Please, please do not fire this coach...tee hee...
What worries? Utah will have to buy out his contract for millions. Millions to
sit on coach eating potato chips... now that's the worry I want to have.
Is it possible that Boylen isn't the problem? The Utes haven't been
consistently good since Majerus, and by all accounts Rick was a pretty unique
guy. We won't see another coach like that here again. I guess when you
consider losses to Portland, San Diego, and the Baptists, you have to wonder
about preparation., but Giaccaletti wasn't lighting it up either. Not sure the
solution, but I'm not sure it's a coaching change. Best of luck to his family.
This is a good article. How much does this family crisis have to do with the
Utes lack of preperation?Majerus had plenty of issues with his
health. I think the big difference is that his coaching staff was rock solid.
The issue I have with Boylens coaching style is that he thinks he's
the program. See last years statements about "his program." Utah has
no offensive scheme. To me it reminds me of watching a city league game. They
play lackluster defense. Under Majerus, it was not uncommon to hold most teams
on our schedule under 60 points a contest. SDSU reminds me a lot of Utah under
Majerus.I think Utah needs to get back to playing defense and
rebounding and they can see some difference in outcome. I just don't think this
will happen until Boylen is ultimately let go.I hope everything
works out for him in his family crisis.Go Utes
This is a strange article. It's starts by saying, "I'm not going to pile
on." then list all the reasons why he should be fired. Then finishes by
saying in essence, "Nope, I'm not going to pile on."Do you
think Boylen is going to read this (probably not because it's in the Deseret
News) and say, "Wow thanks for pointing all that out. I'd hate to see your
article if you decided to pile on."
Compassion in the business world is rarified air and completely appropriate in
Coach Boylen's case. Letting him go now will not improve the season, although
perhaps,if he's willing, giving him paid leave would be beneficial.God bless, coach Boylen. I hope your family challenges work out for the best.
a BYU fan.
You're right, his family health issues supercede all else for now. However, it's
clear the coach is not the one to create teamwork between players and support
from fans. No, he should not be fired now, but at the end of the season, all the
cards should be put on the table. I for one, think Utah can do better.
I still dont get just what experience Boylen had that got him the job in the
first place.And to get all that pay for it.The attendance at games
has been horrible. The recruiting has been horrible. Funny man Rick
Majerus was gross,ecentric,offensive,and unpredictable but he was entertaining
and could recruit.His players liked and respected him as well as us fans.
There will never be another Rick Majerus and it is unfair to compare anyone to
him.But Boylen cant win games or nothing seems to be going right for this
team with Boylen.It has been all downhill and frustrating. A change is
needed. But a really smart change. Someone with experience and who can recruit.
Someone who can earn respect and win back old fans and bring in new fans. We
need to bring the fun back!
Boylen's on-the-court peoblems did not start during the past few weeks.Utah needs to do what is best for the U, and if that means letting Boylen go,
and letting him focus on his family, while someone else focuses on trying to
salvage the year, I see no problem with that.Maybe, appoint an
interim HC, and give Boylen a leave of absense for the rest of the year is the
answer, if the U likes what he has been doing.Either way, the
program needs help.
Wow, every sports fan has been waiting with baited breath to finally know what
Brad Rock has to say about whether Boylen should be fired now, fired later, or
just retained. After all, sportswriters like Brad get to make this call. He
tells us how he made the call in the past with real results but how at times he
has decided to withhold his calls for termination based on other considerations.
At this point, there is a small problem of a family illness in the Boylen
family so now is not a good time for the firing. Brad has a heart which is nice
to know. Is there some equivalent person in Brad's profession that can just
write an article and make things like this all happen? Very, very interesting.
Good luck to Coach Boylan and his family issues. As a BYU fan I want to pound
your team on the court but on a personal basis I hope and pray all is well with
I am obviously not saying that Boylen is a better coach than Rose. But Boylen
has accomplished two things that Rose has not:Won the MWC
tournamentEarned a 5 seed in the NCAA tournament ( I know, I know Utah was
upset in the opening round, I realize that. Im just stating a fact.) Boylen has shown that when he can keep a team together, he can have some
success. If this team can stay together for next year, they should be better.
Probably in the 18 win range. They have talent. This year's team was literally
just thrown together. In this offseason, if everyone sticks around,
we should be a solid team next year. But thats the problem. Players seem to
exit in large numbers after every year. Boylen needs to bring in an
assistant who can run an offense, bring in a rebounder, and needs more shooters.
We don't have the money to fire him unfortunately, so we will just
have to ride this one out.
Don't forget that boylen also accomplished other things Rose has not yet,losing to DII schools
"I have written fire-the-coach columns over the years... Ron McBride (Utah
football), Gary Crowton (BYU football) and Brent Guy (USU football) were coaches
I felt obligated to address in some form, and eventually each was fired."
It sounds like you're trying to take credit for their firings.
Apparently if the family is healthy, you feel no remorse about people losing
their jobs"Now isn't the right time to talk about firing Jim
Boylen"I hope you don't choose your titles because this one
makes no sense. Suppose I set up a stand in downtown Salt Lake passing out
hundreds of flyers that say, "Please don't talk about my son's bed wetting,
its a private matter." Does that help or hurt my cause?
As a Cougs Fan, I think Boylen is the best coach Utah's ever had!! As a fan, I
find it very difficult to figure out what Hill sees with this guy. What has this
guy done to the Utah Basketball Program since he arrived? Send him back to
I tend to agree that Boylen hasn't worked out well for the Utes. However now
that they are in the PAC-12 recruiting great players won't be a problem..
everything I've heard from the yewts is that talent will flock to them now that
they are in the big leagues!yeah right!
Nice touchy feely good story from Rock. I agree, hard to shoot a guy down when
things are going bad at home, but this should have been done last year, it
should have been done after losing to Oral Roberts, it should have been done a
long time ago. Despite players coming and going, the same issues exist year end
and out. Boylen's first year the Utes lost like 9 games on a last second
possesion because he could not design a play to call. He let Kepkay take the
fall for one of the games and he nearly went AWOL until the next season. Player
development is not happening. Foster and Washburn are not any better this year
then they were last year. Same goes for Drca and Tillie the previous year. The
team is full of some pretty solid players right now with a huge upside, I'll
give him that, but he has not a clue how to put a program together. His sideline
antics alone are reason to dismiss, it is just down right embarassing, spend a
game watching the crowd seating behind the Ute bench, they are stunned at the
show being put on.
re Big_BenAre you being serious when you identified things Boylen has done
that Rose hasn't. I guess the list you came up with would end at 2. On the
other hand, if you named things Rose had done that Boylen hadn't you could talk
for almost an infinite period of time. The records are not even close over the
same period of time. Boylen has one blip with a flatline chart the rest of the
time. With that said, Dear Mr Boylen best wishes to you and your
family during this very difficult time. I personally see you as a man of
character with good intentions.
So does Rock's call for compassion mean that Rock On will refrain from cheap
shots directed at Boylen and the Utes for the rest of the season?..... nahhhhh.... didn't thinks so.
Love Boylen! Please keep him!