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Last Updated Oct 30, 2014 04:56PM

Good move by the Pac-12. And a harbinger of better things to come. The conference passed changes this week that will positively affect athletes at all its schools and in all its sports in the years ahead, and those changes …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall walked onto the field during pre game warmups before BYU plays Utah State in Provo, Friday, October 1, 2014. Monson: Bronco sold BYU fans a bad bill of goods
    It wasn’t that long ago that Bronco Mendenhall was talking about winning national championships at BYU. He said it multiple times over multiple years, …
    Updated Oct 28 2014 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Jazz evolution continues toward a better ending
    Predictions for this Jazz season pivot on one thing: how much progress a relatively young team can make from one year to the next. As much as the word …
    Updated Oct 26 2014 12:18 am   |     |   Share
  • BYU quarterback Christian Stewart (7) looks for a receiver during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Boise State in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger) Monson: BYU is awash in bloody defeat
    Boise, Idaho Three words for the Cougars: stop the hemorrhaging. And three more: find a raft. No matter how anyone tries to pretty up an ugly pictur …
    Updated Oct 26 2014 08:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors, left, and forward Jeremy Evans, right, battle for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Monson: The Jazz need a couple pillars — who will they be?
    The NBA has a problem and the Jazz need a couple of stars. In order to win and, in particular, contend in a league dominated by big guns, teams have …
    Updated Oct 23 2014 11:33 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Kalani Sitake - Asst Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, right, talks with head coach Kyle Whittingham at Utah football practice, Wednesday, August 14, 2013. Monson: U.’s Sitake will be a great head coach
    “We’ve got to win. We’re focused on getting these guys to a bowl game. We’re focused on getting some respect in the Pac-12.” — Kalani Sitake …
    Updated Oct 22 2014 10:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Quin Snyder and Utah Jazz players are a good match
    None of this preseason stuff counts. That does not mean it doesn’t matter. The Jazz, to varying levels of success, are attempting to build their new …
    Updated Oct 24 2014 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Brigham Young running back Algernon Brown, right, is tackled after a short gain by Central Florida linebacker Terrance Plummer, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Monson: BYU is trapped in college football purgatory
    BYU is in college football purgatory. The Cougars aren’t in heaven, but they’re not quite in hell, either. They’re not good enough to make a New Year …
    Updated Oct 20 2014 09:27 am   |     |   Share
  • (Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah's Andy Phillips (39) scores Utah's first points of the game as the Utes host the Bulldogs at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Tom Hackett (33) is holding the ball. Monson: Utah is the best in the country at ... don’t change that dial
    Utah may be ranked No. 20 in the latest AP poll, but there are a couple of areas where the Utes rank No. 1 in college football’s metrics. One of them: …
    Updated Oct 16 2014 04:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Velasquez (26) races San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (80) for the ball,  in RSL action Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes, at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, October 11, 2014 Monson: RSL should do whatever it takes to keep Lagerwey
    Sandy Watching Real Salt Lake beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night in front of its 14th straight sellout crowd, …
    Updated Oct 16 2014 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Jazz losses may stack up, but hopelessness won’t
    Twenty-four. That’s the over/under on the number of wins the Jazz will get this season, as figured by Vegas. Only the 76ers’ over/under win total is ...

    Updated Oct 23 2014 09:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: There’s nothing abnormal about the Jazz in beating Blazers
    Dr. Snyder spoke the truth on Tuesday night about the thing he’s creating. “We’re trying to find out who we are,” he said. Frankenstein entered the b...

    Updated Oct 15 2014 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The Utes take the field at the Rose Bowl before facing theUCLA Bruins, in Pasadena, California, Saturday, October 4, 2014 Monson: Utes shock UCLA and restore their Pac-12 hopes
    Pasadena, Calif. Well, now. Up is down. Down is up. Fat is thin. Thin is fat. Tall is short. Short is tall. Upside down is right side up. Right side ...

    Updated Oct 29 2014 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, right, with rookie Rodney Hood stand for photographs during Jazz Media Day at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City, Monday, September 29, 2014. Monson: Jazz are confident they can win a title … no, no they aren’t
    One word characterizes the Jazz at the start of their new season. It’s a surprising word, given the team’s 57 losses last year. But the veterans are g …
    Updated Oct 26 2014 07:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Utah Jazz introduce their new head coach, Quinn Snyder, center, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey is at left, and Jazz CEO Greg Miller is at right. Monson: Greg Miller responds to questions about the Utah Jazz
    Greg Miller recently came into the studios of 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone at our invitation and sat down to answer questions and talk about, among other …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: There’s nothing abnormal about the Jazz in beating Blazers
    Dr. Snyder spoke the truth on Tuesday night about the thing he’s creating. “We’re trying to find out who we are,” he said. Frankenstein entered the b...

    Updated Oct 15 2014 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The Utes take the field at the Rose Bowl before facing theUCLA Bruins, in Pasadena, California, Saturday, October 4, 2014 Monson: Utes shock UCLA and restore their Pac-12 hopes
    Pasadena, Calif. Well, now. Up is down. Down is up. Fat is thin. Thin is fat. Tall is short. Short is tall. Upside down is right side up. Right side ...

    Updated Oct 29 2014 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, right, with rookie Rodney Hood stand for photographs during Jazz Media Day at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City, Monday, September 29, 2014. Monson: Jazz are confident they can win a title … no, no they aren’t
    One word characterizes the Jazz at the start of their new season. It’s a surprising word, given the team’s 57 losses last year. But the veterans are g …
    Updated Oct 26 2014 07:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Utah Jazz introduce their new head coach, Quinn Snyder, center, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey is at left, and Jazz CEO Greg Miller is at right. Monson: Greg Miller responds to questions about the Utah Jazz
    Greg Miller recently came into the studios of 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone at our invitation and sat down to answer questions and talk about, among other …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brigham Young Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) celebrates his touchdown run during the second half of the game at LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday September 20, 2014.  BYU won the game 41-33. Monson: BYU’s open road to perfection has some potholes
    Owing to the fact that they have to, the BYU Cougars are properly treating — or at least attempting to treat — every game this season as though it’s t …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) is tackled by Virginia Cavaliers safety Anthony Harris (8) during the game at LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday September 20, 2014. No flag was thrown on the play. Virginia is winning the game 16-13 at halftime. Monson: BYU is imperfect and undefeated (VIDEO)
    Provo • It was far from perfect, even though the record still is. It wasn’t particularly picturesque. But what 4-0 BYU did against Virginia on Saturda …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: It’s a rough time for anybody who loves sports
    “I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people’s accomplishments; the front page, nothing but man’s failures.” It w …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes running back Troy McCormick (21) runs the ball during the second half of the game at Rice-Eccles stadium Thursday August 28, 2014. Utah defeated Idaho State 56-14. Monson: Utah has new reasons for big hope
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill OK, that’s a little …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


University of Utah coach Morgan Scalley yells encouragement to his defensive players during spring football practice at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Monson: If BYU wants perfection, it must listen to a Ute
    One by one, BYU’s coach and players sifted through what had transpired the other night, after the Cougars’ third straight victory to start the season. …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:29 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. Monson: Cougars’ victory over Houston was an underachievement
    Provo • Three things were in the offing for BYU on Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium and two of them were bad: a shot at a big, impressive win, …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this still image taken from a hotel security video released by TMZ Sports, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punches his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at the Revel casino in Atlantic City, N.J., in February 2014. The Ravens terminated their contract with Rice Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, hours after the video surfaced on TMZ's website, and he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL. (AP Photo) Monson: One thing is simple in Ray Rice aftermath — men, don’t hit women
    The Ray Rice elevator video was hard to watch. It was callous and cruel. It brought unanswerable questions to mind: When will men stop beating women? …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Hill’s leap of faith propels BYU past Texas
    Austin, Texas They loaded into Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night from all over the Lonestar State and beyond, nearly 100,000 …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:18 pm   |     |   Share