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Kurt Kragthorpe

Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 07:33PM

These wishes for perfect seasons are mathematically impossible, because somebody must lose every in-state game. They’re also emotionally unreasonable, because nobody can fully support their rivals. Yet as the college football season begins Thursday, several stories should transcend partisan boundaries …

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  • |  Courtesy  Southern Utah University’s NFL draft hopefuls, LeShaun Sims (36), Miles Killebrew (36) and James Cowser (53). Kragthorpe: Utes vs. SUU would have been more fun last season
    Standing in the middle of Soldier Hollow Golf Course in mid-July, Demario Warren interrupted his own conversation and turned to another member of the ...
    Updated Aug 31 2016 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     BYU Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) fakes a handoff to BYU Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) during game between BYU and Houston and LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Kragthorpe: Utah, BYU need Williams & Williams to have big impact
    Williams & Williams & More Williamses will have a lot to say about the success or failure of the 2016 college football season in Utah. Much like the ...
    Updated Aug 28 2016 08:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sara Hill hugs her daughter Allie, 5, after she and her husband, Weber State football coach Jay Hill, talked about her battle with Hodgkins lymphoma and how the Wildcat family has rallied around her and her husband at Stewart Stadium, Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Weber State football players, coaches and family and friends shaved their heads in support of her chemotherapy treatments. Weber State football: Wildcats rally around Sara Hill, head coach’s wife, amid cancer treatment
    Ogden Weber State football coach Jay Hill concluded a meeting in early August by reminding his players that with all kinds of things happening in th...
    Updated Aug 31 2016 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU quarterbacks, Taysom Hill and Tanner Mangum talk to the media at the annual football media day at the Broadcasting Building,Thursday, June 30, 2016. Kragthorpe: I can accept being wrong about BYU's quarterback derby
    Here in the media business, wanting our predictions to become true is only natural. In the case of Taysom Hill's being named BYU's starting quarterbac...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 03:27 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Taylor Sander (3) reacts after USA lost to Italy 2-3, in mens volleyball, at Maracanãzinho arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, August 19, 2016. Kragthorpe: For Utah Olympians, these were the Games of Coming Close
    Rio de Janeiro A towel covered Joe Ingles’ face as he walked toward the locker room, hiding his disgust and disappointment after his last basketball...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • United States’ Kevin Durant celebrates winning the men’s basketball gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt York) Kragthorpe: USA erases all doubt in gold medal win over Serbia
    Rio de Janeiro After all of those perplexing nights when the USA basketball players fielded inquiries about why they were failing to dominate Olympi...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 05:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • United States’ Diana Taurasi celebrates with teammate Angel McCoughtry (8) after the gold medal basketball game against Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Kragthorpe: If this USA women’s gold medal basketball team looks familiar, it should
    Rio de Janeiro • Spain’s Silvia Dominguez made the most spectacular play of the Olympic women’s basketball tournament, and USA coach Geno Auriemma jus...
    Updated Aug 20 2016 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Andrew Bogut (6) of Australia tosses a pass, as Miroslav Raduljica (13) of Serbia defends, in basketball action, Australia vs. Serbia, at Carioca arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, August 19, 2016. Kragthorpe: Aussies not themselves in Olympic disaster vs. Serbia
    Rio de Janeiro Australia was showing signs of regrouping early in Friday’s second quarter, when the Jazz’s Joe Ingles studied a straightaway 3-point...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 05:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States’ Ryan Lochte checks his time in a men’s 4x200-meter freestyle heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday, Aug. 14, by thieves posing as police officers who stopped their taxi and took their money and belongings, the U.S. Olympic Committee said. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File) Kragthorpe: Lyin’ Ryan Lochte tarnishes USA’s Olympics
    Rio de Janeiro Brazilians deserve better treatment. Gordon Hayward may have to rewrite his blog post. Ryan Lochte should come back to Rio and apolog...
    Updated Aug 19 2016 03:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Joe Ingles (7) of Australia claps for the fans as the end of the game, after defeating Lithuania in mens Olympics quarter final basketball action, at Carioca Arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, August 15, 2016. Kragthorpe: Passing skill is Aussies’ Olympic basketball distinction
    Rio de Janeiro The Kookaburras, Hockeyroos, Matildas, Opals, Stingers and Sharks have disappointed the homeland’s fans with their performances in Rio...
    Updated Aug 19 2016 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan (blue) fights Evgeny Tishchenko (red) in the Olympic boxing, in the Men’s 91KG  Final bout, at Riocentro Pavilion 6, in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, August 15, 2016. Kragthorpe: This Olympic ‘decathlon’ is an all-day glimpse of the Games
    Rio de Janeiro The Olympic decathlon demands high-level training, commitment and endurance. This is probably true for athletes, as well. In the spir...
    Updated Aug 17 2016 01:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Brazil gets no help from rival Argentina in Olympic basketball
    Rio de Janeiro Nobody reasonably expected Brazil’s Olympic Games to change everything in the culture of the country, but a miracle happened Monday. Br...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 08:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rudy Gobert (16) of France gets some instructions from one of his coaches, in Olympic basketball action, USA vs. France, in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Sunday, August 14, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz’s Rudy of Rio is not a big hit in Olympics
    Rio de Janeiro The French center’s performance Sunday was all that Utah fans could want from him in the Olympics, contributing as France stormed bac...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 07:51 am   |     |   Share
  • United States’ Simone Biles bites her gold medal for the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) Kragthorpe: Green water and a lot of USA gold color first full week of Olympics
    Rio de Janeiro • Just when every other problem surrounding Brazil’s Olympics seemingly was resolving itself, the outdoor diving pool turned green. In ...
    Updated Aug 13 2016 08:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan (blue) fights Evgeny Tishchenko (red) in the Olympic boxing, in the Men’s 91KG  Final bout, at Riocentro Pavilion 6, in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, August 15, 2016. Kragthorpe: This Olympic ‘decathlon’ is an all-day glimpse of the Games
    Rio de Janeiro The Olympic decathlon demands high-level training, commitment and endurance. This is probably true for athletes, as well. In the spir...
    Updated Aug 17 2016 01:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Brazil gets no help from rival Argentina in Olympic basketball
    Rio de Janeiro Nobody reasonably expected Brazil’s Olympic Games to change everything in the culture of the country, but a miracle happened Monday. Br...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 08:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rudy Gobert (16) of France gets some instructions from one of his coaches, in Olympic basketball action, USA vs. France, in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Sunday, August 14, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz’s Rudy of Rio is not a big hit in Olympics
    Rio de Janeiro The French center’s performance Sunday was all that Utah fans could want from him in the Olympics, contributing as France stormed bac...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 07:51 am   |     |   Share
  • United States’ Simone Biles bites her gold medal for the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) Kragthorpe: Green water and a lot of USA gold color first full week of Olympics
    Rio de Janeiro • Just when every other problem surrounding Brazil’s Olympics seemingly was resolving itself, the outdoor diving pool turned green. In ...
    Updated Aug 13 2016 08:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Canada guard Nirra Fields (10) hugs United States center Brittney Griner after their women’s basketball game at the Youth Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The United States defeated Canada 81-51. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Kragthorpe: Canada shows growth in women’s basketball loss to USA
    Rio de Janeiro After playing more than 200 games during her 16 years in the national program, Kim Smith Gaucher is a Canadian women’s basketball hist...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 10:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Adilson da Silva of Brazil, hits the first ball on the first hole during the first round of the men’s golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Kragthorpe: Olympic golf is back — and it might work this time
    Rio de Janeiro Hours after launching the first Olympic golf shot in more than a century, Brazil native Adilson da Silva wiped away tears and paused ...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 10:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Andrew Bogut (6) of Australia guards Kyrie Irving (10) of United States, in Olympic basketball action, USA vs. Australia,  in Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday, August 10, 2016. Kragthorpe: Aussies gain some believers in loss to USA
    Rio de Janeiro Jazz guard Joe Ingles of Australia plays regularly against the NBA stars representing the USA in the Olympics, so he recognizes what h...
    Updated Aug 10 2016 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • U.S. gymnasts and gold medallists, right to left, Gabrielle Douglas, Simone Biles, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman bite their medals during the medal ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women’s team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Kragthorpe: While USA wins gymnastics gold, future Ute MyKayla Skinner can only watch
    Rio de Janeiro MyKayla Skinner will come to the University of Utah knowing the USA women’s gymnastics team easily would have won the gold medal with...
    Updated Aug 10 2016 08:19 am   |     |   Share
  • United States’ Kyrie Irving (10) reacts after he was called for a foul during a men’s basketball game against Venezuela at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Kragthorpe: Defense becoming the story of USA basketball team
    Rio de Janeiro Rodney Hood knew long ago what Venezuela’s players discovered in the second quarter Monday night. The members of the U.S. Olympic bas...
    Updated Aug 08 2016 10:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Raulzinho Neto (5) of Brazil, guards Mantas Kalnietis (5) of Lithuania, in Olympic basketball action, Brazil vs. Lithuania, in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, August 7, 2016. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s Raul Neto, Brazil almost produce epic comeback
    Rio de Janeiro Promoted to Brazil’s starting lineup for the second half Sunday, Jazz point guard Raul Neto drove into the lane and hit a jump shot o...
    Updated Aug 08 2016 11:15 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rudy Gobert (16) of France,goes for a rebound along with Andrew Bogut (6) of Australia, in Olympic Basketball action in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, August 5, 2016. Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute Andrew Bogut exploits French defense in Aussies’ easy win
    Rio de Janeiro The moment he received the diagnosis, Andrew Bogut did the math and didn’t like the answer. Having sprained his left knee in Game 5 o...
    Updated Aug 07 2016 04:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Australia’s Matthew Dellavedova (8) poses for a photo with the Rio 2016 logo as teammate Andrew Bogut, left, stands by, during a basketball training session prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Kragthorpe: Five Olympic questions to be answered in Rio
    Rio de Janeiro The five biggest subjects of my curiosity about the 2016 Olympics, not necessarily in order … • Can anyone touch USA Basketball? Be...
    Updated Aug 15 2016 07:38 pm   |     |   Share