OTHERWISE ENGAGED

The cancellation of this year’s BYU-Utah basketball game, and a subsequent audit of the Ute athletic program, is again a story, thanks to emails obtained by Utezone.com.

House Speaker Greg Hughes denied the audit was a retaliatory move, telling one Ute fan: “I don’t watch basketball and I’m not spending my time trying to schedule a basketball game.”

Too bad, because he apparently missed BYU’s win over No. 1 Gonzaga, which — come to think of it — was bigger than a win over the Utes would have been.

Not that he was watching or anything.

GOOD IF IT GOES

Don’t plan on getting into Professor Brian Taylor’s poli-sci class at Syracuse next semester.

It’s sure to be filled.

Taylor attended the Syracuse-Duke basketball game, which the Orange won via John Gillon’s 3-point basket. Taylor celebrated by giving everyone in his class an extra three points on their midterm the next day, calling it the “Gillon Rule.”

Which is all good, but the real question is does he deduct three if Gillon misses?


ALTERNATE REALITY

Rumors had Deron Williams returning to the Jazz in a trade, but the transaction never happened.

That’s a shame, because it would have made a great "Star Trek" episode.

In a parallel universe, All-Star Gordon Hayward publicly chews out Williams, the newbie, for not running a play, and Jerry Sloan doesn’t give a darn either way.

SAME HERE

The Jazz weren’t the only team that sat tight on trade day.

Boston executive Danny Ainge didn’t make a move either, telling reporters, “Nothing was good enough for us to do.”

Kinda like the BYU-to-the-Mountain-West movement.

POLI-TALK

FanRag Sports claims Mitt Romney and son Tagg are looking to buy a piece of the New York Yankees. (With names like that, how could they not?)

But sources say MLB won’t approve the deal unless Romney stops calling offers for C.C. Sabathia “a trade imbalance” and referring to team president Randy Levine as “POTNYY.”

A TOTAL WHIFF

Romney likes baseball so much he has begun calling his failed presidential bid “a swing and a miss.”

FRENCH CONNECTION

Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom on the Bulls acquiring Joffrey Lauvergne: “But hey, Lauvergne is French, so at least the Bulls have someone who can prepare Duck L’Orange.”

Big deal. Rudy Gobert can make blanquette de veau while swatting a shot into the upper bowl.

TOO SOON?

The Spokane Spokesman-Review printed 6,000 special edition copies to mark an undefeated regular season, prior to Saturday’s loss to BYU.

President Trump immediately labeled it fake news and promised to launch an investigation.