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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 Sep 18, 2014 11:49AM

So far this week, we've read plenty on Michigan's outsized stadium with the tradition to match. But what exactly are the Wolverines today?

At 2-1, Michiga...

Updated on Sep 17, 2014 09:26PM

During pregame walkthroughs and warmups on Saturday, Nate Orchard may just bring his camera with him.

He'll step out across the sidelines at the Big House, and he'll be looking for Bryan Mon...

Updated on Sep 16, 2014 09:17PM

After its schedule the last two years, Utah football could be forgiven for wanting just a little bit of relief.

The 2015 slate, released Tuesday evening by the Pac-12, isn't easy, but it doe...

Updated on Sep 15, 2014 08:54PM

The Runnin’ Utes return most of their starters from last year’s 21-12 team, and add to that bunch their most highly touted recruiting class in recent years.

Updated on Sep 17, 2014 04:15PM

Those who hunt for so-called "X-factors" in football games needn't look any further than the turnover margin when the Utes take on Michigan on Saturday.

Both coaches agree: That's where the ...

Updated on Sep 15, 2014 10:56AM

It’s no great secret how this works: A Football Bowl Subdivision school irons out its wrinkles in the process of (usually) steamrolling an overmatched Football Championship Su...

Updated on Sep 14, 2014 07:39PM


Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week Two:

Minnesota running back...

Updated on Sep 14, 2014 07:33PM

If Utah’s fall sports teams can end the season as they began it, a few new banners will be in order.

The football, soccer and volleyball teams hav...

Updated on Sep 11, 2014 10:26PM

It’s hasn’t been easy for Sunia Tauteoli to see Utah State play this fall.

“I would have been playing right now,” he said. “I watch the TV and I’m...

Updated on Sep 11, 2014 09:48AM

The key to recruiting is winning, and the key to winning is recruiting.

That cycle worked in Utah’s favor for years in the Mountain West, but afte...

Updated on Sep 10, 2014 10:33PM

<freeform> Not to be outdone by their gridiron counterparts, Utah men's basketball will be sporting new uniforms this upcoming season.

The Utes revealed three new-look get-ups fro...

Updated on Sep 9, 2014 04:05PM

It's a new look for Utah football. And it's been met with early rave reviews.

It's white. White helmets, to be exact.

The new dome-toppers feature a red stripe down the middle and the...

Updated on Sep 8, 2014 02:08PM

There were just two tweaks to Utah’s depth chart heading into the bye week: 1. Devontae Booker is now listed as a co-starter with Bubba Poole after totaling 145 yards and two ...

Updated on Sep 8, 2014 02:06PM


Utah’s football team doesn’t play BYU’s football team this year, leaving fans to compare Saturday’s blowout victories in a colo...

Updated on Sep 9, 2014 12:50PM

Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week One:

Minnesota running back Matt Asiata • Asiata rushed twice for 10 yard...

Updated on Sep 5, 2014 11:22PM

Hey everybody. We’re cranking up to Saturday’s big game as the Utes take on Fresno State. Here’s what you need to know with the Bulldogs in town:

Updated on Sep 4, 2014 11:15PM

As the Utes prepare to face Fresno State, don't you think you should brush up, too?

Unlike last week, fans aren't flying in blind. Some of you may have tu...

Updated on Sep 4, 2014 11:15PM

Former New York Knick and Senator Bill Bradley is one. USC AD Pat Haden is one. Bill Clinton is one of the most famous ones.


Updated on Sep 1, 2014 09:46AM

Fall is in the air, and so are footballs, soccer balls and volleyballs. Intermittently, at least.

It is unfortunately the way of things that Utah’...

Updated on Sep 4, 2014 11:15PM

When you're waiting on a phone call - a call that tells you about the future of your career - you want to be surrounded by friends and family.

You don't, however, want to be cooped up in a S...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 10:52AM

We tried to hit all the angles (see below) after last night’s seventh-straight season-opening win for the Utes, but here are a few notes that slipped through the cracks.


Updated on Aug 28, 2014 09:35AM

Hey folks, it’s football time, and here’s all you need to know when the Utes take on Idaho State:

Time, Place and [...

Updated on Aug 26, 2014 01:27PM

Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill told The Tribune on Tuesday that the U. plans to install a new south end zone scoreboard at Rice-Eccles Stadium by the start of the 2015 foot...

Updated on Aug 26, 2014 05:40PM

There was some confusion about the eligibility of UCLA transfer defensive end Kylie Fitts, so we asked Utah Director of Player Personnel Fred Whittingham for a clarification.<...

Updated on Aug 26, 2014 11:57AM

Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer doesn’t want Utah kicker Andy Phillips getting oxygen because he’s kicking so many PATs.

How’s that for honesty...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 10:21AM

Day one of the Dave Christensen offense wasn't the smoothest transition.

Getting up to speed was a challenge, to say the least.

"The tempo, to tell you the truth, when Coach Christens...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 10:18AM

It took a little longer than the Utes would've liked, but they've gotten Kylie Fitts.

The Tribune has learned that

Updated on Aug 23, 2014 04:40PM

We wrote yesterday that it was a virtual certainty that Travis Wilson, after being named team captain as a sophomore and all that he’s been through since, would be named team ...

Updated on Aug 26, 2014 10:15PM

It's a familiar story: Athlete lingers down the depth chart. Athlete works all summer. Athlete rises up depth chart. Work pays off.

No one's denying that quarterback Brandon Cox did his fair...

Updated on Aug 21, 2014 11:07AM

Per an agreement with the Ute Indian Tribe, the University of Utah launched a campaign Thursday to better educate students and fans about the meaning of the Ute name.

Updated on Aug 20, 2014 05:57PM


Florida, the domain of Utah recruiters Kalani Sitake and Dennis Erickson, is picking up some Ute fans.

Updated on Aug 20, 2014 11:01PM

Brian Blechen admits it now: He wasn't sure what to make of Tevin Carter even three weeks ago.

"In the summertime he was rehabbing a lot, getting his ankl...

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,...

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