October 16, 2013 |
Rankman's pipe dream of Stanford and Northwestern meeting in the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl is over. Gone is the utopian idea two schools with integrity and academic standards might also compete on football's grandest stage. We're left now with a No. 1, 2 and 3 in various stages of NCAA inquiry. Alabama prays an ineligible player won't force vacation of its last two titles, Oregon has been given a scholarship haircut thanks to Chip Kelly, while Ohio State is just now out of bowl jail after getting tattooed by the NCAA.
October 14, 2013 |
USC's game against Utah on Oct. 26 at the Coliseum will kick off at 1 p.m., USC announced Monday. The game will be televised nationally by Pac-12 Networks. USC, coming off a 38-31 victory over Arizona, plays Notre Dame on Saturday at South Bend, Ind. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. (PDT) and the game will be televised by NBC. USC's Friday, Nov. 1 game at Oregon State will kick off at 6 p.m. Times for USC's last four games are still to be determined. ALSO: Trojans begin preparations for Notre Dame Former coach Lane Kiffin takes high road in ESPN interview USC cornerback Anthony Brown may be ready for Notre Dame
October 12, 2013 |
PAYSON, Utah - There's a good chance that the fresh tart cherries Southern Californians find at their grocers originated from Robert McMullin's orchards at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. The third-generation farmer provides 90% of the fresh sour cherries found in Southern California. The hard-to-find fruit is prized by bakers and cooks. McMullin shook his head when he recalled how much fruit went unpicked during this year's July harvest. "We lost $300,000 on that deal because we didn't have enough guys to pick," he said.
October 11, 2013 |
As political Washington remains knotted over how to end the partial shutdown of the federal government, Utah is putting up its own money to reopen shuttered national parks, part of the growing trend of how local government and civil society is coping with the closings. The nation moved into the 11th day of the partial shutdown on Friday and Utah began reopening its famed national parks, including Zion, Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell, according to a tweet from Gov. Gary Herbert . All three are expected to be fully operational by Saturday morning, he said.
October 10, 2013 |
There is red and there is red . As in fire engine-ruby-crimson-blood-cardinal red. Politically speaking, Utah falls into the latter category. It has been nearly half a century since the state voted Democratic in a presidential election. President Obama received a wincingly small 25% of the vote in Utah in 2012, his worst performance in the country. That was down from a merely awful 35% in 2008. The state's congressional delegation is all Republican, save for Democrat Jim Matheson, who represents a Salt Lake City-area district and enjoys perennial membership in the national GOP's Top Congressional Targets Club.
October 7, 2013 |
The fight over Aereo is moving to Utah. On Monday afternoon, Fox Broadcasting Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group and Local TV filed suit in federal court in Utah against Aereo, the start-up company that streams broadcast TV signals to consumers via the Internet. Broadcasters have already challenged Aereo on copyright violation in New York and Boston. This suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Utah, where Aereo recently launched its service, makes similar allegations. Aereo, whose financial backers include media mogul Barry Diller, provides access to broadcast TV signals via smartphones, tablets and Internet-friendly TVs. For a fee, Aereo subscribers get a tiny antenna that can pick up the signals of broadcasters.
October 6, 2013 |
There seems to be a difference of opinion about why UCLA's secondary kept taking the ball from Utah in a 34-27 victory Thursday. The Bruins intercepted six passes, four by defensive backs, including two by safety Anthony Jefferson . It was the work of great individual efforts. "We did what the coaches told us to do," said safety Randall Goforth , who had an interception. "They said balls would come to us, and they did. " OK, so it was plotting and planning by the staff.
October 4, 2013 |
Devin Fuller came to UCLA to be a quarterback, then saw his best career path was as a receiver. On Thursday night against Utah, Fuller got to relive his quarterback days. The Bruins had the ball at the seven-yard line and snapped directly to running back Jordon James, who ran left. He flipped the ball to Fuller, who went left and tossed a touchdown pass to quarterback Brett Hundley to tie the score, 14-14. The Bruins won, 34-27. “The officials always come in before the game to ask about any trick plays,” Coach Jim Mora said.
October 3, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - UCLA got an unusually chilly and ominous reception Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. A brief but intense pregame snow squall seemed another bad omen for the shorts-wearing Bruins in a place that was a house of horrors in their previous two visits, a huge loss in 2007 and an icy, embarrassing splat-fest in 2011. “Honestly, I didn't know what I was going to do. I started taping my wrists,” running back Paul Perkins said. “I psyched myself out for it, but when I got out there, it really wasn't that bad.” The squall passed quickly and the Bruins - after some nervous moments that included an onside kick Utah recovered with less than two minutes to play and then drove to UCLA's 23-yard line in the waning seconds - put their nightmares behind them in rallying for a 34-27 victory.
October 3, 2013 |
UCLA finally broke its jinx in the state of Utah with a hard-fought 34-27 win over the University of Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Was it easy? Well, um, no. UCLA had a 10-point lead and nearly blew it. It came down to one last play and one last interception. Down by seven, facing fourth and 10 at the UCLA 23, Utah quarterback Travis Wilson was intercepted by freshman Myles Jack with 16 seconds left. No. 12 UCLA (4-0) was able to take a knee and get out of Utah with its first Pac 12 Conference win. It was Wilson's sixth interception of the game.