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Published: Friday, April 8 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Eagle Mountain, UT

At least we know Krystkowiak is smart enough to hire Conner. This was a very good move.
Hopefully they can get a couple of good recruits this year to boot.

Ann Arbor, MI

Great hire as the assistant coach.

West Jordan, UT

Welcome back Tommy! I am sure there are alot of surprised people out there in comment land, but you have to admit, this is a great move for Tommy and the Utes. Things are starting to look better already. Good luck to them all!

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

This is the best news I've heard about Utah baskeball in a couple of years.

I'm very happy to have Tommy Connor back as a Ute!!! He is a great coach and really knows the game.

Now stop the bleeding and sign some recruits!!!

Henderson, NV

Tommy is a good guy and basketball is in his blood since his dad was a long-time coach as well. I think he will be an excellent addition to the program and will be instrumental in restoring the program to prominence. Welcome back Tommy.

Tooele, UT

Great first step by Coach K. Glad to see us go after someone with local ties. On the flip side, ESPN is reporting that JJ Obrien has been granted his release as well.

Obrien stated he didn't like the direction of the program. Well, thank you JJ for giving Coach K one week to decide! During the offseason. One question though is, did he like where Boylen was steering the Ute's? This guy might actually like to lose. Like Clyburn, unfortunately, good riddance to you.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Washburn leave as well at this point. It appears all the players with personalities similar to Boylens are bailing out.

West Jordan, UT

re: TH You need to go read what it says on the Utes website about JJ.

Ticky Burden
salt lake city, ut

Absolutely wonderful news. Congrats Tommy C.

Cedar Hills, UT

Great news! Love it.

Heard about JJ Obrien, that one hurts. Hopefully this coaching staff can get some players that are committed and want to work.

This hire gives me hope though.


Orem, UT

Yep, a Cougar that loves the Utes to (except for a couple days a year!). Nice hire! I loved/hated Tommy as a player and the guy can coach too. Nice!

Murray, UT


This was a GREAT hire. Don't pretend you like it. You did nothing but disparage coach Connor in your previous comments, calling him a "glorified" wardball coach. So, which way you going to go on this?

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I am not a Ute fan at all. However, I think that Ty Corbin can take a lesson here. He needs to get assistants with head coaching experience of something. Notice most of the other benches around the NBA. They all have an assistant with previous head coaching experience.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Great move!! I'm excited to see what Coach Connor can do recruiting wise and with the players we already have. He's a great coach and knows the local community as well as anyone. Coach K's a man of his word.

Salt Lake City, UT

Tommy Connor was a gritty hard nosed player that had to work for everything. I hope we can bring this mentality back to the program. A lot of the current players and many of the players who have already left have talent but are as soft as baby food. Nothing will change until that does.

Holladay, UT

I was wanting him as head coach, so not exactly what I wanted but sure improves thing a lot. I am very hopeful and excited. I think Rice has had a huge impact at the Y, I hope Connor can do the same here. Now if K leaves after a couple of good years we at least have in place the replacement:)

Holladay, UT

The re-birth of Ute basketball took another big step. Great hire Utes!

Hey Cougars, no need to post here. We don't need your negative comments. Move along.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Remember when Connor dislocated his finger on his shooting hand in the first half against byu in the WAC tourney? He came back and hit the game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Pocatello, ID

I love the hire of Connor.

I read the press release on O'brien, and am cautiously optimistic. I think he and George Matthews are the nucleus of the future and will provide a solid foundation for the future. I really hope he will stay around.

Cougs Rule
Kaysville, UT

A Cougar fan here. Just wanting to congratulate Coach K for a great hire. It would be tough to hire someone that many wanted instead of you, so it says a lot about Coach K and his humility. Hope it works out for all.

Good luck to the team up north in rebuilding things there!

South Jordan, UT

Welcome back! How about Judkins?

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