BYU basketball: Dalton Nixon opts to play for the 2014-15 season

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  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    June 6, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    12+ credit hours, not classes, per semester. That's approximately 4 undergrad classes.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    June 6, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Dalton will pay about $5000 in tuition for the 2014/2015 school year. The sooner he leaves (after the season), the sooner her returns to prep for the 2017/2018 season. BYU is on the semester system. I don't know how many hours of classes he has to take. I would assume a full load of 12 or more.

    Go Nixon. Go Cougs!

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 5, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    The writer of the article seems to imply that this kid is leaving on his mission right after the basketball season ends in early March. Is BYU on a quarter or semester system? Also how many hours do you need to be taking to be eligible to play major college sports?

    It sounds to me like this kid is going to be spending a lot of money to attend school and take classes that he won't be getting credit for.

    Would someone please enlighten me as to what's going on. Thanks

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    June 4, 2014 11:23 p.m.

    @romey and upac

    Thanks for the entertainment... I always get a good chuckle reading your stuff... y'all never let facts get in the way of your rhetoric...

    Romney has been quoted as saying he has won a lot of money betting on Utah-BYU football games over the past 40 years... if that is true he had to have bet mostly on BYU because in the previous 42 games BYU has won 26 of them (and that's after losing the last four with 3 of them being lost on the last possession of the game),,, In essence, this means that BYU has won 61% of the time even with the inclusion of the utes 4 game winning streak.

    As for basketball upac, should Utah beat BYU in the MAC this year it will be the first time in the past 10 years... that is 10 seasons (January of 2005 is the last time the utes have left the MAC with a "W")... ouch...

    And, Michal R, you dis BYU for not making more noise in the NCAA Tourney when your beloved utes have only been once since the days of Bogut and your team was blown off the floor in the first round by a 12 seed.

  • FuzzyLogic VACAVILLE, CA
    June 4, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    Stop feeding the trolls please. I don't care about what goes on on "the hill." Most of what I see here is a bunch of insecure Ute fans looking to BYU fans for validation. Hint: you're not going to get it. I'd like to read what other Y fans think about Dalton's decision.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    June 4, 2014 7:07 p.m.


    "the bottom line is BYU isn't competitive anymore with Utah in football."

    For a team that is no longer "competitive", please explain why Utah has only beaten BYU by 3 and 7 points in the last two games, an average of 5 points per game.

    While the Utes claim they're "competitive" in the PAC 12, yet the margin of defeat
    in 2013, by 3, 7, 6, 11, 16, 1, 23, and 12 = 11 points per game
    in 2012, by 30, 10, 7, 14, 19, and 10 = 15 points per game

    How Utah fans can claim that Utah, averaging double-digit losses in the PAC 12 the last two seasons is "competitive", while claiming that BYU, averaging 5-point losses versus Utah the last two seasons is NOT,

    is laughable.

  • never break .500 Los Angeles, CA
    June 4, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    Anyone who believes that the Utes were better last year in basketball or football need only look to the experts in Las Vegas that place the money lines or the power rankings and final year-end rankings in any extended polls…the Utes rarely, if ever, exceed the Cougs in the minds of the professionals even in the year that the Utes beat the Cougs as a "spoiler." No one…sorry, no one, thought the Utes were better than Stanford….same thing. The Utes seem to "get up" for goliath down south in Provo…That anomaly won't stand and things will revert to their norms. You'll never beat Stanford again…and you'll rarely win your future games against the Cougs. Statistically it just happens. You've flipped a coin and been on heads for quite a while back to losing most all your football games and being blown out your NIT opening round by a WCC team BYU swept.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    June 3, 2014 7:21 p.m.

    Wow, this is a SOLID recruit BYU gets for one year. This is a great class coming in. The schedule and team are looking great. Coach Rose continues to improve the best team and most consistent team in the state of Utah the last several years. No program has come even close to what Rose has done. Looking forward to this NCAA tournament team to take the stage again in a few months.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    June 3, 2014 5:10 p.m.

    U-Romney: "Hey man, I'm not Romney, but I sure do know who he is."

    Not a single doubt in my mind that you're the ZoobBuster. I know your style very well. Besides, there can't be more than one Ute fan in Texas.

    Loveridge, Bachynski, and Wright are the only Ute players worth their salt. The others like Chapman have to prove themselves, just like Nixon. Plus you just lost your most athletic player in Onwas. That was too bad...

    Go Cougars!

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    June 3, 2014 5:04 p.m.

    I'm glad to hear Nixon will be following the "Mika Plan" by playing a year. BYU's roster may be full but there's certainly room for some depth. Gonzaga has made some tremendous off-season moves and look to be a very tough team this year. BYU will have their hands full this season in the WCC. It's hard to know what to expect --- seems to be the case nearly every year. Go Coug's!!

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    June 3, 2014 4:26 p.m.

    Did I miss something? Wasn't this article about Dalton Nixon and his 2014-15 plans. There are more Utah fans on this comment board than BYU fans. What's up with that?

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    June 3, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    Re: Downunder "Crisco has been a flop ..."

    No comment regarding your basketball knowledge is necessary. You have have done an excellent job yourself in this area. Utah is projected to be in the top 2-3 of the PAC 12 this year. Help me out, does your new conference, the AAC, have basketball?

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    June 3, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    royal blue: I thought we were talking about BB on this article. FB is a different

  • FACTchequer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 3, 2014 2:35 p.m.


    It's laughable how Utah fans claim that nothing before 2004 counts in football and nothing since 2005 counts in basketball.


    Michael Romney

    A team that hasn't won an NCAA tournament game in almost a decade has little room to speak about recent basketball "accomplishments".

    As far as BYU's accomplishments - the Cougars were headed to the Final Four and a possible National Championship before Brandon Davies' suspension derailed their season. Even so, they still made it to the Sweet Sixteen and were within one made free throw in regulation of advancing to the Elite Eight.

    And let's not forget Jimmermania and BYU having the Consensus National Player of the Year. Regardless of what Jimmer does in the NBA, Jimmer was one of the most electrifying college players ever to play in the state of Utah - a true nationally recognized phenomenon.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    June 3, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    Michael Romney

    You're quite the dreamer, but the reality is the Utes were lucky to win 3 of the 4 games since 2010 and could have easily lost all three.

    As for basketball, the Utes have never beaten a Dave Rose team in the Marriott Center. The Utes would have lost in a return match to Provo.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    June 3, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    Upac/romney make me laugh with his insane jealousy over all things BYU. I think he needs to take off the crimson glasses and look at what BYU has built up over the years and the loaded class they have coming in for years. Crisco has been a flop and after three years still can not win on the road. BYU by 5

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    June 3, 2014 2:14 p.m.


    The Utes only won ONE road game against a team ranked in the Top 100 RPI AND the Utes lost to pathetic 218th ranked Washington State on the road.

    Utah finished the season ranked 79th in RPI, with not a sniff from the NCAA tournament selection committee.

    BYU finished the season ranked 32nd in RPI, with an at-large berth in the NCAA.

    The Utes crushed Arizona State 86-63 at home, but lost to the Sun Devils 75-79 on the road.

    The Utes beat UCLA 74-69 at home, but were crushed by the Bruins on the road 66-80.

    The Utes played Arizona close 63-67 at home, but were destroyed by the Wildcats 56-65 and 39-71 away from the friendly confines of the Huntsman.

    And, since you've apparently forgotten this little tidbit, the Utes were dominated in their final road game 58-70 at WCC Saint Mary's, a team that BYU swept 84-71 and 60-57.

    The truth is, Utah played well at home, but would have lost to BYU in the Marriott Center where Dave Rose has NEVER lost to Utah.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    June 3, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    This team is going to have a lot of players on it. Full up before Nixon joins so he can't be on scholarship. Joins the walk on group. He will have to be pretty good to even break in to real practice time. Maybe they will redshirt him.

  • Michael Romney Salt Lake, UT
    June 3, 2014 11:25 a.m.

    U-Pac is right. Utah moved above and beyond byu years ago. The 4-0 winning streak is just evidence we are a step above mid-major byu. BYU will never join us in the ranks of the "included" and Utah will never be relegated to the mid majors!

    As for basketball, byu has had some fun years, with really nothing much to show for it in the big dance compared to how much talking they do. 1 sweet 16 in 30 years and byu fans think they are a premier program.

    Just watch the continued trajectory on the hill to see what a real program is like. Cheers!

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    June 3, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    We will have no problem getting byu clobbered like upac says because our road record proves it because we almost won st. Mary's on the road last year.

    Go Utes!

  • Yankees24 SLC, UT
    June 3, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    Interesting how one decent season up on the Hill culminating with an embarrassing NIT loss to a "weak conference" opponent gives some fans the idea that they are unbeatable

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    June 3, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    Re: Royal Blue

    Not sure why you brought up the Utes and football in commenting on a BYU basketball article. However, spinning some close-game stats to somehow make your team seem equal won't cut it. The "chirping" seems to be coming to the south of SLC. The facts are you've lost nine of the last twelve games and the last four in a row. It's been 18 years since BYU has beat the Utes by more than a touchdown. In addition, past performance of the Ute's basketball team the last three years is no indication whatsoever of the future performance for the Utes. They will be winning at home and on the road. Buckle up.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    June 3, 2014 10:23 a.m.

    @ U-PAC

    Hey Mr. Romney. It was difficult to recognize you w/o your anti-LDS talking points, cut and pasted no less. But your writing style, full of UofU hyperbole and words like "sir" and "cheers", gave you away.

    I'll see how off-season workouts and team health go before I confidently predict a winner, but 11 of the last 13 for BYU and Rose being 12-4 against our formal rivals lends to the belief that the Cougars might just bounce back.

    Go Cougs!

  • royalblue Alpine, UT
    June 3, 2014 9:04 a.m.


    "Yes, Utah last year struggled on the road indeed, I agree."

    It wasn't just last year.

    After 3 full seasons in the PAC, the Utes still haven't won a road game against a conference foe with a winning record.

    In fact, the Utes haven't won a road game against a PAC team with a winning record in the last 20 years.

    As far as the BYU-Utah rivalry, 14 of the last 17 have been decided by a touchdown or less in the final minutes or in overtime. The fact that Utah has won a slight majority (8 of 14) of those close games doesn't prove any sort of dominance despite the chirping from the hill.

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    June 3, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    Looks like Dalton's teams won more games when he scored less, rebounded less...or as his numbers improved the team won fewer games, accomplished less. Hidden are the other players on the team, and that it is a team game. Hope he can contribute his freshman year, his decision may be the best for him, and for the missionary experience where he will be more mature, seasoned leader, and then come back knowing what to expect with D-I college basketball.

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    June 3, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    Lifelong Ute

    Who are you to label Dalton's choice as a "bad decision"?

    I'll simply refer you back to the official church announcement changing the age at which missionaries could choose to enter the mission field. The choice to leave at 18 or 19 or even later, is left entirely up to the missionary, and there's nothing the prohibits or even discourages a missionary from changing his mind about when to begin his service.

    It's curious that you whine about BYU players representing the church, but don't even have the courtesy to show respect to the church's flagship university by capitalizing its name.

  • ND95CA Lincoln Park, IL
    June 3, 2014 7:13 a.m.


    "I figured that the absolutely "loaded" Runnin' Utes would blow out BYU at the Marriott Center by 20+."

    You're obviously forgotting how pathetically Utah plays on the road.

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    June 3, 2014 6:26 a.m.

    Bad decision. If you told The Lord you were ready to go on a mission, you need to go on a mission. Don't these byu players know they represent the church?

  • Adirondack Cougar Loon Lake, NY
    June 3, 2014 6:18 a.m.

    Not familiar with Mr. Nixon, can someone tell me his size, position, and where you think he will fit in. Looking forward to another exciting season next Winter.