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Last Updated Aug 23, 2016 10:05PM

Now that everyone — including Kyle Whittingham — has determined that Utah’s offense blew it last year, that it must become more consistent, more explosive, more passing-aggressive for the Utes to boost their chances of climbing to the top of …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham during practice, Thursday, August 11, 2016. Monson: Can Utah win the Pac-12 title?
    Quarterback Tyler Huntley and receiver Tim Patrick stood about 20 yards apart from one another in the hot late-morning sun after a recent Utah practic...
    Updated Aug 20 2016 08:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU quarterbacks, Taysom Hill and Tanner Mangum talk to the media at the annual football media day at the Broadcasting Building,Thursday, June 30, 2016. Monson: Tanner or Taysom? Here’s the real answer to BYU’s quarterback question
    Provo Kalani Sitake and Ty Detmer say they are waiting, waiting for separation between their quarterback candidates to determine a starter. But it’s...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 04:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes defensive back Justin Thomas (12) runs for a touchdown at Rice-Eccles Stadium Thursday September 3, 2015.  Thomas ran for 55 yards for a game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter after intercepting a pass from Michigan Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock. Utah defeated Michigan 24-17. Monson: Justin Thomas is Utah football’s old soul
    Justin Thomas’ story is for everybody, but especially for those who are absolutely convinced the world’s going to hell in a football helmet. No. No i...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 07:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Tom Holmoe, Athletic Director, Brigham Young University, talks about the new men’s college basketball showcase featuring BYU, Utah, USU, and Weber State, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Monson: What happens if BYU is rejected by the Big 12?
    The Big 12 has turned its campaign for expansion into a reality show. It has Bob Bowlsby sitting on a couch with a rose, waiting to determine which of...
    Updated Aug 18 2016 05:57 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah WR Tim Patrick runs after a catch during practice, Thursday, August 4, 2016. Monson: Contrary to popular opinion, Utes want to — and will — throw the ball
    The question after Utah practice the other day hung in the air like a blooping, wobbling Travis Wilson quacker, thrown weakly on the run and off the b...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 01:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU fans get up as Utah attempts to (and does) score a field goal in the first quarter as the BYU Cougars host the Utah Utes, college football Saturday, September 21, 2013 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. Monson: Big 12 — and everyone else — should let BYU believe what it wants to believe
    BYU is on the verge of getting into the Big 12. Put the probability at 80 percent. But strap in tight, because the ride has gotten bumpy and could ge...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 01:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) makes the first of a late-game double save during their MLS match against the Chicago Fire at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, August 6th, 2016. Gordon Monson: An all-time RSL great gets a record thanks to another all-time great
    Sandy Real Salt Lake found a good time, a good place, a good opponent against which to celebrate a remarkable achievement by one of their own and, a...
    Updated Aug 07 2016 08:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 29, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Torrey Green (46) and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) work a drill during an NFL football practice, in Flowery Branch, Ga. The Falcons have cut rookie free agent linebacker Torrey Green as Utah law enforcement authorities investigate allegations of sexual assault made against him while he was a student at Utah State last year. Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Green was cut Thursday morning, Aug. 4, 2016,  after the team learned of the allegations the night before. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) Monson: USU football must answer hard questions after sexual assault allegations
    So, a football player at Utah State in 2015 is accused of sexual assault by four different women, none of whom knew one another, three of them are USU...
    Updated Aug 06 2016 08:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jeff Griffin, of the Wheelin Jazz and Mormon seminary instructor at Murray High School, supports himself as he flips his wheel chair into the back of his truck after visiting Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday August 1, 2016. Monson: Utahn Jeff Griffin wheels his way to the top of the basketball world
    Jeff Griffin remembers the heat of the day — and the hurt, when he hit the ground from 40 feet up. The fall shattered bones in his back and altered hi...
    Updated Aug 02 2016 09:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Jan. 28, 2016 photo, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahons smokes medical marijuana in Chicago. McMahon calls himself ’old school,’ including his use of marijuana both during and after his career. Yet McMahon’s stab at self-medicating could turn out to be ahead of its time. If a compound found in hemp _ and its notorious cousin, cannabis _ proves as effective in treating brain injuries as testimonials claim, it would also be welcome news for the NFL on concussions, and even better for players. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP) Monson: Jim McMahon takes his fight to the devil at the door — prescription painkillers
    Jim McMahon is in pain, has been in pain for a long, long time, all through his football-playing days, and long after them. And he’s not alone. He rec...
    Updated Jul 30 2016 06:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)     Brigham Young Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) gets past Texas Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond (33) in the Cougars 40-21 win over the University of Texas at Lavell Edwards stadium, Saturday, September 7, 2013.  Monson: For BYU, football-only membership in Big 12 is perfect enough
    Let’s put away all the BS and get real here. There is no question that of all the candidates trying to get into the Big 12, BYU has the top football ...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 09:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham sings ’Utah Man’ after the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday November 28, 2015.  Utah defeated Colorado 20-14. Monson: Is Kyle Whittingham the best coach in the Pac-12?
    Ranking the football coaches in the Pac-12 is both a tricky and dumb thing to attempt to do because there are so many factors to mix in beyond the num...
    Updated Jul 26 2016 06:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 file photo, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Pasadena, Calif. Falk leads the nation’s top-ranked passing offense (397 yards per game) with a nation-leading 4,266 yards and 36 TDs with eight interceptions. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) Monson: Logan’s Luke Falk emerges as one of the country’s best quarterbacks
    Mike Leach is talking on his cell phone about Logan’s own Luke Falk. Trying to talk about Luke Falk. He’s also riding a bike, somewhere in Florida, I...
    Updated Jul 23 2016 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Left to Right - Tom Holmoe, Athletic Director, Brigham Young University; Chris Hill, Athletic Director, Steve Starks, President, Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment/Utah Jazz; University of Utah; John Hartwell, Athletic Director, Utah State University; Jerry Bovee, Athletic Director, Weber State University gather together for a group photo after announcing the new men’s college basketball showcase featuring BYU, Utah, USU, and Weber State, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Monson: War and peace and play, at last, in BYU-Utah-Utah State-Weber basketball rivalries
    It’s remarkable what can happen when all the fellas are herded into a room and encouraged to talk and, more importantly, listen to one another. And co...
    Updated Jul 21 2016 07:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)     Brigham Young Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) gets past Texas Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond (33) in the Cougars 40-21 win over the University of Texas at Lavell Edwards stadium, Saturday, September 7, 2013.  Monson: For BYU, football-only membership in Big 12 is perfect enough
    Let’s put away all the BS and get real here. There is no question that of all the candidates trying to get into the Big 12, BYU has the top football ...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 09:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham sings ’Utah Man’ after the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday November 28, 2015.  Utah defeated Colorado 20-14. Monson: Is Kyle Whittingham the best coach in the Pac-12?
    Ranking the football coaches in the Pac-12 is both a tricky and dumb thing to attempt to do because there are so many factors to mix in beyond the num...
    Updated Jul 26 2016 06:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 file photo, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Pasadena, Calif. Falk leads the nation’s top-ranked passing offense (397 yards per game) with a nation-leading 4,266 yards and 36 TDs with eight interceptions. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) Monson: Logan’s Luke Falk emerges as one of the country’s best quarterbacks
    Mike Leach is talking on his cell phone about Logan’s own Luke Falk. Trying to talk about Luke Falk. He’s also riding a bike, somewhere in Florida, I...
    Updated Jul 23 2016 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Left to Right - Tom Holmoe, Athletic Director, Brigham Young University; Chris Hill, Athletic Director, Steve Starks, President, Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment/Utah Jazz; University of Utah; John Hartwell, Athletic Director, Utah State University; Jerry Bovee, Athletic Director, Weber State University gather together for a group photo after announcing the new men’s college basketball showcase featuring BYU, Utah, USU, and Weber State, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Monson: War and peace and play, at last, in BYU-Utah-Utah State-Weber basketball rivalries
    It’s remarkable what can happen when all the fellas are herded into a room and encouraged to talk and, more importantly, listen to one another. And co...
    Updated Jul 21 2016 07:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman during the second half of an NCAA college football game against the Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Notre Dame defeated BYU 17-14. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Monson: BYU should be invited into a P-5 league, Notre Dame forced into one
    Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel made great points on Monday about BYU. He threw in comments about Notre Dame, too. Yeah, actually, it was the oth...
    Updated Jul 21 2016 10:49 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen presents his vision for a new minor league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark meeting with its board, in Salt Lake City. Hansen, the owner of Utahís Major League Soccer team is offering to build a $13-$17 million stadium at the state fairgrounds that would be home to a minor league team for Real Salt Lake and be part of a broader revitalization of the grounds.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Real Salt Lake reinstates Tribune columnist’s credential
    Three days after Real Salt Lake pulled the press credential of Salt Lake Tribune sports columnist Gordon Monson before RSL’s home match against the Ne...
    Updated Jul 19 2016 02:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy  Desert Hills’ Penei  Sewell Monson: Desert Hills’ Penei Sewell a man-child chased by Utah, BYU, USU and many, many others (with video)
    The big kid has 17 scholarship offers from football programs around the country and the flow is just getting started. His coach says there’s a good ch...
    Updated Jul 14 2016 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks the shot of San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) during the Jazz versus Spurs NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Monson: Don’t go to Rio, Rudy, just … don’t
    Rudy, don’t do it. Don’t do it. Do not do it. Ah, Rudy, you’re doing it. You posted on Twitter: “C’est avec plaisir que j’annonce que je serai presen...
    Updated Jul 13 2016 02:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s Caleb Repp and Hunter Dimick celebrate a touchdown at the University of Utah’s Red-White spring football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday April 23, 2016. Monson: Time for college athletes to get more time
    A smart, gifted athlete at a local university once whispered that he wished he could have properly prepared for medical school during his undergraduat...
    Updated Jul 09 2016 05:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer talks to the media at the annual football media day at the Broadcasting Building,Thursday, June 30, 2016. Monson: Grown-up Ty Detmer ready for another shot at BYU greatness
    Provo Ty Detmer grins and chuckles as he humbly looks back at his college football days at BYU, from each of the touchdown passes to the time he ran...
    Updated Jul 07 2016 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, foreground, hugs Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry after Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2016. The Warriors won 96-88. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: Post-Durant, Jazz’s new challenge is to hang on to their best players
    This particular free-agency period has taught/reinforced a number of lessons everybody already either knew or suspected. The first of which is, it’s t...
    Updated Jul 05 2016 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sunday, April 19, 2015, file photo, Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) drives against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) in the first half of an NBA playoff basketball game in Atlanta. Bouncing from team to team, Carroll never doubted he would make it in the NBA. After all, he’d already endured a brother’s death, being shot and a rare liver disease. Now, he’s at the very core of the top-seeded Hawks.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) Monson: Joe Johnson makes the Jazz a sure playoff team
    The man turned 35 last week, and the NBA miles on his odometer can be seen on his face, on his body, on his career stat sheet, on his bank statements....
    Updated Jul 09 2016 04:55 pm   |     |   Share