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Utah Utes basketball: Krystkowiak agrees to a new 5-year deal with the Utes

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  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 7, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    I didn't check back on this article. Thanks for the clarification Pocy. With the understanding that you were being sarcastic your statement makes more sense. I thought you were saying that Arizona in 2010 was lower tier because they had a bad year, so my fault.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 5, 2014 4:25 p.m.

    Duck

    So now your adding "somewhat desperate?"

    Seriously your attempts to minimize everything Utah are just sad.

    I agree, it's necessary to show a coach who has shown promise some love. That's exactly what Hill did, and oddly enough, that's exactly what Arizona did too. I'm not saying Utah is at the same level as Arizona, I'm saying that coaches get rewarded for moving in the right direction, regardless of whether they are in 1st place or last place in their conference, and it isn't desperate, or a sign of weakness, it's just the business of college basketball.

    Yes, utah's overall record was an illusion, but their Pac-12 record was not. Considering the level of Pac-12 is generally higher, and Utah eclipsed their total Pac-12 wins from the previous 2 season is tangible and quantifiable proof that Utah is improving and headed in the right direction. That get's rewarded, period.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 5, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    @pocy

    There is no comparison to be made between az and utah, they don't even belong in the same conversation so any attempt to compare what az has done to what utah is doing is simply ridiculous and worthy of nothing more than a brief chuckle and a quick dismissal.

    utah signing krystkowiak to a raise and an extension is exactly what I called it, a necessary and somewhat desperate ploy to keep a coach and some consistency in the program because krystkowiak's results to this point are pretty mediocre. Now it is true he took over a program in shambles, and abysmal and pitiful program with little talent and no "fans" to even watch it.

    He has improved that trainwreck, sure, but their record this past season was an illusion falsely inflated by playing the worst teams in the entire ncaa, all at home to boot, it simply doesn't qualify him for a raise and an extension.

    Now of course I am used to utah "fans" blindly and thoughtlessly jumping to the defense of the indefensible when it comes to utah, I'd just like to see a little bit of honesty one time.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 5, 2014 4:32 a.m.

    He's the real deal. He didn't come in and reap the benefits of a departing coaches seniors. This guy started at zero and has recruited amazingly well for a team that had been in the dumps for years. His soft pre season this year might turn out to be one of the smartest moves that a U coach has made since a fat guy drew up a plan to beat Arizona on a napkin. Congrats, K! So proud to have you at the helm.

  • Sweater In Rafters Franklin, IN
    April 4, 2014 9:02 p.m.

    It's good to have a coach that is making a positive difference. No one can argue that LK isn't doing g that.

    Some other coaches in the state have their team in the 9th best conference in the country, doesn't teach defense, and when the game ry counts (last 5 minutes) he sits and watches...sounds like a fan to me.

    Sorry if the truth gives anyone angst.

  • Proud Ute ,
    April 4, 2014 6:44 p.m.

    And once again the truth has caused many of you angst. It is funny.

    What's funny is you keep posting and posting about angst and nobody, not even the other Cougars are buying it. Your repeated frantic claims don't make it so.
    Angst is you disappearing every year, and twice in 2013, after another Ute win.

  • UU Provo, UT
    April 4, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    @CougFaninTX "Krystkowiak had a good year, but his overall results are still not impressive. Two of his three years at the helm were worse results than Boylen's worst years

    I sometimes wonder if you even understand the context when posting such statements. In his first year coach LK had one legit D1 player. In year two, he had 5 D1 players on his entire roster. Looking strictly at his win-loss record without considering the environment and circumstances is a bit short sighted.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 4, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    Duck

    "But that is the position a lower level pac12 program is in, they have to do things like this just to desperately try to hope to compete.

    Of course Utah isn't a top tier Pac-12 team, but the mere fact that AZ did the exact same thing just a few years ago should show you that it isn't something a team does "just to desperately try to hope to compete"

    You claim truth, but it isn't in anything you say. The sad thing is watching you desperately cling to a faulty argument, as you admittedly just try and stir up trouble.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 4, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    @pocy

    "My point in saying that was to factually disprove Duck's inflammatory statement"

    Unfortunately for you you failed to do that seeing as though az is not now, and was not then, "lower tier" by any definition whereas utah is firmly "lower tier" based on the fact they just had their highest finish ever and it was only 8th place. I'm not sure what you think they are but when your best finish ever is 8th out of 12 then that is firmly "lower tier". lol

    And once again the truth has caused many of you angst. It is funny.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 4, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    Cougs

    It was after Miller took them to the Elite 8.

    My point in saying that was to factually disprove Duck's inflammatory statement that Utah's extension of coach K was an act of desperation by a lower tier Pac-12 school, when in reality, it's a very common action by a school that values the coach and sees that the program is definitely headed in the right direction.

    I certainly don't see AZ as a lower tier program, and even when they dipped, they weren't. They are the class of the Pac-12 and the team that every team is shooting for. Unfortunately sarcasm doesn't translate to well on the board.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 4, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    PocyUte:
    I agree with most of what you said, but I think you're the only person I've ever heard refer to AZ as "lower tier". And in 2011 Arizona went to the elite 8. Did Miller sign the contract before that season, because AZ was still a .500 team the year before which is far below their norm, but was only one year and still not "lower tier". Can you clarify?

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 4, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    You BYU fans and your negative comments about this deal for Coach K is just another indication of your hurt feelings over the Ute's dominating win last season. With this new deal in place Coach K can focus on getting the boys ready for next season including Kansas and facing the Cougars in Provo. What a game that will be?! Looking forward to it. Go Utes!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 4, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    Duck

    "But that is the position a lower level pac12 program is in, they have to do things like this just to desperately try to hope to compete"

    Just like lower tier AZ extended Sean Miller after 2 seasons back in 2011.

    "I really enjoy the angst my truthful post elicited from some of the usual utah "fans"."

    Nice to see your true motives for posting. It isn't to promote civil dialogue, it's only to upset people.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 4, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    Congrats to coach K

    Tremendous improvement over the last 3 years, with another good, solid recruiting class coming in next year.

    Definitely the right move by Hill

    Go Utes

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 4, 2014 6:06 a.m.

    First, contracts don't mean much anymore. It doesn't take much for a coach to leave their contract before it comes to an end. In my opinion, if a coach or a university end a contract before it's complete, the departing party should have to pay the other party whatever money is remaining on the contract.

    Second, Krystkowiak had a good year, but his overall results are still not impressive. Two of his three years at the helm were worse results than Boylen's worst years.

    I do think Wright and Loveridge are outstanding, and Chapman will be a big boost. Good luck.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 3, 2014 9:21 p.m.

    Schmee

    "Mind explaining how they got an NBA assistant coach to become their head coach in the first place if the position is totally lacking in prestige?"

    Uh, K was going nowhere in the NBA and needed a new gig. And let's face it, the Utes were not prestigious at that time nor for a few years before and now here we are today. Over the past decade prestigious is about as foreign as a football bowl game these past two years.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm just calling it like it is. Utes are improved, that's it and no predictions for the future. It has to be done on the court.

    Playing Kansas in the preseason is a huge step in the right direction. Sounds like Special K may be around longer than Whit.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    Deserves every year and every penny.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 3, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    Frankly this is to soon based on his results which are a losing record overall, no ncaa appearances, a losing record to BYU, a one and done in the less than prestegious NIT in a high school gym, a humiliating crushing in the conference tournament, and the only "winning" record against one of the worst schedules in the entire NCAA.

    But that said I understand why hill did it, and why krystkowiak agreed to it. From hill's standpoint he has to try to keep krystkowiak as it knows the utah job is not a premium job and if the program does continue to improve others will come calling I don't think that will matter though because if a better job comes his way krystkowiak will be gone.

    From krystkowiak's standpoint it's a no brainer. He gets a raise plus 5 more years of paychecks even if the program remains bad, and of course he can leave at anytime anyway if he gets a better offer.

    But that is the position a lower level pac12 program is in, they have to do things like this just to desperately try to hope to compete.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    April 3, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    The Utes were smart to lock up coach K for 5 more years!! He has done a great job with the team and school and area!! Good luck to the Utes and coach K!!! Onward and Upward!!!

    Go Cougs!!! Rise Up!!!

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    April 3, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    @Schnee. I'll explain it for you. He really wanted to be a head coach. He had lived in Utah during his time playing for the Jazz back when the Utes we're good, talked his buddy Andrew Bogut, who he coached on the Bucks, when he heard about the vacancy, he knew he probably wouldn't ever be an NBA hc again after his bad season with the Bucks, and it was a big step up from his hc days with Montana. Utah Utes ate NOT a prestigious program the past 10 years

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 3, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    Congrats to coach Krisco, he definitely deserves it. Utah was so much better this year than previously. I like and follow Utah basketball and even with the soft preseason schedule, this team this year exceeded my expectations and just about everyone else's. Now Utah just needs to keep him under contract and not let the jazz come in and buy him out or someone else snatch him up. We all know extensions aren't really a guarantee for a coach staying...just ask Gary Anderson.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 3, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    He is rebuilding the program and doing it the right way. I think he represents the University well and is one of the better PAC-12 coaches. Glad to hear he will be staying for awhile.

  • regis Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2014 2:39 p.m.

    Good news.

    Now let's hope the coach and his players can learn how to maintain a lead once they've gotten in front.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 3, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    Duckhunter,
    Better to be a lower level PAC 12 team on the rise than to be in a lower level conference and lose to a lower level PAC 12 team. The best that the 2nd place team in the wcc could do was a 10 seed and 1 and out. lol.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    @Duckhunter
    "Frankly this is to soon based on his results "

    His results are that he inherited a dumpster fire and brought them to the NIT with an incoming top 40 recruiting class for next year

    "But that is the position a lower level pac12 program is in"

    Mind explaining how they got an NBA assistant coach to become their head coach in the first place if the position is totally lacking in prestige?

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    StGtoSLC
    SALT LAKE CITY, UT

    "Glad to see this happen. He's built the program the right way, not only improving the talent and coaching, but getting guys who are great students and citizens."

    Agreed. Coach K has done a remarkable job instilling a new culture and turning the program around. And, he's done it in short order.

    I'll never forget the press conference when he was introduced as the new HC, Coach K said..."I can coach basketball, what I'm looking for are leaders." What he has accomplished in a short time is just amazing.

    Well done, Dr. Hill and congratulations Coach K.

    Go Utes!!
    Go Pac-12!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    April 3, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    Congrats Coach K!

    Go Utes!!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 3, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    Good to see. He's definitely got the program headed in the right direction.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    April 3, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    Robin

    Agreed! It's a positive move for sure. Have a good one Guy and Go Utes!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 3, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    Good to hear, he was mentioned as one of the frontrunners for the Cal job.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 3, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    Glad to see this happen. He's built the program the right way, not only improving the talent and coaching, but getting guys who are great students and citizens.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 3, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    @Spokane Ute

    A contract may not mean what it once did - employees don't show loyalty like they used to - but it does mean two things: 1, it means LK has the support of the administration so he doesn't have that pressure hanging over him. 2, I'm sure LK's getting a huge raise so it means if he leaves Utah it won't be for money.

  • Yankees24 SLC, UT
    April 3, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    Definitely a great pick up for the Utes hopefully he stays and doesn't bolt like Alford did. They are still a couple years away from competing for a Pac 12 title though but they'll definitely be in the top half of the league from here on out.

  • Chris B's momma Idaho Falls, ID
    April 3, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    He will move on long before this contract expires as greener pastures appear. Here's hoping the utes put a high buyout in this agreement.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    Congrats Coach! I'm looking forward to the future

    Go Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    April 3, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    I like the move. Even though a contract doesn't mean much now days since coaches often leave for other jobs, or get fired for not doing a good job. All though the last two games of the season were total downers; overall the team improved; as they have done in each year under coach K. Really looking forward to next year with the 7 top scorers all returning and the loss of only one player. Not to mention the incoming Freshman class. Utah also needs to step up the non-conference games; which I'm sure they will.

    Go Utes!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    Great news!

    We are lucky to have him.

    The future is bright with coach K. Next year its march madness or bust no question about it, and I think we'll get there. Taylor, Wright, and Loveridge are absolute studs.

    We'll be competing for Pac 12 titles from here on out.

    Its been a long wait, but we're back!

    Proud Ute