Blue roundup: Cougar fans earn basketball team a technical for behavior

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  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 31, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    I'm a big BYU fan, but have thought for decades that the student section really shows a deplorable lack of class at nearly every game. How many times has BYU played a small school at the Marriott Center, and even if the Cougars are winning by 30 points, they'll still chant "airball, airball" if an opponent throws up one, or sing "Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye" if someone fouls out. An embarrassing lack of class when you're already beating an overmatched opponent that badly.

    That kind of poor sportsmanship, and obviously even worse as evidenced by the behavior last Saturday, is on display at nearly every game at the Marriott Center.

  • 112 Pack Spokane, WA
    Jan. 31, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    I hope they don't pull that stunt when the Zags come to town on Thursday. The game is on ESPN2, so BYU fans behavior will be on display for all to see. Throwing debris on the court is weak sauce; no matter what the items are. Class Up BYU fans!

    Jan. 30, 2012 8:37 p.m.

    tcom2011, to answer your question, college basketball referees generally do not cover a single conference, more a geographic region. I've spoken with several officiating teams at the Utah games and they all cover several Pac-12, MWC, WAC and WCC games each year. You're dealing with the same ones we are up north.

  • tcom2011 Fort Worth, TX
    Jan. 30, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    Agreed that this is not good behavior. I wish it did not happen however, I do agree that since the cougars have gone to the WCC the ref's are considerably worse. I have an honest question, are these ref's just starting out in their careers and then they move up into bigger conferences? Obviously BYU is not playing to their potential now but I think frustration is a factor into how they are playing. Get the ref's out of your head and go play bc you can beat these teams!

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Jan. 30, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    To answer Deadspin's sarcastic question:

    Yes, it is a violation of the Honor Code. Those who threw objects on the court acted without honor.

    To the Anti-BYU-Utite trolls: He without honor has no business lecturing college students on the definition of the word.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    Fortunately, this is an isolated incident. Unfortunately, the refs cannot be blamed for BYU losing this game. There was nothing virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy about the shooting performance of BYU. Same goes for the refs. They really were that bad, but nothing is deserving of the actions of the student section throwing their cheap T-shirts on the court. Most of their aerials however, ended up in the high-roller courtside seats.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    So Classy!

  • Cougar Alumni Beaver, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 2:16 p.m.


    Reminds me of Church BB when I was in the Stake Athletic Program.

    Only sporting event I know of that started with a prayer and ended with a fight!

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    Very disappointing indeed . .

    "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men . . . if there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

    Sadly, I guess this does not apply to BYU stundents at sporting events.

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    Jan. 30, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    The actions of BYU fans reflect poorly on our LDS faith. I am embarrassed and would like to apologize on their behalf. Unfortunately, this is hardly an isolated incident.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    Jan. 30, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    I think the BYU fans were more frustrated with their team's overall failure to perform and turned to blaming the officials for the loss. 41 percent from the field, 15 percent from the parking lot, 65 percent from the charity stripe, and getting out rebounded just isn't going to get it done against a team like SMC.
    SMC gave them plenty of turnover opportunities to get back in the game, but they failed to capitalize. Don't blame the officials....they were bad on both sides of the ball.

    BYU better get their collective stuff together before the Zags come to town on Thursday otherwise they'll be staring at another loss.

    Jan. 30, 2012 12:36 p.m.