Utah Utes - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Utes 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) Utah football: Burning questions for Pac-12 Media Days http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58211140-89/state-game-oregon-pac.html.csp We know other Pac-12 media will ask about Utah quarterback Travis Wilson on Wednesday in Los Angeles, but what do Ute fans hope to learn about the other teams in the Pac-12? The Tribune’s Utah beat writers, Kyle Goon and Matthew Piper, throw some pertinent questions out there for consideration. Arizona • How young will the Wildcats be? Rich Rodriguez said in the spring he expects a high-impact freshman class to fill needs at quarterback, running back, defensive back — really, a lot of places.... We know other Pac-12 media will ask about Utah quarterback Travis Wilson on Wednesday in Los Angeles, but what do Ute fans hope to learn about the other teams in the Pac-12? The Tribune’s Utah beat writers, Kyle Goon and Matthew Piper, throw some pertinent questions out there for consideration. Arizona • How young will the Wildcats be? Rich Rodriguez said in the spring he expects a high-impact freshman class to fill needs at quarterback, running back, defensive back — really, a lot of places.... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58211140@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:51:31 MDT The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 4 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58151857-200/utah-utes-season-team.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; Reaching back far into Utah’s football history, the 1930 Utes are worth mentioning as one of the best teams of all-time. Utah was a powerhouse that year, going undefeated by outscoring opponents by 320 points and only surrendering 20 points the entire season. The Utes finished with 42.5 points per game and surrendered only 2.5 per game, running the table in the Rocky Mountain Conference under coach Ike Armstrong. Here’s a look at the fourth-best Utah football season of all-time:... &lt;freeform&gt; Reaching back far into Utah’s football history, the 1930 Utes are worth mentioning as one of the best teams of all-time. Utah was a powerhouse that year, going undefeated by outscoring opponents by 320 points and only surrendering 20 points the entire season. The Utes finished with 42.5 points per game and surrendered only 2.5 per game, running the table in the Rocky Mountain Conference under coach Ike Armstrong. Here’s a look at the fourth-best Utah football season of all-time:... 58151857@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:27:12 MDT The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 5 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58151943-77/utah-season-bowl-utes.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; The Utes of 1964 were a bright spot in the era of Ray Nagel and ended a long drought of bowl games appearances stretching back to 1938. The team won a share of the WAC Conference title that year and went on to defeat favored West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl 32-6, a victory in one of only a few major bowl games at the time. Here’s a look at the fifth-best Utah football season of all-time: Biggest moment • Utah’s victory over West Virginia was huge for a team that had been wa... &lt;freeform&gt; The Utes of 1964 were a bright spot in the era of Ray Nagel and ended a long drought of bowl games appearances stretching back to 1938. The team won a share of the WAC Conference title that year and went on to defeat favored West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl 32-6, a victory in one of only a few major bowl games at the time. Here’s a look at the fifth-best Utah football season of all-time: Biggest moment • Utah’s victory over West Virginia was huge for a team that had been wa... 58151943@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:28 MDT Piper: Don’t blast preps for breaking so-called commitments http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58200417-89/utah-coaches-breaking-commitment.html.csp Let’s first address the semantics, because when a debate hinges on the meaning of an arrangement of letters, we become that little bit older without getting any wiser. Please accept the following: When high school athletes first use the term “commitment” and then “switch their commitment,” that does not demonstrate poor vocabulary. “Commitment,” in this usage, is jargon. com·mit·ment 1. When a high school athlete informs representatives of a university that he or she currently plans to pledge... Let’s first address the semantics, because when a debate hinges on the meaning of an arrangement of letters, we become that little bit older without getting any wiser. Please accept the following: When high school athletes first use the term “commitment” and then “switch their commitment,” that does not demonstrate poor vocabulary. “Commitment,” in this usage, is jargon. com·mit·ment 1. When a high school athlete informs representatives of a university that he or she currently plans to pledge... 58200417@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Utah basketball: It’s a critical offseason for Jordan Loveridge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58195105-89/loveridge-jordan-utah-game.html.csp Layups. Then reverse layups. Then floaters. Then midrange jumpers. It could take an hour. It could take all day, if his shot is off. But Jordan Loveridge has been relentless with his latest workout, designed by former Utah basketball player Chris Fulton, one of the top 3-point shooters in program history. It’s called “The Freak.” It requires Loveridge to sink just about any shot imaginable, and in 19 spots, he has to hit at least four in a row before he can continue. “That will be a big thing: I... Layups. Then reverse layups. Then floaters. Then midrange jumpers. It could take an hour. It could take all day, if his shot is off. But Jordan Loveridge has been relentless with his latest workout, designed by former Utah basketball player Chris Fulton, one of the top 3-point shooters in program history. It’s called “The Freak.” It requires Loveridge to sink just about any shot imaginable, and in 19 spots, he has to hit at least four in a row before he can continue. “That will be a big thing: I... 58195105@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:04:52 MDT Utah basketball: With heavy lifting done, recruiting simpler for Utes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58187856-89/recruiting-krystkowiak-basketball-looking.html.csp Not everyone knows how to recruit a basketball team, but picture a puzzle. You start by knowing what you want, then look for the edge pieces that frame the rest of the picture. And once you have that foundation in place, it’s a lot easier to start filling the rest in. Utah men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak likens his first year to starting from scratch with just a vision in mind, looking for any and all pieces he could bring in to make the program he wanted. Now, the dog days of the summe... Not everyone knows how to recruit a basketball team, but picture a puzzle. You start by knowing what you want, then look for the edge pieces that frame the rest of the picture. And once you have that foundation in place, it’s a lot easier to start filling the rest in. Utah men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak likens his first year to starting from scratch with just a vision in mind, looking for any and all pieces he could bring in to make the program he wanted. Now, the dog days of the summe... 58187856@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:05:10 MDT Utah football: Ex-Ute receiver Josh Gordon a cautionary tale on drug use http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58156953-89/gordon-drug-football-cleveland.html.csp Head coach Kyle Whittingham says no Ute could cover the guy. He was just too big, too fast, too strong. On their best day, the most his defensive backs could aspire to be was a nuisance to Josh Gordon. Then-safety Eric Rowe was a freshman in 2011 when Gordon, after transferring from Baylor, began terrorizing the U. defense on the scout team. “We’d never seen somebody like that,” Rowe says. “We were happy he was on our team.” Utah safeties coach Morgan Scalley recalls that watching Gordon’s firs... Head coach Kyle Whittingham says no Ute could cover the guy. He was just too big, too fast, too strong. On their best day, the most his defensive backs could aspire to be was a nuisance to Josh Gordon. Then-safety Eric Rowe was a freshman in 2011 when Gordon, after transferring from Baylor, began terrorizing the U. defense on the scout team. “We’d never seen somebody like that,” Rowe says. “We were happy he was on our team.” Utah safeties coach Morgan Scalley recalls that watching Gordon’s firs... 58156953@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:20:46 MDT Ranking the top-10 Utah basketball players of all-time http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58175130-89/utah-history-utes-basketball.html.csp The Runnin’ Utes basketball program is as storied as any in the nation, with names like Peterson, Pimm, Gardner and Majerus echoing through college basketball’s coaching history. Behind 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, four Final Four appearances and one NCAA Championship, the Utes have had a host of legendary players as well. Here’s a ranking of the top-10 Utah basketball players of all-time: 1. Keith Van Horn, 1993-1997, Small Forward Van Horn claims the top spot with the most decorated caree... The Runnin’ Utes basketball program is as storied as any in the nation, with names like Peterson, Pimm, Gardner and Majerus echoing through college basketball’s coaching history. Behind 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, four Final Four appearances and one NCAA Championship, the Utes have had a host of legendary players as well. Here’s a ranking of the top-10 Utah basketball players of all-time: 1. Keith Van Horn, 1993-1997, Small Forward Van Horn claims the top spot with the most decorated caree... 58175130@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:34:20 MDT Utah basketball: Utes pioneer Bill McGill dies at 74 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58175092-89/mcgill-basketball-billy-game.html.csp Billy McGill, a 6-foot-9 center who broke statistical and racial barriers as a college basketball star at the University of Utah, has died. A Utes sports department spokesman confirmed the death on Friday of one of the program’s all-time greats who muddled through ups and downs in his professional and personal life. He was 74 years old. Former Utes coach Jerry Pimm called the big man who once led the NCAA in scoring, “one of the greatest players I’ve seen or been associated with.” Known to fans ... Billy McGill, a 6-foot-9 center who broke statistical and racial barriers as a college basketball star at the University of Utah, has died. A Utes sports department spokesman confirmed the death on Friday of one of the program’s all-time greats who muddled through ups and downs in his professional and personal life. He was 74 years old. Former Utes coach Jerry Pimm called the big man who once led the NCAA in scoring, “one of the greatest players I’ve seen or been associated with.” Known to fans ... 58175092@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:47:05 MDT Utah basketball: In Vegas, Delon Wright hopes to show NBA scouts he’s a good bet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58165413-89/wright-college-nba-basketball.html.csp When the NBA Draft rolled around, Delon Wright turned off his TV and headed for the gym. He followed the picks on his phone, occasionally smiling at seeing a few guys he knew get selected in the two-round event. But many friends didn’t get taken in the draft, and that’s why Wright was in the gym and not plopped in front of his TV: He was told if he had entered the fray this year, he might not be drafted at all. “It was tough, man,” Wright said. “But I had a lot of people telling me it would be b... When the NBA Draft rolled around, Delon Wright turned off his TV and headed for the gym. He followed the picks on his phone, occasionally smiling at seeing a few guys he knew get selected in the two-round event. But many friends didn’t get taken in the draft, and that’s why Wright was in the gym and not plopped in front of his TV: He was told if he had entered the fray this year, he might not be drafted at all. “It was tough, man,” Wright said. “But I had a lot of people telling me it would be b... 58165413@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:58:02 MDT Utah football: Harvey Langi is exempt from so-called Riley Nelson rule http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58161956-89/langi-byu-utah-mission.html.csp The Harvey Langi who left for Tampa, Florida, is not the same Harvey Langi who returned to Salt Lake International Airport on Tuesday. This, at least, according to his LDS mission president for the past year, Mark Cusick. Cusick declined Tuesday — per Langi family wishes, he said — to comment on his role in contacting Utah and BYU coaches on Langi’s behalf, but said that the change that occurs for missionaries is “absolutely incalculable.” “People who know [Harvey], they’ll see that pretty quick... The Harvey Langi who left for Tampa, Florida, is not the same Harvey Langi who returned to Salt Lake International Airport on Tuesday. This, at least, according to his LDS mission president for the past year, Mark Cusick. Cusick declined Tuesday — per Langi family wishes, he said — to comment on his role in contacting Utah and BYU coaches on Langi’s behalf, but said that the change that occurs for missionaries is “absolutely incalculable.” “People who know [Harvey], they’ll see that pretty quick... 58161956@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:42:13 MDT Utah’s Morgan Scalley says hidden gems are, increasingly, in football hotbeds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58158000-77/utah-scalley-coach-state.html.csp On the best approach to hitting baseballs, Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler famously said to “hit ’em where they ain’t.” Recruiting requires the inverse of that. Utah football coaches go — no-brainer — where they are. After the Beehive State, the staff’s top priorities are California, Texas, Florida and Louisiana, because the bulk of D-I prospects hail from those locales. And counterintuitively, that’s where hidden gems are most often found. With the advent of services like Hudl — in which rec... On the best approach to hitting baseballs, Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler famously said to “hit ’em where they ain’t.” Recruiting requires the inverse of that. Utah football coaches go — no-brainer — where they are. After the Beehive State, the staff’s top priorities are California, Texas, Florida and Louisiana, because the bulk of D-I prospects hail from those locales. And counterintuitively, that’s where hidden gems are most often found. With the advent of services like Hudl — in which rec... 58158000@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:32:36 MDT Utah football: QB Travis Wilson medically cleared for contact http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58108955-89/wilson-football-cleared-contact.html.csp Utah’s most experienced quarterback cleared a huge hurdle Tuesday in his quest to get back on the football field after it was once feared that his career was over. Junior Travis Wilson was medically cleared for full contact following a CT scan that showed that a once-threatening artery injury remains stable. With a clean bill of health, he’ll have a chance to reclaim his starting role by Aug. 28 when the Utes open up the season against Idaho State. “Obviously, it’s great news that Travis has bee... Utah’s most experienced quarterback cleared a huge hurdle Tuesday in his quest to get back on the football field after it was once feared that his career was over. Junior Travis Wilson was medically cleared for full contact following a CT scan that showed that a once-threatening artery injury remains stable. With a clean bill of health, he’ll have a chance to reclaim his starting role by Aug. 28 when the Utes open up the season against Idaho State. “Obviously, it’s great news that Travis has bee... 58108955@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:09:08 MDT