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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 27, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Let's hope other schools show some class and leave Josh alone to live up to his committment. If not for this loophole, there would be no question where Josh would be playing this coming season. Let's hope integrity isn't totally gone from college sports and other schools will honor the intent of the NLI that was signed.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    May 27, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    It's only a loophole if he chooses to use it. If he really wants to play at the U, then he'll be there. Otherwise, it sounds like he's got an escape clause to play somewhere else since Boylen is no longer there.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    Lone Peak graduate = BYU player.

  • offenderforaword South Jordan, UT
    May 27, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    I thought after you've left a school for 18 months that you're free to go anywhere.

    The issue of whether other schools can contact a missionary while he's out has been handled elsewhere.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    May 27, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    Regardless of the paperwork loophole, if he was recruited by Boylen and Boylen regardless of why, leaves the program as he has and Josh who redshirted his freshman year hasn't played but only practiced then he's free to go whereever he wants... almost just as if he was a new recruit who would automatically be allowed to change his mind if the person who recruited him should, without warning, leave or be removed. He's a free agent...his two years away from the program pretty much ensures that by covering the sit out a year rule... and sorry coach... but it's open season when it comes to this kid. Besides...It's more in Josh's hands than anyone else's anyway...regardless of who may come calling. There is no guaranteed or unwritten hands off rule in this case.

  • DocSarvis Logan, UT
    May 27, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    He signed a letter of intent in 2007. I just looked at the calendar and it says it's now 2011. As far as it being a "loophole", Krystkowiak's definition of loophole must be any rule that doesn't work for him. Look, Sharp doesn't want to play for Utah, and Krystkowiak can't force him.

  • MESOUTE Karchaj, A.V.
    May 27, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    Looks like Elder Sharp is fully committed to his missionary work. Let him go. He does not want to be at Utah, let's cut the ties right now.

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    LOL! What a hypocrite. He just tried to steal TWO commits to USU just a few weeks ago. Give me a break!

  • MESOUTE Karchaj, A.V.
    May 27, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    jazzball,
    The biggest difference that you fail to mention is that those recruits were fair game. They had NOT signed a letter of intent to play for Logan State. BIG difference there fella.

  • Clear Thinker Draper, UT
    May 27, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    Let him play where he wants to play. If it is Utah so be it. If it is elsewhere so be it. Utah's track record says even if he comes back it will only be for a year.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 27, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    He got his tuition paid for a year and worked out with the team. He should honor his commitment.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    May 27, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    Within a couple of days of Utah's admission to the PAC, I wrote to this paper that the impact would be a total change in their recruiting focus. I predicted that the number of players from Utah would drop drastically because the school would be recruiting from more "athletic" areas in big cities where only sports skills matter and classroom attendance is optional. I did not expect it to happen so quickly, but it is a pleasure to be proven right. There will be little room for the LDS player at Utah; leaving that field pretty much to BYU. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over time.

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    May 27, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    WheresStockton and doc are missing the point.

    This kid signed an agreement with the university of utah. he received an entire year of education for free. He went on his mission. If he wanted one of those two years to count as his "sitting out" year, he would need to announce his decision more than a year ago.

    Larry is smart. If the kid is going to leave, he needs to go somewhere where he will not come back to bite the utes. That is pretty standard across the country. You can't go to another in-state school (unless its SUU, UVU or one of the JC's ala Geoff Payne) or a conference rival.

    He signed the agreement and he can't play elsewhere unless the university releases him. He will only be released on conditions that he does not sign with another in-state or conference rival.

    Its a pretty simple concept......

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    May 27, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    Dutchman...
    Baloney he's free to go where he wants. The person who recruited him is no longer there... he hasn't played a single game... he's been away from the program for over two years so he won't have to sit out a year...and his obligation has been terminated. Sharp is a free agent and Krystkowiak knows it but is crying over spilt milk despite the facts. And like I previously said before...regardless of who may come calling it's open season on this kid. But more importantly it's in sharp's hands and no one elses... not even your paltry cry for commitment. Sharp never created the more obvious situation despite the paperwork snafu.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 27, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    BYU's field of players have been pretty good over the past ten years. Here are some pac teams who have lost to the cougs:

    1. Oregon
    2. Oregon State
    3. Washington
    4. UCLA
    5. USC
    6. Arizona State
    7. Arizona
    8. Utah
    9. Colorado
    10. Washington St (?)

  • DocSarvis Logan, UT
    May 27, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    I'm not missing any point. The point is that under NCAA rules Sharp is free to be contacted by, and sign with, any other program, without penalty. Call it a loophole if you want, but as the man says.........thems the rules. If Krystkowiak and Utah fans don't like it, then go play somewhere else other than the NCAA.

  • dyedblue Farmington, UT
    May 27, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Utah is too scared to play Utah State these days so why is Krystko so afraid to let this kid play in-state? 6 other players have left the Utes this year, is this K's way of sticking the finger in the floodgate?

  • bookonwomen Beverly Hills, CA
    May 27, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Show this kid the door. He obviously doesn't want to be a Ute.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 27, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    Where's Stockton ???

    What is always not breaking a rule does not mean it is ethical. Would you also encourage someone to sign a rental agreement and get free rent for a year on the commitment that they would provide some service and then tell them it is alright to just walk away? Where's Stockton, I ask Where's your ethics?

  • govt rocks Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    Who cares? Have any of Boylen's recruits worked out for the University? I would say Boylen's recruiting judgement should be questioned. I say let them all go, give Larry a reasonable expectation for the next two seasons and let him build the program over the next 6 years.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 27, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    BYU fans,

    Be careful what you wish for.

    First of all, after all that was said about integrity and honor surrounding the Brandon Davies issue, if BYU pursues this young man while he is out on his mission it would fly in the face of everything BYU stands for. Such a move would put BYU on the same footing with so many other college programs willing to compromise their values for the win.

    Secondly, this can be bad for BYU. With a higher percentage of its athletes out on missions than any other school, BYU has more at risk. But if BYU is going to declare missionaries fair game, then other schools should go after them as well. You can't have it both ways.

    My personal opinion is that no school should be contacting any mission while he/she is out serving. While they are serving their mission it should be no different than any other missionary and colleges should not be told how to reach them. It is only a distraction from a more important work and shouldn't be allowed.

  • DocSarvis Logan, UT
    May 27, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    Dutchman

    Rules are written for a reason. One of those reasons is that your idea of ethics may be different from others ideas of ethics. The rules in this case say that Sharp is free to be contacted by, and sign with, any other program, in or out of state, with no penalty. If you don't like it, lobby to change the rules. Otherwise, don't try to impose your sense of ethics on others.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    May 27, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    DocSarvis,

    Rules or not the young man knows what he committed to and if he is a man with any honor he will abide by that commitment. No one is imposing a sense of ehtics on anyone. Everyone is born with a sense of right and wrong, honor and dishonor. If you ignore what you know to be right you will end up living a life of shame.

  • brluthi Provo, UT
    May 27, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    @Mormon Ute
    I agree. I am no athlete, but when I was serving in Germany, I had thoughts about changing universities when I got home. Just the thought itself was distracting, so I waited until I came back home before looking into it. I would be extremely disappointed in BYU if they were to contact him while he is on his mission. Doing so would be a huge distraction and could ruin his time as a missionary.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 27, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Sharpe signed a NLI with the University of Utah, not with any specific coach or coaches. To suggest that just because the university has a different coach, that such action make his NLI null and void ignores the reality of the contract. In addition, the player has already profited from a year of free education that seems to further bind him to that contract. That is my take on the legal side.

    The ethical issue is also of concern. If there is a gentleman's agreement not to recruit missionaries, then the University of Utah has far less to loose if other schools choose not to honor that agreement that other schools in Utah. This could be a pandora's box that school's with large missionary classes do not want opened. Beware of what you wish for, you may get it.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 27, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    @Wayne Rout

    "Within a couple of days of Utah's admission to the PAC, I wrote to this paper that the impact would be a total change in their recruiting focus. I predicted that the number of players from Utah would drop drastically ..."

    I agree with what you said. Latest news, this year's volleyball recruits rated 20th in the nation by PrepVollyball.com and Men's tennis recruits rated 12th in the nation. Top athletes want to compete against the best at the highest level. (And people still ask what benefits will Utah receive from PAC-12 membership!) I am not certain the state of Utah can provide enough talented athletes to compete at this level. Fortunately, Utah is now attractive to such athletes wherever they live. Another thing you can be assured of, Utah WILL recruit any Utah athlete they consider PAC-12 talented!

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    May 27, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    When schools want to get rid of a player, they remind all of us that scholarships are year to year.

    When a player wants to dump a school, the school lays the guilt trip on the player.

    If coaches can leave to improve their situation, if schools can dump "non-performing" players, why can't players move when they want to improve their situation?

    Where's Curt Flood when you need him?

  • kitsutsuki South Jordan, Utah
    May 27, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    "We are disappointed that rival schools can take advantage of a loophole . . ." Are you kidding me??? A major college coach trying to play the "guilt" card??? Clearly Sharp, because of the "loophole" can go wherever he wants at this point. But for Coach k to pretty much be begging USU and BYU to stay away, as if he would never take advantage of a "loophole" is, well embarrassing.

    Grow up coach.

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    May 27, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    Welcome to BYU Sharp.

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    May 27, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    @Mormon Ute:
    BYU has never said you can't recruit from them, I recall a quarterback that decided to go to UCLA instead, and it happens all the time.

  • GACougar Atlanta, GA
    May 27, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    Why are so many Utes making this about BYU contacting Sharp and how unethical that would be. According to what I just read, it is Sharp that has said he may want to leave Uteville. BYU has had nothing to do with this. But somehow the Utes of Uteville want to make this about BYU being unethical.

    If the kid decides to leave then so be it. But stop trying to make this about BYU. And unless you have some absolute knowledge that BYU has contacted him, then quit implying that they have.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 27, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    "It is my understanding that there is an unwritten rule that players cannot be recruited by other schools while they are serving missions. To do so is not only inappropriate, but it creates an atmosphere of ill will..."

    However...

    "Sharp, reportedly, may be interested in signing with BYU or Utah State instead.

    Mutual interest, though, has yet to be verified."
    ===

    How things change. April 7th, Krystkowiak commented on the matter.

    "I believe a student-athlete should make the decision that is in their best interest. If a player thinks there is a better opportunity out there, I support him exploring that," he said in the press release. "I want players who believe Utah gives them the greatest chance to be successful..."

    ===

    Sooooo, players should make the decision they think is best, yet now, without any verification that anyone is after Sharp, Krystkowiak is playing the "victim card"?

    Keep it classy coach. You're better than that.

    Keep building a class program with kids that want to play for U.

    The only ill will is what Coach K creates...

    And if he wants to make it personal, like Boylen did, I'm sure Stew and Rose can handle it just fine.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    May 27, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    @govt rocks--I totally agree. Jim Boylen did not recruit tough kids, or kids who could endure tough times. Those few who are remaining--bless 'em. My hats off to them and I hope they are rewarded. Aside from that--let's let Coach Krysto recruit and play the type of players who really want to build something. Not carry on something that has never really been right.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    May 28, 2011 5:39 a.m.

    Dutchy,
    His services were available to the team and the university for that entire year...that entire season. He made every obligatory condition for that year by showing up for hours and hours of practicing. Hours of film review in preps for upcoming games. Making meetings as required. Keeping himself academically eligible. Red shirting is usually not a choice made by a player. Your hypothetical rental agreement isn't applicable because by doing everything that he did during his Redshirt year his dues to the team and to the University were paid. He met his obligations for that year...period. Since he never played an actual game against anyone in the conference then he's technically eligible to be contacted by any school from that conference. Let's also not forget With a change in coaching staff far removed from when he he initially singned and with a change in conference alignment that he had no say in either it's a completely new set of paremters than what he signed his letter of intent for back in 2007. There is no ethical dilemma...and his dues for the one year were paid and pad by Sharp himself.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    May 28, 2011 5:48 a.m.

    Seems every time a kid on a mission has a change of heart and talks of BYU, BYU is accused of recruiting the kid when it is the DAD who initiates contact with the Cougars (a la Riley Nelson). Enough with the accusation that BYU is meddling with missionaries. UCLA got Ben Olsen when he finished his mission in Alberta. Give it a rest already. Seems like it cuts both ways folks.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    May 28, 2011 6:28 a.m.

    @Just Gordon...like it or not the NCAA has it in thier regulations that a change of coaches by default or otherwise is a valid consideration but not necessarily an overriding issue... which in this case if you are reading the same article... that overwhelming issue is the fact that not only Boylen and his staff but also the University's Compliance Department, the Admissions Department and the Finacial Aid Department failed to guide Sharp and accomplish the simultaneous signing of the NLI and the financial aid agreement as required. Apparently that is not a minor technicality...otherwise this situation wouldn't be occurring and this discussion wouldn't be ongoing.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 28, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    I think this is a hoot. Seeing several Ute fans complaining about BYU recruiting this kid and lecturing about ethics when nothing has happened is hilarious.

    How about complaining to the U of U athletic department for messing up the paperwork?

    It's Groundhog Day, like the movie. This kid gets to start all over again on his college basketball career. Don't blame him for turning down an opportunity. The coach he wanted to play for is gone and the team is floundering.

    Congratulations Elder Sharp, second chances do come along.

  • KSDBN Murray, UT
    May 28, 2011 8:06 a.m.

    He went to Utah because BYU didn't have a spot for him at the time. Who says BYU wants him now? 6'7, 180 lbs...seems too slight to play at a big time college basketball school anyhow...Utah can have him...BYU will continue to get the best of the bunch.

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    May 28, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    The line up of excuses for yet another pathetic year just keeps getting longer.

  • Captain Sweatpants Hampstead, NC
    May 28, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    If Sharp doesn't want to play for the Utes, then Utah shouldn't try to "guilt" him into staying.

    It wouldn't surprise me if he decides to leave. There's a new coach, and players leaving the program has become the rage. Plus, the lure of BYU grows when young men are preparing to return from their missions.

    Whatever Sharp decides to do, I wish him well. And I hope Utah gets through this period of mediocrity and returns quickly to being a respectable basketball program.

  • In Stitches Provo, Utah
    May 28, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    I'm getting dizzy from all this spinning.

    Yes, he got a year of tuition in exchange for a year of hard work. He fulfilled that commitment. If you whiny Ute fans want to be ticked at someone, glare at the guy whose job it was to get the paperwork right. Don't take it out on another University who has yet to even express interest in the boy.

    Guilt does not make up for incompetence on the most basic (paperwork?) level. Why would he want to stay with a losing team, a coach he does not know and a bunch of fair-weather fans who immediately begin to attack his character the moment they find out that THEIR University messed up?!

    Besides, according to thousands of comments from certain Ute fans, the Pac-12 is sooo alluring NOBODY would ever NOT want to play for U. So, what's all the hubbub about?

  • CG Orem, UT
    May 28, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    It's interesting that Coach K reneged on Utah's promise to have scholarships available for a couple of other missionaries when they returned, but is now laying a guilt trip on Elder Sharp for changing his mind about playing for the Utes.

  • taxed2death Sandy, UT
    May 28, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Taking advantage of loopholes and technicalities may be legal, but is it ethical? Ethical behavior is doing the right thing even though it's not required. If a different school recruits Mr. Sharp, I think it's unethical. If Mr. Sharp wants to leave the Utes by his own choice, he should be granted that request by Coach K., just like the other players who left the Ute program due to the coaching change. As a Ute fan, I think our program needs players who want to play here. I do think that Mr. Sharp should consider his academic future and what school would best fulfill his needs. Coach K must think he may be an important part of the Ute basketball program and it's nice to feel needed. If basketball is important to him, he should make sure where ever he goes that he can get a chance for some significant playing time, not just at garbage time. Many athletes waste their entire eligibility sitting on the bench when they could have played or started at other schools.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 28, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    UTAH will be back, w/or w/out this dude.

  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    May 28, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    The option is his. If he wants to play at Utah, great. If not, good luck elsewhere. Any player should play where he chooses. From what I've seen at Utah since Giaccoletti took over, it has been pretty bad. I have no problem starting over. Utah is historically a good basketball school entering a great conference. Do you really think good athletes would rather play St. Mary's and Santa Clara or USC, UCLA and Stanford et al? If you trolls really think the program will stay down, it's time to buy more tin-foil for headwear.

  • lynninsj south jordan, utah
    May 28, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    Josh Sharp is just another example of the former coaches inability to recognize high school talent. The kid was the 4th best player on his high school team. Perhaps the only reason Boylen recruited him in the first place was to attract another member of the high school team (Haws) to join the Utes. I commend Coach K in establishing a precedent here, but really there is no reason to create any more animocity. Let the kid go. That scholarship will be better used in the future.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    May 28, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    This kid currently has a scholarship at the U and it would be great to have him.

    But...

    If he waivers at all, or shows disinterest in the program, he'll lose it quickly. Kystko has already shown he will move on: JJ O'Brien, considered a better athlete than Sharp, was indecisive (noncommitted) and he lost his scholarship.

    Sharp says he has looked into USU and BYU, I mean come on---the dude's a missionary and lots of missionaries think about transferring to those schools for a variety of reasons. But it's not been confirmed that either of those schools want him.

    So, be cautious Elder Sharp. Not enough commitment to the U, you'll lose your ride. And there may not be another one ready to pick you up.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    May 28, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    Let the kid play where he wants to play. Just like the utes recruited the kid from LSU after LSU paid for two years of his education, Sharp should be granted a full release.

    I can maybe see the issue of not letting him go to another PAC12 school, but if he wants to pursue other Utah schools - let him pursue them since they're not in the same conference.

    I'm sure his decision has more to do with the state of the U's basketball program than the university. The program is rebuilding and will likely take awhile to get back, and Coach K2 hasn't yet proven that he's the guy who can get the utes back.

    I can't imagine that BYU would be interested in him. He'd play the three spot. Cougs already have Abouo, Rogers, Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth. Harrison is coming in, and he can play the 2 or 3 spot. And the Cougs are really recruiting Jordan Chatman, who is another player who can play the 2 or 3 spot.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 28, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    @mormon ute

    Relax there big fella, you'll pop a vein. 1st of all there has not been one single report or even a rumor that BYU has recruited Sharp period, let alone while he is on his mission. 2nd of all there hasn't been a single bit of evidence that BYU is even interested in him anyway. In case you hadn't noticed BYU is a top 20 program loaded with talent with alot of excellent recruits coming in.

    Now I have the advantage of living in Highland and attending Lone Peak games. I can tell you Sharp is a good player, but I don't know if he is worth all of the puffed up sanctimony krystkowiak is belching.

    My guess is that it isn't really about Sharp the player so much as it is about not having a single Utah kid, very few Mormon kids, and also trying to show those kids they are welcome at utah. Right now they have little reason to believe they are.

    In the meantime Sharp can go where he wants. The incompetence of utah's athletic department seems to have made that possible. LOL

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 28, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    Wow! How nice to see the integrity and honor just flowing forth from the BYU fans in regards to this article. You represent your school and your church so well...Not!!

  • In Stitches Provo, Utah
    May 28, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    Mormon Ute

    Is your sarcasm and hypocrisy (i.e. coach k can change the school's agreement with missionaries but the missionaries can't) representing YOUR school or church well? Since the article didn't mention that BYU has ANY interest in this kid, maybe you should stop chucking stones at us. (BTW, "... NOT!!" went out in the early '90s. Just thought somebody should tell you).

  • Katiebugg Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    Wow, Mormon Ute. These comments seem out of character for you.

    I mean, where in the article did it say (or even hint) that Dave Rose was recruiting this kid during his mission?

    Also, your coach has already pulled a couple of missionaries' scholarships. If we are going to talk about honor and commitment, it seems to be that it should flow both ways.

    Please reread your posts and think if this is really how you would like to represent your church. After all, it IS in your name. Have a good night.

  • Collin Card Provo, Utah
    May 28, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    I guess Mormon Ute thinks pointing out the flaws in her argument isn't a honorable....

  • hohum Saint George, UT
    May 29, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    All of you, read the article. It says "schools are allowed to contact him", it does not say that any have. The article says "reportedly he may be interested in BYU or USU. I don't see anywhere that either one has contacted him. Please stop the crying and let the kid finish his mission and then make his decision.

  • TheTruth801 Sandy, UT
    May 29, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    Two things are clear to me. One, if Sharp wants to come back to Utah he can. That is his decision since the door is open to him. Two, if he doesn't want to go back then go somewhere else. Utah high school [layers, with the exception of a few (Johnsen bros, Collinsworth, have not been elite recruits. a lot have been busts (Adam Sahrp, Pinegar, Deane, Timpview kid that went to Marquette, Brighton Center who went to BYU, and Dawes. If Utah is going to get better, then they ahve to get better players. Period. Having Utah kid or more doesn't mean anything if they can't play. 13 points a game is not really impressive. BYU won with Utah kids because they had Jimmer, who is not from Utah!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 29, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    In Stitches,

    My sarcasm was clearly aimed at the fans, not the school.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 29, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    Katiebugg,

    Coach K hasn't pulled a single scholarship from a kid who is currently out on a mission only from some who are home and he has personally met with. My comments have been addressed to the BYU fans who have come out in droves on this article claiming Sharp is fair game. It is the attitude of those fans I am against and I have made that clear.

  • Unbiased Viewpoint Draper, UT
    May 29, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    Mormon Ute,

    Please check yourself. As an outsider your behavior is perplexing.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 29, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    Mormon Ute | 11:15 a.m. May 29, 2011
    Kaysville, UT
    Katiebugg,

    "My comments have been addressed to the BYU fans who have come out in droves on this article claiming Sharp is fair game. It is the attitude of those fans I am against and I have made that clear."

    ===

    Re-read the title of the story.

    "Utah Utes basketball: Technicality allows other schools to talk to Sharp"

    Re-read what Coach Krystowiak said:

    "I believe a student-athlete should make the decision that is in their best interest. If a player thinks there is a better opportunity out there, I support him exploring that," he said in the press release. "I want players who believe Utah gives them the greatest chance to be successful..."

    ...And you are upset that BYU fans are coming out in droves "claiming" Sharp is fair game.

    Where did they get that idea?

    The newspaper?
    Coach K?
    Because it's the truth?

    If you are having a problem with the attitude of the BYU fanbase on one issue, I'm sure you will make it.

    I have issues with the attitude of the Utah fanbase on just about everything.

    And Sharp is fair game....

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 29, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    @mormon ute

    You wrote the following:

    "Coach K hasn't pulled a single scholarship from a kid who is currently out on a mission only from some who are home and he has personally met with."

    So when Sharp gets home from his mission and krystkowiak meets with him then it is ok to pull his scholarship? But at the same time, and despite Sharp being open to recruitment by other schools because of the incompetence of the utah athletic department, it is unethical for him to consider going elsewhere until krystkowiak can meet with him and then yank his scholarship?

    I think you need to rethink your position on this one.

  • GSwenz PROVIDENCE, UT
    May 29, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    The kid should be be able to play where ever he wants.

    He leaves for 2 years, and there are vast changes made with the coaching staff, and the conference he will playing in.

    I do have to consider this Krystowiak a pretty big hypocrite after going after the USU commits. If we want to believe that kids can honor commitments, the least a coach can do is honor them as well.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 30, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    Makes you wonder how this story and the comments would be if this was a BYU kid.

    This was a simply an invalid contract. U of U athletic department messed up royally on this one and for anyone to interject an ethical angle on this kid's career basketball choice is a half bubble off.

    He now has a decision to reconsider and legally he's fair game. Simple as that.

    Spin away!

  • TheTruth801 Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    at worf

    The great BYU basketball team this year Lost to UCLA, who by the way, had zero seniors. They will have two players drafted in the first round. The majority of the Pac 10 players in football and basketball do not stay until their senior year. They go to the pros.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    May 31, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    Any missionary is free game once they are home from a mission. Not sure why this is news at all. Krystko will learn (hopefully) how to recruit LDS talent. The way he is dealing with it now is not stellar. You would think that Tommy Conner would be able to help him. Krystko needs to take a lesson from Rick Majerus - he left all the local LDS kids to be recruited by Jeff Judkins - who was a masterful recruiter in those circumstances. Krystko should also go have a nice sit down with Coach Whit to help him understand how / why / when to recruit LDS kids.