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Morning links: Alex Smith recalls signing with Utah Utes; NBA teams’ schedules examined

University of Utah quarterback Alex Smith poses in the hills above Salt Lake City Sept 15th, 2004. (Submission date: 01/24/2005)

Wednesday marks the beginning of the early signing period in college football, and to advertise a program the Pac-12 Conference will air in the afternoon on its network, a video was tweeted from the conference’s official account on Tuesday of former Utah quarterback Alex Smith reflecting on joining the Utes.

“For me, that was the dream,” he said at the conclusion of the 39-second clip. “I mean, I wanted to play Division I football. Felt like I could play and wanted to go prove that there, and Utah gave me that opportunity. Utah was (the) clear choice for me.”

The Ringer examines NBA teams’ schedules thus far

The effect the Utah Jazz’s schedule has had on the team’s slow start this season has been a major item of discussion and debate, but another national publication has mentioned how difficult the Jazz’s slate has been.

Late last week, Zach Kram of The Ringer examined the schedules of five NBA teams whose records might not show how good or bad they really are. Kram noted that the Oklahoma City Thunder has been good against an easy schedule, the Miami Heat has been bad against an easy one and the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks have been good against tough schedules.

Noting that Utah has been mediocre against the toughest schedule in the league (according to a number of measures), Kram wrote that the Jazz have historically been stronger in the second halves of seasons under head coach Quin Snyder, and that such is likely to continue.

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“The schedule setup alone makes the Jazz a prime candidate for another late-season push,” Kram concludes.

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And finally …

Former University of Utah head men’s basketball coach Jim Boylen is certainly known for having strong displays of emotion, and a few have been caught on camera in just the last few days as he has begun coaching the Chicago Bulls.

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