University of Utah athletic director Chris Hill said he will meet with basketball coach Lynn Archibald early this week "either Monday or Tuesday" to discuss the school's coaching situation for next season.

Hill said the meeting is done as a routine matter after every season. But this year there is increased speculation that a change may be in the offing after the Utes' disappointing 16-17 campaign, in which the Utes finished in a tie for sixth after being picked for first."We need to let the emotion of the season die down," said Hill. "We're not going to hide about it one way or another."

In other words, if Archibald is staying, then Hill would issue a statement to give the coach a vote of confidence and if he's not, then of course an announcement would be made.

Hill wouldn't say which way he was leaning as of Friday night. "I have some thoughts about it, but I need to talk to some other people."

One of those people might be University of Utah President Chase Peterson. Late last week, Peterson would make little comment on the matter except to say, "It's Chris Hill's decision, but I'll talk with him about it."

Archibald has said he wants to stay at Utah and he's looking ahead to next year. He signed four new players in the fall and is recruiting a couple of players, 6-9 and 6-10, whom he hopes to sign this spring. He already has his assistants out on the recruiting trail.

Archibald took over for Jerry Pimm in 1983 and has a 98-86 (.532) record in six years. His best year was 1985-86 when the Utes went 20-10 and made the NCAAs. The Utes have had three winning and three losing seasons under Archibald.