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(AP Photo/Ashley Landis) | Oregon tight end DJ Johnson (89) runs to the end zone for a touchdown against Southern California safety Isaiah Pola-Mao (21) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game for the Pac-12 Conference championship last year. New Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff says fixing the Pac-12's football product and standing is Priority One has he gets ready to replace Larry Scott.

Gordon Monson: Welcome to the Pac-12 jungle, George. Now, fix football.

By Gordon Monson | May 13, 2021, 9:29 p.m.

FILE  - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, trainer Bob Baffert watches his Kentucky Derby entrant Game Winner during a workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has had multiple horses test positive in post-race drug testing, is taking steps to “do better,” including hiring outside oversight. Baffert said in a statement Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, that he is “very aware” of the incidents involving his horses and the impact that it's had on his family, the sport and himself. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gordon Monson: Are you a cheater? Is cheating worth it? Will it ever end?

By Gordon Monson | May 11, 2021, 9:45 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune, Roberto Borea | AP file photo) This composite image shows current Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert, front, and Jazz guard John Stockton and forward Karl Malone in the 1993 NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City.

Gordon Monson: The best Utah Jazz team of all time? Could it be the current version, led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert?

By Gordon Monson | May 7, 2021, 8:10 p.m.

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, right, greets fans after being selected by the New York Jets with the second pick in the NFL football draft Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Gordon Monson: Broadway Zach! BYU’s Wilson to the Jets is the personification of the risks and rewards of the NFL draft

By Gordon Monson | April 30, 2021, 1:38 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Joe Ingles (2) shoots as the Utah Jazz host the Brooklyn Nets, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Gordon Monson: The Utah Jazz have a luxury — two sixth men, their Frick and their Frack, Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles

By Gordon Monson | April 23, 2021, 5:03 p.m.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivai, Files) | Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) warms up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in a Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Smith, a University of Utah alum and the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, announced his retirement from football on Monday.

Gordon Monson: Utah alum Alex Smith is saying goodbye to football, but at age 36, still has lots of chapters ahead of him

By Gordon Monson | April 20, 2021, 12:33 a.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) gives directions to his team mates during a time out, in NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks at Vivint Arena, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Gordon Monson: Jazz will ‘figure out’ playing without Donovan Mitchell

By Gordon Monson | April 16, 2021, 11:39 p.m.

(Brandon Dill | AP) Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade stands on the court before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.

Gordon Monson: Ryan Smith and Dwyane Wade is a match made in heaven — to the benefit of the Jazz and all of Utah

By Gordon Monson | April 16, 2021, 9:24 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) BYU quarterback Zach Wilson works out for NFL scouts during BYU Pro Day, in Provo on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Gordon Monson: BYU’s Zach Wilson poised to be what no other college player in Utah has been — the NFL’s No. 2 draft pick

By Gordon Monson | April 15, 2021, 3:57 p.m.

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, puts on the champion's green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament as Dustin Johnson watches on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Gordon Monson: America, like Japan, should embrace Hideki Matsuyama as Masters champion, remembering golf belongs to all

By Gordon Monson | April 12, 2021, 8:09 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) as the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020.

Gordon Monson: Donovan Mitchell leads the Utah Jazz, and he could lead an entire generation

By Gordon Monson | April 9, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang (31) pulls down a rebound over Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Gordon Monson: The Good Book and a Greek tragedy foretold the Utah Jazz’s fortune and fate two thousand seasons ago

By Gordon Monson | April 8, 2021, 10:04 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Kyle Whittingham as Utah faces Oregon in the Pac-12 football championship game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday Dec. 6, 2019.

Gordon Monson: Utah football is flawed at its core. But it can change — and it should.

By Gordon Monson | April 2, 2021, 2:21 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Delta Flight 2020, is the first flight out of the new terminal at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The Utah Jazz's departing Delta charter flight struck a flock of birds on Tuesday, necessitating a return to the airport — and several minutes of terror for Jazz coaches, staff and players.

Gordon Monson: As Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz know, sometimes leaving on a jet plane is nobody’s idea of a good time

By Gordon Monson | April 1, 2021, 10:04 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Quin Snyder, jazz huddle as the Utah Jazz host the Houston Rockets, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 12, 2021. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45), Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2), Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale (23), Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00), Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15)

Gordon Monson: Nobody believes in the Jazz, so their mission is to shock the world and prove it wrong

By Gordon Monson | March 30, 2021, 2:49 p.m.

Utah State head coach Craig Smith instructs his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UNLV in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Gordon Monson: Thieving Utah steals away Craig Smith from Utah State — and comes away with a diamond

By Gordon Monson | March 28, 2021, 8:42 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
This file photo shows Latter-day Saints in Brazil singing during a sacrament meeting before the coronavirus pandemic.

Gordon Monson: When churches — and arenas — fully open up again, will you go?

By Gordon Monson | March 28, 2021, 6:57 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Joe Ingles (2), Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang (31), Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45), and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) as the Utah Jazz host the Brooklyn Nets, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Gordon Monson: Utah Jazz fans are unflaggingly faithful. They deserve a title run. Does this team?

By Gordon Monson | March 26, 2021, 6:10 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) A limited number of fans watch the Utah Jazz host the Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020.

Gordon Monson: Make Vernon Maxwell wrong about the state of Utah

By Gordon Monson | March 23, 2021, 2:40 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Shawn Bradley leaves the Delta Center after defeating the Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs in 2001.

Gordon Monson: Shawn Bradley may be paralyzed from his bike accident, but he can stand tall again

By Gordon Monson | March 19, 2021, 2:32 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey speaks with the media following their season-ending game at the team practice facility on Thursday, April 25. 2019.

Gordon Monson: Did Dennis Lindsey lie? Did Elijah Millsap? Here’s the key thing to take away from their dispute.

By Gordon Monson | March 18, 2021, 12:05 p.m.

(AP Photo/John Locher) | Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 men's tournament Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. It turned out to be his final game as the Utes' coach.

Gordon Monson: Larry Krystkowiak is terminated at Utah, mediocrity shoving him out the door

By Gordon Monson | March 17, 2021, 2:47 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) high-fives Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) as the Utah Jazz host the Charlotte Hornets, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Gordon Monson: The Utah Jazz turned in one year from the symbol of a pandemic to a beacon of promise

By Gordon Monson | March 11, 2021, 8:40 p.m.

(Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars fans watch during the game at LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday Saturday, September 16, 2017. Wisconsin Badgers defeated Brigham Young Cougars 40-6.

Gordon Monson: One more reminder, BYU and Utah are not enemies, only opponents

By Gordon Monson | March 10, 2021, 10:32 p.m.

(Matt Slocum | AP) Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell plays during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Philadelphia.

Gordon Monson: Donovan, Rudy, Mike and the rest of the Utah Jazz, should stop crying and stay focused on winning

By Gordon Monson | March 6, 2021, 4:29 a.m.