Kyndal talks about applying for a medical redshirt, getting ready for regionals, and a variety of other things.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Drew Hansen, former Runnin' Utes star [part 1 of 3], talking about being recruited to Utah, progressing from freshman to senior, how Majerus used him as a tool to motivate others, playing under Majerus, his favorite victories, his role on the 1998 team, and more!
"I ended up about 3/4ths of the way through my senior year stepping back from the line by about 3 or 4 inches. The reason I did this was Coach Judkins had noticed in a couple of critical situations that I'd miss free throws long, and that turned out to be a big help, because in the Carolina game I ended up getting fouled with about 50 seconds left. I ended up implementing this approach that Judkins suggested and fortunately knocked those down."
This is a 15 minute episode.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 9:42 AM
Monday, March 28, 2011
Interview with Johnnie Bryant, former Runnin' Ute star, talking about coming to Utah, playing under Ray Giacoletti, transitioning to Jim Boylen, what went wrong the past two seasons at Utah, and more!
"People underestimate experience. This was one of those things where we had an experienced team, you know we went through the wars and trenches together." Regarding Jim Boylen's MWC Championship season.
This is a 16 minute episode.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 3:39 PM
Friday, March 25, 2011
Gymnastics Regionals Preview with Cameron Linford, Director of Gym. Ops., discussing the state of the team, injury report, the maturity of the sensational seven freshmen, the lack of star power this year, a Regionals prospectus, and more!
"This team is unique. A lot of times a gymnastics team will have their big-time star. We've had them in the past with Ashley Postel, Kristina Baskett, Missy Marlowe, and you go down the list of all the big-time gymnasts we've had. This team is a little unique in that we really have a group that everybody has stepped up. ... It's really a blue collar team."
This is a 16 minute episode.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 2:20 PM
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Basketball coaching search roundtable with Ute fan Bryan Packer, talking qualifications for the next coach, the importance of beating BYU, recruiting locally, having an offensive identity, playing hard for 40 minutes, defense and rebounding, who the potential candidates are, our BOLD predictions for who the coach will be, and more!
This is a 30 minute episode.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 6:50 AM
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Chat with Chat with Jimmy Soto, former Ute Basketball Star [part 1] talking about what he learned most from Coach Majerus, his attention to detail, becoming the color guy for ESPN 700 game broadcasts, and more!
"[Being a] point guard, you the whole floor always in front of you, where some of the the bigs and wings may have your back to the basket. That's helped me a lot being able to see and call the games on the radio."
Photo courtesy of Utefans.net
Posted by Christopher Evans at 8:12 AM
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Chat with Chat with Jimmy Soto, former Ute Basketball Star [part 1] talking about his playing days, role models, being "Majerus' Pet," some of his favorite games, playing with Grant, Wilson, and Watts, and more!
"We just had a really good team atmosphere. I think we had some good players; I don't think we had a ton of great players, but I think as a team we really understood how to play the game. Coach Majerus obviously got the most out of each of us. It was fun."
Posted by Christopher Evans at 2:11 PM
Chat with Bill Riley, Voice of the Utes [part 3] talking about developing bonds with coaches and players, getting the MUSS better involved in basketball, speculation about who the next cooach could be, and more!
"More than the average fan, I see how much work those guys put in. I can tell you first-hand, it [Boylen's teams losing] isn't from a lack of effort. ...I feel real bad."
Posted by Christopher Evans at 11:53 AM
Friday, March 18, 2011
Gael talks about BYU as a rival, her favorite events, what they do in the locker room to prepare for competition, her experiences choreographing and coaching floor routines, and her time on the Canadian Olympic team.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 10:46 AM
Jacquelyn talks about preparing for BYU and the postseason, what her favorite events are, what she's learned most from coach Greg Marsden, her outstanding achievement in academics and why women perform better than men, and what her future holds after the season is over.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 10:27 AM
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Utah Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow talks about how the implementation of the new offensive scheme is going, why the offense looked sloppy today, what the official name of the offense is, and whether Utah can handle the rigors of a BCS conference schedule.
>> The U Fan Cast on YouTube
Posted by Christopher Evans at 9:57 PM
Utah sophomore linebacker Brian Blechen talks about the switch from safety to the line, the opportunity of sacking quarterbacks, what he's looking forward to in the Pac-12, and how he got that shiner!
Posted by Christopher Evans at 9:17 PM
Chat with Bill Riley, Voice of the Utes [part 2] talking about hooking listeners with excitement and enthusiasm, favorite players to interview, thoughts on the downfall of Jim Boylen, recruiting misses, and more!
"I think the lack of wins probably came from a lack of talent. I think that was the ultimate demise.... Chris Hill told me the ultimate the reason for change was he didn't like the direction the program was going in."
Posted by Christopher Evans at 8:47 AM
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Chat with Bill Riley, Voice of the Utes [part 1] talking about living in Salt Lake City, Utah going to the Pac-12, BYU going independent, what Ute fans may not know about themselves, and more!
"When you're the home guy, you have to be excited; you need to get into the game... I like to convey the excitement for the people who can't be at the game, to try and paint that picture and get just as excited as they would be if they were there with that energy and that excitement from the game."
Posted by Christopher Evans at 11:31 AM
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Fan roundtable with Jamie Bowen (The Huntsman Howler) [Part 3], talking about local recruiting efforts, the likelihood of drawing Dave Rose from BYU, and the idea of Rick Majerus returning to Utah and bringing Alex Jensen with him.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 11:17 AM
Fan roundtable with Jamie Bowen (The Huntsman Howler) [Part 2], talking about the seating changes to the MUSS and the invention of Section F, what Jim Boylen did well, and speculation on who the new coach might be.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 11:15 AM
Fan roundtable with Jamie Bowen (The Huntsman Howler) [Part 1], talking about the end of the Jim Boylen era and whether Boylen was a success or a failure.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 11:14 AM
Friday, March 11, 2011
Part 2 of an interview with new Utah Offensive Line coach Tim Davis, talking about re-engineering the offensive line, Norm Chow's pro style offense, Jordan Wynn being undeniably the man, and more!
"Go Utes! I'm fired up!! Let's go!!!"
Posted by Christopher Evans at 9:11 AM
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Utah OL John Cullen talks about new OL coach Tim Davis, what he learned from last year's rivalry game, being a senior leader, what he expects from the Pac-12, and the excitement of playing @ USC this Fall.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 11:39 PM
Utah DE Derrick Shelby talks about his goals for the season, the role of a defensive end, new DL coach Chad Kauha'aha'a, what he expects from the Pac-12, and what games he looks forward to this Fall.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 10:13 PM
Part 1 of an interview with new Utah Offensive Line coach Tim Davis, talking about him being a Utah Man, playing under Ron McBride, the experience from coaching in BCS leagues, working with Norm Chow at USC, and more.
"Utah is step-for-step with other teams. It was no surprise that Utah beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. I should know; I was at Alabama."
Posted by Christopher Evans at 7:36 AM
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Going into day one of spring practice the very first thing I noticed walking in the indoor practice facility was Coach Tim Davis coaching up the line. Telling them to stay low and teaching them a down hill blocking technique, which will be a very welcome site for Ute fans.
Also of note to Ute fans should be Jordan Wynn and his constant interaction with new Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow. Wynn was a presence around Coach Chow trying to pick up nuances of this new offense. And the statement by Coach Chow, Whit, and Davis of Jordan Wynn being #1 on the depth chart was true to form on day one. Whenever the offensive ones were on the field, Wynn was generally under center, unless it was a passing play.
That leads me into another interesting, but not surprising observation. 90%+ of offensive snaps were indeed taken under center, a change of pace for this Utah offense, a change that Jordan Wynn says he loves and that it is more like the system he ran in high school. However, there was still the four wideout sets which we have come to know at Utah, there was just more two back sets.
Sticking to the offensive side of the ball, I don't know how much can be read into it, but, Luke Mathews was taking first team snaps a majority of the time at tail back. I take this with a grain of salt with it being the first day and all, but it was interesting to me. Harvey Langi and John White seemed to get the majority of 2nd and 3rd team snaps. Langi is a big bruiser but also very agile. John White is a guy that got me excited on the first day, hiding behind blockers as well as his explosive ability. The kid can flat out hit the hole and be gone. The comparisons he has received to former Oregon State back Jacquizz Rogers is very fitting. And according to this ESPN.com article White was a big get for the U.
As for the wideouts nothing shocking, DeVonte and Reggie Dunn were the X and Y receivers. Mo Lee got a lot of run but had a bit of a tough day after dropping a number of balls. Highly recruited Kenneth Scott appears to just be out of the starting rotation, I'm interested to see if he moves up as spring balls moves on.
Of note Dexter Ransom was in the pit. And as for new QB Tyler Shreve - the kid has a cannon. Every ball he throws has zip and is a spiral. If the kid knows how to read defenses and make proper decisions he'll give Wynn a run for his money, Robles was ok today I thought. He missed a lot of throws, Shreve was the one that caught the eye today.
As for the D - the new look secondary on day one was as follows - Ryan Lacy and Conroy Black at corner. Damien Paine and Chappuis (I was shocked at this one) at safety. Linebackers were Martinez, Walker, and Brian Blechen - no big surprises here. JJ Williams was walking around the indoor in a walking boot. Looks like he has a ways to go still from seeing the field. It was nice to see some leadership early on in practice with the likes of Chaz Walker teaching redshirt freshman VJ Fehoko what reads he needed to make on a particular play.
All-in-all a good first day. Lots of balls being dropped and fumbled, which is to be expected on the first day of spring practice. But how great it feels to have football back.
Posted by ShaneRob at 11:59 PM
Harvey talks about the adjustment to D-1, the first practice, what he's working on this spring, Norm Chow's offense and coaching style, the amazing things this year's runners can do, what pro backs he styles himself after, and how big the playbook is.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 10:52 PM
Jordan talks about Norm Chow's offense, the progression of his shoulder surgery recovery, the new corps of running backs and the receivers.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 10:27 PM
Part 4 of the interview with Utah broadcasting legend Bill Marcroft, the final part of this series, with a rapid-fire of questions at Bill about his time broadcasting at Utah.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 10:22 PM
Monday, March 7, 2011
Part 3 of the interview with Utah broadcasting legend Bill Marcroft, talking about the 100 Greatest Moments in Utah Basketball History and calling other great Utes games, the Urban Meyer era, the evolution of calling games, and more.
Posted by Christopher Evans at 12:28 PM
Friday, March 4, 2011
Part 2 of the interview with Utah broadcasting legend Bill Marcroft, talking about his first Ute broadcasts, handling all the roles now performed by a whole broadcast team, the privilege of being the Voice of the Utes, his favorite games called, including the Fiesta Bowl and the 1998 NCAA run, and more!
Posted by Christopher Evans at 11:01 AM
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Interview with Utah broadcasting legend Bill Marcroft, discussing the early days of Utah TV and radio, how he became the Voice of the Utes, doing play-by-play in the early days without spotters and statisticians, calling his first Runnin' Utes games in 1966, the origin of "Check it!" and more!
Photo: Continuum Magazine
Posted by Christopher Evans at 8:54 AM
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Runnin' Utes basketball update with guest fan Mike Ruff, discussing the CSU and UNLV games coming up this week, winning the last 3 games mostly without Clyburn, O'Brien being a freshman leader, our BOLD predictions, and more!
Posted by Christopher Evans at 12:38 PM