Really ?? While I'm sure Stew is a fine coach and a good person, I see no
indication he would have had any more success than Giacolletti or Boylen at
Utah. USU qualifies for the NCAA tourney every year by getting 25 - 30 wins in
a weak conference and against a sorry preseason schedule. Then like clockwork,
they get eliminated in the 1st round. Watching the Aggies against K-State was
painful. So much for "getting 'er done." Again, good coach , good
guy, but he and his program are never going to be confused with Coach K at Duke,
Roy Williams at NC or even Dave Rose at BYU.
"Big West and WAC powerhouse"You don't see Big West and
WAC used in the same sentence with "POWERHOUSE" very often. do you?
When Stew left CSU for USU he said he could never compete as long as Utah and
byu were in the conference. Stew doesn't want to compete. He wants to be the big
fish in a small pond. He relies on too many JC players.He's fine at USU.
The Pac12 will bring on bigger fish than Stew.
And yet in those last seven years Utah has more tournament wins than Utah State
i hope chris hill doesn't get mmerrill
Thanks, Stew, for making basketball success a way of life at USU. Win, lose, or
draw, I love the Aggies. Give Gary Andersen a few years and he will also build a
consistent football winner. We will be patient with you if you will stick with
Clearly Utah fans should just stay focused on football. It seems they know
little about the other game.
whats up is the one that knows little about the other game.stop shooting from
I respectfully disagree with the thesis of this article. Stew Morrill is no fit
for the Utes or for SLC. #1.) In that same time frame this article mentions
Coach Giac and Boylen combined have one more tournament win then Coach Morrill
has; 2 to 1. #2.) Coach Boylen's graduation rate was easily as good as Stew's.
#3.) Giac and Jim ran a very clean program in the aftermath of the shady
things Majerus was doing, which if anybody understood, are really what started
this program in decline. #4.) Coach Morrill hates the media spotlight and
would crack under the pressure of local media types, such as that guy who writes
for the Trib, who's name rhymes with "Jordan Fawnson." So, if nice guys like Ray Giac and Jim Boylen can't handle the pressure of
winning for a once elite (and will be again) program, a person like Stew Morrill
certainly could not. Coach Morril is great fit for the Colorado State's and the
Utah State's of the world, but by no means is he a "Utah Man Sir."
I think the Utes would have been much better had Morrill been the coach. Ute
basketball has been tediously boring the past several years.
@What's Up?They don't know anything about football either. 6 years
of mixed success has made them think they do. They don't.
Stew has done one thing that The last 2 Utah coaches never figured out, how to
recruit Utah kids. A lot of the success Rick had at Utah was when Judkins was on
staff and getting Utah kids to go to Utah. They have'nt had that in oh the last
7 years and look were that program is now.
Go back to sleep Randy. The Utes will be just fine and without Stew.
Like Stew would've wanted that job. Not a chance!
Their many great coachs.m Stew is one of them. How about binging in Jeff
Judkins, Tommy Conner or Hunsaker. They would all do a great Job. My vote (which
doesn't count for much) Is for Jeff Judkins. However i do not want to see him
leave the Green Pastures at BYU.
Jeff Judkins should be considered for the U. Why a national search when we have
so much talent right here?
And Randy you know Stew was interested in the job and would have taken it seven
years ago how? What evidence of that did you present in your article? None.
The fact is Stew was not interested in being the coach to follow Majerus. He
made that plenty clear if you had bothered to go back and read his comments.
Now after seven years he appears interested because he can build a program
without following the legend. Well too bad Stew, now the U is no longer
interested in you and for good reason, you can beat weak teams but that is all.
Jeff Jud???? Surely you must be kidding!!
Wow, years of crappy teams have really drained Utah fans of knowledge about
basketball. Stew has been successful everywhere he's gone. He's gotten offers
from PAC-10 schools before and turned them down. He would be successful at a
higher level, because he would be able to get higher level recruits.
Fortunately, he's one of VERY VERY few people left in the world to whom loyalty
actually means something.
I think it's very classy of Dr. Hill to wait until after the NCAA tournement to
announce the hiring of Dave Rose.
Dutchman, you hit it right on the head. Hollis makes it sound as if there is a
tree of coaches, and all Utah had to do was go up to the Stew Morrill fruit and
pick it to make him their coach. Also, Why did Hollis chose to
single out Utah, could he not have said BYU blew it for not hiring Stew Morrill
instead of Roger Reid, Tony Ingle or Steve Cleveland? His premise is ridiculous.
This is not a bash on Morrill. I think he is a great coach. But
I'd like to echo Dutchman, if Hollis knows so much about the willingness of
Morrill to leave USU and come to Utah 7 years ago, please enlighten us.
Otherwise a statement such as, "if Utah had been interested enough and, in
hindsight, smart enough they probably could have lured Morrill away from the
Aggies at the time, too," is completely baseless. Hollis is
obviously a cut above the rest, maybe the title should have been, "Utah
blew it by hiring Chris Hill instead of Randy Hollis as AD," as he seems to
know so much about intercollegiate athletics.
Stew has made it clear, every time there has been an opening at Utah or BYU,
that he does not want to move. He is extremely happy where he is and content to
stay and win at USU. But yet these "beat writers" just can't figure
that out, they always assume Stew will just naturally move on to Utah when the
opening arises. Fact is, it would be a huge step down for him, why would a coach
move to a lesser program he routinely beats year after year? He wouldn't, so
stop writing about it. Oh, and when talking about more tournament wins, it's
usually a better argument if the margin of wins is greater than one.
Wouldn't you think that Stew would be upset that Utah won't even put USU on the
schedule? Yet if they came asking for his services he would suddenly forget
being "big-timed" and jump ship to the team who was trying to
"big-time" his school. Yeah, makes sense to me.
Don't want Stew Morrill at the U, in 2004 or 2011. His success at USU can't
directly translate to success at the U. I'm surprised Hollis sounds so
pedestrian in his basketball knowledge. You don't think its possible (probable)
Giac and Boylen would've had similar success at USU over the last seven years?
They showed they couldnt get it done at the U. And I think its likely Morrill
also would've failed here had we hired him in 2004.Chris Hill won't
even take a look at Morrill. And he shouldn't. Better coaches are willing to
hedgehog"I think it's very classy of Dr. Hill to wait until
after the NCAA tournement to announce the hiring of..."Nice
spin, but the real story is Dr. Hill isn't waiting for anything; he simply can't
find anybody who wants to coach at the U.
It's funny to read where some of you utah fans think that you can get a better
coach than Stew! Just because you are going to the pac 12? Who in their right
mind would come in and take over a program that has been run into the dirt by
Boilin Boylen? You will be at the bottom looking up for years. At this point
Hill should see if Steve Cleveland can come and save them....
4th losing season in 6 years. Can't even make the NIT and CBI. Losses to WCC
teams. How many players will transfer this year? Isn't the whole
Stew Morrill thing irrelevant and a mute point?
3rdGenaggie you better stay up in cache valley stewie would not be able to
handle a pac 12 team.he lovesto be a big fish in a small pond.
Hey Randy, Stew is NOT the coach the Utes want. While he has made the NCAA 5
times in the past 7 years, He has consistently gone One and Done at the big
dance. That is Ybu standards, not Utah standards.@ hedgehog I'm not sure
about Dave Rose. I think Chris Hill is waiting for Fisher get through at San
I am still sad that my beloved Cougars did not recieve an invite to the pac-10.
Can you imagine how I feel? you can't! For years we toiled and strived to
recieve an invite. And then the mighty Utes swooped in and got what we had
worked so hard for. I mean yes, the Utes have achieved more recent national
notoreity in football but we have jimmer! and we have trent plaisted coming
hoem from his mission soon! Its ok though, we will always have our
firesides. We have never lost a fireside.
Duck"They don't know anything about football either"That is funny, comming from you.
"@ hedgehog I'm not sure about Dave Rose. I think Chris Hill is waiting for
Fisher get through at San Diego State."Socalute,You
might be right. One thing for sure...whoever Dr. Chris Hill wants he will get.
Multiple sources are reporting that Dr. Hill has already extended an offer to
the guy he really wants, hedgehog.If hedgehog turns down the job,
Skip Lowe, Dr. Hill's neighbor, is next on Dr. Hill's list.
mussingaround,What you don't seem to understand is that Feeder
school for coaches. When was the last time BYU wooed away a top coach?I know o'l bronco tried with Rodreck but we know how that turned out.
"One thing for sure...whoever dr. chris hill wants he will get."BwaaahaaahaaahaaaaYou probably really believe that wedgie.
LOLI'm sure there are more than a couple of guys "dr. chris
hill" wants that won't even give him the time of day. What you really mean
is that he has a good chance at getting his choice of coaches from smaller
schools or else recently fired guys from big schools. My guess is Coach K, Coach
Rose, Coach Izzo, Coach Pitino, Coach Calipari, Coach Donovan, etc. wouldn't
even bother sniffing that job and of course "dr. chris hill" wants
every single one of them.LOL
Aren't I clever? I lumped Coach Rose in the same sentence as other coaches who
have achieved sustained greatness. I feel like if I include myself and my team
in the national conversation, it helps my dangerously low sense of self worth.
Please, don't be mean to me. My life revolves around the deseret
news comment boards (and especially Ute articles). I feel like if I can make
the ute "fans" feel bad about their team, I feel better about myself.
I wish desperately that I was a Ute fan. I could wake up in the morning just
like all of you and feel good abotu myself. Instead, destiny made
me a BYU fan. And with that comes the attributes of such. I make excuses and
never own my mistakes. I complain about officials and claim "bigotry"
if my team is wronged. I consider myself superior to others (even though they
laugh at me).Go BYU!
"what you don't seem to understand is that feeder school for
coaches."Kinda like utah feeding them onto Florida? LOL
thats right ute "fans" you are inferior to me! I cant even enjoy my
own teams success, I have to run down other teams to feel good about life.
Ah so now I have a fan club. LOL That means I am not just effective but I
dominate your thoughts.I love it!
I beg to differ...
Dyer Gary says: "Stewie would not be able to handle a pac 12 team.he
lovesto be a big fish in a small pond." This is precisely
what his critics said when USU moved from the Big West to the WAC. How did that
turn out? My opinion is that Stew can match X's and O's with any
current Pac 10 coach, including mentor Mike Montgomery, the best coach in the
conference. He would have the U competing for an upper division Pac 12 finish in
his 2nd season. Hopefully, he will stay in Logan, and we will never
Rumors are Randy Bennett of Saint Mary's has met with Dr. Hill about the head
coaching position at Utah.
@ scottAnything to the rumors that Bruce Pearl has been seen in
SLC?@ duckhunterr (impersonating the real "duckhunter"
with only one "r")It is so inappropriate and outright
disengeneous for you as a Ute troll to impersonate a BYU fan.
I would prefer a no-nonsense coach who gets the job done, even if he's not the
best PR man. Look at Gordon Chiesa, Stew Morrill, Brad Stevens. Or call Karl
Malone. Or hire Jeff Judkins. All would be fabulous. My first choice would be
Brad Stevens, the coach of Butler. Here's another possibility. The tractor
driver from Illinois, the guy who should have been on the NBA top 50 of all time
for heart, drive and guts alone. I can't remember his name, but he would whip
those kids into shape.