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

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Cougar Blue
N. Las Vegas, NV

Of interest in breaking basketball news of the last hour, Oklahoma went back to UNLV coach Kruger for the third time and offered him a 7 year contract for 16 million $$.....and Kruger has taken it. Persistence has paid off for Oklahoma. UNLV is very interessted in Coach Rice at BYU.

Iowa City, IA

The big question is why a coach in a so-called "lowly conference" would turn down the opportunity to coach a school like Utah in a so-called "power conference."

What is causing the coaching position at Utah to be so tough to sell?

Gilbert, AZ

Contrary to what the article states, the issue isn't that Boylen is a hard act to follow...the issue is that no one sees any upside in this program in a supposed "big-time" conference. The grease fire continues...

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Tommy Connor.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Chris Hill is not panicking, so neither am I. Any word on a third meeting between Hill and Rose? I think Rose is waiting to see if BYU's offer comes close to the Utes'.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Regarding the Norm Chow link. I do believe that Norm Chow was one of the best innovators in College football and that he is a big reason for the BYU success in the 80's and 90's. I don't think he is in the top tier of OC's anymore. There are many schools who run the WC offense now. Norm is just another salesman peddling the same product. Like all the others, he will succeed if he has the right personnel to run that type of offense. Wynn probably won't be the best fit. I am betting on another starter by September.
I do wish him the best though and hope Utah is successful in the PAC.

Al Bundy
murray, ut


We might not be having much luck in the coach hunt? At least we didn't sell our basketball team down the river for our football team. WCC come on.

Salt Lake City, UT

RE: Hawkeye 79
It seems like a tough sell because A) there are a number of open coaching positions and B) the coaching pool isn't that deep. Many are leveraging inquiries into upping their existing contracts.

Wynn wasn't the right fit for the spread. He should do better in Norm's West Coast package. The Utes tweaked the spread after Urban Meyer left and it was never quite the same.

Mcallen, TX

It was a weak move firing Jim Boylen. Should have given him another year or two.

Draper, UT

From the ESPN blog:

"Chow, by any measure one of the best offensive minds in the history of college football"

Yet for some reason Cougar fans have been saying he's an idiot for 2 decades. Bronco was right: The amount of criticism matches the level of education. I like the Cougar fan criticsm of Chow that all he does is run the ball. What? That must come from some alternate reality that I am not familiar with.

Salt Lake City, UT

Al Bundy

"At least we didn't sell our basketball team down the river for our football team."

What basketball team?

BYU will be dancing again next year.

Where will U be?

One Nil to the Arsenal!
Gilbert, AZ

Please don't get excited about Dave Rose.....Look what Giaco did with Bogut. It's easy to win 25 games in a weak conference with the Player of the year. Lets see what Rose does next year. I thought Billy out coached him in the tournament. Go back and look at tape. Rose was just happy to be there. He looked like a kid who just go off the plane from his mission....

The Ute's are going to have to take a chance on somebody young & relatively unknown. I like Tommy Connor myself. I agree with Al Bundy. It's no secret that Rose was not happy about being thrown under the rug so the football team could go to the WAC...err I mean pseudo independent. But I don't see him leaving, and I really don't think he would fit in well at Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT

Rose Rumors need to stop. He has 3 more year on his current deal and they are negotiating a raise and a longer deal.

He already turned down Oklahoma, NC state and Utah. He is coming back to BYU

As far as the following Statement:
It's no secret that Rose was not happy about being thrown under the rug or
At least we didn't sell our basketball team down the river for our football team. WCC come on.

2 out of the final 4 teams are in Small conference. Utah went to the NCAA finals in a small WAC conference. UNLV won a National Championship in a small conferece. Butler, St Marys, Gonzaga, VCU, Old Dominion, BYU, San Diego State, Western Kentucky, Davidson, Richmond all have made sweet 16 games in the last 3 years.

It does not matter what conference you are in Basketball
There is a playoff.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

I'm sure Bennet didn't want to be the next UTE coaching Sacrificial Lamb and certainly he's not out to become a martyr either. Utah Basketball is and open invitation to getting creamed... this up and coming season. The can of worms is almost open. It won't take long to realize that Utah has been given a wakeup call that they were'nt at all expecting. That's why the vacancy shingle for a new Head Coach is going to be hanging outside the door for a while.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

@Al Bundy
Well gee's Al. I don't think that line of thought is too hard to figure out...First off you don't have a basketball program to sell... so you tossed it to the sharks. Face it... You're BB team will be nothing more than shark bait in the PAC... Who wants to coach a program with no future. And Watch the WCC grow just like the WAC did post AZ & AZ State and the MWC did with BYU, Utah, and New Mexico and UNLV. Gonzaga and ST Mary's are pretty near the same level of play every year.

The Disillusionist
Alexandria, VA

The Rose rumors need to stop ... but the Roger Reid rumors need to start! I heard that he met with Chris Hill to discuss succeeding Boylen!!

Jealous U
Alpine, UT

Nil and Bundy

Spin away, but bottom line is no experienced coach wants to risk their coaching career trying to salvage that trainwreck on the hill. Rose and Kruger were both offered $1.7 million per year to coach at Oklahoma and both turned down the Sooners. Lon finally accepted when the Sooners upped the offer to $2.2 million. Rose turned down a $1.5 million from the U, so obviously, trading the MWC and the MTN for the WCC and ESPN/BYUtv isn't anywhere near the concern for Rose that desperate Utah fans were hoping it would be.

Palo Alto, CA

Not sure who's more desperate here.

Nil, for claiming Dave Rose is a mediocre coach.


Chris Hill, for offereing to pay a "mediocre" coach $1.5 million.

What does it say about the PAC 12 Utes' basketball program when three coaches from the MWC/WCC have already turned down the job?

Highland, UT

I just love this quote as posted by one of the more prolific ute trolls just a couple of weeks ago.

"One thing is for sure in the end dr. chirs hill will get whoever he wants."


Yep that was definately not well thought out.

Clearfield, UT

Utah B-Ball is not in shambles. Come on. How long has Fisher been at SDSU and this year was the first NCAA win in school history. How long ago was BYU 1 and nothing. Come on Dr. Hill. Have you ever heard the story of Acres of Diamonds. The treasure is right here in our own backyard. Jeff Judkins, Morrill from USU, both are right here and would have a great advantage recruiting in state talent. What about the Montana coach. Sorry I can't spell his last name.

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