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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 Apr 18, 2014 01:49PM

There's only so much practice one can watch before wondering, "Yeah, but how do they look in a game?"

Utah's Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium will start filling in th...

Updated on Apr 17, 2014 10:58PM

No, spectators' eyes weren't deceiving them on Thursday afternoon.

That was Uaea Masina out in the defensive backfield, taking reps at free safety with Charles Henderson not participating. A...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 03:40PM

The U.’s swimming and diving team made large strides (strokes?) not only in the pool but also in the classroom in 2014.

The Utes had 26 athletes n...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 03:08PM

Most Los Angeles football players have two choices in mind for their future: UCLA or USC.

Not Donzale Roddie. The Compton, Calif., native has had plenty of conversations with his coach about...

Updated on Apr 15, 2014 09:51PM

This year’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame class is a bumper crop, including 15-year NBA veteran Andre Miller, 27-year women’s basketball coach Elaine Elliott and all-time receptio...

Updated on Apr 15, 2014 08:01PM

The University of Utah sealed a new memorandum of understanding with the Ute Indian Tribe by presenting a signed Utah football helmet signed by Kyle Whittingham.

Updated on Apr 15, 2014 07:59PM

University of Utah didn’t have to look far for Andy Phillips’ potential replacement.

Local Chayden Johnston, rated by a prestigious kicking camp a...

Updated on Apr 14, 2014 04:32PM
Utah's gymnastics team dominated the Pac-12 all-academic gymnastics team that was released Monday with seven of the 12 first-team selections being Utes.
Georgia Dabritz (3.77), Kailah Delaney (3....

Updated on Apr 14, 2014 09:31PM


There are some pretty tough football coaches — coaches who shout, coaches who scream, coaches with head-to-toe scars from their o...

Updated on Apr 13, 2014 05:21PM

GYMNASTICS • The Utes have made a conscious effort to improve team chemistry after last year’s ninth-place finish. So far, they say, so good. After a favorable draw at the NC...

Updated on Apr 12, 2014 04:38PM

The Utes are concerned enough about injuries at linebacker that Jared Norris — although perfectly healthy — won’t get any more live reps this spring.

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 04:56PM

Utah junior linebacker Gionni Paul, voted a team captain for spring, is expected to miss about 5 to 6 months with a broken foot.

Paul underwent su...

Updated on Apr 12, 2014 06:39PM
Wondering what a 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman eats for breakfast? Jeremiah Poutasi will tell you.

Two apples and a yogurt. When he's about to work out — and he's feeling extra self-indulgent —...

Updated on Apr 10, 2014 04:59PM

Utah’s release of a midweek depth chart Wednesday sparked some wild theories about the unusual move.

Let’s set the record straight: It’s not a mot...

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 04:58PM


Kyle Whittingham spent much of Tuesday’s practice soliciting thoughts from a young assistant who’s nowhere on the payroll.

Updated on Apr 6, 2014 08:41PM

GYMNASTICS • Utah sat third after two rotations in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, but snatched the lead with a 49.525 on floor and landed the school’s 28th regional title. ...

Updated on Apr 4, 2014 11:45PM

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham was reluctant to say who might have separated themselves from their teammates at Friday’s scrimmage. (Story here.)

Updated on Apr 5, 2014 05:26PM

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Andre Lewis has the physique and tools of a talented receiver. On Thursday afternoon, he looked like one.

Although one of his toughest catches was a one-handed gr...

Updated on Apr 1, 2014 10:18PM

Junior wide receiver Kenneth Scott addressed his team at the middle of the field after Tuesday’s practice.

Forty yards away, onlookers could hear ...

Updated on Mar 31, 2014 02:36PM

GYMNASTICS • A week after capturing the school’s first Pac-12 team championship, the Red Rocks landed the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. It’s a tough draw for ...

Updated on Mar 30, 2014 04:11PM


On the University of Utah’s campus this past week during his high school’s spring break, 2015 offensive lineman Jake Grant knew t...

Updated on Mar 29, 2014 05:45PM

There have been times this spring where Travis Wilson has looked like he spent four months away from football.

Which, of course, he did.

Updated on Mar 29, 2014 06:10PM

The Utes may be without one of their top pass-rushing threats when they open 2014 play.

Senior linebacker Jacoby Hale tore his ACL and MCL at Thur...

Updated on Mar 27, 2014 11:01PM

New Utah special teams coach Kyle Whittingham asked his kicker how far the offense needed to advance for a field goal.

“Coach, I’m good from 57.”<...

Updated on Mar 28, 2014 01:44PM

Loyalty is a big deal for Steve Smith. When he was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month, he bought a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer to tell fans that h...

Updated on Mar 26, 2014 05:01PM

Utes practice Tuesday looked more like a running back highlight reel session.

Putting on full pads and going live for the first time, Utah's running backs looked right at home. Whether it wa...

Updated on Mar 25, 2014 03:00PM
The award haul continued for Utah's fifth-ranked gymnastics team on Tuesday as Georgia Dabritz, Tory Wilson, Kailah Delaney, Nansy Damianova and Becky Tutka were named All-Americans by the National As...

Updated on Mar 23, 2014 02:23PM

GYMNASTICS • In Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, the Red Rocks became the first Utah team to be crowned Pac-12 champions. They did so in dominant fashion, with the seventh-best...

Updated on Mar 25, 2014 04:15PM
Utah's gymnastics coaches seemed as relieved as excited to win the school's first Pac-12 title on Saturday. As Utah coach Greg Marsden said, he wants all of Utah's programs to do well, but he wanted t...

Updated on Mar 22, 2014 04:11PM

It didn’t matter who was under center at the end of practice Saturday.

The Ute offense, starting from its own 20-yard line, was ushered moonwalkin...

Updated on Mar 22, 2014 04:46PM

Brandon Cox had a good reason to be awake into the early morning hours of Thursday. And it wasn't his playbook.

Cox was anxious for the arrival of his first child, a healthy baby girl.


Updated on Mar 19, 2014 12:08AM

They never shook those road woes.

Through 10 games away from the Huntsman Center, close losses, blown leads and traumatic endings, Utah basketball somehow managed to throw almost all of thos...

Updated on Mar 22, 2014 04:46PM

On Day 1 of spring camp, the spotlight can shine more intently on what didn't happen.

While sophomore Reginald Porter did nab an interception, he dropped one as well. Guess which play Coach ...

Updated on Mar 18, 2014 10:48AM

The day after spring enrollees like Jackson Barton and Alani Havili-Katoa first don crimson at spring camp, a handful of their Ute forebears will make one last trip to the Spe...

Updated on Mar 14, 2014 11:56AM

After a month on the road, the University of Utah baseball team will welcome Oregon State at Salt Lake City’s newly christened Smith’s Ballpark (formerly SpringMobile).

Updated on Mar 12, 2014 10:11AM
Finishing a story today on Utah gymnast Georgia Dabritz and her floor routine, specifically the triple twist she uses as her last pass.
Dabritz is one of the few gymnasts who dares to use the ele...

Updated on Mar 11, 2014 12:07PM

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was a dedicated student at the U., earning a bachelor’s in economics in two years and graduating with a 3.74 GPA.

Updated on Mar 11, 2014 04:21PM

Spring football is essential for college teams, teaching valuable skills like proper tackling technique and helping coaches decide on the order of the depth chart. Oh yeah, an...

Updated on Mar 8, 2014 08:29PM

Utah football's latest 2015 recruit moved off the mainland in the last few years, but never moved of the Utes' radar.

On Friday afternoon, the Utes received a commitment to the 2015 class fr...

Updated on Mar 7, 2014 07:15PM
Utah's sophomore forward speaks here

Updated on Mar 7, 2014 07:12PM
Check out what Utah's head coach has to say on tomorrow's matchup...

Updated on Mar 6, 2014 02:36AM

With a 63-59 win over California on Wednesday night, Utah's put itself in a position not many would've believed to be possible a month ago.

A win on Saturday over Stanford will give the Utes...

Updated on Mar 4, 2014 07:55PM
Congratulations are in order for former Utah softball player Jo Evans, now Texas A&M's coach, who earned her 1,000 coaching victory Saturday.
Evans earned High Country All-Conference Honors in 1...

Updated on Mar 4, 2014 10:13AM
Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham didn't spare any expense in hiring Dave Christensen to be his offensive coordinator as Christensen, the former Wyoming coach who becomes Whittingham's seventh offe...

Updated on Mar 3, 2014 05:50AM
Many coaches who favor an uptempo offense are upset over the proposed "10-second rule," which would require offenses to wait 10 seconds before snapping the football so defenses could make substitution...

Updated on Feb 27, 2014 10:21PM

Hear what Utah's sophomore forward has to say about the matchup against Colorado and the challenge of rebounding the ball against the Buffaloes.

Tony Jones


Updated on Feb 27, 2014 12:21PM
Like others, Utah offensive coordinator Dave Christensen said he was thrilled to hear quarterback Travis Wilson has been cleared to participate in spring ball after recent exams showed there was no ch...

Updated on Feb 26, 2014 03:24PM
The Utes received good news on Wednesday as redshirt freshman Moana Ofahengaue, who was in critical condition following a motorized biking accident on Sunday, has been upgraded to serious.

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 09:58PM

The jump from junior college basketball to Division I hoops is a big one.

And it's one that different players handle in different ways. Take the case of Utah forward Princeton Onwas. He sta...

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