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    Recruiting notes: WR Alfred Smith, HS teammate of Donovan Isom, commits to Utah
    Tarzan and Ice. Those two sound about as compatible as oil and water, but if Twitter is any indication, the chance for Alfred “Tarzan” Smith to reunit...
    Updated Jan 31 2015 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes guard Brandon Taylor (11) passes during first half play. Utah held a 39-22 lead over the USC Trojans at the half, Friday, January 2, 2015. Utah basketball game guide: Runnin' Utes shoot for road split by winning at USC
    Los Angeles • You can say this about Utah's preparation for Sunday: There's no fear of being overconfident. The team that fell to UCLA on Thursday loo...
    Updated Jan 31 2015 03:09 pm   |     |   Share
    UCLA's Norman Powell celebrates his team's 69-59 victory over Utah in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) Utah basketball notes: UCLA's Norman Powell shines while toppling Utes
    Los Angeles • Almost every time Delon Wright steps out for tip-off, he's the best player on the floor. That's what you'd expect for a Wooden Award can...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 11:30 pm   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes defensive tackle Filipo Mokofisi (45) and Utah Utes tight end Siale Fakailoatonga (87) dump a cooler of ice water on Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham after the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah defeated Colorado State 45-10.
By the numbers: Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham’s $11M contract extension
    Kyle Whittingham’s recent contract extension has him on track to earn $11 million in base salary between now and December 2018, which would bring him ...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

UCLA head coach Steve Alford, second from left, watches from the bench during first half action in the Utah versus UCLA men's basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Sunday, January 4, 2015. Utah basketball game guide: No. 11 Runnin' Utes seek to run down UCLA on the road
    Yes, Utah can beat UCLA. We know that. We knew that, actually, before this season. But can the No. 11 Utes top the Bruins under the championship banne...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 12:02 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah basketball: The story behind Larry Krystkowiak's sweet grass ritual
    When Utah visits Los Angeles this weekend, former UCLA and NBA star Bill Walton will be on color commentary. Count Walton among a privileged few, howe...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
    Recruiting update: JUCO DE Kendall Huey — and maybe a teammate — plan to be Utes
    Stopping through with an eye toward Pima freshman free safety Markell Simmons, Utah’s coaches asked if Pima had anything in the way of a potential Div...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 06:25 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Timpview QB Britain Covey runs 18 yards for a TD to give Timpview a 38-0 lead. Timpview beat Sky View of Smithfield, 45-8 in a 4A state quarterfinal playoff game Friday, November 7, 2014 in Provo. Timpview’s Britain Covey pledges commitment to Utah
    For the past two years, it has been one of the most frequent topics of discussion among observers of Utah high school football: What will this Britain...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 04:19 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah DB Eric Rowe turns his eyes to the end zone after he grabbed this interception to give Utah a very quick 7-0 lead. Utah took a 21-0 lead over Washington State in the first quarter, Saturday, September 27, 2014. Eric Rowe draws interest as corner/safety prospect at Senior Bowl
    Eric Rowe met with all but two NFL teams, by his estimation, in the buildup to last Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Almost all of them asked th...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 12:33 pm   |     |   Share
    American Fork OL James Empey commits to Utah
    While some have wondered about Utah’s in-state recruiting efforts with the exodus of some of the state’s top players in recent years, the Utes snagged...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
    Utes lose commitments of Florida CB/WR Chris Barr, Texas athlete Michael Jacquet
    Utah picked up five commitments last week, and they’ve also lost their share in the volatile buildup to signing day on Feb. 4. The latest to decommit ...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes C Dallin Bachynski (31) slices to the hoop for a dunk during second half play. Utah beat Washington 77-56 at the Hunstman Center, Sunday, January 25, 2015. Utah basketball: Runnin' Utes rise to No. 11 in AP poll
    One week after falling out of the top 10, Utah crept up a spot in both polls — reaching the top 10 in one. Utah is ranked No. 11 in the AP poll this w...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 03:32 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes forward Brekkott Chapman (0) defends a three-point shot by Washington State Cougars guard DaVonte Lacy (25), as the University of Utah Utes host the Washington State Cougars, college basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Wednesday January 21, 2015. Utah basketball game guide: Runnin' Utes, Washington Huskies collide in clash of elite defenses
    There are college basketball games that feature finesse and grace. Then there's Utah-Washington. This game projects to be gritty, low-scoring, and all...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 11:09 am   |     |   Share
    Utah basketball: 2016 Nevada big man Zach Collins has Utes on his list
    Scour the country and you're unlikely to find many top-60 basketball prospects who are coming off the bench for their high school team. Zach Collins i...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
    Local prospect Noah Togiai choosing between dual-sport offers from Utah, Oregon State
    Don't make me choose, Noah Togiai used to think. Between football and basketball, it was hard to pick which sport to follow into the college ranks and...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 03:33 pm   |     |   Share
    Calif. OT Johnny Capra becomes Utah’s fifth commitment in five days
    Utah’s recent flurry of commitments continued Wednesday night, with 6-foot-5 Auburn, Calif., offensive tackle Johnny Capra making the call. Rated thre...
    Updated Jan 21 2015 06:54 pm   |     |   Share
    Washington State forward Josh Hawkinson goes for a layup during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Pullman, Wash. Oregon State won 62-47. ( AP Photo/Gary Breedlove) Utah basketball game guide: Heavily favored Utes can’t afford to sleep on fast-paced Cougars
    Just how damaged, if at all, was the psyche of the No. 12 Runnin’ Utes in their 69-51 loss to No. 7 Arizona in Tucson last Saturday? We may learn some...
    Updated Jan 21 2015 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
    Utes get pledge from Cali OL Keven Dixon; RB Taylor Thomas switches commitment to Oregon State
    As signing day creeps closer and each team tries to offer its 25 initial scholarships to the best possible players, Utah picked up a pledge from one r...
    Updated Jan 19 2015 05:36 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah basketball game guide: Utes kick off Pac-12 play with youthful USC Trojans (with video)
    Delon Wright can confess that last year, he was excited to take on the schools from his home town. Now he sees USC and UCLA on the schedule, and he mo...
    Updated Jan 02 2015 12:49 pm   |     |   Share
    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah's Jordan Loveridge shoots a corner three pointer in the first half of a game at the Huntsman Center, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Utah basketball: Jordan Loveridge could return against Carroll College
    After more than a month-long absence, Jordan Loveridge could make his return for the Runnin' Utes on Tuesday night. The junior wing has missed the las...
    Updated Dec 30 2014 12:44 pm   |     |   Share
    Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) runs from Chicago Bears outside linebacker Shea McClellin (50) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Utes in the NFL: McCain, Lotulelei, Asiata and McGill stand out in regular season finales
    Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week Seventeen, and during the regular season. Due for more action in the playoffs a...
    Updated Dec 29 2014 12:15 am   |     |   Share
    Utah basketball notes: Could Brekkott Chapman be a starter?
    The big story Tuesday night: Brekkott Chapman. He can shoot. He can defend. But can he start? If you've been following the Runnin' Utes this season, y...
    Updated Dec 24 2014 12:24 am   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah fans cheer as the University of Utah Utes defeats the Wichita State Shockers in overtime, 69-68, college basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Wednesday December 3, 2014. Utah basketball game guide: Jackrabbits stand between Runnin' Utes and a happy holiday
    If you started transitioning into holiday mode after a weekend in Las Vegas, hold up — there's more. Just one more game for the No. 14 Runnin' Utes be...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 08:51 am   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes running back Devontae Booker (23) hurdles Colorado State Rams defensive back DeAndre Elliott (13) during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah is winning the game 24-10 at halftime. Utewrap: Utes roll in Vegas, Fatuesi stars, Red Rocks picked first in Pac
    Wrapping up the past week in Utah sports, from Dec. 15 to Dec. 21. FOOTBALL (No. 23) • Raise your hand if you thought Utah would win nine games this...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 01:09 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah basketball notes: Utes stay conservative with lineups, plus more (with video)
    Las Vegas • The week began with talks of “tinkering” with lineups. The big result: Dakarai Tucker got his first start this season in place of Kenneth ...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 12:54 pm   |     |   Share
    The Utah bench celebrates a teammate's basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas won 63-60.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Utah basketball game guide: No. 14 Utes will be Runnin' with Rebels at MGM Grand
    So it may have second billing to a football game, but Saturday night's hoops contest should be fun in its own right, too. Actually, define “fun.” A hi...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:36 am   |     |   Share
    Colorado State mascot Cam the Ram, left, celebrates with running back Dee Hart after Hart scored six touchdowns against New Mexico in Colorado State's 58-20 victory in an NCAA college football game in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Game guide: Utes hope to regain bowl momentum, but beating the 10-2 Rams is no cinch
    Las Vegas • For a decade, Utah won bowl games like no other. The school’s nine-game win streak from 1999 to 2009 was the second-longest in NCAA histor...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:03 am   |     |   Share
    Courtesy  |  R. Marsh Starks, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl cheerleaders pose with the championship trophy. Utah football: National media picks favor Utes in Las Vegas Bowl
    It's just under two days away from the Las Vegas Bowl and the end of Utah's football season. If you haven't been following Matthew Piper's coverage fr...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 01:54 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah's Nate Orchard, second from left, practices with his team Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Las Vegas. Utah is scheduled to play Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher) Utah football bowl notes: For tight end Westlee Tonga, a free Vegas honeymoon
    Las Vegas • Many Utes traveled down the I-15 by bus, stopping in St. George at a Chick-fil-A before arriving at the gold-leaf Mandalay Bay late Tuesda...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:03 am   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Ute Kaelin Clay poses for a portrait after a practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium Tuesday September 2, 2014. Utah football: More All America honors for Hackett, Orchard, Clay
    Tom Hackett, Nate Orchard and Kaelin Clay continue to make the cut for All America lists following the Utes' 8-4 season. Hackett and Orchard were name...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 06:12 pm   |     |   Share