Sometimes people get a sense they’re not wanted.

Other times, it’s more than a sense.

Weber State offensive lineman Tui Crichton, a transfer from BYU, told the Standard-Examiner he was pink-slipped by the Cougars — which was OK with him.

“I feel like players here are more sure of themselves, as opposed to BYU. People are more in their shells, I guess you could say. Not everything’s out and open and honest as much as it is over here,” he said. “I went to BYU for three years, and coming from there to here is just day and night. I just feel like people here are more real.”

Seems like inviting a player to transfer is about as real as it gets, isn’t it?


Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham knows a lot about football. Not so much about haircuts.

His own hairdos trend toward the Sgt. Hulka variety.

Asked last week about his linebacker son’s modified Mohawk, Whittingham told the Deseret News, “Ask his mom about that. I don’t get it, but whatever. All I’m concerned with is how he plays.”

Maybe the style will land him somewhere between another couple of extremely successful haircuts: Mike Ditka and Troy Polamalu.


Addressing the long wait to get the season going, Whittingham described his mood this way: “So excited I can’t see straight.”

Which should explain some things if he goes for it on fourth-and-long, deep in his own territory.


The U. has initiated a campaign to reconfirm the school’s commitment to its mascot.

T-shirts proclaiming “Ute Proud” are now on sale, with proceeds going to the tribe’s scholarship fund and youth programs. Clearly the school is thrilled to bear the Ute name.

The next question is whether the tribe will want anything to do with the school if this is another five-win season.


A North Korean spokesman mocked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, calling him a wolf with “a hideous lantern jaw.” Earlier this year an official called President Barack Obama a monkey.

This from the people who saw nothing strange about a visit from Dennis Rodman.


So the NFL has finally found a way to make money (insert smirk).

The league is looking into charging fees to pop stars that want to perform at halftime of the Super Bowl.

On the bright side, that probably prices Weird Al Yankovic out of the market.

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