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Mac Brennan had a job to do. That’s what helped him fight off the fatigue and hold back the nausea. Even in the throes of leukemia, when he was bedridden and aching all over, the child would do his duty: …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   New offensive coordinator Troy Taylor shouts some instructions during Utah football practice, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Monson: 3 big questions for BYU, Utah and Utah State football
    With football camps starting at Utah, BYU and Utah State, it’s easy to get fired up about the possibilities and ponder the vulnerabilities of these pr...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 05:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  AP Photo   This is a 2010 photo of De’Von Hall of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team. Kragthorpe: A mother is killed, and a former USU football player faces murder charges amid a history of mental illness
    De’von Hall’s former Utah State football teammates worried about him when he called and said he was walking from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City to visi...
    Updated Jul 22 2017 05:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 23, 1994, file photo, Buffalo Bills football players, from left, Bill Brooks, Andre Reed, Mickey Washington, Bruce Smith (looking away), Pete Metzelaars (standing), Carwell Gardner, and Nate Odomes (reaching) celebrate in their Locker room with the Lamar Hunt Trophy, signifying their win of the AFC title after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 30-13 at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. What had been the AFC’s winningest team of the 1990s, the Bills have spent the new millennium relegated to afterthought status, compiling the longest active playoff drought in North America’s four professional sports. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File) Freeze’s fall at Ole Miss partially traced to Nutt’s suit
    The man whom Hugh Freeze replaced as Mississippi’s football coach was at least partially responsible for Freeze’s stunning downfall. It was a recently...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 03:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sara Hill and her husband, Weber State football coach Jay Hill, talk about her battle with Hodgkins lymphoma and how the Wildcat family has rallied around her and her husband at Stewart Stadium, Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Weber State football players, coaches and family and friends shaved their heads in support of her chemotherapy treatments. Kragthorpe: Cancer fight continues for Sara Hill, wife of Weber State football coach Jay Hill
    The problem with this subject is it never really fits into a nice, tidy package. Not that I should be complaining, because I'm not among those who are...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 09:45 am   |     |   Share



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  • Southern Utah celebrates after defeating Northern Arizona 49-41 and winning the Big Sky Conference title, after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Cedar City, Utah. (Jordan Allred/The Spectrum & Daily News via AP) Kragthorpe: Big Sky football teams want to show they can hang with Utah, BYU and other FBS foes
    Rice-Eccles Stadium stood empty Tuesday afternoon when North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert and defensive back Cole Reyes visited a venue they...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 2, 2016, file photo, then-Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville speaks to the media after their spring NCAA college football game, in Cincinnati. Former Auburn and Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville is joining ESPN for the upcoming season as a game analyst. ESPN announced Wednesday, July 19, 2017,  that Tuberville will call games each week and a play-by-play partner will be named soon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) Former Auburn coach Tuberville joins ESPN as game analyst
    Former Auburn and Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville is joining ESPN for the upcoming season as a game analyst. In 21 seasons as a head coach, Tubervil...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 02:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Weber State coach Jay Hill reacts after his team scores on an interception during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.  Oregon State won 26-7. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) ‘I feel like we’re taking another step.’ Weber State predicted to finish middle tier this season in Big Sky Conference
    Park City • In three seasons, coach Jay Hill has taken Weber State’s program to the FCS playoff level. Now comes the tough part: contending for a Big ...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor smiles while giving an interview during the Big 12 NCAA college football media day in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero) College football: Oklahoma State punter has own Heisman campaign
    Frisco, Texas • Everyone can get a real kick out of this Heisman Trophy campaign. There is already a website with some cool classic graphics and at le...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 08:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder smiles beside team mascot Willie the Wildcat after speaking to reporters during the Big 12 NCAA college football media day in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero) K-State’s Snyder back for another preview and ‘doing fine’
    Frisco, Texas • Bill Snyder’s age wasn’t the first thing that occurred to Kansas State linebacker Trent Tanking when he got word that his coach needed...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 05:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold passes against Penn State during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Breaking down the 2017 Utah football schedule: No room for error, especially on the road
    It’s close. So close. Utah is less than two weeks away from the start of preseason football camp, and a mere 45 days from its season opener. Which me...
    Updated Jul 17 2017 07:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah State gymnastics: Aggies hire North Carolina assistant Amy Smith as new gymnastics coach
    Logan • Amy Smith has been named the head gymnastics coach at Utah State University, the school announced Monday. Smith replaces Nadalie Walsh, who is...
    Updated Jul 17 2017 03:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2016, file photo, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks to reporters after The Big 12 Conference meeting in Grapevine, Texas. When the Big 12 kicks off its football media days on Monday, July 17, 2017, commissioner Bob Bowlsby will be able to tout a winning record in bowl games last season and the still-growing revenue for the league’s 10 schools. What the league really needs this season is to get a team into the College Football Playoff.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File) College football: Playoff-needy Big 12 has 3 new coaches, new media days venue
    Frisco, Texas • When the Big 12 kicks off its football media days on Monday, commissioner Bob Bowlsby will be able to tout a winning record in bowl ga...
    Updated Jul 16 2017 01:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington, front, scores under pressure by Florida State defensive back Trey Marshall during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Oregon receiver Darren Carrington dismissed from the team
    Eugene, Ore. • Oregon receiver Darren Carrington has been dismissed from the team, nearly two weeks after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of d...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 09:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) NBA: Raptors need more from former Utes star Jakob Poeltl
    Las Vegas • Jakob Poeltl caught the pass awkwardly, shifted his balance and braced himself. He encountered Caleb Swanigan in the lane, and the former ...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 10:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars guard Nick Emery (4) runs around Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) during the game at the Marriott Center Thursday February 2, 2017. BYU basketball: Cougars back at work, regrouping after Eric Mika’s eyebrow-raising departure
    Provo • Reality has set in over the past three weeks for the BYU men’s basketball program. Eric Mika is not walking through the Marriott Center doors ...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 07:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Former UConn NCAA college basketball coach Jim Calhoun, left, gestures as he answers a question from actor Sam Kebebe, right, during a meeting with the cast and crew of the play ’Exposure’ at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Waterford, Conn. Calhoun is serving as an adviser for the play about the darker side of college basketball recruiting. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) Hall of Fame coach assists cast in play about recruiting
    Waterford, Conn. • Actor Sam Kebede went to rehearsal hoping to get some insights about what it’s like to be recruited by a big-time college basketbal...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Valley Wolverines guard Conner Toolson (11) dribbles the ball as Weber State Wildcats guard McKay Cannon (24) defends, in basketball action, Weber State Wildcats vs Utah Valley Wolverines, in Ogden, Saturday, December 17, 2016. BYU adds Texas JUCO guard, Weber walk-on to hoops squad
    Provo • BYU basketball coach Dave Rose has added a scholarship player and a walk-on to complete his roster for the 2017-18 season. The scholarship sig...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 04:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak and Sedrick Barefield look at an official in disbelief after an offensive foul call during a game between Utah and Washington State at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Utah basketball: Larry Krystkowiak “fine” with only playing D-I opponents, but says it’s costly
    Next season, the University of Utah men’s basketball team will play neither an NAIA, NCAA Division II or Division III opponent during nonconference pl...
    Updated Jul 09 2017 10:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy USU Athletic Media Relations   Utah State University offensive coordinator David Yost. First Jobs: Teaching is elementary for USU’s new offensive coordinator David Yost
    Logan • David Yost placed the football in the passer’s hand, turned her shoulders toward the net and watched her lob the ball through the air. Whether...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 10:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy Errol Seaver poses with the the Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year award. BYU video coordinator steps out from behind the scenes for award
    If ever Kalani Sitake or one of his assistant coaches stops by Errol Seaver’s office, the BYU video coordinator gets a little worried. “It’s kind of l...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 06:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Alabama signs Texas transfer guard/forward Tevin Mack
    Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Alabama has signed transfer guard/forward Tevin Mack, who led Texas in scoring last season but also was suspended twice. Mack playe...
    Updated Jul 01 2017 02:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham during a scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium Friday March 31, 2017.  Utah football: Kyle Whittingham’s new contract extension includes a $3 million retirement plan
    When it comes to football, Kyle Whittingham may simply take things one game at a time. But the University of Utah head coach’s new contract extension ...
    Updated Jun 29 2017 10:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum talks with head coach Kalani Sitake during BYU Football Media Day at BYU Broadcasting in Provo on Friday, June 23, 2017. BYU football: Cougar QB Tanner Mangum turns depression admission into a ‘platform for good’
    Provo • Karen Mangum has been fully aware for quite some time that her son suffers from mild depression and anxiety. She’s watched closely as 23-year-...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 06:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum is joined by his mother Karen as he gets ready for Football Media Day at the BYU Broadcast Building on Friday, June 23, 2017.  Mangum posted on Instagram in the Spring that he has dealt with depression and has taken medication for it. Kragthorpe: By publicizing his struggles, Tanner Mangum may accomplish more off the field than on it
    Provo Steve Young went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an anxiety disorder known only to those within his circle. Tanner Mangum has gone pu...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 06:52 pm   |     |   Share