The problem...where to find a successful head coach that would want to come to
Utah? I can name two, but would they jump ship on their school? It may be
necessary to take a successful coach from a smaller program. I don't believe
that time is not a factor...this position will be filled in early April if not
before. My guess, they already have the person.
The new regime will have to do what the previous one was unable to do, which
is;1) Recruit D-1 talent (Kuppets = D-1 heart in a NAIA body)2) Teach proper fundmentals3) Develop players 4) Instill an
offensive system that can manufacture bucketts in a half-court set.5)
Instill toughness6) Preparation (many of the Fat Man's W's were due to his
scouting and game planning of opponents.)7) Assemble a staff with a high
basketball acumen. 8) Win
@MAFUYOu forgot one important one, get the players to play defense
every minute of every game. I don't know what the problem is. Sometimes they do,
sometimes they just mail it in. Maybe it's because for a number of years now
they've had long-limbed giants in the paint like Bogut, Neville and Foster to
block shots that guys up front don't feel they have to work as hard cuz the
center will get their back.
Two other critical components, I think, are 1) getting back to winning the
in-state recruiting battles, and 2) getting the stuent body to attend the games.
My take on the declining attendance, by both students and alumni,
is that people want to see the better in-state players in Utah uniforms, and
when that stopped happening, they stopped showing up at the Huntsman Center.
Biggest challenge will be to find a good coach that wants to be in Utah long
term. It will be nearly impossiple to lure an established top coach away from
another program. If the U is lucky enough to find a good young coach that is
having success at a smaller school he will likely be gone after his first
successful year at Utah (ala Urban Meyer). BYU and USU will get most of
the great in-state players for the forseeable future. success breeds success and
next years team will be very good again.
Of all the rumors going around I REALLY hope it is not Steve Alford. He would
not fit into the program whatsoever. If the athletes are waiting to find out
who the coach is and it is Steve, well, lets just say it won't be pretty.For now, that is my input.
My money's on Hunsaker.
My three criteria:1. Monster success as a head coach.2. First
name Tommy.3. Last name Connor.Hard nosed leader who knows
basketball, develops players, and teaches fundamentals.
According to a few BYU-haers, Dave Rose has already accepted the position.
You're supposed to "mark it down".
I'm not a BYU hater, but I'd love to see Dave Rose come to the U. He fits all
the criteria Bill listed in the article and he may be willing to leave BYU
rather than coach in the WCC.Tommy Connor is another good choice.I think Chris Hill has his eye on some coaches whose teams are still
playing and is waiting for his opportunity to talk to them. Maybe he will
travel to some of the NCAA regionals or to some NIT games and have lunch or
dinner with some coaches. Who knows, but I hope we don't end up with another
experiment like we've been through twice now.
Mormon Ute | 1:45 p.m. March 16, 2011 Kaysville, UT ===Agreed, Rose would be a great choice, although I think Connor has what it
takes to elevate Utah higher than any of the other coaches mentioned.