@UtahUte16"Don't you just love the way Duckhunter
represents for you guys?"Actually yes we do.
Congrats Jiggy, this degree will set you up for success.@byu
"fans"Don't you just love the way Duckhunter represents
for you guys?LOL!
Congrats to Jiggy, way to stick out. @ute "fans"Don't you just love the way utah-hawaii represents for you guys?LOL!
Count me among those who judged Jiggy harshly when he was kicked off the team
(without knowing the facts) and who are now repenting. Thought sure he'd
put Utah in the rear-view mirror and never look back. Kudos to everyone involved
- Coaches for standing by their principles, but also standing by someone who
needed their continued support, AD, Mom and especially Jiggy - AND for keeping
everything in house and confidential. D News and Trib probably know what got
him kicked out but haven't spilled so props to them too. Admirable in this
media age where it is so tempting to betray confidences. The image of Jay Hill
being there and helping Jiggy with his cap and gown will stay with me for a long
time. Feel Good story of the year so far.
Tarnishes your degree? Get over yourself.
Way to go Jiggy. You accomplished the most important goal!Good luck
in your future!
FINALLY....some good news being reported about Utah basketball.Congratulations Jiggly on getting your degree. Use this as a launching point
for the rest of your life. Well done.
"he "tarnishes" all Utes!"---Utah-Hawaii Alum, I am proud to have Watkins as a fellow Utah Alum.It's not how you
made mistake(s) that counts. It's what you do after learning from
your mistake(s) that counts most.
This story makes me happier than anything I've read regarding Utah
basketball in a long, long time. Keep at it, Jiggy! Good luck to you and get
your masters! You didn't finish your career as a student athlete, but I am
certainly proud to have you as a fellow Ute alum.
UH Alum, as someone who actually knows more about the situation than most, I
know that what Jiggy was dismissed for nobody else would have known about if
Coach hadn't dismissed him. So if his degree tarnishes yours, I guess mine
does, too, along with at least 4,000 others every year.
"he "tarnishes" all Utes!"---Utah-Hawaii Alum, You'll have to speak for yourself. His degree does not tanish mine at
all.=====Congrats to Mr. Watkins for seeing this through. Good
luck to him as he looks for opportunities to play "overseas." He should
use that opportunity to study abroad as well. Maybe add a masters.
@StgtoSLC,I was a full ride scholly athlete at UH. The day i arrived
in Honolulu, I went directly to Stan Sheriff's office, the U of
Hawaii's AD at that time. The first thing he said to me......"You are
an ambassador of UH, act like it......or else!!!!" The JIG embarrassed Utah
because he made headlines by getting kicked off the team.............I think he
should have been kicked out of school. And yes, he "tarnishes" all Utes!
Great article u read about coaches that kick kids off the team all the time but
this is a story worth repeating This really tells u that the u of u basketball
cares more about kids and education than anything else well done.
Proud of Jig for taking responsibility and facing the consequences of his
actions, and still having the perspective to make the most of his situation. The
lessons he learned and his degree will be invaluable to him in the future, and
also very helpful to the team in keeping future scholarships.And his
degree tarnishes no one's. The details of his dismissal are between
himself, his family and the team.
What did the jig do to get kicked off the basketball team? His degree tarnishes
mine from Utah.
It's what we do when the winds of life blow ill winds that measure the man.
Jiggy could have given up, got depressed and walked away with a bitter taste in
his mouth and thus become just another bad memory for fans trying to forget a
horrible year. Instead he manned up, stayed in school, found ways to be
positive in the face of the adversity and finished his degree. In the end I
believe Jiggy has become the brightest beacon of success our beleaguered Ute
basketball program has had this year. Congratulations to Jiggy and
his mom; let's not forget her in all of this either (especially at this
time of year). Mom's like Jiggy's who show love and encouragement are
worth their weight in gold!
Congrats to Jiggy, his mom, and Coach Krystkowiak. I'm a Cougar fan all
the way, but most importantly, a person who loves seeing stories like this,
regardless of what jersey the kid wears. Well done and good luck to you in your
future career. Everything just got brighter with that degree in hand!
Congrats Jiggy! Says much of the program and coach K for backing
this kid. Keep those positive vibes coming and....Go Utes!
Getting his degree is the smartest thing he ever did. Like he said, they can
take away basketball, but they can't take away your education.What a great story!
Congrats to Jiggy. But maybe even bigger congrats to the coach and the program.
You have made a very postive impression on a lot of people for backing Jiggy,
but sticking to the rules too. I can imagine the positive influence you have had
on his mother and family as well. You have a lot to be proud of. And it sets a
standard for your program. I remember back in the late 60's when coach
Ladell Andersen, then at Utah State, suspended 5 players, 3 of them starters,for
two games for breaking curfew by just a few minutes. He rarely had any players
come close to breaking rules after that. Oh and by the way Utah State won those
two games without the starters. Keep up the good work and good luck recruiting,
I would like to see the U at or near the top again soon.
What a great story. I have a feeling that we are going to hear more good things
about this young man in the future. Go Jiggy......
Way to go Jiggy. Proud of you and your decision to stay and finish your degree.
This will payoff for you in the long run. Good luck over seas with B-Ball, may
you find success there too.
Awesome story! I am so glad Jiggy stayed in school! What a great example of
integrity and hard work, yes he made some mistakes but he owned up to them and
kept what was really important in view and earned his degree. I am a Jiggy fan
I wish this young man well. Congratulations to him for completing his degree.
Education is so critical in a knowledge-, information-, and wisdom-based
economy.Success overseas. The suggestion to "save up the
earnings" is a wise one!
What a great ending to Jiggy's career at Utah. Congratulations
on your degree and good luck in the future no matter where it takes you.
I'm glad to have had you as a Ute.
Good job Jiggy!!1 You got a degree from a school far away from the NY
playgrounds!! Now use it and lets get some more kids to follow you!!
Good luck overseas Jiggy. You can keep basketball alive in you for more years to
come. My advice, save up the earnings over there as much as possible and sustain
a some security as you look for other opportunities down the road.