Utah football program sends 26 players through graduation

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  • ekute Layton, UT
    May 4, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Sports Are Great,
    Yes, you are right. Although I enjoy reading and commenting on articles on this site, as a Ute fan I am hyper-sensitive to what I perceive as a bias. So right away I noticed the titles stating 26 football players and 64 student athletes. I believe that you cheer for the happy valley boys. Do you see leaning towards negativity for the Utes and fluff for the cougs?

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2014 8:49 a.m.


    I am the one telling gdog to relax just a little bit since it clearly was about the football team. I had a typo I meant to write "with no insinuation that those" and instead I wrote "on" However before that I clearly state the article says the football team(as opposed to all student athletes. Just calm down non-perspective, you'll be ok. Even with my typo, since "on insinuation" doesn't make sense I would have thought common sense would have helped most people know it was a typo of some sort. Try the common sense next time before choosing to get riled up.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 4, 2014 1:50 a.m.

    To not just these wonderful football players, but to the entire class of 2014! Congrats and best of luck! Go Utes! Make us proud!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2014 11:19 p.m.

    Sports Are Great
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "And he clearly says that the football program sends 26 to graduation, with on insinuation that those are the only student athletes to graduate."

    An "insinuation?" LOL! Where did you find an "insinuation" to support your wishful conclusion? The Basketball team had only one senior but the gymnastics team had seniors graduate with honors in the Pac-12. I don't know about athletes from other sports. Maybe you should relax a bit and just accept that the article was about the football team.

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    May 3, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    to further clarify,

    Even though women's soccer probably doesn't generate any revenue, the entire athletic department as a whole does. Where a sport like women's soccer loses money, football & basketball easily covers the difference. So, football & basketball pay for the athletic department rather than the tax payers & students.

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    May 3, 2014 5:38 p.m.

    Mark from Montana,

    Big time Universities, like Utah, bring in revenue through sports. You abolish sports and the university will LOSE money!

    Sports do not make tuition more expensive. It may be a different case at smaller schools, but not for schools like BYU & Utah.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 3, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    Mark from Montana,

    Not one wit of Utah tax payer money goes to fund college sports at the U from the football team to the swim team. None of them get tax payer money. The $253 million state appropriation goes entirely to education. And the $3.2 billion budget at the U does not belong to the State of Utah so the small amount (ESPN reports it is $3 million) that the U gives the athletic department is also not tax payer money. Hope that clears it up.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    May 3, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    A hearty congratulations to each of these young men, and all other UofU student-athletes who graduated this year.

    I'm confident the lessons you learned both on and off the field will aid you in you future endeavors.

    Well done.

  • Thriller Saint George, UT
    May 3, 2014 11:48 a.m.


    How many of these kids would have graduated from college if we had "abolished sports" at the University of Utah?

    This is what student athletics is for; to provide another avenue for people to be able to go to college and get a degree. They were recruited to Utah to play football so yes, they are there to play football, that's what got them there. But the first priority is to get a degree. Other students are recruited to Utah (and other schools) for their strong academics. They are also encouraged to get a degree.

    The path you take to get to school doesn't matter, what matters is what you do when you get there and Kyle Whittingham and the entire athletic department at the U has done a great job of helping kids realize what is most important in their lives.

    Congrats to all of this year's graduates from Utah and other schools as well!

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2014 10:18 a.m.


    Dirk Facer, big time Utah fan, wrote the article. And he clearly says that the football program sends 26 to graduation, with on insinuation that those are the only student athletes to graduate. I think you're just a little hyper sensitive to anything from the DN, even from a faithful ute writer am I right?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    May 3, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    Are the 26 football players the only student athletes that graduated from Utah?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    Proud of these athletes and students and all their hard work.

    Just as nice as being affiliated as brothers in the prestigious Pac 12 from an athletic standpoint, its equally nice to be side by side in academic endeavors. Well done to all

    Proud ute
    Proud Pac 12 member

    GO UTES!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    May 3, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    DN Subscriber,
    How many stadiums are full of people watching "people teaching students to become physicians"?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Congratulations to these "student athletes!" They got what colleges a supposed to do, provide them with an education and a degree upon completion.

    If the concern is that their physical skills have not been used to the maximum number of years/games to benefit a school's football program, or they are insufficiently experienced for a career in the pro football business, then our focus on education is very, very badly twisted.

    But, I won't even get started about how football coaches get paid more than the people teaching students to become physicians to save lives, and how twisted that is.

    Again, congratulations to the students/graduates. There are much more important things in life than running around in tight costumes chasing people with a ball and pushing people around. Even those "real world" activities may not pay as much.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    What an amazing accomplishment by these players and to rank in the upper third of the Pac-12 for graduation is just phenomenal. Coach Whitt and the entire staff cement the guiding principles for a lifetime of success in the hearts and minds of their players from the time they are recruited.

    Well done, Utah...well done indeed!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 3, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    So before someone toots their horn about 26 'Pac 12' football kids graduating let me say this...

    Congratulations and...

    I'm pretty sure their diplomas say University of Utah, not Pac 12, on them!

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    May 3, 2014 7:00 a.m.

    ‘You’re here to play football but the first thing you’ve got to do is get your degree,’

    And this is what is wrong with our colleges and universities. They are not there to play football, they are there to get an education, with football paying the way. Since that is not the case,it is time to acknowledge what few want to admit. It is time to abolish sports from universities and colleges. With tuition rising out of control at most universities, spending money on sports is not acceptable any more. Students should not graduate with ten of thousands in debt. Tax payers should not be expected to fund sporting programs. Some will say, but the U of U football program pays for itself. OK, but does the U of U swim team pay for itself? How about the soccer team? What about all the women's sports? The net effect is a cost to the system and it is time to put the real reason first, educating students. Abolish the rest.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    May 3, 2014 1:20 a.m.

    26 football players graduating. Not overall 'student athletes'. I can only anticipate the comments to come.

    Congratulations to all the graduates everywhere. Alex Smith's words were inspirational. And the weather was great for the occasion.