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.
SALT LAKE CITY - Junior wing Will Clyburn has requested and been granted his release from the University of Utah men's basketball team.
SALT LAKE CITY - Three weeks after the University of Utah fired Jim Boylen, the Utes introduced Larry Krystkowiak as their men's basketball coach Monday afternoon.
Addressing the media for the first time, Krystkowiak was candid and forthcoming in his quest to return the Utes back to the history and tradition that they have had up on The Hill.
SALT LAKE CITY - KSL has learned that the University of Utah has hired New Jersey Nets assistant coach Larry Krystkowiak to be its next head basketball coach.
Krystkowiak (pronounced kris-KOH-vee-ak) signed a five-year contract late Saturday night to become the 15th head coach in Utah men's basketball history.
The deal, which includes Krystkowiak's base salary, radio and television appearances plus an Under Armour agreement, will pay $950,000 per year.
SALT LAKE CITY - It was seventy degrees outside with beautiful sunny skies at Rice-Eccles Stadium for Utah's first spring football scrimmage, which went for two hours Friday night.
It may still be spring, but football was in the air as a few hundred fans watched the Utes run a situational scrimmage, and, as expected this early in spring camp, it was the defense that out-shined the offense.
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham felt pretty good about his team's effort and execution.
SALT LAKE CITY - Things are quiet on the University of Utah's search for a head coach.
Almost too quiet.
Nearly two and a half weeks have passed since the Utes fired Jim Boylen, and aside from speculation and rumors, most fans feel like they have been left in the dark.
In advance of Utah and Colorado officially joining the conference on July 1, the Pac-12 unveiled their new logo Wednesday.
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In preparation for Colorado and Utah becoming official members of the Conference on July 1, the Pac-10 has released a music video on YouTube that unveils the new Pac-12 mark. The video features a group of animated Pac-12 students wearing sports uniforms from all of the member institutions performing a card routine that might otherwise be seen in the student section during a college football game. The students show off their personalities and dance their way to the logo unveiling.
SALT LAKE CITY - The struggles of the Utah Basketball program are well-documented. Barring the Utes winning their final two games and winning at least one game down at the MWC Tourney in Vegas, the Utes are likely headed toward another losing season.
If the Utes lose just one of their next two games, they could drop to the seventh seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, facing either San Diego State or BYU in the first round - that's spectacular.
NIT? No chance.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah linebacker Nai Fotu was arrested Sunday morning by the Utah Highway Patrol for driving under the influence.
Fotu, who missed the 2010 football season with a knee injury suffered in spring camp, was speeding and did not have a driver's license on him. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.
The senior linebacker had 23 tackles for the Utes in 2009, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. The 6-foot-2-inch athlete still has two years of eligibility.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's offensive coaching staff was shuffled on Thursday which includes one new hire that is returning to his alma mater.
Former Utah defensive end Chad Kauha'aha'a returns to the Utes as the defensive line coach. Kauha'aha'a spent the last two seasons as the defensive line coach at Utah State and the previous four seasons at Weber State.
"I'm thrilled to be back home at the University of Utah and I'm grateful to Coach Whittingham for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Utah family again," said Kauha'aha'a.
SALT LAKE CITY - ESPN.com is reporting that two top recruits that were considering Utah have both committed elsewhere. Under Armour All-American offensive lineman Mo Latu has committed to Arizona State and cornerback Floyd Raven has recommitted to Mississippi.
The Utes' are reportedly still after several uncommitted top recruits including wide receivers Devin Lucien and Anthony Denham, quarterback Michael Eubanks, defensive lineman Akeem Gonzales and tight ends Junior Pomee and Andrew Peterson.
This should all shake out by February 2 as National signing day arrives.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Newly hired offensive coordinator Norm Chow and offensive line coach Tim Davis have big plans for the Utah Utes as they make their transition into the Pac-12. The new challenge poses a big test for the Utes, but Davis and Chow are certain that the Utes have what it takes to be competitive.
Chow, a familiar face in Utah, is considered by many to be one of the top offensive coordinators in the nation, making his tenure at USC and UCLA a valuable source of knowledge to tap into as the Utes enter the Pac-12. Davis, too, adds experience to the Utah coaching staff, following his work with Chow at USC.
Coach Kyle Whittingham and the Utes have fared well against Pac-10 teams but not quite on the level of playing them on a weekly basis.
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