Utah State vs BYU Reportedly Postponed in Wake of Aggies Guard's Hospitalization

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2012

Feb. 11, 2012; Logan, UT, USA; Utah State Aggies guard Danny Berger (12) dunks the ball against the New Mexico State Aggies during the first half in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Mandatory Credit: Douglas C. Pizac-USA TODAY Sports
Douglas C. Pizac-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night's college basketball game between Brigham Young and Utah State appears to be cancelled after Aggies guard Danny Berger collapsed at Tuesday's practice.


UPDATE: Saturday, December 8 at 5:03 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to KSL Radio personality Greg Wrubell:

USU: hoopster Danny Berger released from the hospital, expected to attend Aggies' home game tonight.

— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) December 8, 2012

That's great news for all parties involved. Berger's situation was scary, and it's wonderful to see him making this kind of progress.


---End of Update---


The Salt Lake Tribune reporter Jay Drew had the report:

As of 9:30 p.m., nothing official had been issued by either school, but multiple sources have said that Wednesday's scheduled Utah State at BYU men's basketball game has been postponed.

The report also mentions that:

USU asked BYU to postpone the game because Aggies junior guard Danny Berger collapsed during practice Tuesday afternoon and stopped breathing.

Berger, from Medford, Ore., was airlifted from Logan to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, Tuesday night.

Drew also supplies a quote from USU's news release:

Berger was tended to on the court by the USU Athletic Training staff; CPR was performed, and the AED was used on him until ambulance personnel arrived. Berger is currently in stable but critical condition. Tests and evaluations are ongoing, and further information will be released when available.

Once you take all of that in, you realize that postponing the game seems like the right thing to do. Drew's report mentions that no one has an idea as to when the game would be, but that doesn't matter in situations like this.

Scary incidents like this snap everyone back to reality. Berger came to practice that day expecting to run some drills, but he instead found himself in a very serious situation and in the hospital. Because it sounds so unexpected, there's nothing more tragic or scarier than that.

Crazed college basketball fans will always push for a game, but things like this make everyone realize that basketball really is just a game. It's a harsh reality-check.

Hopefully, Berger makes a full recovery. Seeing the word "stable" in USU's release is a great sign, but it doesn't make it any less frightening.

Berger is averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season. He's not a great outside shooter, instead relying on his 6'6'' frame to slice his way into the paint.

He hasn't been the 4-1 Aggies' leading scorer, but he's a vital role player. Even so, his on-court skills pale when you consider the situation he's currently in.

Rather than thinking about Wednesday night's basketball game, keep Berger, his family and his teammates in your thoughts.

Stay tuned for updates.