BYU basketball: Kyle Collinsworth has torn ACL, won't play again this season

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  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    March 13, 2014 7:37 p.m.

    Worst possible loss for the Y. KC is the only player on the team that creates a mismatch. His combination of size and mobility make him hard to guard. Without him, the offense will be even more stagnant. It would have been easier to replace Haws that KC.

    He's also one of the best rebounding guards in the country.

    My hope is that Rose starts Bartley in place of KC and keeps Carlino coming off the bench.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    March 13, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    Whenever someone goes down with a knee injury, but for no obvious reason, it seems like it's always a torn ACL. I contrast that with the sickening fall Noah Hartsock took a couple of years ago, which looked like it should have blown out his knee but, thankfully, didn't.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 13, 2014 12:33 p.m.

    DN readers know I'm a Ute fan...

    So sorry to read about the severe injury Collingsworth sustained.

    He is a player of such grit and well as some amazing moves around the basket.

    I'm sure he will bring the same grit and determination to his rehab.

    Can't wait to watch Kyle next year.

    Here's hoping for a great result from the surgery/rehab!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 13, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    WON84 & SlopJ30,

    An injury will never affect seeding in the tournament. The fact that ESPN dropped BYU in it's bracketology seeding is due to BYU's struggles in the WCC tournament. The piece on BYU in ESPN's Bubble Watch explains this. So it is BYU's play on the court, not an injury to a key player that will affect the seeding.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    @ Y Grad/ Y Dad

    I too noticed Chris B's post was removed (along with another that echoed his sentiments). Those removed comments were what sparked my earlier "rant."

    Since then the tone of comments from U fans has been civil and respectful. Thanks U fans. I'm sure well wishes for Collinsworth are appreciated.

    If this were to continue, I'd have an attitude change toward U fans generally. I'd really be persuaded if they would call out their own who clearly cross the line and add nothing but provocation with the same old rehashed, boorish tripe.

    Waiting for Selection Sunday just got a bit more anxious for those who bleed blue.

    Good luck to all the Utah teams playing this afternoon.

  • Clovis Fan Clovis, CA
    March 13, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Kyle has been my favorite player to watch since he came on the scene as a freshman. He has such a nose for the ball and it really is amazing how he gets some of those rebounds. I have all the confidence in him that he will return stronger than ever to a highly anticipated season next year. As for this year, all is not lost. I would be surprised if we are left out of the big dance, but where ever the team goes for the post season, this is a rallying point that the team can use as motivation to be better. Win some games for Kyle.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 13, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    Thanks, Utes, for sportsmanlike support for an injured foe.

    Fellow Cougars, Chris just got our goat, that's all. Not surprised to see the comment retracted by the editors. Surprised that it made it past them in the first place, but Chris seems to have a free pass.

    Be not faithless, but be believing! Coach Rose is still a very winning coach with a lot of other tools at his disposal. Wherever we play, let's enjoy the ride.

    And try to ignore Chris. By any other name.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    March 13, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    Best wishes in your recovery. Way to keep it classy fellow Utes...these are the fans I know and appreciate.

    GO UTES!!

    GO Collinsworth!!

  • Picardy Provo, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    What a sore disappointment for Kyle. I loved his hustle and intensity. I can't wait to see him recovered and that much hungrier next year.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    March 13, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    Tough break. If anyone can come back fast and strong, it is Collinsworth.

    March 13, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    Mormon Ute - The field wasn't particularly strong that year and losing Davies might have meant losing a trip to the Final Four or even championship. Anyways, it's a big loss and I noticed that when the news came out BYU slid back to one of the last four in (Lunardi). Anyone's guess as to whether they get in now.

    Anyways, more importantly, hopefully he recovers and returns to form. Bad injury.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    I hope this kid is able to make a full recovery and I wish him the best. Tough break and even worse timing.

    I rank this right up there with losing Brandon Davies right at the end of Jimmer's last season. I believe BYU would have gone much further in the NCAA tournament, if Davies had been able to play. Tough break for the Cougars. I hope someone is able to step up.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    March 13, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    No doubt you will have a number of people rallying behind you for a full and speedy recovery. Best of luck for that Kyle. We're with you 100%, and not just because of hoops.

  • goosehuntr Tooele, UT
    March 13, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    Just a comment about the comments... It is so much more fun to read them when they sound like this... as opposed to the SL Tribune... Wow... if you want to feel negative read comments posted there. If you want to feel positive, read the comments here. I am a BYU fan from childhood, (wicked traditions of my fathers I suppose ) but am a Utah sports teams fan second. I pull for BYU when they are head to head, but when they are not I want Utah, Utah State, and Weber ( where I graduated from ) to excel. Thanks to the Ute fans who prove Max Hall wrong. I am certain they out number by far the ones who give any relevance to Mad Max's classless comments. Cheers to civility!!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 13, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    The way his knee buckled I was certain this was the case. Too bad for this kid. Easily byu's best all around player. But he'll be fully recovered for next season and should take part in yet another lopsided W by The U. Wish him all the best.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    March 13, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    No-one who knows anything about the NCAA selection process would assert that a team's chances for selection would be affected by an injury. The seeding could very well be affected, but the committee is not going to say, essentially, "Well, this team showed enough to be in the field, but one of their top guys just got hurt, so they're out." Not gonna happen.

    What's more, the WCC is not going to be a one-bid league. Unless you think they would reach down to get a demonstrably worse team with a worse record who didn't make the league title game, the second bid would have to go to BYU. Of course, if they ask Rex Walters for his input, I might have to eat crow.

    I would say "mark it down," but then I'd be jinxing the whole process and forcing the committee to do the unthinkable and pass on BYU.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 13, 2014 8:10 a.m.

    Very unfortunate; I hope for a quick recovery. Tough break for the Cougars.

    March 13, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    Very sorry to hear this. Collinsworth is a beast---an outstanding scorer whose versatility is similar to Utah's Delon Wright.

    I wish him the very best for s speedy recovery!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    March 13, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    Wow, loads of great U fans showing tons of class. Thanks, gentlemen. With Collinsworth going down, he will need your support during his (lengthy) recovery. Go Kyle, Go Cougars.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 13, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    Best wishes for a complete recovery. I want both teams to be a full strength for our contest next year.

    The loss of such a valuable player will almost certainly affect the play of the basketball team the remainder of this year. Not an excuse... a reason (just as the loss of quarterbacks these past several years affected the University of Utah's football teams performance!)

  • OhioCougar Madison, Ohio
    March 13, 2014 7:46 a.m.

    Best wishes to Kyle for a successful surgery and a quick recovery. He has been great this year. I love seeing players succeed after sacrificing to serve missions.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    March 13, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    So sorry to see this. Kyle is really fun to watch...well, maybe not at the foul line. :) He's a very determined young man and I hope his surgery and rehab go well. And his little ponytail is kinda cute too!

  • TXAfghanVet Dallas, TX
    March 13, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    I am very disappointed to hear this. It's a huge loss to the team. All the best to Kyle in his recovery process. I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing the most exciting player on the team return next year.

  • IA Cougar West Des Moines, IA
    March 13, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    Pathetic comments from a few Utah fans. Thank heavens the majority of Utah fans show some class and well wishes to Kyle on a terrible injury with bad timing. I just wish the hate speech would end. So much better ways to spend ones time than constantly demeaning and putting down. I know it won't. It's just too tempting to put BYU down.

    I offer my best wishes to Kyle C on a a speedy recovery. I wish BYU well in whatever post season they play in. I wish the Utes well wherever they play. I wish Weber State well, as well as UVU.

  • Proud Ute ,
    March 13, 2014 5:47 a.m.

    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    March 13, 2014 4:23 a.m.

    Sorry about the injury, Kyle. I hope you recover completely and enjoy a productive career.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2014 2:41 a.m.

    Get well KC and see you playing again year 2014 - 2015 hoping for 100% recovery

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 12, 2014 11:52 p.m.

    "As for byu as a team, all teams have injuries. I imagine this will be used as some sort of excuse for however byu's season ends."

    How do most basketball teams do without their top player, or at least second best player? Are the Lakers as good without Kobe? How about the Bulls without Rose? Maybe U should change the names and post your comment in the LA Times, "As for the Lakers as a team, all teams have injuries. I imagine that Kobe's injury will be used as some sort of excuse for however the Lakers season ends."

    As stated by other commenters, it's not an excuse, it's reality - BYU will not be as good without Collinsworth. There is nobody who can fill his shoes. Just like you wouldn't be as good without Wright.

    But if Wright got injured, I would simply wish him a speedy recovery, period.

    I used to be critical of Max Hall's infamous comment about the Utes, but I'm starting to understand why he said what he did.

  • Sinew South Centennial, CO
    March 12, 2014 11:50 p.m.

    perhaps the semantics need addressing. it's not going to be an excuse why they don't get invited to the NCAA, it will be the reason they don't get invited. see the Kenyon Martin situation when he was at cincinnati. and by far BYU's most versatile player (leader in rebounds and assists) going down cannot be trivialized in how they ought to perform without him. hopefully they make another deep run in the NIT. tough break for sure. he is always fun to watch. best wishes on the recovery.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    March 12, 2014 11:38 p.m.



    Thanks for keeping it classy.

    The FACT is, Kyle's injury could very well keep BYU out of the NCAA tourney. But this could be a blessing in disguise.

    If BYU goes to the NIT, I see the Cougars getting home court advantage at least in the first round, which means BYU could likely have two more games to play this season.

    Two games without Kyle, which means the other players need to step up and learn to shoot much better than they did in the WCC tourney.

    Two games which might pay dividends for a BYU team which will be coming back next season more mature and more used to playing with one another. Don't forget, the team this season has no seniors.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    March 12, 2014 11:26 p.m.

    It's going to take a lot of hard work and determination to make it back at 100% next Fall...It will also be a painful process... Don't know of anyone on the team better suited for the challenge however... I'm betting that he comes back for his Junior Year tougher than he went down and out hisSsophomore year.

    The team can't focus on that now though... That's stuff to spend time on beginning in April... Right now the team needs to focus on doing what they are capable of doing... and they showed a little bit of that when Collinsworth went down Tuesday Night... They also showed that over at St. Mary's when he first went down... Don't know if y'all remember, but the Cougs were trailing by about 10 and they closed a lot of that gap when Collinsworth went down...

    We give up some rebounding capability and some outstanding defense on the defensives side of the court, but we pick up better mid-range and 3 point shooting not to mention a better free throw percentage... More than anything however, it puts more pressure on the starters to stay out of foul trouble.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    March 12, 2014 11:18 p.m.

    Sending Best Wishes to Collinsworth for a full recovery and your good health.

    Time for some other players to show what they've got and make a good showing in whatever post season BYU finds itself.

  • Cart Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 11:09 p.m.

    This is so tragic. I hope the best for Kyle.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 12, 2014 10:52 p.m.

    No true sportsman wants anyone to be injured. Today's technology and tecnique for knee surgery are so much better than even a few years ago. Here's a Ute fan wishing Collinsworth a full recovery. Best wishes and hope to see Kyle on the court this fall.

  • Jared from CT SOUTHBURY, CT
    March 12, 2014 10:38 p.m.

    Huge disappointment. Collinsworth is such a versatile player, so much fun to watch play, and a huge part of BYU's rotation. Absolutely they're chances to advance in the post-season took a huge hit when he went down -- That's not an excuse, it's reality. I'm looking forward to him coming back next year.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    March 12, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    So, the best overall player on the team goes down and the Y rallied and staged a run against Gonzaga.

    Of course this will affect them going's not an excuse, just a fact.

    Look what happened when Wynn and Wilson went down for U.

    A player is down and out. Show some class, if possible.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 12, 2014 10:23 p.m.

    The NCAA committee will be well aware of his condition. It may just mean the Cougs go to the NIT.

    March 12, 2014 9:53 p.m.

    Sorry to hear this, I hope Kyle will be able to return stronger than ever.

    Besides hurting BYU's playing ability as a team, this will also hurt BYU's chance to be a part of March Madness as the selection committee does take into account injuries.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    March 12, 2014 9:45 p.m.

    It's unfortunate for Kyle that this happened when he was playing so well. Work hard rehabbing and be ready, we'll need you next year.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:45 p.m.

    Rough news.

    Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:29 p.m.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Collinsworth. He plays with such determination. His presence will absolutely be missed.

    As for the resident troll...give it a prove Max right every time you post. Do U fans claim you?

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    Hope he'll be alright

  • Frankenberry Saint George, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:02 p.m.

    That's a shame. Good luck with your rehab.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    March 12, 2014 8:58 p.m.

    What a total bummer. Best of luck in the recovery. Tough way to go out on an even tougher season.