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“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 Of all the conclusions to draw from Utah’s season thus far, one stands out. …

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  • 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 20 2014 09:48 am   |     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


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  • 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 20 2014 09:48 am   |     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 16 2014 01:45 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 15 2014 11:06 am   |     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
  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

 Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) runs past DUPLICATE***Texas Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond (33) in the Cougars 40-21 win over the University of Texas at Lavell Edwards stadium, Saturday, September 7, 2013.  Monson: Can BYU overcome Texas’ thirst for revenge?
    BYU’s game against Texas this week has everything the rest of its schedule doesn’t have: 1) a storied opponent with a marquee name, 2) a storied oppon …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:16 pm   |     Share
  • (Photo by Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Brigham Young's Max Hall #15 quiets down the stadium during the first half of the game against Florida State at LaVell Edwards Saturday September 19, 2009. BYU lost the game 54-28. Monson: Don’t laugh at Max Hall now
    Bitter people who are still mad at Max Hall are laughing at him now. It became public on Tuesday that the former BYU quarterback was busted in Arizon …
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:16 pm   |     Share
  • (Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah State Aggies wide receiver Travis Reynolds (8) pulls down the catch ahead of Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Robertson Daniel (4).Brigham Young University Cougars defeatd Utah State University Aggies 31-14, Friday, October 4, 2013 in Logan. Monson: Bronco (sort of) happy to have a rivalry game
    When a college football coach utters a quote that condescendingly pats one rival on the head just days before the game while simultaneously ripping th …
    Updated Oct 15 2014 10:06 am   |     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 03 2014 02:41 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