Coach K2,It's nice to meet you. I'm sorry that you will only be
allowed 2 years to fix the programs before the impatient Utes decide that you
need to be replaced. Since Majerus, Boylen is the only one they've given more
time than that to and they only gave him 4 years. Just think of it: you are the
6th coach since 2004! Keep that resume dusted off.Also, just
wondering, will there actually be any players on the team this year?
I like what I see in Coach K's answers in this interview. I'm one Ute fan who
has a lot of patience. I understand it is going to take time to get back to
where the program once was, but as long as we see things going in the right
direction I'm happy. I think most Ute fans look at it the same way. There are
a few very vocal ones who make themsleve known on blogs and comment boards who
don't understand what it takes.By the way, Stitches, I don't believe
the MC was full to capacity during the Steve Cleveland years. So if you're
taking the low attendance to mean our fans are impatient, take a look in the
mirror. BYU fans are no different.
This is going to be an exciting era for Utah basketball. We're going
to reestablish ourselves in this state. Sweep out the Cougs and Ags who feel
like they've made a permanent roost at the top; their success is fool's gold,
IMO. The Utes ceiling has always been higher than those other two, and their
history, deep post-season runs and various championships show that.Now that the Utes are in the PAC12, Utah will start a new chapter of its rich
history. Krystkowiak will do just fine. It's exciting to see Connor on the
staff.Things are looking up. Go Utes!
Coach,Welcome and congratulations on the job!!! I'm very impressed
with the staff you have assembled, your approach with the current players, your
initial recruiting efforts, and your personal philosophy. We're behind you -
all the way!!! I would like to offer one coaching suggestion. Have
Janita Badon, our 5 foot 7 inch wonman's team guard, teach our two 7 footers how
to rebound!!!!! She got 17 in one game... for our guys that's a months effort
(or lack therof)!!
Sorry wanna bes, Coach K is at DUKE! Try again.
Coach K, Congrats on getting the job and running off the best player
before you've even settled in office... I wouldn't get too comfy, you're likely
just arranging seats on the Titanic.
Universities in sparsely populated states will in most cases have difficulty in
building programs, particularly since in states like Utah, there are few players
in high schools that can excell at the division 1 level. Yeah, and it's not
coach K, he's at Duke. Let's go with Kystco. I wish nothing but the best for
Utes basketball, except when they play BYU, Utah State, Weber State, in that
order. This is going to be a tough job to get done. With all the corruption in
collegiate recruiting, and keeping players eligible and out of trouble is
daunting. Obviously basketball is not the headline sport in America, or in
Utah. The other PAC-12 universities will be tough to handle for the Utes, since
they have a serious leg up in the recruiting of top players. Hang in there Ute
Dear Coach,Congratulations on your new position. I wish you the
best of luck and hope you do well. Even though I am not a huge Ute fan I liked
your answers on the interview.In spite of a few supposed BYU fans, I
believe most Cougar fans wish you well.
Real Bass, if you think Ute fans call Krysto coach K because we want to be like
Duke, you're sorely mistaken. I call him Coach K because it's faster to type
it, and, more importantly, it obviously get's under the skin of overly sensitive
BYU fans.Coach K's interview got me pumped up. It sounds like he
knows what needs to be done, now let's hope he is able to get that translated on
the court.I loved Boylen, and really wanted him to succeed. I
thought he would be able to do it as well, but he struggled with progressing
with his guys.viva la Pac-12Go Utes.
Lone Star...I second that.
Here's a question that should have been asked. Coach...you've been to a lot of
different places and haven't won at any of them? You weren't even 500 or a
little bit under...in every case, you've been atrocious. What makes this
different? Basically, if you don't have the winning experience then how are you
possibly going to bring it here?
The coach has done some very good things - the best thing is that he brought in
Tommy Connor as his head assistant. One thing he hasn't done as
someone above suggested, is run Clyburn. Clyburn asked to be released - crazy
move on his part to sit out a year for only one year left of eligibility but
whatever.The biggest difference I'm hoping for is that he can
actually coach - that is something that Boylen or his staff simply could not do.
Coach K is supposedly a good x's and o's guy and I know Connor is too -
hopefully they will be able to teach the players how to play the game better.As for all the coog fans commenting on here - you should probably focus
on how you replace the only player of the year your school has ever / will ever
have and who is going to replace coach Rice.I think the Utes will be
fine. It is going to take a couple of years to get the talent level to where it
needs to be but I'm confident this coaching staff can get more out of the
players we have.
@ In Stitches I am guessing that you chose that name because you think you're
funny. I believe it is more literal, and it's because you've been smacked around
a few times. Winning coaches don't need more than 2 years to prove themselves.
Coach K will be around for a lot of years.If coach K has talked to
his team about the same things he said in the interview, then I am glad that the
players who left are gone. They are not the players who will work hard and be
hard nosed. I am one Ute fan who believes that we will have significantly
more win's than losses next season.Go Utes!
Mormon UteActually I was basing it on those (MORE than few) vocal
Ute fans who perennially call for the coach's head because they are perennially
rebuilding. When you make the coach start from scratch every other year, what do
you expect?! As a Utah tax payer, I hope and cheer for the teams to
do well. But I've come to realize that those many vocal Ute fans will never give
any coach a chance to rebuild the program. Like spoiled children, they want it
NOW. Lucky for Steve Fisher that he went to San Diego State. The Utes never
would've given him the kind of time he took to rebuild the program.
Look at that little nunya finally found the cap key. I guess there is hope for
some BYU fans!!
Unfortunately, I have to agree with In Stitches on this point: when we
continually fire our coaches, it makes it hard to rebuild the program. SoCalUte
is the very example of the wrong attitude to have. MormonUte is more the
attitude we SHOULD have. It takes time to rebuild a program. Ridiculous
expectations from us have hindered this program for far too long.Good luck Coach K. (By the way, let's be honest, Coach K is just a lot easier
to say and type -- it has nothing to do with Duke).
Deep ThoughtsWell stated! Here's hoping that we give this one a
NunyaI don't know you can type, so I would suggest you actually
research things before you post. coach K had a bad run with the
Bucks: 31-69His other head coaching jobs were Montana where he was
42-20, went to the tourney both years he was there and lead Montana to their
first NCAA tourney victory in their history. He was also the head coach for the
Idaho Stamped (CBA). In his one season there he went 38-14 and they went to the
CBA finals. His other coaching jobs have been as assistants, hardly the point
man for the success of a team. Therefore, your statement,
"Coach...you've been to a lot of different places and haven't won at any of
them? You weren't even 500 or a little bit under...in every case, you've been
atrocious." is either an expression of your ignorance regarding Coach K, or
your bias towards making completely false statements. And the fact that
multiple people have recommended your post is a condemnation to the same, or
merely a reflection of blind support by those related to you.
Well, if I were a Utah High School basketball player, it would be very
discouraging knowing the Coaches interests lie in Brazil, France, Europe and not
really in SLC or Utah...but I guess it doesn't matter anyway if I also want to
serve a mission...I guess that is strike two...Oh, what the heck...strike three
and I'm gone...Utah can be real proud of its foreign brothers and not their own
Veracity:From the article:"But Utah's going to be a
big part of it. We're a Utah school and we need to get some Utah
players."From Coach K's introductory press conference:"We need to place a lot of focus on the state of Utah. There's tremendous
basketball talent here so I need to hire a staff with at least one person, if
not more, familiar with the state. "Coach K has never said he
isn't going to focus on Utah think coach K's hiring of Connor shows his
commitment to recruit Utah.You're statement "Utah can be real
proud of its foreign brothers and not their own sons..." is pretty off
base. I believe Coach K is going to recruit very hard, but obviously the state
doesn't provide enough talent to field the entire team.
I thought the answers lacked overall focus. He appears to be just winging it on
recruiting and what type of offense he is going to run. He narrowed his
recruiting down to everything but Iceland. I'll give him a couple of weeks to
decide direction, but I was unimpressed by this read. Here is my paraphrase.Pac 10 knowledge - I have watched a few games just like everybody
else.Recruiting - We plan on doing it. No real agenda here and chasing
east coast kids is a waste of time.Am I staying - Yes, until they tell me
I'm not. Everything has been transitional until I landed my dream job at the
University of Utah. I can't imagine that this is his dream job.Assessment
of players = We have some, but I can't tell you how many today or tomorrow.
U of U, still can't get past those USU Aggies...
In Stitches,If Coach Boylen had continued in a positive direction,
he would still be there. The problem was he had his best years up front and
then went down hill. He was given 4 years, that should be enough to show you
have a good system that is working. When you have a losing record after two
winning seasons and it keeps getting worse, that just doesn't cut it.Don't worry about your tax dollars, they're not being used on the athletic
programs. As far as the number of vocal fans calling for changes in coaching,
it is a relative few when you consider how many fans there really are.
@ Veracity & other Son's of Provo:Fact: Many college hoops
programs recruit foreign players to fill out their rosters. Your team has had a
few over the years too i.e. Cosic, Hafa, Tavanarri, Balderson, etc. When an
in-state player comes along that fits Larry's criteria and needs; he will be
recruited. The CJ Wilcox's of the world will not be getting away while Larry is
in charge.Fact: Krysko will recruit LDS players and accommodate
missionary service (listen or read his press conference remarks). Keep on
trying to kick the hornets nest and paint Larry K and the U as being anti. It's
the oldest card in the Y fanship handbook of instructions.
Veracity,You didn't really read the article. His answer about
foreign players was in response to a question about that. He has clearly stated
in other interviews his first focus on recruiting is local and that is why he
brought in Tommy Connors and tried to hire Alex Jensen. He has said he would
like to mix in players from the PAC-12 footprint and some international players
where possible, like the Utes have done in the past. He's not focusing on
international players and never has stated that.
Unbiased Viewpoint,You comment is the exact opposite of what your
name suggests. You have distorted every one of the Coach's viewpoints that you
would like us to believe you are paraphrazing. I guess freedom of expression
protects your right to do that, but that doesn't make it okay.
Good luck Coach K. in getting this program back on track. Hope the
fans, the university and general public allow enough time and exercise enough
patience for positive things to happen.
Mormon Ute,I am unbiased in whether it is Utah or BYU. Don't care
either way, but just making observations. Based on the number of comments you
have made concerning this article you have probably read my paraphrased comments
with bias. If you can see focus at any point in the interview, please
enlighten me. I don't see it. I would have thought that a new coach would have
a certain set up principles / standards / philosophies that would be evident
from day 1. To just say we plan on working hard is a poor excuse for not having
a real agenda. Again, best of luck to Coach.
I krystco seems unfocused it is because he litterally has to fix everything
about the utah basketball program. There is nothing positive in it at this time
to build on and he is probably overwhelmed and has no clue where to start. If I was him I would start by trying to recruit good players, whever he
can find them. It is undoubtedly a tough sell, no top player wants to be part of
a trainwreck, but if he ever wants to be good he needs good players.I personally think it is going to take a loooooong time. I hope chris hill has
some patience this time but his track record indicates otherwise.
I agree that the whole Coach K thing has nothing to do with Duke. It's more like
the fans aren't going to bother learning how to say or spell your name when they
know you won't be around for long. I mean they went through all that effort to
learn how to spell and say Giacoletti and he only got to stay 2 years. I guess
he didn't have a magic wand to wave....====Nice try, but your
vocal few were the ONLY ones commenting on every Ute article from almost before
the season started calling for Boylen's head. Apparently, your vast majority
does't read the sports section?
I liked his answers, but the questions were mostly just softballs. I wish the
transfers leaving so quickly every was addressed and what he was going to do to
stop that. I get a good feeling about him being demanding and putting a pretty
good product on the floor.
I wonder if Veracity could name ten high school basketball players right off the
bat (without having to dig into the DesNews archives, that is) that would be
considered good enough to earn scholarships to play for the Utes. I'm not saying
there aren't any, quite the contrary. I'm just curious if Veracity knows just
exactly what he is talking about.