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Deanna Collins, an English teaching majo... As “Utah Man” echoed around Rice Eccles Stadium, it was clear that old habits and traditions die hard. Despite a more politically correct push in the offseason, altering lyrics from “Utah Man” to “Utah Fan,” among other changes, fans largely stuck to the version written in 1904. Standing next to the Utah student section, students clad in both white and red belted out “man” following the team’s opening touchdown of the night, just as they’d always done. Deanna Collins, an English teaching majo... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58349583@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:10:08 MDT Utah football LIVE updates: Utah 56, Idaho State 14 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58348813-89/utah-idaho-state-yards.html.csp The Utes got what everyone expected — a win. A big, honking 56-14 win. But Utah’s opener was not without a dash of tension. Fans hoping for a demolition from start to finish were disappointed as Idaho State drove into Utah territory aiming to tie up the 7-point game. But soon after Eric Rowe blocked the Bengals’ 30-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, the wrecking ball was unleashed. Kaelin Clay electrified Rice-Eccles fifth-biggest crowd with both punt and kickoff returns for a touchd... The Utes got what everyone expected — a win. A big, honking 56-14 win. But Utah’s opener was not without a dash of tension. Fans hoping for a demolition from start to finish were disappointed as Idaho State drove into Utah territory aiming to tie up the 7-point game. But soon after Eric Rowe blocked the Bengals’ 30-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, the wrecking ball was unleashed. Kaelin Clay electrified Rice-Eccles fifth-biggest crowd with both punt and kickoff returns for a touchd... 58348813@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:11:05 MDT BYU football: Though short-handed, Cougars favored heavily in opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58347615-88/byu-season-cougars-opener.html.csp East Hartford, Conn. • The situations are strikingly similar, almost as if Friday’s season opener was purposefully set up for the BYU Cougars to get some redemption after last year’s debacle threw a damper on the season from which they never quite recovered. After losing 19-16 at Virginia in 2013, the Cougars are back on the East Coast, some 2,000 miles away from home, and will take on upset-minded Connecticut at 5 p.m. MDT at Rentschler Field. ESPN will televise the first-ever meeting between t... East Hartford, Conn. • The situations are strikingly similar, almost as if Friday’s season opener was purposefully set up for the BYU Cougars to get some redemption after last year’s debacle threw a damper on the season from which they never quite recovered. After losing 19-16 at Virginia in 2013, the Cougars are back on the East Coast, some 2,000 miles away from home, and will take on upset-minded Connecticut at 5 p.m. MDT at Rentschler Field. ESPN will televise the first-ever meeting between t... 58347615@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:45:16 MDT BYU football: UConn anxious to begin Bob Diaco era http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58347298-88/says-diaco-byu-season.html.csp Storrs, Conn. • Bob Diaco says he is not nervous as he begins his first season as a collegiate head coach, just excited to see where his UConn team is fewer than nine months after he was hired to turn around the Husky program. Perennial power BYU is looking to provide more than a measuring stick for the former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Friday when the Cougars and their Heisman candidate, quarterback Taysom Hill, visit East Hartford in a nationally televised game. “I’m excited to see what ... Storrs, Conn. • Bob Diaco says he is not nervous as he begins his first season as a collegiate head coach, just excited to see where his UConn team is fewer than nine months after he was hired to turn around the Husky program. Perennial power BYU is looking to provide more than a measuring stick for the former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Friday when the Cougars and their Heisman candidate, quarterback Taysom Hill, visit East Hartford in a nationally televised game. “I’m excited to see what ... 58347298@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:06:17 MDT Utah volleyball: No love from Pac-12 coaches, but Ute coach likes her depth, experience http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58345527-89/pac-utah-launiere-coaches.html.csp Nobody plays to win the preseason coaches poll. Utah volleyball head coach Beth Launiere admits that she thinks her team’s Pac-12 ranking — 10th — belies the strides her program has made. But, she said after acknowledging that it may sound like typical “coach speak,” the ranking isn’t what’s important. “You just go out and try to get it done.” The Utes have steadily improved since changing leagues in 2011, from 11-20 to 14-19 to 21-13. Last season, they finished seventh in the Pac-12 and won an ... Nobody plays to win the preseason coaches poll. Utah volleyball head coach Beth Launiere admits that she thinks her team’s Pac-12 ranking — 10th — belies the strides her program has made. But, she said after acknowledging that it may sound like typical “coach speak,” the ranking isn’t what’s important. “You just go out and try to get it done.” The Utes have steadily improved since changing leagues in 2011, from 11-20 to 14-19 to 21-13. Last season, they finished seventh in the Pac-12 and won an ... 58345527@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:06:17 MDT BYU football: Independence means Cougars see the USA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58343224-88/cougars-byu-season-state.html.csp Provo • There’s no conference championship to play for this season, and BYU’s chances of making it to the new four-team College Football Playoff are as likely as a Democrat winning an election in Utah County. Even an undefeated season probably won’t be enough, according to many national college football experts. But at least the Cougars will see the country in 2014, beginning this weekend when they travel to the Northeast for the first time since 2006 to take on the UConn Huskies on Friday at Re... Provo • There’s no conference championship to play for this season, and BYU’s chances of making it to the new four-team College Football Playoff are as likely as a Democrat winning an election in Utah County. Even an undefeated season probably won’t be enough, according to many national college football experts. But at least the Cougars will see the country in 2014, beginning this weekend when they travel to the Northeast for the first time since 2006 to take on the UConn Huskies on Friday at Re... 58343224@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:52:24 MDT Utah football: Whittingham, Christensen come full circle vs. Idaho St. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58340283-89/utah-idaho-whittingham-christensen.html.csp Were it not for their time at Idaho State, Kyle Whittingham and Dave Christensen wouldn’t be coaching together at Utah. Were it not for their time at Utah, Spencer Toone and Steve Fifita wouldn’t be coaching together at Idaho State. Between the four, such symmetries abound. It’s been almost a quarter-century since Utah’s head coach and offensive coordinator first bonded as assistant coaches in Pocatello. Thursday, their reunion tour begins against the team that gave them their start. And on the... Were it not for their time at Idaho State, Kyle Whittingham and Dave Christensen wouldn’t be coaching together at Utah. Were it not for their time at Utah, Spencer Toone and Steve Fifita wouldn’t be coaching together at Idaho State. Between the four, such symmetries abound. It’s been almost a quarter-century since Utah’s head coach and offensive coordinator first bonded as assistant coaches in Pocatello. Thursday, their reunion tour begins against the team that gave them their start. And on the... 58340283@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:52:17 MDT Utah State football: Aggies know all about Vols’ ‘beast’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58346619-77/state-utah-aggies-sunday.html.csp Logan • Utah State’s offensive players kept noticing one number popping up time and time again when watching film of the Tennessee Vols’ defense — No. 45. That the number of A.J.Johnson would stand out to the Aggies is of no surprise. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Johnson is regarded as one of the top linebackers in the nation. He is on every major preseason award watch list after earning All-SEC honors last year. Out of the 36 games he has played, he finished 18 with double-figure tackles and ranked... Logan • Utah State’s offensive players kept noticing one number popping up time and time again when watching film of the Tennessee Vols’ defense — No. 45. That the number of A.J.Johnson would stand out to the Aggies is of no surprise. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Johnson is regarded as one of the top linebackers in the nation. He is on every major preseason award watch list after earning All-SEC honors last year. Out of the 36 games he has played, he finished 18 with double-figure tackles and ranked... 58346619@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:52:08 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes need to make offensive impression in opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58342283-77/utes-utah-season-whittingham.html.csp The biggest question about Utah’s football season opener vs. Idaho State is what fraction of the Utes’ total this win will represent, three months from now. One-fifth? One-sixth? ESPN’s Football Power Index projects 5.3 victories for the Utes in the 12-game schedule, while ranking them No. 37. To me, the “point-three” is just as important as the “five.” There’s room for subjectivity, in other words, and it starts Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Artistic impression is important in judging... The biggest question about Utah’s football season opener vs. Idaho State is what fraction of the Utes’ total this win will represent, three months from now. One-fifth? One-sixth? ESPN’s Football Power Index projects 5.3 victories for the Utes in the 12-game schedule, while ranking them No. 37. To me, the “point-three” is just as important as the “five.” There’s room for subjectivity, in other words, and it starts Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Artistic impression is important in judging... 58342283@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:40:20 MDT Utah State football: Aggies tired of losing the big ones http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58342994-77/utah-aggies-game-state.html.csp Logan • Zach Vigil hates going to the dentist, but not because he is afraid of the drill, doesn’t like shots or has an aversion to getting his mouth poked and prodded. No, it’s because of the conversations he hears while trapped in a chair. “You go there or anywhere and it’s almost always the same — you hear how we didn’t win the big game or how we came close but just not quite there,” he said. “It’s so irritating. We know we can perform on a big stage and at the highest level. You want to win t... Logan • Zach Vigil hates going to the dentist, but not because he is afraid of the drill, doesn’t like shots or has an aversion to getting his mouth poked and prodded. No, it’s because of the conversations he hears while trapped in a chair. “You go there or anywhere and it’s almost always the same — you hear how we didn’t win the big game or how we came close but just not quite there,” he said. “It’s so irritating. We know we can perform on a big stage and at the highest level. You want to win t... 58342994@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:40:07 MDT College football: Weber State opens Jay Hill era against No. 19 ASU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343354-77/state-hill-weber-arizona.html.csp Tempe, Ariz. • Weber State hopes its second game against a Pac-12 opponent goes better than the first. Last year, the Wildcats visited Utah and were mauled, 70-7. The loss seemed to put them on their heels for the rest of the season. They finished 2-10 and lacked competitiveness on the road, where they lost seven games by a combined 358-68. This year, Weber State hopes its opener at Arizona State provides a springboard to better things, even though beating the 19th-ranked Sun Devils would be a ... Tempe, Ariz. • Weber State hopes its second game against a Pac-12 opponent goes better than the first. Last year, the Wildcats visited Utah and were mauled, 70-7. The loss seemed to put them on their heels for the rest of the season. They finished 2-10 and lacked competitiveness on the road, where they lost seven games by a combined 358-68. This year, Weber State hopes its opener at Arizona State provides a springboard to better things, even though beating the 19th-ranked Sun Devils would be a ... 58343354@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:30:44 MDT College football: USC’s Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue of 7-year-old http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58345770-77/shaw-usc-josh-team.html.csp Los Angeles • Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication.” The tale began to unravel soon after the team captain was lauded for his heroics in a story on the team’s website Monday. In the account, Shaw des... Los Angeles • Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication.” The tale began to unravel soon after the team captain was lauded for his heroics in a story on the team’s website Monday. In the account, Shaw des... 58345770@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:59:01 MDT BYU volleyball: Hamson’s return has Cougars thinking big http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58344122-88/hamson-olmstead-volleyball-team.html.csp Provo • When friends, boosters and family members ask fourth-year BYU women’s volleyball coach Shawn Olmstead about his 2014 recruiting class, he has a simple, one-sentence reply. “We get a girl named Jennifer Hamson back, and that’s our biggest recruit of the year,” he says. That would be 2012 AVCA First-Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year Jennifer Hamson, who put her volleyball career on hold in 2013 in order to play for the BYU women’s basketball team full-time. Ham... Provo • When friends, boosters and family members ask fourth-year BYU women’s volleyball coach Shawn Olmstead about his 2014 recruiting class, he has a simple, one-sentence reply. “We get a girl named Jennifer Hamson back, and that’s our biggest recruit of the year,” he says. That would be 2012 AVCA First-Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year Jennifer Hamson, who put her volleyball career on hold in 2013 in order to play for the BYU women’s basketball team full-time. Ham... 58344122@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:41:12 MDT Cops: 3rd Brown player cited in sex assault probe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343193-77/players-brown-player-providence.html.csp Providence, R.I. • Two Brown University football players who were investigated in an alleged sexual assault case referred to a third player being involved, according to law enforcement documents. Search warrant affidavits for the emails and cellphone records of the players, filed in Rhode Island state court Tuesday, disclosed the alleged involvement of a third player for the first time, The Providence Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ). A Providence County grand jury declined to indict th... Providence, R.I. • Two Brown University football players who were investigated in an alleged sexual assault case referred to a third player being involved, according to law enforcement documents. Search warrant affidavits for the emails and cellphone records of the players, filed in Rhode Island state court Tuesday, disclosed the alleged involvement of a third player for the first time, The Providence Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ). A Providence County grand jury declined to indict th... 58343193@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:02 MDT College football begins with low-key opening game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58343182-77/game-college-games-state.html.csp Atlanta • Welcome back, college football! The major-college season begins Wednesday night with a game that won’t have any impact on the national championship race: Georgia State, starting its first year as a full-fledged FBS member, takes on Division I newcomer Abilene Christian at the Georgia Dome. It will be the first of three games in four days at the stadium in downtown Atlanta, the others having a bit more curb appeal. No. 18 Mississippi faces Boise State on Thursday night, then No. 2 Alaba... Atlanta • Welcome back, college football! The major-college season begins Wednesday night with a game that won’t have any impact on the national championship race: Georgia State, starting its first year as a full-fledged FBS member, takes on Division I newcomer Abilene Christian at the Georgia Dome. It will be the first of three games in four days at the stadium in downtown Atlanta, the others having a bit more curb appeal. No. 18 Mississippi faces Boise State on Thursday night, then No. 2 Alaba... 58343182@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:56:02 MDT Monson: Utah football coaches are coaching for their jobs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58336511-89/utah-whittingham-coach-football.html.csp On the brink of a new season, times are uncertain for Utah football. For the guys who run Utah football. Anybody who thinks Kyle Whittingham isn’t under extreme pressure to make headway in the Pac-12 — right now — by delivering a winning record, anybody who thinks urgency isn’t throttling toward redline levels up on the hill, hasn’t sneaked a peek at the terms of his staff’s contracts. Like the sharp edge of a switchblade, they are short and unforgiving. Even specific assistant coaches and coor... On the brink of a new season, times are uncertain for Utah football. For the guys who run Utah football. Anybody who thinks Kyle Whittingham isn’t under extreme pressure to make headway in the Pac-12 — right now — by delivering a winning record, anybody who thinks urgency isn’t throttling toward redline levels up on the hill, hasn’t sneaked a peek at the terms of his staff’s contracts. Like the sharp edge of a switchblade, they are short and unforgiving. Even specific assistant coaches and coor... 58336511@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:40:17 MDT BYU football: Cougars, UConn kindred spirits in new landscape http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58339172-88/byu-uconn-football-conference.html.csp Provo • At first glance, Brigham Young University and its opponent in Friday’s college football season opener, the University of Connecticut, don’t have much in common. The ESPN-televised encounter is the first meeting between the schools; BYU is an independent, while UConn belongs to the American Athletic Conference. Known primarily in the college sports world as a basketball school, UConn is a public research institution, owned by the state of Connecticut, while BYU is a private school owned a... Provo • At first glance, Brigham Young University and its opponent in Friday’s college football season opener, the University of Connecticut, don’t have much in common. The ESPN-televised encounter is the first meeting between the schools; BYU is an independent, while UConn belongs to the American Athletic Conference. Known primarily in the college sports world as a basketball school, UConn is a public research institution, owned by the state of Connecticut, while BYU is a private school owned a... 58339172@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:22:43 MDT Utah football: Travis Wilson eager to go live Thursday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58339904-89/utah-wilson-state-football.html.csp He hasn’t played a game since Nov. 9, and he’s only gone through one full-contact practice in that time. Travis Wilson knows there are some skeptics out there who question if he’s truly ready to re-start his football career when the Utes open the season Thursday against Idaho State. For the junior quarterback, that switch has already flipped on. “It’s really when I got to play in that scrimmage and I was live again, it was definitely good to just get in that mindset of ‘Yeah, I get to play foot... He hasn’t played a game since Nov. 9, and he’s only gone through one full-contact practice in that time. Travis Wilson knows there are some skeptics out there who question if he’s truly ready to re-start his football career when the Utes open the season Thursday against Idaho State. For the junior quarterback, that switch has already flipped on. “It’s really when I got to play in that scrimmage and I was live again, it was definitely good to just get in that mindset of ‘Yeah, I get to play foot... 58339904@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:22:43 MDT Utah State volleyball: Aggies ready to star in new digs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58338761-77/aggies-dubose-season-volleyball.html.csp Logan • Kicked back in a big comfy chair and enjoying the warmth of the morning sun beaming through a large window, Utah State volleyball coach Grayson DuBose joked that his head was getting as big as his new office in the recently opened $9.7 million Wayne Estes Center. Ah, but such plush surroundings come with more than a large construction price tag: there are expectations too, some as grand sounding as the building looks. Luckily for the Aggies, if there is any team that seems best prepared ... Logan • Kicked back in a big comfy chair and enjoying the warmth of the morning sun beaming through a large window, Utah State volleyball coach Grayson DuBose joked that his head was getting as big as his new office in the recently opened $9.7 million Wayne Estes Center. Ah, but such plush surroundings come with more than a large construction price tag: there are expectations too, some as grand sounding as the building looks. Luckily for the Aggies, if there is any team that seems best prepared ... 58338761@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:22:25 MDT BYU Football: Depth chart is out for opener, but is Bronco keeping it real? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58335453-77/chart-depth-mendenhall-johnson.html.csp Provo • Well, BYU finally released its projected depth chart for Friday’s 2014 season opener at UConn, and pretty much everybody is just as confused, if not more so, than they were the last three weeks of preseason training camp. So the summer of mystery, suspense and intrigue brought about by rumors of player suspensions, players announcing their own suspensions and self-reported improper benefits violations to the NCAA continues in Provo. And judging by the way coach Bronco Mendenhall cryptica... Provo • Well, BYU finally released its projected depth chart for Friday’s 2014 season opener at UConn, and pretty much everybody is just as confused, if not more so, than they were the last three weeks of preseason training camp. So the summer of mystery, suspense and intrigue brought about by rumors of player suspensions, players announcing their own suspensions and self-reported improper benefits violations to the NCAA continues in Provo. And judging by the way coach Bronco Mendenhall cryptica... 58335453@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:52:42 MDT