Monson - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/columnists/Monson Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Monson: Great news! The Jazz are exactly who we thought they were http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57832959-87/jazz-players-season-corbin.html.csp All is well in Zion. No, no, really. Buck up. It’s OK. As Jazz players and coaches put punctuation on a 25-57 season by packing up and clearing out on an occasion so magnificently utilitarian in its name — locker-clean-out day — there was good news. This team is exactly where it figured to be at this point in the plan. You could have put the whole thing in the books last October. Even Ty Corbin uttered these words: “It was what I expected.” Where precisely are the Jazz? Right here: in fine posi... All is well in Zion. No, no, really. Buck up. It’s OK. As Jazz players and coaches put punctuation on a 25-57 season by packing up and clearing out on an occasion so magnificently utilitarian in its name — locker-clean-out day — there was good news. This team is exactly where it figured to be at this point in the plan. You could have put the whole thing in the books last October. Even Ty Corbin uttered these words: “It was what I expected.” Where precisely are the Jazz? Right here: in fine posi... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57832959@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:42:40 MDT Monson: How big a deal is BYU, Utah and Utah State football, really? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57822172-77/utah-state-football-game.html.csp You think Utah, BYU, or Utah State is ready for the big time? You think Utah is a football state, where the college game is large and every other sport is petite-sized? You think football is king here, along the lines of the game’s other regal regions, and deserves to be mentioned with them on an annual basis? Au contraire, my friends. It’s not even close. We’re not even close. How do we know, beyond the sorry facts that the Utes have won five Pac-12 games and lost something like 50 over the pa... You think Utah, BYU, or Utah State is ready for the big time? You think Utah is a football state, where the college game is large and every other sport is petite-sized? You think football is king here, along the lines of the game’s other regal regions, and deserves to be mentioned with them on an annual basis? Au contraire, my friends. It’s not even close. We’re not even close. How do we know, beyond the sorry facts that the Utes have won five Pac-12 games and lost something like 50 over the pa... 57822172@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:24:35 MDT Monson: The Jazz are still a team in search of a star http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57811158-87/jazz-percent-player-monson.html.csp There’s one forceful fact we learned about the Jazz this season and it could be viewed as devastating by pessimists, but as useful by happy people who hope for better things in this year’s draft and beyond. Here it is: The Jazz’s young core players can be good, not great. There’s not a fledgling superstar among them. That’s a big deal because, jumping two steps ahead, for the Jazz to become an authentic contender, they must have a star. League history says there has to be a player who can put a... There’s one forceful fact we learned about the Jazz this season and it could be viewed as devastating by pessimists, but as useful by happy people who hope for better things in this year’s draft and beyond. Here it is: The Jazz’s young core players can be good, not great. There’s not a fledgling superstar among them. That’s a big deal because, jumping two steps ahead, for the Jazz to become an authentic contender, they must have a star. League history says there has to be a player who can put a... 57811158@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:48:51 MDT Monson: For Matt Wells, one trophy isn’t enough http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57802926-77/wells-state-utah-coach.html.csp Every early morning, as Matt Wells enters his office door, he sees just a few feet away from him a trophy that stirs more burn than any kind of satisfaction. By itself, the hardware is fine enough, built to symbolize victory with its broad brown base and second deck, separated by shiny silver metal, capped up top with the words: Poinsettia Bowl. The problem? It sits by itself. “There should be two trophies there,” he says. “There should be another — the Mountain West Conference trophy. We were ... Every early morning, as Matt Wells enters his office door, he sees just a few feet away from him a trophy that stirs more burn than any kind of satisfaction. By itself, the hardware is fine enough, built to symbolize victory with its broad brown base and second deck, separated by shiny silver metal, capped up top with the words: Poinsettia Bowl. The problem? It sits by itself. “There should be two trophies there,” he says. “There should be another — the Mountain West Conference trophy. We were ... 57802926@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:00:44 MDT Monson: To heck with the NBA lottery — there’s a better way http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57790926-87/draft-teams-lottery-pick.html.csp The 2013-14 NBA season has been defined as much by losing as winning. Hope and progress are centered on the outcome of the draft, not the games. It’s far from a tomahawk-dunk scenario, and it feels down and it feels dirty, but defeat today is the open gate to a happier tomorrow. Drop 55 or 65 and walk on through. There is a more transparent way, at least in theory, than to skid into favorable position and then count on Lady Luck and her twin sister to work their wonders. But given the limitatio... The 2013-14 NBA season has been defined as much by losing as winning. Hope and progress are centered on the outcome of the draft, not the games. It’s far from a tomahawk-dunk scenario, and it feels down and it feels dirty, but defeat today is the open gate to a happier tomorrow. Drop 55 or 65 and walk on through. There is a more transparent way, at least in theory, than to skid into favorable position and then count on Lady Luck and her twin sister to work their wonders. But given the limitatio... 57790926@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:19:06 MDT Monson: Let college basketball suffer, let freedom ring http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57776745-77/college-athletes-basketball-monson.html.csp Everybody’s complaining. But they know in their hearts they shouldn’t. Everybody wants college basketball improved. But the price for that improvement is too steep. Basketball is stuck, then, wedged between three despised words and one undeniable fact: • One and done. • Some wrongs must be endured in the name of greater rights. Nearly a decade ago, the NBA came up with its rule that disallowed high school players from entering the draft. Prospects had to be 19 or finish their freshman year of... Everybody’s complaining. But they know in their hearts they shouldn’t. Everybody wants college basketball improved. But the price for that improvement is too steep. Basketball is stuck, then, wedged between three despised words and one undeniable fact: • One and done. • Some wrongs must be endured in the name of greater rights. Nearly a decade ago, the NBA came up with its rule that disallowed high school players from entering the draft. Prospects had to be 19 or finish their freshman year of... 57776745@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 19:21:13 MDT Monson: Would BYU-Provo ever drop sports? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57770433-88/byu-sports-monson-provo.html.csp BYU is dropping sports. It’s shocking, but the school, after building a tradition of competitive teams for decades, is giving NCAA athletics the heave-ho because … well, the mission of the unique religious institution includes more important, more sweeping goals. Its real priorities lie elsewhere, especially as the rigors and costs, maybe the complexities and ramifications of modern college sports ride a rocket to a place BYU’s Board of Trustees no longer wants to go. That board, made up of lea... BYU is dropping sports. It’s shocking, but the school, after building a tradition of competitive teams for decades, is giving NCAA athletics the heave-ho because … well, the mission of the unique religious institution includes more important, more sweeping goals. Its real priorities lie elsewhere, especially as the rigors and costs, maybe the complexities and ramifications of modern college sports ride a rocket to a place BYU’s Board of Trustees no longer wants to go. That board, made up of lea... 57770433@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:47:47 MDT