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Last Updated May 5, 2015 07:25PM

Loyalists and apologists can spin it any which way they'd like, but there is a dark fact hanging over BYU football that provides more evidence that the program's competitive goals, and the expectations of many of its fans, do not …

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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dances with excitement at half court after Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) made a highlight play during second 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: Warriors’ Curry passed through Utah on his way to greatness — and went unnoticed
    Steph Curry may be the best basketball player on the planet, at least outside of any born in Akron, Ohio. Wait. Curry was born in Akron, too, just lik...
    Updated Apr 30 2015 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Gene Fullmer shares a light moment with one of the boxing students. The West Jordan Historical Museum plans to build a Monson: Utah was lucky to have Gene Fullmer as a native son
    Forty thousand people lined the streets from Salt Lake City to West Jordan on a frigid January day in 1957 when Gene Fullmer returned home from New Yo...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 09:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 23, 2015, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a 3-point basket over New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) to tie the game in the final seconds of the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans. Curry's tying 3-pointer could have been a four-point play. The NBA says a foul should have been called on Curry's 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation Thursday night. Golden State went on to beat New Orleans 123-119 in overtime for a 3-0 lead in its series. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) Monson: NBA playoff draft order — who would you pick and when?
    If you were to create a lottery draft order for the 14 best players in this year’s NBA playoffs, based only on the merits of their current level of po...
    Updated Apr 25 2015 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah fans watch through the rainfall as the University of Utah Utes hosts the Arizona Wildcats, college football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Saturday November 22, 2014. Monson: Is the state of Utah shifting from blue to red? If not, it should
    Former Utah governor Mike Leavitt once said the question he was asked more than any other while in that job was this: Who do you root for … BYU or Uta...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 08:08 pm   |     |   Share


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Greg Marsden, Utah gymnastics coach for the past 40 years, comments on his retirement, with his wife Megan at his side, at a news conference at the Huntsman Center, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Monson: The coach who transformed his sport is moving on
    Greg Marsden sat in front of a microphone on Tuesday, thanked you and you and you and you and you, thanked his athletes, his school, his fans, his wif...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Jazz first-year coach Quin Snyder answers a reporter's question during the last media availability of the season at the team's practice facility in Salt Lake City Thursday April 16, 2015. Players cleaned out their lockers Thursday after Wednesday night's loss to the Houston Rockets to finish with a 38-44 record for the season. Monson: Quin Snyder’s secret to improving the Jazz (with video)
    “I told these guys things that are hard to hear. I told them the truth.” Quin Snyder Nobody was sure, not with any exactness, how the rookie head c...
    Updated Apr 18 2015 04:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Jazz first-year coach Quin Snyder, right, answersa  reporter's question during the last media availability of the season at the team's practice facility in Salt Lake City Thursday April 16, 2015. General Manager Dennis Lindsey, left, listens. Players cleaned out their lockers Thursday after Wednesday night's loss to the Houston Rockets to finish with a 38-44 record for the season. Monson: The Jazz’s climb is just beginning (with video)
    Some smart guy once said, “Good is not good, when better is expected.” That’s a land mine, a condition, the Jazz will have to skirt in the seasons ah...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) reacts after being called for a foul, in NBA action, Utah vs Indiana, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 5, 2015 Monson: Utah Jazz’s regular Joe Ingles is anything but ordinary
    Near the eve of season’s end, Joe Ingles is in mid-sentence, talking about himself, his growing up in South Australia, in a place called “Happy Valley...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor (44) defends, as Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) makes his move, in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. The Charolette Hornets, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 16, 2015. Monson: Rodney Hood and the young Jazz fueled by a ‘sense of urgency’
    The sage rookie Rodney Hood stood in front of his locker as he thought about the question. He stroked his chin and hatched novels in his head while he...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 05:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Jazz dragster needs Dante Exum to take the wheel
    The Jazz are like a dragster, staging toward the starting line. The rail is ready, the tires are hot, the burnout is complete, the smoke is floating t...
    Updated Apr 07 2015 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah guard Jakob Poeltl, right, celebrates with teammate Brandon Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Stephen F. Austin in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Monson: Jakob Poeltl should go to the NBA
    A decision is hurtling toward Jakob Poeltl that he cannot dodge or put off. He has to determine, once and for all, the proper way to pronounce his na...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 04:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) holds off Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during first half action in the Jazz versus Nuggets NBA game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Monson: Rudy Gobert’s reach is for greatness
    OK, so this is blowing past remarkable and making a move toward unbelievable. The chunks of progress Rudy Gobert is consuming at the center of everyt...
    Updated Apr 02 2015 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Workers at Lucas Oil Stadium install the court in Indianapolis, Friday, March 27, 2015,  as they prepare to host the NCAA Final Four college basketball games on April 4 and 6. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Monson: Hoop schemes — how Mormons watch conference AND the Final Four
    The Final Four is one of the most anticipated sports events of the year. It is everything fans love about athletics, the culmination of the NCAA Tourn...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 03:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder responds to boos from the crowd during player introductions before facing his old team at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Monson: A former Jazz player who has no name
    Gordon Hayward, the other night, couldn’t even say the former Jazz player’s name. The player who would not be named later. The player who alienated h...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah guard Jakob Poeltl, right, celebrates with teammate Brandon Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Stephen F. Austin in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Monson: Jakob Poeltl should go to the NBA
    A decision is hurtling toward Jakob Poeltl that he cannot dodge or put off. He has to determine, once and for all, the proper way to pronounce his na...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 04:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) holds off Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during first half action in the Jazz versus Nuggets NBA game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Monson: Rudy Gobert’s reach is for greatness
    OK, so this is blowing past remarkable and making a move toward unbelievable. The chunks of progress Rudy Gobert is consuming at the center of everyt...
    Updated Apr 02 2015 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Workers at Lucas Oil Stadium install the court in Indianapolis, Friday, March 27, 2015,  as they prepare to host the NCAA Final Four college basketball games on April 4 and 6. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Monson: Hoop schemes — how Mormons watch conference AND the Final Four
    The Final Four is one of the most anticipated sports events of the year. It is everything fans love about athletics, the culmination of the NCAA Tourn...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 03:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder responds to boos from the crowd during player introductions before facing his old team at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Monson: A former Jazz player who has no name
    Gordon Hayward, the other night, couldn’t even say the former Jazz player’s name. The player who would not be named later. The player who alienated h...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The Utes are called back to the court to finish the last .7 seconds of the game during second half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Monson: Perspective will come to Utah — in time
    Houston There was pain etched across the faces of the Ute players as the final seconds slid off the clock late Friday night against Duke. They hated...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The Utes are called back to the court to finish the last .7 seconds of the game during second half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Monson: For Utes, ball didn’t go in the hoop
    Houston Somewhere in the vast expanse of football venue NRG Stadium here on Friday night was a big basketball game whose dimensions were made itty-b...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 08:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Duke Blue Devils forward Justise Winslow (12) throws a Duke shirt to the fans following Duke's practice on the NRG Stadium court prior to their 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game against Utah in Houston, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The Houston native is playing before a hometown crowd. Monson: A win for Utah over Duke is a win for America
    Houston Why does everyone hate Duke? It’s a question that, at least inside the ropes of college sports, ranks right up there with more general inqu...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak yells to his team during first half play. Utah defeated Georgetown 75-64 to advance to the Monson: Utah has a shot against Duke — no, really
    The Utes will attempt to knife the big blue beast on Friday night in Houston and move on to the Elite Eight on Sunday. They have a chance. Slap that ...
    Updated Mar 24 2015 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Mississippi's Aaron Jones (34) and Jarvis Summers celebrate after beating Brigham Young 94-90 in a first round NCAA tournament gameTuesday, March 17, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson) Monson: BYU must get stronger to survive the madness
    Anyone who watched BYU’s loss in the NCAA Tournament against Ole Miss could plainly see the cause of its demise. The Cougars, who had shot the ball as...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 05:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks the ball as Auburn forward Alex Thompson (20) and Auburn guard Devin Waddell look on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Monson: Here’s your chance to beat the know-it-alls in your office pool
    It is a great irony that one of the best things about the NCAA Tournament is the all-fired unpredictability of the whole deal — because there is no sp...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)  
Jazz CEO Greg Miller turns to his mother, and Jazz owner Gail Miller to see if she wanted to field a question from the press. The Utah Jazz introduced Quinn Snyder as their new head coach, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Monson: Nobody panic; the Jazz are here to stay
    So, Greg Miller has stepped away from running the LHM Group of Companies as a CEO and, more importantly for Utah sports fans, the Jazz. Eveerrrreeeeb...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) tries to get through the Bulldog defense in the West Coast Conference championship game, BYU vs. Gonzaga, at the Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Monson: Dancing on tournament’s edge, BYU has more to prove
    On a day that some thought not so long ago they'd never see, when up was down and down was up, when big was small and small was big, it was 75 degrees...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:06 pm   |     |   Share