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Analysis of Utah State men’s basketball roster and potential lineups | Sports

More so than perhaps any other team, the question over what kind of lineups we’ll see from Utah State head basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun is an interesting thought exercise. It goes beyond just “who will start” (though that’s also a big question in some areas) and into a question of how will Calhoun craft lineups that don’t have weak points in them given the team he constructed this offseason. The complexity of this topic is very much a consequence of how Calhoun built the roster. With so many spots opened up by players transferring out, Calhoun obviously had the chance to do virtually whatever he wanted (as long as he could convince the players he wanted to come to Logan) so what he has is presumably what he wanted. Ranking the transfer classes of Mountain West men’s basketball teams So what exactly does Calhoun have? That’s the question that needs to be answered first here. What types of players are on the roster and what kinds of roles can each player do? So, before going too far, we’ll be exploring exactly that. Traditionally you have five positions, the point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center. Those labels

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Three former USU basketball players are participating in NBA Las Vegas Summer League | Sports

The annual Las Vegas Summer League begins competition today and three former Utah State men’s basketball players, Darius Brown, Neemias Queta and Taylor Funk, are on rosters among all 30 clubs participating in the exhibition tournament. Brown is signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Queta with the Boston Celtics and Funk is on the Washington Wizards. For Funk and Queta, this will be a return to the summer league, though neither have played summer games with their current respective teams. Queta played in three summer leagues with the Sacrament Kings, playing 17 total games and averaging 9.1 points, 6.2 rebounds 1.5 blocks and 1.3 assists in 21.7 minutes per game. His fourth appearance in the summer festivities, now with Boston, comes after he signed a multi-year contract with Boston, an upgrade over the two-way deals Queta had been signed on every year since being drafted in 2021.  Neemias Queta re-signs with Boston Celtics on multi-year contract Funk spent last summer with the Miami Heat, appearing in just four games and scoring a total of six points on 26.3 percent shooting. Prior to the NBA regular season the Heat waived Funk who then signed with Washington. Funk then played the entire year

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Spencer Petras’ journey from the Hawkeyes to Aggies, a quick and easy decision that’s set the veteran QB up for success | Sports

It’s been roughly 600 days since Spencer Petras last played in a competitive football game, hard to believe for someone who for five straight seasons between 2018 and 2022 appeared on the field at least once for the University of Iowa. For the final three years, Petras was the full-time starter and the Hawkeyes went 23-11 in that time span. He threw for more than 5,000 yards with 24 touchdowns. As 2022 drew to its close, there was every indication Petras would be able to use his extra season of eligibility given to him because of the COVID year and be Iowa’s starting QB for a fourth and final time. One play changed all that. Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) Jay LaPrete Early in the first quarter of Iowa’s late November 2022 matchup with conference rival Nebraska, Petras was dragged down from behind for a strip sack and landed poorly on his right shoulder. As the Cornhuskers scrambled to recover the loose ball, Petras slowly got up, flexing his arm and rolling his shoulder

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Nate Dreiling shares experience of becoming interim head coach, vision for the upcoming season | Sports

When the now-fateful news of Blake Anderson’s impeding termination as head coach of Utah State football became known to Aggie faithful, the future interim head coach, Nate Dreiling, wasn’t even in Logan. He also wasn’t in the state of Utah, nor the United States. Dreiling was enjoying some well-earned time off with his wife in Dublin, Ireland as part of a European getaway. So Dreiling had to immediately book a flight home, shortening the vacation and giving the now youngest coach in FBS a lot of work in order to stabilize the team and get it prepped for their first game that was only eight weeks away. Much of the initial work amounted to spending a lot of time on the phone with the players. “They need to know how we’re going to handle this situation. They need to know that leadership-wise we have a plan in place for them,” Dreiling said in an interview with Cache Valley Daily reporter Craig Hislop. “I met with every single player on offense and special teams the last three days and I’ll continue to do that with a defense. “So, it’s just making sure they understand that, one we’re here for them, two

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Utah is coming into the Big 12 favored to win a title in yet another league | Sports

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Utah has won 26 conference championships in five different leagues, most recently capturing two Pac-12 titles and appearing in four championship games during its 13 seasons in that league. Now the Utes are favored to win the Big 12 in their inaugural season in the league, according to the preseason media poll. “It’s much different than when we went into the Pac-12 because we were coming from G5 to P5, and we were not really on an even playing field yet,” coach Kyle Whittingham said Tuesday during Big 12 football media days. “We feel we’re definitely on an even playing field now and we have a chance to compete for a title right away. We’ve got a terrific roster, a great quarterback, and all the pieces are in place.” Whittingham is going into his 20th season with the Utes, having also coached them in the Western Athletic and Mountain West before they became Pac-12 members in 2011. Utah is getting a big boost for its Big 12 debut with the return of 6-foot-2 senior quarterback Cameron Rising after he missed last season with a knee injury. “I’m excited to watch him play again,” Whittingham said. “I

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Mountain West Commissioner Gloria Nevarez touts conference successes at Media Days | Sports

At the start of Mountain West Media Days in Las Vegas, conference commissioner Gloria Nevarez addressed the media and spoke about the state and future of the conference along with the successes and challenges facing the Mountain West. And while much of the talk in these speeches is fluff, filled with buzzwords and couched in PR terminology, there were some notables from the roughly 15 minutes of Nevarez’s address plus around 10 minutes of questions she fielded form the assembled media. Like any commissioner, Nevarez sought to project an air of stability and paint an image of an upward trajectory for the Mountain West, especially in football, stating that the conference has “increased revenue, increased our national media exposure” and claiming “record-breaking gains in attendance and viewership” of the championship game. The 2023 title bout did indeed have the highest attendance of a title game since the first one was held in 2013, with 31,473 present at Allegiant Stadium for Boise State’s victory over UNLV. 24:37 MW Commissioner Gloria Nevarez kicks off MW Media Days – July 10, 2024 Whether attendance is truly on the up-and-up for title games is something that can’t be definitely stated right now. Aside from

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Utah State 7th in MW preseason poll, Ike Larsen, Jalen Royals on All-MW team | Sports

Utah State football was picked to finish seventh in the upcoming season by Mountain West media members in the preseason poll released earlier today. The preseason All-Mountain West teams were also released, featuring two Aggies. Junior wide receiver Jalen Royals and safety Ike Larsen, who were both First Team All-MW selections at the end of last year, were the two who received the distinction. Boise State was picked to finish first in the poll, the 14th straight year the Broncos have been the preseason favorite of the conference or their division. They received 38 of the 46 first-place votes with UNLV (second in the poll) and Fresno State (third) each getting four votes apiece. Mountain West Preseason Poll  Boise State (38) – 543 UNLV (4) – 471 Fresno State (4) – 460 Air Force – 384 Colorado State – 337 Wyoming – 296 Utah State – 285 San Diego State – 251 Hawai’i – 214 San Jose State – 185 New Mexico – 85 Nevada – 12 This year is the second since USU joined the conference in 2013 that the preseason poll hasn’t been divided into two divisions. Last year the Aggies were picked eighth (and finished seventh). Predicted

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Utah Hockey Club re-signs Barrett Hayton to a 2-year, $5.3 million contract | Sports

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Hockey Club re-signed forward Barrett Hayton on Monday to a two-year contract worth $5.3 million. The contract carries an annual salary cap hit of $2.65 million through the 2025-26 season. Hayton was a restricted free agent. “Barrett is a reliable two-way center who is strong in the faceoff circle and is a great complement down the middle to our high-skilled forwards,” Utah general manager Bill Armstrong said in a statement. “We look forward to having him back with our organization.” Hayton, 24, was the fifth pick in the 2018 draft by the team formerly known as the Arizona Coyotes. He has 84 points in 2019 games since making his NHL debut in 2019. Injuries limited him to just 33 games last season, and he had three goals and seven assists. The first regular-season NHL game in the state of Utah is scheduled for Oct. 8, when the club hosts Chicago. Ryan Smith’s Smith Entertainment Group bought the team this spring from former owner Alex Mereulo and relocated it to Salt Lake City. ___ AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or

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Utah State Football newcomers to watch

More than 30 newcomers have joined Utah State football this offseason, most of them via junior college and other Division I schools. With so many incoming players and numerous outgoing players, there’s every expectation that some of them will make… Source link

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Utah State continues shake up of athletic department, terminating Senior Woman Administrator Amy Crosbie | News

LOGAN — Utah State University continues to shake up not only its football program — but also its athletics program by terminating its senior woman administrator in the athletics department on Monday afternoon. Amy Crosbie served as the Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator at USU for the past five years before being terminated on Monday, as confirmed by a spokesperson for Utah State University. On July 2, USU announced the termination of its head football coach Blake Anderson, Associate Vice President & Deputy Athletic Director of External Affairs Jerry Bovee, along with Director of Player Development and Community Austin Albrecht. USU stated the decision came after a “thorough external review of alleged noncompliance with university policies that implement Title IX, which require full and timely reporting of disclosures of sexual misconduct — including domestic violence — and prohibit employees from investigating disclosures of sexual misconduct themselves.” When asked if Crosbie’s termination was related to other recent athletic department terminations tied to alleged Title IX noncompliance of university policies, USU declined to provide further comment. Former USU Deputy AD Jerry Bovee claims he didn’t fail to report misconduct Crosbie oversaw compliance, academics and strength &

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