Welker whistled for tweets

Jun 15 2013 - 6:40pm

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BYU fans were quick to point out when former Texas Tech star Wes Welker tweeted to a football recruit that he should avoid BYU and choose his alma mater.

Welker, now a Denver Broncos receiver, offered his opinion via twitter in an exuberant, and likely innocent, exchange.

The problem?

It's an NCAA violation.

"Boosters may not encourage a prospect's participation in university athletics" via communications, the rulebook states.

The player in question, JC transfer Nick Kurtz, has offers from many schools.

Texas Tech's compliance office now has to investigate.

Of course, there were plenty of BYU fans who felt the need to defend their school. No word yet on how many of them stepped over the "booster" line.

Busy day

Former Weber State star Damian Lillard will be given the keys to the city today at 12:30 p.m. as part of a Damian Lillard Day celebration at The Junction.

Get there early to get an autographed picture of the current NBA rookie of the year. It's free.

For information, visit WildAboutDamian.com.

Father's Day

One of my first sportswriting jobs was a stop at the Daily Spectrum in St. George. I enjoyed covering the Dixie College baseball team as it made its first trip to the NJCAA World Series.

Among the Dixie stars on that 1989 team was Viewmont High grad Reed Secrist, who had the sweet left-handed swing I always wished I had.

Last weekend, Snow Canyon baseball coach Reed Secrist brought his son, Brogan, to the Utah High School Baseball All-Star games at Lindquist Field. The two were part of the Warriors' state 3-A championship squad.

Happy Father's Day to all.

Tidbits

Consider, the 2013 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah -- running Aug. 6 to 11 -- will traverse 586 miles with 43,621 vertical feet of climbing, organizers report. That makes it the longest, and toughest, in the Tour's nine-year history. You can see maps of the course at www.tourofutah.com. ...

Major League Soccer all-star voting has begun at MLSsoccer.com. ...

The Weber State University football team will hold a football camp for the HopeKids Foundation today at Stewart Stadium. ...

Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll will help run 27 basketball clinics in 27 towns the next two weeks through the annual Junior Jazz barnstorming trip. ...

Members of the Utah Blaze visited patients at Primary Children's Medical Center on Friday in Salt Lake City. ...

The Utah Sports Commission announced this week that David Simmons, chairman and CEO of Simmons Media, will serve as the new private-sector chairman of the board of directors. He succeeds J. Steven Price, who had been chairman since 2007. Also, James L. Sorenson (vice-chairman, Sorenson Development) will serve as private-sector vice chair, Peter Mouskondis (CEO, Nicholas Company) as treasurer, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser (Utah Senate) as public-sector vice chair, and Steve Miller (president, Miller Sports Properties) as chairman of the strategic advisory committee. ...

Miller Sports Properties is planning to make a major facility announcement on Monday regarding EnergySolutions Arena, the 19,911-seat home of the Utah Jazz and Utah Blaze.

Stay tuned.

Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or cmiller@standard.net.

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