The Daily Utah Chronicle

Sammy Mora is currently in her fourth year of writing for The Daily Utah Chronicle. This year she will take on a new position as the Sports Editor for the current school year. Before writing here, Sammy was a four year staff member of her high school newspaper The Speaking Eagle where she reached the level of sports editor.

Pac-12 Student Athletes Look to Opt-Out of Upcoming Season if COVID-19 and Social Justice Concerns are Not Met

University of Utah sophomore offensive lineman Nick Ford (55) gets pumped up prior to the start of the game in an NCAA Football game vs. University of California at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday October 26, 2019.

(Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

August 2, 2020

  A group of players from the Pac-12 released a list of demands for the conference to meet or else they will be opting-out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The movement, which is called #WeAreUnited, not only addresses the players’ concerns with the pandemic but also with...

Pac-12 Announces New Fall Football Schedules

The University of Utah Football Team warms up prior to the start of the game in an NCAA Football game vs. Colorado at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday November 30, 2019.(Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

July 31, 2020

  The University of Utah and the Pac-12 Conference announced their plans for handling the fall season on Friday, July 31. The plan also includes the new schedules for all 12 teams since the conference’s announcement of only playing fellow members of the conference. All 12 teams will play...

Mora’s Top Five Sports Documentaries

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By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

July 24, 2020

  Even when sports weren’t going on, sports programming was still happening. I took to watching documentaries and docuseries to not only pass the time, but also to get my sports fix. And I watched quite a few programs during this time. While some were very captivating and interesting, others fell sh...

Utah Football’s Morgan Scalley Reinstated After Investigation

University of Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley congratulates Northwestern University football head coach Pat Fitzgerald on their victory following the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

July 1, 2020

  The University of Utah announced on Wednesday, July 1 that they would be reinstating safeties and defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley after an outside firm conducted an investigation stemming from a text Scalley sent in 2013 containing a racial slur.  Both former and current players came to Scal...

Should Undrafted Underclassmen be Allowed Back to School?

NFL Draft, Chicago 2016. Image via WikiMedia Commons

By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

June 24, 2020

  It seems that as every NFL draft season approaches, more and more college underclassmen decide to forgo their senior year in order to see if they can make it big in the NFL. But sometimes the risk is higher than the reward.  This year, 99 college underclassmen decided to declare for the d...

University of Utah Student Athletes Show Support of Black Lives Matter

University of Utah freshman running back TJ Green (4) carries the ball against the USC Trojans during an NCAA Football game at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo by: Justin Prather | The Utah Chronicle).

By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

June 10, 2020

  As the Black Lives Matter Movement continues to make waves across the country, athletes at the University of Utah are showing their support for the cause no matter where they are.  While most teams and individual coaches have released statements in support of the cause, some student athlete...

Utah Football’s Morgan Scalley Suspended Indefinitely

University of Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham as the clock winds down in a loss to the University of Oregon Ducks in the 2019 Pac-12 Championship football game at Levi’s Stadium Dec. 6. (Justin Prather | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

June 5, 2020

  The University of Utah athletic department announced on Friday that defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley has been suspended indefinitely. The decision was reached after they became aware of a racially insensitive comment he made in a text in 2013.  Athletic director Mark Harlan said that afte...

University of Utah Athletic Facility Set to Open on June 15

Rice-Eccles stadium as the University of Utah plays University of Washington in Utah's first PAC 12 home game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011,in Salt Lake City Utah. Photo by Tom Smart/University of Utah Sports Information

By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

June 3, 2020

  As the United States slowly starts to regain some semblance of normalcy after COVID-19, the University of Utah Athletic department rolled out their plan to allow student athletes back on campus for voluntary in-person workouts. Starting June 15, athletes in certain sports will be able to return t...

Thoughts From Michael Jordan’s ‘The Last Dance’

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By Sammy Mora, Sports Editor

May 18, 2020

  Growing up as a Chicago Bulls fan, I had heard all sorts of stories about their dynasty team in the 1990s from my dad. He is a huge Bulls fan himself and was even present for the historic flu game against the Utah Jazz in 1997 — but as we learned from the show, it wasn’t the flu but rather ...

Utah Men’s Basketball Stand-Out Both Gach to Transfer if He Withdraws Name from NBA Draft

University of Utah sophomore guard Both Gach (11) dribbles the ball during an NCAA Basketball game vs. The University of Washington at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Sammy Mora and Cole Bagley

May 15, 2020

  University of Utah sophomore guard Both Gach is expected to transfer if he withdraws his name from the upcoming NBA draft.  Gach announced his intent to pursue the NBA in April and stated he would not be hiring an agent, leaving it open for him to return to the NCAA if he sees fit. The new...