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The big left tackle is thankful that at the end of every two-hour practice, that the scourge in a black jersey dials back the gusto and ferocity, morphing into a friend who will pat him on the back. Po... He doesn’t hold back: The trash talk spews forth from his mouth like venom. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive end inches in front of Jeremiah Poutasi and tells him his quarterback will end up face down in the turf. After the snap, he’ll do his best to fulfill his threat and muscle into the pocket. The big left tackle is thankful that at the end of every two-hour practice, that the scourge in a black jersey dials back the gusto and ferocity, morphing into a friend who will pat him on the back. Po... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57827084@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:20:07 MDT Ute Tribe, U. of U. reach new agreement over name http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57820211-89/tribe-ute-utah-university.html.csp Fort Duchesne • The University of Utah will continue to use the Ute name with the all-important support of Ute Indian Tribe leaders. On Tuesday, the school agreed to a five-year agreement that centers on efforts to help reservation youths. The new memorandum of understanding was signed by U. President David Pershing and Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee chairman Gordon Howell shortly before noon Tuesday in Fort Duchesne. The U. agreed to fund scholarships not only for American Indian students... Fort Duchesne • The University of Utah will continue to use the Ute name with the all-important support of Ute Indian Tribe leaders. On Tuesday, the school agreed to a five-year agreement that centers on efforts to help reservation youths. The new memorandum of understanding was signed by U. President David Pershing and Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee chairman Gordon Howell shortly before noon Tuesday in Fort Duchesne. The U. agreed to fund scholarships not only for American Indian students... 57820211@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:06:20 MDT Utah gymnastics: Hostile arenas better than quiet ones for gymnasts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57826823-89/championships-alabama-fans-gymnastics.html.csp During the recent media teleconference for the gymnastics coaches whose teams are participating in the NCAA Championships, Alabama coach Sarah Patterson made sure to go out of her way to welcome teams to Alabama, noting it was the fifth time her state had hosted the nationals. “I couldn’t be prouder,” she said. Nor, probably, more excited about the chances of winning another national title since the Tide will be competing in a familiar setting. Alabama won the SEC title in the same building a fe... During the recent media teleconference for the gymnastics coaches whose teams are participating in the NCAA Championships, Alabama coach Sarah Patterson made sure to go out of her way to welcome teams to Alabama, noting it was the fifth time her state had hosted the nationals. “I couldn’t be prouder,” she said. Nor, probably, more excited about the chances of winning another national title since the Tide will be competing in a familiar setting. Alabama won the SEC title in the same building a fe... 57826823@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:39:24 MDT Utah football: Offensive line getting attuned to new coach http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57824346-89/harding-coach-offensive-whittingham.html.csp Jim Harding may be one of the new coaches on the block up at Utah, but close to the end of spring, it would be hard to tell that he just stepped aboard a few months ago. His offensive linemen know what he wants. They know what drills he runs, and if they don’t do them right, they anticipate his loud bark across the field. In film meetings, they’ve started using Harding’s terminology to acknowledge the mistakes they make. “I think that kind of shows you’re starting to hit home,” he said. A longti... Jim Harding may be one of the new coaches on the block up at Utah, but close to the end of spring, it would be hard to tell that he just stepped aboard a few months ago. His offensive linemen know what he wants. They know what drills he runs, and if they don’t do them right, they anticipate his loud bark across the field. In film meetings, they’ve started using Harding’s terminology to acknowledge the mistakes they make. “I think that kind of shows you’re starting to hit home,” he said. A longti... 57824346@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:16:30 MDT WNBA: Utah’s Michelle Plouffe drafted by Seattle Storm in second round http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57819385-89/plouffe-utah-didn-season.html.csp Michelle Plouffe didn’t even see the moment her basketball life changed. It’s true, ESPN broadcast the WNBA Draft on Monday night. But the network conducted so many live interviews that Plouffe never noticed her name quietly scrolling across the television screen while holding a selection party with her friends and teammates. “I think I saw it the second time around,” Plouffe said. “I was surprised because I didn’t realize it. I waited until it came back around. Then we all started to celebrate.... Michelle Plouffe didn’t even see the moment her basketball life changed. It’s true, ESPN broadcast the WNBA Draft on Monday night. But the network conducted so many live interviews that Plouffe never noticed her name quietly scrolling across the television screen while holding a selection party with her friends and teammates. “I think I saw it the second time around,” Plouffe said. “I was surprised because I didn’t realize it. I waited until it came back around. Then we all started to celebrate.... 57819385@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:39:59 MDT Utah Basketball: Krystkowiak will greet deep, versatile class http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57818095-89/class-utah-utes-krystkowiak.html.csp When coach Larry Krystkowiak accepted the Utah basketball job in 2011, he also accepted the fact that his rebuilding process was going to take time. Then he lured in Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright in back-to-back recruiting classes. Suddenly the process sped up, as well as expectations. The Utes went from six wins in that first year to 15 in 2013. Then they won 21 games this past season, nine in the rugged Pac-12, and advanced to the NIT. Now, the process seems virtually complete. Wright and ... When coach Larry Krystkowiak accepted the Utah basketball job in 2011, he also accepted the fact that his rebuilding process was going to take time. Then he lured in Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright in back-to-back recruiting classes. Suddenly the process sped up, as well as expectations. The Utes went from six wins in that first year to 15 in 2013. Then they won 21 games this past season, nine in the rugged Pac-12, and advanced to the NIT. Now, the process seems virtually complete. Wright and ... 57818095@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:31:44 MDT Utah women’s basketball: Michelle Plouffe waits for call from WNBA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57810066-89/plouffe-utah-basketball-draft.html.csp Professional basketball was not much of a goal for Michelle Plouffe as she was growing up. There’s no doubt she loved the game. She put in as much time working on her craft as anyone, including late-night sessions at the gym, with hard work in the weight room as well. But the WNBA was a pipe dream to her. She watched her favorite players on television and all. But being raised in Canada, all she could see is what was directly in front of her. A college basketball career in Utah. “I honestly didn... Professional basketball was not much of a goal for Michelle Plouffe as she was growing up. There’s no doubt she loved the game. She put in as much time working on her craft as anyone, including late-night sessions at the gym, with hard work in the weight room as well. But the WNBA was a pipe dream to her. She watched her favorite players on television and all. But being raised in Canada, all she could see is what was directly in front of her. A college basketball career in Utah. “I honestly didn... 57810066@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:07:47 MDT Utah gymnastics: Can Utes win an NCAA title with a new formula? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57797156-89/team-chemistry-utah-utes.html.csp Ask any athlete who participates in a team sport about the difference between success and failure, and team chemistry will ultimately enter the discussion. It is the elusive, hard to grasp ingredient that can make or break a team. But how do teams get it and what helps it grow? The answer to that question is as intangible as the thought of team chemistry itself. It’s virtually impossible to measure the impact of a concept based on emotions, although some are trying. A sports analytical company c... Ask any athlete who participates in a team sport about the difference between success and failure, and team chemistry will ultimately enter the discussion. It is the elusive, hard to grasp ingredient that can make or break a team. But how do teams get it and what helps it grow? The answer to that question is as intangible as the thought of team chemistry itself. It’s virtually impossible to measure the impact of a concept based on emotions, although some are trying. A sports analytical company c... 57797156@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:32:01 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes seeking many more interceptions in 2014 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57806241-89/interceptions-utes-interception-season.html.csp Walking into Utah’s football practice Thursday, I immediately witnessed a phenomenon. A pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, fluttered through the air and was caught by Ute nickel back Justin Thomas, who made a diving interception. Something like that occurred only three times in Ute games last season — from a defensive perspective, anyway. Michael Walker’s fourth-quarter interception at BYU came on a critical fourth-down play, although he probably should have deflected the ball and impr... Walking into Utah’s football practice Thursday, I immediately witnessed a phenomenon. A pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, fluttered through the air and was caught by Ute nickel back Justin Thomas, who made a diving interception. Something like that occurred only three times in Ute games last season — from a defensive perspective, anyway. Michael Walker’s fourth-quarter interception at BYU came on a critical fourth-down play, although he probably should have deflected the ball and impr... 57806241@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:56:50 MDT Utah football: Wideouts Hatfield, McClellon make most of live reps this spring http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57802781-89/scott-stubblefield-depth-mcclellon.html.csp Furthering the open and shut case against spring depth charts: Utah junior Kenneth Scott is listed as a backup receiver. Or, technically, the backup’s backup. That’s not because Scott, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the Utes’ opener against Utah State last year, isn’t 100 percent. He could play today. And given that the team’s “Spring Prospectus” bills him as an all-conference candidate, it’s pretty darn likely not an indication of his abilities. But coaches have decided to be caut... Furthering the open and shut case against spring depth charts: Utah junior Kenneth Scott is listed as a backup receiver. Or, technically, the backup’s backup. That’s not because Scott, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the Utes’ opener against Utah State last year, isn’t 100 percent. He could play today. And given that the team’s “Spring Prospectus” bills him as an all-conference candidate, it’s pretty darn likely not an indication of his abilities. But coaches have decided to be caut... 57802781@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:38:14 MDT Utah football: Uaea Masina making the most of spring reps http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57797511-89/masina-linebacker-uaea-getting.html.csp If he didn’t line up at the position, it might be hard to pick out Uaea Masina as a linebacker. A kid that skinny, trying to bring down tight ends and running backs? He’s listed at 222 pounds — which he might make with rocks in his pockets. The sophomore doesn’t seem to mind that he’s arguably the runt of the litter, rolling up his jersey and leaving his midsection exposed every practice. “You can see it out there,” junior linebacker Jared Norris said. “His ribs are showing.” But what Masina lac... If he didn’t line up at the position, it might be hard to pick out Uaea Masina as a linebacker. A kid that skinny, trying to bring down tight ends and running backs? He’s listed at 222 pounds — which he might make with rocks in his pockets. The sophomore doesn’t seem to mind that he’s arguably the runt of the litter, rolling up his jersey and leaving his midsection exposed every practice. “You can see it out there,” junior linebacker Jared Norris said. “His ribs are showing.” But what Masina lac... 57797511@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:23:08 MDT Utah football: After struggles last season, Utes feel good about secondary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57792698-89/porter-sophomore-senior-cornerback.html.csp Reginald Porter is a fast man. In fact, Reginald Porter runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, but with an injured hip flexor? Not so much. “And you’ve gotta run full speed in football,” he said. Hundredths of a second can determine whether a receiver is blanketed or wide open, and Porter and his secondary teammates were sometimes hundredths of a second and thus miles behind Pac-12 burners in 2013. Now a healthy sophomore, Porter is part of the reason that cornerback is beginning to feel like one of Utah’s s... Reginald Porter is a fast man. In fact, Reginald Porter runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, but with an injured hip flexor? Not so much. “And you’ve gotta run full speed in football,” he said. Hundredths of a second can determine whether a receiver is blanketed or wide open, and Porter and his secondary teammates were sometimes hundredths of a second and thus miles behind Pac-12 burners in 2013. Now a healthy sophomore, Porter is part of the reason that cornerback is beginning to feel like one of Utah’s s... 57792698@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:22:03 MDT Utah basketball: Freshman Ahmad Fields to transfer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57788736-89/fields-utah-forward-program.html.csp Utah’s basketball roster will look slightly different next season. Freshman small forward Ahmad Fields will leave the program and transfer to another school, he told The Tribune late Monday. A native of Washington D.C., Fields said he is leaving Utah in order to be closer to home and closer to his family. The decision was made shortly following the Utes’ season-ending NIT loss to St. Mary’s. Fields said he met with coach Larry Krystkowiak following that game and that he and the program have had ... Utah’s basketball roster will look slightly different next season. Freshman small forward Ahmad Fields will leave the program and transfer to another school, he told The Tribune late Monday. A native of Washington D.C., Fields said he is leaving Utah in order to be closer to home and closer to his family. The decision was made shortly following the Utes’ season-ending NIT loss to St. Mary’s. Fields said he met with coach Larry Krystkowiak following that game and that he and the program have had ... 57788736@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:33:20 MDT Utah gymnastics: Utes happy with NCAA draw http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57787127-89/utah-utes-bye-april.html.csp Utah’s gymnastics team has apparently paid its dues in gymnastics’ karmic universe. Following season after season of the Utes getting stuck with either starting or ending their NCAA competitions on the balance beam, the draws are working in the team’s favor this season. Utah, which won the Fayetteville regional on Saturday to advance to the NCAAs April 18-20, will start on the uneven bars and end on a bye, the NCAA announced Monday. The rotation should be perfect for the Utes, since they are acc... Utah’s gymnastics team has apparently paid its dues in gymnastics’ karmic universe. Following season after season of the Utes getting stuck with either starting or ending their NCAA competitions on the balance beam, the draws are working in the team’s favor this season. Utah, which won the Fayetteville regional on Saturday to advance to the NCAAs April 18-20, will start on the uneven bars and end on a bye, the NCAA announced Monday. The rotation should be perfect for the Utes, since they are acc... 57787127@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:18:21 MDT USU gymnastics: Aggies struggle early, finish strong at regionals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57779931-89/aggies-gymnastics-meet-bars.html.csp Fayetteville, Ark. • Reaching the NCAA Gymnastics Regional Championships for the first time since 2007 was an achievement for Utah State’s rebuilding gymnastics program. Unfortunately, the pressure of the occasion was too much for the Aggies as they suffered four falls from the uneven bars to open the meet. The Aggies, who were the fifth seed, knew they needed to have their best meet of the year and have the favorites crumble for them to snag one of the top two spots. There was no such drama fo... Fayetteville, Ark. • Reaching the NCAA Gymnastics Regional Championships for the first time since 2007 was an achievement for Utah State’s rebuilding gymnastics program. Unfortunately, the pressure of the occasion was too much for the Aggies as they suffered four falls from the uneven bars to open the meet. The Aggies, who were the fifth seed, knew they needed to have their best meet of the year and have the favorites crumble for them to snag one of the top two spots. There was no such drama fo... 57779931@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:09:06 MDT Utah gymnastics notes: Utes will be in a tough crowd at NCAA Championships http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57779935-89/utah-beam-ucla-utes.html.csp Fayetteville, Ark. • Utah coach Greg Marsden glanced at the NCAA gymnastics bracket, gave a wry smile and said, “Well, it’s never easy.” He is right about that. The Utes, who advanced to the NCAA Championships scheduled for Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20, will be in the same session as Florida, Penn State, Nebraska, UCLA and Alabama. Florida won the national title last season while Alabama, which will have the home-crowd advantage, won in 2011 and 2012. “I say it every year, it gets tougher and ... Fayetteville, Ark. • Utah coach Greg Marsden glanced at the NCAA gymnastics bracket, gave a wry smile and said, “Well, it’s never easy.” He is right about that. The Utes, who advanced to the NCAA Championships scheduled for Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20, will be in the same session as Florida, Penn State, Nebraska, UCLA and Alabama. Florida won the national title last season while Alabama, which will have the home-crowd advantage, won in 2011 and 2012. “I say it every year, it gets tougher and ... 57779935@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:09:06 MDT Utah gymnastics: Utes hoping for big score http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57776683-89/utes-utah-fayetteville-pac.html.csp Fayetteville, Ark. • While being one of the top two teams at Saturday’s regional competition here in Fayetteville, Ark., is the ultimate goal for Utah’s gymnastics team, the top-seeded Utes hope they can do more than just advance. The Utes believe they can send a message, to themselves and the rest of the teams eyeing the upcoming NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., that they are a force with which to be reckoned. The Utes won the Pac-12 title with an impressive 197.925, but they believe the... Fayetteville, Ark. • While being one of the top two teams at Saturday’s regional competition here in Fayetteville, Ark., is the ultimate goal for Utah’s gymnastics team, the top-seeded Utes hope they can do more than just advance. The Utes believe they can send a message, to themselves and the rest of the teams eyeing the upcoming NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., that they are a force with which to be reckoned. The Utes won the Pac-12 title with an impressive 197.925, but they believe the... 57776683@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:38:33 MDT Utah Football: Travis Wilson ‘exceptionally sharp’ in scrimmage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57775949-89/yards-wilson-carries-junior.html.csp Travis Wilson and the Utah offense were literally unstoppable. That’s because if they failed to achieve a first down in four tries, officials re-spotted the ball and gave them another shot. But even if the deck hadn’t been stacked in their favor, the guys in red would have treated fans to glimpses of promise in Utah’s first spring scrimmage Friday afternoon. Afterward, head coach Kyle Whittingham said his No. 1 quarterback was “exceptionally sharp.” Wilson still feels like he’s thawing out after... Travis Wilson and the Utah offense were literally unstoppable. That’s because if they failed to achieve a first down in four tries, officials re-spotted the ball and gave them another shot. But even if the deck hadn’t been stacked in their favor, the guys in red would have treated fans to glimpses of promise in Utah’s first spring scrimmage Friday afternoon. Afterward, head coach Kyle Whittingham said his No. 1 quarterback was “exceptionally sharp.” Wilson still feels like he’s thawing out after... 57775949@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:36:01 MDT Gymnastics: State of Utah well-represented in NCAA regionals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57774259-89/state-utah-regional-utes.html.csp Fayetteville, Ark. • Being one of the least populous states in the nation, Utah rarely gets to show off its muscle when it comes to athletic participation. But just look at what little ol’ Utah has done this week, with four gymnastics teams from the state among the 36 teams to qualify for Saturday’s NCAA Regional Championships. The top two teams from each region advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala. The fifth-ranked Utes, fresh off their historic Pac-12... Fayetteville, Ark. • Being one of the least populous states in the nation, Utah rarely gets to show off its muscle when it comes to athletic participation. But just look at what little ol’ Utah has done this week, with four gymnastics teams from the state among the 36 teams to qualify for Saturday’s NCAA Regional Championships. The top two teams from each region advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala. The fifth-ranked Utes, fresh off their historic Pac-12... 57774259@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:00:50 MDT Kragthorpe: Ute basketball issue solved; what about football? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57773895-89/krystkowiak-contract-hill-utah.html.csp The last time Utah athletic director Chris Hill gave his men’s basketball coach another contract, he ended up having to correct the mistake two years later. That historical backdrop won’t stop me from endorsing the new, five-year deal that Larry Krystkowiak is about to sign. And the revival of Ute basketball brings Hill to an interesting stage of his own career. If football coach Kyle Whittingham can succeed in earning a contract extension after the 2014 season, Hill will have his department’s f... The last time Utah athletic director Chris Hill gave his men’s basketball coach another contract, he ended up having to correct the mistake two years later. That historical backdrop won’t stop me from endorsing the new, five-year deal that Larry Krystkowiak is about to sign. And the revival of Ute basketball brings Hill to an interesting stage of his own career. If football coach Kyle Whittingham can succeed in earning a contract extension after the 2014 season, Hill will have his department’s f... 57773895@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:46:35 MDT