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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH CHAMPIONSHIP

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FOOTBALL TEAM CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

             3     
2009 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Jim Bird

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Patricia W. Jones

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Sheryl L. Allen
             9      Roger E. Barrus
             10      Trisha S. Beck
             11      Ron Bigelow
             12      Jackie Biskupski
             13      Laura Black
             14      Melvin R. Brown
             15      Rebecca Chavez-Houck
             16      David Clark
             17      Stephen D. Clark
             18      Tim M. Cosgrove
             19      Bradley M. Daw
             20      Brad L. Dee
             21      Jack R. Draxler
             22      Susan Duckworth
             23      James A. Dunnigan
             24      Rebecca P. Edwards
             25      Ben C. FerryJanice M. Fisher
Julie Fisher
Lorie D. Fowlke
Craig A. Frank
Gage Froerer
Kevin S. Garn
Francis D. Gibson
Richard A. Greenwood
Keith Grover
Neil A. Hansen
Wayne A. Harper
Lynn N. Hemingway
Neal B. Hendrickson
Christopher N. Herrod
Kory M. Holdaway
Fred R Hunsaker
Eric K. Hutchings
Don L. Ipson
Christine A. JohnsonBrian S. King
Todd E. Kiser
Rebecca D. Lockhart
Steven R. Mascaro
Kay L. McIff
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Merlynn T. Newbold
Michael E. Noel
Marie H. Poulson
Kraig Powell
Phil Riesen
Stephen E. Sandstrom
F. Jay Seegmiller
Kenneth W. Sumsion
Evan J. Vickers
Mark A. Wheatley
Larry B. Wiley
Bradley A. Winn              26     
             27      LONG TITLE
             28      General Description:
             29          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes the players
             30      and coaching staff of the 2008 University of Utah football team for their perfect
             31      winning season.
             32      Highlighted Provisions:
             33          This resolution:
             34          .    recognizes the superior performance of the 2008 University of Utah football team
             35      and coaching staff; and


             36          .    extends best wishes to the team and coaching staff in all of their future endeavors.
             37      Special Clauses:
             38          None
             39     
             40      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             41          WHEREAS, the 13-0, Sugar Bowl champion University of Utah football team finished
             42      the 2008 season ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 4 in the USA
             43      Today/Coaches Poll, both rankings being the best in school history;
             44          WHEREAS, Utah received 16 first-place votes and 1,519 total points in the AP poll to
             45      finish behind Florida with 48 first-place votes and 1,606 total points;
             46          WHEREAS, it was the highest finish ever for a Utah football team, surpassing the 12-0
             47      Fiesta Bowl champion team of 2004, which earned a No. 4 AP ranking;
             48          WHEREAS, the 2008 Utes finished No. 4 in the USA Today Poll, which is voted on by
             49      the coaches, who were required to vote the winner of the BCS Championship game No. 1;
             50          WHEREAS, Utah held out hope for a share of the national title after dismantling an
             51      Alabama team that was ranked No. 1 for five weeks in the regular season;
             52          WHEREAS, Utah, led by quarterback Brian Johnson and an overpowering defensive
             53      unit, blasted the Crimson Tide 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl on January 2, 2009 before a heavily
             54      partisan Alabama crowd in the Louisiana Superdome;
             55          WHEREAS, Alabama's only loss prior to meeting Utah was to Florida in the SEC
             56      Championship game;
             57          WHEREAS, the Utes jumped to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and finished the game with
             58      both the most points scored against, and the fewest points allowed to, Alabama in the 2008
             59      season;
             60          WHEREAS, Utah finished the season as the only undefeated team in the nation at
             61      13-0;
             62          WHEREAS, Utah was 3-0 for the season against teams from automatic qualifying BCS
             63      schools, namely Michigan, Oregon State, and Alabama;


             64          WHEREAS, Utah was 4-0 against Top-25 teams, namely Alabama, TCU, Oregon
             65      State, and Brigham Young;
             66          WHEREAS, in their fifth game against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, the
             67      Utes beat Oregon State, the only team to beat USC, which finished No. 2 in the USA Today
             68      Poll;
             69          WHEREAS, Utah was 6-0 against teams that competed in bowl games;
             70          WHEREAS, Utah's eight straight bowl wins is the longest current bowl winning streak
             71      in the nation;
             72          WHEREAS, included in the bowl winning streak are wins over USC, Pittsburgh,
             73      Georgia Tech, and Alabama;
             74          WHEREAS, in 10 games against Pac 10 and SEC foes in 2008, Mountain West
             75      Conference teams were 8-2;
             76          WHEREAS, eight Utah players were first team all-league selections in 2008, and three
             77      were second team selections;
             78          WHEREAS, Utah is 12-3 in its last 15 games against automatic BCS qualifiers;
             79          WHEREAS, 13 wins in one year is a new school record;
             80          WHEREAS, Utah's 14 straight wins is the longest current win streak in the nation;
             81          WHEREAS, Utah All-America punter/kicker Louie Sakoda became Utah's first
             82      consensus All-American first team selection in school history;
             83          WHEREAS, Utah's Coach Kyle Whittingham, who led the Utes to the best season in
             84      its 115-year history, is the first football coach in Utah history to win the American Football
             85      Coaches Association and the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Awards;
             86          WHEREAS, Coach Whittingham has said, "Our players should be very proud of what
             87      they have accomplished and are well deserving of all the accolades that have come their way";
             88          WHEREAS, Coach Whittingham added, "We felt that being the only undefeated team
             89      in the country should have allowed us the opportunity to play for a national championship.
             90      We believe that if given the chance, we can play with any team in the nation . . . While there
             91      is certainly some disappointment about not finishing No. 1, we prefer to look on the positive


             92      side"; and
             93          WHEREAS, on January 16, thousands of fans turned out to honor the Utes at a parade
             94      in their honor down Salt Lake City's State Street:
             95          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             96      Governor concurring therein, recognize the superior performance of the 2008 University of
             97      Utah football team and coaching staff, and for its pursuit and attainment of true excellence in
             98      football.
             99          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor extend their best
             100      wishes to the team and coaching staff in all of their future endeavors.
             101          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be presented to the
             102      players and coaches of the 2008 University of Utah football team.


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