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The 20-year-old junior last threw for 1,827 yards 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in a season cu... &lt;freeform&gt; The leading candidate to start at quarterback for Utah’s football team this fall, Travis Wilson was cited for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor while at a Tim McGraw concert at USANA Amphitheatre on Friday night. A statement from the Department of Public Safety/Utah Highway Patrol said that Wilson was cited into West Valley Justice Court and released at the scene. The 20-year-old junior last threw for 1,827 yards 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in a season cu... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58227137@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:17:10 MDT Utah football analysis: Utes have earned respect, but not much interest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58224329-77/utah-pac-utes-state.html.csp Seven of 11 Pac-12 opponents would tell you, from experience, that Utah shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you deigned to ask, that is. Only USC, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington have not lost to the Utes since their inaugural Pac-12 season, when they won four of their final five conference games and were a three-point Colorado upset away from competing for the Pac-12 championship against BCS runner-up Oregon. All they needed was a stronger grip on those slippery leads. All they needed was some ... Seven of 11 Pac-12 opponents would tell you, from experience, that Utah shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you deigned to ask, that is. Only USC, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington have not lost to the Utes since their inaugural Pac-12 season, when they won four of their final five conference games and were a three-point Colorado upset away from competing for the Pac-12 championship against BCS runner-up Oregon. All they needed was a stronger grip on those slippery leads. All they needed was some ... 58224329@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:59:40 MDT Utes need ’08 talent level now in Pac-12 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58226959-77/utes-2010-pac-2009.html.csp Utah’s move from the Mountain West to the Pac-12 is a good explanation for the Utes’ recent record, but it not the only reason. The Utes also used to have better football players. They may have more good players now, but they had more great players in the Sugar Bowl season of 2008. It is both a tribute to coach Kyle Whittingham’s recruitment and development of players in the school’s MW era and an indictment of his staff’s recent efforts that the Utes had better personnel when they beat Alabama... Utah’s move from the Mountain West to the Pac-12 is a good explanation for the Utes’ recent record, but it not the only reason. The Utes also used to have better football players. They may have more good players now, but they had more great players in the Sugar Bowl season of 2008. It is both a tribute to coach Kyle Whittingham’s recruitment and development of players in the school’s MW era and an indictment of his staff’s recent efforts that the Utes had better personnel when they beat Alabama... 58226959@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:28:10 MDT Utah football: The ‘04 Utes were as good as advertised http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216540-77/utes-meyer-state-coach.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; Alex Smith zipped a pass over the middle to Steve Savoy, who caught the ball and raced down the sideline to the end zone. In that moment, three plays into the 2004 season, the Utah Utes fulfilled everything they’d promised all summer: “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.” &lt;iframe width=”640” height=”400” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/HvbPBKKIAPI?rel=0” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; The Utes finished 12-0 with a resounding defeat of Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl, ... &lt;freeform&gt; Alex Smith zipped a pass over the middle to Steve Savoy, who caught the ball and raced down the sideline to the end zone. In that moment, three plays into the 2004 season, the Utah Utes fulfilled everything they’d promised all summer: “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.” &lt;iframe width=”640” height=”400” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/HvbPBKKIAPI?rel=0” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; The Utes finished 12-0 with a resounding defeat of Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl, ... 58216540@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:35:27 MDT The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58147004-89/utah-com-season-bowl.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; The top two seasons are interchangeable for Utah, two great years punctuated by a breakthrough into college football’s elite. Still, 2008 is tops for one reason only: the 31-17 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama when no one outside of the 801 area code expected the Utes to shock the world. Here’s a look at the top Utah football season of all-time: Biggest moment: The opening drive of the Sugar Bowl, when Utah marched down the field in a minute and 19 seconds to score. Quarterb... &lt;freeform&gt; The top two seasons are interchangeable for Utah, two great years punctuated by a breakthrough into college football’s elite. Still, 2008 is tops for one reason only: the 31-17 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama when no one outside of the 801 area code expected the Utes to shock the world. Here’s a look at the top Utah football season of all-time: Biggest moment: The opening drive of the Sugar Bowl, when Utah marched down the field in a minute and 19 seconds to score. Quarterb... 58147004@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:34:11 MDT Utah football: Were the 2004 Utes playoff-worthy? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216694-77/utes-hanskat-utah-bowling.html.csp Would the 2004 Utah Utes have qualified for a four-team playoff, in this era of college football? Let’s just say that would have been a good test case for the new College Football Playoff committee. The Utes barely earned automatic inclusion in the Bowl Championship Series at No. 6 in the final BCS standings, determined by polls and computer rankings. For the Utes to have made the top four, the committee would have had to vote them above Texas and California, each with one loss, while evaluating... Would the 2004 Utah Utes have qualified for a four-team playoff, in this era of college football? Let’s just say that would have been a good test case for the new College Football Playoff committee. The Utes barely earned automatic inclusion in the Bowl Championship Series at No. 6 in the final BCS standings, determined by polls and computer rankings. For the Utes to have made the top four, the committee would have had to vote them above Texas and California, each with one loss, while evaluating... 58216694@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:15:13 MDT Pac-12 football: Stanford, ASU players compliment Utes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58221574-77/pac-stanford-media-players.html.csp Los Angeles • His 34 wins in three seasons are evidence that he knows football, but@CoachDavidShaw also has some sage thoughts on social media. Shaw said he and his staff not only monitor their players’ Twitter feeds, but that he stresses the importance of keeping some aspects of their life out of the digital realm. For their sanity’s sake. Social media has been “the best and worst thing for a lot of young people,” he said Thursday in the lobby of Paramount Theater, as reporters tweeted his thou... Los Angeles • His 34 wins in three seasons are evidence that he knows football, but@CoachDavidShaw also has some sage thoughts on social media. Shaw said he and his staff not only monitor their players’ Twitter feeds, but that he stresses the importance of keeping some aspects of their life out of the digital realm. For their sanity’s sake. Social media has been “the best and worst thing for a lot of young people,” he said Thursday in the lobby of Paramount Theater, as reporters tweeted his thou... 58221574@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:04:30 MDT The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 2 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58147203-77/season-smith-utes-team.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; The 2004 Utes were absolutely dominant from start to finish, steamrolling opponents on the way to an undefeated record and a Fiesta Bowl berth. From there, the team kept on rolling, beating Pitt 35-7 in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and acting as the inaugural “BCS busters.” Here’s a look at the second best Utah football season of all-time: Biggest moment: The hook-and-ladder play of the third quarter in the Fiesta Bowl, when Alex Smith tossed the ball to Steve Savoy, who flipped it t... &lt;freeform&gt; The 2004 Utes were absolutely dominant from start to finish, steamrolling opponents on the way to an undefeated record and a Fiesta Bowl berth. From there, the team kept on rolling, beating Pitt 35-7 in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and acting as the inaugural “BCS busters.” Here’s a look at the second best Utah football season of all-time: Biggest moment: The hook-and-ladder play of the third quarter in the Fiesta Bowl, when Alex Smith tossed the ball to Steve Savoy, who flipped it t... 58147203@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:27:49 MDT Pac-12 Media Days Live: Day Two http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58219861-77/pac-matthew-piper-state.html.csp Los Angeles • Stay right here for updates Wednesday and Thursday from Tribune Utah beat writers Kyle Goon and Matthew Piper. MacIntyre, Riley weigh in on what Whittingham calls the “moving target” in the Pac-12 Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre and Oregon State’s Mike Riley agreed with Utah’s Kyle Whittingham that the Pac-12 isn’t getting any easier. MacIntyre said it’s a matter of solid quarterback play. Riley mused that it was because many of the conference’s coaches — Mike Leach, Todd Graham, Ric... Los Angeles • Stay right here for updates Wednesday and Thursday from Tribune Utah beat writers Kyle Goon and Matthew Piper. MacIntyre, Riley weigh in on what Whittingham calls the “moving target” in the Pac-12 Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre and Oregon State’s Mike Riley agreed with Utah’s Kyle Whittingham that the Pac-12 isn’t getting any easier. MacIntyre said it’s a matter of solid quarterback play. Riley mused that it was because many of the conference’s coaches — Mike Leach, Todd Graham, Ric... 58219861@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:41:46 MDT Utah football: Utes angling for the Pac-12 marquee http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58215752-89/whittingham-pac-utah-utes.html.csp Los Angeles • He fielded a few questions about Travis Wilson. One about KISS. Nobody even mentioned Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson. But on his fourth Pac-12 Media Day, most reporters wanted Kyle Whittingham to address just how much his once-perennial bowl team has been affected — for good and bad — by its membership in the Pac-12. His answer was no surprise. A lot. Utah is better than they were when they entered the Pac-12, Whittingham said. He would like his chances in the Mountain West, he... Los Angeles • He fielded a few questions about Travis Wilson. One about KISS. Nobody even mentioned Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson. But on his fourth Pac-12 Media Day, most reporters wanted Kyle Whittingham to address just how much his once-perennial bowl team has been affected — for good and bad — by its membership in the Pac-12. His answer was no surprise. A lot. Utah is better than they were when they entered the Pac-12, Whittingham said. He would like his chances in the Mountain West, he... 58215752@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:17:50 MDT Utah football: Pac-12 commish happy with NCAA power shift http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58217260-89/ncaa-schools-scott-student.html.csp Los Angeles • There’s an understanding in the NCAA that change is inevitable, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. And if it’s coming down the pipe, the so-called Power Five conferences would like to have some control over it. The man who has guided the conference’s growth in terms of both influence and profit talked candidly about some of the big happenings in college sports. His morning address at Wednesday’s Pac-12 football media session was full of silver linings — he used the word “innova... Los Angeles • There’s an understanding in the NCAA that change is inevitable, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. And if it’s coming down the pipe, the so-called Power Five conferences would like to have some control over it. The man who has guided the conference’s growth in terms of both influence and profit talked candidly about some of the big happenings in college sports. His morning address at Wednesday’s Pac-12 football media session was full of silver linings — he used the word “innova... 58217260@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:06:18 MDT Pac-12 Media Days Live: Orchard dreams of playing offense, too http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58215115-89/pac-season-state-usc.html.csp Los Angeles • Stay right here for updates Wednesday and Thursday from Tribune Utah beat writers Kyle Goon and Matthew Piper. Last season, Myles Jack sparked the imagination of college football fans by excelling as both a linebacker and running back. It sparked Nate Orchard’s imagination, too. The senior defensive lineman would love his crack at an offensive role, he told Pac-12 reporters. If only he could talk Kyle Whittingham into letting him play receiver. “I’d love to,” Orchard said. “Catc... Los Angeles • Stay right here for updates Wednesday and Thursday from Tribune Utah beat writers Kyle Goon and Matthew Piper. Last season, Myles Jack sparked the imagination of college football fans by excelling as both a linebacker and running back. It sparked Nate Orchard’s imagination, too. The senior defensive lineman would love his crack at an offensive role, he told Pac-12 reporters. If only he could talk Kyle Whittingham into letting him play receiver. “I’d love to,” Orchard said. “Catc... 58215115@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:43:44 MDT The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 3 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58149575-89/season-utah-utes-team.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; The 1994 Utes were a well-balanced team on both sides of the ball under Ron McBride, finishing the season at 10-2 and beating three ranked opponents along the way. Utah scored the seventh most points per game in the country and limited opponents to the 18th most points per game in the country. The team finished with the highest AP poll ranking in program history and set the tone for future success. Here’s a look at the third-best Utah football season of all-time: Biggest mom... &lt;freeform&gt; The 1994 Utes were a well-balanced team on both sides of the ball under Ron McBride, finishing the season at 10-2 and beating three ranked opponents along the way. Utah scored the seventh most points per game in the country and limited opponents to the 18th most points per game in the country. The team finished with the highest AP poll ranking in program history and set the tone for future success. Here’s a look at the third-best Utah football season of all-time: Biggest mom... 58149575@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:54:13 MDT 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.... 58211140@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:05:55 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