Timmy Allen, Utah’s All-Pac-12 forward, plans to enter transfer portal

A fourth University of Utah basketball player intends to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, and this one is the biggest name yet.Timmy Allen, an All-Pac-12 forward and the Utes’ leading scorer last season, will enter the portal, his Compton Magic AAU club announced on Twitter on Friday evening.Allen immediately becomes one of the nation’s top available transfers.6-7 Timmy Allen will be entering the Transfer Portal. 1st Team All PAC 12. @timmybuckets35 ❤️@SethOnHoops @SethDavisHoops @ebosshoops @PaulBiancardi @FrankieBur @JoelFranHoops @rj_arvizu @DreDay_RV_Zoo @CoachT_Miller @GreggRosenberg1 @RedferngJerome @isaacudoema @AdamZagoria pic.twitter.com/ver9B69MYA— Compton Magic (@Compton_Magic) March 27, 2021Allen’s name was not in the portal on Friday evening, per a source with access to the database, but the intention is that it will be. Allen’s godfather, Ray Arvizu, told The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday evening that Allen returning to Utah in 2021-22 remains a possibility, but that possibility is obviously related to who the next head coach is.Allen’s decision to test the transfer waters comes as Utah is still in search of a coach after Larry Krystkowiak was fired on March 16. Since March 15, Lahat Thioune, Jordan Kellier, Riley Battin and now Allen have opted for the transfer portal.As a junior last season, Allen averaged 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 25 games for the 12-13 Utes. Allen was one of just three players nationwide to average 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. In 85 career games at Utah, Allen has 1,323 points, while averaging 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest.

Days of ’47 Parade is on this year, organizers say

After a 2020 pandemic-induced hiatus, the Days of ‘47 Parade will be held this July 23, organizers confirmed in a news release Tuesday.“We’re excited to continue these beloved Utah traditions,” Lane Summerhays, president of the Days of ’47 board, said in the news release. “As with many activities canceled, postponed, or altered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these treasured pioneer traditions were placed on hold. We’re now ready to celebrate our pioneer heritage as we have done for over a century.”The parade will begin at 9 a.m. in downtown Salt Lake City and will end at Liberty Park. Associated activities, such as the Days of ‘47 Rodeo and The First Encampment Hike, will also be held in accordance with state and local COVID requirements. The rodeo will be held from July 20 to 24 at 8 a.m. at the Utah State Fair Park.The parade is intended to remember Brigham Young and his fellow pioneers who entered the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1847.Native American tribes inhabited the Salt Lake area and the rest of the state thousands of years before the arrival of pioneers.

BYU spring practices wrap up, but no decision has been made on the QB race

Offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick was the first to join the Zoom press conference following Friday’s practice — the final spring football practice.The assistant coach sat down and immediately said: “My starting quarterback — just kidding.”From that moment, it became clear Roderick wouldn’t be naming a starter in the biggest offseason position battle. In fact, he didn’t even provide a depth chart and said he’s not ready to whittle down the competition to be just between two guys. Right now it’s between four: Baylor Romney, Jaren Hall, Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters and Jacob Conover.At this rate, BYU’s next starting quarterback may not be named until the 2021 season opener against Arizona in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.Although the depth chart isn’t taking shape on paper, Roderick said it was starting to take shape in his mind.“I’m going to meet with each of those guys next week and talk about how we’re going to go forward, but there will still be some competition in the fall,” Roderick said. “We’re not ready to name a starter yet. We’ll go at least, I’d say, at least a week to 10 days in the fall before we make any decisions like that.”While sharing reps between four different players tends to water down everything, Roderick isn’t too concerned. He’s able to do so because of the experience in the quarterback room.Although technically sophomores, this was Romney’s fourth spring camp and Hall’s third. Maiava-Peters and Conover have both been with the program for a year.Maiava-Peters got some limited game minutes in 2020 as the Cougars’ third-string quarterback, while Conover greyshirted the season.“Normally, spreading the reps around with four guys would be pretty thin, but when you consider the accumulation of reps those guys have had and the time they’ve been here, I think we can take this a little further,” Roderick said. “So, that’s what we’ll do.”The final practice consisted of normal group and individual work, a 7-on-7 session, time when each of the quarterbacks got a turn driving the team and red-zone drills.While spring camp usually concludes with a game, Roderick believed the practice they had served the team better.Also, making it through all 15 spring practices, unlike last year, helped coaches to pick up on more improvements.“From last year to now, they’ve always had that talent, but they’re all ready to take the reins,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. “Like I said, we’re going to play the best one. Good competition. Look forward to seeing it play on, even in the summer.”What did help motivate the team, particularly the quarterbacks, was watching pro day unfold earlier Friday and seeing former Cougar quarterback Zach Wilson dazzle NFL representatives and scouts at the Indoor Practice Facility.A year ago, Hall and Romney were battling alongside Wilson for the starting gig. Now, Wilson seems destined to be the second quarterback selected in this year’s NFL draft.Seeing how quickly things can change — and improve — for someone helped motivate the players heading into the final spring practice.“It’s just a big confidence booster to know that anybody, any time can get to that level,” Hall said. “It’s fun to see it for him — we’re proud and excited for Zach, and looking forward to his future there. But for all of us, it shows that if we put the work in, that that’s very well something we can achieve.”

Sen. Romney and Lt. Gov. Henderson volunteer at COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Clearfield

Two of Utah’s top elected officials, Sen. Mitt Romney and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, teamed up Friday to volunteer at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Clearfield.The two officials worked at the North Davis Senior Center in Clearfield, aiding with logistics and providing support to the health care workers who were vaccinating people.The clinic is operated by the Davis County Health Department and the Midtown Community Health Center, and provides service to the county’s multicultural communities.(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Mitt Romney, greets Shelly Rives, right, a Clinical Quality Director at Midtown Community Health Center during Romney’s short visit to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the North Davis Senior Center, Mar. 26, 2021. (Leah Hogsten/)