Red roundup: ESPN's Doug Gottlieb claims J.J. O'Brien not Pac-12 level player

Published: Thursday, June 2 2011 4:59 p.m. MDT

Utah's J.J. O'Brien (20)

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

ESPN 700's Bill Riley, the "Voice of the Utes" hosted his show from network headquarters in Bristol, Ct., on Wednesday. ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb offered his opinion on several issues involving the University of Utah basketball program, including his view that former Ute J.J. O'Brien is not a Pac-12 level player. Gottlieb also said that the Utes will be very competitive.

— FoxSportsWest notes that Pac-12 football is taking shape.

More televised Pac-12 football games for the upcoming season are announced.

Alex Smith is taking a leadership role with the San Francisco 49ers.

— And finally, the Pac-12's bowl dates for 2011 are now set.

The Red Roundup is a sampling of Utah Utes news on the Web. It is compiled every weekday, except holidays.

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