Utah redshirt freshman QB, Donovan Isom's family is in some need. His family home in Louisiana caught fire this week, and according to the families GoFundMe page, they lost everything. The good news is everyone made it out alive, although some injuries were sustained. If you can, go to their GoFundMe and help his family get back on their feet.
Tuesday, the Utah football Twitter account announced that the Utes will kick off against Fresno State on September 19th at 8:30 pm Mountain Time. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. This is the return trip for the Utes for their home-and-home agreement with FSU. Utah demolished Fresno State last year in Rice-Eccles Stadium 59-27.
The Utes have lost plenty of high profile kids to out of state programs over the years. Coach Kyle Whittingham and staff are focusing on keeping those kids in state with more emphasis and increased marketing. While it's cheesy, this video by The U is funny, and shows the coaching staff is trying to have fun and relate to the kids they're going after in state.
Today during Utah's spring football practice, backup running back Troy McCormick went down with an apparent knee injury, and it sounds like a bad one. Coach Whittingham even said after practice that "he'll be on the shelf for a while." The Utah Football Twitter account tweeted this out not that long ago. Stay tuned for our full spring practice write up from Daniel coming later tonight.
The NCAA has been releasing these really cool videos of Utah, and other programs, as they went through the tournament. The newest video was released just a day or two ago, and it's about Utah getting ready to take on Duke, and the game itself. It's great to see the personality of this team and coaching staff come out during this run. Check out the video by clicking the link (because the NCAA won't allow embedding for some reason).
Today is Pro Day for Utah football, and it appears Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has a litte interest in Dres Anderson.
Goosebumps, that's all that needs to be said.
ESPN.com college basketball reporter Myron Medcalf has called for Utah to upset Duke in the Sweet Sixteen. It's part of his article with bold predictions for the round of 16, but looking at his previous bold predictions, it may just be the kiss of death. Medcalf incorrectly predicted BYU to the Sweet Sixteen (yes, hold your laughter) and Eastern Washington to upset Georgetown. Now, granted, the prediction were supposed to be bold and have at least some possibility of happening, but... they weren't really even close. Medcalf also predicts Utah as dropping their Elite Eight game to Gonzaga, who would be reaching their first Final Four ever. Gonzaga is a very good program. Gonzaga has a Kryzewski-light head coach in Mark Few (who Utah tried to lure away before it hired his assistant Ray Giacoletti), and this season's team is big, versatile, and plays solid defense. Beating the 'Zags would be about as huge a task as getting by Duke, where as the Bulldogs' Sweet Sixteen opponent UCLA is not exactly, well, UCLA.
According to Josh Gershon, 2016 American Fork (Utah) guard/forward Brendan Bailey has decommitted from #ASU, his mother Sindi tells Scout.com. The 6-6 Bailey has an offer from the Runnin' Utes and is the son of former Utah Jazz forward Thurl Bailey. The younger Bailey is rated a four-star recruit. The news comes quickly on the heels of the Arizona State athletics announcement that they fired head basketball coach Herb Sendek. Can Utah land Bailey? A Sweet Sixteen appearance can't hurt the cause. Utah will have four scholarships to work with for the 2016 recruiting class, possibly more depending on what happens with Jake Connor and Eris Winder. With Jordan Loveridge and Dakarai Tucker graduating after the 2015-2016 season, Utah will need to restock their cupboard with athletic, long, wings.