SALT LAKE CITY — Entering the dog days of summer? Oh, I don't think so.
Fall camp is just five days away for the Utes. As KSL.com's preseason previews continue, this week we look at the three biggest objectives for the Utes to complete over the next three weeks.
Out on an island
SALT LAKE CITY — Tragedy has struck the University of Utah football team.
New Mexico State Police responded to a single vehicle rollover on US 550 near milepost 83 late Monday evening.
Police found two passengers dead on the scene, both of whom were ejected from the Toyota SUV as it rolled numerous times. A third passenger died moments later.
SALT LAKE CITY — A third district judge issued a warrant for the arrest of an ex-University of Utah football player after he failed to show up for a sentencing hearing Monday.
Koliniasi "Niasi" Mona Leota, 24, a former defensive lineman for the Utes, was scheduled to be sentenced on charges of domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum of five years in prison.
The charge stemmed from a Feb. 17 incident at Leota's Salt Lake apartment, when Leota became angry and punched his wife in the head and face, according to charging documents.
SALT LAKE CITY — One of the best high school basketball players in the state of Utah, Brekkot Chapman of Roy high school just committed to the University of Utah.
"I am proud to say I have committed to the University of Utah." Chapman said via his twitter page.
This is a huge get for head coach Larry Krystkowiak. In each of his first three years he has started to change to in-state recruiting dynamic.
SALT LAKE CITY — During an interview at PAC12 media day at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, Jeremiah Jensen asked head coach Kyle Whittingham about the new football facility.
"It's something that we can't wait to recruit to," Whittingham said. "It is one thing to talk to recruits and show them the plans and show them the video of what it is going to look like, show them the building in progress, but to actually walk them through it and say, here is your facility. That's a whole different deal."
If there is one thing for the football program that needed to be updated, it was the facility. The academic center, stadium, and indoor facilities are right there with everyone else, but this football facility puts the program in a great position for recruiting.
SALT LAKE CITY — This week on the Crimson Corner Jeremiah Jensen, Robert Jackson, and Mike Grant were at Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles. Trevor Reilly tells us the Utes need to win now, Jake Murphy explains why the offense will be better, and JJ has a conversation with Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham.
CULVER CITY, Calif. — After struggling in its initial two seasons in the Pac-12, members of the media picked Utah to finish second to last in the South Division, the conference announced Friday.
The Utes are coming off a 5-7 season in which they missed making a bowl game for the first time since 2002.
SALT LAKE CITY — While the Utes have struggled offensively in their first two years in the Pac-12, with just a few tweaks from new co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson, Ute fans were able to witness what actually resembled a college football offense during the Red and White Spring Game.
Simple, short passes to the running backs out of the backfield and perfecting the zone read option drastically improved Utah's offensive output.
How much of that success can we expect to translate over into the regular season? That remains to be seen, but fans should be comforted in knowing that the offense is heading in the right direction.
SALT LAKE CITY — This week Mike Grant takes a look at the top five most talented players the Utes will face this fall and Jason Shepherd catches up with Utah basketball great Alex Jensen.
SALT LAKE CITY — The football season is about six weeks away when Utah fans will get to see some of the best players in college football.
SALT LAKE CITY — This Saturday, Christian Cox, Braden Godfrey and Mike Wright will help kids learn how to get recruited.
They are holding a combine-style camp at Olympus High School in Holladay to teach kids how to become better at six events that are also held at the NFL combine.
SALT LAKE CITY — This week on the Crimson Corner, Utah Athletics Director Chris Hill clarifies the future scheduling with BYU, Kenneth Scott joins us in studio, Paul Soliai donates to Utah, The Whittingham boys remember their dad, and Trey Nielsen signs with the St. Louis Cardinals.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah football season is just under seven weeks away. Utah wide receiver Kenneth Scott was nice enough to come in to the KSL studios and spend a few hours with us to talk about the upcoming season.
"The grind is already underway," Scott said.
The 2012 season did not go as planned for the Utes. A losing (5-7) season will never be good enough, and if that isn't enough, the national media is not very high on the Utes.
SALT LAKE CITY--Former University of Utah all-conference defensive tackle Paul Soliai—now a franchise player for the Miami Dolphins—has pledged $250,000 to the University of Utah's new football center. His contribution will fund the Paul and LeTasha Soliai Player Lounge.
"I'm thankful I can donate and help out the University of Utah football team and give back to the school. They gave me the opportunity to play, and as a kid from Samoa, it's something I'm thankful for every day. Without the University giving me a scholarship to play the sport I love, I wouldn't be where I am today."
Soliai played in 24 games for Utah from 2005-06, after redshirting in 2004, and was named second-team all-Mountain West Conference as a senior. He was then selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Miami, where he is preparing for his seventh season.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah baseball player Trey Nielsen signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, and will forgo his senior season at Utah. Nielsen was a 30th round draft pick to the Cardinals in last month's Major League Baseball Draft.
Nielsen hit .232 for the Utes this season with a team-high 13 doubles. He also led Utah with 24 RBI and tied for the team lead with three home runs. He had a .367 slugging percentage and was 6-of-8 in stolen bases. Nielsen had Utah's longest hitting streak of the season, a 14-game hitting streak. Drafted as a pitcher, he made just four appearances on the mound this year for the Utes due to injury, and had seven strikeouts over six innings.
For his career, Nielsen has hit .259 with 47 doubles, 14 home runs, 85 RBI and a .422 slugging percentage. He was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2011, in addition to being named second-team all-conference at third base.
SALT LAKE CITY — As the Utes have witnessed in their first two seasons in the Pac-12, wins are a lot harder to come by.
SALT LAKE CITY — It's the news that fans of the rivalry wanted to hear.
Though not official (pending Pac-12 approval), it appears that the Utes and the Cougars will continue their annual rivalry with additional games scheduled in 2017 and 2018.
Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill made the announcement in a video posted on the school's YouTube account Tuesday morning.
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