SALT LAKE CITY — According to the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, Utah basketball is reportedly getting a new director of basketball operations.
Donny Daniels, an assistant coach for Gonzaga basketball for nine seasons, is returning to the University of Utah to reportedly become Utah's director of basketball operations. For Daniels, the return to the hill is a homecoming. Daniels was an assistant coach for Utah from 1990-2000, serving under head coach Rick Majerus. Daniels enjoyed tremendous success at Utah, as the Utes went to the national championship game in 1998. Daniels was the main recruiter of Ute stars Keith Van Horn and Andre Miller, though his new gig at Utah reportedly will not involve recruiting.
"It’s almost like the perfect transition. I’ll basically just be another set of eyes. I was very comfortable with retiring and not doing anything until about a month ago when this opportunity came up," Daniels told the Spokesman-Review.
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak declined to comment on the early reports, saying “not yet” via text when asked to comment.
Daniels will join Tommy Connor and Chris Jones on staff at Utah. Daniels coached both of them while at Utah.
“The most amazing thing about Donny is the thousands of people you meet, literally thousands that tell you, ‘Hey, tell Donny hi for me,’ ” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few told the Spokesman-Review. “Not once do you come across anybody that has anything bad to say about him.
Some of Daniels' former players chimed in on his return to the U.
'I just felt like it was the best fit for me ...' Ty'Son Williams breaks down his transfer to BYU
In an interview with the Sumter Item in Sumter, South Carolina, the newest BYU running back broke down his decision to transfer from South Carolina to the Y. for his final season. Williams played two years for South Carolina. Williams was the Gamecocks' second-leading rusher in 2017 with 471 yards, and rushed for 328 yards and four touchdowns in eight games in 2018 before injuring his hand.
"I just felt like it was the best fit for me going into my last season," Williams told the Sumter Item. "It's (the reason for selecting BYU) just because of what they have going on in the backfield."
Williams is confident in his ability to adapt to BYU.11 comments on this story
"I just need to work on learning the offense, and get into the weight room," Williams said.
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Dirk Facer contributed to this report.