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Kirk Herbstreet
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Less then a week away from Fall Camp

Fall camp is set to start a week from yesterday. It will be interesting to see how the position battles shake out. QB, OL, LB, WR should all have sufficient drama to keep me interested in what is happening.

I am particularly interested in hearing how Garrett Bowles, David L., our freshman DL and the WR core shapes up.

While I would never wish for summer to be early prematurely, having football right around the corner is a nice consolation.

  • Since I left the disgusting heat of Utah for Astoria I don’t miss summer very much. I really can’t live in that 100 plus heat or even 80 plus heat. Fall in Utah is my favorite time of year. Best time for hiking in the mountains and even better a Utah football game most weekends.

     

    I am very interested in the qb battle. I really hope it is a battle as well. Every year they say positions are battled for. I think since Johnson though Whitt really has made the safe choice at the most important position on the field. He has gambled quite a bit in his coaching of the position but has went with safest selection at the player level.   Not saying it was a bad choice either. Wilson was also the best choice in all probability. These next few years though I think between Cox and Williams they have some choices. Huntley also will push those guys.  I hope it is Williams and Huntley as the two.

    • leftyjace

      Astoria, Oregon?

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        Oh just for vacation this week. It is only 60 right now!

  • ChooseTheRed
    7

    Greetings!

    Admittedly, I’ve always been more of a forum/ chat stalker than participant. With my UteHub registration I’m challenging myself to change my ways and hoping the nearing  (but still torturously too far away) football season will provide plenty of pleasant topics to beat to death with you all. Go Utes!

  • Tony

    Welcome! Trying to fix your username. Is your name really Anonymous? It seems you may have found a way to post without registering.. HMMM

  • leftyjace

    It’s the hacker, dude. Anonymous. Er, uh, hackers. Get it? Figured out how to post without registering? Cuz he’s a hacker? Anonymous?

    I crack myself up.

  • ChooseTheRed

    “Anonymous” here… When I registered I’d thought my “name” would be the name that I posted under (vs username). Once I saw the post used my username, I just deleted the account (which changed my original post to “anonymous”) and immediately opened a new one with the correct username. So actually the problem was the opposite of me being sophisticated enough to be a hacker. I thought about changing my name to “technicologicallychallenged” but it was too long.

  • Tony
    1

    Now that is making sense. I do have a strange bug where the user’s public nickname isn’t showing up for new users, so I have to go fix each new registration. I tried to find “Anonymous” and it was nowhere to be found. I’ve now fixed your name, and also made the original topic attach to your name.

    And now, GO UTES.

  • FormerUteSax
    1

    I found it easier to post here than on UFN. I have been away for a while because I started a new job and have had a lot less time to read message boards. Its good to see that UteHub is still here and doing well.

  • Kirk Herbstreet
    3

    The Future of College Football

    Howdy all! After quiting the dumpster fire that is Utefans a few months back, I am happy to find a new home here during football season.

    I have been thinking about college football’s future ever since the move to the PAC 12. I think there will be some pretty dramatic changes and that these changes will come in steps.

    1. BIG 12 will announce in the next few days that they are expanding by four teams: Houston, Cincy, Colorado State and BYU. This is purely a money grab by Texas and Oklahoma. They will reap most of the benefit of these new additions. The four new schools will be given so little money that it will make Utah’s build up to full revenue look generous by comparison.
    2. By 2024, the Big 12 (as we know it) will cease to exist. Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, West Virginia, and Iowa State (as hard as it is to imagine) will be divided up between the PAC, SEC and B1G. Notre Dame and UConn will be invited to join the ACC.
    3. Believe it or not, the PAC 12 will have advantages over the other conferences (in terms of selecting the best candidates for expansion) because of the PAC 12 Network. In seven years, cord cutters will dominate the market; the PAC 12 Network will be able to provide access to games ala cart ($4 a game) or users can subscribe to the channel(s) for $15 a month (and how many of you wouldn’t do that?). Because the conference has retained full rights to the network, its tier three (and eventually all tiers) will be worth a whole lot of money.
    4. Those who are familiar with Nebraska and Missouri know that while neither is unhappy with their moves in conferences, neither is particularly happy either. Missouri is an AAU institution and its academics really wanted the B1G the first time (and still do). Nebraska feels like a fish out of water and misses its association with Oklahoma.
    5. In ten years the conferences will look something like this:
      1. PAC 12 will remain largely the same, but will add Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
      2. B1G will add Kansas, Missouri (restoring a heated rivalry) and Iowa State (AAU status).
      3. ACC will add Notre Dame and UCONN.
      4. SEC will add West Virginia, Oklahoma State (T-Boone) and Kansas State.
    6. With its four new additions the PAC 12 Network will, in a dramatic switch, be one of the most valuable sport networks around.
    7. Eventually, all PAC 16 football games will be seen exclusively on the network.
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    The politics are insufferable over at Utefans.net. Lovers at that site will say there’s no traffic over here. Reality is, if you scrubbed out all the BS and Political posts over there, you have the thoughtful sports related posts which you have provided here. Thank you for the contribution.

  • Tony
    3

    Welcome to the site Kirk. I’m your host. Thanks for stopping in and posting. Regardless of what other sites do or don’t do; regardless of how much traffic they do or don’t have… I’m here to try and make this the best Ute fans site on the planet. Ute Hub works great on mobile, doesn’t crash your browser, doesn’t bring your phone to it’s knees with ads and redirects, doesn’t have zoob trolls… It does have a great community of Ute fans who engage in great conversation!

  • Puget Ute
    2

    Great post Kirk*! (I am a lifelong Pens, especially Mario fan…)

    I will buy the PAC-12 network, right now from my phone, for $15/Mo. And i would pay $4/game if they can stream 4K (or whatever will be the standard in a few years). And i have to think millions of other people would do that happily. I dumped cable a free months ago but kept HBO-Now, just because I liked the programming.

    Interesting on there PAC network being so valuable in the future. I didn’t think about it that way. I suspect you are correct.

    I love the thought of having UT and Oklahoma in the PAC, despite the headaches they will bring. Those two schools alone would nearly double there fanbase of the conference. (Side note, if you want to see some REAL politics and sports trash talk, check out the UT boards. They make uf.n look like a bunch of genteel pikers by comparison).

    The future is bright. And I am glad that we are already in the big boys club!

    *Tony, for some reason I can only see posters’ login name on Tapatalk, and not their preferred avatar name. Is there a way to remedy this?

    • Kirk Herbstreet

      Any fan of Lemieux, can be a friend of mine.

      I am very bullish on the future of the PAC 12 Network. I think if the fans, administrators, and conference big wigs can be patient for a few years, it will pay off mightily. As it is, I don’t have TV service of any kind (I am considering getting Playstation TV, as there is no contract and it is hand over fist cheaper than any other option) but would gladly pay to have PAC 12 Network during football and probably basketball seasons.

      • 89ute

        Good article here, Jon Wilner interview with Larry Scott about the Pac-12 Nets.

        Link

        There are other good articles there too, like this one regarding Larry’s thought on the tv revenue disparity between us and the BIG/SEC.

      • Tony
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        Mario bought me a steak dinner a few years ago. It was pretty cool. He was sitting at a table next to mine at a steakhouse in Palm Springs. He picked up our table’s check!

  • leftyjace

    Count me as one that would pay for the PAC-12 network online.
    I also cut the cable a while ago. Having season tickets to both football and basketball makes it easier, but there are still other games I have strong interest in.

  • Tony
    1

    Ute Hub Suggestion Box – Pre Football Season

    I’d like to throw out this question to you awesome Ute fans who visit the site, in preparation for the upcoming football season.

    WHAT IMPROVEMENTS OR FEATURES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HERE FOR 2016-17 FOOTBALL SEASON?

    I can’t make any guarantees as to what I can do, but I’d like to hear what you have to say.

    GO UTES!

  • GadValleyUte
    3

    Not gonna Lie. Tony. This site looks and works great IMO. I can’t wait for the season to fire up to have more to talk about.

  • leftyjace
    1

    I’m with Gad. The site is pretty damn awesome already. I can’t think of what else to add.

    good job, dude!

  • MBAute89

    Love this site. I’d like to be able to change my profile name, but it doesn’t allow me to. Is there a way to do that?

  • rbmw263

    replies to comments in a thread in threaded view show up at the bottom of the thread (for me at least). Underneath the comment with an indent would be the way to go, imo.

  • FormerUteSax
    4

    Jason Whittingham

    Saw on twitter that he’s a viking

  • UteBulldog
    1

    Good for him, that’s awesome.

  • CincyUte
    1

    That’s cool.  I also noticed there are a couple more Whittinghams listed on our roster this year (Alex and Sam).  Either of these guys expected to see any PT at LB this year?

  • rbmw263
    3

    Director of Basketball Ops Phil Cullen joins the Spurs

    when the best franchise in the NBA is picking off your coaching staff, you are doing something right.

  • Tony

    Wow that’s pretty cool. Nice job Cullen!

  • UteStuckInSeattle
    1

    Hate to see good people leave the U but always glad to see them succeed.

  • UteBulldog
    3

    KT

    According to Twitter Kendal Thompson just signed a deal with the Redskins as a WR.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    Bummer that he was 2nd on the QB depth chart last year. We could have certainly used him at WR.

    Best of luck to Kendall!

  • leftyjace

    That is awesome.
    Wouldn’t it just be so cool if he became a centerpiece of the Redskins offense for years to come?

  • UteStuckInSeattle
    3

    More 2016 Wallpapers! Photo montage edition!

    4K | 1080p

    89ute

    Pac-12 announces 2016-17 Men's Basketball weekly pairings

    Click here
    In short, lifted from Kyle Goon’s tweet

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    Kyle Goon ‏@kylegoon 5h5 hours ago
    Utes got the Arizona schools at home last year, had to travel to LA. Simple flip-flop for 2016-17 season.

  • leftyjace

    Excellent news.
    Now I can complete the calendar. Woot!

  • GadValleyUte

    No AZ at home this year. It was about time, but kind of a bummer.

  • UteStuckInSeattle
    2

    More wallpapers for 2016!

    With year:

    4K | 1080p

    Without year:

    4K | 1080p

  • Tony
    1

    Nice to see you back active here my friend. Thanks for that.