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Starting Utes safety slapped with multi-game suspension

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When Utah opens its second season as a member of the Pac-12, the Utes will do so without the services of a key contributor in its secondary.

Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham announced Monday that safety Brian Blechen has been suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season.  Other than the standard “violation of unspecified team rules,” no reason for the disciplinary action was given by Whittingham.

The suspension means the junior defensive back will miss games against Northern Colorado, Utah State and BYU.

As a sophomore in 2011, Blechen played in all 13 games last season, starting one of those contests.  He finished third on the team in tackles with 78 and tied for second on the team with three interceptions, earning  honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.

Coming out of spring practice, Blechen was the Utes’ starter at strong safety.

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8 Responses to “Starting Utes safety slapped with multi-game suspension”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jul 30, 2012 4:55 PM

    Do the Utes have the same strict rules as BYU?

    This is a serious question. I really don’t know and am interested since they are Pac-12 now.

  2. johnnyutahute says: Jul 30, 2012 5:11 PM

    No. They are fairly strict compared to most schools but because they have no religious affiliation they don’t go crazy with arbitrary rules like byu

  3. bertenheim says: Jul 30, 2012 6:56 PM

    I object to the term “arbitrary.” BYU has a morals code that is consistent with the Mormon faith.
    You wouldn’t call the honor codes at the military academies arbitrary.

  4. mydixienormus says: Jul 30, 2012 7:01 PM

    Don’t like “arbitrary”? How about:
    – Weird
    – Lame
    – Stupid
    – Weak
    – Strange
    – etc.

  5. johnnyutahute says: Jul 30, 2012 7:47 PM

    Actually facial hair, head hair length and clothing judgements have absolutely nothing to do with LDS standards. They are in place to further control those who go there. So yes they are arbitrary, and they are applied arbitrarily as well. Note that bad language, facial hair, hair length, and tattoos are only serious issues if you don’t play a sport at byu so again, arbitrary. I won’t even get into the racial inequalities of its application because that is a whole other problem.

  6. dmvtransplant says: Jul 31, 2012 9:43 AM

    @ bertenheim

    “arbitrary”

    That’s the term used to describe being kicked out of school for drinking Tea or Coffee

  7. mydixienormus says: Jul 31, 2012 9:46 AM

    or copulating with someone you are not married…

  8. parkcityute says: Jul 31, 2012 12:08 PM

    The Utes have rules, but they generally they are enforced evenly for all. I am glad that Coach is treating this as an internal team issue and sorry that Brian broke a team rule and earned this consequence. Coach was very clear about the rules and they are posted in various places around the lockers, meeting room, etc.

    Go Utes!

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