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Utah Utes basketball: Larry Krystkowiak adds another assistant coach

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  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    April 19, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    Ted H:

    "Maybe this means Hedge also has a chance. McDonalds did just announce they'd be hiring another 40,000 people."

    Did you hear this at your staff meeting while the drive through was slow?

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    April 19, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    Ok here's the count: 4 coaches, 5 schollie players and 0 D1 talent!

  • JWunderli Henderson, NV
    April 19, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Duckhunter - first of all, there is no published list of coaches who turned the U down and if any did turn it down, it may be because they wanted more money than the U was willing to pay. The U should pay for performance at this point, not promises; they are doing this with Coach K. Secondly, the list of players leaving Utah is no big deal: Clyburn - decent player but skinny and selfish; Dimaria - nice guy but not a D1 player, certainly not PAC-12 caliber; Guiot - again, not D1 material, Kupets - funky shot and good for 5 minutes a game at best. I'm hoping JJ O'Brien will stay and if we can get a decent player or two this year (to add to the three star recruit we signed in the fall) we could begin to have a base to rebuild the program. The conference affiliation will make a difference but the program needed to be stabilized - which it now has been.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    April 19, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    Solid hire. Bringing in a familiar assistant can give some stability to the coaching and these guys can feed off each other. I also like the Tommy Connor hire as it gives the local recruiting a much needed shot in the arm.

    Good luck coach.

    @ 4:07 pm Ted H. wrote "Maybe this means Hedge also has a chance. McDonalds did just announce they'd be hiring another 40,000 people. Surely they have SOMETHING hedge could do right? Maybe not."

    That's interesting. I though comments like these constituted what's meant as "off-topic, misrepresentative and abusive".

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 19, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    @rvalens

    Conference affiliation means very little for basketball. If you want evidence of that just look at the list of coaches from supposedly inferior conferences that turned utah down flat when they offered them the head coaching job. Just look at the list of players leaving utah in droves to go elsewhere just as they are entering the pac10.

    It may mean something in football, it means almost nothing in basketball, and it might mean something in a few minor sports. Football is the only sport that it makes much of a difference.

    And of course it is only going to make much of a difference in football if utah actually does well. If they do not do well utah will not get any better level of football recruits than washington st., oregon st., colorado, etc. who are all pretty mediocre programs with mediocre players.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 19, 2011 3:31 a.m.

    Coach K is bringing in assistants that he is comfortable with. Nobody can blame him for doing that; besides, do a little research and you'll find that most big name coaches started at smaller schools and moved up.

    Andy sounds like a great assistant.

    Besides, what's going to matter the most to recruits is that Utah is a great school and that it's in the PAC-12.

    Conference affiliation is just huge when it comes to recruiting players. Though you will never hear the U's coaches talk about it (cause it's bad publicity) many top notch players won't even talk to an assistant if he's not from a school that's in a major conference.

    The new PAC-12 conference affiliation is going to have a big positive impact on all of the University of Utah's sports teams.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    April 18, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Got the states of Montana and Confusion covered. Is this what that move to the pac gets you? Lot's of luck!

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    Wow, they're bringing in the big guns eh?

    That's what the PAC10 will do for ya!!!

    lol....

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    April 18, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    "Maybe sammyg finally found a job and moved out of his parents basement, instead of trolling Utah boards all day."

    Maybe this means Hedge also has a chance. McDonalds did just announce they'd be hiring another 40,000 people.

    Surely they have SOMETHING hedge could do right? Maybe not.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    April 18, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    Maybe sammyg finally found a job and moved out of his parents basement, instead of trolling Utah boards all day.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    Connor can recruit in state, Slocum has a specialty recruiting vegas / west coast and "Krisco" says this guy is a pretty tireless recruiter. It is apparent they are going to make strides in recuiting but it may be to late for this year. It will be nice to get some big time players at the U again.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    April 18, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    May I remind Briton that Boylen was handed an empty hand when he took over? Jackeletta (Sp?) made the Ute program in shambles.... Boylen simply could not get it out of the hole.....

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    April 18, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    Any progress in the Utah basketball program will be how effective the recruting will be. Can Andy or any of the other BB coaches recruite and keep recruits in school? Unless they can attract some marquee players and get results in a hurray, the fans will be unhappy. I wish Andy well. It's going to be tough mining recruiting areas already being plumbed by every other major and minor university/college. Not only this, the professional leagues are taking many of the elite players out of high school before they ever get to college. My feeling about the prosfessional leagues is they need to be cut down to size by the powers that be, just like the professional football leagues has been. Basketball players under the age of 20 are not prepared to advance from high school to the pros, bypassing the college level. This is screwing up the NBA and other professional leagues as well.

  • Festus Haggen Council, Idaho
    April 18, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    Andy was a former assistant coach for me during my collegiate experience. He is a great guy with a lot of energy. I think he will do a great job at the U.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    April 18, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    no sammyg?