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Published: Thursday, April 14 2011 6:50 p.m. MDT

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Kiboo
West Jordan, Utah

Ouch. He chose to stay with Majerus instead of coming back home???

Things might be worse than we realize.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Kiboo,

It is more that he is the #1 assistant with Majerus' contract running out in 2 years, versus being the #3 at Utah. I bet Alex has his eye on the HC job after Majerus leaves.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

hedge, you were calling BYU's loss of a BB recruit to Hawaii the WCC effect. What's this called? The Ute effect?

I thought everyone would be running to come to the mighty Utes not that they're in the PAC 10.2.

B C
Park City, UT

So one of the best all-around players in Utah history isn't even interested in returning to his newly minted PAC 12 alma mater?

That's sad.

Weren't we told that Chris Hill could get any coach he wanted?

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I agree with pocyUte. Simple matter of economics and career opportunity. He probably got a nice raise to stay at St Louis and a better position being #1 assistant. He's working with a head man he has loved since he was a player. I don't blame him, but it certainly is our loss.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Not to make to big a deal about it pocy and mormon ute but according to pretty much every report Dave Rose took less money to stay at BYU than he could have gotten at several schools, including utah. He id it because he wanted to be ther and loves the university.

Alex is supposedly a utah man through and through yet he wasn't willing to let his love of alma mater sway him.

Not to belabor the point but I have said many times on these boards that BYU engenders a loyalty unlike other places. Of course the wedgies, howies and christina b's scoff at that but I think this is simply more evidence of that fact.

But once again if a guy doesn't want to be there you are probably better off without him.

nunya
sacramento, ca

shocker...hahaha, this is classic. good going there coaches and admin.

In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT

"Not to belabor the point but I have said many times on these boards that BYU engenders a loyalty unlike other places. Of course the wedgies, howies and christina b's scoff at that but I think this is simply more evidence of that fact. "

No one is more loyal to BYU than wedge, howie and christina. The volume of their posts proves that. Even when watching the utes, they are secretly thinking about BYU.

In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT

Jensen will be an asset wherever he is.

Seattleview
Federal Way, WA

Majerus was well known for running off a few players every year that didnt work out as he had planned. Did he do the same to his current "first" assistant so that he could move up Jensen? I expect he felt like he needed someone to recruit for him like he had at Utah. Doing it on his own doesnt appear to have gone as well at St Louis.

Oh well, if Jensen doesnt want to be at Utah it is probably best that he not come. Maybe he is looking 3-4 years down the road when the next Utah coaching change will take place. By then, he would have an even better resume.

JustAnotherName
Alpine, UT

Hmmm ... no one wants to play there and no one wants to coach there.

Will Utah be fielding a basketball team next season?

PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

I can't even keep track of all the Ute players jumping ship. Kupets, too? And Jensen passes on the Pac12 for an assistant position at St.-dadgum-Louis?! Woooooow. This is a disaster.

SeattleUhasabballteam?
Seattle, Wa

To Hedgehog, Dave S and all the other Utah trolls who claimed that BYU is in dire straights because it lost a recruit to Hawaii: You can't even get an alum to coach your team.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Pocy and M Ute are probably correct. St. Louis does have a lot to offer but Ducky is also correct to point out the loyalty thing at BYU.

Had this been reversed, with BYU needing an asst. coach and Jensen as an alumni of BYU, Jensen would probably have come running. There's just that something 'special' about BYU that we don't seem to be seeing at Utah as this coaching debacle continues.

Just as the NTSB seems to take forever to analyze train and plane wrecks it is equally going to take time to sort out Ute Basketball. Happy asst. coach hunting, time to get CC coach!

nottyou
Riverton, UT

Alex wouldn't touch that program with a ten foot pole.

jazzbball
Salt Lake City, UT

What!? He's not coming to UTAH!?? But....but we're in the PAC 10! We are prestigious now! Um, uh, PAC 10.

Yes, we are awful...but...um....PAC 10.

I'm not sure there's another school in the country so laughably obsessed with their conference affiliation, as if that somehow makes up for how miserable their basketball team is.

Fact is, coaches and players care more about the SCHOOL, and the situation. Not the conference. That's why BYU and Utah St will continue to win the in state recruiting battles for years to come.

mamalongarms
Salt Lake City, UT

FYI Chris Kupets was cut, he did not ask for leave.

I'm sorry Jensen turned us down but as has been said above, a #1 spot rather than a #3 spot is always more desirable.

I'd rather look on the bright side. The guys like the new coach, he has great plans for them, and they are getting down to business. Unlike many other readers and posters, I would like to give the coach a chance because so far he's earning it.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Duckhunter and sammyg,

Sometimes when you are building a career, you can't let loyalty dictate your choices too much. I believe Alex would love to come back to Utah, but when faced with the choice between being the #1 assistant under Majerus or being #3 at Utah it was pretty clear which was the better career move. Coming to Utah was probably a lateral move and maybe even a step down, if he was #2 under Majerus.

As far as BYU loyalty, what happened with Dave Rice? Obviously he was faced with something similar to Alex Jensen. The better career move for him was to take the head coaching job. If Jensen had been offered the #1 assistant position, I think he would be here.

Too many people commenting are making far more out of this than it really is. I don't believe it has anything to do with the direction of the program, loyalty or lack of it. While it would have been nice to bring him back here to coach, it won't doom the program to not have him.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

The Train Wreck continue's. I can't wait until next week to see what else will go wrong with that high school on the hill.

sports-junkie
West Jordan, UT

Ouch.

Now Chris Kupets? Yikes. Who will be the next to ask for a release? David Foster? Jason Washburn? Chris Hines? Larry Krystkowiak?

Not good, utes. Not good.

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