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Matt Piper and Kyle Goon
Matt Piper and Kyle Goon cover University of Utah sports teams for The Salt Lake Tribune. Matt Piper is on twitter at @matthew_piper, Kyle Goon is on twitter at @kylegoon
Updated on Aug 19, 2014 12:52PM
Utah's gymnastics team not only is one of the best in the country, but the smartest too. The Utes boasted a GPA of 3.78827, the highest GPA of any collegiate gymnastics team in the country it was anno...

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 04:45PM

Today for PM notes, rather than writing everything up, I thought I'd let Kyle Whittingham do some talking for me.

Check out the video above for Whitt's take on start of scouting Idaho State,...

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 04:45PM

He still has work to do on his routes, and it still takes time to process what each play call means.

But Tim Patrick is moving up the depth chart rapidly - that truly takes one skill where h...

Updated on Aug 18, 2014 11:41AM

In what might be the most excitement Utah fans get until the Utes begin play on Aug. 28, the final fall camp depth chart was released Monday morning, and junior Travis Wilson ...

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 04:47PM

How does a 5-foot-9, 172-pound back fight his way through a tackle?

Some speed, a stiff-arm, and maybe playing a little ticked off.

"A lot of people think I'm too small," running back...

Updated on Aug 15, 2014 08:21PM

Utah practiced for just an hour Friday afternoon, working on schematics for onside kicks and kickoffs when media were ushered onto the infield to watch the last 20 minutes. He...

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 04:47PM

Push play, and watch the pinball bounce and roll.

At 5-foot-8, Taylor Thomas isn't all that big, but he can wiggle and dart through a pile,

Updated on Aug 15, 2014 03:37PM

Well, we went and did it. We asked football coaches about position battles, and we got what we deserved:

Every position is a battle. The battle ne...

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 04:47PM

Before leaving for China with the Pac-12 All-Stars, coach Larry Krystkowiak said he wanted his team to emphasize energy and defense.

The team achieved tha...

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 04:47PM

In the afternoon practices of two-a-days, only Kyle Whittingham is available. But I thought I'd share an interview leftover from the first scrimmage with Isaac A...

Updated on Aug 13, 2014 10:47PM

A team can’t win a scrimmage against itself, but it can lose.

After a relatively injury-free first week, Kyle Whittingham announced Wednes...

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 05:49PM

At Tuesday's scrimmage, a small crowd of about two dozen youth, many of them clad in red and black jerseys, sat watching from the south end zone. They had traveled almost three hours by bus to be a...

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 05:49PM

Could the past 24 hours be going any better for Andy Phillips?

The Utes announced yesterday that the sophomore kicker was one of three walk-ons who had earned...

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 05:49PM

Tuesday can't come soon enough.

Ask Kyle Whittingham about the depth chart: "I don't really evaluate the depth chart too much at this point. I will tomorrow."

Ask him about really any...

Updated on Aug 11, 2014 04:01PM

Recruiting is Job 1, as they like to say, and Utah’s coaches travel from coast to coast in search of the best available athletes.

Most times.


Updated on Aug 10, 2014 11:32AM

Athlon Sports recently granted anonymity to Pac-12 coaches in order to get an “accurate assessment of teams heading into 2014.”

It’s a lot of fun,...

Updated on Aug 10, 2014 10:08AM

To paraphrase a popular sentiment on Tribune comments, Twitter and local radio, Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson can’t throw more than 10 yards downfield.

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 11:40PM

The Runnin' Utes have earned a commitment from the top-rated in-state big man who they think could turn out to be a lockdown defender by the rim.

Makol Mawien, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward ...

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 04:17PM

When it comes to defensive tackle, disregard the depth chart.

At the moment, Seni Fauonuku and Sese Ianu are listed as the two center cogs of the ...

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 12:20PM

The only things that matter are wins and losses, right?

Try telling that to Oregon’s DeAnthony Thomas, who won more than his share in three years ...

Updated on Aug 6, 2014 05:29PM


Weeks after replicas appeared in stores, Utah was finally able to give its newest Under Armour uniforms the red-carpet treatment....

Updated on Aug 6, 2014 04:38PM

The obvious comparison to make this fall camp is between Travis Wilson and Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson, but perhaps lost in that hubbub is the difference between 2013 Tr...

Updated on Aug 6, 2014 11:24PM

Jake Lindsey has long felt he's had an "understanding" with the Runnin' Utes' Larry Krystkowiak. It just took a while to get both of them in a room with his parents and his high school basketball c...

Updated on Aug 6, 2014 06:17PM

It’s apparent from the sidelines: This is not quite the same team you saw this spring.

With few known injuries and an influx of freshmen, walk-ons...

Updated on Aug 6, 2014 11:24PM

For one of Utah's latest men's basketball offerees, you'll have to wait for the highlight tape. You'll probably be waiting a while.

That's because Rylan Jones, a point guard from Cache Valle...

Updated on Aug 5, 2014 06:13PM

Let's take a moment of silence - a pause to respect that college football has returned.


Moment over. Let's talk about the start of Camp Kyle.

Monday morning was the first t...

Updated on Aug 3, 2014 09:25AM

As many as nine new wideouts will join the Utes this fall, and here’s a prediction: Tim Patrick will be head and shoulders above the rest.

That is...

Updated on Aug 2, 2014 09:46PM

The Utes released their 2014 fall camp roster on Friday, and it featured — by our quick count — 16 names not listed on the spring roster or the known list of incoming freshman...

Updated on Aug 1, 2014 02:16PM


A day after announcing a home-and-home series against BYU, Northern Illinois generated more Beehive State buzz with a new...

Updated on Jul 30, 2014 05:36PM

It must be thrilling times in Carolina Panthers camp. Fresh off a trip to the playoffs, the Panthers started training this week, but many reporters have been just as interested in one of the men st...

Updated on Jul 27, 2014 11:08AM


Utah recruiting target Brandon Snell tweeted Saturday that he is no longer verbally committed to Utah and will explore other opti...

Updated on Jul 22, 2014 06:45PM

Paul Kruger is taking a leadership role in two youth movements: One in Cleveland, and the other back home in Utah.

Kruger went from the Super Bowl...

Updated on Jul 22, 2014 05:36PM

While his teammates have been preparing for this coming fall with offseason restrictions, Kenneth Ogbe has gotten to enjoy some actual competition.

The 6-foot-6 guard has been playing in Gre...

Updated on Jul 18, 2014 08:07PM

Last week saw Utah fail to make the top five of one top 2015 target, Brighton outside linebacker Osa Masina.

Friday, Utah lost out on another prio...

Updated on Jul 18, 2014 03:29PM

The Utah women’s basketball team has released its 2014-15 non-conference schedule, including four games against teams who played in the postseason last year.

Updated on Jul 18, 2014 07:35PM


On Wednesday, UCLA and Adidas collaborated to roll out alternate gray uniforms they dubbed “L.A. Steel.”

Updated on Jul 18, 2014 09:47AM

His senior year highlight tape shows him pushing around defensive backs to open space for ball-toting teammates, but Jameson Field says Ute fans can expect more from him than ...

Updated on Jul 16, 2014 07:51PM

Former South Carolina cornerback Ahmad Christian will transfer to Utah this fall and be eligible to play in 2015, he told The Tribune by phone Wednesday night.

Updated on Jul 16, 2014 06:24PM

Shaky Smithson put in a good word for Tyler Cooperwood. Now the rest is up to him.

Cooperwood will walk on with the Utes this fall after plying hi...

Updated on Jul 18, 2014 11:53AM

Already one of 76 players thought by Maxwell Award organizers to potentially be college football’s best, Utah senior Dres Anderson became one of 55 on the watch list for the r...

Updated on Jul 15, 2014 05:06PM

Just when he offseason was starting to feel so sleepy, something shakes up.

The Utes were counting on former Bingham star Harvey Langi to come back into the fold after his LDS mission to hel...

Updated on Jul 14, 2014 04:48PM

University of Utah football and men’s basketball teams will both sport new uniforms this season, according to Assistant Athletics Director Liz Abel.

Updated on Jul 13, 2014 05:30PM


Orange County wide receiver/free safety George Wilson announced Sunday that he has verbally committed to Utah.

Updated on Jul 9, 2014 05:36PM

Preseason watch lists may not carry a ton of meaning, but Utah is putting its best feet forward with voters.

Punter Tom Hackett and placekicker An...

Updated on Jul 8, 2014 05:26PM

The Tribune has confirmed that linebacker Harvey Langi has considered the possibility of transferring to BYU when he returns from his mission in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday.


Updated on Jul 9, 2014 05:59PM

Although Larry Krystkowiak's incoming class is considered one of the better talent pools in the Pac-12, the biggest coup for the Runnin' Utes

Updated on Jul 9, 2014 05:59PM

It was Toby Foreman's first game on the job, and the situation was grim for his team.

Beaumont Central was down to Port Arthur Memorial, a tough Texas program in its own right. In his first ...

Updated on Jul 2, 2014 05:09PM


Utah appeared to receive some good news Wednesday afternoon, with junior college transfer Kaelin Clay tweeting the following:


Updated on Jul 1, 2014 01:37PM

The U. announced Tuesday that fourth-year assistant Tommy Connor has been named associate head coach of the Utes.

Connor was a four-year starter a...

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