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Krystkowiak's 1st season rough, but the future looking better for utes

Published: Monday, March 19 2012 9:43 p.m. MDT

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MC Ute
Midvale, UT

The Utes will be just fine, unless a few rouge fans (who probably never attend a game) start calling for his job. Having attended every home game this year, I saw the progress and I saw what a good crowd behind the team did for their confidence. Ute fans need to fill the seats and get behind this coaching staff and the team next year.

Go UTES

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

"But the future looking better for Utes"

Umm, that's ... interesting. Put it this way, how can it get any worse, so of course ANYTHING better than this past season will, indeed, be "better."

Razzle2
Bluffdale, UT

10 years ago I went to most of the Y home games because I had small children and I could find parking right next to the Marriott Center. U tickets were just too hard on a young family.

This year I went to most of the U home games because I'm unemployed and I can get $8 tickets and move right down to the best seats.

Tell you what though, I think I have more fun watching the PAC-12 today than the Mountain West 10 years ago.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

Blah Blah

Harbough turned the 49ers around in his first year.

This may be Krystkowiak's last season.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

seems to me like the Utes have two scenario's to face. 4-6 years trying to turn the program around or a quick decent but not great turnaround. Either way, Krystkowiak is gone - fired in the first optioin and moving to a better school in the 2nd.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Still Blue after all these years -

You wrote: "Either way, Krystkowiak is gone - fired in the first option and moving to a better school in the 2nd."

Utah already has an answer for that ... Tommy Connor.

Connor knows the state of Utah and can recruit it. To quote an article from last year; "He played under Majerus, he was Rick's graduate assistant, then a Ute assistant, and he still preaches the same principles Rick preached, such as fundamentals and defense, and wins. A lot. He [was] 243-105 in 12 years [as Westminster College's head coach] ... and he commands respect from his players. John Stockton sent his son there, so you only have to think about it for a split second to understand why Connor fits with the Utes."

The success Connor had at WC was as the head coach of the first team they had for years. So while it was NAIA and not DI ball, taking a spanking new program to the heights he took it was awesome.

The Utes have 2 head coaches now ... one or the other (or both) will be on the hill for quite a while.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

motorbike, don't forget the other assistant Norm Parrish. His success as a JC national championship coach can undoubtedly pay huge dividends in recruiting, especially with the connections he has in the JC ranks. Again, while these are not D1 programs, they each present unique coaching challenges, and having successful coaches from different avenues can be nothing but beneficial. Keep in mind that another particular in-state school's coach launched his coaching career with a JC national championship. Oh, and one of his best players there is now Utah's recruiting coordinator. I love the staff that's put together, and can only be excited about the future of the program!

MiP
Iowa City, IA

Tough to have to let kids go, but I'm sure they understand that you need to have talent to be on a competitive, division I, power conference team, which Utah hopes to be again soon. That said, hopefully all will get a good opportunity and that those that remain will elevate Utah's program substantially.

13 scholies for:
Locks- Foster, Washburn, Hines.
Most likely-Dotson, Farr, Martin, Dean
Incomers-Loveridge, Hearhily,Bachynski, Olson, Seymour

Bubble-Matthews, Dawson, Storey, Odunsi (who I like best in this group)
Walk-on esque-Green, Mortenson, Osterloh, Perkins, Ricketts

Mission-Wilkinson

They are stacked at the bigs. The real issue is point.

Best of luck to all.
Top 7 for next year: Washburn, Hines, Foster, Loveridge,

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm confident the Utes will be much improved next year. With the better talent joining the team combined with the talented coaching staff, I don't think it will take them too long to rebuild this program.

I think our coaching staff from head coach to all the assistants is one of the best the Utes have had in a long time. We've got good recruiters and guys that can really teach the game.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

The skeptics and the haters will be surprised.

2012: 10-15 wins
2013: 15-20 wins
2014: 20-30 wins

Which is a heck of a lot more than I can say for the rebuilding of BYU football. Yikes.

Now there's a long-term project.

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