Former Utah hoops star Billy 'The Hill' McGill passes away at age 74

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  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    July 17, 2014 4:20 p.m.


    I don't understand why the DesNews believes your comment contributes to a civil discussion of Billy McGill. So the question remains, why bring this up at all after 51 years have passed and the man has passed on?

  • TandJ LaVerkin, Utah
    July 15, 2014 9:10 p.m.

    To Dutchman,
    You ask do I know the full circumstances? The answer is a definite YES. The evidence is found in articles in the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune for that period of time. I was there and took two classes that McGill was enrolled in. He only appeared in class on the first day and was never seen after that. Yet he was listed as passing those classes. He attended the U by passing his time at the student union. As to your allegation that he attended full time for four years, he attended basketball practices for four years. He did not graduate from the U. In fact, he quit attending the U at all in March of his senior year. He left his team after the last away game of that year . He did not even return to Salt Lake City with the team.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    July 15, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    T and J,

    Your allegations toward a deceased man are full of conjecture. Do you know the full circumstances behind the situations you describe? Where is the evidence? The fact is McGill's jersey has been retired by the U and hangs from the rafters of the Huntsman Center which means that among other criteria that he attended school full time for four years which was one of the requirements at the time to get your jersey retired.

  • UCONN Storrs, CT
    July 13, 2014 8:38 p.m.

    I'll never understand how dark one's heart must be to look upon the recently departed and manage only to bring up flaws and negativity, and completely ignore good things that person had done and the lives they touched. Many of the comment boards were the same way when Majerus passed.

    If I'm not mistaken, McGill, in his later years, was a great mentor to youngsters in the LA area with a particular interest in basketball. I believe it was Brandon Taylor whom I read about receiving personal advice both on and off the court from McGill growing up. Ironically now, he's one of Utah's team leaders like McGill was more than 50 years ago.

    Obviously the guy had some rough patches in his life, which can't all be blamed on others or on circumstance, but I learned at a very young age, "If you can't say nothin' nice, don't say nothin' at all."

  • utahDoug Murray, UT
    July 13, 2014 5:34 p.m.

    Fun to watch. Simply the best


  • Sweater In Rafters Franklin, IN
    July 12, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    Hanging 60 on TSDS makes The Hill a Utah man in my book...

    Averaging 39 a game throughout your college career (without the 3 point goal) makes him a stud to be remembered with Newlin, Burden, VanHorn and others)...could care less if he became a chemical engineer or not...

    RIP Mr McGill

  • Bigpics West Haven, UT
    July 12, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    I lived up in Ogden and my big thrill was listening to U basketball on the radio, and in particular following Billy. He graduated the year I went to the U.

    However he left, and whatever his attitude about academics (re the commentor above), RIP and thanks for the memories.

  • TandJ LaVerkin, Utah
    July 12, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    @Two For Flinching
    I was a student at the U the same time as McGill. If sitting in the student union all day, avoiding classes but still getting passing grades and leaving the team after their final game which was away from Salt Lake City is being a true Utah Man, then so be it. I took two classes that McGill was supposed to take with me. He appeared in class only on the first day, never took any exams and was listed as passing when grades were posted. This was during spring quarter and he did not have to spend his time practicing or playing. He was supposed to be studying.

    He did not even clean out his locker when he left. He just took off not returning with the team to Salt Lake City. I will go along with the sentiment that McGill rest in peace and I express my condolences to his family, but being a true Utah Man I cannot agree with.

    I also took many classes with Terry Nofsinger a quarterback who starred in the NFL. Nofsinger graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Now, that is what I call being a true Utah Man.

  • Silver Fox1 Bountiful, UT
    July 12, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    Watched almost every game he played at Utah. He was a wonder to to watch!! To bad no one taught him the other parts of Life. Just floated through the Air.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    July 12, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    I watched the game he scored 60 in. What a great game. His shot around the foul line was unbelievable. I express comfort to his family.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    Rest in Peace Mr. McGill. You were a true Utah Man.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    July 11, 2014 10:47 p.m.

    Billy the Hill McGill. My father often told me about McGill growing up. His offensive numbers were off the charts. A knee injury (tough to overcome in those days) and lack of defense brought down McGill to earth in the NBA. But he could really ball.

  • PacUtes Salt Lake, UT
    July 11, 2014 6:54 p.m.

    Rest in peace.