SALT LAKE CITY — While twenty-nine days remain on the calendar until the University of Utah officially kicks the season off at home against Montana State, fall camp is right around the corner as players report Wednesday night for a team meeting and practice begins Thursday morning.
For Utah fans, excitement level has never been so high as the Utes prepare for their inaugural season in the Pac-12, playing for the first time as a member of one of the automatic qualifying conferences in the Bowl Championship Series.
Can Utah compete week in and week out with BCS teams? We will soon find out. But until then, here are three things that I will be looking for during fall camp:
LOS ANGELES -- Being the new kid on the block isn't easy. For a team that built quite the reputation as a BCS buster, Utah certainly has their work cut out for them. Not only are they playing in the inaugural season for the newly formed Pac-12, but they are also playing for the first time as a member of one of the automatic qualifying conferences in the Bowl Championship Series.
"It's exciting to have Utah come in. Utah has played so well. You look at what Coach (Kyle Whittingham) has done over the past five years and it has been incredible," USC Head Coach Lane Kiffin told KSL.
"Utah has built themselves into a national power over the last decade, and I see it as a great fit (in the Pac-12)," UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel added.
For us who are sports crazies, and especially football crazies, the fact that the college football season is literally right around the corner is not only exciting, but needed.
There has been a real lack of anything interesting going on. I am a huge baseball fan and with the major league season winding up now with 60 games left, baseball is improving, but let's be honest, it is time for college football season.
One of the more interesting reads is "Phil Steele's College Football Preview" that comes out annually before the football season. If you haven't ever read it, give it a chance.
BRISTOL, Conn. — Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham will be featured on ESPN's "Car Wash" on Wed., July 27 as part of the Pac-12 Bicoastal Media Tour. The tour begins in Los Angeles on July 26 before moving to the East Coast for press events in Bristol, Conn., and New York City on July 27 and 28.
SALT LAKE CITY - Preseason accolades keep rolling in for the Utes, who are only 48 days away from kicking off the season against Montana State.
Selected as one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, Utah's Jordan Wynn was named to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award watch list.
Wynn, a starter since midway through his true freshman season, is 11-4, and the junior quarterback already ranks 10th all-time at Utah with 25 career touchdown passes.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utes are just a little over 49 days away from kicking off the 2011 season at home against Montana State. It's never too soon to get excited, and already three University of Utah football players have been added to preseason national award watch lists.
Senior offensive tackle Tony Bergstrom was named to the preseason watch list for the 2011 Outland Trophy, which is presented to the top interior lineman in college football.
Bergstrom has started all 26 games at offensive tackle for the Utes over the past two seasons. The second-team all-Mountain West Conference selection led Utah on the line last year with 584 plays over the 10 games that were graded. He did not allow a single sack in the regular season.
"Coach McBride, Coach Meyer, Coach Whittingham, all of the other coaches and players that have been here, this is a tribute to them and all who have been a part of it." - Morgan Scalley, Utes Defensive Backs Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
The University of Utah has officially moved into a new era, watching the Mountain West Conference from the rear-view mirror and looking forward to the Pac-12 Conference. There was excitement and gratitude in Utes Defensive Backs coach Morgan Scalley's voice as he recognized, or at least tried to recognize all of the people that have taken part in building the University of Utah into what it is now - a major player.
SALT LAKE CITY — July 1, 2011. A day that will completely change the collegiate landscape in the state of Utah.
The time has come for both Utah and BYU to tip their hats to the Mountain West Conference, shake hands and say farewell as they embark on their own separate ways. BYU will move to football independence and the West Coast Conference in all other sports, while the University of Utah will become an official member of the Pac-12 Conference.
The void left behind by the Utes and Cougars will be rather large — 63 percent (189 out of 300) of the MWC regular season and conference tournament championships were won by the Utah schools.
SALT LAKE CITY — Plans have been finalized for the Utah Pac-12 day celebration scheduled for Friday, July 1 at noon on the south lawn of the state Capitol. The celebration and parking for the event will be free to the public. In addition, free shuttles will begin transporting fans from the campus to the Capitol starting at 10:30 a.m. The pickup and drop-off locations are the Heritage Center, the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot and the married student housing villages. Shuttles will pick up and drop off every 30 minutes until 1:30 p.m.
The ASUU will host a Student Tent Party on the south lawn, providing free ice cream sandwiches for early-arriving fans. The Utah cheerleaders, dance team and Swoop will move throughout the crowd and distribute temporary face tattoos while the Utah pep band plays a medley of school favorites.
The program will begin at noon and the speaking line-up (in order) is Utah Athletics Director Chris Hill, University of Utah Interim President Lorris Betz, ASUU Student Body President Neela Pack, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, Congressman Jim Matheson and Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, who will formally declare July 1, 2011 as Utah Pac-12 day. Other dignitaries seated on the stage will be Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Senate President Michael Waddoups and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.
The Utah basketball team has added three walk-ons to the fall roster, and all of them are Utah natives. One of the complaints from fans during the Jim Boylen era up on the hill was that there wasn't any local talent on the team. The addition of Corbin Green (Olympus, Snow College), Blake Wilkinson (Viewmont) and Alexander Ricketts (Brighton) is a step in the right direction.
The complete press release is below.
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's basketball team released its complete 2011-12 schedule dates Friday. In addition to their slate of Pac-12 conference games as inaugural members of the league, the Runnin' Utes will play six non-conference home games, including a Dec. 10 match-up against rival BYU.
"We have put together a challenging schedule and we are excited to get going this fall," said Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak. "There are several teams on our non-conference schedule who finished at or near the top of their conference last year and could be preseason favorites again this year. Then in the Pac-12, there are no easy games and several of those teams are traditionally among the toughest in the nation."
Utah's non-conference home games include: Adams State (Nov. 4, exhibition), San Diego Christian College (Nov. 14), Montana State (Nov. 19), Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 7), BYU (Dec. 10), Idaho State (Dec. 17) and Portland (Dec. 19). The Utes' non-conference road games include trips to Boise State (Nov. 16), Fresno State (Dec. 3) and Weber State (Dec. 22).
Join us at the Eric Weddle Football Camp, hosted by SportsMechanix, June 13-15. Charger's star Eric Weddle will work hands on with kids ages 7-14 with current Dolphins star and former Ute Sean Smith. Go to sportsmechanix.com or search Eric Weddle Football Camp.
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah achieved the highest score they have ever received after the results for the Academic Progress Rating dropped in on May 24.
The University of Utah got an outstanding score of 976, an increase of 11-points from last year's rating, and a 20-point leap from two years ago.
Not only was Utah's score one of the best in the Pac-12 conference, but thirteen of their sports teams were able to raise their scores significantly from last year's ratings. Teams among the highest increases were volleyball, which raised their score by 32 points, along with outdoor track that was able to get a boost of 24 points.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak and the Make-A-Wish Foundation surprised Dalton DeVore Tuesday afternoon at the Huntsman Center. They informed the future University of Utah student, who has lymphoma currently in remission, that his wish to "swim the sharks" in the Bahamas had been granted.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, will send DeVore and his family on the trip this summer.
"I've wanted to swim with sharks my whole life and so this is like a dream come true," said DeVore, who attended Olympus High School. "I'm pretty excited."
We received this email from the Pac-12 this morning about the football championship logo. I picked logo number two. It always seemed a dream to have the Utes joining a conference like the Pac-12, now it is really starting to become reality. Here is the official release from the Pac-12 Conference and Go Utes!
The Pac-10 has launched Make Your Pick, an online logo poll that is literally giving college football fans a chance to leave their mark on the 2011 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, it was announced today.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free. - Starhawk
For the Flamm family, it was the Utah community that pulled them through one of the most difficult times of their lives.
On August 28, 2009, Amanda Flamm delivered her second child by emergency C-section 11 weeks premature. Austin, weighing 4 pounds and 8 ounces at birth, spent the next month in the NICU.
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's basketball team has signed transfer Aaron Dotson, the team announced Friday. Dotson is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound wing who comes to the Runnin' Utes from LSU of the Southeastern Conference.
"We are very excited to have Aaron become a part of Utah basketball," said Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak. "He is a quality person and a skilled basketball player who has a wealth of Div. I experience at the highest level, coming out of the SEC. Aaron is an excellent wing player who we believe can do great things in the future for our program."
Dotson averaged 6.8 points per game to go with 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a sophomore this year. He also made 16 steals and blocked seven shots. In 2009-10, he became the first freshman to start the season-opener for LSU since Anthony Randolph in 2007-08. He scored double figures three times that year, including a career-high 11 points against Washington State.
PHOENIX - The Pac-10 Conference agreed to the biggest TV deal in college history Wednesday, signing a 12-year contract with ESPN and FOX worth nearly $3 billion.
With Utah and Colorado on board and the official name change just over 56 days away, the $250 million a year landmark deal is definitely more than just a splash for the Pac-12 Conference in the BCS pool.
By signing with ESPN and FOX, media rights for the conference have skyrocketed in comparison to the previous Pac-10 deal ($60 million per year). Not only has the Pac-12 quadrupled its television revenues by resigning with the two broadcasting giants, the Pac-12 will also fully own their own network that will be used to broadcast non-ESPN/FOX games as well as Olympic sports.
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's basketball team has signed a pair of junior college transfers, the team announced Tuesday. Javon Dawson, a power forward from Gulf Coast Community College and Dijon Farr, a forward from Indian Hills Community College, have committed to play for the Runnin' Utes in 2011-12.
Dawson is a 6-foot-7, 260-pound power forward, who will enter Utah as a redshirt sophomore after sitting out 2010-11 with a knee injury. He will have three years of eligibility left to play. As a freshman in 2009-10, Dawson appeared in all 29 games, making 21 starts. He averaged 8.1 points per game, fourth best on the team, and led the squad in rebounding at 7.3 boards per game. Dawson connected on 94-of-214 shots from the floor, good for 43.9 percent, and was named to the conference all-freshman team.
"We think Javon's maturity level makes him a good fit for a program in transition," said head coach Larry Krystkowiak. "He is a physical post-player who we feel can handle the bigger and stronger players we expect to see in the Pac-12 next year. The Panhandle Conference is an athletic and physical league, and Javon was a freshman all-conference player there. We believe that his experience, toughness and skill set will carry over well to the Pac-12."
SALT LAKE CITY - Another familiar face will be returning to the Utah basketball program.
Norm Parrish, a former graduate assistant under Lynn Archibald in 1988-89, has been named as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Utah men's basketball program.
Parrish joins the Utes after coaching at Salt Lake Community College for the past 20 years.
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