BYU basketball: Chris Collinsworth undergoes career-ending surgery

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  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    Re: Cougar Passion

    Yes, Dear Cougar Fan (of which I am one), I have played baseball as an all star little leaguer, basketball, a wide receiver in high school, track and field including high jump 50-yard dash, wrestling, and lots and lots of all sorts of unorganized fun in the parks and playgrounds of schools and towns. And, I'll say, it was all a great experience. But I'm old enough that wannabe big league coaches didn't get in our faces about it being a life-or-death affair; rather, it was for the love of the sport and HEALTHY competition, not cutthroat, in-your-face lauding one's athleticism and superiority in everyone else's face.

    It wasn't a matter of "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing!" (Vince Lombardi). And most important of all, it wasn't taxing ones natural God-given talent and ability to the point that lives and bodies are severely damaged and destroyed for the sake of a game!

    What it's become is the worship of a false god, in my considered opinion; i.e. being better than your opponent and lauding it over your brother.

  • montoya bountiful, utah
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    His poor mother must be devastated. If you know Mrs. Collinsworth, you know what I'm talking about.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    Re: yarrlydarb,
    Have you ever played sports? I did--wasn't very good, but wished I could have played much longer. My son does, and may indeed have a long future in it. What I like about it is that the lessons learned therein can truly be applied in other, more serious areas of life. Just today after work as I practice with my son, I am planning to relate what he needs to do to be the player he wants to be, to being converted to the Gospel that we believe in. Does that sound strange? But it isn't the first time I have used a spiritual analogy, and likely won't be the last. So I can teach him valuable lessons in a format that he finds highly rewarding. And, frankly, do you really think Chris Collinsworth would have had it any other way? Although it hasn't turned out how he wanted, he did indeed get to play college ball and get his education paid for up through now--that of itself would be a dream for a great many young men.

  • Buffalo1 McLean, VA
    Sept. 18, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Best wishes to this young man for success in his education, future career, and personal life. It's really sad to see this kind of disappointment strike, when a player has put forth so much effort to succeed athletically. [I felt the same way with Utah QB Wynn -- this kind of stuff transcends university affiliation.] Hit a home run, Chris, in all of your future endeavors.


  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Good for him for realizing enough is enough and to move on.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    This is a sad story about a very good young man with much to contribute to so many.

    But it's also a sad commentary, I believe, that so much undue emphasis is placed on sports these days to compete for nothing more than claiming victory over an opponent.

    Really, with the rigors of college and pro sports, is it really worth it to sacrifice one's physical well being for a game.

    Talk all you want about the character that is built through fierce and unreasonable stress that is placed on young bodies with barely a hope of even getting to the pros where bodies will be battered until extreme prices are paid in health issues.

    Is success on the court or the field for a championship that no one ever remembers five or ten years hence?

    Sports is great; athleticism is great; but at what expense for so many in their future, one that is bright and is accompanied with so much other-than-sports endeavors.

    And what is truly at the root of today's heated sports events? $ $ $ and literally at the price of young people's wellness and even their lives.

    Games and a possible championship?

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    Not a big surprise. Chris has been jinxed in his college basketball career. Wish we had Harrison.

    Sept. 18, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    CougFaninTX. I've actually been a fan of Coach Rose's for a long time, so that was in no way a shot at him or anyone else. Chill.

  • Utah Observer West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 18, 2012 7:41 a.m.

    Elder Collingsworth came very close to losing his life when he was stabbed as an LDS Missionary in Australia. Too bad the reporter failed to mention that aspect of his life. He is a great young man and wish him the best.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 18, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    I was really hoping Chris could come back for one more full season, and was really hoping it would be next season so he could get one full season on the same team as him brother Kyle. Good luck Chris. Looks like it will be Davies and Austin starting at the 4 and 5 spots this season.

    @StGtoSLC - What kind of a comment is that? Of course, BYU regretted not being able to offer a scholorship to Harrison. They spent a lot of hours recruiting him. However, BYU would never pull a scholorship from someone else who they had already committed to, even if Harrison was the better player. Integrity.

  • 86&90UTE Holladay, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 11:20 p.m.

    Very sorry your career has to end this way. Good luck on your rehab and all future opportunities!

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 10:50 p.m.

    Too bad. He really showed a lot of promise as a freshman. I'll always wonder what would have happened in the NCAA tournament if either he had been healthy or Davies hadn't been suspended.

    He seems like a really good kid too. Kind of reminds me of Garner Meads. Some guys just have really bad luck when it comes to injuries. Best of luck Chris!

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 17, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    Too bad. He has demonstrated great character and courage.

  • Coach P Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 7:21 p.m.

    You're a class act Chris and I know in the next chapters in your life you will find fulfillment and success...

    Sept. 17, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    I've never met Collinsworth, but I've never seen or heard anything I didn't like about him; he seemed like a good guy, and was a good player. Unfortunate for guys in their physical prime to have to hang it up. Good luck to Chris in life after basketball.

    Wonder if they regret letting Harrison go yet.

  • Proud Ute ,
    Sept. 17, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Too bad his promising career has to prematurely end.
    Good luck in all your future endeavors Chris.

  • Downtownchrisbrown ,
    Sept. 17, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    Too bad he didn't make the decision earlier, then Damarcus Harrison wouldn't have had to transfer.

  • Kenster72 Fresno, CA
    Sept. 17, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    And Jordan Wynn could't finish his college career because of a mission? Your comment makes no sense these things happen to athletes all the time mission or no mission.

  • dnay Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    If anyone thinks that a mission is an advantage to those who serve, there's as many of these stories where you just don't get back to the same as before you left. It's always a risk.