Great points by many. I don't have as much of an issue with the slower pace as I
think they should have done it weeks ago. Utah does have some talent in O'Brien,
and Clyburn. But we lack any post presence offensively, and a true point gaurd.
Jiggy just doesn't do it for me. I think he's a turnover machine that throws up
wild garbage at the basket.I don't get how Riles see's this. It took
Boylen 25 games into the season to realize he couldnt run with anyone! Everyone
loves up tempo games, but I would rather see wins. Under Majerus, Utah was a
great defensive team and an average offensive team.I think under a
different coach, Utah is close to a 20 win team this year. I'm considering the
losses to Oral Roberts, Air Force(2), San Diego, Hawaii, Portland. You could
even throw in SDSU at home that Utah couldn't close! Point is, Utah is losing to
teams with much less talent and at home. Utah should never lose at home!Go Ute's.... Onto the future!
@ Mormon Ute and the rest... Are you kidding?!? 3 wins in a row against bottom
dweller teams is NOT a sign of progress. And.. being encouraged about a 5th
place finish is beyond my ability to understand. The sooner we show Boylen the
door the better. There are plenty of coaches in college basketball who could
take Boylens exact same team of players and turn them into a team that would
battle for first place. Forget this 5th place garbage!! The Utes could
have Jim Harrick in a heart beat. Regardless of what some of you nay Sayers
think... He travels every week of the season to offer his coaching skills as a
consultant to teams like North Carolina, UCLA, Boston College, Syracuse, just to
name a few. Coach Harrick could step in immediately, as he is not contracted to
any school right now.Let's just get back on the Winning track!!Go
Including this article I have now read or heard in person the opinions of
several people who actuall attend the games and say Coach Boylen deserves
another season at Utah. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Given the
challenges Utah has faced this year, I think there is a good possibility he can
keep things going in a positive direction.
I appreciate your positive outlook Bill, and the Utes are playing a little
better, but it's way too little too late.Utah is #337 in assists per
game. During this current three game winning streak, the Utes had 7 assists vs
Wyo, 10 assists vs NM, and 6 assists vs TCU, against two of the three worst
teams in the MWC.That's less than 8 assists per game, which would
rank the Utes DEAD LAST out of 346 Division I teams if projected out over the
entire season.Central Michigan, #346 in assists, averages 8.6
assists per game.If that's what you call showing "signs of real
progress," so be it, but what it's showing me is a team that has absolutely
no offensive flow and a team that will get destroyed in the PAC 12 next year if
signficant improvement isn't made.
Positive spin Bill, but the Utes built their recent three game winning streak on
a little luck and a lot of subpar competition.Just like the Utes
3-game winning streak a month ago came skittering to a halt against the Rams,
the Utes' current winning streak will end at CSU and the Rebels will extend that
to two straight Utah losses on Saturday.The good news for the Utes
is they'll tie with AFA for 6th in the MWC, and by virtue of the Falcon's sweep
of Utah, the Utes will be seeded 7th in the MWC tournamnet where their season
will mercifully end with little drama against the Aztecs.The Boylen
era will end with three straight losses and another losing season(13-18).
Give it a rest, riley! These guys are still a sows ear!
I do believe in fairies, I do, I do, I do. I do believe in fairies, I do, I do,
Come on Riles. I understand you're the play by play guy for the Utes and work
directly with Boylen often, but take off your crimson colored glasses. You call
a win over a very poor Wyoming team, playing without two of their best players
and with an interim coach, a last second prayer needed to beat a very
underachieving New Mexico team and a 2 point win at home over a 1 conference win
team in TCU progress? This team plays without any regard to the most basic
skills seen with most decent teams like value the ball, turn overs, blocking out
and communication on the floor. I,m trying to speak for many of my friends who
simply no longer attend the games at the Huntsman Center and all of the
thousands of other empty seats. Dr. Hill must make a change now! Utah has been
invited to join one the most prestigous conferences in all of college sports.
Now is the time for a fresh start and a new coach.
Another fan complaining about 'boring' wins and less than exciting Ute
basketball. I suppose compared to BYU basketball this season almost any program
could be considered a 'letdown'.Enjoy the wins while you get them.
The Utes are improving. Next season will bring different players, a new
Bill: You have lost all touch with reality and objectivity. I guess I don't
really expect you to be objective considering your job is to provide play by
play for the team. If you saw ANY progress in the TCU game, you certainly saw a
different game than I did. New Mexico was a nice - and very unexpected - win.
But, let's be realistic, it took a top of the key banked 3 pointer at the buzzer
to win it. What, to me, is even more frustrating and disappointing than the
narrow HOME wins against celler dwelling teams like TCU is the B O R I N G style
of play. The "walking it up the court, perimeter passing, lack of
confidence in shooting" Utes is not what Mr. Boylen promised and it will
not sell tickets. Something has to change before next year - real Division 1
athletes or a coach that can develop players.