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Last Updated Mar 3, 2015 08:30PM

College basketball is broken and needs to be fixed. Let’s rephrase that. There are measures that can be taken to make the college game better. Even in March. Especially in March. Overall, interest is down, ratings are down, the game …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Arizona Wildcats forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23)splits defenders, Utah Utes forward Chris Reyes (20) and Utah Utes guard Delon Wright (55), in Pac-12 Basketball action at the Huntsman Center, Saturday, February 28, 2015 Monson: Utah takes shot to the mouth against Arizona (with video)
    Shear away all the hullabaloo, all the peripherals, all the extra dressing and clutter from the biggest game of the century, or whatever, at the Hunts...
    Updated Mar 02 2015 06:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors works in the post against Spurs forward Aron Baynes in the first half of a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Monson: Getting nasty would bridge the Jazz’s great divide
    While watching the Jazz beat the Spurs on Monday night, a longtime suspicion crystalized into a certainty: The Jazz too often are a team divided. If t...
    Updated Feb 24 2015 10:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocked this second half pass. The Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 92-76, Friday, February 20, 2015. Monson: Pure? Are the Jazz pure enough to reach new heights?
    Purity. It’s not a word typically associated with NBA basketball, but that’s the one Quin Snyder used to describe the way his team played Friday nigh...
    Updated Mar 01 2015 09:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, defends Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Clippers won 94-89. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: Jazz need more than what they got for Enes Kanter
    “The present screams while the future whispers, but the future always comes due.” — Dennis Lindsey, Jazz general manager On Thursday, the present di...
    Updated Feb 20 2015 09:33 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Utah guard Delon Wright (55) brings the ball up court against Stanford in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Utah won 75-59. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: No pipe dream here — Utah could make the Final Four
    No big surprise by now that the Utah Utes are a terrific basketball team. They have size. They have versatility. They have depth. They have the incli...
    Updated Feb 17 2015 09:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this  Aug. 18, 2014 file photo, Cumberland manager David Belisle, center, talks with pitcher CJ Davock, left, and catcher Trey Bourque during the fifth inning of an elimination baseball game against Chicago at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Chicago won 8-7. It was announced Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 that the Chicago team was stripped of it's national Little League title for using players from outside league boundaries. Belisle said Cumberland got beat by cheaters and the adults who orchestrated the scheme should be ashamed. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Winning is not worth it if you have to cheat to win
    Never did like cheaters. You? Mountain Ridge of Las Vegas, I feel your pain. It’s Doug’s fault, at least for me. He was a kid who played on a 12-and-...
    Updated Feb 14 2015 10:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 19, 1991, file photo, UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Commerce Committee on reform of intercollegiate athletics.  Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File) Monson: Jerry Tarkanian was a memorable college basketball caricature
    They say Jerry Tarkanian told a lot of tales, many of them tall. He won a lot of games, many of them convincingly and some of them at the expense of U...
    Updated Feb 12 2015 03:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) goes to the basket as Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson, left, and DeMarcus Cousins (15) defend in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 102-90. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: Jazz are building a promising wall up front
    In a season of development, the biggest one for the Jazz — the most promising, too — is their biggest players. The Jazz’s front line is coming on stro...
    Updated Feb 18 2015 08:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) battles Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3). Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Blazers 92-73 during Tuesday's, October 7, 2014 preseason opener at Energy Solutions Arena. Monson: Dante Exum knows success will come with more aggression
    A few new wrinkles creased Dante Exum’s fresh face as he sat in front of his locker before a recent Jazz game, ticking off the challenges that have be...
    Updated Feb 08 2015 09:56 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall during a practice at Richards Building Fields Friday August 1, 2014. Monson: Bronco takes hard look at BYU football, says, ‘I’ve fallen short in a lot of areas’
    Having tucked away his 11th recruiting class at BYU, Bronco Mendenhall talked candidly on Wednesday about the steep challenges facing his football pro...
    Updated Feb 13 2015 05:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham looks on in the second half during an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Salt Lake City. Utah and Whittingham have agreed to the terms of a new four-year deal that could keep him with the program through 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Monson: Utah has clear recruiting advantages over BYU
    You’re a star football recruit who grew up in the state of Utah. You have serious potential. BYU and Utah, as well as other schools, want you. Nation...
    Updated Feb 03 2015 07:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, rear, calls to his players during NFL football practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.  The Patriots face the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Monson: Tom and Bill will get their fourth Super Bowl title
    There are all kinds of reasons to pick the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. Kragthorpe took them, and I’m not mad at him for doing so — both because...
    Updated Jan 31 2015 04:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady looks on before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis.  There is a lot to look forward to when Russell Wilson's Seahawks take on Brady's Patriots in the Super Bowl, and not just that Seattle can become the first team to win consecutive NFL championships since New England a decade ago. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn, File) Monson: Super Bowl Sunday should be a national holiday
    The 49th Super Bowl is set and there are a few things to like about it. Make that almost everything. Nobody loves the one-step-too-far Roman numeral d...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah (13), Kirk Hinrich (12)  Jazz Joe Ingles (2), and Bulls Pau Gasol watch, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Monson: Rudy Gobert’s time has come — start him
    It’s time for Rudy Gobert to start and finish for the Jazz. It’s time for Enes Kanter to spend more time on the pine. We’ve all thought it. We’ve ski...
    Updated Feb 13 2015 05:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham looks on in the second half during an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Salt Lake City. Utah and Whittingham have agreed to the terms of a new four-year deal that could keep him with the program through 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Monson: Utah has clear recruiting advantages over BYU
    You’re a star football recruit who grew up in the state of Utah. You have serious potential. BYU and Utah, as well as other schools, want you. Nation...
    Updated Feb 03 2015 07:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, rear, calls to his players during NFL football practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.  The Patriots face the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Monson: Tom and Bill will get their fourth Super Bowl title
    There are all kinds of reasons to pick the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. Kragthorpe took them, and I’m not mad at him for doing so — both because...
    Updated Jan 31 2015 04:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady looks on before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis.  There is a lot to look forward to when Russell Wilson's Seahawks take on Brady's Patriots in the Super Bowl, and not just that Seattle can become the first team to win consecutive NFL championships since New England a decade ago. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn, File) Monson: Super Bowl Sunday should be a national holiday
    The 49th Super Bowl is set and there are a few things to like about it. Make that almost everything. Nobody loves the one-step-too-far Roman numeral d...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah (13), Kirk Hinrich (12)  Jazz Joe Ingles (2), and Bulls Pau Gasol watch, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Monson: Rudy Gobert’s time has come — start him
    It’s time for Rudy Gobert to start and finish for the Jazz. It’s time for Enes Kanter to spend more time on the pine. We’ve all thought it. We’ve ski...
    Updated Feb 13 2015 05:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (WHITTINGHAM
University of Utah athletic drector Chris Hill (left) and Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham walk to the podium together to annouce the new contract ectended to Whittingham. Terms were announced as 6 million over 5 years. 
A press conference was held to announce that the University of Utah has extended head coach Kyle Whittingham's contract to coach their football team, Monday, 12/29/08.
Scott Sommerdorf / The Salt Lake Tribune)  Monson: Here’s what happened on Whittingham’s way to new $11 million contract — and what it means
    OK, let’s get one more running start at what happened on the road to Kyle Whittingham agreeing to a new four-year contract worth $11 million. And then...
    Updated Jan 17 2015 10:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Doug Rogers

Rylee Rogers, Lives in Highland, Ut. Played setter, Lone Peak High School, four year starter. Signed letter of intent for Southern Utah University in November 2014. Monson: Five Division I athletes, five different schools, one family
    There are families that embrace sports, and then there are families that are embraced by sports, clutched in a hug so tight it never really ends. The...
    Updated Jan 17 2015 09:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) gets fouled by Golden State Warriors center Marreese Speights (5) during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Golden State Warriors NBA basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Monson: You’ve seen this film before: the Jazz get rolled by a better team
    War-ree-ors, come out and play-ee-yay. War-ree-ors, come out and play-ee-yay. War-ree-ors … come out and … yeah, bad ’70s movies for $500, Alex. That...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 06:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)  
Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham has opted for familiar faces steeped in the Ute program over coaching experience in building his staff. Monson: Kyle Whittingham and Chris Hill stay together — for the time being
    So, as it turned out, Chris Hill and Kyle Whittingham are a fighting couple that decided to give in and stay together for the good of the kids. Neith...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah (13), Kirk Hinrich (12)  Jazz Joe Ingles (2), and Bulls Pau Gasol watch, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Monson: Zut alors! Rudy Gobert and the Jazz are on the rise
    Sacrebleu! Ah, la vache! Roooody Gobaaaaaaaaaarre! Pardon my French. I may have broken two of my absolute writing rules at the start of this column: ...
    Updated Jan 08 2015 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) takes the ball inside, in NBA action, Utah vs Indiana, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 5, 2015 Monson: Dante Exum must play more to be more
    Dante Exum rose up for a shot … and missed.He rose up again, and missed again, and again and again and again. In the early going of his first start f...
    Updated Jan 20 2015 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, center, celebrates with linebacker Tony Washington, left and head coach Mark Helfrich after a 59-20 win against Florida State during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Monson: At last, college football’s best thing ever
    After years of waiting and waiting, enduring excuses and doublespeak and nonsense from those standing in the way, college football fans were finally r...
    Updated Jan 03 2015 07:44 pm   |     |   Share