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Wakeup Call: Utah's bad season gets worse

Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:59 am
Edited on: January 19, 2012 9:02 am
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By Matt Norlander

Shout-out to Borzello for wrangling up some of these links while I was on my way home from UConn last night.

If you'd like to see Brad Pitt chuckle for three minutes, I've got just the thing for you. // The Julian Assange Rolling Stone interview seems like something you should set aside time to read. // Great job, Internet! // The University of Montana has a big issue on its hands. // Funny story, I'm in love with you, Rachel ...

★ Brad Beal is 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He's the baby of the family -- by more than 100 pounds.

★ SWAC preseason player of the year Jenniro Bush is out for the season after rupturing a tendon in his right foot.

★ The Wooden Award announced its midseason list of 25 candidates.

★ Former St. John's transfer Nuri Lindsey is now headed to Rider after announcing he was going to Arkansas last week.

Utah dismissed leading scorer Josh Watkins for team violations. He was suspended earlier this season. ★ Damian Lillard is bound, I hope, for March stardom.

★ Someone thinks John Jenkins should be the National Player of the Year? At least Thomas Robinson is, correctly, the current leader.
★ No matter how many times it's told, the story of Bernard James' time in the military is still fascinating. 

★ Despite Ben Howland's struggles, his former players credit him with helping them get to the NBA.

★ Illinois sits atop the Big Ten standings, but will a long break hurt them against Penn State?

★ The Murray State features continue after the Racers pulled out a tough one against Morehead State last night.

★ My favorite link of the day: Top 10 retro unis in CBB.

★ The funky math behind the Atlantic 10 chase is quick and quirky.

★ There are still many stories out there of athletes affected by Hurricane Katrina. Penn has one of them.

♬ I'm picking Local H today because, in a rare moment of radio-listening, I happened to catch "Bound for the Floor" on my way up to UConn yesterday. I was brought back to 1997, and life became simpler yet more full of angst. Local H is one of the 10 best two-man bands ever, just so you know.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:51 pm

Wakeup Call: Utah's bad season gets worse

Wow, not sure who peed in your decaffinated coffee Mr. Cougar fan, but you couldn't be farther from the truth. It's called jealousy, and you should be jealous.

Utah is a BCS school, it is too bad that going Independent has not been the best choice for the Yners. It really is kinda sad to see that NOBODY wants BYU in their conference. (repeat, NOBODY).  It is hard being the little brother in the state, I know, but Utah has been far superior and I don't see any signs that the Yners are even going to be remotely competitive in the future. Utah State is rising quickly in football and has always been great in basketball. At least BYU will have a measuring stick in Weber State.

Let's start with football, shall we?  Utah is 8-3 vs. the Yners in the last decade. Two of the three wins for the Cougars were miracle plays in overtime, those games could have gone either way. But despite the three losses, Utah has widened the gap between BYU so much so that the Yners are not really a worthy opponent. Next year will be the final game in the rivalry series for a long time. Congrats on your super great season this past year. What a tough schedule. BYU's strength of schedule was ranked #111th out of 120 schools. Only 9 teams had easier schedules. I am sure it felt good to be successful again in the WAC after falling to third place in the respect department of the MWC, TCU and UTAH were the class of the old league. Meanwhile Utah played 11 BCS teams this past season and finished 8-5 with a bowl victory. As of today, Utah's 2012 recruiting class is ranked #26th on, compared to BYU who is not even ranked in the Top 50 so it's hard to tell if the ranking is in the 70's or 80's. When you defeat some BCS opponents, play in BCS bowls we can talk, until then, your not on the map. What was the score this year? 54-10 for the Utes, enough said. Playing big boy teams in the PAC-12 was really fun this year, you have know idea what that is like and it doesn't appear you ever will.

Yes, the basketball Utes are struggling. Two bad hires, dismissing the entire team, and pretty much starting from scratch does not come without struggles. But as the 10th most winning program in the nation, we will be back. But congrats on your first couple of wins in the NCAA tourney, what had it been, over 20-30 years since that happened. So you have a right to feel confident, although playing in the WCC in high school gyms in front of 3k fans is a bit like little league. Utah has actually been playing better in PAC-12 play than they did in preseason, so the effort and learning is continuing. Utah didn't fold after the defeat to BYU. What was surprising was that with four minutes left, BYU was only up 8 points. I am afraid that if the WCC gets two bids this year and one does go to Provo, yet another first round loss is in store. Meanwhile, Utah signed the top recruit in the state of Utah and will continue to get better. Even now, Utah is not the bottom team in the league, but good try with your remarks.  History shows the Yners to be an average basketball team, with Utah having great success reaching as far as the championship game in 1998. Enjoy the success for now, it won't last, what kid wants to play at Portland State in front of 1000 fans vs. playing in the PAC-12 on the national stage. It's just a matter of time. GO UTES!   

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:47 pm

Wakeup Call: Utah's bad season gets worse

Utah plays a one-game season against bitter rival BYU.  Now that they lost to BYU, they don't care about the rest of the season.  The problem is that they are playing with the big boys now, and their roster is full of mid-major talent at best.  Utah fans are probably already dreaming of their football team's one game season against BYU on September 15.  
Ultimately, Utah is a great example of a team that got "too big for their britches."  They are a mid-major school, and they have no business in the Pac-12.  Unfortuantely for them, they bought into their own hype, and they are now paying for it.  That's OK, though: the Pac 12 can always use a tomato can.  Utah has provided them with one. 

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