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The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 26, 2020

Mykayla Skinner’s future with Utah gymnastics is murky following Olympics postponement, but she still wants to return

MyKayla Skinner had prepared herself for the likely announcement that the 2020 Olympics would be postponed. She and her coach had even tweaked her workouts in anticipation.But now that the Games’ postponement to 2021 is official, she is still coming to terms with what it means for not only her Olympic future but her future with the Utes.Skinner’s original plan was to hopefully be selected for the Olympic team then return to the Utes next season.Now the 23-year-old is uncertain what she will do. She still wants to do both, but the question is whether her body will hold up. For now her...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 25, 2020

Utah football was in the early stages of a QB competition when COVID-19 hit, so now what?

Deciding between Jake Bentley and Cameron Rising as the successor to Tyler Huntley as starting quarterback at the University of Utah was already going to be tough, but at least Kyle Whittingham had time, not to mention a ton of reps, to figure it out.The Ute coach and his offensive coordinator, Andy Ludwig, had 15 spring practices worth of reps, then another months’ worth of training-camp reps before having to make a decision.Whittingham and Ludwig got through all of three spring practices earlier this month before Utah and the Pac-12 indefinitely suspended spring ball, and most everything...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 24, 2020

Utah football never returned from spring break thanks to the COVIDA-19 outbreak, doing the Utes no favors

The University of Utah football team’s spring practice schedule is always a little quirky.Similar to previous years, the Utes this spring were to practice three times, take a week off for spring break, then return for final 12 sessions, capped by the annual Red-White Game on April 11. They got those three practices in on March 2, 3, and 5. After that third session, the team was on spring break, save for anyone who had academic responsibilities on March 6, the final day of classes.Practice was to resume on March 17, but it never did. With the Coronavirus pandemic escalating, Utah suspended...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 23, 2020

Here’s how the Runnin’ Utes dealt with the coronavirus cancellation with 11 players living outside of Utah

By the time the Pac-12 Tournament was cancelled March 12, the University of Utah men’s basketball team’s season was already over.The Utes lost to Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament the day before, and while an NIT berth was still on the table, COVID-19 saw to it that no one would be playing basketball for a while.Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak and his team stayed the night in Las Vegas on March 12, then boarded a commercial flight home to Salt Lake City the following morning. School officials had already announced classes were cancelled for March 16 and 17, with most...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 21, 2020

Utah basketball big man Matt Van Komen to hit the transfer portal

There will be at least one defection from the University of Utah men’s basketball team this offseason. Freshman center Matt Van Komen will enter his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal, Utes head coach Larry Krystowiak told The Salt Lake Tribune on Saturday afternoon. Multiple sources told The Tribune that Van Komen’s transfer request came on Thursday. As of late Saturday afternoon, Van Komen’s name did not appear in the portal, per multiple sources, but that is imminent. Van Komen saw action in nine games, but none since playing two minutes against Cal on Feb. 8. He played a total of 43...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 21, 2020
Runnin’ Utes opened 2019-20 optimistically, and optimism remains after up-and-down youthful season

Runnin’ Utes opened 2019-20 optimistically, and optimism remains after up-and-down youthful season

The expectations for any University of Utah men’s basketball are readily available in the rafters of the Huntsman Center.Up above one baseline, there are six banners. One represents the program’s lone NCAA Tournament crown in 1944, another represents the 1947 NIT championship. The other four showcase three Final Fours, two Elite Eights and 11 trips to the Sweet 16.No mention of conference titles, no mention of conference tournament titles, no mentions of trips to the NCAA Tournament that didn’t include the second weekend or beyond.When the 2019-20 season began, Larry Krystkowiak knew he...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 15, 2020

Utah football’s Jaylon Johnson injured his shoulder in 2018 but played through it to become an All-American in 2019

When news broke on Feb. 24 that Jaylon Johnson played most of last season with a torn right labrum, it was nothing short of a revelation.As a junior cornerback last fall at the University of Utah, the Fresno, Calif., native was named an All-American after ranking third in the Pac-12 with 11 pass breakups. His two interceptions in 13 starts included a 39-yard pick-six at Washington that helped shift momentum in that win in Seattle, while standing as arguably the Utes’ biggest play of the season.The injury reportedly happened at some point in September, making the strong season Johnson had...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 13, 2020

Utah linebacker Francis Bernard moving through pre-NFL Draft uncertainty amidst COVID-19 cancelations

As part of an unprecedented day for the sports landscape in the United States on Thursday, the Pac-12 not only canceled the remainder of its men’s basketball conference tournament, but all sports and championship events.In accordance with the Pac-12’s edict, the University of Utah announced less than three hours later that “all scheduled University of Utah athletics competitions—conference or non-conference, home or away—have been canceled, effective immediately, until further notice.”On Friday afternoon, Utan announced it was canceling the remainder of spring practice, which...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 13, 2020

Are the Utah Utes the NCAA’s ski champions for the second year in a row? They sure think so.

Once University of Utah senior skier Guro Jordheim took third place in the women’s 5-kilometer freestyle race Thursday at the NCAA Ski Championships, the Utes assumed a 10-point lead in the team standings. Freshman Samuel Hendry followed Jordheim with a second-place finish in the men’s 10-kilometer freestyle. Hendry’s run represented the halfway mark of the four-day competition in Bozeman, Mont. with Utah holding a 32-point lead over another national power, the University of Denver. That may have officially been the halfway point, but the Pac-12 had other ideas. With Utah in command,...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 12, 2020

Utah hoops was rolling at the Pac-12 Tournament, then Oregon State went to a 1-3-1 zone

As the first half of Oregon State’s 71-69 win over Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament unfolded on Wednesday, Alfonso Plummer was hitting everything from everywhere. Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle was at a loss.With Plummer, a Utes junior sharpshooter experiencing a late-season awakening over the last two weeks, already having shred multiple man-to-man defenders and a 2-3 zone, Tinkle was hesitant to go 1-3-1, knowing Plummer could shred that defense, too.Plummer hit his ninth 3-pointer of the afternoon with 17:09 to go, giving the Utes their largest lead of the game of 14 at...
Block U Mar 12, 2020
Utes drop heartbreaker to Oregon State in 1st round of Pac-12 Tournament

Utes drop heartbreaker to Oregon State in 1st round of Pac-12 Tournament

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports It’s one and done for the Utes in post season play, as they fell to Oregon State in a heartbreaker Wednesday afternoon 71-69. Things started out pretty shaky for the Utes, as they kept turning the ball over, and playing soft defense, fortunately the Beavers wouldn’t able to run away from Utah, as the Utes kept the lead for OSU in single digits. After that shaky start, it was the Alphonso Plummer show for the Utes. He scored a career high 35 points on 11 of 16 shooting from deep, which broke Klay Thompson’s tournament record, and he broke the...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 11, 2020

Alphonso Plummer’s 3-point heroics not enough as Utah falls to Oregon State in Pac-12 basketball tourney opener

Las Vegas • In a season full of tough pills to swallow for the University of Utah men’s basketball team, here’s one more. On a day where Alfonso Plummer hit 11 three-pointers and scored a career-high 35 points, the Utes couldn’t find a way to parlay that into a win. Plummer’s career afternoon went for naught as Oregon State came back from 13 down in the second half, capped by Jarod Lucas’ corner three-pointer with 2.6 seconds to play as the Beavers scored a 71-69 win over Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena. The Beavers are through to a Pac-12...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 11, 2020

Gymnastics on the radio? Of course, Utah’s Red Rocks are giving it a try — and making it work.

As the “Voice of the Utes,” since 2007, Mike Lageschulte has called a lot of sporting events for radio including football, basketball, baseball, softball and others.But when he was approached with the idea of broadcasting Utah’s gymnastics events, he admits he was a little stumped.“My first question was, ‘Who else is doing this,?’” he recalled. “They told me other schools had tried but it hadn’t worked out, so it wasn’t very encouraging, but we wanted to give it a shot. But it’s such a visual and technical sport, I wasn’t sure how it could be done.”Three seasons...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 11, 2020

Outside of Devin Lloyd, Utah football’s linebacker corps is young, inexperienced

Putting any real stock in a spring practice depth chart is always a dicey proposition. At a minimum, though, that document can offer at least a small glimpse into what a coaching staff is thinking as one season has ended, and training camp for next season looms.For example, take Utah’s spring depth chart and scroll down to the linebackers. In terms of experience, redshirt junior Devin Lloyd started all 14 games at rover last fall on his to an All-Pac-12 honorable-mention selection. Beyond Lloyd, there is little, if any real experience to speak of at the position.Redshirt sophomore Andrew...
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 10, 2020

Utah’s basketball high-water mark this season was at T-Mobile Arena. Now the Utes are making a return visit.

Las Vegas • The University of Utah men’s basketball team can’t win away from the Huntsman Center.That narrative has hovered over the Utes for much of this season, but in fairness, it is based primarily in truth given they finished 0-9 in Pac-12 road games. The fact of that matter, though, is that Utah has won away from home, just not lately. Utah is 1-10 in true road games this season and 3-2 on a neutral floor.Furthermore, as eighth-seeded Utah prepares to face ninth-seeded Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena, it is worth noting that the Utes’...

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