Guest commentary: Farewell Matt Carlino, thanks for the memories

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  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 14, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    I know this won't get by the Des News censors for failing to adhere to the "Everybody loves everything BYU" but I found him to be a very inconsistent player on a very mediocre team.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    May 10, 2014 11:55 p.m.

    According to the NCAA, BYU played in front of over 407,000 fans in all games last year (home away, neutral site), that was 29th for all DI teams. That's better than all PAC-12 teams except AZ who was 25th with over 425,000 fans.

    BYU was 13th in the country in home attendance with an average of 16,000 fans, better than any team in the PAC-12. The average attendance for a PAC-12 game was 7,600. That's less than half of BYU average home attendance and about 5,000 fewer fans than the average BYU game (home, away, neutral court). To the Utes credit their average home attendance is slightly higher than the overall PAC-12 attendance.

    Apparently kids growing up dreaming of playing in front of a lot of fans would be better off playing at BYU than anywhere in the PAC-12 for home games and anywhere but AZ in total attendance at all games.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 9, 2014 10:08 p.m.

    Please be kind to all Ute fans. They could be in your downline!

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    May 9, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    Sorry, I'm really confused about Carlino's reasons for leaving and haven't seen or read any good explanations yet. Did BYU blow it for him? Did he blow it? Why is he really leaving a team that has so much potential for him for another year and a team he's given so much to and which has given him so much? I don't get it. Will he really have a better time adjusting to a whole new offense and team members and school? For just one year? Is he leaving for academic reasons or doesn't like his major or school program? Sorry if I missed these answers someplace, but I still don't get it. Maybe he's just leaving because he wants to leave. If so, wish there was an explanation better than that.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    May 8, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    Big 12 Call Yet?
    Ogden, UT

    "All kids grow up dreaming of playing in 1000 seat gyms going against the best competition that the pacific northwest community college rec centers have to offer!"

    Have we all forgotten the beat down (melt down?) of the Utes administered by St. Mary's in front of almost 4,000 fans?

    So you must be happy that the Utes enjoyed playing a "dream" game against the much better competition provided by the Gaels in one of those rec center gyms.

    The Utes made St. Mary's look as daunting as Arizona of that prestigious conference.

    As a UCLA fan I see those blinded by their crimson spectacles as merely pretenders. I'd remove the PAC-12 stickers from my vehicle, and soon.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    May 8, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    @ Big 12 Call Yet?

    One thing's for sure. No kid grows up wanting to be a troll.

  • Tators Logan, UT
    May 8, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    Another anti-BYU, Ute obsessed fan being the first to comment on an all-BYU article. What a surprise! Let's grow up a bit and not turn this tribute to Carlino into another tit-for-tat online argument between BYU and Ute fans. I was disappointed to see the very first comment starting it all over again and just begging for a retort. Let's give it a rest for a while.

    Considering the high percentage of post-season and especially NCAA tournament appearances BYU has had since Rose became their head coach almost a decade ago, it's no surprise that a talented and aspiring basketball player like Carlino chose to play most of his collegiate career at BYU. He was obviously a lot more comfortable playing for BYU than he was for UCLA, which he transferred from after a single year.

    This article was a very good assessment and synopsis of Carllino's collegiate basketball career so far. Hopefully, it will also finish on a positive note playing for yet another university.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    May 8, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    "But kids DO grow up dreaming of having a conference schedule full of teams like UCLA, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon."

    As I recall, Matty basketball got to play all of those teams during his tenure at BYU so I'm not sure what your point is. He also got to play in multiple NCAA tournaments and against a handful of top 10 teams.

  • Hawk Littleton, CO
    May 8, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    Really, Big 12? Funny I don't EVER remember as a kid (or hearing my friends or even ever hearing my kids) dreaming of hitting that final shot at the buzzer and yelling, "he hits the three to beat Oregon!" or even "... to win the PAC 12 championship!!!". Yeah, "... to win the national championship", sure. Maybe if a kid is being recruited by D1 teams, then confernence might cross his mind, but otherwise? No. Kids dream of 1) playing for their favorite team or 2) winning a national championship or 3) playing in the NBA. But hey, spin it however you need to in order to fit your "insult BYU" obsession....

  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    May 8, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    @ maq

    The other two teams in the PAC 10 are their minor league teams. Its practice/throwaway games for the 10 conference members to fine tune their skills for the games that count.

  • maq West Valley, Utah
    May 8, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    @ Big 12 Call Yet?

    No kid grows up dreaming to be the 8th best in the PAC 10 in a good year either, 10 in the Pac 10 the previous year, nor 11th in the PAC 10 2 years prior. 11th in the PAC 10? How does that work?

  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    May 8, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    @Big 12 Call Yet?

    Most kids grow up dreaming of playing in the NBA. Both BYU and utah are big enough schools to get them there if they are good enough. Most kids could care less about who they play as long as it gives them enough exposure for the NBA. Both BYU and utah do that so it is up to the kid to do the rest. If they aren't good enough players to at least aspire for the NBA, then they probably aren't good enough to get a scholarship from either of these two universities anyway. Why aspire to win a conference championship in any conference when you could get payed to play a game in the NBA? It all then just depends on what their preference for a launching point is. Neither BYU nor utah are short of kids wanting to attend.

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    May 8, 2014 9:36 a.m.


    But kids DO grow up dreaming of having a conference schedule full of teams like UCLA, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon.

    And kids do grow up dreaming of playing for big time conference titles.

    No kid dreams of being the second best team behind Gonzaga in the WCC.

  • SCUte Rock Hill, SC
    May 8, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    Rockwell nails it. It is easy to single out good games Carlino had as a Cougar, but the bad games were his downfall. Carlino could not fill Fredett's void and he tried too hard to do so - thus playing selfish and losing many games that could have been victories. I just wish he was around for one more year - Utah grabbed most of their rebounds on his missed shots!

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    May 8, 2014 7:04 a.m.

    @ Big 12 Call Yet?

    I doubt that most kids grow up dreaming of playing Evergren State, Grand Canyon, LaMAR, Savannah State or St. Katherines, either. BTW, San Francisco has won two NCAA championships. How many has Utah won?

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    May 7, 2014 2:20 p.m.

    Matt was an enigma - he almost single-handedly won and lost games for BYU.

    Good luck Matty in your new Marquette home.

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    May 7, 2014 2:08 p.m.

    "In one of the most memorable games of his career, Carlino almost singlehandedly defeated the USF Dons in San Francisco."

    With similar statements about some of his other big time wins being against Portland and Mary Lola Community, Carlino sure lived the dream.

    All kids grow up dreaming of playing in 1000 seat gyms going against the best competition that the pacific northwest community college rec centers have to offer!