Skip to comments.Michael Loyd Jr. Leaves BYU; Is the Cougs' Recruiting Pool Shrinking?
Posted on 05/01/2010 5:32:14 AM PDT by Colofornian
While most conversations about Brigham Young hoops generally start with Jimmer Fredette, one of the interesting ancillary characters in the Cougs' cast was Michael Loyd Jr...Loyd...came on late in the year. He had 19 points in a narrow loss to New Mexico when Fredette couldn't play in the second half of a critical game. He had 18 points in next game against Utah and most importantly, he put up 26 points in BYU's tourney win against Florida.
That's great momentum to carry into Loyd Jr.'s junior season at BYU, right? Nope. He's leaving the program. The Salt Lake Tribune provides some of the potential reasons why an up-and-comer like Loyd Jr. would leave (and also what reasons have been ruled out):
-- Lack of playing time, assuming Fredette doesn't stay in the NBA draft, could've been a factor. Next year's backcourt is loaded. -- Unlike star football player Harvey Unga, Loyd Jr. was not booted because of BYU's honor code. -- Loyd Jr. did not flunk out academically.
Instead, the Tribune says..."after three years in Provo, the native of Las Vegas has decided that he just doesn't fit in." Most surprising is this particular passage:
Loyd wasnt forced out, but he was given some guidelines in regards to behavior, dress and appearance that he apparently decided he just couldnt abide by. Lets put it this way: showing up on national television with a mohawk haircut for BYUs NCAA Tournament games, or playing against Utah with a tongue piercing, probably didnt help his cause.
When you hear Loyd Jr.'s story...and combine it with the recent Harvey Unga news, you've got to wonder how players who aren't of Mormon faith -- or willing to live by such stringent rules -- will view a future at BYU
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The gall of those evil mormon bastards. They are trying to encourage kids to get an education while living Christian values. Outrageous.
Gee I thought people attended college to get an Education...
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