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Kurt Kragthorpe

Last Updated Dec 10, 2016 12:54PM

Their last names are common, but their work is uncommon. Their backgrounds are diverse, but their views of society are closely aligned. Alex Smith and Steve Smith missed one another at the University of Utah by a couple of years …

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  • Kragthorpe: Elsie Mahe: A little girl’s big impact, beyond BYU community
    Elsie Mahe dumped glitter over her head, covered her hair with peanut butter and tossed eggs onto the kitchen floor. Those seemingly mischievous acti...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 10:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Boris Diaw (33) and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday December 8, 2016. Kragthorpe: Despite Green’s criticism, Quin Snyder has the right to keep coaching to the end
    Draymond Green’s time-and-score account was slightly off Thursday night, and so was his criticism of Jazz coach Quin Snyder. Let’s be honest: If, some...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 09:21 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)    l-r Real Salt Lake President Bill Manning, owner Dell Loy Hansen, RSL new head coach Jeff Cassar and RSL General Manager Garth Lagerwey. Cassar was named RSL’s third head coach in the franchise’s 10-year history, Thursday, December 19, 2013. The hiring comes less than two weeks after Jason Kreis, Cassar’s close friend and confidant, left RSL to accept the coaching position at MLS expansion club New York City FC. Kragthorpe: Lagerwey, Manning leading new teams to MLS Cup final an image hit for Real Salt Lake
    Real Salt Lake followers understand the quirky nature of the Major League Soccer playoffs as well as anyone. Their team won the 2009 championship afte...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 07:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oregon linebacker Troy Dye (35) dives and sacks Utah quarterback Troy Williams (3) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey) Kragthorpe: QBs’ bowl showings will frame 2017 outlook for BYU and Utah
    In a baseball park in San Francisco, Troy Williams once watched BYU’s Taysom Hill outplay Washington’s quarterback in a losing effort in the Fight Hun...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 07:41 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU’s new running back coach Reno Mahe works with his players during practice Tuesday March 22.  Kragthorpe: Here’s hoping children can create Utah-BYU bond
    This has to be done sensitively and honorably, and I need your help. Somehow, in the context of next September's Utah-BYU football game, there must be...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Denver’s Jameer Nelson, left, and Emmanuel Mudiay, right, tie up Utah’s Rodney Hood in the first half of a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Kragthorpe: Jazz staying afloat at one-quarter mark, amid injuries (with video)
    Introducing guard Rodney Hood, Jazz public address announcer Dan Roberts said, “Welcome back.” Such a greeting is being heard too often lately at Viv...
    Updated Dec 03 2016 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (7) enters the field for his last home game, on senior night, before in football action, BYU vs Utah State, at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo,  Saturday, November 26, 2016.   Kragthorpe: Taysom Hill’s BYU legacy: ‘Just fun’ to watch him play
    Judging by the response when BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum took the field for the first time this season at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Cougar followers a...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah State Aggies guard Koby McEwen (1) and Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (12) as BYU faces Utah State, NCAA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday November 30, 2016. Kragthorpe: BYU shows toughness, subdues Utah State
    This happens occasionally, when a basketball game involving BYU features strong defense, aggressive rebounding and a grind-it-out offensive style. Th...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 10:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  The Utah bench sits in despair as the clock winds down during their loss to the Butler Bulldogs at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, November 28th, 2016. The final score was 68-59. Kragthorpe: Utes can’t hang with Butler in their current state
    Lost dribbles, backdoor passes intended for teammates who stayed out front and missed shots from all over the court framed Utah’s offensive performanc...
    Updated Nov 28 2016 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah quarterback Troy Williams runs for a short gain against Colorado in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: BYU’s football season is less impressive than Utah’s, but more satisfying
    In a weird way, the Utah Utes did themselves a favor by losing to Colorado. Now they won't have to watch USC, a team they beat in September, play in F...
    Updated Nov 28 2016 09:28 am   |     |   Share
  • Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos with Alex Smith (11) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute Alex Smith comes through as Chiefs edge Broncos in OT
    Denver When the Kansas City Chiefs took over the ball with three minutes remaining in regulation Sunday night, former University of Utah quarterback A...
    Updated Nov 28 2016 10:25 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham looks on as time runs out against Colorado late in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 27-22. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Ute offense is a big letdown in loss to Colorado
    Boulder, Colo. The Utah Utes, the football team that would cancel November if it could, triggered a championship celebration Saturday night. The onl...
    Updated Nov 27 2016 05:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre, center, joins wide receiver Johnny Huntley III, left, and defensive back Chidobe Awuzie in singing the school song after time ran out in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 38-24. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Utes will make someone happy, either USC or Colorado
    Boulder, Colo. The Pac-12 South standings and the College Football Playoff rankings speak of Colorado’s rise, and then there’s the unofficial gauge ...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 09:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sara Hill and her husband, Weber State football coach Jay Hill, talk 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. Kragthorpe: Weber State’s football season won’t cure cancer, but it’s helping
    Ogden After all of his study and analysis of the past three months, Weber State coach Jay Hill nailed the scouting report. Working in his Stewart S...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 12:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos with Alex Smith (11) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute Alex Smith comes through as Chiefs edge Broncos in OT
    Denver When the Kansas City Chiefs took over the ball with three minutes remaining in regulation Sunday night, former University of Utah quarterback A...
    Updated Nov 28 2016 10:25 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham looks on as time runs out against Colorado late in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 27-22. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Ute offense is a big letdown in loss to Colorado
    Boulder, Colo. The Utah Utes, the football team that would cancel November if it could, triggered a championship celebration Saturday night. The onl...
    Updated Nov 27 2016 05:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre, center, joins wide receiver Johnny Huntley III, left, and defensive back Chidobe Awuzie in singing the school song after time ran out in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado won 38-24. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Utes will make someone happy, either USC or Colorado
    Boulder, Colo. The Pac-12 South standings and the College Football Playoff rankings speak of Colorado’s rise, and then there’s the unofficial gauge ...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 09:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sara Hill and her husband, Weber State football coach Jay Hill, talk 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. Kragthorpe: Weber State’s football season won’t cure cancer, but it’s helping
    Ogden After all of his study and analysis of the past three months, Weber State coach Jay Hill nailed the scouting report. Working in his Stewart S...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 12:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Oregon fans celebrate the win as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utes headed to Colorado and then ... who knows?
    So the Utah Utes are moving on to Colorado, if I’m correctly summarizing Joe Williams’ news conference highlights from last Saturday, and these are th...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes wide receiver Tim Patrick (12) bobbles a pass, with Oregon Ducks defensive back Ugo Amadi (14) defending, as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Kragthorpe: Don’t look now, but Utes blow it again
    Utah coach Kyle Whittingham shielded his eyes from the sun with a play-call sheet as the Ute defense huddled Saturday afternoon, watching the replay i...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 07:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Lone Peak’s Dakota Hansen (1) runs past Bingham’s Cole Moody (38) during the 5A football championship at Rice-Eccles Stadium Friday November 18, 2016. Kragthorpe: Bingham overcomes Hansen’s effort to claim 5A title (with video)
    Bingham’s defensive players made every yard challenging for Lone Peak quarterback Dakota Hansen, but running up and down the Rice-Eccles Stadium field...
    Updated Nov 18 2016 07:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Utah football team acknowledges the crowd after the end of an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. Utah defeated Oregon 62-20. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang) Kragthorpe: Oregon Ducks have lost their mythical nature in Pac-12
    My lasting impressions of Utah’s entry into the Pac-12 include the appearance by Tournament of Roses organizers at the news conference, followed a few...
    Updated Nov 18 2016 10:18 am   |     |   Share
  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CENTURYLINK - Utah Jazz guard George Hill greets fans and signs autographs for CenturyLink’s Hearts & Hoops program on at the Gateway Center Wednesday, November 16, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (Jim Urquhart/AP Images for CenturyLink) Kragthorpe: Jazz guard George Hill jumping into community involvement
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder is talking about basketball advice when he says of George Hill, "Every time you turn around, he's offering something to someone...
    Updated Nov 17 2016 09:06 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) and the team celebrated the touchdown. University of Washington Huskies lead University of Utah Utes 14-10 during the first half of their game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, October 29, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utes deserve praise for consistency, with more work to do
    The Utah Utes are haunted by what happened at the California 1-yard line last month, and the football program’s Game 11 Curse is in play this week aga...
    Updated Nov 16 2016 07:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) hangs on the rim after a slam dunk,  in NBA action, Utah vs. Memphis, in Salt Lake City, Monday, November 14, 2016. Kragthorpe: Short-handed Jazz can’t reach finish line vs. Memphis
    The Jazz were back in town Monday night, taking the court at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Not all of them, of course. That would be weird. Already missin...
    Updated Dec 03 2016 08:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah defensive back Marcus Williams (20) celebrates his interception against Arizona State with teammate Justin Thomas (12) and Chase Hansen (22) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Kragthorpe: Utes have avenues, obstacles in Rose Bowl quest
    From a safe distance, the Utah Utes watched Saturday as some madness unfolded in college football, with so many upsets occurring that they almost offs...
    Updated Nov 14 2016 09:24 am   |     |   Share