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Last Updated Dec 18, 2014 07:42PM

One of the best quotes ever uttered about Garth Lagerwey came from Bruce Arena, who, while coaching D.C. United a million years ago, selected the goalkeeper 150th out of a 160-player MLS draft, and then traded him three days later to Kansas City. Arena said: "It’s my fault he ever had a pro career." After starting 27 games as a rookie, Lagerwey was released by Kansas City six days beyond season’s end. The team’s coach, Ron Newman, told a reporter: "We would have won the championship if we’d had a …

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) looks to Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) for the pass. Utah Jazz fall to the Miami Heat 95-100 at Energy Solutions Arena, Friday, December 12, 2014. Monson: Jazz are growing, but pace is slow
    The Jazz are losing again, but the feel of this season is 50 lengths down the track from a year ago. Nearly all the players utilized in key roles this...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 11:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU QB Taysom Hill was helped off the field after he was injured after a tackle by Utah State Aggies safety Brian Suite (21) late in the second quarter. Utah State led BYU 28-14 at the half in Provo, Friday, October 1, 2014. Monson: Fog rolls in on Utah, BYU, USU quarterback situations
    “The heartbeat of a football team is the quarterback position and I think everyone who has any intelligence about the game understands you must have c...
    Updated Dec 13 2014 11:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham argues a call during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. Utah won 20-17 in overtime. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: What if Kyle left Utah, Bronco left BYU, Matt left USU? What then?
    So, this is a pure what-if scenario. What if Kyle Whittingham were to leave Utah for, say, Michigan? What if Bronco Mendenhall left BYU for someplace...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) battles San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph (5) during first half action in the Jazz versus Spurs game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Monson: Jazz beat the team they are trying to become
    Early in the Jazz-Spurs game on Tuesday night, the ball flew from Danny Green to Manu Ginobili to Boris Diaw to Marco Belinelli to Diaw to Ginobili ba...
    Updated Dec 10 2014 05:00 pm   |     |   Share


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  • BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall celebrates with players after a touchdown against California during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: Good news for BYU — the Big 12 got kicked to the curb
    Of all the noisy conclusions to draw from Sunday’s announced selections and pairings of the four college football playoff teams, one came through with...
    Updated Dec 07 2014 02:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) waits for a teammate's free throw as BYU faces Hawaii, college basketball at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday December 6, 2014. Monson: NBA hopeful Tyler Haws leads BYU to win on the Jazz’s home floor
    Tyler Haws churned down the court, coming off a pick and splashing a jumper from 17 feet. He’s done the same thing a thousand times before in a hundre...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 05:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rhett Whatcott, a Davis County father who lost two sons, Jaxon, 16, and Daulton, 19, in a tragic Virgin River Gorge plane crash last July is now coaching kids, not only to give to others, but as part of the healing process. Whatcott who is an assistant coach on the Syracuse boys' basketball team has a special connection with the team, many of which were great friends with his sons. Monson: Utah father finds reasons to live after the death of his sons
    Syracuse • The big, burly, bearded bear of a man stands at the end of a basketball court, watching the boys he loves play the game he loves in a gym...
    Updated Dec 05 2014 11:11 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Trey Burke (3)runs the offense for the Jazz in NBA action, Utah vs. The Chicago Bulls, Monday, November 24, 2014 Monson: Jazz know the answers to their problems
    After the Jazz dropped a two-point thriller, a game in which they experienced both the thrill and the agony of defeat, to the Denver Nuggets at Energy...
    Updated Dec 02 2014 11:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah running back Devontae Booker, center, bursts through the line for a short gain against Colorado in the third quarter of Utah's 38-34 victory in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Monson: Utah’s 8-4 season is vastly superior to BYU’s 8-4
    Maybe we’ve all grown accustomed now to Utah and BYU finishing their regular seasons playing in different stadiums, not playing against one another, a...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 04:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) and the team sings Monson: Travis Wilson has been screwed over, and what Kyle Whittingham can do about it
    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 ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 04:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (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 Dec 17 2014 04:42 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
  • (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 Dec 17 2014 04:42 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