Utah Sports Ruckus: Half-year sports awards

Published: Wednesday, July 16 2014 1:47 p.m. MDT

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1. Utah Jazz get a new coach

The Tyrone Corbin era came to a merciful end, perhaps for him most of all after the situation he was put in, as the Jazz let Corbin go in favor of former Duke player and Missouri coach Quin Snyder. It wasn’t the big-name hire some fans hoped for, but it's a little more intriguing when one learns about Snyder’s up-and-down past.

2. BYU football

The Cougars have been in the news in 2014 for all kinds of reasons they would have liked to avoid if possible. The SEC and ACC decided BYU will not count as a Power 5 team in terms of scheduling; coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke candidly of wanting to be in the Big 12; there was an NCAA violations investigation, and some media members questioned BYU’s viability as a long-term athletic program.

3. Utah Jazz offseason

The offseason of 2014 has largely been rough for the Jazz so far, with a fall to No. 5 in the draft lottery, failed attempts to trade up in the draft and an ill-fated declaration that they would match any offer for Gordon Hayward.

Honorable mentions

Utahns in the Olympics

According to the Deseret News, if Utah had been its own country in the Winter Olympics it would have finished No. 10 overall in the medal count, with five golds, four silvers and two bronzes going to athletes with Utah ties. Not bad.

Brian Johnson leaves Utah

In a largely overlooked story, Ute football icon Brian Johnson left the program for Mississippi State two years after being promoted to offensive coordinator at the age of 24. At the time head coach Kyle Whittingham said to espn.com: “Brian is a leader and a special coaching talent, just as he was a special player, and he is the right person to lead our offense.” Many questioned the move at the time, and in hindsight it proved to be a misstep for the program.

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Storrs, CT

"before coming as close as any team all season to beating eventual champs UConn."

Actually, 4 teams came closer throughout the season. But congrats.

Sandy, UT

Interesting article, it's fun to remember!

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"Worst idea discussed other than the Jazz hiring Boylen: The absurd notion that Kyle Whittingham might deserve to be on the "hot seat" with the Utes. Short of an off-the-field scandal, that is crazy talk."

I agree with this completely.

Your dead Uncle
Saint George, UT

Not surprised to see that the DSU girls softball was left out after their deep run in the world series. Too bad, they had a great season.

Farmington, UT

Either engineering or bean-counting or data development/oversight/processing seem to be the three areas at the present time with the best return of an education in terms of remuneration. I'll bet medicine and law are right up there, too.

Those who teach, sturdy humanities or go into social work should realize that they will enjoy their professions but that they cannot expect to be paid very well. So choose, and then don't continually carp about low wages----you chose it!

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