June 17, 2010 |
The questions now facing Pacific 10 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott will be more along the lines of "what's next?" instead of "who's next?" The University of Utah on Thursday officially accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10, giving the conference 12 teams and prompting Scott to declare "we're done" when asked about further expansion. A name change, a decision on internal alignment and the pursuit of a television network would be the next steps. The name change would occur "relatively soon," Scott said.
January 2, 2011 |
Many thought tiny Texas Christian would be brought to its knees, and they were right. In the wondrous moments that lighted up the Pasadena darkness late Saturday afternoon, several Horned Frogs staggered behind their bench, dropped to the ground and wept. "This was our national championship," said running back Waymon James. "This was enough. " Many thought outsider TCU would lose its composure, and they were right. Through the Arroyo Seco chill they danced, preschoolers in shoulder pads, running in circles, heaving their helmets, sticking out their tongues to catch the purple confetti as if it were an unexpected winter snow.
October 18, 2009 |
at No. 12 Texas Christian 44, Colorado State 6 -- Jeremy Kerley tiptoed the sideline, then came to a near stop before finding an open lane to the end zone for his second punt return for a touchdown in three games to lead the Horned Frogs (6-0, 2-0) over the Rams (3-4, 0-3) in a Mountain West Conference game. Kerley's electrifying 69-yard return just before halftime made it 17-6, and came less than 2 1/2 minutes after TCU had finally taken the lead on Joseph Turner's two-yard touchdown run. No. 18 Brigham Young 38, at San Diego State 28 -- Max Hall threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead the Cougars (6-1, 3-0)
February 9, 2010 |
The Mountain West Conference is the baby of Division I basketball, only in existence for a little more than a decade. But it's growing up fast. This week, for the first time, the conference has three teams in the top 25 of the Associated Press media poll -- No. 15 New Mexico, No. 17 Brigham Young and No. 23 Nevada Las Vegas. Those same teams are tied for first in the Mountain West standings, each with a record of 7-2 in conference play. "The exposure for the league is great," UNLV Coach Lon Kruger said Monday during a teleconference.
October 25, 2009 |
Stevenson Sylvester stuffed Connor Dietz on a fourth-down quarterback keeper to preserve No. 19 Utah's 23-16 overtime victory over visiting Air Force on Saturday. Dietz rolled on the ground in misery as the Utah players flooded the field from the sideline to celebrate the Utes' fourth straight win as they improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Air Force fell to 4-5, 3-3. In other Mountain West games: Ryan Lindley threw a career-best six touchdown passes and DeMarco Sampson hauled in 15 catches for 257 yards, helping San Diego State (3-4, 1-2)
September 17, 1999 |
Luke Staley threw himself a nice birthday party and the Brigham Young defense showed it should be taken as seriously as the Cougars' prolific passing offense. Staley had three touchdowns on his 19th birthday and Brigham Young's defense was dominant through three quarters before sending in the substitutes as the No. 25 Cougars beat No. 23 Colorado State, 34-13, Thursday night.
February 20, 2005 |
The winning streak goes on and the conference title belongs to Utah. Pretty soon it will be NCAA tournament time, and the Utes look like a team that could do some damage there too. Andrew Bogut scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half Saturday to lead No. 14 Utah to its 18th consecutive victory, a 65-56 win over Air Force that clinched the Mountain West Conference championship.
December 10, 2011 |
If you are looking for a little something special in your college basketball viewing Saturday, zero in on the New Mexico bench at USC's Galen Center. The 6-2 Lobos will be there to play the Trojans. So will New Mexico's Steve Alford. Coaches come and coaches go. Alford, now 47, does, too. But where he does go, success follows. After taking Southwest Missouri State to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament as a young coach, Alford moved on to Iowa and won two Big Ten Conference tournaments in his eight-year stay.
August 10, 2010 |
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 23 Utah Utah had a dream decade — highlighted by undefeated seasons in 2004 and 2008 and we'll-never-know discussions about whether the Utes warranted national title consideration. It was a worthy argument, especially after Utah's emphatic Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, which won the national title the next year. Utah didn't qualify for the Bowl Championship Series title game in 2008 but finished No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll.
September 14, 2010 |
The Western Athletic Conference has filed a lawsuit to force Nevada and Fresno State to stay in the league through the 2011-12 school year before leaving for the Mountain West Conference. WAC Commissioner Karl Benson said Tuesday on a conference call that the league filed a complaint last week in Jefferson County District Court in Colorado. "The damages the WAC could incur if Fresno State and Nevada left early are very, very significant," Benson said. "That's what has driven this: to protect the assets of the WAC as a corporate entity.