Utah Utes basketball: Hiring new assistant coaches Larry Krystkowiak's 'first priority'

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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 8, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    The first one is in place. Tommy Connor is coming back. Go Utes!!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 7, 2011 8:45 a.m.


    How many winning teams did Dave Rose coach for before he became the head man at BYU? I believe he was an assistant to Steve Cleveland on that 9-25 team, wasn't he? You might want to back off the smack talk and check your own coach's history before you get too giddy.

  • nunya sacramento, ca
    April 7, 2011 12:07 a.m.

    how about start by hiring assistants not like yourself....you know, the ones that have experience on winning teams. Because winners will continue to win and...well you know what losing promote. hahaha

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 6, 2011 11:20 p.m.


    Take a look at Jimmer's high school stats. Tyrell ranks right there with him. Kemba was a McDonald's All-American, but he's barely 6'1" and my point there is a lack of height can be compensated for. The Utes need any talent they can get right now.

  • kdubb Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    Mormon ute: Can't believe you are comparing Corbin to a great shooter like Jimmer and an incredible athlete like Kemba. Tyrell is neither. Great kid but not what the utes need.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 6, 2011 4:07 p.m.


    At the risk of offending some Ute fans, I'll reference a BYU player to help make my point. Jimmer wasn't heavily recruited out of high school either and he wasn't even the starting point guard until his Jr. season at BYU. He also doesn't have a lot of height. BTW, I believe Kemba Walker is barely 6'. We've got to start getting more of the good local talent in the mix. Why not start with Corbin?

  • kdubb Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    Mormon Ute: Andre Miller was 6'3". Corbin is a stretch to be 6'. That said Corbin does have some offensive talent but most of his points in high school were scored on dribble penetration and free throws. Not likely at the next level. Can he distribute well enough to offset his defensive liabilities? Not sure I would take that chance.

  • AZ Ute Scottsdale, AZ
    April 6, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    I spoke with Josh Grant when he was still living in Chicago....at Harry Caray's sport bar in Nov 2008 watching the Utes intercept Maxie five times en route to a 48-24 beatdown, by the way. Why Harry Caray's, you ask? Because it was one of the few places that carried the game thanks to that wonderful tv contract negotiated by the The Mtn. and MWC. Don't worry - Josh taught an outstanding lesson in Gospel Doctrine the very next day. We talked about Boylen's seemingly total lack of interest in recruiting in the state of Utah or intermountain west and getting guys from the midwest, east coast and Texas who get homesick and bail after one season. All the while, Dave Rose gets the cream of the high school crop and Stu Morrill pieces together solid teams from the likes of SLCC and Wyoming JC's for crying out loud. Krystko seems interested in local recruiting, but he needs assistants with local ties. Now that Josh Grant is back in Salt Lake, hire him today! Jeff Judkins too!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 6, 2011 9:11 a.m.


    Andre Miller wasn't high D-1 material coming out of high school either, but he developed very nicely under Majerus and became the team leader. Skills can be developed with hard work.

  • kdubb Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    Not sure Tyrell Corbin is a high D-1 player. Very average shooter and not sure if he can defend a D-1 guard. Very good ball handler and passer.

  • JustAnotherAverageGuy Holladay, UT
    April 5, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    And yes, they were on the Jazz at the same time.

  • JustAnotherAverageGuy Holladay, UT
    April 5, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    Tyrell Corbin is getting a lot of attention from back east. It'd be a pretty hard sell for him to stay here in town, but maybe the dad-coach connection can do the trick.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    April 5, 2011 2:20 p.m.

    Did Ty Corbin and Coach Y2K play together while with the Jazz ? I would like to see him recruit Corbin JR and as long as I'm wishing I also would like to see the X&O's talent of Alex Jensen combined with Donny Danials involvement in recruiting and fitness.Did I read where Coack Y2K was looking at foreign talent as well ?
    They sure did well with Hanno from Finland and the Australian centers. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this coach. Time will only tell but we should have a good grip on the projected outcome when The Utes have a full two years of play + the following years recruiting class announcement . In 2 1/2 years we should have a better idea of what is in store for us during the 5 year contract period. He may just be another pin the tail on the Donkey for the BYU fans or a diamond in the rough for the Utes.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    April 5, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    I think my cous Josh would be a great choice! He's already an employee of the University as well. Get it done.

    I like what I hear from coach K too. Not a whole lot of fluff.

    I'm pretty sure I speak for most Ute fans when I say I do not want to hear one more phrase like "we are getting better" or " I like my guys". Sounds like my 4 year old sometimes, blah..blah..blah.

    We just want to see results on the court.

    Go Utes!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 5, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Ted H & Trevvor,

    Thanks for taking that quote out of context and adding a question mark to it. That may not seem like much, but it does change the entire meaning. Here is the entire comment:


    So let me get this straight, it's okay for BYU to let a suspended player travel with the team and sit on the bench, because that is showing compassion and helping the kid overcome his troubles. But when athletes at the U are suspended and then do what is required of them to earn their way back, it's not appropriate and you think it's just a slap on the wrist. Give me a break and take your double standard somewhere else."

    I said that in response to Trevvor's assertion that the U is too lenient on its athletes. He claimed this in response to an article about Tyler Shreve, an athlete whose scholarship was revoked causing him to miss fall training camp and an entire season of football while he earned it back. Now that you have the full comment and its context you can decide if I am bitter, uneducated or illogical and if I blabber.

  • JD Books Monroe, UT
    April 5, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    How about the best Hs coach in the state from South Sevier?

  • Trevvor Sandy, UT
    April 5, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    Ted is right.
    I am the one Mormon Ute was debating with. But Ted watch out, what follows is usually uneducated illogical blabber with an occasional fact that doesn't even support what the blabber is all about

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    April 5, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Mormon Ute | 11:47 a.m. March 31, 2011

    Kaysville, UT

    So let me get this straight, it's okay for BYU to let a suspended player travel with the team and sit on the bench, because that is showing compassion and helping the kid overcome his troubles?

    Hopefully that helps for those who doubted that Mormon Ute has issues with Davies being allowed to ride the bench.

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    April 5, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Players thinking about leaving due to the coaching change may want to talk to Josh Grant. After Lynn Archibald was fired after what I believe was Grant's freshman year, he was interviewed on local TV. He was not happy. I believe he said something about being "disappointed in my university today". I think he thought about leaving. He stayed, and look at how well things turned out for his career and the success of the team under Big Rick. Josh ended up going to the Sweet 16 a short time later.

    And how did Ted H get bitterness out of that? Sounds like he's lookin' fer persecution where none exists.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    April 5, 2011 11:36 a.m.


    If you were familiar with other comments made in recent weeks you would know that indeed Mormon Ute took issue with the fact that BYU "allowed him to sit the bench" even though he was suspended.

    MormonUte went on a long rant a few days ago on the very subject and he thought Brandon should not have been allowed to represent byu by sitting on the bench.

    Ridiculous I know, but that was Mormon Ute's belief.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 5, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    Ted H,

    79Ute and TrueBlue have defended me well. Thanks to you both.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    April 5, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Ted H.

    Unlike some Utah fans, Mormon Ute understands the repentance process that Brandon is going through. I don't think he has a problem with Brandon being allowed to ride the bench during his suspension, especially since he didn't break any NCAA rules.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 5, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Judkins deserves a shot. Majerus was a total jerk to him. he would probably have been in the running for a HC position with the U if Majerus wasn't such an arrogant...........

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    April 5, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    Ted H: It sounds like you're the bitter one. There was no bitterness in Mormon Ute's comments; he was supporting his case that Davies is staying at BYU.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    April 5, 2011 10:51 a.m.

    mormon ute: are you still bitter that byu "let him ride the bench even while he was suspended?" Isn't that was being suspended means - you dont play aka you ride the bench.

    Or because he was suspended were you thinking BYU should not have let him be seen with team, talk to any teammates, ever wear a BYU shirt, show his face in public, or even think about basketball ever again?

    I heard one time a University of Utah player jaywalked and Coach Whittingham had the nerve to let the kid still show up to practice and keep the "U" decal on his car.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 5, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    He needs to get his assistants in place and then go after Tyrel Corbin. Forget Brandon Davies. He will be staying at BYU. Once he serves his suspension. They made it clear by letting him ride the bench even while being suspended that they want him back on the team as soon as he can get there.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    April 5, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    The names mentioned as assitants sound workable, if he can get some interest.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    April 5, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    Brave Sir Robin

    "Playing in high school gyms in front of 2,500 people in the WCC is more of a waste of a career."

    Did John Stockton waste his career playing in the "high school gyms" of the WCC?

    Did Karl Malone waste his career playing in the "high school gyms" of the Southland Conference?

    How about Scottie Pippen playing in the "high school gyms" of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference?

    Or Reggie Lewis playing in the "high school gyms" of the ECAC North Atlantic Conference?

    Bottom line is true stars grow where they're planted.

    Brandon Davies has a greater chance of building a successful career playing for a proven, winning coach at BYU in the WCC, than playing for an uproven coach on a rebuilding Utah team that will be lucky to finish in the upper half of the PAC 12 within the next two years.

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 5, 2011 9:03 a.m.


    "...then go get Brandon Davies to sign."

    It's a violation of NCAA rules to recruit a player from an NCAA or NAIA institution unless written permission has been granted by the student-athletes

    Good luck trying to get permission from BYU to recruit Davies.


    Brave Sir Robin

    Lots of hysterical hyperbole from jealous Utah fans, but BYU won't be playing in front of 2,500 people, they'll be playing on national ESPN broadcasts before a nationwide television audience. The size of the basketball arena is inconsequential.

    Besides, which is better, playing in a packed arena filled with enthusiastic fans, or playing in front of 10,000 empty red chairs in arena where you can hear a pin drop?

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    April 5, 2011 8:47 a.m.

    Sounds like Coach K2 is looking in the right direction to fill out his coaching staff. So far I love what I'm seeing and hearing about him.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 5, 2011 8:31 a.m.


    I'd hardly call going to a PAC12 school "tossing their basketball career away". Playing in high school gyms in front of 2,500 people in the WCC is more of a waste of a career.

  • bballjunkie Cedar Hills, UT
    April 5, 2011 7:14 a.m.


    They can't touch Davies, he is still with the Y and nothing like starting your coaching career under issues with the NCAA. Besides you better hope tehy do keeep what they have no one going to want to come to the U and toss their basketball career away?

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    April 5, 2011 1:51 a.m.

    Get somebody to convince Clyburn to stay, and then go get Brandon Davies to sign.

  • SMS Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    Any of the former Utah B-Ball players/coaches that were mentioned in the article would be great to have, and moreover I think a must for the program to get back on the right track. A former UofU player will be able to help in recruiting and bringing a winning culture back.

    GO UTES!