Unless you are wanting a career in the NFL Stay in state and let all of us fans
enjoy watching you play. If you play out of state we won't get to watch you
play...out of site out of mind. We love watching our HS stars play at our local
Why would anyone want to play the the Mountain West when the opportunity
presents itself to play in the Pac 10, Big 10 or SEC. Get real guys.
to all those that still live in a dream world....byu so called championship in
84 was filled with cupcakes and cream filling!!! what a schedule of pastry
cakes!! wyoming, usu, utah, utep, colo state, new mex, and that all powerful 6-5
michigan....it best you don't bring it up cougar fans, better to dwell on recent
succes, because the good ole 84 thing was a joke on you and all of us...kid go
to the pac-10 for better all around football
Anyone that really enjoys this process has to be an egomanic. It is tough.And for others that think an Atheletic Scholarship is gravy, it is no
different than working at 7-11 during school. Early morning weights 4 hr
practice missing classes during the season. Believe me it is all WORK.
Maybe you are forgetting your football history. 1984 BYU son the national
championship. 1996 they finished 5th. And the National Championship coach
(Steve Spurrier) said BYU is the second best team in the country and we should
have played them for the championship. They have also had numerous top 10
finishes before the Bull Crap System took over. So yes they were contenders.
Now they are guaranteed to never win a national champioship, again. Every year
BYU and Utah lose the best recruits to BCS schools. Last year it was Lyn Katoa,
this year it is John Martinez, because the bottom line is those schools can
produce a national championship and we cannot.
It's not the teams in the MTN conference, it's the national exposure, which is
It's nothing against BYU or Utah, but most players I've talked to do not want to
play in the MTN conference. End of story.
Oh, and Steve, John, Cecil.... whoever makes sure John is wearing an appropriate
shirt for photos... burn the Florida shirt and keep a nice black or gold shirt
handy for the photo ops!
To Anonymous: BYU and Utah weren't contenders before the BCS. If anything, the
two programs have improved since the BCS began. I can remember when BYU brought
the modern passing game to the SEC and even when Steve Bartkowski and Cal had
perhaps the first shotgun formation ever seen in the SEC. Neither BYU nor Cal
won those games but showed the nation what the future of college football would
become. You don't see Oklahoma and Alabama lined up in the wishbone and you
don't see Georgia and Texas running a wide tackle six defense. So, kudos to
those teams of old who competed well, instructed better, and still lost. I
don't like the current system either, but it hasn't negatively affected BYU,
Utah, Boise St., Fresno St., Hawaii, or any other non BCS schools.
This is a perfect case against the BCS. Here is a very talented kid and he is
not even considering playing locally. All of the teams he has chosen to visit
are BCS contenders every year. This is something BYU and Utah can never offer
him. Because it is a crooked system.
think byu, just think it... local school, lots of playing time, and the hometown
connection... byu. byu. byu... just think about it...
I wish these blue chips would stay at local schools and not export the states
best talent. I understand why they don't but I would hate to see the kid go to
the SEC. Splitting the state is bad enough, but USC or Colorado would at least
be better than transferring regions to LSU.
John, you are a great athlete, but honestly a better person. I have coached
John and watched him turn in to a fine young man. He has qualities that any
parent, coach or teacher would be proud of. Don't ever listen to naysayers. Few
know the work and effort that you have put in. It is kind of like the parable of
the talents. I think you have magnified yours. Keep up the good work and hold
your head up high. You deserve it!
Ya and while they are at it they could do an article about me washing my car and
going to English class, and working at 7-11 after school. Then they can write
about what I had for dinner. Dude do really want to read about the average
I don't want to read about the average Joe like yourself. John worked his butt
off to be the player he is and now he's being rewarded for it. Don't blame him
for being a good athlete. I get sick and tired of people who have done nothing
and want credit for everything. We already have a school system that rewards the
average and the high acheiver is left out on his own. It's called "No Child Left
Behind". There are so few people that are in John's position, I congradulate him
on his work ethic and opportunities.
The top schools in the nation are begging him to allow them to pay for his
schooling (if not more under-the-table gifts) and to play football and we're
concerned with him being "tired" of the process? Really? Can we do an article
on the average Joe who busts his butt to get into the school he wants and has to
get a job during school to pay for it? That's more tiring than it is fun. These
athletes are pampered way too much.
I don't feel sorry for John Martinez...he's living every football player's
dream. To turn down Notre Dame...wow!! But someone gave good advice a long
time ago...you need to turn down at least one school before you say yes to
anyone else. If you're not interested...you're not. Good for you, John, in not
stringing a school along. I hope they are as considerate of you!