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Published: Tuesday, March 15 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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 fundmentals
3) Develop players
4) Instill an offensive system that can manufacture bucketts in a half-court set.
5) Instill toughness
6) 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

Realistic Ute
Salt Lake City, UT


YOu 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.

I Will Be Till I Die
Holladay, UT

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.

Eagle Mountain, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

South Weber, UT

My money's on Hunsaker.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

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.

Surfers Paradise, AU

According to a few BYU-haers, Dave Rose has already accepted the position. You're supposed to "mark it down".

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

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.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

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.

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