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Last Updated Feb 12, 2016 08:54AM

Ogden Worried about losing control of his postgame news conference, Weber State basketball coach Randy Rahe abruptly changed the subject. The growth of freshman forward Juwan Williams was a much more preferable topic than the line of questioning Rahe was …

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  • Kragthorpe: Bonam’s renewed effort gives Utes big lift vs. Washington
    The foundational themes of Utah’s program are painted in huge letters on the walls of the practice court in the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball F...
    Updated Feb 10 2016 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost watches his team during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the Major League Baseball World against the New York Mets Series Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Kragthorpe: Royals manager Ned Yost shares World Series triumph with Utes
    Ned Yost stood in the visitors’ dugout of Citi Field in New York, hoping the Mets’ Matt Harvey would take the mound as a tired pitcher in the ninth in...
    Updated Feb 10 2016 08:09 am   |     |   Share
  • Southern California head coach Andy Enfield yells to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Kragthorpe: USC’s rise is Pac-12’s best basketball story
    Ever since Utah joined the Pac-12, the Utes have experienced a weird relationship with the USC basketball program. The Utes lost to USC in their firs...
    Updated Feb 09 2016 06:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton assists the Montana St coaching staff during an exhibition basketball game against Montana Tech Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 in Bozeman, Mont. (Kelly Gorham, Montana State University. Kragthorpe: John Stockton with the assist — this time at Montana State
    Bozeman, Mont. In the middle of Montana State’s women’s basketball practice, a hoarse voice is heard from the sideline after senior forward Riley No...
    Updated Feb 08 2016 09:51 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Denver Broncos’ Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos recovered the ball for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Kragthorpe: Broncos’ defense great, but Seahawks were better
    Even while riding the emotion of having correctly predicted the outcome of Sunday's game and how it would happen, I am ranking Denver's defensive perf...
    Updated Feb 08 2016 09:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) is congratulated by his teammates after a play during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Defense will decide Super Bowl 50 in Broncos’ favor
    Having witnessed Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at their absolute worst, I like their chances of winning Super Bowl 50. Instead of being scarr...
    Updated Feb 06 2016 10:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • San Francisco 49ers’ Steve Young runs a victory lap after his team beat the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, Jan. 29, 1995 at Miami’s Joe Robbie Stadium.  Young, who threw a Super Bowl record of six touchdown passes, was voted the Most Valuable Player. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Kragthorpe: Steve Young is golden in Super Bowl history book
    The night before the biggest football game of his life, Steve Young dragged a mattress down a hotel hallway so he could join his usual road roommate. ...
    Updated Feb 05 2016 09:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Kalani Sitake, right, is introduced as the new football head coach for Brigham Young University during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 at the BYU Broadcasting Building in Provo, Utah. (Sammy Jo Hester/The Daily Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Kragthorpe: Kalani Sitake absorbs some lessons, sprints to finish to sign his first BYU class
    Provo The moment Kalani Sitake knew his job description had changed came in late January when he visited Jackson Kaufusi and became convinced that h...
    Updated Feb 03 2016 08:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) battles Oregon Ducks guard Casey Benson (2) in game action at the Huntsman Center on Thursday night. Kragthorpe: Pac-12’s crowded competition is good for league
    In football, this would become a case of the Pac-12’s victimizing itself. In basketball, parity is not nearly as much of a problem. That’s because th...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 08:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)    Jerry Sloan coaches a game against the Pistons in 2004. Kragthorpe: Fateful night against Bulls five years ago changed Jazz forever
    Five years later, the boxscore is almost as interesting as the entire story. The Chicago Bulls will visit Vivint Smart Home Arena on Monday night, eig...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 10:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: BYU extends trend of home-court success
    Provo At halftime of Saturday night’s basketball game, BYU football coach Kalani Sitake stood in the middle of the Marriott Center court and declare...
    Updated Jan 30 2016 10:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kalani Sitake is introduced as the new football head coach for Brigham Young University during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 at the BYU Broadcasting Building in Provo, Utah. (Sammy Jo Hester/The Daily Herald via AP) Kragthorpe: BYU football staff lacks experience, but give it time
    As someone who closely follows the football coaching profession, I’m crediting BYU’s Kalani Sitake with an innovative method of assembling his initial...
    Updated Jan 29 2016 08:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Poeltl lifts Utes with another big game
    Trying to rise above the Pac-12’s crowded competition, the Utah Utes need everything sophomore center Jakob Poeltl can give them before he goes to the...
    Updated Jan 27 2016 11:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward Jordan Loveridge (21) and Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) celebrate during the game at the Huntsman Center Sunday January 17, 2016. Utah Utes won the game against Oregon State Beavers 59-53. Kragthorpe: Utes try to maximize Jakob Poeltl as they host Cal
    Nobody could say that Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak and his staff failed to maximize their opportunity to coach an NBA first-round pick last season, as...
    Updated Jan 27 2016 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: BYU extends trend of home-court success
    Provo At halftime of Saturday night’s basketball game, BYU football coach Kalani Sitake stood in the middle of the Marriott Center court and declare...
    Updated Jan 30 2016 10:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kalani Sitake is introduced as the new football head coach for Brigham Young University during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 at the BYU Broadcasting Building in Provo, Utah. (Sammy Jo Hester/The Daily Herald via AP) Kragthorpe: BYU football staff lacks experience, but give it time
    As someone who closely follows the football coaching profession, I’m crediting BYU’s Kalani Sitake with an innovative method of assembling his initial...
    Updated Jan 29 2016 08:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Poeltl lifts Utes with another big game
    Trying to rise above the Pac-12’s crowded competition, the Utah Utes need everything sophomore center Jakob Poeltl can give them before he goes to the...
    Updated Jan 27 2016 11:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward Jordan Loveridge (21) and Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) celebrate during the game at the Huntsman Center Sunday January 17, 2016. Utah Utes won the game against Oregon State Beavers 59-53. Kragthorpe: Utes try to maximize Jakob Poeltl as they host Cal
    Nobody could say that Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak and his staff failed to maximize their opportunity to coach an NBA first-round pick last season, as...
    Updated Jan 27 2016 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) defends as Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson (3) tires to go inside,  in NBA action, The Utah Jazz vs. The Detroit Pistons, in Salt Lake City, Monday, January 25, 2016. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s home-court woes continue in loss
    Saying that nothing good came out of the Jazz’s homecoming game Monday night against Detroit would be ignoring some positive developments, including n...
    Updated Jan 25 2016 10:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Twins Monique and Dominque Mills are a driving force for Juan Diego High School’s basketball team. Juan Diego High School girls basketball team defeated Morgan High School 75-55, Friday, January 16, 2015. Kragthorpe: Mills twins elevate SLCC’s highly ranked women’s basketball team
    In the final minute of the second quarter Saturday, Salt Lake Community College's Monique Mills stole the ball and assisted Dominique Mills for a layu...
    Updated Jan 25 2016 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, in Denver. New England and Denver will play in the AFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File) Kragthorpe: In NFL’s stop-the-run world, Patriots just throw it
    To begin their workday in last weekend’s playoff game vs. Kansas City, New England’s offensive players trotted onto the field, drove for a touchdown a...
    Updated Jan 23 2016 04:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning responds to questions during news conference following an NFL football practice at the team’s headquarters Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos are to host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in Denver on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Kragthorpe: Can Peyton Manning do enough to support Broncos’ defense vs. Patriots?
    No football team that ever included Peyton Manning has dealt with this question: Is the quarterback good enough to take them to the Super Bowl? Yet t...
    Updated Jan 22 2016 06:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin breaks through a pack of Northern Colorado players during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Ogden, Utah. Weber State defeated Northern Colorado 85-68. (Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner via AP) Kragthorpe: ‘Road to Reno’ is big change, challenge for Big Sky
    Ogden In March, men’s and women’s basketball players will enjoy winning Big Sky Conference championships on the court in Reno, Nev. Ron Loghry alread...
    Updated Jan 22 2016 10:28 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick after winning NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks  in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots won 28-24. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) Love them or hate them, Patriots deserve respect
    Belichick and Brady. Brady and Belichick. The order of importance is debatable, when it comes to evaluating the New England Patriots’ success with coa...
    Updated Jan 22 2016 09:40 am   |     |   Share
  • Weber State’s Joel Bolomboy (21) tries ot shoot over Arizona forward Aaron Gordon during the second half in a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Kragthorpe: Weber State’s Joel Bolomboy positioned to break Big Sky rebounding record
    Ogden Weber State assistant coach Eric Duft is showing a film clip of Joel Bolomboy grabbing another rebound, pointing out how the Wildcat senior fo...
    Updated Jan 20 2016 09:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates with fans after the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers won 31-24. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) Kragthorpe: Carolina hoping for stronger finish in NFC title game
    In the 12 years since their only Super Bowl appearance, the Carolina Panthers became bad enough that they fired the coach who took them there and were...
    Updated Jan 22 2016 09:40 am   |     |   Share