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BYU basketball guard Damarcus Harrison to transfer to Clemson

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  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Aug. 13, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Looks like Demarcus is returning home. Good luck at Clemson; thanks for your contributions while you were at BYU.

  • atlcoug Atlanta, GA
    Aug. 13, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    I thought he was going on a mission right after last season. Apparently not! Clemson will be much closer to home for him. I hope it works out for him.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    Again we see that "athletes" do not survive BYU. Harvey Unga, Davies, Quezada, Chambers, Harrison.....

    Call it whatever you want and for whatever different excuses you give - but when byu gets very few non-white sunday school school boys to begin with and those few transfer/leave/get kicked out at such a proporionally high rate, it just shows that Provo is not an inclusive place.

    But don't worry bYu fans, there are many great basketball and football programs that have won national championships with similar student bodies and athletes like those at byu

    LOL!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    to atlcoug. Read the article again toward the end. We don't know if he is going or not. And, it is not our buisness about their choices to serve. Wish Brother Harrison good luck with his future.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    This is one Utah fan that wishes ChrisB wouldn't troll so much.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Chris B

    sheeesh

    Do you ever get tired of posting such clueless drivel?

    Demarcus is transferring because he changed his mind about leaving on a mission right after his Freshman season and when he tried to return to BYU, he found out that his scholarship had already been given away to another player for 2012-13.

    He decided to transfer to Clemson solely because he couldn't afford to pay his own way at BYU for the upcoming school year. He holds absolutely no animosity towards BYU, nor does he feel that he didn't "fit in".

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    RBN

    Amen. Chris B is an embarrassment to all true Utah fans.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Aug. 13, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    To Ufan & RBN: please accept the gratitude of BYU fans for willingly calling a spade a spade.

    DeMarcus: My daughter will be sorely disappointed because of your transfer. You were one of her favorite players last year. Best wishes for great success at Clemson!

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    Aug. 13, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    Chris B. byu's 2013 recruiting class is ranked 6th by ESPN. I think we will be ok.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    Chris B - um, dude, stop embarrassing us Utah fans. BYU's basketball "athletes" have been far superior to our basketball "athletes" for a few years now. BYU screwed up and gave his scholarship away to someone else when they thought he was going on a mission - his mission plans were delayed and he was left without a scholarship. Your comments are stupid, lacking the facts and are completely racist. Give it up already.

  • atlcoug Atlanta, GA
    Aug. 13, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    DEW Cougar, I read the entire article. I was not saying anything negative about Harrison not going on a mission. I was just expressing surprise, because I understood at the end of the season that he was going to be leaving soon thereafter for the mission field.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    Chris B.

    You've already been piled on by your own for your clueless, embarrassing, and racist comments but let me throw in one more thing. Try finding one comment that any of those you mentioned has said negatively about BYU. You won't find any because they haven't said anything. Furthermore, in case you missed last season, Davies came back and played his junior year and should be a star this year as a senior. Find a Utah article to comment on because you have no clue what you're talking about when you comment about BYU.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 13, 2012 11:13 p.m.

    LonestarRunner:

    "Demarcus is transferring because he changed his mind about leaving on a mission right after his Freshman season and when he tried to return to BYU, he found out that his scholarship had already been given away to another player for 2012-13."

    Did you make that up? Because nowhere in the article did it report that his scholarship had been given away.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 14, 2012 12:11 a.m.

    This BYU fan will miss Damarcus... I thought that he had a good Freshman year and that he brought some great skills to the BYU attack.

    He was explosive off the dribble and had the potential of being a knock-down 3pt shooter... I was looking forward to his return for the 2014-2015 season...

    I thought that he was an outstanding perimeter defender and had the versatility to shutdown players at the #1, #2 and #3 positions... I wish him well, but also wish that he could reconsider, follow his brother's lead and serve a mission, and then come back and help us win a national championship.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    This is a tightly edited story, not giving the reason for the turn of events. It is tied to his mission plans and BYU offered his scholarship slot to someone else. When his Bishop decided not to submit the paperwork until January for an unexplained reason, he wanted to attend school until then. The scholarship was gone, so he made other choices. This is a snafu of some sort, and BYU could have found a way. If not, just say so. There's more to this story than meets the eye, but then that's the way BYU rolls, it seems.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    Naval Vet

    "Did you make that up? Because nowhere in the article did it report that his scholarship had been given away."

    Sorry to disappoint you, Naval Vet, but I have other reliable sources that his scholarship was given away to another player after Demarcus told BYU he was leaving for two year to serve a church mission. Even you should be able to understand why Coach Rose wouldn't keep a scholarship vacant while a player was serving a mission.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Esquire

    Frankly, why Demarcus's bishop decided not to submit his paperwork until January is none of your business and the fact the ONLY option Coach Rose would have had after Demarcus changed his mind about returning to BYU for the 2012-13 season would have been to pull a scholarship from another player, which, under the circumstances, would have been grossly unfair to the player who lost his scholarship.

    Of course, we can always trust the BYU haters to try to make a mountain out of a molehill looking for a "snafu" that doesn't exist.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    Best of luck, DeMarcus. We will miss you and we wish you well.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Aug. 14, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    RE: Naval Vet

    "Did you make that up? Because nowhere in the article did it report that his scholarship had been given away."

    Isn't it crazy how real fans get facts before posting instead of simply posting their gut reaction in an effort to slander another team (as trolls do)?

    The Daily Herald reported: "The family found out in July, the paperwork will not be submitted until January... The Cougars have already filled all 13 scholarships, plus sport a few walk-ons which makes this one of the largest benches head coach Dave Rose has heading into his eighth season. Paying his own way in Provo is an issue for Harrison, hence the transfer."

    Similar reports were made on articles from KSL.com and the Salt Lake Tribune. I'm not sure why the deseretnews failed to report this information but I'm guessing they will update the article soon as they generally do a great job of bringing up-to-date information. Trolls on the other hand do not generally practice due diligence but unapologetically post ridiculous and unsubstantiated claims. I wish Harrison well and hope we see him back in a few years. Go cougs!

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    UU32,

    BYU did not screw up. They were following the plan as outlined by Demarcus. Just because his mission plans changed does not make it a screw up on BYU's part. The paperwork for scholarships is submitted in the April/May timeframe. So if last minute changes happen, there isn't much that can be done about it. They fully expected him to leave on his mission before January and fully expected to have a scholarship for him post mission. Demarcus made a decision based on the delay of his mission aspirations. I'm sure BYU would love to have him back. He showed great potential. I'm sorry to see him leave.

  • agb Layton, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    Naval Vet:

    Did you make that up? Because nowhere in the article did it report that his scholarship had been given away.

    -

    What a frantic and emotional thing to say [snicker].The irony here is that YOU frequently will tell others that what is contained in your posts can be backed up from other sources outside the DN,, yet here you are questioning someone else who has done the same.

    As you like to say: "you are a hypocrite. Case closed."

  • dutgut Saint George, UT
    Aug. 16, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    I haven't done the research myself, but I would venture to say that more BYU athletes have stayed than have left. I don't know if the same can be said about Utah's men's basketball team over the past few years!