Not everyone finds time to go to the main student body commencement ceremony.
But not every commencement speaker is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
The former Ute gunslinger was in town Thursday to speak to the graduating class of 2014, and by all accounts made a memorable address. He also took some time to reflect on the season of 2004, which was memorable for its own reasons.
But the end of the school year doesn't mean the end of sports. There's still games left to be played in a few:
BASEBALL » It was a tough week for the Utes, who couldn't win even when they could hit. The first two games, Utah lost to No. 11 Washington by a combined 19-5. On Sunday, the Utes managed a whopping 17 runs, but fell after ceding 21 runs to the Huskies. Josh Rose hit two of the four homers for the Utes, who remain in last place in the Pac-12.
On a related note, an ex-Utes got his major league debut this weekend: C.J. Cron hit 3-for-5 with the game-winning single after getting called up to the Angels.
ON DECK: at BYU (Tuesday 6 p.m.); at Washington State (Friday 7 p.m, Saturday 8 p.m, Sunday 1 p.m.)
SOFTBALL » It was broom time for the Utes at home, as the team earned its first-ever sweep in a Pac-12 series. A lot of the credit goes to freshman Sammy Cordova, who pitched games one and three against the Bruins and allowed only two runs between the contests. Power drove them the rest of the way, as the hot hitting Utah lineup kept up their offense prowess. All home games this week as the Utes look to wrap up the regular season.
ON DECK: Utah State (Tuesday double header 3 p.m.); Grand Canyon (Friday doubleheader 5 p.m., Saturday noon)
FOOTBALL » It was all about recruiting last week. Coaches worked in-state talent, but also were in places such as Los Angeles, Gainsville, Fla., Houston, Tex., Sacramento, Calif., and Phoeniz, Ariz. Aside from the scramble to fill the class of 2015, a few Utes next week stand to either get taken in the NFL Draft or get signed on as free agents. Previously mentioned: Alex Smith. Most Ute fans would say that's worth mentioning twice.
ON DECK: Spring ball over
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD » Senior Theresa Waybright led the weekend for the Utes with a event win in pole vault at the Payton Jordan Invitational, winning by virtue of a "jump-off," which sounds quite dramatic. She's looking to still set an NCAA qualifying mark. Freshman Alissa Atisme continues to blaze new school records, the latest coming in the 200 meter dash at the Longhorn Invitational. Utah has one more tune-up at Weber State before the Pac-12 championships.
ON DECK: Weber State Twilight (Wednesday)
MEN'S TENNIS » The coach who has guided the men's program for 27 years announced he was retiring. F.D. Robbins stepped down, giving the Utes their first new coach since 1987. Assuming that role will be his assistant and former player, Roeland Brateanu. There were no players announced to the NCAA Championships this year.
ON DECK: Season over
WOMEN'S TENNIS » No Utes made the NCAA championships this year, and the team finished ranked No. 41 by the ITA.
ON DECK: Season over
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