Ute Hub 4th Birthday

Written by: Tony | Date: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Categories: News

What a great day to celebrate the Ute Hub 4th birthday! Back on this day in 2015 Ute Hub was born. I express my thanks to all Ute Hub members who contribute with such great content, because its that content that makes the site what it is.  I’m happy to provide the platform! Also many thanks to those who have contributed to the fundraisers, especially the current fall fundraiser.  Ute Hub is AD FREE and it is the support of donors that helps keep it that way.

Please feel free to send me bug reports and suggestions on how to improve the site.  Some of the sites coolest features, like the Pick Em game, were suggestions from users.

Now let’s beat USC!

GO UTES!!!


Site Rules

Written by: Tony | Date: Friday, December 23rd, 2016
Categories: News

To make Ute Hub more enjoyable for all of us, please follow these site rules:

  • No spam
  • No hacking the site
  • No spoofing member accounts
  • No personal attacks
  • No misuse of the personal message system (sending mass messages, spam, solicitations)
  • No topic hijacking. Start a new topic instead.
  • Post topics once. Do not copy/paste the same topic in multiple places.
  • Keep topics in the right category (no football posts in the politics category!)
  • Keep content moderately clean and office/family friendly (no gore, porn, etc). Certain swearwords will be automatically filtered.

Ute Hub has a zero tolerance policy on spam, porn, hacking the site or user account spoofing. Any users who violate that policy will be banned, forever.


Ute Hub Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Written by: Tony | Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Categories: News

It is with great pride and satisfaction that I announce the one-year anniversary of Ute Hub. The site opened exactly one year ago today.

Ute Hub 1st Birthday

The Beginning

I saw a need for a new, modern, functional, mobile friendly Utah Utes fan site and decided the only way it would get done the way I wanted was if I build it myself! As a web developer and web host by trade, I had/have the tools and skills to design the site, improve it, and host it.

The Last Year

A lot has happened in year one of Ute Hub’s existence. Over 900 members have signed up. Over 11,500 forum posts and replies have been penned in roughly 1,800 topics. After a few weeks of being online, many requested a “threaded” format similar to UteFans.net and Cougarboard and other sites. It was a big programming and design challenge to come up with a layout which uses the best parts of the “old-school” design, but incorporates modern and mobile friendly features. It was a hell of a winter project and I spent probably 100+ hours tinkering around with it.

Once the threaded view was done I wanted to incorporate a post rating system. Other sites have stars, but I liked the idea of a thumbs up/thumbs down system. Like or dislike. I paid for a one year license for a system, but decided I would program my own, because I’d rather spend 50 hours programming something than pay $60 for a damn year. I’m stubborn like that, pun intended. The like/dislike system is my own creation and working great. Thousands of likes and just a couple of dislikes have rated thousands of posts.

This fall I took on a very cool and fun project to help the site grow and become more interactive, Pick Em. The great suggestion of a member sparked a high interest in me because it would be a programming challenge and would be a great way to generate discussion and gain new members. So far Pick Em has been a huge hit with over 150 competitors each week making their picks for Pac-12 games.

Members

I can focus on the nuts and bolts of the way the site is programmed and all that, but it would mean NOTHING without members and member participation. Ute Hub members have taken on a great role in participating and creating great content and discussion points. So many of you come up with amazing takes, stats, research, and opinions. It’s fantastic and the HEART of what is making Ute Hub the best Ute Fan site in the universe. For that I thank U.

The Future

This site is a labor of love for me as a web developer and huge Ute fan. I don’t “need” to make money off of it to keep it running, or to pay my legal bills. I’ve placed a couple of google ads on the site in hopes that the site can perhaps pay its own way.  The site did make $1.00 the other day.  I guess you have to start somewhere.

As far as the future of the site I plan to continue to spend a chunk of my free time improving it. I would love to refine or create an even better “view” for mobile.  I would like to make my own chat for the site too.  I’d love to make any improvements I can in hopes of helping the site grow and flourish.

Conclusion

Once again I think YOU, the Ute Hub members.  Without you this site would be nothing.  Thanks for your continued participation and be sure to invite all your friends to join up.

Tony Korologos – Ute Hub Admin (I use my real name because, well, I don’t need to use a fake name).

GO UTES!


ESPN College GameDay Information – Utah vs. California Oct. 10

Written by: Tony | Date: Monday, October 5th, 2015
Categories: FootballNews
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ESPN_College_GamedaySALT LAKE CITY – ESPN College GameDay is coming to the University of Utah this weekend, with a variety of shows airing from Presidents Circle starting at 10 a.m. MT Friday and concluding at 10 a.m. Saturday. All events are free and open to the public. No. 5 Utah will host No. 23 California Saturday at 8 p.m. MT in a game that will be televised by ESPN.

ESPN will begin broadcasting shows from Presidents Circle on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MT with a live show scheduled from 12:00-12:30. It will be a carnival-like atmosphere on Friday with sponsors such as Pizza Hut, Home Depot, Coke Zero and Cheezit offering promotional items, food sampling, games and a sign-making competition.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, overnight camping will be permitted in Presidents Circle. All camping gear must be cleared by 4 a.m. Saturday and fans will be admitted into the GameDay site starting at 4:30 a.m. The first 300 people in line will earn a place in the pit, located immediately adjacent to the GameDay set. While signs are encouraged, fans should be aware that prohibited items include projectiles, signs on sticks, food or drink, backpacks or purses.

People with Crimson Club tailgate passes may begin parking in the Guardsman Way lot at 10 p.m. Friday or when the lot is cleared. Fans with the proper parking pass who choose to camp in other lots around campus may begin setting up after 6 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday morning, there will be free parking for the general public in the Merrill Engineering lot and fans are encouraged to arrive at the GameDay grounds on Presidents Circle by 5 a.m. for the start of the live hits.

The ESPN College GameDay show will air from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. and will feature hosts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, Sam Ponder and David Pollack.

ESPN College GameDay previously visited Salt Lake City in 2004 and 2010.

This post courtesy of the U of U Ticket Office.


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