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A place in the sun

Ute football coach Kyle Whittingham said last week that both BYU and Utah had "mediocre" seasons, regardless of the outcome of the annual rivalry game.

Good point. Six-and-five records aren't exactly special.

Still, it got them both into bowl games, the Las Vegas and Emerald.

Mediocre is as mediocre does.

So here's a toast to postseason play, even on so-so years.

Long live the lower-tier bowls.

Which brings up the obvious question they're asking in Logan: Why'd they have to shut down the Gotham Bowl, anyway?

Moving ahead

Here's a news flash: Carlos Boozer apparently doesn't like Utah.

The L.A. Times says Boozer purchased a 5,600-square-foot home last summer in L.A. for $8.6 million.

The Times goes on to say neither Boozer nor his wife is happy about living in Salt Lake.

Boozer's estate has 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, glass walls, views to die for, a 30-foot ceiling in the living room, an elevator, indoor racquetball court, spa, pool and five-bedroom guesthouse.

Oh, and a large master bedroom suite with a projection screen.

Speaking of which, how's this for a projection: Boozer for the Clippers' Elton Brand?

Act like Mac

He's volatile, temperamental and outspoken. So who would be the perfect guy to play John McEnroe in a film?

Sean Penn, naturally.

Who else but the guy known for fighting with the paparazzi?

McEnroe recently told the Baltimore Sun he'd choose Penn to play the part, were a film to be made. The only problem: they're about the same age, so Penn would have a hard time playing Mac in his salad days.

As for the temper tantrums, Penn could step right in.

No method acting required.

Bowling with Boone

You can't blame Ute center Jesse Boone for getting caught up in the euphoria of the win over BYU last Saturday. But perhaps some perspective is in order.

"I couldn't be happier if we were in the Fiesta Bowl!" he exclaimed.

Stop right there.

Isn't that getting back to the days when the BYU game was the Utes' bowl game?

Shift right

This isn't to say Bronco Mendenhall is in danger of losing his job after BYU's loss to Utah. But consider this: The Rev. Jerry Falwell fired Liberty University coach Ken Karcher, declaring himself "very unhappy with the direction of football here."

Even at schools where they turn the other cheek, losing football teams aren't tolerated. (Just ask Gary Crowton.)

Observed Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: "Karcher's successor would be well advised to run every play to the right."


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