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Last Updated Jul 28, 2015 07:59PM

Las Vegas, Nev. • Keeping up with the big leagues is tough, but the Mountain West is managing to hold its own, was the message from commissioner Craig Thompson on Tuesday during the league media days. Thompson said all the …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes running back Devontae Booker (23) run past Colorado State Rams linebacker Cory James (31) and Colorado State Rams defensive back Tyree Simmons (5) during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah won 45-10. Monson: Utah’s Devontae Booker is even better than he said he’d be
    At first, if you didn’t listen carefully, it seemed as though Devontae Booker was bragging, like he was just another young, knuckleheaded athlete who ...
    Updated Jul 28 2015 10:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Quarterback Chuckie Keeton passes at the Utah State spring football game in Maverik Stadium, Logan, Saturday April 11, 2015. Utah State football: Aggies picked to finish second in division
    Las Vegas • With a seasoned quarterback and a solid defense returning, the Utah State Aggies were picked to finish second in the Mountain Division of ...
    Updated Jul 28 2015 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
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The cover of college football game day programs. Utah sports fans still collecting ‘pointless’ game programs
    Nine-year-old David Mills is an old-school football fan. Belonging to a family of Utah State season-ticket holders, he loves to save the game program...
    Updated Jul 27 2015 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah's Tom Hackett stands with his trophy after being awarded the Ray Guy Award as the college punter of the year at the College Football Awards, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Punter Tom Hackett named Utah’s ‘most important player’ by ESPN
    To deny Tom Hackett’s importance to the Utah football program is to be frankly, naive. The 2014 Ray Guy winner can flip field position at the drop of...
    Updated Jul 27 2015 01:32 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Utah State head coach Matt Wells cheers along with players prior to a New Mexico Bowl college football game against UTEP, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Utah State football: Aggies ready to get things into gear
    Utah State coach Matt Wells laughed when asked how his summer went. “There’s never a day off,” he said, sounding perfectly thrilled at the notion. Thi...
    Updated Jul 27 2015 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Basketball: Ex-college rivals playing nice together in million-dollar tournament
    Tension will always exist between fans of opposing Utah schools. Between the former players of those schools, the rivalry is more easily dissolved. Ma...
    Updated Jul 23 2015 09:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Scott D. Pierce: Will ESPN cost-cutting hurt Utah, BYU?
    ESPN is tightening its belt, which can’t be good news for BYU and the West Coast Conference. It is, however, doubtful that the cost-cutting going on ...
    Updated Jul 22 2015 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • College football: Navy to play Notre Dame in San Diego in 2018
    San Diego • Navy and Notre Dame will play their annual rivalry game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in 2018, the first meeting between the longtime r...
    Updated Jul 22 2015 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Weber State coach Ron McBride gets a handshake from Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.  Scott Sommerdorf / The Salt Lake Tribune)  Kragthorpe: Weber State’s Jay Hill borrows best of Urban Meyer, other Ute influences
    Park City Stacked on a shelf behind Jay Hill’s desk in Weber State’s Stewart Stadium, a couple of dozen yellow legal pads document an insider’s view...
    Updated Jul 22 2015 07:17 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 2015 07:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Big Sky football: Southern Utah picked eighth, Weber State 10th/11th in preseason polls
    Park City • Preseason football polls usually are a reprint of the previous year’s standings, so it was not surprising that Southern Utah and Weber St...
    Updated Jul 21 2015 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
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James Cowser in an SUU game against NAU. Big Sky football: SUU’s James Cowser targets another tackling record
    Park City • Amid all of defensive end James Cowser’s impressive numbers in his Southern Utah career, including his Big Sky Conference season record of...
    Updated Jul 20 2015 08:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

BYU wide receiver Austin Collie (9) catches the ball under pressure from Utah defensive back Terrell Cole (21) and Utah defensive back Joe Dale (12) during the Utah BYU game Saturday November 22, 2008.

Pac-12: New marketing arm offers risk, reward to schools such as Utah
    By owning its own television network, the Pac-12 Conference has set a precedent of doing things its own way, for better or for worse. In the next year...
    Updated Jul 19 2015 09:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah State coach Matt Wells talks with cornerback Rashard Stewart after a play during an NCAA college football game against Colorado State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Logan, Utah. Utah State won 13-0. (AP Photo/Herald Journal, John Zsiray) USU football: Matt Wells, Nick Vigil named best in conference in media poll
    Utah State linebacker Nick Vigil and coach Matt Wells picked up some nice recognition this week when they were named the best defensive player and bes...
    Updated Jul 20 2015 10:43 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah defensive back Dominique Hatfield is congratulated by fans as he leaves the field Utah's 38-34 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Hatfield intercepted a pass and scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to secure the win for Utah. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah football: Whittingham hints at ‘possibility’ of future reinstatement for Hatfield
    The day after the state dropped its charges against Dominique Hatfield, Kyle Whittingham opened the door to a possible return for the former Utah corn...
    Updated Jul 17 2015 03:09 pm   |     |   Share
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Beth Launiere, University of Utah volleyball vs. Washington State October 6, 2012 in Salt Lake City. NCAA beach volleyball piques the interest of Utah indoor programs
    As then-president of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Beth Launiere contemplated swimming against the beach volleyball tide. It was put to...
    Updated Jul 17 2015 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes wide receiver Dominique Hatfield (15) argues a call during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah is winning the game 24-10 at halftime. Utah football: State drops charges against former CB Dominique Hatfield; investigation continues
    The state filed a motion Thursday to dismiss current charges against former Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield, released from the team last week after...
    Updated Jul 16 2015 10:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Alabama defensive back Nick Perry (27) breaks up a pass on Auburn wide receiver D'haquille Williams (1) as Alabama defensive back Landon Collins (26) looks on during the second half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 55-44. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) College football notes: Auburn is projected to win the SEC, but not its division
    Reporters predicting the Southeastern Conference were torn in the Western Division. On Thursday, Auburn was declared the favorite to win the overall t...
    Updated Jul 16 2015 09:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • UVU baseball: Derek Amicone named assistant coach
    Orem • Derek Amicone has been named an assistant baseball coach at Utah Valley, the school announced Wednesday. According to head coach Eric Madsen, A...
    Updated Jul 15 2015 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham shouts as he runs onto the field in the first quarter during an NCAA football game against Idaho State in Salt Lake City. Utah and Whittingham have agreed to the terms of a new four-year deal that could keep him with the program through 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Life is good: Whittingham, Krystkowiak get sweet coaching perks for their hard work
    Mike Tyson, Colin Powell, Tom Brady and Kyle Whittingham walk into a tent. No, there’s no punchline. This actually happened in 2014, when the Whittin...
    Updated Jul 16 2015 08:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah's Delon Wright participates in the NBA draft basketball combine Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Former Ute Delon Wright getting comfortable in NBA
    Las Vegas • The word kept coming up. Comfortable. Never mind all the changes, so early in his transition to a new life, a new team, a new level of com...
    Updated Jul 15 2015 11:27 am   |     |   Share