Tommy Connor's son joining Utah basketball team as a walk-on

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  • William Wallace OGDEN, UT
    May 19, 2014 9:11 p.m.

    Sammy G

    I was simply commenting on the strange comments, 1st two on this article, though Ute fans get the bad wrap from the Cougs about trolling. I wasn't writing at all about the tuition issues. He'll most likely get a break on that, since his dad is an employee. I was just wondering why he's being criticized for walking on at the U. Unless DownUnder and Seriously Folks were complimenting him on his decision. Seems unnecessarily critical of a kid wanting to play/be with his dad. That's what I meant. I guess the tone of my comment was hard for you to pick up on.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 18, 2014 3:07 p.m.

    Chris B

    There's an opening in the U of U tuition office. I might be wrong but maybe you should consider another career path.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 18, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    William Wallace

    Were you embarrassed over someone's lack of knowledge on tuition discounts or was it something else?

  • William Wallace OGDEN, UT
    May 17, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    Wow. A kid wants to go play for the school that's been pat of his family for 3 decades and he's criticized. He was All State, so I'm guessing he's better than average. He walked on, meaning he wants to go help the starters be better, and keep playing the game he loves, with a person he loves. Tommy Connor is a great coach. Good for him. Some of these comments are embarrassing. I congratulate him for wanting to be part of the Utah team. Those walk ons are very valuable and work for free. Find a different story to criticize, because this is just a simple, feel good story.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    May 15, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    Chris B
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "This kid will probably never play, but if he wants to be part of the ride, good for him, nothing wrong with that."

    Chris, if the kid will likely never play, I'm suspicious of his love for the game. Being an undersized white guy over 50 years ago I was too small for Stan Watts of BYU, but was offered 1/2 ride from Jack Gardner of the final four Runnin' Redskins. But faced with the realities of Life I went the small school route on an academic scholarship.

    Whatever Jake wants is okay--it is his life. I just never could have been happy with being a "part of the ride." I had to play the game I loved.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:40 p.m.


    You are wrong.

    Find the correct information below:

    Tuition Reduction

    The University offers 50% tuition reduction for eligible employees and their families.
    •You must be employed in a full-time position (75% FTE or greater) to be eligible for tuition reduction benefits.
    •Tuition reduction is available: ◦For you after you have worked for the University in a full-time benefit-eligible position for 6 consecutive months;
    ◦For your spouse after you have worked in a full-time benefit-eligible position for 1 consecutive year; and
    ◦For your eligible dependent children after you have worked in a full-time benefit-eligible position for 3 consecutive years.

    •Eligible dependent children are unmarried, under age 26, and dependent on you for at least 50% of their support.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    ZAUTE is correct. Its free tuition for most full time faculty's children

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    WCC fans,

    This doesn't involve you. This has to do with Pac 12 Utah.

    This kid will probably never play, but if he wants to be part of the ride, good for him, nothing wrong with that.

    Onward and Upward!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 14, 2014 3:53 p.m.


    He would qualify for a discount due to his father's employment, but not free.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 14, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    I don't understand the negative comments by Seriously Down. I guess they have nothing to be excited about with byU's direction, so they try to bother big brother. Typical.

    Welcome to the U, Jake. You are coming in at an exciting time and you will witness the rise of Utah basketball back to it's national prominence. Whether you eventually become a starter, or are always a role player - you will always be in the Ute family.

    Go Utes! Go Coach K! Onward and Upward!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 14, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    @ Mormon Ute

    I suspect Jake's father's employment at The U grants him free tuition, but I could be wrong....Either way, we still have [1] scholarship available, which we hope will be taken-up by 4-Star SG Namon Wright, who's currently on campus for his official visit.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    Every college program has walk ons. It's part of the deal and there are so many variables that determine why they are a walk on instead of being offered a scholarship. The most common reason for walking on is the school has no scholarships available, but the kid wants to play for that school anyway. That is likely the case here, since it has been reported that the Utes had filled all their scholarship spots. This kid wants to play for his Dad and is willing to pay his own tuition to do so. I have no problem with that.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    Tommy is a top notch assistant. Hopefully his son will prove to be a valuable player insuring that Tommy will stay with the program for a few years. Coach K just signed a new contract. The future is bright for Utes basketball!

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    Dow Under and Seriously - I think all Ute fans see this for what it is and have problem acknowledging what it is. He's a good high school player and due to his connections with his dad being here was able to secure a walk on spot at a very good university playing in of the best leagues in the nation.

    I don't think any Utes will make this more than it is. Welcome aboard

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    May 14, 2014 10:57 a.m.

    Last week there were several players drafted to the NFL who were "walk-ons" at their college.
    So, why comment now? Why not just wait until he plays to see if he is an average player, a good player or a great player. No one will know until he gets on the court for the Utes.

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    Hmmm. Why didn't they show interest before and just recruit him?

    I am certain that CB will say that he was recruited by all major power conferences.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    I am guessing that he will soon be a 5 star player as soon as the ute fans hear about this even though he is a walk-on.