Utah Utes basketball: Three more Runnin' Utes to transfer

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  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    April 2, 2012 5:30 p.m.


    "Did you ask that question of the Y in 1997?"

    No need to; BYU wasn't in a prolonged downward spiral.

    On the other hand, Utah is coming off its 5th losing season in the last 7 years, continuing a downward spiral that has seen Utah finish well below every team in the state in the final Sagarin ratings:

    #40 BYU
    #124 Utah State
    #135 Weber State
    #233 Utah Valley
    #239 Southern Utah
    #294 Utah

    Out of 345 Division 1 basketball programs, Utah finished 339th in scoring, 337th in rebounds, 325th in assists, and 304th in FG%.

    btw, here's a little comparison of the two seven year periods:

    BYU (three losing seasons, three 20+ win seasons, two NCAA tournaments)
    1995 22-10
    1996 15-13
    1997 1-25
    1998 9-21
    1999 12-16
    2000 22-11
    2001 24-9, MWC regular and tournament champions; NCAA tournament
    Overall 105-105

    Utah (five losing seasons, one 20+ win season, one NCAA tournament)
    2006 14-15
    2007 11-19
    2008 18-15
    2009 24-10, MWC regular and tournament champions; NCAA tournament
    2010 14-17
    2011 13-18
    2012 6-25
    Overall 100-119

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 2, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    "why even have a bball program?"


    It's not like the U is coming off a 1-win season. Did you ask that question of the y in 1997?

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    I wish all of them the best. Out of the three I am surprised to Hines go, I thought he still had a chance to play next year.

    I expect to see at least two more go - I think they had to make room for 7 total new players to join the team for next year.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 31, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    wow, why even have a bball program?

    March 31, 2012 12:52 a.m.

    This was expected from Kareem and Jovan. They've still got a couple years of eligibility ahead of them and would have had playing time severely decrease. Surprised and sad to hear about Chris, though. He's stuck through a lot with this team, and could have helped the team a lot next year. Congratulations to him on graduating, and good luck to all three of them wherever they end up.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 31, 2012 12:29 a.m.

    Unfortunately, my guess is leaving. It's dark times up on the hill for basketball. Oh how times have changed the last 8 years. Utah is now a football school.

    These departures are quality players as well.

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    March 30, 2012 11:50 p.m.

    Leaving or booted?