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Published: Thursday, April 3 2014 10:55 a.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

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!!

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Congrats Coach! I'm looking forward to the future

Go Utes!

Chris B's momma
Idaho Falls, ID

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.

Yankees24
SLC, UT

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.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@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.

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.

ekute
Layton, UT

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

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Robin

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

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

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

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Congrats Coach K!

Go Utes!!

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

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!!

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@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?

ekute
Layton, UT

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.

regis
Salt Lake City, UT

Good news.

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

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

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.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

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.

RonBergundy
SANDY, UT

@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

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

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!!!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

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.

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