View from the Booth: U.'s sports teams going through changes

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 13, 2011 9:17 p.m.


    "Playing in the WCC pales in comparison to the pac10."

    That's debatable in basketball but I can tell you winning 80% of the time and going to the sweet 16 is a whole lot better than losing to the worst teams in the WCC and having all your players transfer away every year. Must make you proud!

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 13, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Bluemoon, the truth is the U's basketball tradition puts it among the top 20 programs in NCAA history. Listening to folks like you display their ignorance is funny! Please keep Ute fans amused as you and others tell us about the rich tradition in basketball with the school down south.

    Playing in WCC pales in comparison to the PAC12. Many WCC gyms are just that gyms and not much larger than some high school gyms. Must make you Proud!

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    April 13, 2011 5:36 p.m.


    In all fairness, the attendance thing is a favorite of both schools. How many Utes have tried to put down BYU's basketball program for going to the WCC because of the small attendance due to venue size? It's a stupid "argument" on both sides!

    I can't wait to see Utah get into the season. As a Cougar from the ahem)early 90's, I'm excited to see Chow in action again and see what his changes will do for the program. Good luck!

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    April 13, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    "Finally, got to love byu fans comments - seems like attendance is always the standard fall back... I'm not sure what is hard to understand about this concept but winning brings fans."

    And losing loses fans.

    It wasn't that long ago that Utah frequently drew less than 30,000 fans to games at RES. The PAC 12 is a better conference than the MWC, and the money will be much better, eventually, but so is the competition, and it'll be interesting to see how loyal Utah's fans remain if Utah becomes a perennial 8-4 or 7-5 team in the PAC 12, which, despite the pie in the sky expectations of most Utah fans, is very likely.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    April 13, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    Looking forward to watching Utah in PAC 10 football and seeing what Chow and Wittingham are able to do. Chow's return to the state of Utah is a great thing to have happening. Going to be interesting to see the first time he and Knuheisel cross swords and Chow kicks his butt. Also the first Utah Washington game with Sarkeisian at the huskie reins. sometime down the road is also going to be interesting as well. I'm not sure which coach I'm going to be rooting for...that's going to be a hard one.
    Rise and Shout!!!

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    I'm excited for the direction of both programs up at the U.

    Football is going to be amazing playing top caliber opponents every week. It's going to tough to win on the road but I hope the team can hold home field.

    As far as the basketball program, I too have really liked the job coach K has done with hiring his assistants. Tommy Connor will be a great addition to the Utes - I hope Alex comes back as well. I realize it's going to be a few years to turn it around but it can be done. We definitely need more talent on the team but I think having some coaches that really know the x's and o's of the game will help get more wins as well.

    Finally, got to love byu fans comments - seems like attendance is always the standard fall back... I'm not sure what is hard to understand about this concept but winning brings fans. It wasn't that long ago that the byu basketball team won 1 game all year! I don't think they were packing into the Marriott center back then either.

  • Skippy West Jordan, UT
    April 13, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    Every cougar fan is welcome to come on Utah articles and comment all you want. If you think your harsh words mean anything to us anymore, you are so wrong. Don't you think we are immune to it by now? Yes, we get our basketball has been horrible and we get that yours has been great, but we moving ahead now. Good luck with your own athletics this year!

    As for Utah, I think all these transfers and new coaches are a major step in the right direction. The utes will return to support basketball this year and Coach Larry will earn the respect of Utah fans as well as others. Good Luck Coach!

  • bluemoon1977 Provo, Utah
    April 13, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    There are no Utah basketball fans. The Huntsman Center has more wasted space than any other public building in Utah.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 13, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Thanks for the insights Bill. I was never impressed with Jordan Wynn's abilities in the spread. I'm hoping his abilities are better suited to the offense Chow is putting in place.

    I like the assistants Coach K is hiring and I hope he is able to seal the deal with Alex Jensen. I'm bracing myself for a 2 to 3 year effort to get back to respectability and then going on from there.