Brad Rock
Brad Rock, a.k.a. "Rockmonster," has been a sports columnist at the Deseret News since 1994. Prior to that he worked as a beat writer, covering the Utah Jazz (1990-94). He has covered the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, NBA Finals, world title fights and the Olympics. Rock's career began at the Gallup (NM) Independent. He has won dozens of local and national writing awards and has authored three books. His experience includes writing articles for numerous national publications, as well as syndicated radio advertising copy. He has also taught sports writing for five years on the major university level.

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Also, a granule of salt in the Utes' eye.
When ex-BYU quarterback Jim McMahon was all the rage, head injuries were barely mentioned. Now Super Bowls are played under cloud of doubt as to the future of the sport.
LDS basketball legend takes a low-key approach on first visit to Salt Lake since going pro.
Utah's "best day ever" apparently came without resorting to tricks that others are using to woo top high school talent. Thank heaven.
Also, The Donald gets a boost, while other candidates can only wish for a team to love.
Football coach has shown that, relative to his peers, he deserves the latest raise. Don't blame him. Blame the system.
The team has had little success taking games down to the end, though Quin Snyder says his team has overcome big obstacles to even stay close. Why let it get to that point?
His wife Megan continues to lead undefeated Utah gymnastics team. Meanwhile, the founder of Utah's legendary program is cooking up a storm.
Also, Bronco Mendenhall promises a tailor-made program at Virginia. That could lead to some interesting uniforms.
BYU and Utah State went through a period of inactivity, too. In this era, rivalries take a back seat to business.