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Last Updated Apr 24, 2015 03:03PM

In seven years, Scott Barnes accomplished more than any athletic director in Utah State's history. Nobody else even comes close. As Barnes leaves Logan to become Pittsburgh's AD, I would rank him behind only Utah's Chris Hill in terms of …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Quarterback Travis Wilson, right, looks for an opening as the University of Utah football team practices at Rice Eccles stadium on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Kragthorpe: BYU’s Taysom Hill, USU’s Chuckie Keeton, Utes’ Travis Wilson targeting big finishes
    They have played through knee injuries, a broken leg and a career-threatening brain condition. And now, BYU’s Taysom Hill, Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 07:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

With gauze in his nose from a shot tot he face Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) smiles as he comes out of the game during first half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Menís Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Kragthorpe: Utes’ Jakob Poeltl defies one-and-done culture of college basketball
    Somehow, I’m not sure those pledges of $172.50 persuaded Jakob Poeltl to play another season of basketball for the University of Utah. The recent lau...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 10:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah celebrates their second place finish in the NCAA women's gymnastics championships Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Florida won the national championship for the third year in a row. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Kragthorpe: Gymnasts add to Utes' athletic success in 2014-15 by coming close in NCAA meet
    With its performance in this past weekend's NCAA Championships, the University of Utah women's gymnastics program went beyond being known for drawing ...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo provided by NBC, sportscasters Marv Albert, left, Al Michaels, center, and Bob Costas pose for a photo at a news conference in New York, Friday, April 10, 2015. The first prime-time fights on NBC as part of Kragthorpe: Bob Costas won’t ignore role of sports in society
    Bob Costas will always remember witnessing Michael Jordan’s last shot - or so everyone believed at the time - in Salt Lake City and Derek Jeter’s last...
    Updated Apr 18 2015 09:59 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, above, blocks a shot as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis goes to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Kragthorpe: Paul Millsap, Andrew Bogut top list of NBA playoff figures with Utah ties
    Paul Millsap, Deron Williams and Kyle Korver were instrumental in the Jazz’s most recent playoff win, a Game 6 victory over Denver five years ago. Coi...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 10:02 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Quin Snyder talks to Dante Exum in the first half as the Utah Jazz faced the Dallas Mavericks at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday, April 13, 2015. Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz’s next step requires upgrade at point guard (with video)
    Twelve years later, the franchise that gave you John Stockton keeps searching for the perfect point guard. That’s a standard-issue sentence for a Jaz...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Quin Snyder talks to Dante Exum in the first half as the Utah Jazz faced the Dallas Mavericks at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday, April 13, 2015. Kragthorpe: Dennis Lindsey merits praise for Utah Jazz’s growth
    Last April, when general manager Dennis Lindsey spoke during the team’s locker-cleanout day at EnergySolutions Arena as devoted Comic Con fans and ath...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (8), in NBA action in the final home game of the season at EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Monday, April 13, 2015. Kragthorpe: Cotton’s topper sends Jazz fans home happy (with video)
    Jazz rookie guard Bryce Cotton’s spectacular, left-handed catch and dunk of Rodney Hood’s lob was the wonderfully unscripted part of Fan Appreciation ...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder shouts to his team during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, April 10, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Grizzlies won 89-88. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Jazz coach Quin Snyder has earned right to manage his team
    When coach Quin Snyder kept Jazz stars Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors on the bench Saturday at Portland, the reaction was interesting. Some fans we...
    Updated Apr 13 2015 09:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brothers Phil and Tom McCarthey, from left, great grandsons of Jenny Judge Kearns and Thomas Kearns pictured on the wall of the McCarthey Mansion in Salt Lake, will be hosting a journalism event with Bob Costas. Kragthorpe: McCarthey family enjoys success of Gonzaga, Utah
    Between games of the South Region semifinals in Houston, the McCarthey brothers changed into red shirts and moved to another section of the stadium. ...
    Updated Apr 12 2015 08:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, center, is fouled by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he shoots in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Houston won 115-112. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Kragthorpe: Jazz have followed through since NBA All-Star break
    The Jazz may not win another game in 2014-15, with the biggest variable being their opponents' level of motivation. No matter what happens in the last...
    Updated Apr 10 2015 10:05 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

University of Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak screams in disbelief after Utah Utes guard Delon Wright (55) picks up his second foul during first half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Kragthorpe: Utes’ Krystkowiak is more than worthy of new contract
    Wednesday’s announcement of a new contract for Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak means he has signed two lucrative, long-term deals in the past ...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, talks with Tiger Woods on the practice green before the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Kragthorpe: I’m conceding in the battle vs. Tiger Woods
    Even before Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player walk to the first tee as honorary starters Thursday morning, I’m launching a ceremonial drive...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 08:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Duke's Justise Winslow cuts down the net after his team's 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament championship game Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Kurt Kragthorpe: Utes know how Wisconsin feels after losing to Duke
    After playing one of the better games of his University of Utah basketball career, senior center Dallin Bachynski was left with regrets. He wanted ano...
    Updated Apr 06 2015 11:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, center, is fouled by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he shoots in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Houston won 115-112. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Kragthorpe: Jazz have followed through since NBA All-Star break
    The Jazz may not win another game in 2014-15, with the biggest variable being their opponents' level of motivation. No matter what happens in the last...
    Updated Apr 10 2015 10:05 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

University of Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak screams in disbelief after Utah Utes guard Delon Wright (55) picks up his second foul during first half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Kragthorpe: Utes’ Krystkowiak is more than worthy of new contract
    Wednesday’s announcement of a new contract for Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak means he has signed two lucrative, long-term deals in the past ...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, talks with Tiger Woods on the practice green before the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Kragthorpe: I’m conceding in the battle vs. Tiger Woods
    Even before Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player walk to the first tee as honorary starters Thursday morning, I’m launching a ceremonial drive...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 08:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Duke's Justise Winslow cuts down the net after his team's 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament championship game Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Kurt Kragthorpe: Utes know how Wisconsin feels after losing to Duke
    After playing one of the better games of his University of Utah basketball career, senior center Dallin Bachynski was left with regrets. He wanted ano...
    Updated Apr 06 2015 11:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The Utes are called back to the court to finish the last .7 seconds of the game during second half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Kragthorpe: How should Utes feel about Duke playing in NCAA title game?
    After playing one of the better games of his University of Utah basketball career, senior center Dallin Bachynski was left with regrets. He wanted ano...
    Updated Apr 06 2015 11:13 am   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Cron is greeted at the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball exhibition game against the Texas Rangers in Tempe, Ariz., on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute C.J. Cron wants steady role with Angels
    He’s an established major leaguer and a loyal Ute, seemingly the perfect description for a candidate to headline the University of Utah baseball progr...
    Updated Apr 04 2015 08:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Garrit Johnson  |  Fairways Media

Mike Weir and 11-year-old Berlin Long of Lehi, Utah at the National Drive, Chip and Putt press conference on Wednesday April 1, 2015 . Long is the only junior golfer to qualify for this year's National Drive, Chip and Putt Championship which will be contested Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club as the official start of Masters week. Kragthorpe: Utah girl joining Mike Weir at Augusta National
    Sandy Television cameras were rolling, so former Masters champion Mike Weir’s “top-secret” advice to 11-year-old Berlin Long would not have fit that ...
    Updated Apr 03 2015 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) spins around Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) on his way to the basket during first half action in the Jazz versus Nuggets NBA game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Kragthorpe: Jazz are playing like they want the playoffs. Maybe next year?
    The amazing thing is, the Jazz did this without the help of any incendiary comments from a former teammate. Denver guard Ian Clark remained quiet Wed...
    Updated Apr 24 2015 09:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Djamila Grossman  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah State University's coach Tim Duryea talks to Brockeith Pane, 3, at a game against Brigham Young University in Provo, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2010. BYU won the game. Kragthorpe: USU hopes Tim Duryea can replicate Matt Wells’ success
    Having spent two seasons on Utah State’s football staff, Matt Wells was promoted the day after his boss left the school. Tim Duryea’s hiring took 80 ...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 10:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Real Salt Lake defender/midfielder Jordan Allen (7) is surrounded by teammates celebrating his game-winning goal as Real Salt Lake hosts Toronto FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Sunday March 29, 2015. Kragthorpe: RSL flips script with late goal against Toronto
    Sandy Jordan Allen’s first Major League Soccer goal won a game, broke a trend and steered a news conference in another direction. “I’m glad we’re n...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 10:34 am   |     |   Share
  • (Photo by Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rod Hundley and his girlfriend Kimberly Reardon watch clips of Hundley playing basketball inside of the newly dedicated Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz legend Hot Rod Hundley’s voice will be heard forever
    Hot Rod Hundley made every play of every game sound important. That’s how I’ll remember the Jazz broadcaster. His distinctive, raspy voice and enthus...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Utes guard Delon Wright (55) gets his shot blocked during second half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Menís Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Kragthorpe: Offense fails Utes in loss to Duke
    Houston Utah center Jakob Poeltl just nodded and laughed after Duke star Jahlil Okafor left him standing at midcourt, waiting for a standard greetin...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 06:16 pm   |     |   Share