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3 in the Key: Curing the road blues

Posted Jan 27th - 12:54pm by Jimmy Soto, Contributor

SALT LAKE CITY - Each week,'s Robert Jackson asks Jimmy Soto three questions about the state of the University of Utah basketball program.

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

Coming off a season-best performance last Saturday in a win over Arizona State, the Utes succumbed to another road drubbing Thursday night, this time to the Bruins of UCLA.

3 in the Key: Getting out of a shooting slump

Posted Jan 18th - 4:22pm by Jimmy Soto, Contributor

SALT LAKE CITY - Each week,'s Robert Jackson asks Jimmy Soto three questions about the state of the University of Utah basketball program.

Last week, the Utes went on the road to take on two of the top teams in the Pac-12. Utah fought hard, but eventually lost to Stanford 68-65, then got taken to the woodshed in Berkeley, losing to Cal 81-45.

Against the Golden Bears, the Utes shot just 50% from the free throw line and 27% from the three point line. What can the Utes do to "get the ball to go in the hoop"?

Josh Watkins dismissed from Runnin' Utes

Posted Jan 18th - 11:41am by Robert Jackson, Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY — After a second violation of team rules, Josh "Jiggy" Watkins has been dismissed from the Utah Utes basketball team.

"The well being of our program will always come first," Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak said in a written statement issued Wednesday morning. "The integrity of our program as a whole cannot be sacrificed for any individual."

Watkins was the Utes' leading scorer this season, averaging 15.6 points and just under 5 assists per game.

3 in the Key: Utes' success depends on controlling the tempo

Posted Jan 12th - 12:22pm by Jimmy Soto, Contributor

SALT LAKE CITY - Each week,'s Robert Jackson asks Jimmy Soto three questions about the state of the University of Utah basketball program.

Last week, the Runnin' Utes (4-11) picked up their first Pac-12 conference win, beating Washington State 62-60 in overtime. The Utes also lost a hard fought contest to Washington, 57-53.

What a difference just a few days can make. A week before, Utah lost to Colorado by 40. How were the Utes able to turn things around so quickly?

Utah to kickoff Pac-12's 2012 football schedule

Posted Jan 4th - 1:42pm by

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The Pac-12 Conference office released the 2012 football schedule Wednesday and Utah will be the first Pac-12 team in action, hosting Northern Colorado on Thursday, Aug. 30. With the new ESPN and FOX media rights agreement, and the August 2012 launch of the Pac-12 Networks, every Pac-12 football game will be available on national television.

There will be 44 games on the combination of ESPN's family of networks, Fox Broadcast and FX, while 34 games are scheduled to air on the Pac-12 Networks. Exact broadcast schedules will be determined at a later date.

"The one thing we heard loud and clear from fans across the conference is they want to see their teams play every week," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "Starting in 2012 fans can see all games throughout the country."

Utes to keep drum and feather logo

Posted Jan 3rd - 3:18pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah has decided to keep its drum and feather logo, at least for now.

After an initial report by Friday indicating that the school would phase out the iconic logo after the Sun Bowl, the university released an official statement Tuesday.

"The University of Utah and its athletics department periodically review the use of the circle and feather logo out of sensitivity for native tribes across the country as well as Utah fans. At this time, the athletics department will continue to use both the circle and feather and the block U logos."

The University of Utah says goodbye to the drum and feather

Posted Dec 30th - 3:13pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Drum and Feather is done. Sources tell KSL that the University of Utah has gone away from the drum and feather logo. The last time Utah will wear the logo will be in the Sun Bowl. Rumors are that the Utes will go to either the block "U" for the logo, or the double "UU".

Across the Ute sideline: Scouting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Posted Dec 29th - 3:00pm by Shane Roberts, Contributor

SALT LAKE CITY - In a rematch of the 2005 Emerald Bowl, the Utes take on a familiar opponent in Georgia Tech, a familiar style of play in the triple option, and also a familiar coach in Paul Johnson, who coached Navy until he took the Tech job before the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl against Utah.

Let's break down this matchup.

Utah's Offense vs. Georgia Tech's Defense

Koliniasi Leota signs NLI with Utah

Posted Dec 23rd - 2:38pm by Liz Abel, Contributor

SALT LAKE CITY - Koliniasi Leota, a 6-4, 255-pound defensive end out of Mount San Antonio College who played his high school football at Granger High in West Valley City, Utah, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Utah. He is expected to enroll at the U. in spring semester and will be a junior with a redshirt year available.

A first-team all-SFCA defensive lineman, Leota totaled 41 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, in 2011. He also intercepted two passes, broke up two passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble as a sophomore.

Mt. SAC won the 2010 national junior college championship and was the runner-up in 2011. Leota also played for two conference championship teams at Mt. SAC, which won the 2010 state title as well. He is married (Salote) with three children.

JC running back Kelvin York signs NLI with Utah

Posted Dec 21st - 8:10pm by Liz Abel, Contributor

SALT LAKE CITY—Kelvin York, a 5-11, 235-pound running back out of Fullerton College, signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Utah today. York, a native of Prairieville, La., plans to enroll at Utah in the spring semester and has two years of NCAA eligibility.  

He was an all-conference player, the MVP of the 2010 Empire Bowl and the 2010 Key to the County game vs. Santa Ana College before missing most of the 2011 season due to injury. He rushed for 1,478 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2010, averaging 130.5 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry.  

Prior to junior college, York was all-state, all-district and Parish MVP for Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La. As a senior, he rushed for over 1,400 yards even while sharing time with Eddie Lacy, currently a sophomore at Alabama, where he is the Tide's second-leading rusher.  

Reports: Norm Chow to be named head coach at Hawaii

Posted Dec 20th - 1:09pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - Reports are indicating that Norm Chow is leaving the University of Utah to become the next head coach at the University of Hawaii.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser states that Hawaii administration "has authorized athletic director Jim Donovan to negotiate a contract to make Norm Chow the next Warrior football coach."

Depending on how the negotiations go, the official announcement should be coming within the next few days.

Crimson Corner: Recruiting update with Ute insider Brian Swinney

Posted Dec 15th - 2:26pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY - What is Utah's main recruiting focus for 2012? Who has already committed, and who stands out from the pack?

Ute insider Brian Swinney (Twitter: @InsideTheUtes) from joins Mike Grant and Robert Jackson to give Utah fans a recruiting update as signing day rapidly approaches.

To listen to the interview with Brian, click on the play button above.

Crimson Corner: Talking quarterbacks with Ute insider Brian Swinney

Posted Dec 2nd - 7:30pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY - With two new recruits and a recent transfer from Dixie State, Utah's quarterback situation for 2012 looks promising.

Ute insider Brian Swinney (Twitter: @InsideTheUtes) from joins Mike Grant and Robert Jackson to discuss the different scenarios Utah fans can look forward to next season.

To watch the interview with Brian, click on the play button above.

Three Utes make all-Pac-12 first team

Posted Nov 29th - 11:31am by

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The Pac-12 Conference coaches selected a total of 11 Utes to the 2011 all-conference teams, placing three on the first team, two on the second team and awarding six honorable mention citations.

Senior offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom, junior defensive lineman Star Lotulelei and senior defensive lineman Derrick Shelby were voted to the first team, while junior running back John White and senior offensive lineman John Cullen made the second team. Shelby was one of just three players to make both the all-Pac-12 first team and the Pac-12 all-Academic first team, joining Stanford QB Andrew Luck and California OL Mitchell Schwartz.

Bergstrom, a three-year starting right tackle, leads Utah with an 85% overall grade, winning 491 of 579 assignments. Nine of Lotulelei's 38 total tackles were for a loss and he is tied for 13th in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss average (0.75) despite being double teamed on most plays. Shelby's 45 total tackles include 5.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss and his seven pass breakups ranks first among the league's defensive linemen. He also scored two touchdowns on an interception return and a fumble recovery.

VIDEO PREVIEW: Crimson Corner, Utah at Washington State edition

Posted Nov 18th - 10:37pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

This week, Mike Grant and Robert Jackson preview the Utah-Washington State game and highlight the matchup between the Utes' secondary and Cougar quarterback Connor Halliday, who last week tossed for a mere 494 yards and 4 TDs in a Pac-12 Player of the Week performance against ASU.

Across the Ute sideline: Scouting the Washington State Cougars

Posted Nov 18th - 9:44am by Robert Jackson, Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - Don't look now, but Utah is still in the hunt for a Pac-12 South Division title.

The Utes (6-4) are peaking at just the right time, and with last week's win over UCLA, the Utes are bowl-eligible for the ninth consecutive season. Since a trip to the Liberty Bowl in 2003 under then head coach Urban Meyer, the Utes haven't been out of the postseason -a remarkable feat that has continued through all seven of Kyle Whittingham's seasons at the helm.

White running his way up Utes' season record lists

Posted Nov 15th - 1:03am by Robert Jackson, Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - While the snow fell at Rice-Eccles last Saturday, White was all over the field. Oh, and the white fluffy snow too. John White IV's performance gave him 1,191 rushing yards for the season, moving him up in the record books up on the hill.

The junior transfer from L.A. Harbor College ran for 167 yards against UCLA, giving him enough yards to surpass former Ute and Denver Bronco Mike Anderson for fourth best in school history for a single season.

Across the Ute sideline: Scouting the UCLA Bruins

Posted Nov 10th - 6:43pm by Robert Jackson, Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - When the Utes took the field Saturday in Tucson, they donned white jerseys with black pants. Perhaps it's only fitting that Utah sported the new look, as John White IV rushed for video game-esque numbers and Conroy Black had an interception in the end zone to help seal the 34-21 win for the Utes.

Runnin' Utes ink five recruits for 2012

Posted Nov 9th - 3:49pm by

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's basketball team signed five players who will join the Utes for the 2012-13 season, head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced Wednesday. The signing class includes high school seniors Josh Hearlihy, Jordan Loveridge and Justin Seymour, along with Southern Utah transfer Dallin Bachynski and returning LDS missionary Jeremy Olsen.

"All five of these players are championship people," said Krystkowiak. "These are the kinds of kids we want here to rebuild this program. They are `program kids' who will come here and represent Utah proudly. They are great students and great people from terrific families who will really boost our basketball team."

Signee Bios and Individual Quotes from Krystkowiak

Football notes on Utah's win over Arizona

Posted Nov 7th - 12:52am by Mike Grant

TUCSON - Before the game as I was researching Arizona and in particular the offense, I was so impressed with Wildcats' quarterback Nick Foles that intimidation set in. I guess that is why I don't play football anymore.

He was tops in the nation from a quarterback stand point. He could throw, throw, throw. He had a receiver that could catch everything. I guess that is why they play the game.

I love the Utah defense. It is a sad reality when the defense has to feel like they have to shut out opponents to have a shot at winning, but that is where the Utes are. After the Cal game, where frustrations were running high, the challenge was issued to the defense that they need to shut everyone out. They haven't done that, but they have dominated since then. Against the Oregon State Beavers they were awesome and Saturday they got it done against one of the best offenses in the country. Nick Foles will get a chance to play in the NFL. The Utah defense pressured Foles, hit Foles, intercepted Foles and proved that they belong.

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