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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13 2012 8:06 p.m. MST

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Utes22
SPRINGVILLE, UT

I get to attend my first game of the season on friday and couldn't be more excited about it. I know the OOC Schedule isn't great but since Coach Krystkowiak came in everything he has done has indicated that he chose to strip the program down and completly rebuild it. The schedule this year is just another indication of that. Unfortunatly Coach Krystokowiak came in not just as a new coach coming off a bad year, but as a new coach coming off multiple bad years, bad coaching decesions, and a bad culture within the program. Everything he has been doing has been changing all of that. Good luck this year Utes
Go Utes!!!

Wookie
Omaha, NE

Go Utes!!

UoU 1991
Park City, UT

It's nice to see Coach Krystkowiak working to "change the culture", but I don't remember BYU having to strip their program down to competely rebuild it after their disastrous 1-25 season and I don't recall the Cougars being forced to play an entire OOC schedule of the worst teams they could find just to rebuild their confidence. If I'm not mistaken, BYU was back in the NCAA tournament just a couple of years after their complete meltdown.

Anyway, I'm hopeful that Coach Krystkowiak will be able to make the Utes competitive again, but I'm highly doubtful that the Utes will ever be as good as they were during those euphoric days of the late 90's.

MLH
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

UoU 1991

Utah's basketball program and the way coach Krys is doing it has not one thing to do with BYU, if I'm not mistaken Utah was in the NCAA tournament every year that the cougars were going through their melt down.

"Anyway, I'm hopeful that Coach Krystkowiak will be able to make the Utes competitive again, but I'm highly doubtful that the Utes will ever be as good as they were during those euphoric days of the late 90's."

yes they will, they have the right coaching staff in place now. You will start to see better players committ to Utah, we really already have. The OOC schedule is almost like byu's football schedule it makes them look much better than what they really are but boy do they have the confidence you need. Utah will do the same thing with this weak schedule-WIN SOME GAMES-which is just what the program needs, coaches, players, administration, and most of all the fans. Winning will help them get prepared for PAC12 play.

TroyTown
Anaheim, CA

MLH

Winning against the kind of competition the Utes are playing in the pre-season will only give the Utes a false sense of confidence. Despite your wishful thinking, it won't help them get prepared for conference play if the PAC 12 is anywhere close to as "improved" as some PAC 12 fans are saying it is.

Don't be too surprised if the Utes begin conference play at 10-2 and promptly lose 10 of their first 12 games in conference.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

MLH

"Utah's basketball program and the way coach Krys is doing it has not one thing to do with BYU, if I'm not mistaken Utah was in the NCAA tournament every year that the Cougars were going through their melt down."

Sorry, but I don't see how those two statements are even remotely connected.

The point UoU 1991 seems to be making is that Utah didn't have to schedule such a pathetically weak OOC schedule in order to rebuild its program.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I think utah did have to schedule this weak ooc. I do not think they have the built in advantages BYU enjoyed after BYU's mid 90's meltdown. BYU is always going to have an in with top LDS recruits and they quickly returned to getting those recruits and as a result quickly returned to winning.

utah does not have that. They have to work much harder to get decent recruits and that will not happen if they are only winning 6 games.

The other problem utah has is their fickle "fan"base which bails at the 1st sign of losing. They have got to win some games, any games, to get people to go to the hc. utah just has so many disadvantages when you compare them to BYU that it really isn't a comparison. They are going to have to work much harder to even get to be half as good. Just the way it is.

That said I think they'll improve with time. They have a decent legacy they can talk about and they can get the instate recruits BYU doesn't want and occasionally, like loveridge, get the best one. They'll get better.

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