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Rock On: All Utah, all the time (6 items)

By , Deseret News

Dec. 11, 2013

HOMETOWN HEROES

One candidate rumored to have shown interest in the Weber State football job is ex-BYU coach Gary Crowton.

That's strange.

Weber once hired Ron McBride, who coached at Utah.

Then it hired John L. Smith, who coached at Utah State.

Then it allegedly made a push to hire Southern Utah coach Ed Lamb.

Now Crowton's name comes up?

This just in: 83-year-old LaVell Edwards has removed himself from consideration.

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1 of 6. HUMBLY YOURS

Speaking of Weber, former Wildcat Damian Lillard was at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday for the Trail Blazers’ game against the Jazz.

“I haven’t accomplished much,” he modestly noted. “I mean, I won Rookie of the Year, which is something I wanted to do, but right now I’m happy with how much we’re winning.”

Lillard’s humility is reminiscent of Kevin Durant, who once said he only dreamed of playing in college because, “I didn’t think I’d be in the league or none of that.”

No word on when LeBron James will claim he only wanted to make his high school team.

2 of 6. HAIRY SITUATION

Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis wiped away tears following a shootout loss to Kansas City in last week’s MLS Cup final.

Asked in a press conference about the team’s locker room mood, he said, “I would advise you, if you have a choice, not to go in there.”

Turned out Rock On did go in there, only to find nothing more frightening than Sebastian Velasquez’s mullet.

3 of 6. THE BIG CHILL

RSL played its match in temperatures in the high teens or low 20s.

Which is not much colder than the room temperature after reporters asked Kreis for the umpteenth time: “So, are you leaving RSL?”

4 of 6. FALSE START

USC quarterback Cody Kessler told the Seattle Times that new coach Steve Sarkisian’s sincerity was obvious when he recruited Kessler to Washington.

“He was real,” Kessler said. “Nothing he did was a lie.”

What about saying he hadn’t interviewed with USC, hours before accepting the job?

That was just a bad audible.

5 of 6. SHOCK TREATMENT

A Chicago Bears fan was arrested last month for using a stun gun on his wife, as per agreement in their football bet.

The husband wasn’t charged with battery because the shocking was consensual.

But there are still two pending counts of dumbing down the institution of marriage.
1. Rational
Salt Lake City, UT,
Dec. 11, 2013

The Worm thing? Funny. Making fun of RSL players' disappointment in losing their coach? Poor taste, I thought. Oh, now we are back to the Worm thing. What do you know.

2. portlander
Arlington, WA,
Dec. 11, 2013

Weber State is in the Big Sky conference which has become a pretty serious Division II league. They send players to the NFL every year. They have big teams like Montana and Montana State (even after the expansion). But they play a very high level of football (Conference winner EWU even beat Oregon State). So, I'm not surprised that Weber is recruiting a top-notch coach. It is one league that needs upgrades wherever possible!

3. jbkhbrmz
Saint George, UT,
Dec. 11, 2013

The Big Sky is not Division II, but rather Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). There is a big difference.

4. NeilT
Clearfield, UT,
Dec. 11, 2013

Hire Crowton. I doubt Edwards would be interested. He is probably on an LDS mission somewhere.