BlueHuskyIt looks to me that recruits trying to decide between Utah
and byu, WCC and Pac-12, etc. now have another factor to add to their criteria.
The need to ask themselves...Do I want to learn to run really,
really fast so that the designated shooter on my team can throw up a shot,
or...do I want to learn to play basketball with a team.The more
criteria, the easier the decision.
Blue Husky, and I'll take a Utah team that slashes and scores on 18+
assists/game and actually plays defense over a team that lets the other team
score as quickly as they can so they can try to run coast to coast and rack up
points. Glad we can both be happy with our teams.
"For [the coaches], the big thing was that they were able to live another
I would have liked to see the game but it was nowhere to be found in LA.
Nada.Congrats to the Utes.Oregon will be the next test
for BYU and if this team is going to be something special, we'll find out
then. For now, I see a young, exciting team with some glaring weaknesses. They a
little small and lost a couple of close ones to bigger teams.They're not a good free throw team.They are slashers and can
really score. Very fun to watch. I'll take that over a plodding defensive
team trying to hold the score down. But they're too small and will struggle
at times.This is one game. Too bad they don't play a series
And Rock keeps his Majerus reference streak alive. Nice work Brad.
Kudos to Mika. At least one Cougar cared.
When losing is very very difficult to handle, we talk about things needing to be
put in perspective. This holds us for a week or two and then we begin noting
that, all evidence to the contrary (ie---the scoreboard) we are not all that bad
of a team. Then we play the weaker teams on our schedule and the mocking of the
Utes cupcake schedule seems long forgotten, but we now are convincing ourselves
that we are actually the better team. Coog Fanology 101.
RE: Mika "pulled Bachynski down to the floor by his left arm. It wasn't
the most forceful takedown, but still an intentional and unnecessary play out of
frustration."I understand that in grabbing the arm, Mika grazed
Bachynski's face, and that's what made it the flagrant 2. People
confuse "flagrant" to be mean-spirited or malicious, when its really a
player safety issue. Had Mika just grabbed the arms, it would have been a
flagrant 1.Same thing with Princeton Onwas against Boise. In moving the
ball from one side to another, he grazed the chin of the Boise State player. It
wasn't malicious or even intentional, but because it was a hit to the head,
@DRayIf you knew anything about Coach Wooden, then you would know that he
always kept basketball in perspective to life just like both of the coaches at
these two fine universities do. Wooden never focused on winning. His focus was
on getting his teams simply to give their best every day. The results (scores)
mattered little to him. The effort mattered a lot. It's too bad too many
people now think it always has to be about winning. It's ridiculous how
many people call for a coaches job because of a few losses. If Wooden coached
today he probably wouldn't be able to do what he did because of the we must
win all the time mentality. It can be seen everywhere. Just ask Mack Brown. Or
read idiot comments on these boards about people who want Mendenhalll and
ThomasJefferson - BYU is little brother to most teams except the silly ones.
ThomasJefferson,Did you show them your team's conference
affiliation? The would of been rolling on the floor.Go Utes. Go PAC
12. Go UW.
DEW, as a brief synopsis, he got sucked in to double-team a driving Delon
Wright, who dished back to Bachynski coming down the lane. Mika turned late to
pick him up, went up after Bachynski got the shot up with his right hand, and
pulled Bachynski down to the floor by his left arm. It wasn't the most
forceful takedown, but still an intentional and unnecessary play out of
frustration. By definition, the call was correct.
DEW Cougars"I like to see a clip of why Eric Mika got ejected. I
don't have cable and pac won't allow byutv to rebroadcast or am I
mistaken?"byu has no rights to Pac-12 Network broadcasts. Mica's actions were a clear violation. The announcers on the
Pac-12 Network broke down exactly what he did and explained the rule. Before
making a final determination, the refs huddled together and watched the replay.
They discussed what they saw and made the call. The refs went through the same
process a week or so ago with an incident involving Princeton Onwas.
Apparently, such a foul requires review before the call is made. I
agree with a previous post regarding Mika's conduct while the refs were
reviewing the play. Mica demonstrated incredible immaturity yapping at some
fans. His actions, at the very least, should have drawn the ire of Rose
I like to see a clip of why Eric Mika got ejected. I don't have cable and
pac won't allow byutv to rebroadcast or am I mistaken?
Majerus, like every other coach in the world, was paid to WIN. If Rose
didn't care about wins he would have lost his job a long time ago. Majerus was a truly great coach. He did exactly what he was paid to do. He did
it fair and square. He didn't just phone in his job, the way some writers
do, when they have an ax to grind. Although that ax has got to be worn down to a
nub by now.
A decade since Majerus was the coach on The Hill and Rock is still dragging his
name through the mud. Really Rock, let it go.
"things got most heated when BYU’s Eric Mika was whistled for a
flagrant foul and ejected." I was watching with disbelief as Mika
kept jawing at the Utah fans after the foul. Part of The honor code states,
" respect others. " Mika needs to have that reminded to him before he
really hurts someone out of frustration and lack of respect for the opposing
players. Maybe he's too immature at this point to realize what an
embarrassment he was when under the gun of regular play.
eastcoastcoug,You're the one taking the time to comment on this
article and trying to diminish another Ute victory. It's obvious you care
more about these games than you can admit.
Coach wont let the guys get too excited.The team knows our non
conference schedule is a bunch of easy teams. Any team in the Pac 12 is better
than the team we played last night. If Utah is #9 in the Pac 12 as projected
and byu #2 in the WCC, just shows the gap between those conferences is grand
canyon likeThe Pac 12 Utes, the best team in the state, and its not
I think it means Coach K has certainly done a great job in rebuilding the Utes,
just like Coach Rose has done for BYU. I think that's something to
celebrate and something that can translate into real life.
Majerus again? Mojo was a brilliant basketball coach... and like
all of us he had his failings. One of those fails that the local
sports media can't seem to get over is that he often disregarded them.Can we finally let Majerus rest in peace without the routine posthumous
jabs by the local media?
Here we go with the "other things are more important" and "it means
more to Utah" after another byu loss. lol.
I always liked coach Rose, but he was no match for Coach K this year!
"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a
basketball player." - John Wooden
"Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless
in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all
that matters." - John Wooden
DRAY,I think you are the one that has missed what sports are supposed to
be about and how not to get so wrapped up and make them more important then the
truly important things in life!!! Coach K took over a program that was in the
dumps and is bringing it back to life and Coach Rose has had to deal with
cancer!!! To me both coaches care and are doing a great job building great
programs and molding boys into great men!!! I think John Wooden would approve of
the success that both men are achieving in the parts that matter most!!!GO BYU RISE UP!!!
credit: “The Essential Wooden” Expectations of all Team
Members:Always be a gentleman.Always be a team player.Always be on time whenever time is involved.Always be learning.Always be enthusiastic, dependable, and cooperative.Always be earning
the right to be proud and confident.Always keep emotions under control
without losing fight or aggressiveness.Be spirited, not temperamental.Always work to improve, knowing you can never improve enough.Important Team Tips:Never stoop to playing dirty - play hard and
don’t complain.Unselfish team play and team spirit are two of the
foremost essentials for our success.Be sure you acknowledge and give
credit to a teammate who hits you with a scoring pass or for any fine play he
may make.Without faith and courage, you are lost.Be thinking at all
times.Never be a spectator, be in the game at all times.
DRay,They care. It's just another attempt by Rock to minimize a
Utah win. Typical.
DRay, I suspect John Wooden has a bit more perspective now and would concur with
Horse feathers!This game was huge for both teams. First, it validated Coach K's efforts to resurrect the Utes -- and
affirmed to the team their potential and their future.Second, it was
a slap in the face and kick in the gut to BYU (and many of its fans) that it
can't win games without playing with urgency, effort, and precision. BYU
got run out of the gym before the first media timeout. They were, plainly,
awful. They were unprepared, outcoached, outhustled, and outplayed at every
turn.The coaches know that this game was HUGE for both teams. BYU
needs to begin playing with more discipline. Utah needs to continue this
terrific level of performance and has discovered that it can play very, very
good ball against a solid competitor.
@DRay,My guess is that where Coach Wooden is now, he probably has
the same perspective as Rock talked about here. Probably wishes he had poured
some of that same passion into other things that mattered more.
Congratulations to Utah for a clean sweep in Football and Basketball (even the
women did it). It clearly means so much more to the Utah fans (and players) to
beat BYU. After more than 45 years of watching the rivalry, I'm still not
sure where that comes from. So many Utah fans talk about moving on. When the
fascination with and hatred of all things BYU goes away, I'll believe it.
Good article, Rock. I have to say though that Rose was, in fact, distressed
throughout the game. His angst began 2 min and 30 sec into the game and never
let up. In fact, he had one timeout left with 9 minutes to go. Other than
that, yeah...one cool dude.
I really like coach K, the UTES are trending upward! BYU can't shoot free
throws and they are soft inside. The game wasn't even that close, Utah
jumped on them and cruised!
Coaching basketball is what these two men do as a career, and they get paid
handsomely to do it, I hope it means something more than a shrug to them,
whether their teams play well or not. If its just a shrug and an oh well, kind
of thing, they ought to find another job, one that really doesn't matter at
all, so we can have two who seek excellence in what they do, and teach that to
their team...John Wooden must be turning over in his grave to see such
don't give a care keep it all in perspective kind of attitudes as portrayed
in this article.