THE GOOD LIFE
Sports Illustrated named BYU’s coaching vacancy the eighth-most attractive in the country.
The pluses include great facilities, strong administrative and fan support, academic success and few disciplinary problems. But it struggles to attract top players who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — and those who aren’t. Also, it can’t accept players who are academically marginal, and won’t accept those with honor code issues.
Oh, and it can’t get past Gonzaga.
Maybe the holdup in hiring UVU’s Mark Pope is that he already has a better job.
DON’T DO THAT
Former Laker Mark Madsen interviewed for the basketball coaching job at BYU, according to the Deseret News.
Sources say coaching and playing experience in the NBA makes him an attractive candidate. His only apparent drawback is that, if hired, he might revisit his old championship dance moves.
WalletHub rates Utah the second-least stressed out state in America.
Researchers say that’s due to a combination of healthy lifestyle and Rudy Gobert telling Jazz fans, "We’ll be fine.”
BIG BLUE HULLABALOO
Former Utah football coach Ron McBride raised eyebrows when Rock On tweeted a picture of him wearing a blue track suit and blue-and-white ball cap.
It wasn’t BYU blue, but close. McBride was in Utah State gear, compliments of current Aggies coach Gary Andersen, who played for McBride.
No truth to the rumor The Hurd taunted Utah fans by chanting “Winning team! Losing team!”
New Philadelphia Phillies player Bryce Harper was voted by colleagues the most overrated player in baseball.
Michael Jordan is thinking: “Yeah, I won that, too.”
The Miami Marlins attracted only 5,900 fans for a game against the Mets.
The crowd was so small that Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs personally frisked every fan who entered the stadium.
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The Utah Warriors Rugby Club offered consolation to fans of the defunct Salt Lake Stallions by admitting them free to last Friday’s match.
How secure that made Stallions fans feel is debatable. The Warriors are on a five-game losing streak.
THE NEXT STEP
Zion Williamson told The New York Times he “would love to play for the Knicks.”
Apparently he thinks playing at a college level for at least one more year is a great idea.
THE FAST TRACK
From Sportspickle.com: “Will Trent Richardson and Johnny Manziel have to wait 5 years to be inducted into the AAF Hall of Fame?”