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Last Updated Nov 25, 2014 11:31PM

Before we all gather to sing a requiem for the Ute offense, there are some things Kyle Whittingham could do, now that his job is safe, to resuscitate an attack that too often this season has been limited, listless and …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Kyle Whittingham watches during the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday November 22, 2014. Arizona Wildcats defeated Utah Utes 42-10. Monson: Whittingham is right: Utes ‘didn’t coach very well, didn’t play very well’
    On a dismal day at Rice-Eccles Stadium, when the cold tears of the football gods fell in sheets from a cloudy sky, Utah not only struggled on offense,...
    Updated Nov 25 2014 10:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Shari Rudd  |  The Spectrum & Daily News

South Summit High School’s Ethan Miles gets tackled by Summit Academy’s Dallas Wheadon Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at SUU’s Eccles Coliseum in Cedar City. Monson: Parents of athletes — shut up, enjoy the ride, love your kids
    The ball flew out by a good four feet. It flew out by five feet. It flew out by six feet. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My head was spinning ...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 05:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utes defensive end Hunter Dimick (49) sacks Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8), in Pac-12 football action, Utah vs. Oregon game, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, November 8, 2014 Monson: The Utes are a bunch of tough hombres
    “There’s no quit in these guys. They’re physically tough and mentally tough, and I’m proud to be associated with them.” Those were the words Kyle Whi...
    Updated Nov 18 2014 11:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Jordan Leslie (9) hauls in a pass in front of UNLV Rebels defensive back Sidney Hodge (4) during second half action in the BYU versus UNLV football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Saturday, November 15, 2014. Monson: Amid disappointing season, BYU finding reasons to win
    Provo Hellooooooo, anybody ouuttttthere? Anybody hooooooomme? In the history of LaVell Edwards Stadium, nobody had seen the place as empty as it wa...
    Updated Nov 25 2014 05:09 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

 Ute running back Devontae Booker (23) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, in Pac-12 football action, Utah vs. Oregon game, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, November 8, 2014 Monson: Utes have been a player in college football playoff
    College football is hurtling toward a great end this season, on account of its getting around to having an actual playoff to determine a champion. At...
    Updated Nov 13 2014 11:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Kalani Sitake - Asst Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, right, talks with head coach Kyle Whittingham at Utah football practice, Wednesday, August 14, 2013. Monson: Chris Hill’s unnecessary gamble could hurt Utah football
    A gamble taken by Chris Hill over the summer could blow up in his face, hurting Utah football in a major way when this season is done. As reported he...
    Updated Nov 12 2014 06:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Utes wide receiver Kaelin Clay (8) celebrates what appeared to be a touchdown, but he dropped the ball before he reached the end zone, resulting in an a 99-yard Oregon touchdown, in PAC-12 action, Utah vs. Oregon game, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, November 8, 2014 Monson: Utes regain self-respect in defeat (with video)
    What the ... At the 14:35 mark of the second quarter Saturday night in the Utah-Oregon game, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Utes up, 7-0, on the Ducks, Travis ...
    Updated Nov 11 2014 09:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) is mauled by his teammates after nailing the game winning shot giving the Jazz a 102-100 victory over the Cleveland Cleveland Cavaliers at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Monson: Jazz did more than beat LeBron — they made basketball fun again
    All you had to do was look at their faces. And you knew, pro basketball in Salt Lake City is fun again. At long last. It’s been awhile. When Gordon Ha...
    Updated Nov 06 2014 09:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham pleads with the officials, after they rule that a roughing the kicker penalty will give UCLA a second chance to win the game, with no time remaining, in Pac 12 action Utah vs UCLA, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Saturday, October 4, 2014 Monson: Is Kyle Whittingham a miracle worker or a slow learner?
    Complete the following sentence with the best one of four multiple-choice options: As head coach of the Utes, Kyle Whittingham this season is … a) a ...
    Updated Nov 04 2014 11:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jazz guard Alec Burks defends against Phoenix guard Goran Dragic in the first half of a game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Monson: Jazz's young stars shine bright against Suns
    Near the start of his first full season with the Jazz, after Derrick Favors had been traded to Utah from the Nets, he uttered the following words: “If...
    Updated Nov 03 2014 05:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Utah's Delon Wright (55) goes to the basket as Colorado's Dustin Thomas (13) defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Salt Lake City. This season, the Utes return so much firepower that they were picked second in the Pac-12, behind perennial powerhouse Arizona. Many say do-everything senior guard Wright could lead the Utes to that breakthrough this season. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Monson: Utah’s athletes — and recruiting — will benefit from Pac-12 reforms
    Good move by the Pac-12. And a harbinger of better things to come. The conference passed changes this week that will positively affect athletes at al...
    Updated Nov 12 2014 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall walked onto the field during pre game warmups before BYU plays Utah State in Provo, Friday, October 1, 2014. Monson: Bronco sold BYU fans a bad bill of goods
    It wasn’t that long ago that Bronco Mendenhall was talking about winning national championships at BYU. He said it multiple times over multiple years,...
    Updated Nov 11 2014 05:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Utah's Delon Wright (55) goes to the basket as Colorado's Dustin Thomas (13) defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Salt Lake City. This season, the Utes return so much firepower that they were picked second in the Pac-12, behind perennial powerhouse Arizona. Many say do-everything senior guard Wright could lead the Utes to that breakthrough this season. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Monson: Utah’s athletes — and recruiting — will benefit from Pac-12 reforms
    Good move by the Pac-12. And a harbinger of better things to come. The conference passed changes this week that will positively affect athletes at al...
    Updated Nov 12 2014 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall walked onto the field during pre game warmups before BYU plays Utah State in Provo, Friday, October 1, 2014. Monson: Bronco sold BYU fans a bad bill of goods
    It wasn’t that long ago that Bronco Mendenhall was talking about winning national championships at BYU. He said it multiple times over multiple years,...
    Updated Nov 11 2014 05:18 pm   |     |   Share