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Utah Utes basketball: Reports claim Alex Jensen says no to assistant job

Published: Thursday, April 14 2011 6:50 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Another day, another this and that with the University of Utah men's basketball program.

On the coaching front, former Ute Alex Jensen has reportedly turned down an offer to become an assistant to new head coach Larry Krystkowiak. ESPN 700 is reporting that Jensen, instead, will be bumped up to No. 1 assistant under former Utah coach Rick Majerus at St. Louis.

According to montanakaimin.com, the nameplate on Montana assistant coach Andy Hill's office has been removed. Hill is reportedly set to become Utah's third assistant coach or the new director of basketball operations.

"He and coach Krystkowiak have had a good relationship over the years," Montana coach Wayne Tinkle told the independent student newspaper. "And Utah's move to the new Pac-12 could be a good opportunity."

Hill was one of Krystkowiak's assistant coaches at Montana.

In player news, an athletic department official confirmed that Utah has given another school permission to speak with senior-to-be Chris Kupets. The 6-foot, 175-guard, who averaged 7.4 points for the Utes last season as a junior college transfer, has not officially asked for a release from his scholarship.

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