Like football, BYU basketball has brighter future than present

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  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    As a lifelong BYU fan, I am not impressed positively or negatively by their win/loss record. I have no pretense that BYU will ever attain true top 20 status in football or basketball. They shouldn't. It's student body is innately and markedly different. The school is closER to Ivy league in nature (e.g., somewhere in-between Alabama and Dartmouth).

    I enjoy watching Ivy league games, as the teams and players seem to know who they are. I enjoy watching BYU when their behavior and attitude in the midst of the battle rises above the standard American jock or fan. As the Cougars attempt to become elite, that sportsmanship is being tested (e.g., how some BYU fans respond to Chris B.). Go Cougars—players and fans—and remember the game is simply a reflection of who your are today.

    Feb. 20, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    Chris B. - Why are all of your comments about football and none about basketball?

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    Feb. 20, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    Chris B.

    Really? 20 recruits in the NFL, and you guys finish last in your division - sad.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 12:44 a.m.

    In reference to this years b-ball team you said, "Their only hope is the tournament"
    Very few would disagree with the veracity of your statement and that this is a down year. However, the whole premise of the article was the "future" is brighter than the present.

    You went on to say, "The issue here is recruiting. BYU cannot afford to let top talent go to other schools." Agreed, but the only top recruit the Y has lost out on that they made a serious push after was Jabari Parker, we all knew that was a pipe dream. But I'm not exactly sure how getting excited about a nationally ranked recruiting class (#16) and three top 100 ESPN Recruits is drinking from the blue cool-aid bowl. The future is bright.

    Then football, as a fan I have to have hope. Sure there will be growing pains, but I don't think the sky is falling with Bronco remaining as head coach. It'll be another 7 to 8 win season at best, that's just the way it is. If we don't like it, we can always change our allegiances and jump on a different wagon.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Feb. 19, 2013 10:47 p.m.

    Chris B Salt Lake City, UT - said it best. My comment is to take a step back from the coolaid bowl and think for a minute. Let's first look at basketball for the Cougars. Good starting 5 and then it drops out after that. Remember, BYU was predicated to contend for the league title this year and that was over a few games back. Their only hope is the tournament. Anyone want to take a bet? The issue her is recruiting. BYU cannot afford to let top talent go to other schools.
    Now for football. Do you really think that anything has really changed since last season? The AD had promised change in the program and all we got was token change. The head coach made the decisions throughout the year regaridng the QB issue and game management. The season was a waste after the first 3 weeks of September. Is there really anything worth looking forward to unless this program is revamped from the head coach down?

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    BYU's basketball future looks bright for a number of reasons let me count the ways.

    One: Tyler Haws is leading the league and is only a sophomore

    Two: Collinsworth returns from his mission and should produce well (as long as his knees don't go out like his bro's)

    Three: Top 20 recruiting class for 2013, number 16 to be exact.

    Four: Nick Emery, Erik Mika, TJ Haws, Jake Toolson, Luke Worthington, Hartsock etc.

    Five: Dave Rose is a solid coach.

    As for BYU football time will tell. This next season's schedule is grueling, I'm just glad we don't have to play Fresno State, phew that'd be tough.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Feb. 19, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    This article is supposedly about basketball. I expected to read about more than just Tyler Haws. Haws is a great player, but BYU fans are looking forward to contributions next year from Mika, Collinsworth, and some other outstanding players to support Haws. It shouldn't be hard to defeat the U again next year for the umpteenth time.

    Folks like Chris B bring up football because the U's basketball program is so pathetic and has been for nearly a decade.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    Just win the WCC tournament and it doesn't matter what your record is or what the ESPN talking heads think.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    # of players RECRUITED and PUT in the NFL by Bronco:


    # of players RECRUITED and PUT in the NFL by Whittingham:


    I wonder if recruits are more impressed with the 20 or the 0? What do you guys think?

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    @Chris B

    Whit is a solid coach, but I want to see him make a BCS game without meyer's recruits. Also on that list, I want to see him not be the basement of the Pac 12.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    if byu football fans believe that, I'll take what they're drinking.

    I hope we personally are the ones(again) to end your quest next year.

    You could add up all of the "quality" wins Bronco has the last four years COMBINED and they wouldnt be good enough, even if they all happened in one season, to be worthy of BCS bowl talk.

    LOL! Can't win enough good games in 4 years combined. Yep, there is reason to believe you can win more than that in ONE season.


  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 3:22 p.m.


    I'd love for a rational byu to explain why you can't beat Utah(0-3), can't beat TCU(0-4), can't beat Florida State(0-2), can't beat Notre Dame(0-1), can't beat Texas(0-1), can't beat Boise(0-2), yet believe you'll start winning these high profile games in the near future?

    Bronco is a great devotional planner. Incapable of winning more than 1 noteworthy game a year, let alone winning 7 or 8 in the same year, which he'd have to do to be worthy of BCS bowl talk.

    As far as Rose and basketball. You'll consistenly be the 3rd best team in a 2 team league. A 2 team league that has 2 good programs, byu, and 6 community colleges. With byu falling somewhere between a good program and a community college.

    As far as Utah

    Football - I know Kyle cant take us to the top of the country, because he has proven that by ALREADY taking us to the top of the country.

    Basketball - still in question. I think coach K is good, we'll see how good.

    Feb. 19, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    It's telling when there is groaning during a basketball season where BYU is (19-8) and one of the first four out on Lunardi's latest tournament bracket...