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BYU gives turnovers and Provo gets to eat them

John White scored three touchdowns, Jordan Wynn passed for two scores and Utah forced seven BYU turnovers to cruise to a 54-10 victory Saturday night in a rare lopsided game between the rivals.

Villains & heroes David Osborne Jr. sports editor

In every sport there are players and even teams that you love to hate, and then there are the teams that you can’t help but like and relish when they win. These teams and players have all developed reputations that follow them from the field or court out into everyday life, and reputations can also be made in normal situations and then follow the athlete back when they put their jersey on. Michael Vick is a prime example of being both a hero and a villain. While playing for the Atlanta Falcons, Vick was known as a player that cared more about his own personal stats and the way that he was personally viewed rather than being a team player and caring about the way that the team was viewed around the league. This spilled over into his personal life and Vick soon fell in with the wrong crowd. Eventually things took a turn for the worse and the terrible things that Vick did ended up on the front of every sports page in America, if not the front page of the newspaper for facilitating and participating in illegal dog fighting. Vick spent 23 months in a federal prison. When he was released Vick got a second chance to play in the NFL, a chance that many players don’t get. Vick now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles and is the starting quarterback for them. Vick also speaks as an advocate for many groups against animal abuse, and spends time teaching students about the wrong choices that he made so that they don’t have to go through the same thing. Starting in the late 1970’s the Dallas Cowboys were considered “America’s team.” Bob Ryan coined that phrase, recognizing that wherever the Cowboys played, or were seen around town there were people in tow with hats, shirts and pennant s. The Cowboys of the late seventies and early eighties were as easily recognized as any politician or Hollywood star of the era. They were a blue collar team, the team for a working man with nothing to flashy, but champions because of their work ethic and determination. In the eyes of many people they were all heroes. They were something to strive to be, and they gave hope to all that watched them play that through will power you could do anything that you wanted to. In the eyes of a nation they were heroes. LeBron James, in the eyes of many is considered a villain right now. Although he started as a hero in Cleveland, when he made “The Decision,” James became an instant villain to many in the NBA. Not only had he stabbed his team in the back to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, but he also made it so that other players would rather play in Miami and chose to leave their teams as well. This created a chain of events in trades and free-agents signing with other teams to create other teams that compete with the “Big 3.” Soon it was not good enough to be a team of just good athletes and all team players, but James made it so that to compete you needed a team of all-stars that were all talent. James may never recover from “the decision” and the rest of his career may be tainted by it. All of us have to choice to be heroes and villains. We all have choices to make, and they come all of the time. And this is why villains and heroes have been on the tee.

The loss snapped the Cougars’ fourgame home winning streak and was their first to an in-state opponent since 2005. Utah (2-1) trailed 10-7 late in the second quarter until Wynn beat a blitz and found tight end Jake Murphy open for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Wynn tossed a 59-yard scoring pass to Dres Anderson on the opening possession of the second half, and the Utes never looked back.

White scored on runs of 1, 62 and 35 yards. The game’s scoring started and ended with touchdowns by Utah’s defense. Jake Heaps passed for 305 yards and a 32-yard second-quarter TD, but tossed an interception and fumbled twice. BYU’s run game was non-existent as the Cougars carried 22 times for just 11 yards.

“We were outcoached, outplayed and basically outexecuted,” BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “Turnovers were the critical difference in the game ... but they were the better team.” An ecstatic Utah coach Kyle Whittingham ran toward the Utah cheering section afterward and gave high-fives to everyone along the rail. Now he has a

An even split

Katie Bigelow

staff writer

Photo by Jessa Love Adams/The Eagle

Photo by Jessa Love Adams/The Eagle

Kylie Cordon goes up for the spike during a home game last weekend at the BDAC.

The past two weeks and have been a learning experience for the Lady Eagles. They traveled to Arizona on September 8-10 for a six-game weekend. Returning to Price, on September 16-17, they were able to put together some strong games against the Utah State University Eastern alumni team and an All-Star team from the Salt Lake area. In Arizona, the Eagles won three and lost three games. Instead of the typically match being best of three games out of five, the tournament in Arizona was the best of three games. “We were behind on one game, but we came back and won,” said Coach Chelsey Warburton. They beat South Mountain 2-1. USU Eastern lost in the first set 25-20. Into the second and third set Eagles won 26-24, and 15-10. In the Scottsdale game, the Eagles won the first two sets 25-23 and 25-21. Pima was also a good match for the Eagles winning both sets 25-22 and 25-10. They lost to Phoenix, Chandler Gilbert, and Glendale. In the Phoenix game, USU Eastern won the first set 25-17, lost the next two 17-25 and 9-15. Chandler Gilbert won the first set to our 22-25; we then won the second set 25-16, and lost in the third set 11-15. Glendale won both sets, 25-23 and 25-18. Coach Warburton commented, “We are still mixing it up a little, but mostly on the right side.” The team is still struggling a little with injuries. “Our setter Somara is out with a foot injury. The other injuries we are working through to rehabilitate,” said Coach Warburton. On Friday, September 16, the Lady Eagles took the court against the alumnae of USU Eastern. Those who returned to contend with the Eagles were, Julia Potts, Megan Garvin Urbanik, and many other players who had played here about two or four years ago. The Eagles won in four games against the alumnae team. “The girls played good together. We were able to get everyone in to see time. It also allowed us time to work on rotations,” said Coach Warburton. The Eagles won the first two sets 25-15 and 25-17. They lost the third 23-25. To finish the game they won the fourth set 25-19. After Friday’s win, the Lady Eagles had a quick turnaround to prepare for Saturday’s game against the Salt Lake All-Star

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New coaches bring passion and experience to the court USU-Eastern men’s basketball adds new assistant coaches

Karli Morris

staff writer

felt about these men, the team replied simultaneously with, “They’re amazing!” and “We love them!” A couple of the players elaborated on specific things they liked about the coaches.

In addition to the many cha nges happen ing on t he USU-Eastern campus this year, the men’s basketball program underwent several coaching changes this summer. In mid-July both of Head Coach Brad Barton’s assistant coaches left to pursue other coaching opportunities. Barton was able to find two well-qualified coaches to fill the positions. The two new assistant coaches are Coach Brian Edelstein and Coach Dave Hammer. It’s clear a good relationship has already developed between the coaches and the Dave Hammer team. When asked how they

McKay LaSalle exclaimed, “Brian’s hilarious!” Dominique Lawrence said, “Dave’s got handles,” then went on to explain the expression meaning “he can dribble really well.” Coach Edelstein was previ-

ously employed at the University of South Carolina as video coordinator, making scouting reports and analyzing video. He was excited to come to Eastern and coach basketball again. “I was hard and improve everyday and compete for a region and national championship and enjoy the experience along the way.

Dave Hammer Brian Edelstein

excited to get back on the floor, recruit and be part of a team, that, not only has a chance of competing for the championship of the best league, but also a national title,” explained Coach Edelstein. Coach Hammer formerly assisted with the women’s basketball program at Westminster College, as well as coaching the Salt Lake Metro, a club team for high school girls. Coach Hammer came to Eastern so that he could experience the men’s side of coaching again, while staying at the collegiate level. When asked his goals for the 2011-2012 Eagle team Hammer said, “ hard and improve everyday and compete for a region and national championship and enjoy the experience along the way.”

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