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Morning links: Could BYU make a run to the CFB playoff?; former Ute walk-on remembers Rick Majerus

Since Kalani Sitake became the head football coach at BYU last December, a great deal of discussion has taken place on how the Cougars will do in 2016 with a rather daunting schedule.

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht seems to think BYU will thrive. On Tuesday, he named Sitake's squad 1 of 5 non-Power 5 teams who could end up in the College Football Playoff.

"If the return of quarterback Taysom Hill and the arrival of new head coach Kalani Sitake are enough to guide the Cougars through their daunting slate," Becht writes, "it’d be hard for the committee to keep them out of the playoff."

Former Runnin' Ute walk-on remembers Rick Majerus

Back in the late 1990s when the University of Utah men's basketball team was one of the most feared squads in the country under head coach Rick Majerus, Sid Krommenhoek was a walk-on who didn't exactly leave a huge legacy on the court.

Nevertheless, Krommenhoek's time with the Runnin' Utes left a big impact on him, which he reflected on in a piece on Medium earlier this week.

In particular, Krommenhoek, now an entrepreneur, recalled the lessons he learned from Majerus about hard work and giving his best even if he wasn't going to play.

"This rings true to me: know where you stand, what you are not, and what is required of you if you are to succeed in what you’ve signed yourself up for whether on a court/field, in a startup, or other commitments," he writes. "In some endeavors we are not good enough to give less than 110% — and that can be a great thing."

Trey Lyles' scuffle with Channing Frye discussed on ESPN

Near the end of the Utah Jazz's victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night, Jazz rookie Trey Lyles and Cavs veteran Channing Frye got in a bit of a scuffle after it appeared Lyles hit Frye below the belt.

On Tuesday, the incident was a launching pad on "The Jump," a new show on ESPN hosted by Rachel Nichols, for a discussion about the increase in similar incidents in the NBA recently.

"We don't even know that much about Trey Lyles," said Nichols' guest and fellow ESPN reporter Marc Stein. "He doesn't have a reputation, hasn't been in the league long enough, but that play, I think was over the line, and Channing Frye's reaction tells you it was over the line."

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.