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Scott G. Winterton, Deseret Morning News
Utah Blaze: Justin Skaggs passes away from brain tumor; Siaha Burley named AFL offensive player of the year; Hans Olsen calls it quits to become radio host.

• BYU QB John Beck/Utah safety Eric Weddle drafted in second round

• Jerry Sloan vs. the Euros (A.K. drama, Gordan Giricek traded, John Amaechi blasts him in new book)

• BYU-Utah rivalry game (4th and 18 anyone?)

• Weber State men's basketball makes NCAA tournament appearance again

• Minor League baseball: Bees make playoffs, Owlz win Pioneer League title with losing record

• BYU volleyball advances to Elite Eight

• Former Ute coach Urban Meyer wins national title with Florida

• National champions: BYU's Nik Arrenhius (NCAA discus); BYU's Josh McAdams (USA track and field 3,000 steeplechase); BYU's Daniel Summerhays (first amateur to win Nationwide Tour event); Utah's Ashley Postell (NCAA beam); Weber State's Lindsey Anderson (NCAA record 3,000 steeplechase); Payson's Wesley Silcox (bull riding world championship); Utah team wins national high school rodeo championship (event champs include: Morgan's Caleb Bennett, bareback; Union's Rhen Richard, tie-down roping/All-Around Cowboy; Milford's Jake Wright, saddle bronc riding)

• SUU basketball hires former BYU coach Roger Reid

• SUU football goes winless, fires coach Wes Meier

• Utah State ends football season on two-game winning streak after losing first 10; kick returner Kevin Robinson excels

• BYU football player Austin Collie sparks controversy by claiming in radio interview that the Lord blessed the Cougars for "doing what's right on and off the field."

• Most talked-about high school football player is a kicker — BYU-bound Justin Sorensen, who kicked a state-record 62-yard field goal for Bingham

• Weber State football gives up 68 points in a game and still wins, 73-68 over Portland State

• Utah Flash begin play in D-League as Jazz minor-league team; Utah Eagles of CBA cease operations

• Deaths: Hillcrest coach Bruce Takeno; former Utah/BYU football player Jason Anderson; East soccer coach Mike Kernodle; Blaze receiver Justin Skaggs; Viewmont football standout Seth Fraughton; former BYU star linebacker Glen Redd

• Inspirational stories: Ogden quarterback Max Rodriguez plays again after accident left him in coma; Fremont tennis player Kami Johnson plays again after tearing ACL, being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; BYU gymnast Aimee Walker Pond, who is deaf in both ears and blind in one eye, sets new career record with excellent uneven bar performance.

• Arrests: Local authorities stayed busy trying to keep up with student-athletes this past year. At least 25 athletes from Utah schools were arrested or cited for allegedly running afoul of the law in 2007. Southern Utah led the way with eight, followed by BYU's six arrests, four at Snow College, three at Weber State, three at East High and one at Utah. BYU had some of the more memorable police-blotter moments — one football player falsely told police his name was "Fifi," two football players broke into an apartment in the "Water Balloon Bust" caper, and then there was "Mop Gate."