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Last Updated May 26, 2016 09:17PM

UCLA signing a $280 million shoe- and-apparel deal with Under Armour this week was the latest example of the hypocrisy so prevalent in college athletics, a flawed endeavor that celebrates the amateurism of its athletes while raking in stacks of …

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  • In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 photo, Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, center, recovers after being fouled by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City. Green received a flagrant foul. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Monson: Somebody, please, write the unwritten rule for Draymond Green
    There are written rules — and then there are unwritten rules somebody should write. Like this one: Do not kick an opponent in the acorns. Any player ...
    Updated May 24 2016 10:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU head coach Kalani Sitake  shares a laugh with quarterback coach Ty Detmer on the second day of spring practice, in Provo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Monson: BYU needs a big benefactor to get in Big 12
    BYU is in big trouble. It needs big help. It needs a big benefactor, a big advocate with a big mouth, a big wallet, with big plans and big clout in o...
    Updated May 21 2016 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) takes an inbound pass past Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 8, 2016. Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 102-99 in overtime. Monson: Should the Jazz trade Gordon Hayward?
    Dennis Lindsey wants to argue. He wants to hear all sides. He doesn’t want canned answers or a party line. He doesn’t want a discussion in a box. He ...
    Updated May 19 2016 10:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: No more steps to skip, the Jazz must make the most of their lottery pick
    Now that Lady Luck left the Jazz on Tuesday where she always leaves them — right where they left themselves with their play — in the draft lottery, fi...
    Updated May 17 2016 09:53 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah F Brekkott Chapman (0) works under the hoops during second half play. Gonzaga beat Utah 82-59 in Denver, Saturday, March 19, 2016. Monson: Brekkott Chapman and all other transfers should be permitted to play immediately, anywhere
    Sophomore forward Brekkott Chapman’s recently announced transfer from Utah brought up, one more time, a ridiculous, hypocritical NCAA policy that has ...
    Updated May 14 2016 05:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, May 9, 2016, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 132-125. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Monson: Old NBA critics, get off Steph Curry’s back
    There are reasons to respect old guys’ opinions, especially former players such as Charles Barkley, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Walt Frazier...
    Updated May 12 2016 10:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)      Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) a couple of tacked by Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Deshazor Everett (29) and Aggies defensive back Floyd Raven Sr. to run for a 68 yard touchdown as BYU played the University of Texas, Lavell Edwards stadium, Saturday, September 7, 2013. Monson: What are the odds BYU gets into the Big 12?
    You’ve heard the Big Dysfunctional might want to expand, might want to live up to its proper name and have, you know, a dozen schools. So, we’re setti...
    Updated May 10 2016 09:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Brigham Young Cougars celebrate their win over UCLA, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Volleyball Championship, in tournament action at the Smith Field House in Provo, Saturday, April 23, 2016. Monson: BYU men’s volleyball team on the edge of a national title
    National championships don’t come all that often around here in any sport, but the top-ranked BYU men’s volleyball team, hatched from a program that h...
    Updated Apr 28 2016 10:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake, left, leans in to speak to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham as they both visited the Utah House of Representatives, Thursday, March 3, 2016. They were later both honored for their football accomplishments by an introduction on the floor. Monson: Kyle Whittingham, Kalani Sitake set new tone for BYU-Utah rivalry
    Much has been written, discussed, argued, including in this space, about the Utah-BYU rivalry and the importance/usefulness of having the Cougars and ...
    Updated May 20 2016 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Grizzlies Ryan Hayes (11) celebrates his goal along with Utah Grizzlies T.J. Syner (84), in the third period. Hayes’ goal gave the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead in ECHL Division Semi-Final hockey action, Utah Grizzlies vs. The Idaho Steelheads, at the Maverik Center, Monday, April 27, 2015. Utah Grizzlies: Ryan Hayes’ story is one of gratitude
    West Valley City There are two constants in Ryan Hayes’ life — his love of hockey and family. And those two givens are connected in a way that has ...
    Updated Apr 23 2016 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes quarterback Brandon Cox (5) throws the ball during a practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium  Tuesday April 5, 2016. Monson: Who’s going to start at quarterback for the Utes? Here’s a best guess
    “Luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.” — Don Shula The Utah Utes have had their fill of bad luck. And their tim...
    Updated Apr 22 2016 05:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 30, 2016. Monson: Utah Jazz are climbing a wall leaning toward them
    As much as everyone around here hoped the Jazz would make the playoffs, everyone also was certain that the Jazz, had they gotten in, would have been b...
    Updated Apr 19 2016 09:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles (41) spins around Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 1, 2016. Utah Jazz defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 98-85. Monson: Trey Lyles has bright future as Utah Jazz’s gluey force
    At the end of a ruptured season, a season that twisted and blew out knees, wrenched backs, fractured fibulas, sprained ankles, and that, ultimately, a...
    Updated Apr 16 2016 08:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey talks about the Jazz season at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Monson: Bottom line — the Jazz must make the playoffs next season (with video)
    As Jazz managers, coaches and players filed through their practice facility, talking and then walking on a rainy, dismal Thursday, there were varying ...
    Updated May 23 2016 04:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes quarterback Brandon Cox (5) throws the ball during a practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium  Tuesday April 5, 2016. Monson: Who’s going to start at quarterback for the Utes? Here’s a best guess
    “Luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.” — Don Shula The Utah Utes have had their fill of bad luck. And their tim...
    Updated Apr 22 2016 05:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 30, 2016. Monson: Utah Jazz are climbing a wall leaning toward them
    As much as everyone around here hoped the Jazz would make the playoffs, everyone also was certain that the Jazz, had they gotten in, would have been b...
    Updated Apr 19 2016 09:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles (41) spins around Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 1, 2016. Utah Jazz defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 98-85. Monson: Trey Lyles has bright future as Utah Jazz’s gluey force
    At the end of a ruptured season, a season that twisted and blew out knees, wrenched backs, fractured fibulas, sprained ankles, and that, ultimately, a...
    Updated Apr 16 2016 08:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey talks about the Jazz season at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Monson: Bottom line — the Jazz must make the playoffs next season (with video)
    As Jazz managers, coaches and players filed through their practice facility, talking and then walking on a rainy, dismal Thursday, there were varying ...
    Updated May 23 2016 04:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams, right, guards Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) during the first quarter in an NBA basketball game Monday, April 11, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: For the Jazz, youth is served — and it’s painful
    The Jazz’s chance at the playoffs looks bleak now. Not absolutely hopeless, but definitely bleak. The Jazz’s season of promise, the season when they ...
    Updated Apr 12 2016 09:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes wide receiver Kyle Fulks (6) and Utah Utes Boobie Hobbs (1) during the spring scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday April 9, 2016. Monson: How explosive can Utah football’s offense be?
    He’s not been named the Utes’ starting quarterback, and he struggled a bit during Saturday’s scrimmage, but if confidence and moxie, as well as comely...
    Updated Apr 16 2016 04:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    Jerry Sloan yells support form the bench in his first quarter as head coach of the Utah Jazz in 1988. Monson: Jerry Sloan’s fight is everybody’s fight
    Rolled down old Route 242 toward McLeansboro one morning, looking to discover Jerry Sloan. He didn’t live there full-time anymore, but his essence was...
    Updated Apr 07 2016 06:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Quin Snyder says Jazz can play better, and they’ll have to
    Like the thespian, stroking his beard and asking himself his age-old question, the San Antonio Spurs showed up against the Jazz on Tuesday night, wond...
    Updated Apr 05 2016 10:55 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. Monson: Dante Exum expects to be ‘better than ever’ after a year of watching, learning
    Dante Exum is working and waiting for his return, understanding now more than ever how important that return is. One of the scarce graces of a seriou...
    Updated Apr 02 2016 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 30, 2016. Monson: It’s time for Rodney Hood to drive the Jazz bus
    As the Jazz were putting up what appeared to be a fine effort against planet Earth’s best team on Wednesday night, an effort that demonstrated growth ...
    Updated Mar 31 2016 05:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jazz guard Rodney Hood celebrates a three-point basket during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 28, 2016. Monson: For Utah Jazz, the chase could be better than the catch
    This is a whole new deal for the Jazz, and with eight games left and their record level at 37, they now stand in the seventh slot in positioning for t...
    Updated Mar 29 2016 06:23 pm   |     |   Share