SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah football schedule continues to get even better, and tougher.
I think Thursday is the new Saturday.
The week of August 30th might be the most interesting work week for employers here in the state of Utah. It might end up being similar to a work week when Christmas is on a Wednesday — totally unproductive.
SALT LAKE CITY - The grades are in for spring semester and the University of Utah athletic teams set a department record for highest cumulative grade point average for the second-straight semester. Utah's varsity teams averaged a 3.136 GPA for the 2012 spring semester, besting the previous record of 3.072 set in the fall.
It also marked the fourth semester in a row that the Utah athletic teams have averaged above a 3.0 GPA, which is another school first.
Fifty-five percent of Utah's student-athletes made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA) and 25-percent made the Dean's List (3.5 GPA with at least 12 graded credits). Football (2.872) and volleyball (3.637) both set new team GPA records.
SALT LAKE CITY — There has been so much turnover with the Utah basketball team that I wanted to find out who the guys that Larry Krystkowiak has recruited really are.
I have heard some good things about the kids coming in, but it is hard to know exactly what Utah has. I called on my good friend and colleague Brian Smith of insidetheutes.com.
Brian has followed many of these players for years and knows who they are, what they want in a program, and what the Utes are getting in these players.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah basketball has signed transfer Jarred DuBois from Loyola Marymount, head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced Monday. The 6-foot-3 point guard will join the Utes with one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately due to his upcoming graduation from LMU.
"Jarred is a very talented guard that will bring a great skill set both offensively and defensively, along with a high level of experience and solid leadership skills," said Krystkowiak. "I feel strongly that he can be a difference maker not only on our team but within the Pac-12 as well."
DuBois stamped his name all over the LMU record books, reaching the Top 25 in several statistical categories despite playing only three full seasons as his junior year was cut short due to injury. In 96 career games, DuBois scored 1,139 points to rank 23rd all-time at LMU. He also ranks fourth in career 3-pointers made (148), fifth in free throw percentage (.844), 15th in 3-point FG percentage (.365), 15th in steals (117), 17th in assists (233), 21st in assists average (2.4) and 22nd in free throws made (259).
It took two full days of the NFL draft, but Utah's Tony Bergstrom finally received the call.
The 6-foot-6 315 pound offensive lineman will be playing for the ‘Raider Nation' as he was the final selection in Friday's third round of the NFL draft. Bergstrom was the 95th player drafted.
Bergstrom, a 2011 All-Pac 12 conference first team selection started 39 games at Utah and was projected to be drafted in the fourth round, but he beat that by one draft pick.
SALT LAKE CITY — By the time the NFL Draft wraps up this weekend, the Utes could potentially have another couple of players playing on Sundays.
Utah has talked about how important recruiting is, but how about developing players and getting them to the next level? Utah has recently been very successful, especially at the cornerback position, at getting players drafted into the NFL.
"Obviously our number one objective as coaches here at the University of Utah is to make sure our players leave with a degree in hand. That is the primary reason these athletes come to college and we never lose sight of that," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said.
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's basketball team has signed 6-foot-9 forward Renan Lenz (pronounced heh-NON) to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced Wednesday. Lenz becomes the sixth signee who will join the Utes for the 2012-13 season and the third who stands at 6-foot-9 or taller.
SALT LAKE CITY - It was an absolutely picture-perfect day for football Saturday afternoon at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The regular season may still be over four months away, but 13,503 were able to tailgate and watch the Red team come away with a 22-21 victory over the White team in the Utah spring game.
SALT LAKE CITY — With John White IV sitting out, already having proven himself as the clear cut starter for the Utes after breaking numerous school rushing records last year, four running backs made their case for playing time Saturday at the Red-White game.
Before I dive into that, I do have to make a note that quarterbacks Chase Hansen and Travis Wilson ran the ball extremely effectively. Hansen rushed five times for a team high 36 yards, while Wilson had a nice 16 yard QB keeper down the left sideline, setting up the White team for one of its three scores.
Now, back to the running backs.
SALT LAKE CITY — It was very noticeable on Saturday, at least to me and my colleague Jeremiah Jensen.
We were on the sideline at Rice-Eccles Stadium watching the Utes scrimmage. There are just so many players up there now. And not just players filling roster positions, I mean guys that will, can, and are going to play.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak is responding to headlines this week claiming that the Utes pulled the rug out from under a recruit.
Thursday morning, Krystkowiak joined Salt Lake radio station 97.5 FM/1280 AM the Zone to talk to Hans Olsen and KSL's own Jeremiah Jensen about the Josh Hearlihy situation.
Hearlihy committed to play basketball for the Utes in November, but was recently asked by the Utah coaching staff to opt out of the letter of intent he signed after a further review of Healihy's health history.
SALT LAKE CITY - Looking for basketball players? Look no further than Hollywood, Calif.
Shortly after asking a player from North Hollywood to nullify his scholarship agreement, the Utes signed a point guard from West Hollywood to a National Letter of Intent.
Utah recently asked 6-foot-7 forward Josh Hearlihy to be released from his scholarship commitment. On Wednesday, the Utes signed Brandon Taylor, a 5-foot-10 guard that led Pacific Hills High School to a state championship. (Thanks to Anthony Blackett @ablackett23 for pointing out my error, the Utes still have three open roster spots even with Taylor).
SALT LAKE CITY - The mass exodus from the Utah Utes basketball program continued on Thursday. Dijon Farr is the latest player to be leaving, bringing the grand total to six players that have left since the season ended.
Chris Hines, George Matthews, Kareem Storey, Dijon Farr, Javon Dawson, and Anthony Odunsi are now gone from Utah after a very forgettable first season under head coach Larry Krystkowiak.
If you were able to watch the Utes play this last season you know that it was tough. When Larry K. was brought in, he was already a little late on the recruiting trail and with all of the defections last year (Clyburn, O'Brien, Kupets, DiMaria) it would be tough to fill out the roster the way an incoming coach would want to.
SALT LAKE CITY - During Tuesday's spring practice up at the U, I came to a startling realization - it was rather uneventful, minus a couple plays at the end of the day.
Usually as spring practices go there is a significant amount of curiosity and excitement. I was unsure how to take this as I sat there kind of bored watching practice. I finally figured out that this was a very good thing. This showed to me that the team has reached a certain level of stability and the boat isn't rocking.
Last year, for example, was filled with change and turnover, constant storylines with the Pac-12, the return of Jordan Wynn, etc. The year prior it was the last year in the Mountain West, would the team be looking over their upcoming opponents? Even the year before that there was the need to find a new quarterback with the competition between Corbin Louks, Terrance Cain, and the emergence of this 150 pound freshman Jordan Wynn. Also coming off the Sugar Bowl year excitement for the program was at an all time high.
SALT LAKE CITY - Out with the old, in with the new.
Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham helped demolish the old football center Tuesday to make room by a new football facility.
"That was exhilarating, without a doubt," Whittingham said with a grin after tearing down pieces of the former Dee Glen Smith Center with an excavator.
SALT LAKE CITY — It's not real football yet, but boy-oh-boy is it beautiful to behold. Spring football is upon us up on the hill and after the first couple days there are a couple things to be really excited about.
First of all this spring is so much different than just a year ago. Last year was a giant circus for the first couple of days. It was the inaugural season of Pac-12 participation, Norm Chow was new on campus, and Jordan Wynn was coming off shoulder surgery. Well, two of those things are different this year, but more on Wynn later.
SALT LAKE CITY - It may still be March, but football kicked off Tuesday for the University of Utah.
The Utes held their first spring practice in a sunny, yet chilly Rice-Eccles Stadium. And while I was worried about staying in the sunlight to keep my hands warm while tweeting updates, it was Utah's quarterbacks that lit up the field with quite an impressive outing.
"We have a very talented group of quarterbacks," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said.
SALT LAKE CITY - Football is back. The regular season may still be over five months away, but the Utes are set to start the first of 15 spring practices today at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Lots of questions are surrounding this year's camp.
How will Brian Johnson, the nation's youngest offensive coordinator, structure the offense?
SALT LAKE CITY — After a gloomy January, February, and March, finally Ute fans have something to get excited about. Spring football is here!
I for one love spring football. It gives the fans and media a glimpse at what the 2012 season could hold. What do the new incoming players look like? What will the new coaches bring to the fold? And frankly don't we all miss football?
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