Dick Harmon: BYU basketball: Despite ups and downs, this has been a season to remember

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  • FlatlanderCougar Doniphan, NE
    March 6, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    Classy comment VERACRUZ.....VERY CLASSY! Unlike Classless Nottyou at 7:05 a.m. who does not recognize the difference between a compliment and criticism. On to Vegas Cougs.....and lets kick some butt!

  • Veracruz Brentwood, CA
    March 6, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    To bigutefan-- I suppose that many of us remember your great run a few years back when you played in the final game. It was a great year and many of us truest blues cheered you on. May we have the same luck you did plus one more half of basketball. You came SO close! (If only we had a Mike Doleac at the post.)

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    March 6, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    This has definately been one of the most exciting seasons to follow in quite sometime. Jimmermania and his push for national player of year, Jackson Emery and setting the record of all-time steals at byu, the incredible job Coach Rose has done in leading this team into a top 5 team in the country, and the overall accomplishments of this team. Hopefully they can continue this through the tournments and make a deep run in the big dance, but no matter what happens from here on its been a season to remember.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 6, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    I don't understand the support of Steve Fisher for coach of the year. While I respect the man for what he has done to turn around his team, and I think he is the only single piece of the puzzle at SDSU that truly has class, Dave Rose has done much more with less talent and more challenges (including pancreatic cancer) to reach the pinnacle of the conference. (Not to mention that the Cougars swept the Aztecs.)

    Dave Rose ought to be chosen as coach of the year in the conference and all of division 1 basketball.

  • Arynen Midvale, UT
    March 6, 2011 10:55 a.m.


    Regardless of what happens in the MWC tourney or the NCAA tourney, this has been a great season for Cougar basketball. Even if BYU loses in the first round, it has still been a special season. The games have been fun to watch, the excitement has been electric with Jimmermania, and seeing BYU as a top story on ESPN about every other week has been incredible. Seasons like this only come around once in long while, and it's truly been an amazing season to be a part of!

    Congrats BYU for your accomplishments and a very memorable basketball year so far!

  • Hoosier in Utah Spanish Fork, UT
    March 6, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    IndianaCoug, I'm in the reverse situation as you. Born and raised near Indy, I have basketball in my blood (maybe literally?). I am an IU grad, currently at BYU. I enjoy BYU football--I even like it more than the Colts--but basketball is my true sports love. It really has been a once-in-a-generation season.

    Alas, with work, I never could make it to any of the games. At least I took yesterday off (I called it my birthday :-) ) to go see the game. I should have known by all the tents I saw walking to and from class Friday I needed to get there earlier than a half-hour before tipoff, because by then the quota of 5000 all-sport pass holders had already been let in. And yes, it has been that way for the last month. These last two games they had to set limits on the student section.

    Well, I imagine the MC must have been rockin'; the official BYU release says it was filled to capacity at 22,700.

    I also hope Davies can come back. We all make mistakes, and it's unfortunate his became so public.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 6, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    Although it has been fun so far, agree with bigutefan.

    Quite possibly, the best is yet to come.

    Either way, it's been a fun team to watch.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    March 6, 2011 7:05 a.m.

    To: bigutefan -- Is it too early for the Utes to reflect on their season? Perhaps that's what you should be doing instead of trolling on BYU articles.

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    March 5, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    Congrats on your great season. The ncaa tourney is really what marks a special season. At least wait until after the post season to reflect and rank the greatness of the season. It's too early, but good luck.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    March 5, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    The most amazing part of this team outside of Jimmermania is Coach Rose. He has coached, strategized, planned and managed this team to a 28-3 record. First goal accomplished with a MWC title in hand. Compliments to the team and a real COACH.

    Go Cougars.

  • Shaden Lincoln, NE
    March 5, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    Great article. I think it really encapsulated the epic scope and dramatic feel of this season. Once you factor in the amount of tweets and stories on ESPN and every other national sports show and web site on Jimmer, Brandon, and the team, the Cougars have had unbelievable exposure (as well as success).

    This season has been so dramatic, talked-about, and amazing, it could easily be made into a movie.

    Great job, Coach Rose and team!

  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    March 5, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    If SDSU wins tonight I dont mind that they also would be MWC champions. They are a great team and have a classy coach. However, doesnt the conference have a tie breaker formula that would default to head to head competition?

    I agree that this is truly one of the best BYU teams/seasons ever no matter what happens over the next two weeks.

    I was certain that somehow BYU was going to end up playing Notre Dame in the NCAA. Great teams usually include memories of great NCAA games. It is not a requirement but I hope that BYU gets a favorable NCAA schedule and play up to their best abilitys.

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    March 5, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    It's been a great year to be a Cougarfan. The football season was full of ups and downs but it was fun to see the development of the program and the eventual emergence of Heaps as a real leader on the team. The basketball season has been even more fun. Knowing that this was a special season I have made sure to at least listen to each game and I have been well rewarded. I can't wait for next year when I'll actually be able to see the games (hurray for leaving the MWC and their horrible tv contract!). As an out-of-stater I can't believe how much the rest of the country has been talking about BYU. I've been a more popular professor this semester as many students want to talk hoops with me :). I hope that the fun continues for at least 5-6 more games. Go Cougs!