Andre Miller fond of his time as a Runnin' Ute

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  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    Ahhh how nice. ute fans living in the past. I htought that was something you only claimed BYU fans do?

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 29, 2010 10:08 a.m.

    Andre, great job. Way to magnify your talents.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 27, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Dre's story shows the best of what college sports is supposed to be: Inner-city kid gets a basketball scholarship and ends up with a degree from a top-notch university. The fact that he ended up in the NBA is almost inconsequential.

    Contrast that with these "football factory" schools who take kids on, squeak/cheat them through school, and then when those kids don't make it in pro sports, they're no better equipped to be productive members of society than they were right out of high school.

    My hat's off to the U for taking a chance on Miller and mentoring him, and my hat's off to Miller for making the most of his opportunities - on the court and in the classroom.

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    Oh how I miss the days of DRE, Keith, Mike Doleac, Al Jensen,& The Man in the White Sweater!

    I am a big fan of Jim Boylen the person. As a D-1 hoops coach, not so much.

    The U hoops program is in need of a stabilizing force as we enter Pac-12 play next year. We need somebody that knows the lay of the land. Somebody that can recruit and steal the Utah prep talent that now resides in Utah County and couple that with recruits from SoCal & the West coast. The man to lead us out of the darkness: Tommy Connor. The staff that Coach Connor would be able to put together would trump the existing stiffs on the Utes' bench. Dare to dream.

  • Mang salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    "They should have a rule that guys stay in college and get their education before they make that jump." Great comment, Andre, and so true. NBA basketball careers at best last 15-20 years. Yes, there's a lot of money involved but if it isn't prudently managed, the players really need something to fall back on (i.e., a degree). Andre has, for the most part, gone out and played the game consistently. Off nights? Of course, but he is generally giving 110% when he is on the floor. He's not one of those flashy, conceited kind of players - he just plays basketball as it should be played. I watched him throughout his college career at Utah and must say that he is still my favorite college (and NBA) player. Other players should look up to him rather than some of these so-called role models who are so full of themselves that they stink!

  • LehiUte Lehi, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    I would take Andre back on a Ute team in a heartbeat. What a player! What a competitor!

    We need to get this program back on its feet!!!!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 27, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    Miller is one of my all time favorites. UU32, lot's of people could take a lesson from Andre.

    go Utes

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    Great to see Andre be so successful. Jiggy Watkins could take a lesson from Andre on how to play the game.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 8:44 a.m.

    So where are all the Rick Majerus haters (mostly BYU fans) who always claim that the players hated Majerus and couldn't stand to play for him. Majerus built a legend over 15 years and almost all good coaching candidates do not want to follow a legend. It usually takes a couple of hires after a legendary coarch leaves to get things back on track. It will happen at Utah. The Utes will have the largest basketball arena in the PAC 12 and with its storied history things are going to turn around but probably without Boylen.

  • palerider Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    When Andre played, it was a delight to go to see a Ute game. Now it's painfull. "The program has slipped" doesn't tell the half if it. They are real bad and its time for new leadership. I Wish you could look thru a glass ball and see if someone is going to be successful. College programs are a reflection of their coach and right now the Utes are hurting. We need to get someone who can put a product on the floor. Not just talk a good story.