Defensive end Jason Fanaika has turned 'into a man' at Utah

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  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 3:30 p.m.


    Even I agree with you.

    "- two athletes wanting to attend a different school than the one they originally signed with. Good for them if that is what they want."

    I never once got upset that Harvey transferred, he should be able to if he wants to. I can be accused of many things, but I'm not hypocritical.

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 3:22 p.m.


    But didn't he commit to Utah State just as Harvey committed to Utah? I'm a Ute who supports any kid being able to go where they want. And yes, I was embarrassed by the Ute coaches and ute "fans" who had such an issue with Harvey transferring. Each kid should be able to go where they want, even if that includes changing.

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 18, 2014 3:11 p.m.

    utahcountyute - There is no difference. They both left the school they originally signed with and went somewhere else. When the announcement was made is immaterial.

    You have no proof - not a shred - that anyone with BYU ties tried to persuade Langi to attend BYU. We also have no proof that anyone from Utah (missionaries, contacts, mission president, etc) tried to convince Fanaika to leave USU - but they might have. And even if someone did talk to them about changing teams, so what??? The final decision was made by the athletes with no one pointing a gun at their heads to force their decision one way or the other.

    And yet Langi and BYU gets lambasted by Utah fans whereas a transfer in Utah's favor is viewed 100% differently. You don't see the hypocrisy???

    As far as Fanaika sitting out a year and Langi not having to, it is not BYU's or Langi's fault that Whittingham screwed up.

    Take off the crimson-colored glasses and see this for what it is - two athletes wanting to attend a different school than the one they originally signed with. Good for them if that is what they want.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 1:23 p.m.


    The difference might have been that Langi announced his intentions even before he got home from said mission through Vai in his article. Fanaika walked on to the Utes with no guarantee from the Utah staff. Pretty big difference in my mind.

    "Proof that Langi was forced to attend byU because of threats of physical harm or excommunication"? Where did that even come from?

    Good luck to both kids.

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 18, 2014 12:15 p.m.

    Amazing all the excuses or justification for this kid transferring to Utah. Fact is that he was a USU student when he went on his mission and ended up at Utah after he came home. No different than what happened to Langi.

    Fanaika wanted to transfer to Utah to be closer to home; Langi wanted to transfer to BYU to be in an environment he felt comfortable with. They both chose what they wanted. Have yet to see proof that Langi was forced to attend BYU because of threats of physical harm or excommunication. Seems to me he ultimately made the decision that was best for him, just as Fanaika did.

    And yet Utah fans continue to praise the one and slam the other.

    Hypocrisy at its finest.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    I don't understand why U and BYU fans even care anymore, football is changing and neither school will be relevant in the new politics of it all.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 18, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Frankly, I have no problem with a kid coming home from a mission and choosing to transfer, because things can change significantly in two years. I just get tired of the screeching and renting of clothing from the utes when a kid decides to transfer to BYU. Funny how things are different when the shoe is on the other foot.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    I was one of Jason's coaches at PG and I can tell you he is the real deal. Would have liked to see him in Cougar Blue, but I will be rooting for him just the same. His little brother Brandon (by little I mean 6'4 325) is playing for Stanford when he gets back from his mission. They are a great family. Godspeed Sefita. Get better soon.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 18, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    I see Utah poached another returned missionary. Scandalous.

  • Jefe-Ute Richmond, VA
    Aug. 18, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    @naval vet

    Oh, right!!! I don't know how I missed that. :)

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 18, 2014 7:54 a.m.


    Don't forget...the Utah coaching staff ALSO furtively infected Fanaika's father with colon cancer to ensure he wouldn't return to Logan.

  • in-the-know Alpine, Utah
    Aug. 18, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    1- played freshman year at usu, then left school right after the season.
    2- after the auburn game came back to usu and played his sophomore year then left again right after the season.
    3- served a mission for about 8 months then came back to utah but could not play because he was not released by usu.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 6:28 a.m.

    Interesting how Langi comes up in this dialog.

    Circumstances could hardly be different.... but of course no need to deal with the facts if you live in The Blue Bubble.

    Jason obviously has found success at the U as an RM just as many others have, and clearly Harvey had that option as well; religious affiliation is not an issue on The Hill. White shirt and tie or T shirt and shorts, you can be what you want to be.

    --- Best of luck to both players, hopefully they will achieve their personal goals and ultimately find success.

  • Jefe-Ute Richmond, VA
    Aug. 18, 2014 6:10 a.m.

    Yup, Utah totally recruited him by making him walk on to the team and earn a scholarship. Compare that to Langi who was told a scholarship was waiting for him when he returned from his mission. Completely the same thing!!

    On another note, great great article. It is good to see friendly competition and a a great attitude from Fainaka. Should be a great season!

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 5:34 a.m.

    @ balan,
    How about the fact his mission president didn't recommend he switch schools and attend Utah.

  • BJ61 South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 11:41 p.m.

    pocyUte - Nice try. Balan's comment is accurate, and your attempt to sidestep Ute hypocrisy at its finest failed.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Aug. 17, 2014 11:31 p.m.

    Balan et al,

    There is no hypocrisy on Utah's part with Langi and nothing was swept under the rug. Fanaika sat out a year as per NCAA rules and walked on without a scholarship, whereas Langi used a technicality to get around the rule which means that Utah followed the rules in both instances. The fact that Langi is on scholarship at BYU within a couple of months of returning from his mission is much more suggestive of recruiting than Fanaika.

  • Hailstorm is a coming Riverdale, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 11:07 p.m.

    His major reason was to be close to the family and especially his father who is attempting to defeat cancer. Far different than the peer pressure subjected to him while on his mission. Why do I say that ? I went on a mission to England and you would not believe the initial reaction that I was returning to the Utes. I went anyway and got my degrees.
    I pray his father recovers.
    Go Utes!

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 11:06 p.m.

    Sounds like a great young man with his priorities in order.

    Godspeed to him in the classroom and on the field.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 17, 2014 7:52 p.m.


    Nice try. How about the fact that almost the whole coaching staff that was at USU, including the coach with whom he had the closest relationship, is gone? How about the fact that Utah is much closer to home than USU is? He couldn't live in Utah county and play at USU, could he? How about that he walked on at Utah, so he paid his way to go there last year? Looks like you are just conveniently sweeping facts under the rug so you can spin it your way.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 6:22 p.m.

    Balan, I gave you a "like" because I was thinking the same thing. I wonder if USU is feeling the same way? Utah owes Langi an apology after doing this, IMHO.

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 17, 2014 5:56 p.m.

    Interesting how BYU is accused of recruiting players who choose to transfer to the Y after a mission, but with Utah it is conveniently swept under the rug.

    Hypocrisy at its finest.