View from the Booth: Revolving door at Utah basketball must stop spinning

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  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    April 16, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    "It's a great time to be a Ute and it only gets better!"

    Translation: We've hit rock bottom and it can't get any worse than it is now.

  • Unbiased Viewpoint Draper, UT
    April 16, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    This is a serious question. Do any of you really believe the Krysko and crew are continuing to work with the athletes and that these a mutual decisions between players and coaches? The basketball program is deplorable on all levels. I refuse to believe what I hear over what I can obviously see.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 14, 2012 7:07 a.m.


    All we have to do is read the paper and we know just as much as any of you.


    So now all you've got is trying to claim a couple of has been programs as your own since utah is so bad? utah has come up on the short end of the recruiting to BYU so many times over the last 10 years that it is laughable. utah has gotten exactly 1, yes that is correct 1, recruit that both pursued. BYU has gotten litterally all of the others. That is why utah is a joke of a program, possibly the worst program in all of D1 basketball, and BYU is a perenial NCAA tourney team.


  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 11:52 p.m.

    I'm glad to hear that the players are still around the program and that the staff is working on finding them somewhere to play. I think the coaching staff has done a good job in a very difficult position trying to bring in better talent for next years team.

    Every player on the team knew the situation last year. Coach K was hired pretty late in the recruiting season last year so he had to fill spots with whoever he could find. This year was basically a tryout for most of these guys.

    It's laughable to hear all of the typical byu "fans" on this Utah article claiming they know what is going on with the Utes. I know the WCC isn't very exciting but maybe you could follow your ballroom dancing team instead of taking time to post on every Utah article.

    It's a great time to be a Ute and it only gets better!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 13, 2012 5:57 p.m.


    Your fiction comments are funny.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    April 13, 2012 5:00 p.m.


    "Arizonia and UCLA are ranked 1 and 2 for the top recruiting class of 2012."

    Utah has fallen from being a top level program to a program that lives in the reflected light of once top programs.

    Name the recruits (PLURAL) that Utah beat out the Cougs, Zags and Saint Mary's for???

    The truth is BYU and Utah compete for very few common recruits and most of the recruits BYU gets don't even list Utah as a school of interest. Keep living in your dream world; that's all you got.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    April 13, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    Good to see Hedgy and Ducky on speaking terms.

    I'm pretty sure that UCLA got the top recruit in the nation. Right? To say that the PAC 12 conference is "not any good" just shows lack of understanding, basketball knowledge and pure jealousy. The fact is, the PAC 12 has sent more players to the NBA than almost any other conference.

    I have faith in Krystko. I don't like to see kids not work out but atleast he is not settling. Get the talent you need coach!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    April 13, 2012 3:19 p.m.


    Arizonia and UCLA are ranked 1 and 2 for the top recruiting class of 2012. Both are projected to be ranked in the top 20 to start the season. The PAC12 has and will continue to collect the elite talent throughout the nation. The fact that a horrible Utah team is beating out the Zoobs, Zags and St. Mary's for recruits tells you everthing you need to know.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 13, 2012 3:11 p.m.


    It's not a demotion, it is simply one and the same.

  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    April 13, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    "Some of you will shake your heads and say it's much of the same thing all over again, and that I'm just some sort of an apologist for the staff."

    So, instead of calling you the "Voice of the Utes" I guess we'll call you the "Apologist for the Utes." Isn't that something of a demotion?

  • Golfhack20 West Jordan, Ut
    April 13, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    Let's ask all you Cougar Fans on a Utah thread. What is worse have a kid spend 4 years at a school and then dump him for a better athlete? Or Tell a kid we are going in a different direction from the start? Y fans will say the latter and Utah fans will say the opposite. I think Coack Krysko should have dumped them all last year and started over like he is doing this year. Change is hard but needed in life! Good luck to both schools!!!

  • junkmail Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    SoonerUte, do you not see a difference between a professional team like the Jazz, whose job it is to provide a profit for its investors, and a collegiate team, like the Utes, whose job it is to provide an education for its team members?

  • I Choose Freedom Atlanta, GA
    April 13, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    SoonerUte, I was in agreement with you until you concluded by saying, "Most of the commentators don't know the difference between Utah and BYU" Keep dreaming!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    April 13, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Riley you're the biggest apologist out there for the utes. Your body of work and articles scream bias and an unability to be objective.

    What would your be writing if BYU had 19 players leave the program in three years? You wouldn't be saying, "Meh, rear view mirror".

    I'm tired of the journalsitic double standard. There is a problem at Utah, a big one. And all the fans are hoping of they ignore it, it will go away. Reporters are afraid to ask the tough questions, or even question the decision making, unless it's coming out of Provo. When that happens journalistic integrity suddenly gets a huge bump.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 13, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    Pac-12 caliber? Weber, Utah State, or BYU would would win that conference. The Utes need to rise at a Utah level.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 12:25 a.m.

    The goes Duckhunter again - freaked out that Utah and the PAC 12 are continually trying to improve themselves - his greatest fear! If those players were "dumped", why are they still on campus, still working out with the coaches, and getting help from the Utah staff to find positions on teams at other schools?

    just-a-fan, you make it sound like the kid's health problems were minor. He broke his back last summer, didn't play 1/2 of the season, and is facing surgery on both knees. Yeah, right, just a little "growth spurt". If the Jazz traded for a player with that many medical problems, would you be upset if they cancelled the trade? "I'd never want my son playing for the Jazz".

    That move isn't going to haunt Utah. It will be forgotten quickly. And the funny thing about the backlash they got on national comment boards? Most of the commentators don't know the difference between Utah and BYU.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    April 12, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    Coach made a disgusting move by pulling the scholarship of that young man who has had some problems with an unusual growth spurt. Shows nothing to me. Unlike when the Oklahoma State football coach stood up for his player a few years ago in a press conference and parents want thei sone playing for that kind of man, I would never want my son playing for Utah. That move is going to haunt the Utah program and it's too bad because I was hoping the Utes would become a power again.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 12, 2012 9:48 p.m.

    "apologist"? Hardly. Full blown kiss up is more like it riley.

    And you kept referencing the players they dumped as "not pac12 caliber". Here's a little news for you, the pac12 is a bad conference. If those players weren't "pac12 claiber" then they aren't college basketball caliber at all. Quit trying to make it sound as if they just weren't up to snuff in the conference as if the conference is any good. LOL!