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Utah Football v. Basketball- The Expectations Game


Since it’s nearly July, it’s about time for me to start trashing on the basketball program again.  Why just this morning I wrote an article questioning Larry’s recruiting.  So I thought I would pose the question, why are so many people so high on the basketball program and so low on the Football program?

And don’t worry, I’ll go back to posting pictures of cheerleaders tomorrow.

As Mi Amigo has been pointing out over at Block U, the national folks don’t think much of our football program right now.  But I chalk a lot of that up to feeling burned after picking us so high last season.  You’re going to take your scorn out on the team who broke your heart and made you look foolish.  I’ve written about how I think their opinion is wrong, and if you look at what was wrong last year, what we improved on coming into this year, we’re going to be pretty good.

However, more than a few Utah fans feel the same way.

Then I look at basketball and all I see is rah rah go team go.  I mean I get part of it, you don’t get access by writing negative things at Utah.  And if you even begin to question the work Larry has done or is doing, the hypersensitive lapdogs come out of the woodwork to shout you down.

But Utah fans are positive about Ute basketball based on a win streak that happened largely because DeWayne Dedmon was suspended and teams with their ticket punched like Cal don’t play hard in conference tournaments (and before you start on me about this, think back to when Majerus was our coach and all we did was rail on those tourneys).

Even the coaches, we’re starting to turn on Kyle Whittingham who DC’ed us to one BCS bowl and HC’ed us to another and we’re putting all of our faith in Larry Krystkowiak, whose biggest coaching accomplishment remains beating Nevada.

I guess that is just the way of fandom, but heading into this season, the general feelings of our fans sure feels… ODD

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  • Todd Gorringe

    I don’t think I am a “Larry lap dog”, but it seems that every article, and a good portion of your tweets are anti-Larry. Am I missing something, sould the expectation be that we should be getting 2-3 top 100 talents every year, just because we are in the PAC 12? Your stuff is very insiteful but as much as you hammer the “lap dogs”. It seems you are just as unrealistic in the opposite direction. Is that an effort on you part to bring balance?
    I do agree 100%, the people putting Wittingham on the hot seat are insane. That being said it is hard to compare the two. Kyle took over a program at its peak, and Larry took over a program on the ride down. Agreed that Larry dropped it even further before he started back up. However it is still two very different circumstances to try and compare.

    • Hoyos_Revenge

      Here is my problem with how the entire Larry era has unfolded. We needed a coach who could get talent here based on his name and reputation or connections. Instead we hired a guy who had neither and he put together a staff with even fewer. We knew we were Pac-12 when Larry got the job, yet hiring him was very Mountain Westish. And now a giant swath of our fanbase somehow only won’t admit that, they celebrate it.

      As for Kyle, he did take over a program at a peak and he brought us another BCS bowl. My point was, I don’t get how anyone at this point has more faith in Larry than Kyle.

      Thanks for Reading.