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.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah men's basketball has hired Andy Hill as an assistant coach, the team announced Monday. Hill comes to Utah from Montana, where he spend the last seven years in the same role, including two years under new Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak.
"Andy and I had a great experience together at Montana and I wanted to create that again here at Utah," said Krystkowiak. "The bottom line with Andy is that he gets things done, he is extremely diligent and energetic. He always helped me keep one step ahead of things and that will be important again as we move forward in rebuilding this program. Andy has great skills with people, is a terrific recruiter and will represent the university and our staff very well."
In his seven seasons at Montana, Hill helped the Grizzlies to three NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently in 2010, as well as a CBI bid this year. Montana also reached the Big Sky Conference championship game in four of his seven seasons. In Hill's two years under Krystkowiak from 2004-06, Montana went 42-20 and earned an NCAA berth in both seasons, advancing to the second round in 2006.
SALT LAKE CITY - Former University of Utah guard Will Clyburn has decided to use his redshirt year and transfer to Iowa State.
"I have a good relationship with the coaching staff there. I like what they are doing with the program," Clyburn told ESPN 700 Radio. "After they fired Coach Boylen, I figured that I wanted to leave."
New Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak's efforts to keep Clyburn were to no avail as Will had his mind made up soon after the Utes fired Jim Boylen.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah men's basketball head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced the hiring of DeMarlo Slocum as an assistant coach Sunday. Slocum comes to Utah from Colorado State, where he spent three years in the same position.
"I'm very excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Utah basketball," said Slocum. "The biggest thing for me in this decision was the staff I would be working with, and after speaking with Coach K, I have all the belief that he is the right man for this job. I have known [assistant coach] Tommy Connor for a while and the job he has done speaks for itself. Growing up in Las Vegas and coaching at CSU, I have been around Utah basketball for a long time and I know what a national powerhouse it can be. Once I got on campus and saw for myself the resources and commitment behind athletics, especially basketball, I knew this would be a great opportunity."
In his three years at CSU, Slocum worked primarily with the guards and shared recruiting responsibilities. Before coming to Colorado State, Slocum served as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho.
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman forward J.J. O'Brien has requested and been granted his release from the University of Utah men's basketball team.
"I have asked for my release to explore my options, but in no way do I want people to think I am definitely leaving Utah," O'Brien said. "After talking with Coach K, I am confident this could still be the best place for me and I would love to remain a Runnin' Ute. But in order to assure that this is right for me, I need to at least look at other options and make an informed decision."
"It's a situation where we believe the student-athlete should make the decision that is in their best interest," said Krystkowiak. "We support J.J.'s decision to explore what's out there but are very optimistic that he will see Utah is the best option for him. He is a very good basketball player and a great person, and as a sophomore he could be an integral piece in the restoration and future of our program."
SALT LAKE CITY - Former Westminster head coach Tommy Connor has accepted a position to join Larry Krystkowiak's staff as an assistant coach with the University of Utah.
Connor, a former Utah player (1986-88, 1990) and assistant coach (1994-97), returns to his alma mater after a very successful 12-year stint as the head coach at Westminster College.
Tommy Connor coached the Griffins to a 264-114 record (70%), including seven of the last ten Frontier Conference titles while earning a spot in the NAIA National Tournament nine times.
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