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He’s been getting scouting reports from his wife, Utah volleyball player Chelsey Schofield, after she visited the Far East earlier this summer with a Pac-12 squad as well. “She had a really good experience, got to know the girls around the Pac-12 a little better and said the Great W... Just over a week away from flying across an ocean, Utes center Jeremy Olsen has at least an idea of what to expect when he travels through China to compete with a special selection of Pac-12 men’s basketball players. He’s been getting scouting reports from his wife, Utah volleyball player Chelsey Schofield, after she visited the Far East earlier this summer with a Pac-12 squad as well. “She had a really good experience, got to know the girls around the Pac-12 a little better and said the Great W... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58238213@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:01:15 MDT TribSports Radio podcast: Is Travis Wilson the starting QB for the Utah? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58234122-89/podcast-wilson-com-download.html.csp Travis Wilson had a brush with the law last week, and a transfer from the University of Oklahoma has receive a lot of hype. And don’t forget about Connor Manning. So how strong is Wilson’s hold on the University of Utah’s starting quarterback job? The team of Kyle Goon, Matt Piper, Ben Raskin and Kevin Winters Morriss try to answer that question and more about the Utes in the latest podcast. Download the podcast here. The TribSports Radio podcast is recorded each Monday and available on iTunes f... Travis Wilson had a brush with the law last week, and a transfer from the University of Oklahoma has receive a lot of hype. And don’t forget about Connor Manning. So how strong is Wilson’s hold on the University of Utah’s starting quarterback job? The team of Kyle Goon, Matt Piper, Ben Raskin and Kevin Winters Morriss try to answer that question and more about the Utes in the latest podcast. Download the podcast here. The TribSports Radio podcast is recorded each Monday and available on iTunes f... 58234122@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:11:00 MDT Kragthorpe: Could QB Travis Wilson’s citation affect Ute captaincy? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58232412-89/wilson-utah-august-citation.html.csp Travis Wilson’s citation for underage drinking will have no effect on the University of Utah’s quarterbacking competition this month. That’s both a prediction and a recommendation — and a commentary on the frequency of off-field issues involving college football players locally and nationally in the offseason. But where Wilson’s case will get interesting is in the voting for Ute co-captains in mid-August. While there’s no dismissing any violation of the law, Wilson’s offense does not rise to th... Travis Wilson’s citation for underage drinking will have no effect on the University of Utah’s quarterbacking competition this month. That’s both a prediction and a recommendation — and a commentary on the frequency of off-field issues involving college football players locally and nationally in the offseason. But where Wilson’s case will get interesting is in the voting for Ute co-captains in mid-August. While there’s no dismissing any violation of the law, Wilson’s offense does not rise to th... 58232412@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:10:35 MDT Utah Football: Ranking the top-10 Utes players of all-time http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58198766-89/yards-season-iframe-utah.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; Utah, especially in the last three decades, has produced a bevy of NFL draft picks and talented college players. Current Utah alumni in the NFL have led their teams to the playoffs (Alex Smith), looked like future defensive stalwarts (Star Lotuleilei, Paul Kruger) and anchor defensive secondaries (Eric Weddle, Sean Smith). With that in mind, here’s our ranking of the 10 best Utes of all-time, based on longevity and impact at the collegiate level, not necessarily play in the NFL:... &lt;freeform&gt; Utah, especially in the last three decades, has produced a bevy of NFL draft picks and talented college players. Current Utah alumni in the NFL have led their teams to the playoffs (Alex Smith), looked like future defensive stalwarts (Star Lotuleilei, Paul Kruger) and anchor defensive secondaries (Eric Weddle, Sean Smith). With that in mind, here’s our ranking of the 10 best Utes of all-time, based on longevity and impact at the collegiate level, not necessarily play in the NFL:... 58198766@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:36:53 MDT Utah football: Zane Beadles donates $750,000 to Ute program http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58233072-89/beadles-football-utah-former.html.csp As a Utah lineman, Zane Beadles left behind a collection of memorable seasons, bowl trophies and individual accolades. As a five-year veteran of the NFL, Beadles has given the Utes the largest-ever donation from a former football player that he hopes will have just as lasting an impact. The U. announced Monday morning that Beadles, a guard with the Jacksonville Jaguars, is donating $750,000 to a sports medicine center, as well as an offensive lineman schoolarship. Both the center and the scholar... As a Utah lineman, Zane Beadles left behind a collection of memorable seasons, bowl trophies and individual accolades. As a five-year veteran of the NFL, Beadles has given the Utes the largest-ever donation from a former football player that he hopes will have just as lasting an impact. The U. announced Monday morning that Beadles, a guard with the Jacksonville Jaguars, is donating $750,000 to a sports medicine center, as well as an offensive lineman schoolarship. Both the center and the scholar... 58233072@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:36:53 MDT Utah quarterback Travis Wilson cited for alcohol at concert http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58227137-89/twitter-com-wilson-team.html.csp &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... &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... 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