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Coach Bronco Mendenhall has appeared on a handful of national col... Provo • Play on national television for three straight weeks, humiliate Texas 41-7 in Week Two, feature an exciting, play-making quarterback who is a fringe Heisman Trophy candidate, stay undefeated and crack the national rankings. That’s what the BYU Cougars did the first quarter of the college football season, and naturally national attention has followed for the independent going against the grain in the college football world. Coach Bronco Mendenhall has appeared on a handful of national col... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58421360@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:40:21 MDT Kragthorpe: Road win is next item on Utes’ checklist http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58423669-89/utes-road-game-utah.html.csp In the first two games of the football season, the Utah Utes have done just about everything that anyone could have wanted. It is fair to demand more from them, starting Saturday afternoon at Michigan. The Utes need to intercept a pass, win a road game and build some momentum for the Pac-12 schedule. None of that is asking too much. In so many ways, this is a terrific opportunity for Utah. Michigan features an iconic venue with 100,000-plus fans, a brand-name program with a lot of history and, ... In the first two games of the football season, the Utah Utes have done just about everything that anyone could have wanted. It is fair to demand more from them, starting Saturday afternoon at Michigan. The Utes need to intercept a pass, win a road game and build some momentum for the Pac-12 schedule. None of that is asking too much. In so many ways, this is a terrific opportunity for Utah. Michigan features an iconic venue with 100,000-plus fans, a brand-name program with a lot of history and, ... 58423669@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:52:20 MDT Utah football notes: Gionni Paul healthy, stepping up for Utes (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58422220-77/utah-utes-game-paul.html.csp As Gionni Paul said himself, “One soldier goes down, the next one comes up.” Luckily for the Utes, they have a pretty decent linebacker coming in as reinforcement. Paul, a junior transfer from Miami, is in his second week of practice with the Utah defense, taking over as starting MAC linebacker. Healthy for the first time since April, the 5-foot-10, 227-pound bruiser has been generating positive reviews from coaches. Just in time, too: The Utes will be playing without junior Jason Whittingham, ... As Gionni Paul said himself, “One soldier goes down, the next one comes up.” Luckily for the Utes, they have a pretty decent linebacker coming in as reinforcement. Paul, a junior transfer from Miami, is in his second week of practice with the Utah defense, taking over as starting MAC linebacker. Healthy for the first time since April, the 5-foot-10, 227-pound bruiser has been generating positive reviews from coaches. Just in time, too: The Utes will be playing without junior Jason Whittingham, ... 58422220@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:33:02 MDT Monson: Utah has new reasons for big hope http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58420765-89/utah-state-monson-reasons.html.csp “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill OK, that’s a little too profound for a column on Utah football. Winny wasn’t a college coach, but … he could have been. There’s both room and reasons for his kind of optimism around here now, as it pertains to the Utes. They seem better, look better, than what we had imagined or expected a few short weeks ago. And, just as important, their circumstances are, too. Th... “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill OK, that’s a little too profound for a column on Utah football. Winny wasn’t a college coach, but … he could have been. There’s both room and reasons for his kind of optimism around here now, as it pertains to the Utes. They seem better, look better, than what we had imagined or expected a few short weeks ago. And, just as important, their circumstances are, too. Th... 58420765@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:41:00 MDT Kragthorpe: Pac-12 South’s elite teams showing weaknesses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58421093-89/usc-south-teams-ucla.html.csp USC lost to Boston College, with the Trojans’ defense being exploited. UCLA needed a series of clutch plays to overcome Texas. Arizona State allowed a bunch of yards to Colorado. The top half of the Pac-12 South appears vulnerable, even if those three teams are ranked No. 17 or higher in the AP Top 25. Much more evidence about Utah is needed for anyone to make a case that the Utes can contend in the South, but it is fair to say those divisional opponents look less intimidating than they did befo... USC lost to Boston College, with the Trojans’ defense being exploited. UCLA needed a series of clutch plays to overcome Texas. Arizona State allowed a bunch of yards to Colorado. The top half of the Pac-12 South appears vulnerable, even if those three teams are ranked No. 17 or higher in the AP Top 25. Much more evidence about Utah is needed for anyone to make a case that the Utes can contend in the South, but it is fair to say those divisional opponents look less intimidating than they did befo... 58421093@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:40:05 MDT Pac-12 notes: Mora impressed with Neuheisel sticking with Bruins http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58421446-89/mora-ucla-neuheisel-pac.html.csp Starting a new coaching regime at a football program is never easy. But when you’re replacing a player’s dad? Just plain tricky. But even though UCLA’s Jim Mora couldn’t be the same kind of coach to Jerry Neuheisel as his father, Rick, he knew he had to be patient. If anyone could understand dealing with a coaching dad being fired, it was Mora, who went through the experience when he was on his father’s staff with the New Orleans Saints. “I know what that’s like,” Mora said. “[Jerry] has been ab... Starting a new coaching regime at a football program is never easy. But when you’re replacing a player’s dad? Just plain tricky. But even though UCLA’s Jim Mora couldn’t be the same kind of coach to Jerry Neuheisel as his father, Rick, he knew he had to be patient. If anyone could understand dealing with a coaching dad being fired, it was Mora, who went through the experience when he was on his father’s staff with the New Orleans Saints. “I know what that’s like,” Mora said. “[Jerry] has been ab... 58421446@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:10:03 MDT Utah State football: A.D. says 13-game schedule too much for players http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58420994-77/state-game-aggies-utah.html.csp Logan • Call Saturday’s game at Arkansas State a bit of a bonus game for the Utah State Aggies. In the future, if Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes has his way, such a game won’t happen. This season’s schedule was one of the most difficult for Barnes to put together because the Aggies had two major changes. Their game with Boise State, originally scheduled as a non-conference game, became a league game during conference realignment, and Utah bought its way out of a game against the Aggie... Logan • Call Saturday’s game at Arkansas State a bit of a bonus game for the Utah State Aggies. In the future, if Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes has his way, such a game won’t happen. This season’s schedule was one of the most difficult for Barnes to put together because the Aggies had two major changes. Their game with Boise State, originally scheduled as a non-conference game, became a league game during conference realignment, and Utah bought its way out of a game against the Aggie... 58420994@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:21:03 MDT Utah football: Utes lose Jason Whittingham for about two months http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58416579-89/utah-whittingham-blechen-linebacker.html.csp The return of Gionni Paul and a demonstration of versatility from Nate Orchard could not have come at a better time for Utah. The Utes will need both, without Jason Whittingham. The Salt Lake Tribune has learned that Utah will likely be without the honorable mention All-Pac-12 linebacker for about two months after an apparent wrist injury he sustained against Fresno State. Asked at Monday’s news conference about his absence from the depth chart, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham — Jason’s uncle —... The return of Gionni Paul and a demonstration of versatility from Nate Orchard could not have come at a better time for Utah. The Utes will need both, without Jason Whittingham. The Salt Lake Tribune has learned that Utah will likely be without the honorable mention All-Pac-12 linebacker for about two months after an apparent wrist injury he sustained against Fresno State. Asked at Monday’s news conference about his absence from the depth chart, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham — Jason’s uncle —... 58416579@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:05:49 MDT Utah football: Utes want to play villian in road trip to Michigan (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58417089-89/michigan-utah-utes-game.html.csp Going into an enemy stadium sets off a special kind of chill. The thrill Brian Blechen gets from being in a stadium packed with fans rooting against him is why he says being the road team isn’t nerve-wracking — it’s fun. “Just knowing as much as we want to protect our house, they want to do the same,” he said. “It’s fun to see all their colors up in the stands and come away with the victory. Just that challenge is exciting to me.” Blechen smiled: “I like coming in and being the bad guy.” The Ute... Going into an enemy stadium sets off a special kind of chill. The thrill Brian Blechen gets from being in a stadium packed with fans rooting against him is why he says being the road team isn’t nerve-wracking — it’s fun. “Just knowing as much as we want to protect our house, they want to do the same,” he said. “It’s fun to see all their colors up in the stands and come away with the victory. Just that challenge is exciting to me.” Blechen smiled: “I like coming in and being the bad guy.” The Ute... 58417089@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:05:10 MDT Charleston, ex-coach reach $400,000 settlement http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58420284-77/wojcik-charleston-players-coach.html.csp Columbia, S.C. • Fired College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik had been paid $400,000 to settle potential claims against the school. The school released financial terms of the settlement to The Associated Press on Tuesday after an open records request. Wojcik was fired last month amid allegations of verbal abuse. The school hired longtime Wichita State and Clemson assistant Earl Grant two weeks ago. The school will assume $150,000 of the settlement with the rest coming from the state’s Insurance... Columbia, S.C. • Fired College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik had been paid $400,000 to settle potential claims against the school. The school released financial terms of the settlement to The Associated Press on Tuesday after an open records request. Wojcik was fired last month amid allegations of verbal abuse. The school hired longtime Wichita State and Clemson assistant Earl Grant two weeks ago. The school will assume $150,000 of the settlement with the rest coming from the state’s Insurance... 58420284@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:52:02 MDT College football: Virginia tries to maintain edge for BYU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58417858-77/coley-virginia-cavaliers-team.html.csp Charlottesville, Va. • Henry Coley has seen the last two senior classes in a row leave Virginia’s football program disappointed, and the senior linebacker doesn’t want to be next. With No. 21 BYU up next, the Cavaliers senior co-captain Coley gave his teammates about 20 hours to celebrate their second consecutive victory, then he reached out to coach Mike London to set up a players-only meeting. “I just wanted the guys not to be complacent and not to be comfortable in the skin that they’re in be... Charlottesville, Va. • Henry Coley has seen the last two senior classes in a row leave Virginia’s football program disappointed, and the senior linebacker doesn’t want to be next. With No. 21 BYU up next, the Cavaliers senior co-captain Coley gave his teammates about 20 hours to celebrate their second consecutive victory, then he reached out to coach Mike London to set up a players-only meeting. “I just wanted the guys not to be complacent and not to be comfortable in the skin that they’re in be... 58417858@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:49:02 MDT BYU football: Cougars taking Virginia “more seriously” after big upset http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58417547-88/game-byu-virginia-team.html.csp Provo • Saturday’s game against Virginia is or isn’t a revenge game for the BYU Cougars, depending on which player or coach one asks, but one thing was clear after Monday night’s media session with coach Bronco Mendenhall and selected players. The Cavaliers (2-1) have the Cougars’ respect, despite having gone 2-10 last year. “Because they beat Louisville, we are more focused,” receiver Mitch Mathews said. “I am glad that they played well and that they won, so we could take this week more serious... Provo • Saturday’s game against Virginia is or isn’t a revenge game for the BYU Cougars, depending on which player or coach one asks, but one thing was clear after Monday night’s media session with coach Bronco Mendenhall and selected players. The Cavaliers (2-1) have the Cougars’ respect, despite having gone 2-10 last year. “Because they beat Louisville, we are more focused,” receiver Mitch Mathews said. “I am glad that they played well and that they won, so we could take this week more serious... 58417547@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:56:02 MDT Kragthorpe: Brandon Doman moves on, from BYU to little league http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58415113-88/doman-byu-offensive-brandon.html.csp American Fork On a football field with barely visible markings and no scoreboard, Brandon Doman stood silently with his arms folded as the final seconds ticked off a clock that could be viewed only by the referee. He’d shouted instructions to his Pleasant Grove fourth-graders prior to every play Saturday morning, and now Doman collected his thoughts for the postgame talk. The Vikings huddled in the shade of a small canopy as their coach, two seasons removed from calling BYU’s plays in venues ... American Fork On a football field with barely visible markings and no scoreboard, Brandon Doman stood silently with his arms folded as the final seconds ticked off a clock that could be viewed only by the referee. He’d shouted instructions to his Pleasant Grove fourth-graders prior to every play Saturday morning, and now Doman collected his thoughts for the postgame talk. The Vikings huddled in the shade of a small canopy as their coach, two seasons removed from calling BYU’s plays in venues ... 58415113@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:51:40 MDT Utah State football: Keeton still sidelined, Garretson will start http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58416529-77/garretson-keeton-season-state.html.csp Logan • The Utah State Aggies are Darell Garretson’s team again, for another week, anyway. Garretson, the sophomore quarterback who became the starter last season when Chuckie Keeton suffered a season-ending knee injury, will start Saturday when the Aggies play at Arkansas State. Keeton’s left knee is banged up to the point he can’t play, but he isn’t out for the season, Utah State coach Matt Wells said Monday. “We’ll re-evaluate him before the BYU week,” Wells said. The Aggies are off next wee... Logan • The Utah State Aggies are Darell Garretson’s team again, for another week, anyway. Garretson, the sophomore quarterback who became the starter last season when Chuckie Keeton suffered a season-ending knee injury, will start Saturday when the Aggies play at Arkansas State. Keeton’s left knee is banged up to the point he can’t play, but he isn’t out for the season, Utah State coach Matt Wells said Monday. “We’ll re-evaluate him before the BYU week,” Wells said. The Aggies are off next wee... 58416529@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:41:08 MDT Utah football: Michigan bounces back ahead of game with Utes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412826-77/michigan-utes-game-utah.html.csp Two weeks out from their next game, against an opponent that had just been lashed 31-0, Utah could have been forgiven for getting a little cocky. But asked about Michigan’s big loss to Notre Dame two days before, Utes quarterback Travis Wilson declined to start talking trash. “Michigan is going to be a different team when we face them,” he said “They’re going to bring their A game and we’ve got to be ready for that.” Whether Michigan is significantly better that it was a week ago is still a ques... Two weeks out from their next game, against an opponent that had just been lashed 31-0, Utah could have been forgiven for getting a little cocky. But asked about Michigan’s big loss to Notre Dame two days before, Utes quarterback Travis Wilson declined to start talking trash. “Michigan is going to be a different team when we face them,” he said “They’re going to bring their A game and we’ve got to be ready for that.” Whether Michigan is significantly better that it was a week ago is still a ques... 58412826@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:20:16 MDT BYU football: Cougars jump to No. 21 in AP poll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412712-77/poll-cougars-football-byu.html.csp Provo • An unsatisfying performance against Houston in Thursday’s 33-25 win didn’t stop the BYU Cougars from making a substantial leap in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll. BYU is ranked No. 21 in the poll released Sunday afternoon, up from No. 25. The Cougars (3-0) are the only team not in a Power 5 conference that is ranked. Fellow independent Notre Dame ranked ninth, but the Irish are considered a Power 5 school. The Cougars moved into the Amway Coaches Poll, landing at No. 23... Provo • An unsatisfying performance against Houston in Thursday’s 33-25 win didn’t stop the BYU Cougars from making a substantial leap in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll. BYU is ranked No. 21 in the poll released Sunday afternoon, up from No. 25. The Cougars (3-0) are the only team not in a Power 5 conference that is ranked. Fellow independent Notre Dame ranked ninth, but the Irish are considered a Power 5 school. The Cougars moved into the Amway Coaches Poll, landing at No. 23... 58412712@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:07 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU’s ranking matters only in October http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58415069-88/byu-state-committee-rankings.html.csp The only college football rankings that matter this season won’t be published until Oct. 28. That’s worth remembering as BYU rises in the AP Top 25 and the Southeastern Conference dominates the polls. Until the College Football Playoff selection committee launches its rankings, all this other stuff is just for fun. Naturally, the committee’s first rankings will be compared to the media and coaches polls, and their work may not differ all that much. The point is that nobody knows how the 13 comm... The only college football rankings that matter this season won’t be published until Oct. 28. That’s worth remembering as BYU rises in the AP Top 25 and the Southeastern Conference dominates the polls. Until the College Football Playoff selection committee launches its rankings, all this other stuff is just for fun. Naturally, the committee’s first rankings will be compared to the media and coaches polls, and their work may not differ all that much. The point is that nobody knows how the 13 comm... 58415069@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:07 MDT BYU football: Virginia suddenly looking formidable for No. 21 Cougars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412715-77/virginia-byu-game-cougars.html.csp Provo • BYU’s 2014 football schedule has been analyzed, dissected and discussed ad nauseam the past few months, and the scrutiny will only intensify if the 3-0 Cougars keep winning and become a candidate for one of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games. Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. rematch with Virginia at LaVell Edwards Stadium was rarely seen as anything more than a revenge game for the Cougars, after the Cavaliers surprised them 19-16 last year in Charlottesville. “I think we owe them one,” BYU safety Dal... Provo • BYU’s 2014 football schedule has been analyzed, dissected and discussed ad nauseam the past few months, and the scrutiny will only intensify if the 3-0 Cougars keep winning and become a candidate for one of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games. Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. rematch with Virginia at LaVell Edwards Stadium was rarely seen as anything more than a revenge game for the Cougars, after the Cavaliers surprised them 19-16 last year in Charlottesville. “I think we owe them one,” BYU safety Dal... 58412715@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:39:35 MDT USU Football: Defense feeling good after win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58413320-77/aggies-saturday-defense-yards.html.csp Despite all the dynamic play of Chuckie Keeton and the heroic efforts of his backup Darell Garretson, Utah State’s defense reminded all with Saturday’s 36-24 win over Wake Forest that it often is the greatest factor in determining the team’s success. That trend has the Aggies feeling rather good about themselves going forward, regardless of what happens at the quarterback spot. Garretson might be the guy who leads the offense this week against Arkansas State and possibly longer if Keeton can’t ... Despite all the dynamic play of Chuckie Keeton and the heroic efforts of his backup Darell Garretson, Utah State’s defense reminded all with Saturday’s 36-24 win over Wake Forest that it often is the greatest factor in determining the team’s success. That trend has the Aggies feeling rather good about themselves going forward, regardless of what happens at the quarterback spot. Garretson might be the guy who leads the offense this week against Arkansas State and possibly longer if Keeton can’t ... 58413320@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:00:00 MDT State colleges: Utah volleyball improves to 9-0 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58410239-77/utah-kills-25-17-goal.html.csp Utah’s Chelsey Schofield-Olsen had 11 kills as the Utes defeated host Libscomb University 3-1 in the final match of the Libscomb Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday. Kalee Kirby had 17 assists and 10 digs as Utah improved to 9-0 on the season, winning 25-18, 25-17, 15-25, 25-22. Shelby Dalton led Utah with 14 digs in the match. The Utes went 3-0 in the tournament to claim the championship. The Utes had swept their six previous matches before dropping the third set to the Bisons. Utah... Utah’s Chelsey Schofield-Olsen had 11 kills as the Utes defeated host Libscomb University 3-1 in the final match of the Libscomb Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday. Kalee Kirby had 17 assists and 10 digs as Utah improved to 9-0 on the season, winning 25-18, 25-17, 15-25, 25-22. Shelby Dalton led Utah with 14 digs in the match. The Utes went 3-0 in the tournament to claim the championship. The Utes had swept their six previous matches before dropping the third set to the Bisons. Utah... 58410239@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:38:04 MDT