Category: Utah Utes

Pac-12 moving 2020 football title game to Las Vegas

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The Pac-12 announced its football conference championship game will move to Las Vegas for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, according to Commissioner Larry Scott.

Scott made the announcement during the conference’s annual media day event Wednesday.

This year’s title game will be the last held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

“I’m very excited and pleased to announce that our football championship game for the years 2020 and 2021 will be played in the brand-new Las Vegas Stadium, the new home of the NFL Raiders, which has proved to be a very successful and desirable destination location for the Pac-12 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, and ones that I know our fans have really enjoyed, and they’re going to enjoy going to our championship game in Las Vegas,” Scott said. “I’ve had a chance to visit the stadium, see the plans, hope many of you have, as well. It is truly state-of-the-art in every respect. It’ll be convenient. It’s right off the strip, close to the airport, and it’s going to be a fantastic destination for football fans to enjoy the best of Pac-12 football in our championship game.”

Scott also talked about the Pac-12’s bowl game agreements, which will see a change with the Las Vegas Bowl.

“I was pleased to be in Las Vegas with my colleagues from the SEC and the Big Ten and have a chance to announce an arrangement, an elevated bowl arrangement in Las Vegas at the new Las Vegas Stadium that will see the Pac-12’s No. 2 and No. 3 play against the top pick from the SEC,” he said.

Currently, the Pac-12 faces a Mountain West opponent at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium.

NCAA basketball: Utah’s Tillman, BYU’s Childs returning to programs

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah sophomore Donnie Tillman and BYU junior Yoeli Childs announced they will return to their respective schools for the 2019-20 seasons Wednesday.

Tillman, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward, will return for his junior year with the Utes while Childs, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward will return for his senior year with the Cougars.

Tillman’s announcement came from the university after Utah finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 17-14 record.

Childs announced his return on Twitter Wednesday evening; he’ll return to a BYU team that finished 19-13.

Both teams missed out on the NCAA Tournament.

Tillman was named the Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year last season while averaging 10 points and five rebounds per game. He hit 43 3-pointers for the Utes.

Childs was named to the West Coast Conference’s All-WCC First Team while averaging 18 points and almost nine rebounds per game. He had 17 double-doubles, which ranked 15th nationally last year.

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— Yoeli Childs (@yochilds22) May 30, 2019

The two teams met as part of the Beehive Classic at Vivint Smart Home Arena last season, with BYU winning 74-59.

Barton brothers share NFL Draft day experience

SALT LAKE CITY – Jackson and Cody Barton are one year apart and have been competing alongside each other for ever since either one can remember.

Now the former Utes and Brighton High products are off to play professionally, though this time with different teams after both heard their names called at last week’s NFL Draft.

Cody is heading to the Seattle Seahawks while Jackson will head to Indianapolis with the Colts. Morgan Vance caught up with them Wednesday to talk about going through the experience together.