OC’s Corner

Rice-Eccles Stadium - Utah Utes...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Who’s To Blame For The Cancellation Of College Football? Society.

The 2020 college football season is on the brink of collapse.
2 years ago
Pac-12 Tournament Logo...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Dissecting Pac-12 Student-Athlete Demands

Pac-12 athletes are essentially on strike.
2 years ago
LSU Tigers cheerleaders celebrate their 42-25 win over the Clemson Tigers in the College Football P...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Imagining What Utah Vs. LSU Will Look Like Is ALMOST Impossible

The University of Utah scheduled a home-and-home football series with the defending national champions of LSU. This is, of course, a fantastic “get” for the Utes from a scheduling standpoint.
2 years ago
eric weddle...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Remembering Weddle’s Legacy As He Walks Away From Football

We should appreciate what Eric Weddle has done on the football field, and more importantly, tip our hats to the person he is and always has been off of it.
2 years ago
Bradlee Anae - Utah Utes...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: What Would You Do If You Were Utah DE Bradlee Anae?

Should he play in the Bowl game? Or focus his physical and mental energy on readying himself for the upcoming NFL Draft?
3 years ago
Oregon Ducks - Utah Utes...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Utes Have Slight Edge Over Ducks In Pac-12 Title Game

The Utes are headed to a Pac-12 Championship game for the second straight year.
3 years ago
Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks walks off the field after being defeated by the ...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Oregon’s Loss To ASU Created More Questions Than Answers

It’s our fault really. All of us with the idea that the Conference of Champions might actually have two teams that belong in the conversation considering college football’s “elites.”
3 years ago
Quarterback Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers fights with defensive end Myles Garrett #95...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Garrett’s Actions Inexcusable But Shouldn’t Be Charged With Assault

One single second can change everything in sports. On Thursday night, in the waning moments of an otherwise uninteresting game, we saw something that changed an emerging NFL star’s reputation - and maybe even league rules - forever.
3 years ago
Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) runs against the Washington Huskies in Seattle on Saturday,...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Tyler Huntley Is The Best Quarterback In Pac-12

The reasons why Tyler Huntley is the best quarterback in the Pac-12.
3 years ago
The Utah team celebrates after defeating Pittsburgh 35-7 in the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl at the Sun De...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

Bowl Busting Utes Reunite, Continue To Thrive On And Off Field

Undefeated, original BCS Busters, #4 in the country, and still forever underrated on a national scale, the 2004 Utes were one of the greatest football teams of our generation.
3 years ago
A detail of giant NCAA logo is seen outside of the stadium on the practice day prior to the NCAA Me...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

NCAA Must Adapt Or Die On Fair Pay-For-Play Bill

Of course, there is also the concern that a legal compensation model for college athletes will drastically alter the recruiting landscape. If this is your worry, you are failing to acknowledge that a compensation model already exists on the recruiting trail.
3 years ago
Nate Orchard #44 of the Cleveland Browns runs for a second quarter touchdown after intercepting a p...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Utes Rise In Talent Not Translating To NFL Mainstays

If Utah Football is recruiting better than it ever has, why isn’t it producing better NFL talent?
3 years ago
Defensive back Tevin Carter #9 of the Utah Utes runs for yardage against offensive lineman Brad Wil...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: What A Win Would Mean For BYU, Utah

Sean O'Connell looks into his crystal ball.
3 years ago
Quarterback Jason Shelley #15 of the Utah Utes runs with the ball and stiff arms Dayan Ghanwoloku #...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Despite Recent Results, The Rivalry Is Competitive

Rivalry week is upon us. This is my favorite game of the year, and an in-state battle that still matters just as much as it ever did.
3 years ago
Utah Utes cheerleaders perform during the first of an college football game against the San Jose St...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Best of Utah – Bragging Rights To Utah, BYU and USU Football

Best coach? Best player? Best food? Best fans?
3 years ago
Head Coach Kyle Whittingham of the Utah Utes looks on during the fourth quarter against the Colorad...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Instead Of Searching For Greener Grass, Whittingham Waters His Own

Virtually any other coach with Kyle Whittingham’s credentials and opportunities would likely have left by now.
3 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics, Getty Images and Deseret News)...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Biggest Worries, Highest Hopes For Utah College Football Teams

Taking a look at the expectations surrounding Utah, Utah State and BYU football ahead of the 2019 season.
3 years ago
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Utah College Football Preseason All-State Team – Defense

My Preseason All-College-All-State Offensive Team was fairly difficult for me to narrow down. But the defense… yikes.
3 years ago
(Wade Denniston, USU Athletic Media Relations)...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Utah College Football Preseason All-State Team – Offense

We are just over a month away from the beginning of what promises to be a very interesting football season for the state of Utah. 
3 years ago
Megan Rapinoe of the USA shows appreciation to the fans after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Franc...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: American Heroes/World Cup Villains

Let’s face it. The United States Women's National Team is a collection of soccer characters that the world doesn’t want to see win. 
3 years ago
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Reasons Why BYU Should/Shouldn’t Join AAC

UConn is out of the AAC heading to the Big East and prioritizing basketball over football.
3 years ago
(Sean O'Connell's wedding in June 2018 with former and current radio hosts and producers)...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Remembering The Life Of Beloved Friend Will Smith

The Utah sports media community lost a great one this week. Will Smith is loved by all who worked with him.
3 years ago
Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the first half ...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Who To Blame For Kevin Durant Injury

Here’s who to blame for the Kevin Durant injury.
3 years ago
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball on offense against the Golden State Warrio...
Sean O'Connell, KSL Sports

O’Connell: Kawhi Leonard Needs To Stay In Toronto To Be Considered Best In Basketball

A new name has entered the never-ending conversation about the best player in the world.
3 years ago