A Look Back at Vegas and the Pac-12 Tournament

Posted on March 18th, 2013

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One week ago, 50 MUSS members boarded a bus headed for Las Vegas to watch the Runnin’ Utes play in their second Pac-12 basketball tournament. After having watched the Utes win their last two regular season games, we went down with the expectation to play at least one competitive game and possibly come away with a win. We were given so much more.

After news broke of two USC players getting suspended, we all had high hopes that we would witness the Utes move past the first round. The seventh seeded Trojans were favored, but not by much. And with the way the team had been playing in their past few games, we knew we could make some waves. When the first game tipped, the MUSS and many other Utah fans were in full force. The Utes and Trojans played a tight game, with the Utes pulling out a narrow 3 point victory. The high intensity the MUSS brought to the game not only helped boost Utah to win, but it also broke the bleachers in the MGM Grand Arena. We left the game feeling good, knowing our trip was extended for another day.

The next day, we all anxiously awaited the game against the 2nd seeded Cal Bears. This was a team that had beaten the Utes twice during the regular season and was expected to do it again a third time. Utah had other plans. The Utes played tough, the MUSS was loud, and the game rolled on. With under twenty seconds left, we watched as the Utes, trailing by three, rallied. We held our breath as Jarred Dubois dribbled down the court and pulled up and shot the ball. After what seemed like an eternity, the ball sank through the net, the MUSS went wild, and the play was later featured in the SportsCenter Top 10. At that point, no one had any doubts that the Utes would pull off the upset. Utah went on to score 20 points in the five minutes of overtime, securing a 10 point win over Cal and advancing the Utes to the Pac-12 semi-finals.

As we gathered in the MUSS for the third time that week, we all had strong belief that the run would continue. We had watched the Utes beat Oregon less than a week before, and we hoped to see it happen again. Unfortunately, the clock struck midnight on Utah’s Cinderella run in the Pac-12, and the Ducks won 64-45.

While it would be easy to dwell on the loss, those of us that took the trip down came away with a very positive feeling. While we had all hoped for a win, none of us ever thought the Utes would actually make it to the semi-finals. And the magic we saw at the Cal game stood out far more than the stinging loss to Oregon. The tournament showed us the potential for the future of the Runnin’ Utes. The future is bright. This program is on the rise, and the MUSS will be there every step of the way. Do you dare to meet us?

40 Days Until The Utah Football Spring Game

Posted on March 11th, 2013

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Just 40 Days until the football spring game!

The game will be held on Saturday, April 20th at 1 p.m. and televised on the Pac-12 network.

Details coming soon on the flag football game and a MUSS tailgate.

 

Join The MUSS in the fight against cancer!

Posted on March 7th, 2013

The MUSS is the largest and loudest student group at the University of Utah and with your help we are ready to fight cancer! Join our Rock the U team for your chance to win some awesome MUSS prizes including a free MUSS Bus trip for the 2013 season, two front-row MUSS seats for the Utah vs. Utah State football game and lunch with Coach Whittingham where he will present you with an autographed football!

All you have to do is join our MUSS team online and then start fundraising! To qualify for the prizes you must raise at least $300. The top three fundraisers will win one of the prizes listed above. Every dime raised goes to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. So talk to your parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. and start fundraising! All your money must be in by Monday, March 25 @ 5 p.m.; the winners will be announced Tuesday, March 26.

To Register online with the MUSS team click here.

 

Donations can be made online or you can collect cash or check. Checks should be made to ‘Huntsman Cancer Institute.’ If you collect cash or checks you must bring them to the Alumni House by Friday, March 22nd. Please put them in an envelope with your name on it so we can make sure the donations are counted toward your total. Checks can also be mailed directly to ‘Huntsman Cancer Foundation – Attn. Jen Murano – 500 Huntsman Way – SLC, UT 84108.’ Be sure to include your name and ‘The MUSS’ team name in the memo.

Rock The U is sponsored by The Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU). This is a year-long fundraising effort leading up to a 12-hour dance-a-thon on Friday, March 22nd from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. The goal of Rock The U 2013 is to raise $100,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. For more information on Rock The U visit their website: http://rocktheu.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1029753&lis=1&kntae1029753=E95066749FB94EFE80E1F74391FFE22A

Official Contest Rules

*The MUSS team is open to all University of Utah students. However, to qualify for the prizes you will need to be a MUSS member for the 2013 season.

*Participants must raise at least $300 in order to qualify for the prizes. The top earner will have their choice of the three prizes. The second place earner will have their choice of the remaining two prizes. The third place earner will receive the final prize.

*All money must be submitted by Monday, March 25 @ 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Tuesday, March 26.

*The MUSS Bus prize includes a free trip for the winner and a guest. This includes round-trip bus transportation, hotel accommodations, pre-game tailgate and tickets for the football game.

*The winner of the front-row MUSS seats to the Utah vs. Utah State football game must give the second ticket to another University of Utah student. A non-student will not be allowed to use the additional ticket.

*The lunch with Coach Whittingham will take place in August. The winner of this prize will also receive an autographed football by Coach Whittingham.

 

Football MUSS Registration Update

Posted on March 4th, 2013

Due to technical issues during the 2012 football season, The MUSS will be unable to award early registration to members based on number of games attended, as we had hoped. The ticket scanners at Rice-Eccles Stadium record data through a Wi-Fi connection, and at high traffic times this connection was lost and scanners failed to accurately record the student data. Because of this and other scanning-related issues, we do not feel we can accurately award early registration based on attendance.

The Utah ticket office, Rice-Eccles Stadium and campus IT are working on resolving this issue so in the future we can reward MUSS members based on their attendance. However, at this time we feel it would be unfair to base registration on the 2012 football data.

Football MUSS registration for the 2013 season will open to all students in April. We have decided to divide registration into three days, and you will register alphabetically based on your last name.

Wednesday, April 10, noon: A-G

Thursday, April 11, noon: H-O

Friday, April 12, noon: P-Z

MUSS membership is $40, and each MUSS member is allowed to register ONE nonstudent guest for an additional $215. The price has gone up because there will be one additional home game for the 2013 season and all of our costs have increased over the past few years. We need to raise the price in order to provide MUSS members with the best experience possible.

More registration details will be announced soon!

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