shak). These guys should help the offense hold the ball and chew up yards while the young defense gets its feet under them.

  • Ute4Life
    Feb. 25, 2010 9:51 a.m.

    I love the '7-5' record comments about the Utes from y fans... seems I saw more than one hundred predictions of '7-5', .500, sub .500 predictions at the beginning and even until about half way through the season. It appears your crystal ball ain't so crystal clear.

  • goutes!!
    Feb. 25, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    Not bad for Matt to return. The Utes are loaded at RB, so playing time may be hard to come by. Probably see him in short yardage and the "wildcat".

  • football rocks
    Feb. 25, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    dont you wish that football went year round. i love football.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2010 7:27 a.m.

    Players to watch for the Utes defense:

    J.J. Williams LB— will make you forget about Sylvester
    Darien Payne CB- Freshman who will make a major impact and solidify the position for 4 years. He’s an early enrollment and the real deal.

    Utes Offense:

    Luckey Radley RB Freshman — explosive speed and all around great ATHLETE . He’ll find a way onto the field.

  • Re: Dave
    Feb. 25, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    No one is ever on topic ever with these posts. You should know that by now.

  • To All The BYU
    Feb. 25, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    Well wishers who have such decency to comment about Mr. Asiata and talk about going to the Pac-10 with Colorado. Please do.Thanks!

  • Football fan (i lean utah)
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    HOOOOOOOOOOO SNAP! Football is lookin good this year whooeee! BYU is gonna be good TCU is gonna be good WHYO is gonna be good AFA gonna be good and best of all UTAH is gonna be good!


  • Injury prone!?
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Seriously you guys are jokes that say he is injury prone. A Broken leg and a torn ACL arent just mere injuries. You get those from pure bad luck and misfortune. Its not like he is eddie wide and has to hold his hip every 3 drives. He is tought 100% of the time. Seriously because you have to unlucky serious injuries doesnt make you injury prone, Just makes you unlucky.

  • Dave
    Feb. 24, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Who cares about BYU!! This is a Ute article about a great player getting another year of eligibility. This is great news and I have a feeling could lead to another magical year for the Utes!!

  • Back to sports part 2
    Feb. 24, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    As far as BYU, They return 4 starters on a now proven offensive line, and all of the wide receivers and running backs come back (except for Manase Tonga). Could that make a difference? Possibly, we'll have to wait and see. The TE's need replacing. That is a big deal for BYU. So is replacing the QB. All 3 candidates for QB are very good. Utah faced this same problem last year, but BYU has recruited great QB's, they will simply need time to adjust. The TE's will be good given some time. BYU will probably run the ball more while breaking in the passing game, and the offense should be pretty similar to last year in terms of production.

    The BYU defense looses a lot of important starters too, but they've held their own. I like the guys that are coming back: Andrew Rich, Jordan Pendleton, Brain Logan, and Brandon Bradley. All great players. We've recruited that side of the ball well. BYU has traditionally been dominant stopping the run, and has developed better pass defense. I don't think they'll be as good as last year but they'll be good.

  • Back to sports
    Feb. 24, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    Let's try to look at this as objectively as possible. I'm a BYU fan but I'll try to do this without wearing blue goggles.

    Utah returns a QB with pretty good potential. He came under fire early, with his first few games against TCU and BYU. He struggled, but has the chance to get better. The offensive line should be about the same. Utah's obvious stregnth will be the running game. Matt Asiata, Eddie Wide, and Sausan Shakerin make for a strong backfield. David Reed is gone, and he was a significant downfield receiver. That could impact the offense. Utah has had a history of sputtering offensively. If you look at the past 2 seasons, many of the games have been low scoring. Without a downfield receiver only time will tell how that will effect the Utah offense.

    Now Utah fans, time to take off the red goggles. Utah's defense will be alright, but I have a feeling there will be some major struggles in big games. There was a noticeable difference between the Ute D in 2009 vs. 2008. The difference was? Paul Kruger and Sean Smith. There are 8 HUGE defensive playmakers leaving.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    To: RE: Re: 2:43 | 8:37 p.m.

    Similar to my experience but I was really glad to get out of BYU...drove me nuts.

  • Won't help...
    Feb. 24, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    The dude played too many downs. Scared? no the utes will need all the help they can get when they play BYU next year. Plus the dude is injury prone, I don't expect him to last either. Non factor at best.

  • RE: Re: 2:43
    Feb. 24, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    Like everything, it depends on the department. The Y is great in somethings, terrible in others; same with the U. I actually transfered from the Y to the U because I wanted to major in Geology and Geophysics. The Y's program is more or less a joke in this field, while the U is a top 10 program. Yes, the Y was harder to get into, but after being at both schools I really didn't see much of a difference in the caliber of students (at least in my department).

    Anyway, kind of silly to bash academics when we're talking sports. Obviously both schools bend the rules when it comes to sports.

    Anyway, go Utes, let's keep these 10+ win seasons rolling!

  • Re: 2:43 p.m.
    Feb. 24, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    You've got to be joking. BYU is easily one of the best academic schools in the Western United States and one of the best in the nation for that matter. High school kids need an average 3.7 high school GPA and an average of a 26 ACT score to even be considered for admission to the school. The U of U is practically open enrollment.

    BYU's Marriot School of Business Management is in the top 10 nationally in many programs, including the General Management and Information Technology programs, and the School of Accountancy is in the top 5 nationally on a yearly basis. If you want to talk general education, BYU has some of the toughest courses in the country. BYU has nationally leading programs in Law, Economics, Communications, Cinematography, Engineering, Nursing, and Elementary Education. When you add religion courses to the equation, it is not even a comparison. Outside of Ivy League schools, The general population of college kids in the country wouldn't last 2 weeks at BYU.

    Oh yeah, and my brother-in-law was a pre-med at BYU. When considering med schools, He decided U of U was OVERRATED, like their football.

  • nick
    Feb. 24, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    Don't forget at Notre Dame bro, that could be a tough test

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    I'm a big Y fan and I'm happy for the man. Hope he stays healthy this year. He makes the Utes an even better team.

  • AZ_Coug
    Feb. 24, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    Glad to see he gets another chance to show he's ready for the next level. The MWC needs all the first rate talent it can get to show it has what it takes.

  • BYU Fan who also likes Utah
    Feb. 24, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    That is good news. It is good that Asiata will get a chance at a full senior year. He is a good running back and deserves that chance.

  • Prediction
    Feb. 24, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    BYU will lose 5 games next year. No Senior leadership other than Unga and too many holes to fill. They will look like the Utes basketball team this year. Inconsistent with some talent. TCU and UTAH on the road in conference.

    Utah is full of returning talent and has many guys with playing experience from last year ready to go on both sides of the ball. Add the favorable schedule and there should not be much doubt on how the seasons for each team will pan out.

    Asista's experience alone is a huge add along with giving Utah two great running backs. Wide played hurt for many of the final games, but proved he can be dominant with 10-15 carries a game, give the other 10-15 carries to Asisa and the pass game will be wide open all year. Utah has 2 games to worry about, PITT and TCU.

  • Re: re: ute fan | 4:12 p.m.
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    "Yewt fans are much worse than BYU fans at declaring victories in advance and then declaring moral victories after their team loses. PUH-lease."

    Wow, you should have put some thought into your juvenile rant. So, let's see...

    I'll take one "Quest for Perfection" t-shirt, please!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:43 p.m.

    Max Hall is great. Terrible quarterback, but loved his comments. I just wish his rant had been longer.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    re: re: little brother. | 2:19 p.m. | 2:41 p.m. Feb. 24, 2010

    So, in another 2 or 3 decades, the Utes and Ags will be mirrors of each other?

  • wow
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:30 p.m.

    dude give it up you cant stay healthy......im guessing 5 games until you get hurt this time

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    'February, and the Utes have already thrown in the towel on basketball and are boasting about victories in season that's still a half year away."

    Hey Zoob, It's a Ute Football article. Seems to make sense to comment of the football team....get it?

    Now go wash your "Pedro for president" T-shirt.

  • Re: Cougarf@n | 2:43 p.m.
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    Thanks for your opinions but please note, that's all your post contained...opinions, no facts.

    "Other than research, I can't find a single indicator of academic success where Utah, not to mention half the PAC-10, leads BYU."

    You really have no clue what the University of Utah has accomplished, do you. Don't tell this board that you have looked and not been able to find...you have not looked and certainly not objectively. Please know this...I am a tith payer and I cannot send my kids to BYU. Why? BYU does not have the academics that other schools have. BYU is woefully deficient in health care disciplines and is essentially a joke in many other areas. Tuition is going to be outrageous for my kids because BYU cannot meet their needs. In the end...you get what you pay for.

    You have not looked for academic indicators but thanks for your meaningless and unsupported opinion anyway.

  • Dixie Dan
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    With all the time off from injuries, is Asiata on track to graduate?

  • BYU Fan
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    Good for Asiata, he seems like a good guy, and it's good that he gets another season. Fans sometimes forget that these are real people with real lives and it's pretty pathetic when either side takes things out of context. Hate him when he has the ugly U helmet on, then cheer for him off the field. And never wish injuries on anyone.

  • re: ute fan
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:12 p.m.

    "I need reassurance that Utah fans have not become so spoiled with success that victories are declared before the season even begins. That is a trademark of tds, not the Utes."

    Oh u mean like last year when yewtah fans were saying BYU was going to get KILLED by Oklahoma and BYU fans were saying "we hope we can keep it close and don't lose by too much so it's at least respectable" and then BYU won despite big odds against them? And after Wynn had 2 games under his belt all the yewt fans were declaring victory over BYU weeks before the actual game?

    Get down off your high horse u hypocrUTE. Yewt fans are much worse than BYU fans at declaring victories in advance and then declaring moral victories after their team loses. PUH-lease.

  • SUU & USU Fan
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    Come on. You're not fooling anyone...we all know your probably the same poster for one, and that you're a BYU fan. Excellent attempt, but extremely pathetic.

    Ute fans, I'm excited to have an extra option at running back...fear not, Whittingham will have a good mix and will most likely keep Wide at #1 (which he probably should).

    As for who wins this years rivalry game and BCS games...pure silly speculation I'd rather leave to the BYU fans. As another poster said, lets continue to do it the Utah way where we don't worry about BYU or anyone else and take our own season one day at a time. This does look like a very good team.

  • BCS game next January
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    Utah's offense has now become dominant. With the best one-two punch of power and speed, mixed with occasionaly running Shakerine and Smithson, I can't see anyone in the conference stopping Utah's running game, oh, and Jordan Wynn is pretty dang good too.

    As for the defense, when has Utah ever had a suspect defense under Whittingham? Utah has by far the best defensive line in the conference and always seems to get athletes in the secondary. Our linebackers always seem to be physical and athletic, so I can't see anyone knocking off the Utes this year.
    Pitt/TCU/BYU all have to play in SLC.....3-0 for the Utes in those games and the rest of the opponents won't give us much of a challenge. I predict Utah will play and win convincingly in the Fiesta Bowl. Now send us over to the PAC 10, so we can whip the Trojans and Ducks.

  • March Madness
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    February, and the Utes have already thrown in the towel on basketball and are boasting about victories in season that's still a half year away.

    How low can you go Utah basketball?

  • re: PU
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:05 p.m.


    QB, FB, both TE's (the best pass-catching options in BYU's offense, 3 starting DL, 3 of 4 starting LB's, couple secondary players.

    That's a ton of spots to fill down south. People forget how good Max was, at least versus bad teams, and how many times him playing almost perfect was barely enough to get wins. Now they will just throw in a Utah State cast-off, a return missionary, or a 18 year-old kid.

    BYU fans should look at Utah last year before they start to predict. Replacing a senior QB is difficult, even with a very talented freshman, or a very accomplished JC QB. Not to mention the other important spots the Y lost.

    TCU is clearly the favorite to win the MWC, and will garner all of the preseason votes to repeat. Utah will be second with a returning QB and BYU at home, BYU will likely be 3rd, unless Air Force gets some consideration.

    Remind me again, but I thought having a favorable home schedule and a returning QB was the road to a National Championship. At least that's what you Cougar fans told us last year!

  • what are ewe doing here?
    Feb. 24, 2010 4:00 p.m.

    Y are there so many ewetah fans posting comments in the Deseret News?? Ewe guys are supposed to use the Salt Lake Tribune for your garbage. Run along now.

  • TCU
    Feb. 24, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    TCU will be good again.

  • One two punch
    Feb. 24, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    I love having Asiata back in the fold.

    With both Matt and Wide in the mix the Utes will have a strong set of backs. I'm not sure how legit it is, but I have heard they are already planning some fullback sets with Asiata and Wide - only makes sense.

    I'm not sure where the animosity is coming from with USU?? I hope nothing best for the Aggies and I think Coach A can turn them around.

    As far as PAC 10 talk - it's more than just speculation. Do what you need to coog fans because when the invite comes, you will be left out. Yes you have a lot fans / church members but those are same reasons you will be left out. The y doesn't fit "culturally" with the PAC 10 and that is why they aren't even evaluating your school at all.

    I know that is hard to hear - afterall you did something significant in college football 26 years ago.

    Go Utes!!! I can't wait for the season - one game at a time.

  • re: the utes will be awesome
    Feb. 24, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    "4 star blah blah blah 5 star blah blah blah 3 star blah blah blah..."

    Ya know what, it wouldn't matter if yootah had a team full of 10 star recruits because they would still be the yoots and still get the same mediocre results.

    Oh and you can kiss any more BCS bowl games goodbye, the odds are stacked against u with BYU and TCU being loaded with talent. Remember u lost to both of those teams last year? Yeah, get used to disappointment.

    The Cougars have been more than capable of beating u guys even with walkons and 2 star recruits (Austin Collie 2 stars, Dennis Pitta walkon).

    I had to turn off the post-game interviews after a while from last year's BYU-yootah game because of coach Whitt. I hate seeing a grown man cry. Losing 3 out of 4 times to your rival can do that I guess.

  • So
    Feb. 24, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    Who cares, it's not like the Yewts are going to win the MWC or go to a BCS. The Yewts will go 7-5 this year.

    Sorry, but he's not that good...

    UNGA IS BACK!!!!

  • Ute4Life
    Feb. 24, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    Trash talking about a season that begins in late summer when its still February? Foolish... however ... if anyone carries the "We're perrenial September National Champs" ... its the fans from down south.

    Having Asiata back won't be the only factor that propels the Utes to another successful season but having him on the field will certainly not hurt. Anyone who argues differently is either a homer or just flat out doesn't know football.

  • Ute fan
    Feb. 24, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to this season...just secured tickets to the ND game.

    Utah has a tough schedule in front of them again this year. Coach Whittingham will ensure the goals are firmly in place which means one week at a time.

    I see Utah fans talking about a 3rd BCS and it makes me sick because you sound like BYU fans. Please don't tell me that someone is going to print up t-shirts. I need reassurance that Utah fans have not become so spoiled with success that victories are declared before the season even begins. That is a trademark of tds, not the Utes.

    One week at at time Utah fans...THAT'S all we can ask from our team. The rest will take care of itself.

    Go UTES!!!

  • Cougar fan
    Feb. 24, 2010 3:04 p.m.

    This definately makes the U stronger than expected for 2010. Congrats!! I love it when our teams are evenly matched. Should be fun to meet up in November.

  • re: Anonymous | 2:18 p.m.
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    Don't confuse that 12-pack with an athletic conference.

  • Cougarf@n
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    Sounds like great news for Utah. I don't understand the yewt posters saying Asiata won't really make an impact because of Eddie Wide. Running backs take a pounding during the year and anyone who knows football understands the importance of having a couple of great backs at any given time. This is huge for Utah IMHO.

    I must admit I'm a little baffled by the PAC-10 invite smack talk based entirely on speculation when no invitation has been extended. I'm sorry, but if the PAC-10 invites Utah and passes over BYU it will be based on ideology and little else. Utah doesn't draw the television audience, home or away attendance, and doesn't have the money in it's athletic program that BYU does.

    I'm sorry but the academic argument based on Utah being a research institution and having a Med School are disingenuous at best considering Oregon is not a research institution and half the PAC-10 schools do not have Med Schools. Other than research, I can't find a single indicator of academic success where Utah, not to mention half the PAC-10, leads BYU.

  • re: little brother. | 2:19 p.m.
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:41 p.m.


    Try to write something coherent next time.

    The Aggies have turned the corner and are an up and coming football program.

    The Utes peaked last decade and are following the lead of their basketball team into a steady decline.

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    RE: PU

    Please remind me where the Utes finished the season before the Sugar Bowl?

    Now, granted we don't have a lot of experience under center, but, Wynn has showed a lot of growth and maturity (he stepped up big against Cal) and played in big games. There is a lot of experience returning on the O-line and plenty of play makers to make Wynn's job easier.

    Predicting an undefeated season is silly. There are just too many things that can happen from injuries to fluke plays. However, the Utes' schedule is certainly favorable as well as their talent level.

  • Ute fan
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    I'm just an average, run-of-the-mill Ute fan, and I am totally obsessed with BYU.

  • to USU guy(by SUU guy)
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    Agreed. The yewts favorite comment is that byu fans are "holier than thou." The past 6 months or so I've mainly see the Utes to be deserving of that label. The self rigtheousness seems to be moving(or I should say at least being shared) by the yewt nation.

    After the BCS wins you would think by the yewt fan nation reaction that they had accomplished the most impressive feat in world history, and they let the coogs know about it every chance they got. Now whenever a byu fan rubs it in that the yewts are having a down year - somehow that's wrong?


  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    They keep giving these Utes handycaps just so they can stay competative with the likes of BYU

  • USU; the true little brother.
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    re: USU guy | 1:22 p.m. Feb. 24, 2010

    I guess you missed Dec 2008 when the zoobs were its all about the Mtn West & busting the BCS then months later it was Ha Ha Freshman. Then, it was yet another 180 When Jake Heaps signed & how phenomenal 2010 will be.

    Its BYU fans who are accomplished orators i.e. talking out of both sides of their mouth

    If (not when) the Ags you have an above .500 season or win the beehive boot then come and talk all the smack you want until then shhhhhh!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:18 p.m.

    Welcome to the PAC 12!!!!!!!!!! Go Utes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:18 p.m.

    re:question help please.

    Asiata was invited to the combine, but because of his injury he would not have been able to participate even if he hadn't been given the year of eligibility back. Being invited does not preclude him from playing, and obviously, he was offered prior to the decision regarding his eligibility.

    Don't know if that helps, but that's my understanding of the situation.

  • Same ol........
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    Same ol, Y and U fans running their mouths. How about waiting for the season and letting the boys do their talking on the field. I know it seems like such a novel approach. However, no one can really talk yet can they? Glad Asiata can contribute if he stays. He is a very good RB.

  • Joe
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    wow, Utah players spend more years around the program than BYU's! And I'm including mission time.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    Let’s face it. The typical Cougar football player is about 28 years old and balding. They seem to dip in and out of the program for more than a decade. Asiata is a rare exception to the typical four year plan.

  • gdog3
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    As much as I like Asiata, this move concerns me.

    Eddie Wide needs carries. Asiata got hurt after Kyle was giving him 30+ carries a game last year. Wise never had the chance to prove himself until after Matt's injury.

    Whittingham kept saying how durable Asiata was last year. Really? Since when in Asiata's history has he proven worthy of a heavy workload? Because he's a bigger RB. That's not enough.

    Featuring a RB is the way of the past anyway. Split backs and spilt carries keep runningbacks fresher. When you have two good ones in Asiata and Wide it can help an offense control the clock and wear down a defense. That said, Jordan Wynn needs to throw the ball. He is a special talent and I just hope Asiata, coming off a serious knee injury won't alter the coaches thinking on what is best for the team.

  • PU
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:02 p.m.

    Lots of wishful thinking Ute fans here.

    After finishing 3rd in the MWC, or worse, for the 4th time in 5 seasons, the Utes think they're the MWC front-runners and odds on favorite to bust the BCS simply because they have a favorable schedule and have a returning QB with a whopping half-dozen games under his belt.

    Get a clue.

    BYU and Utah both have about the same number of holes to fill for next season and TCU still has the bulk of it's BCS team back.

    And, before Utah fans start getting all uppity about being a lock to finish at least 2nd, just remember, Utah is just as likely to lose at New Mexico and at Air Force as they are to beat BYU at home.

  • WoW y FaNs ArE fUnNy
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    Silly y fans, football is for Utes.
    Fact: you play 3 of your hardest games on the road. Fact: you don't have a QB, your best receivers (tight ends) moved on, and your bad defense from a year ago are getting replaced by newbies.
    Fact: Utah never has a problem replacing defensive players because they get good players all the time. (Who could ever replace Weddle? Robert Johnson. Who could ever replace Kruger? Koa Misi. Who...)
    Fact: your blue koolaid is running out and it's scaring all of you down south because you don't know what to drink.
    Fact: Asiata is a proven leader, so his stats might not be great at times, but his presence makes a big difference.
    False: you will win the MWC and go to the BCS. (Why? Because your famous for continually losing at least 2 or more games.)
    False: Magic happens.
    Fact: Be afraid for the RES game because blood will be shed.
    GO UTES!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    That's good news for Utah. Their running games is going to be great next year, but so is BYU's

    They lost Reed, Key and Peel (3 of their 4 top receivers). BYU lost Hall and it's Tight Ends. I think both Utah and BYU's Offense will be as good as last year.

    Defensively is where both Utah and BYU need to reload. Each lost multiple starters
    Utah: Sylvester, Misi, Wright, Gaison will hurt the most
    BYU: Jorgenson, Johnson, Denney, Bauman and Clawson will hurt the most

    I think this is going to be a good season for both BYU and Utah. They will both probably lose to TCU before they play each other. I would guess that each would lose one more game. BYU to Florida State and Utah to either Pitt or Notre Dame.

    I guess that is why they play the game

  • Up up up
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:59 p.m.

    This year we steam roll the MWC on our way to a PAC-10 invite and another BCS win. Kewgs will be eating dust watching the parade pass them by again. Have a NC trophy polishing party and try to cheer each other up. After all these years it is looking a little dull.

  • The Utes will be awesome
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:59 p.m.

    Let's not forget that the Utes also have 4-start linebacker VJ Fehoko coming in (he may start immediately) and they have two 4-star and two 3-star wide receivers, all of whom have the potential to start or play significant minutes this year. I don't know where all the Wynn bashing is coming from - the kid is accurate and cool under fire. He shredded Cal's defense - among others, and will be even better with the experience and the new receivers he has not to mention what I would consider to be a better offensive line and three strong running backs.

    As for BYU and their awesome QB recruit - one top scout said that he didn't see much upside to him, saying that he's pretty much hit his limit of potential. Additionally, I recall another top-rated QB that signed at BYU, went on a mission and transferred to UCLA and didn't ever do much. Finally, let's not forget that Max Hall had two pathetic games against Utah and was lucky enough to win last years game. I think the Utes will beat BYU and win their BCS game.

  • NC
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    We're back! Its going to be BCS win #3 with a good chance that the National Championship comes with it. Soooo good to be a Ute!

  • akk
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    Great News!!! Go Utes beat the HATERS

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    I think its cool that Asiata comes back, and these posts are really pretty lame. Im not a regular poster, but any trash talking 7 months before the season even starts is too much. Go Utes.

  • With an injury prone
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    career (didn't injure himself last year celebrating a touchdown?), he won't be playing by the third or fourth game of the seaon at best. I'm sure this news made Wide real happy. Welcome to the bench.

  • Batman
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:34 p.m.

    The Utes must pay someone at the NCAA since they lead the nation in getting players an extra year. I thought if you played more than 3 games, which he did, you're typically not eligible, at least if I am correct that he was hurt the beg of game 4?

    Anyway, the NCAA is typically wrong in these rulings so good for him.

  • Re: Re: 11:26 am
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    I'm trying to love my neighbor...

  • MP
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    Lots of wishful thinking Cougar fans on here. Utah will lose a few players on defense that they will have to replace. But since Kyle is defensive-minded, they should handle that issue well, especially if 5 Star recruit James Aiono pans out well. In other words, Utah has historically developed its defense quicker than its offense. The offense should definitely be better than last year, and Asiata coming back only makes it better. If he gets injured, there are 2 other quality backs to run over Cougar defenders.

    Looking forward to next season. I honestly don't think it will be another BCS season for Utah, because I think TCU will be the front-runner. But I do think Utah will win most (if not all) of its other games and will crush BYU by 20 points or more, and Utah will extend its bowl-winning streak.

  • USU guy
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    A lot of self righteous utes on these posts. You would think the idiutes never talked smacked by the way they bash byu fans when the cewgs are on top. Frankly, I dont like either of your schools. I just laugh when I see Utes talk trash during their years on top and then suddenly switch to promoting respect during the down years.

  • TwoEyePatches
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    Sorry, I can't see what all the fuss is about.

    IF he stays healthy, Asiata might have a slight impact as a backup.

  • RE: Ernest T. Bass
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    With numbers like that he could play at BYU!

  • re: BCS??
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    So naive.

    Utah has some holes to fill on defense. Their entire offense returns.

    BYU has to replace Maxie, both productive TE's (which are your best passing threats by a mile) and Tonga. Not to mention 6 of the 7 starters from last years defensive front 7. Plus a couple starters in the secondary.

    Average QB? You mean the kid who rocked Cal a couple months ago? As opposed to a cast off from Utah State, a return missionary or a high school freshman who already has more pressure on him than any incoming freshman you can remember? Not to mention losing both your TE's and Tonga out of the backfield? Yeah, think I'll take the Sophomore who has his entire offense returning around him.

    Silly Cougar fans.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:10 p.m.

    "Isn't this something like his 10th year at utah and he's now 29 yrs old?"

    You can say the same thing about 80% of BYU players

  • Scared
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    Why are there so many Cougar fans posting on here that they're not scared?

    That can mean only one thing...


  • re: Yes, but
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    Too bad they both graduated last year. Along with 6 of your 7 starter on the defensive front-7.

    But hey, I'm sure a kid who tranferred from Utah State can step right in and take over for Max Hall!

  • re: Collect the set!
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    in your dreams, little ewe, in your dreams

  • re: 3 of 3
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:02 p.m.

    highly unlikely after going 1 of 5

  • re: why?
    Feb. 24, 2010 1:00 p.m.

    Um, here's why? I agree we got to replace alot on defense, however, let me break it down to you! WE have Shelby, who will replace Misi at DE and James Aiono, All-American DE who sat last year, and stil has 2 years of eligibility. Inside, we have Kruger, Talamavio and Siliga, and JC superstar Star Latueoiuli. LB's maybe a concern, but JJ Williams, Matt Martinez, Christian Cox, Chad Manis, & Nai Fotu provide depth and experience. Our DB's are the biggest concern, however, Brandon Burton and Lamar Chapman will be your starters with some great JC transfers to fill the void. We have Justin Taplin-Ross at one safety and Chaz Walker moving to safety. We are a defensive oriented team with Coach Whit. The defense will be fine and the "O" will be awesome.

  • question, help please
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    saw an article in the print edition this morning listing Asiata as one of the locals participating in the NFL combine. Is he doing that? Can he do that and still go back to school? thanks

  • welcome back Matt!
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    shak, wide, and asiata will all get touches next season. This will help to keep all three of them healthy by not giving any one back too many carries. The offense should be good next season. We have some holes to fill on defense, but we also have guys in the pipeline who are ready to step in

  • jealous cewgs
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    pretty pathetic attention grabbing going on by fans of TDS. They grab any article about the U and try to turn it into something about them. Wonder why they are so insecure?

  • Re: 12:26 p.m.
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    How about beating Colorado State and UNLV first before talking BCS? Good idea?

  • What???
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    Is this guy EVER going to complete his eligibility? Didn't he enter the program in 1999?

  • Re: 11:26 a.m.
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:49 p.m.

    Please, and what is Utah's team next year? The only starters you have coming back on that overrated defense are Brandon Burton and a couple of D-lineman. You guys are going to be shredded by every half decent offense you play. Utah will be even worse next year than they were this year.

    I will say this, you guys should have a solid running game next year. But don't expect it to win games for you against TCU, BYU, or even Air Force on the road on its own. Not to mention some of the non conference road games you guys have.

    Consider this, the defense will NOT be there to bail out Jordan Wynn like it was time after time this past year. That's now his job! Will the Utes be able to throw the ball? David Reed is gone, he was like your Austin Collie. Jereme Brooks is back, I'll give you that, but he's not the deep threat David Reed was. I don't think the Utes will be able to throw the ball downfield. That, plus bad defense, plus an unrealiable quarterback equals some very ugly possibilities for Utah.

  • bye bye Pac-10
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    This is going to really hurt Utah's chances of getting into the Pac-10. The Pac-10 will realize that Utah is not able to bring in any new decent talent but instead must rely on begging the NCAA to give an average player another year so that they don't totally stink it up playing other guys who are even worse. This is a sad situation for them. Looks like it will be BYU and Colorado to the Pac-10 instead.

  • RE:RE:4 of 5
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    "3 for 3 in BCS" A little presumptuous isn't it? That's like saying your Runnin' Yewts are going to the Final Four this year.

    Final Four finishers in the MWC probably...

  • Big Ben
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    In response to WHY? at 12:06:

    Our defensive line is going to dominate this year! We have Talamaivo, Kruger, Shelby, Siliga, and Cox all have experience and are proven playmakers. Additionally, we get Aiono, Hemuili, and Pela. Big, deep, and talented.

    As far as linebackers, another deep spot. JJ Williams has a lot of experience and has made big plays. Sitake said "If Sly (sylvester) were her right now, JJ might beat him out" Additionally, Matt Martinez, Boo Anderson, Chaz Walker, Chad Manis, and Jamel King are battling it out to start. On top of that Nai Fotu comes back to linebacker, he is a stud.

    In the secondary, Burton was the best corner we had and he is back. We have a lot of athletes with speed that need some time certainly, but i think they will be ok come fall.

    Now, while we are talented on paper, our guys need to prove it on the field, but make no mistake about it, the talent is there.

  • Me, Myself and I
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:40 p.m.

    Wow theres a lot of ignorance about current and former Ute running backs. Marty Johnson rushed for just under 1,000 yards his senior year. If I'm not mistaken that year the Utes had 4 players with at least 400 yards rushing, Johnson would have easily had 1,000 if they hadn't spread the carries out. Yes he had some bumps in the years prior to that but he got them fixed and was a productive back. Asiata should have a great year and while I don't believe he will be a featured back in the NFL I do think he'll make a roster as will Harvey Unga. I think they'll both play more of a fullback rather than half back roles they're used to. As far as the BYU fan earlier who said Asiata should just go to the NFL now, can you say Luke Staley? He made that mistake and I think it cost him his career.

  • Harvey
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    Harv has the talent and the class and the strength to endure an entire season.

    Az won't last your non-conf schedule.

  • THEeyepatch
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    Why are there even any Cougar fans even commenting on this, are your "Vote for Pedro" shirts still in your mothers dryer. Shouldn't you be commenting on Jimmmer and how he will be BYU's next NBA bus.... wait... more like a D League bust. Probably already did that Cougar fan... right?

    Anyways, welcome back Matt, this upcoming season is looking promising and hopefully the Utes send you out in style (BCS win). GO UTES!

  • Sweet
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    Good to have him in the fold. TCU and Pitt are really our only tough games this year. If we can beat one or both of those and then do what we should on paper (which is beat everyone else) its back to the BCS.

  • Ute 4 Ever
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:21 p.m.

    I think we'll make the Final Four for sure now!

  • Yes but...
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    Can he stop Andrew George (aka any BYU TE) from running unabated into the endzone for yet another victory??? I think not.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    Isn't this something like his 10th year at utah and he's now 29 yrs old?

  • RE: 4 of 5
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    3 for 3 in BCS appearances

  • good but bad
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    I think it's great that they're giving him another year and I really do like the guy but I think he's just going to get injured again. Personally I'd rather see Shak rip it up this season. The kid is a beast!

  • Great news!
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    ...because Mat Asista is one of the EASIEST RB's for BYU to stop! Most of the time he just falls down when our linebackers even look at him cross-eyed. I hope he gets all the carries when we play utar so he can rack up a big 26 yds on 40 attempts.

  • WHY?
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:06 p.m.

    Why does utah fans think they will be so good next year. Do we realize all the spots we have to replace on defense. MISI, SELVESTER, WRIGHT, JOHNSON, and another safty and CB. We must improve alot on defense to have a realistic shot at beating TCU for the MWC.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:06 p.m.

    I think Asiata is a great back. However, it doesn't help the future. Shakerin is special. They need to give him 12-15 carries a game to let him develop. And not when they're up 30 points in the second half either. He needs meaningful carries against first team defenses.

  • BCS??
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    There is no chance utah comes close to a bcs. Replacing everybody that was good on defense and has an average QB and offense, 9-3 at best. BYU will beat utah for the 3rd time in 4 years.
    Face it BYU is just a better team.

  • Matt
    Feb. 24, 2010 12:01 p.m.

    is a good running back, but EXTREMELY injury prone.

    I'm happy he's getting another year to play college ball.

    However, the chances of Asiata still being injury free and able to play when the Utes play the Cougars in late November are, well...

    not good.

  • Collect the set!
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    Orange this year (maybe last in the MWC?) then Rose next year with a Jr. Wynn at QB! Then National Champs!!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:56 a.m.

    thats what happens when you try to celebrate kids.

  • Go Asiata!
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    This is great news. I wonder if he participates in the combine. Is there still a chance he can decide not to play?

    Watch out for the 3 headed monster! It would be sweet to have 2 1000 yard rushers.

  • Huzzah!
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    Oh man, Asiata coming back? It's gonna be a good year! If Utah can get past Pitt and TCU, they could be headed to another BCS game! Should be a special season. I'm pumped!

  • 4 of 5
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    after all the hype

    when the dust from another November classic has settled

    it'll be 4 of 5

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:41 a.m.

    Matt is a great RB and I'm glad he's going to have another year. Have a great season Matt!

  • RE: Ute 4 life
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    You are either a Y fan or you know absolutely nothing about football, neither of which is mutually exclusive. Having a strong inside runner in Asiata, a dynamic outside runner in Eddie Wide will make Jordan Wynn's job much easier. That offense is going to be stacked next year.

  • Re: Ute 4 Life
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    You mean like last year when Eddie Wide ran for more than 1000 yards and played very little, if at all, in the first few games of the year. Yea, that was a pretty bad year for running. Now he has experience and we will have a great 1-2 punch. If we need speed, send in Wide, or even Shak. If we need some power up the middle, give it to Asiata. This makes us much better in the run game.

  • Joe
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    Welcome back Marty Johnson... Err, I mean Matt Asiata! Nothing like having an injury prone running back in the system for years and years. Cougar nation doesn't need to worry, with all his injuries he'll be limping around if he EVEN makes it to the end of the season.

    In all honesty, Wide is the better running back and should be given the starting nod for all he did last year.

    Oh well, Harvey will be getting all the headlines next year anyway...

  • Move On Already
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    He's too full of himself. Let Shak rock the house! Go Utes!

  • re: Why come back
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    For the same reason Harvey Unga is back. Neither is quick enough to be an NFL running back.

    Both will play their last meaningful football this coming fall.

    No shame in that, just the truth.

  • re: 11:04AM
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:26 a.m.

    It will be November 2010. The last time was November 2008, by 24 points.

    Rookie QB, replacing 6 of front 7 on defense, same below average secondary, and payback for what Maxine said on his way out the door.

    Yeah, November is a ways away. It can't come soon enough!

  • Ute 4 Life
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    Oh GREAT!! Another year of sub-par running! Why can't Whittingham just recruit a good running back, so we don't have to keep trying to get wash-out like Asiata an extra year of eligibility?

  • Why come back
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    with his history of injury...go pro!

  • re: Sorry cewgs
    Feb. 24, 2010 11:04 a.m.

    You said that last year. He'll be injured by game 3 anyways. BYU had zero trouble with bruising backs last year, just fast and speedy ones. You're playing into our hands again.
    I'm not sure when you'll be beating BYU again. I think it's a ways away.

  • YAY!!! Asiata is back!
    Feb. 24, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    Must be living right if the NCAA granted Asiata another year! GO UTES!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rob
    Feb. 24, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    Oh man. He is a strong runner. I am a Y fan.......we have to put up with him again? I actually think it is cool that the NCAA will work with these athletes and give them a chance. Lets just hope he doesnt give us any fits this year!

  • Sweet
    Feb. 24, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    Can't wait for September! Go Utes!

  • Good luck, Matt...
    Feb. 24, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    I think this could be a special year.

    Feb. 24, 2010 10:50 a.m.

    Heck yes!! Thats what im talkin bout!

  • Sorry cewgs
    Feb. 24, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    He's going to handle you guys this year. I'd say 50% chance we run the table and make our first, I mean second, I mean third trip to a bcs game. TDS, you'll be LUCKY this year is you even make it to vegas. My guess - you'll go 7-5 and disappear into obscurity again.

    Welcome back Matt! Go Utes!

    Feb. 24, 2010 10:43 a.m.

    Best of luck to you Matt! The Utes could really use a bruiser to help out this upcoming season. Look forward to watching you play again.