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Every collegiate athletic program has its flagship sports. Utah's are football, men's basketball and women's gymnastics.
Yet among the points driven home this week after the death of track and field athlete Lauren McCluskey is there’s much more to Utah’s program — and those of other schools — than the high-profile sports. The tragedy shook the entire athletic department and resonated across the campus and beyond.
Ute athletic director Mark Harlan's observation that the Utes should think of themselves are one team, not 20 teams, will stick with me. The way Utah's other athletes and teams are honoring McCluskey is admirable.
The Ute football team’s response to trailing USC 14-0 was impressive, and dominant. (TRIB)
Tribune columnist Gordon Monson said USC looked bad, and that’s a credit to Utah. (TRIB)
October 2017 was disappointing to the Utes. October 2018 is another story. (TRIB)
As a father of former college athletes, Monson had poignant thoughts about Lauren McCluskey. (TRIB)
Here’s what the Utes are doing this week in tribute to Lauren. I love the winged logo. (TRIB)
The Tribune’s Courtney Tanner wonderfully captured the scene of the campus vigil. (TRIB)
The bonds of Ute quarterback Tyler Huntley and his brother stretch across the college football landscape. (TRIB)
Ute coach Kyle Whittingham has some history with a lot of opposing coaches, including UCLA’s Chip Kelly. (TRIB)
Pac-12 expert Jon Wilner sizes up the Utah-UCLA game. (MERC)
The Utes are climbing in The Arizona Republic’s weekly Pac-12 football rankings. (REP)
Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde is taking notice of the Utes' resurgence. (YAHOO)
Here’s a view of the Utes from a UCLA perspective. (SBN)
• Basketball season is coming soon. The Ute men’s team will scrimmage against a Division I opponent Saturday, then host College of Idaho in an exhibition game next Thursday (6 p.m.) at the Huntsman Center. The women’s team will meet Westminster College in a Halloween mid-day exhibition (11 a.m.) Wednesday. The official season openers come the following week; the women’s team visits Nevada on Nov. 7 and the men’s team hosts Maine on Nov. 8.
• This is a challenging week for the resurgent Ute women’s soccer team, now 8-7-1 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-12. Concluding their home schedule, the Utes will meet No. 8 UCLA at 7 p.m. Thursday and host No. 2 USC at noon Sunday.
• The Utah women’s volleyball team faced the challenge of competing in the school’s first athletic contest, shortly after the vigil Wednesday evening. The Utes were swept by Washington State. Utah (12-10, 4-7 Pac-12) will regroup for Friday’s 6 p.m. match vs. No. 21 Washington.
• The subset of McCluskey’s track teammates who run for the Utah’s women’s cross country team will compete in the Pac-12 championships Friday on the Stanford campus. The women’s race starts at 12:10 p.m. MDT on the Pac-12 Networks. The Utes will wear black uniforms.