Top 10 local sports stories of 2011

Published: Saturday, Dec. 31 2011 8:13 p.m. MST

#9 - Bye-bye, Boylen ... Hello, Larry Next » 2 of 10 « Prev
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah fired head basketball coach Jim Boylen the day after his fourth season ended. Attendance had plummeted and players were defecting, but most believe it was about the back-to-back losing season (Utah finished the 2011 season with a 13-18 record). Three weeks later, Utah hired New Jersey Nets assistant coach Larry Krystkowiak, but putting the program back together has proven difficult as the Utes are in the midst of one of their worst seasons ever.

"The real story is the demise of the Utah basketball program," said Patrick Kinahan, co-host of the DJ and PK Show on 1320 AM. "I covered them in the '90s and they rocked. To see this program as bad as it is, is literally shocking."

With the loss of players, most suspected Krystkowiak's squad would struggle, especially playing in the Pac-12.

"Everybody suspected this is what was going to happen," said Rock. "But they were willing to suspend reality, hoping some miracle would happen by the time the season came around."
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Orem, Utah

Nicely done, Amy. Couldn't agree more with your choices...especially Jimmermania as #1. Even my wife who generally dislikes sports attended three BYU basketball games last winter and is now following the Sacramento Kings!

Bountiful, UT

I don't know about the team not quitting on Jake, the defense certainly did in the 3rd quarter of the Utah game. Consequently, Utah took a close game and turned it into a route.

Las Vegas, NV

The fans apparently do not realize that any "official practice" would be considered an NCAA Violation and subject a school to probation? I suspect all the fawning over purportedly missed practices will disappear when one realizes that there are no such thing as off-season practices (missed or otherwise). Any off-season workouts are only called by the players themselves; cannot be called, mandated or otherwise attended by coaches and are therefore, not formal or organized. But I am sure all the intellectual geniuses (fans) out their know this right?

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