Utewrap: The week in Utah sports, April 21-27
In a week of potential major NCAA changes, Pac-12 championships and coaching news, one story alone ruled the local Twitter feeds and radio waves.
Kyle Whittingham says it’s fine and dandy as is. Spence Eccles says he can live with a change.
But ultimately, it’s U. president David Pershing’s call:
Does a resolution passed by the University of Utah’s student leaders warrant changing the lyrics of the school’s fight song, "Utah Man"?
Student leaders say the song excludes and objectifies women, and that a line about co-eds can be interpreted as having a racial component. A host of angry commenters say, "Phooey."
Either way, Pershing is going to lose some friends.
Help him decide by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
And in the meantime, here’s what your jolly gang was doing across the green:
MEN’S BASKETBALL » It’s the offseason, but it was nonetheless a busy week for Runnin’ Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak, who signed a five-year, $7 million contract Thursday, accepted the formal commitment of 7-foot Austrian center Jakob Poeltl on Friday, and parted ways with junior guard/forward Princeton Onwas on Sunday.
ON DECK: Season over
MEN’S TENNIS » The fifth-seeded Utes got off to a great start in Ojai, Calif., beating eighth-seeded Arizona four-love with singles and doubles victories from junior Slim Hamza, a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week. But No. 19 Cal was a taller task on Wednesday, and the Utes were on the other end of the broom. Next they’ll get a two-week break before NCAA Regionals.
ON DECK: May 9-10, location to be determined
WOMEN’S TENNIS » Junior Tereza Bekerova won her first-round singles match in the Pac-12 championship tournament but was bounced by USC’s Zoe Scandalis in the round of 16 on Thursday. Then in doubles play, Bekerova teamed with senior Paige Miles to reach the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 doubles championship on Friday before losing again to Southern Cal.
ON DECK: NCAA Championships, May 9-11, location to be determined