Utah Utes' coaching search likely to include local candidates

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  • MichiganCoog Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 14, 2011 6:53 p.m.


    Interesting trend only to you. For those of us that see things clearly, and unobsured by delusional foresight (like most Ute fans), BYU is clearly the more attractive venue both locally and Nationally than Utah. Why would Dave Rose even consider going to a school w/ lesser standards, a lousy program (recently), and fans that are borish, leaving behind a program (like he has built BYU's into) want to do that? I don't think Dave Rice would even consider the thought.

    Going into a lesser basketball conference (PAC12) that his cougars have dominated make no sense whatsoever...

    Keep the delusions of grandeur going Ute-fans, the fat man is long gone, and so is your basketball program for years to come...Oh, and we'll soon add your Football program to that list after the big choke at the end of '10, and the pending doom that lies ahead next fall w/ an unproven offense, and a round of butt kickins in LA, Provo, Pittsburg, Berkley, Tucson and maybe 1 more at home.

  • ute4ever West Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    The only question that BYU and it's fans should be asking is WHY all of the good former BYU players, coaches, etc continue to chose Utah over BYU. Seriously, you can take jabs at Utah for hiring BYU's talent, but why don't you ask yourself why, if BYU is truely such a great institution, why their own continue to chose the rival over them. And when Utes are presented a chance to be back at BYU (Whittingham, Roderick), they turn BYU down. Interesting trend, isn't it?

    The ONLY answer is that Utah provides something, whatever that may be, that BYU simply cannot provide. Whether it be PAC12 access, superior recruiting opportunities, additional salary....whatever it is there is a reason Utah is a preferred location compared to BYU.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 14, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    Scenic View,

    Fickle fan base? I remember in the years following Roger Reid's departure, BYU was practically giving away upper level seats to try to fill the Marriott Center. They did the same thing in football during the Gary Crowton years. I remember sitting in Bishopric meetings while the Bishop was going through his mail and opening the letter from BYU offering as many tickets as the ward wanted to buy for $1 per ticket. So, the Utes aren't the only school in the state with a fickle fan base.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    March 14, 2011 9:53 a.m.


    "Seriously, not only do you guys go after the same athletes that BYU is interested in, you guys also go after the coaches current or ex."

    Well of course the U is going to go after the same coaches and players as BYU. That's what recruiting is all about. Remember back when Gary Crowton got fired? The Y wanted Kyle Whittingham. Think of all the times that a local player has let his decision come down to Utah or BYU with both teams doing their very best to sway him to their side. It's the nature of collegiate sports, not anything sinister.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 13, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    I don't get it - a depleted BYU team? No doubt, Emery and Fredette are irreplacable. But the Cougs will do some damage with a front line that includes Davies, C. Collinsworth and Hartsock. Add swingmen Abouo and Rogers and guards Matt Carlino (who should have started at UCLA this year), Winder and Harrison and you will see a Top 25 team.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    March 13, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    My moneys on Hunsaker.

  • Gentile brookings, SD
    March 13, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    New coach will come from afar. Not local.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    March 13, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Someone other than Hill should make this decision. His record hasn't been good and has cost the u lots of money.

  • hedgelog Idaho Falls, ID
    March 13, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    That depleted Y team will kick the u's fannys for years to come. The promise of the pac is fools gold for the utes. You won't be smelling Rose, except from a distance!

  • Slim Shady 801 Bluffdale, UT
    March 13, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    Do not hire a "local" candidate. I realize that people here want to have someone they know, but get a quality coach. Dave Rose is the only guy of the bunch that would be a good hire, but he is not going to leave BYU. Utah needs to open up the pocket books and get a major hire. Shoot for the stars and don't settle for a second rate hire.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    March 13, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    Dave Rose coaching at the U is simply a pipe dream being shared by desperate Utah fans.

    Rose has no interest in entering Utah's revolving coaching door with its fickle fan base and near empty basketball arena.

    Rose has already built a nationally respected program at BYU, with great fan and university support, and great security.

    Morrill has a similar solid program and security at Utah State.

    Tommy Connor, Jeff Judkins, Dave Rice, and Dick Hunsaker are the likely local candidates.

    Utah fans better hope that Dr. Hill doesn't fall into the trap of trying to hire a "Big Name" from another part of the country who doesn't understand the value a recruiting locally.

  • sports fan Provo, UT
    March 13, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    Dick Hunsaker at UVU is the Third best coach in the state he should get looked at, he can always be counted on to get the most out of his players.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 12, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    Dave Rose would be a great fit. I don't know much about Dave Rice. Jeff Judkins would be great, but there may be some bad blood between him and Chris Hill. BTW, nunya, just in case you didn't know, Judkins was a Ute for a long time before coaching at BYU. A lot of the candidates being talked about locally are former Ute assistants including Judkins. Tommy Connor and Randy Rahe are two more. So take your hatred somewhere else.

  • nunya sacramento, ca
    March 12, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    Locally as in try and hire current or ex byu coaches? The Same Losing Community aka team from SLC at it again. Seriously, not only do you guys go after the same athletes that BYU is interested in, you guys also go after the coaches current or ex. Take your Same Losing Community team and fans to the pac 11.