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Published: Saturday, April 2 2011 11:07 p.m. MDT

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In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT

"As head football coach Kyle Whittingham noted, "it's an arms race" when it comes to facilities."

Whatever we do, lets not increase players' stipends.

The NCAA is one of the most hypocritical institutions, ever. Gazzilions for facilities, for coach's salaries, etc., but the players get minimum. Equal opportunity exploitation.

Y4LYFE
Lubbock, TX

I like the rumored hire. The pattern may continue.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

They appear to be on the edge of a cliff financially. They could be rescued or they could fall. Stay tuned.

BlueSaint
South Jordan, UT

I hear Bozo the Clown needs a job!!....Utah and clowns go very good together.

hedgelog
Idaho Falls, ID

Shambles!

Shamal
Orlando, FL

Those innovative Utes. Instead of paying two salaries for one HC, Utah opted to pay two salaries for none!

Bluto
Sandy, UT

Famed Coach Norm Chow?

The guy who is with his 5th team in 10 years?

The euphoria and arrogance of Ute fan sure has been subdued. Just can't see Utah competing at any level in the Pac-10.2

BYU's in a much brighter spot.

Nobody forces athletes to accept full ride scholarships, tuition, housing, books, meals...Poor babies....

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

The new coach will make a million dollars a year. Cry me a river. We are laying off teachers and everyone is struggling just to make ends meet. Please explain why we need $16 million for football facilities. Where are our priorities? I thought the U of U was an academic institution. Didn't I just read about tuition being raised. I wonder how much a top faculty member is being compensated. What a sad commentary on society when a B-Ball coach earns more than a PH.D from Harvard.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Rock ...Just like in horse racing... and Utah's search for a new coach. There is an extreme difference between taking your time finding a good Jockey to ride a great horse with a great record... and desperately seeking to find someone willing to go take the saddle and reins off of a horse that just expired and died on the track without even crossing the finish line. That vancancy shingle is going to be hanging out there for a while. Maybe even til even after the first couple of Utah Football games...just to get a feel for how hostile the new frontier is actually going to be.

MichiganCoog
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Perhaps its time that the Utah administration and fanbase take a long look in the mirror, and admit to themselves that Utah's sports programs are just not as great as they think they are, and settle for the first guy that has a heart beat, and willing to take a much smaller paycheck than the big boys can offer.

Wake up boys on the hill, joining the PAC10 conference isn't paying the dividens like you thought...at least not at the moment, or maybe never. Ask Washington State and Oregon State...they've been in that conference for 50 plus years, and nobody is knocking down the doors to get those jobs...neither is anyone willing to go to Utah's basketball program either for one reason...who wants to? And, who even cares outside of SLC? It has been in shambles since the fat man left, and probably 5-10 years away from the success that it craves. Then, once the Football program takes a nose-dive out of the gate next fall w/ the green offense and new everything, Dr. Hill is going to have to go after the tax-payers for help...ouch!

bulldog72
Holladay, UT

So, you are complaining because money that football brings in is being used for football rather than for overpaying for a basketball coach? Let me guess, you think socialized medicine is a good idea and can't understand why hard-working Americans don't like the idea of giving up their paycheck to pay for everybody else, too.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

I like the new hire. New coach K should be able to retain Washburn, O'Brien, and Clyborn. The Utes will be alright next year. Enough to make it to the NCAA tourney? I don't know. But it's a good move and it's over.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I think you'll find that big name coaches get money from a variety of sources including well heeled boosters. Coaches want more than the money. They want the environment they can compete in. Now that Utah is in the PAC-12 my guess is that a top coach like Larry Krystkowiak will now be willing to accept their offer.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Henry Drummond | 10:09 a.m. April 3, 2011
San Jose, CA

Now that Utah is in the PAC-12 my guess is that a top coach like Larry Krystkowiak will now be willing to accept their offer.
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The same guy they turned down in favor of Boylen when Utah was in the MWC? The same guy who has been fired since? The guy who works out for two years, then get's fired? Who was willing to accept their offer three years ago?

That top coach?

Lucky Utah is in the PAC. Everything has changed.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Rock hit it on the head. This may be an interim hire for the basketball program. If Larry K. pans out, he'll likely get a raise in 3 or 4 years when the U gets full revenue sharing. If he doesn't pan out, look for the U to be in the market for another coach then and they will be offering that $2 million.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

MichiganCoog,

It is you who needs to take a reality check. Neither Utah nor BYU has played a single game outside their MWC affiliation. Let's wait and see before we brand either direction a failure. The bottom line is both schools took the best option available to them and the U will be far better off down the road going to the PAC-12 than we would have been staying in the MWC. Just like BYU will likely be far better off independent in football.

One interesting point that all you BYU fans are missing as you jump to laugh and criticize what is happening at the U. In this article Brad Rock could have just as easily said all of these same things about BYU. At BYU, basketball and all the other sports are now taking a big step downward to facilitate the move to independence for football. So BYU's motivation and actions are not that different from the U.

MichiganCoog
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Hedgie,

For once you've made a meaningful comment, perhaps your best in months...and it only took one very descriptive word to define the state of UofU athletics...

In all seriousness, hopefully (for the sake of Utah Basketball and its' future in general), Mr. K can turn things around under the silver dome, or Dr. Hill could be writing his own resignation letter next, after spending millions in cash on the last two duds that have attempted to get the Ute b-ball program jump-started.

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

Boy the BYU trolls are out in spades showing their obsession for all things Utah (I counted 8 disparaging comments from different Y trolls). You guys are the biggest hypocrites around; whining when a couple of Utah fans come and make posts on your team's threads but yet like a moth to a flame you leave your hateful drivel at every opportunity regarding Utah; classless you are. Rip on Utah Basketball all you want but Utah still has an overall better record and far better post season list of accomplishments compared to your beloved Y; yet I know those facts really don't matter to haters such as you.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Rock Of The Marne | 1:17 p.m. April 3, 2011
Phoenix, AZ

Rip on Utah Basketball all you want but Utah still has an overall better record and far better post season list of accomplishments compared to your beloved Y.

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Rock, that and two free tickets the kids were giving away at the Gateway, will get you and a date into the HC...

This was a poor hire by Hill.

Football is not driving the bus, but Hill, essentually with this hire, just threw basketball under the bus.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Another gem pebbles! LOL

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