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Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 10:15PM

National championships don’t come all that often around here in any sport, but the top-ranked BYU men’s volleyball team, hatched from a program that has hoisted its share of title trophies, has a decent shot at hoisting another next week …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake, left, leans in to speak to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham as they both visited the Utah House of Representatives, Thursday, March 3, 2016. They were later both honored for their football accomplishments by an introduction on the floor. Monson: Kyle Whittingham, Kalani Sitake set new tone for BYU-Utah rivalry
    Much has been written, discussed, argued, including in this space, about the Utah-BYU rivalry and the importance/usefulness of having the Cougars and ...
    Updated Apr 26 2016 09:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Grizzlies Ryan Hayes (11) celebrates his goal along with Utah Grizzlies T.J. Syner (84), in the third period. Hayes’ goal gave the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead in ECHL Division Semi-Final hockey action, Utah Grizzlies vs. The Idaho Steelheads, at the Maverik Center, Monday, April 27, 2015. Utah Grizzlies: Ryan Hayes’ story is one of gratitude
    West Valley City There are two constants in Ryan Hayes’ life — his love of hockey and family. And those two givens are connected in a way that has ...
    Updated Apr 23 2016 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes quarterback Brandon Cox (5) throws the ball during a practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium  Tuesday April 5, 2016. Monson: Who’s going to start at quarterback for the Utes? Here’s a best guess
    “Luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.” — Don Shula The Utah Utes have had their fill of bad luck. And their tim...
    Updated Apr 22 2016 05:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 30, 2016. Monson: Utah Jazz are climbing a wall leaning toward them
    As much as everyone around here hoped the Jazz would make the playoffs, everyone also was certain that the Jazz, had they gotten in, would have been b...
    Updated Apr 19 2016 09:29 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles (41) spins around Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 1, 2016. Utah Jazz defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 98-85. Monson: Trey Lyles has bright future as Utah Jazz’s gluey force
    At the end of a ruptured season, a season that twisted and blew out knees, wrenched backs, fractured fibulas, sprained ankles, and that, ultimately, a...
    Updated Apr 16 2016 08:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey talks about the Jazz season at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Monson: Bottom line — the Jazz must make the playoffs next season (with video)
    As Jazz managers, coaches and players filed through their practice facility, talking and then walking on a rainy, dismal Thursday, there were varying ...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 05:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams, right, guards Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) during the first quarter in an NBA basketball game Monday, April 11, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: For the Jazz, youth is served — and it’s painful
    The Jazz’s chance at the playoffs looks bleak now. Not absolutely hopeless, but definitely bleak. The Jazz’s season of promise, the season when they ...
    Updated Apr 12 2016 09:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes wide receiver Kyle Fulks (6) and Utah Utes Boobie Hobbs (1) during the spring scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday April 9, 2016. Monson: How explosive can Utah football’s offense be?
    He’s not been named the Utes’ starting quarterback, and he struggled a bit during Saturday’s scrimmage, but if confidence and moxie, as well as comely...
    Updated Apr 16 2016 04:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    Jerry Sloan yells support form the bench in his first quarter as head coach of the Utah Jazz in 1988. Monson: Jerry Sloan’s fight is everybody’s fight
    Rolled down old Route 242 toward McLeansboro one morning, looking to discover Jerry Sloan. He didn’t live there full-time anymore, but his essence was...
    Updated Apr 07 2016 06:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Quin Snyder says Jazz can play better, and they’ll have to
    Like the thespian, stroking his beard and asking himself his age-old question, the San Antonio Spurs showed up against the Jazz on Tuesday night, wond...
    Updated Apr 05 2016 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Quin Snyder talks to Dante Exum in the first half as the Utah Jazz faced the Dallas Mavericks at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday, April 13, 2015. Monson: Dante Exum expects to be ‘better than ever’ after a year of watching, learning
    Dante Exum is working and waiting for his return, understanding now more than ever how important that return is. One of the scarce graces of a seriou...
    Updated Apr 02 2016 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 30, 2016. Monson: It’s time for Rodney Hood to drive the Jazz bus
    As the Jazz were putting up what appeared to be a fine effort against planet Earth’s best team on Wednesday night, an effort that demonstrated growth ...
    Updated Mar 31 2016 05:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jazz guard Rodney Hood celebrates a three-point basket during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 28, 2016. Monson: For Utah Jazz, the chase could be better than the catch
    This is a whole new deal for the Jazz, and with eight games left and their record level at 37, they now stand in the seventh slot in positioning for t...
    Updated Mar 29 2016 06:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak in a huddle with his team as Utah hosts Arizona, NCAA basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday February 27, 2016. Monson: Larry Krystkowiak’s Utes are ‘in the middle’ of their journey
    Hope hauled out of the debris from the crushing Utah suffered at the destructive hands of Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament last week comes from a genera...
    Updated Mar 26 2016 10:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Quin Snyder talks to Dante Exum in the first half as the Utah Jazz faced the Dallas Mavericks at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday, April 13, 2015. Monson: Dante Exum expects to be ‘better than ever’ after a year of watching, learning
    Dante Exum is working and waiting for his return, understanding now more than ever how important that return is. One of the scarce graces of a seriou...
    Updated Apr 02 2016 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 30, 2016. Monson: It’s time for Rodney Hood to drive the Jazz bus
    As the Jazz were putting up what appeared to be a fine effort against planet Earth’s best team on Wednesday night, an effort that demonstrated growth ...
    Updated Mar 31 2016 05:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jazz guard Rodney Hood celebrates a three-point basket during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 28, 2016. Monson: For Utah Jazz, the chase could be better than the catch
    This is a whole new deal for the Jazz, and with eight games left and their record level at 37, they now stand in the seventh slot in positioning for t...
    Updated Mar 29 2016 06:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak in a huddle with his team as Utah hosts Arizona, NCAA basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday February 27, 2016. Monson: Larry Krystkowiak’s Utes are ‘in the middle’ of their journey
    Hope hauled out of the debris from the crushing Utah suffered at the destructive hands of Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament last week comes from a genera...
    Updated Mar 26 2016 10:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU head coach Kalani Sitake  shares a laugh with quarterback coach Ty Detmer on the second day of spring practice, in Provo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Monson: Kalani Sitake is wrapping his mind and arms around BYU football
    Provo After a recent BYU spring football practice, new head coach Kalani Sitake happily breezed into an interview area, plopped down, spotted some su...
    Updated Apr 05 2016 04:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Safties and Special Teams coach Morgan Scalley coaches during University of Utah Spring scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Monson: Morgan Scalley wants his Ute defense to storm and swarm — smartly
    Morgan Scalley wants to change the notion, the presumption that defensive players are a bunch of dumb, dimwitted Cro-Magnon men who do their business ...
    Updated Mar 22 2016 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak and assistants yell at officials questioning a call during first half play. Gonzaga held a 44-29 lead over Utah at the half, Saturday, March 19, 2016. Monson: Will the Utes be ‘OK’ after blowout loss to Gonzaga?
    Denver Well, now. That was about as much fun as watching a shark devour chum, wasn’t it? With a smooth swim through open water toward the Elite Eig...
    Updated Mar 19 2016 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) directs the defense during second half play. Utah beat Fresno State 80-69 in Denver, Thursday, March 17, 2016. Monson: Jakob Poeltl versus Domantas Sabonis is a big, big deal
    Denver So, this is kind of cool now, two NBA-caliber big men going at it in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in an arena at the foot of the R...
    Updated Mar 18 2016 10:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) blocks the shot attempt by Fresno State Bulldogs guard Paul Watson (3) during first half play. Utah led Fresno State 33-22 at the half in Denver, Thursday, March 17, 2016. Monson: Utes’ win is ugly — but beautiful enough
    Denver Early in Utah’s first-round NCAA Tournament game here, two things became obvious: First, the uglier the action got, the more it favored Fresn...
    Updated Mar 17 2016 11:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah guard Brandon Taylor stretches during practice for a first-round men’s college basketball game Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in the NCAA Tournament in Denver. Utah faces Fresno State on Thursday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Monson: Brandon Taylor is Utah’s little big man
    Denver Brandon Taylor is Utah’s renaissance man, its resuscitation man, its resurrection man, its return-to-glory man. And, now, as the point guard n...
    Updated Mar 16 2016 08:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Guard Brandon Taylor (11) celebrates  the Utes 57-55 win over Colorado, in Pac-12 basketball action at the Huntsman Center Saturday, March 5, 2016. Monson: Utes have clear advantages in Denver — and some cause for concern
    Let’s consider what the Utes are up against and what they have going for them in the first two rounds of their NCAA Tournament challenge here. First ...
    Updated Mar 15 2016 08:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) works the ball inside, as California Golden Bears center Kameron Rooks (44) defends, in PAC-12 Basketball Championship semi-finals, Utah Utes vs.The California Golden Bears, at the MGM Arena, in Las Vegas, Friday, March 11, 2016. Monson: Don’t freak out, Utah will bounce back at the dance
    Pay no attention to what you saw happen to Utah on Saturday. OK, pay some attention to it, but don’t freak out. The Utes are so much better than what...
    Updated Mar 18 2016 04:36 pm   |     |   Share