Morning links: BYU, Utah fans react to NCAA vote on conference title games; Ute RB Joe Williams featured by ESPN
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The long-awaited vote Wednesday by the NCAA that made it possible for conferences to host football title games with less than 12 teams likely signaled the end of BYU's chances of getting into the Big 12.
In the immediate aftermath of the decision being announced, fans of the Provo school, as well as the University of Utah, took to Twitter to express some thoughts.
RIP BYU football. Can't last without P5 resources.— Ryan (@ryfish65) January 13, 2016
Hello Darkness My Old Friend https://t.co/EYFzLuedBZ— BitterBYUFan (@bitterbyufan) January 13, 2016
BYU fans chasing after a P5 invite https://t.co/Iw1VWSCQsL— Sang Kim (@5lbtrout) January 13, 2016
So Pac 12 can kick out Oregon State & Colorado to make it a 10 team round-robin during the regular season & still have a championship game?— Brian Swinney (@BSwinneyScout) January 13, 2016
In what was perhaps the harshest dose of reality for Cougar fans, reporter Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News tweeted the following after the announcement:
Message to BYU fans: If your football program was a must-have at P5 level, someone would already have you. #justbeinghonest— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) January 13, 2016
Utah running back Joe Williams featured by ESPN
The University of Utah football team won't play again for nearly eight months, but a big question already facing the team for 2016 is what life will be like after the departure of star running back Devontae Booker.
Much of the answer will likely be up to Joe Williams, who filled in down the stretch in 2015 after Booker got hurt.
On Wednesday, Williams was the subject of a feature by ESPN.com's Chantel Jennings, who told the story of how Williams went from Pennsylvania to a junior college in New York to the Beehive State.
"With Williams as one of the main offensive holdovers for the Utes heading into the 2016 season, he knows he needs to step up his production," Jennings concludes. "But moving onward and upward is no revelatory idea for any player, especially not one from the Big Apple."
Jazz great 'Pistol Pete' Maravich highlighted in video
He was named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players and his No. 7 hangs in the rafters at Vivint Arena, but some Utah Jazz fans who identify with more modern iterations of the franchise might not be too familiar with "Pistol Pete" Maravich, who spent most of his career with the New Orleans/Utah Jazz.
On Wednesday, however, a Twitter account called FanJam tweeted a 30-second highlight video of some pretty impressive passes by Maravich.
Check it out:
C'mon guys, let's be serious...Pistol Pete was out there serving everyone 🐐 pic.twitter.com/OlNO52Drbj— FanJam (@FanJam) January 13, 2016
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.
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