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Last Updated Jan 14, 2017 06:30PM

Joe Ingles played numerous sports growing up in South Australia. He was multidimensional enough to have had cracks at Australian Rules football, cricket, swimming and … yes, basketball. He had a pool and a hoop in his backyard. But he …

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  • Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) drives around Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 100-92. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: George Hill’s advanced degree centers on a humble kind of confidence
    George Hill, the Jazz’s version of an educated big brother, was saying the other day there is a thin line for him and his teammates between self-assur...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 12:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) fight for the ball during the Utah Jazz versus Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Tuesday January 10, 2017. Monson: Having beaten LeBron’s Cavs, the Jazz are on the brink of winning big
    In a season of ascension for the Jazz, one in which they’ve edged toward believing they can climb over any challenge and any opponent, they faced a fe...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 08:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, as BYU faces Weber State, NCAA basketball at Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday December 5, 2015. Monson: BYU’s Dave Rose has become Bronco Mendenhall — without the weirdness
    Provo • Kalani Sitake and Dave Rose are two coaches darn near everybody likes, and not just because they win more than they lose. They are good mentor...
    Updated Jan 07 2017 03:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots a free throw during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday December 16, 2016.  Monson: All-Stars? The Jazz have a few
    Anybody who’s consistently watched the Jazz play this season knows the team has a couple of All-Stars on it. And that’s more than surprising, given th...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 09:31 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham watches a replay on the screen as his team plays Indiana during the first half of the Foster Farms Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: No longer a dark overlord, Kyle Whittingham seeks offensive enlightenment
    Stop us if you’ve heard some of this before: • The Utes have hired a new offensive coordinator. • That new offensive coordinator says he’s been given...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 06:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder talks with referee Derek Richardson during a second half time out. The Toronto Raptors beat the Jazz 104-98, Friday, December 23, 2016. Monson: Say goodbye to 2016 — and hope for a better 2017
    There are comely years and uncomely years in sports around here, and, plainly said, 2016 wasn’t much to look at. Even worse, it broke our hearts. It h...
    Updated Dec 29 2016 10:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Salt Lake coach Todd Phillips lifts the net after cutting it down after the team defeated Hutchinson in the NJCAA basketball tournament final, 74-63, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Hutchinson, Kan. (Travis Morisse/The Hutchinson News via AP) Monson: Which coach in all of Utah sports had the best 2016?
    Who did the best job of coaching among college and professional ranks in the state of Utah in 2016? Factoring in the rather subjective varying degrees...
    Updated Dec 29 2016 06:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reacts to a foul call in the fourth quarter as the Utah Jazz host the Sacramento Kings at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday December 21, 2016. Monson: A Utah Jazz Christmas quiz reveals something about you
    Optimism for the Jazz this season is on a big sliding scale. It’s all over creation, like socks and shirts scattered around your kid’s room if a bomb ...
    Updated Dec 29 2016 05:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum (12) runs from Wyoming Cowboys defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan (93), in Poinsettia Bowl action, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, December 21, 2016. Monson: BYU wins, but it’s hardly back in the quarterback business
    San Diego There allegedly were various points of interest in Wednesday night’s Poinsettia Bowl, a game that, on a large scale, had no deep meaning fo...
    Updated Dec 22 2016 12:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake  takes to his team after BYU’s final practice of spring camp, at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Friday, April 1, 2016. Monson: Love is in the air for BYU’s Kalani Sitake
    San Diego Kalani Sitake, as it turns out, was right. He was right, he knew he was right, and now everybody else knows it, too. At the tail end of h...
    Updated Dec 20 2016 10:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Referee Jason Phillips (23) breaks up a altercation between LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, right, and Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. The Clippers won 121-120. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Monson: NBA’s 4- and 5-ref officiating experiment needs to die a quick death
    It’s one of the dumbest basketball ideas ever. And yet, the NBA is experimenting with it in the D-is-for-dumb League. Let’s run up on it with a coupl...
    Updated Dec 13 2016 07:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight (11) fouls Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, left, in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 112-105. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey feels his players’ — and your — pain
    Despite the Jazz’s recent relative success on the court, injury anxiety has gripped many fans, and for obvious reasons. When an emerging team misses f...
    Updated Dec 10 2016 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) runs past Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) and Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday December 8, 2016. Golden State Warriors defeated Utah Jazz 106-99. Monson: When will the Fates ever smile on the Jazz? (with video)
    OK, so this has blown straight past ridiculous, hurtling now toward preposterous. I mean, somebody’s playing a joke, right? Here, here, pull my finger...
    Updated Dec 26 2016 05:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) runs the ball as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Monson: BYU, Utah now lost in an ocean of irrelevant bowls
    A holiday wish for football teams and fans in the state of Utah is to again — one day, some day — play in a meaningful bowl game, a game of consequenc...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 08:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Referee Jason Phillips (23) breaks up a altercation between LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, right, and Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. The Clippers won 121-120. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Monson: NBA’s 4- and 5-ref officiating experiment needs to die a quick death
    It’s one of the dumbest basketball ideas ever. And yet, the NBA is experimenting with it in the D-is-for-dumb League. Let’s run up on it with a coupl...
    Updated Dec 13 2016 07:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight (11) fouls Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, left, in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 112-105. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey feels his players’ — and your — pain
    Despite the Jazz’s recent relative success on the court, injury anxiety has gripped many fans, and for obvious reasons. When an emerging team misses f...
    Updated Dec 10 2016 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) runs past Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) and Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday December 8, 2016. Golden State Warriors defeated Utah Jazz 106-99. Monson: When will the Fates ever smile on the Jazz? (with video)
    OK, so this has blown straight past ridiculous, hurtling now toward preposterous. I mean, somebody’s playing a joke, right? Here, here, pull my finger...
    Updated Dec 26 2016 05:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) runs the ball as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Monson: BYU, Utah now lost in an ocean of irrelevant bowls
    A holiday wish for football teams and fans in the state of Utah is to again — one day, some day — play in a meaningful bowl game, a game of consequenc...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 08:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU’s new running back coach Reno Mahe works with his players during practice Tuesday March 22.  Monson: A prayer sent up for Reno Mahe, for Elsie, and for beautiful little children
    It’s too cruel. Too, too cruel. Sometimes life is hard. Too, too hard. Unimaginably, unbearably hard. When I heard that Reno Mahe’s 3-year-old daught...
    Updated Dec 03 2016 02:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2016, file photo, Penn State’s Grant Haley returns a blocked field goal for a touchdown against Ohio State in an NCAA college football game, in State College, Pa. The blocked field goal in the fourth quarter against Ohio State changed Penn State’s season. The Nittany Lions have not lost since and Happy Valley is happier than it’s been with its football team in the five years since a scandal shook the program and the school. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File) Monson: Flawed nature of 4-team College Football Playoff coming home to roost
    “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy [ride].” — Bette Davis, as Margo Channing Yeah, so, this ride is going to be good and bumpy, frus...
    Updated Dec 01 2016 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots over Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles (41) and Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) and during the Utah Jazz versus Houston Rockets NBA game at Vivint Smarthome Arena in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 29, 2016. Monson: Nobody knows how far, how high this Jazz team can go
    The Jazz won another game, this one on Tuesday night against a hot Rockets team at Vivint Smart Home Arena by the count of 120-101. It was a home game...
    Updated Dec 04 2016 05:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (BYU defensive back Michael Shelton (18) celebrates with his teammates after picking up a fumble and scoring against Utah State during an NCAA college football game in Provo, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.  (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune)   via AP) Monson: Kalani Sitake and BYU sustain big hope moving forward (with video)
    Provo Hope. That, more than anything, is what Kalani Sitake sold his team and his fan base in his first season as BYU’s head coach. He succeeded on...
    Updated Dec 16 2016 07:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) runs the ball as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Monson: No ordinary Joe, Utah’s Williams proves quitters sometimes do win
    It’s one of the best stories of the year in all of college football, a singularly familiar one by now, maybe even on the verge of being taken for gran...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 07:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) runs for a first down as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Monson: Utah’s Pac-12 South title dreams undone by inability to beat the North
    As Joe Williams reminded everyone in the aftermath of a heartbreaking loss, made that way by the width of a postage stamp, on Saturday afternoon, Utah...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 08:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes wide receiver Cory Butler-Byrd (16) dives for a touchdown as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Monson: Utah betrays itself in upset loss
    The ball hung in the air, sailing over the head of Brian Allen, and landing in the hands of Darren Carrington in the absolute farthest possible corner...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 05:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton celebrates his touchdown against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Monson: Promises fulfilled, Utes are on the edge of greatness
    Promises about the renovation … no, the resuscitation … of Utah’s offense have been a long time coming. Season after season, coaches and players have ...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 07:28 pm   |     |   Share