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Last Updated Jul 26, 2016 06:08PM

Ranking the football coaches in the Pac-12 is both a tricky and dumb thing to attempt to do because there are so many factors to mix in beyond the number of games won and lost, although, ultimately, that’s how coaches …

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  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 file photo, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Pasadena, Calif. Falk leads the nation’s top-ranked passing offense (397 yards per game) with a nation-leading 4,266 yards and 36 TDs with eight interceptions. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) Monson: Logan’s Luke Falk emerges as one of the country’s best quarterbacks
    Mike Leach is talking on his cell phone about Logan’s own Luke Falk. Trying to talk about Luke Falk. He’s also riding a bike, somewhere in Florida, I...
    Updated Jul 23 2016 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Left to Right - Tom Holmoe, Athletic Director, Brigham Young University; Chris Hill, Athletic Director, Steve Starks, President, Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment/Utah Jazz; University of Utah; John Hartwell, Athletic Director, Utah State University; Jerry Bovee, Athletic Director, Weber State University gather together for a group photo after announcing the new men’s college basketball showcase featuring BYU, Utah, USU, and Weber State, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Monson: War and peace and play, at last, in BYU-Utah-Utah State-Weber basketball rivalries
    It’s remarkable what can happen when all the fellas are herded into a room and encouraged to talk and, more importantly, listen to one another. And co...
    Updated Jul 21 2016 07:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman during the second half of an NCAA college football game against the Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Notre Dame defeated BYU 17-14. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Monson: BYU should be invited into a P-5 league, Notre Dame forced into one
    Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel made great points on Monday about BYU. He threw in comments about Notre Dame, too. Yeah, actually, it was the oth...
    Updated Jul 21 2016 10:49 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen presents his vision for a new minor league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark meeting with its board, in Salt Lake City. Hansen, the owner of Utahís Major League Soccer team is offering to build a $13-$17 million stadium at the state fairgrounds that would be home to a minor league team for Real Salt Lake and be part of a broader revitalization of the grounds.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Real Salt Lake reinstates Tribune columnist’s credential
    Three days after Real Salt Lake pulled the press credential of Salt Lake Tribune sports columnist Gordon Monson before RSL’s home match against the Ne...
    Updated Jul 19 2016 02:44 pm   |     |   Share


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  • |  Courtesy  Desert Hills’ Penei  Sewell Monson: Desert Hills’ Penei Sewell a man-child chased by Utah, BYU, USU and many, many others (with video)
    The big kid has 17 scholarship offers from football programs around the country and the flow is just getting started. His coach says there’s a good ch...
    Updated Jul 14 2016 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks the shot of San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) during the Jazz versus Spurs NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Monson: Don’t go to Rio, Rudy, just … don’t
    Rudy, don’t do it. Don’t do it. Do not do it. Ah, Rudy, you’re doing it. You posted on Twitter: “C’est avec plaisir que j’annonce que je serai presen...
    Updated Jul 13 2016 02:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s Caleb Repp and Hunter Dimick celebrate a touchdown at the University of Utah’s Red-White spring football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday April 23, 2016. Monson: Time for college athletes to get more time
    A smart, gifted athlete at a local university once whispered that he wished he could have properly prepared for medical school during his undergraduat...
    Updated Jul 09 2016 05:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer talks to the media at the annual football media day at the Broadcasting Building,Thursday, June 30, 2016. Monson: Grown-up Ty Detmer ready for another shot at BYU greatness
    Provo Ty Detmer grins and chuckles as he humbly looks back at his college football days at BYU, from each of the touchdown passes to the time he ran...
    Updated Jul 07 2016 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, foreground, hugs Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry after Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2016. The Warriors won 96-88. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: Post-Durant, Jazz’s new challenge is to hang on to their best players
    This particular free-agency period has taught/reinforced a number of lessons everybody already either knew or suspected. The first of which is, it’s t...
    Updated Jul 05 2016 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sunday, April 19, 2015, file photo, Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) drives against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) in the first half of an NBA playoff basketball game in Atlanta. Bouncing from team to team, Carroll never doubted he would make it in the NBA. After all, he’d already endured a brother’s death, being shot and a rare liver disease. Now, he’s at the very core of the top-seeded Hawks.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) Monson: Joe Johnson makes the Jazz a sure playoff team
    The man turned 35 last week, and the NBA miles on his odometer can be seen on his face, on his body, on his career stat sheet, on his bank statements....
    Updated Jul 09 2016 04:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Taysom Hill talks to reporters at the annual football media day at the Broadcasting Building,Thursday, June 30, 2016. Monson: Taysom Hill will — and should — be BYU’s starting quarterback (with video)
    Provo The two-ton question weighing heavily around BYU football’s neck at the start of the Cougars’ annual media gathering on Thursday seemed gradua...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 06:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)    John Stockton passes the ball to Karl Malone during game three of the 1998 NBA Finals. Monson: Bryon Russell is wrong — Jazz would not have beaten the Warriors
    Every graybeard basketball player on the planet is piping in on the debate regarding how good or not good Golden State was this past season. Despite l...
    Updated Jun 28 2016 09:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utes and Aggies fans. University of Utah hosts Utah State at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Friday, September 11, 2015. Monson: If you wear BYU, Utah, USU gear, you’re trying to be part of something
    It’s funny how much money people spend connecting themselves to sports teams, buying all kinds of merchandise, especially apparel, by which they wear ...
    Updated Jun 25 2016 05:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Indiana Pacers’ George Hill (3) lays the ball up as Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) looks on in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: One small step for the Jazz, not a giant leap
    We’ve heard it a thousand times: Dennis Lindsey doesn’t want to skip steps. He has no problem with stepping stones. That’s what he bought on Wednesda...
    Updated Jul 07 2016 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Taysom Hill talks to reporters at the annual football media day at the Broadcasting Building,Thursday, June 30, 2016. Monson: Taysom Hill will — and should — be BYU’s starting quarterback (with video)
    Provo The two-ton question weighing heavily around BYU football’s neck at the start of the Cougars’ annual media gathering on Thursday seemed gradua...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 06:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)    John Stockton passes the ball to Karl Malone during game three of the 1998 NBA Finals. Monson: Bryon Russell is wrong — Jazz would not have beaten the Warriors
    Every graybeard basketball player on the planet is piping in on the debate regarding how good or not good Golden State was this past season. Despite l...
    Updated Jun 28 2016 09:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utes and Aggies fans. University of Utah hosts Utah State at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Friday, September 11, 2015. Monson: If you wear BYU, Utah, USU gear, you’re trying to be part of something
    It’s funny how much money people spend connecting themselves to sports teams, buying all kinds of merchandise, especially apparel, by which they wear ...
    Updated Jun 25 2016 05:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Indiana Pacers’ George Hill (3) lays the ball up as Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) looks on in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: One small step for the Jazz, not a giant leap
    We’ve heard it a thousand times: Dennis Lindsey doesn’t want to skip steps. He has no problem with stepping stones. That’s what he bought on Wednesda...
    Updated Jul 07 2016 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) walk off of the court during the game at EnergySolutions Arena Friday April 10, 2015. Monson: Utah Jazz have a chance to swing big in and around the draft
    Heading into Thursday night’s draft, the Jazz are where they’ve been for the better part of a decade now, the better part of two decades: Stuck in the...
    Updated Jun 21 2016 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake  takes to his team after BYU’s final practice of spring camp, at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Friday, April 1, 2016. Monson: BYU’s lack of commitment to football shows in Sitake’s salary
    Here’s a big conclusion drawn from one small truth that’s hardly a secret: BYU is not fully committed to winning at the highest levels of college foot...
    Updated Jun 10 2016 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, from left, LeBron James, Dahntay Jones and J.R. Smith sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Monson: NBA Finals have become a chore and a bore
    The Cavs lost by 33 points to the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. They were crushed, kicked, slapped, dominated, annih...
    Updated Jun 09 2016 06:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Philadelphia heavyweight Joe Frazier connects with a jolting left jab to the jaw of Tony Doyle of Draper, Utah in the first round of their fight in Philadelphia Oct. 17, 1967. Referee Zack Clayton stopped the fight after Frazier knocked Doyle down twice in the second round. (AP Photo/Harry Harris) Monson: A Utahn who traded thousands of punches with Muhammad Ali mourns his passing
    The old boxer’s eyes are a little sleepier now, the mental mechanics a little slower, fighting off the early stages of dementia. But Tony Doyle still ...
    Updated Jun 07 2016 07:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, a nearly empty McLane Stadium is seen minutes before kickoff between Iowa State and Baylor in an NCAA college football game, in Waco, Texas. Baylor University will look to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program after an outside review found administrators mishandled allegations of sexual assault and the team operated under the perception it was above the rules. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) Monson: Quick second chances for violent athletes must end
    It will never change. Ever. The bent priorities men have when they should have straight ones, the lofty place where people of power, who otherwise ma...
    Updated Jun 04 2016 10:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 1, 1975, file photo, spray flies from the head of challenger Joe Frazier as heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali connects with a right in the ninth round of their title fight in Manila, Philippines. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita, File) Monson: Muhammad Ali was the Greatest of All Times
    I have never experienced anything in sports like the night of March 8, 1971. We, my friends and I, were huddled around, waiting for news about what wa...
    Updated Jun 04 2016 11:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the second half in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 28, 2016. The Warriors won 108-101. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Monson: Warriors-Cavs Finals is clear evidence that basketball has gotten deeper
    Basketball isn’t just changing. It has changed. Since somebody cut out the bottom of the peach basket, the 3-point shot and the application of simple...
    Updated Jun 02 2016 10:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center right, drives past Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams, left, during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Monday, May 30, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 96-88. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: Steph Curry’s Warriors remind us why we became sports fans in the first place
    Love or hate the Warriors, and there is no real reason for the latter, they make watching basketball a joy. They make it fun. The positivity with whic...
    Updated May 31 2016 09:37 pm   |     |   Share