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Published: Thursday, April 3 2014 4:50 p.m. MDT

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Both Dave Rose and Larry Krystkowiak represent their respective institutions and the State of Utah well. In addition to building competitive teams, the do it the right way and build up the community as well.

I'm especially pleased at the success "Special K" has had. He's one of the best coaches in the PAC-12 and I look forward to see the Utes going to the next level. I hope all true fans of the sport can join me in saying "Congrats!" to Coach K.

79Ute
Orange County, CA

I'm in: Congrats!

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Rock's worded approval of the job 'Special K' has done in Utah echoes what I have been trying to verbalize to others, some of which don't see the positive track the Ute program is on right now.

Effort-wise, there is a big difference in the way Utah plays relative to the way they played when struggling under Giacoletti and Boylen. Yes both former coaches had NCAA appearances, but the downfall after was nothing like the rebuilding steps that have continued upward in the three seasons under "Special K'.

In Giacoletti's first season, he had Marc Jackson and Andrew Bogut. That team went 30-4 and advanced to the sweet sixteen. But after that they were below 500 in a weaker conference.

Boylen did a nice job at first but his players had a disconnect with him. Utah went downhill after their NCAA appearance again, and players were transferring left and right.

With 'Special K' things have kept progressing while in a tougher conference. Talent was barren when coach got here and most players graduated when Utah improved in his second season. Yet last year in a 'rebuilding year', it ended up being Special K's best yet.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Great news. Go Utes!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Onward and upward to Pac 12 glory!

Love the direction of the program. The future is bright for Pac 12 Ute basketball!

J-TX
Allen, TX

Yes, there is improvement. Yes, he deserves the extension. But there is so much spin in the article, and apologizing for a dismal program that I'm dizzy after reading it.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Congratulations to Coach Krystkowiak. This is a victory for us Ute faithful as well. It was so nice to go to the Huntsman Center this year and feel the electricity again. Coach K and his assistants have done a great job. With pretty much the entire team coming back next year, in addition to several new highly-touted recruits, the future looks very bright.

Go Utes!!

Gone fishin
PAC Country, CA

it's a good thing that he is not a winning coach or there may be some offers in the future. I think that the coach and the program are safe for the next few years in the pac. Their records will always be at or near the bottom.

Crow
Sandy , UT

@Jtx thanks for sharing your fears as a byu fan. Coach k showed everyone the blueprint to wack your team. He will continue to dominate in State and will compete against the best in the PAC12. Utah is on its way back soon they will be in and winning NCAA tournament games. While byu competes in a 2 bid league and getting bounced in the first round. Utah fans have higher expectations for their programs.

Gone fishin
PAC Country, CA

Crow,
By "wack" do you mean 1of 3 games during his tenure?
When you take off the crimson glasses you will see what the rest of the country see, an average, at best, pac team that can;t win on the road.

...and by higher expectations do you mean one and done in the NIT with ZERO appearances in the Big Dance, you know, the one BYU goes to regularly?

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Gone:

You meant the tournament that byU is regularly one and done? As a reminder, byU holds the dubious record of the most tournament appearances without EVER getting to a final four. Utah, on the other hand, has a lofty winning record in the tourney while byU has a horrible losing record. Utah will soon take back it's place as a regular in the NCAA tournament, and byU fan will have to find something else to talk about.

Way to go Coach K! You deserve it!

Go Utes!!

talkinsports
Gilbert, AZ

VegasUte

Dave Rose is 4-7 in the Big Dance; the Utes one-and-done during the entire Dave Rose era.

The Utes are so pathetic on the road that they couldn't even get past Saint Mary's in the NIT, a team BYU swept during the regular season.

Take off the crimson colored glasses long enough to see reality - Utah is improved, but they're still a long ways from being anything more than a middle to bottom of the PAC team.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

PAC proves once again that it is not as tough a conference as many were saying with weak showings in NCAA.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

CougFaninTX, umm really? Pac-12 was 8-6 in the tournament. Only three other conferences (Big XII, SEC and AAC) posted winning records. I don't see how that is a "weak showing," and I doubt anyone without a predisposed bias against the Pac-12 or any of its teams would either.

Go Huskies. Go Utes.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

My mistake, I meant the B1G. The Big XII actually lost the majority of their games.

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