KRAGTHORPE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/KRAGTHORPE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Kragthorpe: Bronco should be allowed to have fun with Utah-BYU rivalry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58333941-88/mendenhall-byu-coach-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58333941-88/mendenhall-byu-coach-utah.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Bronco should be allowed to have fun with Utah-BYU rivalry</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-25T23:14:58.705-06:00">Updated Aug 25, 2014 11:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo After all these years of wishing BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall would say anything interesting, I can’t bash him when he finally does so. Mendenhall is moving away from his carefully programmed persona, and that’s healthy for everybody. Appearing at the Big Blue Bash booster event Saturday night, he jabbed the University of Utah about the two-year interruption of the football rivalry. “We are not afraid to play anyone this year. Unlike a certain team here in Salt Lake,” Mendenhal...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58333941@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:14:58 MDT Ten years later, Bronco, Whit are still on the job http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58308150-77/whittingham-byu-mendenhall-coach.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58308150-77/whittingham-byu-mendenhall-coach.html.csp">Ten years later, Bronco, Whit are still on the job</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-23T23:04:21.672-06:00">Updated Aug 23, 2014 11:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah’s Kyle Whittingham and BYU’s Bronco Mendenhall have gone in different directions in the 10 years since they were promoted to head coaching positions. Their programs no longer compete in the same conference and they won’t meet in 2014 or ’15. Yet the two forever will remain linked. The former defensive coordinators were hired five days apart in December 2004, with the almost fictional twist of Whittingham turning down BYU’s offer that Mendenhall accepted. At various points, each seemed more ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58308150@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:04:21 MDT Kragthorpe: 50-year devotion to college football has its rewards http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58308153-77/college-football-game-field.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58308153-77/college-football-game-field.html.csp">Kragthorpe: 50-year devotion to college football has its rewards</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-23T23:04:21.592-06:00">Updated Aug 23, 2014 11:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The University of Montana’s library now stands on the grounds of the original Dornblaser Field, the unpretentious, stone-and-ivy stadium at the base of Mount Sentinel. College football certainly is not the same game I discovered on that Saturday afternoon 50 years ago, cheering for the Montana Grizzlies against British Columbia. So much has changed, making the sport barely recognizable. I love it, anyway. Detailing all of the problems with modern college football could fill this section. The fa...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58308153@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:04:21 MDT Kragthorpe: Ute coach settles in with Jagger on board http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58291501-89/stubblefield-coach-receivers-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58291501-89/stubblefield-coach-receivers-utah.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Ute coach settles in with Jagger on board</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T16:28:24.995-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 04:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New beginnings are nothing new for Utah receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield. He’s used to learning a different offense, becoming acquainted with the players and teaching them his old tricks. Even so, this month’s preseason camp is producing unique experiences for Stubblefield. Two receivers on the Utes’ depth chart arrived in town recently, and so did a newcomer with an old-time rock-and-roll name: Jagger Stubblefield. The first child of the coach and his wife, Georgia, was born July 23. He’s n...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58291501@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:28:24 MDT Kragthorpe: Power 5-only scheduling would hurt USU, BYU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58284106-77/power-usu-state-football.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58284106-77/power-usu-state-football.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Power 5-only scheduling would hurt USU, BYU</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T23:11:28.628-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 11:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Logan Matt Wells’ degree of disgust said everything about the growth of Utah State’s football program. The Aggie coach criticized his offense’s performance in Saturday’s practice, in comparison to USU’s “elite standards.” Wow, when did this happen? In its own way, Wells’ rant showed how far the Aggies have come. They’re respectable now, having moved way beyond any reasonable projections as of five years ago when former coach Gary Andersen took over the program. But what happens now? Can the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58284106@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:11:28 MDT Kragthorpe: Tour of Utah has come long way in 10 years http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58282569-77/utah-tour-osguthorpe-stage.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58282569-77/utah-tour-osguthorpe-stage.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Tour of Utah has come long way in 10 years</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-10T23:02:01.69-06:00">Updated Aug 10, 2014 11:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Park City Ten years ago, John Osguthorpe could not have seen this coming. Sure, the Tour of Utah’s first winner may have imagined a day when a world-class cycling competition would cover much of his home state, challenging contestants with high mileage and steep climbs and rewarding them with stunning scenery. To have the event actually reach these heights, though? Oh, no. “Not in my wildest dreams,” Osguthorpe said Sunday, having posed for a photo with 2014 champion Tom Danielson to help cel...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58282569@www.sltrib.com Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:02:01 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes welcome back Brian Blechen as defensive playmaker http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58259609-89/blechen-utes-season-safety.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58259609-89/blechen-utes-season-safety.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Utes welcome back Brian Blechen as defensive playmaker</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-06T10:56:53.917-06:00">Updated Aug 6, 2014 10:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Amid everything that’s new in the University of Utah football program in 2014, the Utes are hoping to discover the Brian Blechen of old. Of course, in keeping with the times, Blechen was sporting a new look as Utah practiced Monday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Gone is the buzz cut that once defined him, replaced by standard-length hair and a black beard that’s six months in the making. His explanation: “Just change it up a little, you know?” Yeah, the Utes could use some of that, after consecutive 5...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58259609@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:56:53 MDT Kragthorpe: Williams’ suspension will affect BYU at Texas too http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58253677-88/williams-byu-suspension-cougars.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58253677-88/williams-byu-suspension-cougars.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Williams’ suspension will affect BYU at Texas too</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">BY Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-03T13:02:36.917-06:00">Updated Aug 3, 2014 01:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo Jamaal Williams’ ambitious goal of 1,500 rushing yards this season suddenly is farther away. BYU’s biggest football game of the year, Sept. 6 at Texas, is now more mysterious. “Classic Skating” is becoming a catchphrase in Provo, if not exactly a recruiting attraction. That’s all just part of the fallout of Williams’ one-game suspension for what he described as a BYU honor code violation. Even if the Aug. 29 opener at Connecticut represents only about 8 percent of the Cougars’ season, W...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58253677@www.sltrib.com Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:02:36 MDT Kragthorpe: St. George summer golf requires beating heat http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58240650-77/george-golf-kragthorpe-odysseys.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58240650-77/george-golf-kragthorpe-odysseys.html.csp">Kragthorpe: St. George summer golf requires beating heat</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-01T23:15:14.305-06:00">Updated Aug 1, 2014 11:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">St. George Exhausted, I hit a 90-yard wedge shot that fell woefully short as the ball landed in the lake fronting St. George Golf Club’s No. 9 green. The course was practically deserted, so no one could hear me when I angrily shouted, “Alice!” Yeah, Alice Cooper is to blame for this entire episode. The legendary rock star and golf addict once told me about playing in ultra-hot conditions in Phoenix, which triggered this summer’s annual golf adventure. In the tradition of Tribune staff members...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58240650@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:15:14 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58232412-89/wilson-utah-august-citation.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Could QB Travis Wilson’s citation affect Ute captaincy?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-30T17:36:09.819-06:00">Updated Jul 30, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58232412@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:09 MDT Kragthorpe: Salt Lake City course closure would drive golfers away http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58214328-77/course-golf-lake-salt.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58214328-77/course-golf-lake-salt.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Salt Lake City course closure would drive golfers away</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt KragthorpE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-24T17:41:26.397-06:00">Updated Jul 24, 2014 05:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The potential closure of one or more Salt Lake City golf courses made me wonder about Ralph Frandsen, thinking back to the last time a course was shut down in this town. In 2008, the historic University of Utah layout was about to be replaced by the Utah Science Technology Research complex. Frandsen was forecasting a gloomy outcome for himself and other members of his regular foursome. “It’s going to shorten our lives,” he said. Well, he was exaggerating. Frandsen celebrated his 98th birthday t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58214328@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:41:26 MDT Kragthorpe: Jimmer’s new NBA start comes where BYU era ended http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58206038-77/nba-fredette-jimmer-career.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58206038-77/nba-fredette-jimmer-career.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Jimmer’s new NBA start comes where BYU era ended</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T17:36:11.05-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jimmer Fredette’s BYU basketball career ended slowly and agonizingly in New Orleans. He’s hoping a return to that city will give his NBA career a quick jolt. Fredette is joining the New Orleans Pelicans with a one-year contract for a veteran’s minimum salary of not quite $1 million. So he’s back in the building where he scored 32 points as BYU lost 83-74 in overtime to Chandler Parsons’ Florida team in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. Fredette went scoreless in overtime as the Gators seized contr...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58206038@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:36:11 MDT Kragthorpe: Minor league baseball players deserve better treatment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58182161-77/players-baseball-league-minor.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58182161-77/players-baseball-league-minor.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Minor league baseball players deserve better treatment</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T22:57:41.069-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 10:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Arkansas Travelers offer bacon cheesecake as a concession-stand specialty and the Lexington Lugnuts prepare a peanut butter and jelly doughnut sandwich. The Orem Owlz recently staged a Dumb and Dumber World’s Most Annoying Sound Noisemaker Giveaway to highlight their promotional calendar. The Salt Lake Bees and Ogden Raptors draw big crowds to stadiums with the outfields framed by the Wasatch Mountains. Somewhere, amid the unpretentious charm, clever marketing and refreshing atmosphere of m...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58182161@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:57:41 MDT The Jazz must keep Hayward, whatever the cost http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58151380-77/hayward-jazz-player-contract.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58151380-77/hayward-jazz-player-contract.html.csp">The Jazz must keep Hayward, whatever the cost</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-05T23:15:29.793-06:00">Updated Jul 5, 2014 11:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">This column will violate only three journalistic principles, but that’s just because of the word limit. Skipping to the end, Gordon Hayward will stay with the Jazz. That’s the only acceptable conclusion to his restricted free agency, and the Jazz can control the outcome. So whether Hayward signs a new contract with the Jazz or they match the offer sheet he signs with another club, he’s coming back to Utah for a fifth season and beyond. That’s the ending I’m endorsing, which breaks the following...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58151380@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:15:29 MDT Kragthorpe: Kyle Beckerman’s a World Cup discovery, on and off field http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58132229-77/beckerman-cup-kragthorpe-kyle.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58132229-77/beckerman-cup-kragthorpe-kyle.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Kyle Beckerman’s a World Cup discovery, on and off field</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T22:39:07.09-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 10:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The world suddenly is discovering Kyle Beckerman. After all these years in Major League Soccer, the Real Salt Lake midfielder is a phenomenon of the World Cup, receiving all kinds of attention from fans and a wide swath of the media. “It’s good to see him getting recognition,” said longtime RSL teammate Nick Rimando. Some of it even has to do with soccer. Beckerman will be featured again as a starting midfielder Tuesday, when the U.S. Men’s National Team faces Belgium in the World Cup’s round ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58132229@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:39:07 MDT