One week after the firing of Lynn Archibald, the University of Utah wasn't much closer to finding a new basketball coach than it was the day Archibald was let go.
U. Athletic Director Chris Hill said he's "had a lot of calls," but that he "hadn't even sifted through all the applications yet."Starting this week, Hill plans to get down to the serious business of looking at specific candidates. He is handling the selection process himself, with input from U. President Chase Peterson and Vice President Ted Capener.
"We're going to see what's out there," said Hill. "We're not going to wait for (coaches) to come to us - we'll be taking an active stance."
That could mean Hill will be looking at some head coaches of successful teams, even some that made the NCAA tournament this year, but not likely the Bobby Knight-Lute Olson variety.
Hill has already talked with prominent coaches but not necessarily about one of them taking the job.
"We've had some big-name coaches calling, but to recommend other people for the job," said Hill.
As for competition with BYU, which is also looking for a new coach following the resignation of Ladell Andersen last week, Hill said it's possible that they could be looking at some of the same people.
"We'll be curious to see what happens at BYU," said Hill.
One coach who is a candidate for both jobs is SUSC Coach Neil Roberts, who told the Deseret News he was formally submitting his application to Utah Monday.
While BYU is expected to name a coach within a week, Utah will be taking its time, according to Hill. He said it could still be "two to four weeks" before a coach is named.