Utah Utes baseball will need depth to compete in Pac-12

Pac-12 baseball teams have a lot of depth

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  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 8, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    This article identifies one of the reasons I am so thrill to be in the PAC-12. I really don't know if the U will ever be the PAC-12 baseball champion. (Probably not even the Southern division champion.) There is just to much of an advantage in climate, etc. for the other school. However, my enthusiasm is summed up by a comment made by Blain Fowler in the broadcast of the Colorado State/BYU basketball game this past season. He said, "If you're an athlete, you gotta want to be in a place like this. You want to go on the road. You dont want a small crowd. You want to go and play in front of 22,700 and have them screaming at you and heckling at you. And if you dont love that you shouldnt be playing at this level." I believe all of the U's "olmypic sports" will be vastly better because an athlete can play for the U and play against olympians, national champions, and the best-of-the-best. And if you don't love that you shouldn't be playing at this level.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    June 12, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    Sometimes the price of greatness is rewarded by huge doses of humility. The Ute faithful need to suck it up the first 5 years regardless of how the teams perform. Kind of like when baseball expands to a few new teams. Takes a few years of beatings (remember the original Mets) before a miracle finally happens. The Utes appear ready in football and women's gymnastics but the rest are going to pay some major dues. Don't worry though you'll be paid handsomely for it and ultimately emerge stronger, faster and much happier.

  • AZ Dave Chandler, AZ
    June 11, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    They play baseball in Utah, no really

  • VegasBart N. Las Vegas, NV
    June 11, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Funny how the move to the Pac will increase their chances to get to the NCAA. I thought you had to not only compete, but win a few.

  • Unbiased Viewpoint Draper, UT
    June 11, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    How will the Utes do in the "Conference of Champions" considering that they couldn't win on a regular basis in the MWC? This should be interesting, but my guess is solid in football and poor everywhere else, but one could argue that is the current state of the program.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    June 11, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    Baseball and many other sports will be the negative consequences of the Utes chasing PAC-12 glory. The PAC-10 is the conference of champions and they take pride in all of their sports programs. It will be interesting to see if Dr. Chris Hill is ready to make that commitment or if this is a football-men's basketball move only.