Utah Utes basketball: Alex Jensen finalist for final assistant job

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  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    April 13, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Q liflong repulican and usalover You should both know the facts before you comment. Better to remain quiet and be thought a fool, than to make a comment and remove all doubt.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    April 13, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    @Naval Vet

    Well, ESPN just moved into our Provostani Neighborhood and wants to pay us millions to play in said sandbox.

    And they're bringing all their little friends with them, the powers of College Football.

    And National TV to boot.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    April 13, 2011 6:29 a.m.

    And BYU's cruise itinerary will include National TV for every game, Football and Basketball, with ESPN or National/International BYU-TV.

    You know recruits kind of dig that.

    They also dig playing for a program that has Heisman, NC Championship, Players of the year, Hall of Fame inducted players and coaches, Outland, Consensus All-Americans, etc. and facilities second to none.

    What they are not impressed with are bottom-feeder teams in so called power conferences. Don't see them flocking to Pullman. And they won't be flocking to SLC with no visibility and when they compare it to Tempe, LA, Bay Area, Seattle, Eugene, oh yea good luck selling that Wazzu-Utes.

    We will dine on scheduling teams with ESPN's backing, like Texas, Notre Dame,
    etc. We'll have our share of patsies as well, like Utah and Montana St. etc.

    Recruits will know that all of their games will be on a National Basic Tier Network and not fox regional or local tv.

    And these Cougars know, that because of their "Brand", (not tag along coat-tail conference affiliation, you know, the Socialistic model), they will make millions with the number one name in Sports.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 12, 2011 5:05 p.m.


    Speaking of ships that have sailed, the 2010 conference carousel has concluded. And despite 3 decades of cougarclubbers claiming secret meetings, and enthusiastic Pac-10 pro-expansion officials coveting the "whY?", it was Utah and Colorado who received the Pac's invitation. TCU accepted the Big East's invitation, Nebraska defected to the BigTen, and the Big XII - despite two membership vacancies - preferred instead to forgo a lucrative conference championship game, and shut their doors for expansion to any of the remaining mid-majors. The music had stopped, and guess who was left standing without a chair?

    Answer: The Indy-WAC cougars. Your ship had sailed.

    But thanks for coming to the pier to wish us our bon voyage. Have fun playing all alone and dejected in your irrelevant little Provostani sandbox.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    April 12, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    Like lipstick on a pig.

    The U of U program at all levels, save gymnastics, is headed to the Land of Obscurity in the Household of Wazzu.

    The ship has sailed, no turning back, there is an iceberg up ahead with your name on it.


  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 12, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    "I've heard he has given wedgies to insubordinate players."

    In light of having our own resident commentator Hedghog, I protest the giving of 'wedgies', 'hedgies' etc. to Utes!

    All joking aside Jensen sounds like a good tight fit for the assistant job. Local guy invested in Utah.

    Hope the bleeding and loss of players comes to a halt.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    April 12, 2011 10:00 a.m.

    With regard to players leaving or exploring leaving the U hoops program, it is looking like Boylen did a poor recruiting job. He obviously did not sell the University of Utah as the place to be--maybe Boylen was making his own personal promises that he can no longer keep.

    I'm excited about this new coaching staff. Krystko is definitely covering all of the bases. Krystko has had great success developing big men. Tommy Connor fully understands point guard and the perimeter game. The assistant from CSU helps put it all together. A nice combination of playing and coaching experience on Krystko's staff!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 12, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    I wouldn't worry about how Alex Jensen will treat the players, if he's hired. He survived Majerus as a player both before and after his mission. I heard him speak at a fireside after his mission and he did a great job. Judkins also survived being an assistant under Majerus without adopting Majerus' bad habits.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    April 12, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    In My Humble Opinion says, "you have to think someone who has been with Majeurus all that time has learned x's and o's, but wonder what bad habits they've picked up on how to treat players..."

    I too am concerned about how Coach Jensen may treat players. I've heard he has given wedgies to insubordinate players.

    What if he has taken to pronouncing offense "oh-fense" like his mentor does?

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 12, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    Two observations to add.

    First, Coach K obviously is not afraid to hire good coaches to help him. This is a direct contrast to Majerus and maybe even Giac and Boylen. Majerus started with some really good assistants and hired some others along the way as some would leave, but he became jealous of the praise his assistants got and after a while forced the good ones he had so he could stay in the lime light. The program began the downhill slide when he did that. I don't think Giac or Boylen had any really good assistants to help them. I don't know why, but maybe they were afraid of good people over shadowing them. If this hire happens Coach K will have 2 or 3 assistants who are all head coach caliber and that will only benefit the program.

    Second, let's not panic too much over the players leaving. Remember how inconsistent this team was throughout the season? Do we really want a lot of the players left from that squad? They weren't terifically deep either. What did Boylen typically use, a 6 or 7 man rotation?

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    April 12, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    Big_Ben, Utah fans should remember that when they criticize Bronco for signing an RM who originally committed to another school. Even though the athlete contacted BYU first.

  • SeattleUhasabballteam? Seattle, Wa
    April 12, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    @ Dave S:

    The BYU staff is coming apart? An asst head coach gets a head coaching job and you define it as coming apart. You do realize that you got your 6th choice for hc right?

    If the head coaching staff is coming together so nicely why are there now more coaches than players at the U?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 12, 2011 8:27 a.m.


    Of course you are right about the two missionaries situation. krsytkowiak would not contact them and tell them they wouldn't have scholarships if they hadn't already been promised scholarships. My guess is they just weren't all that good so he didn't want to use scholarships on them but if they will walk on he can then see if they are worth giving one to. ute "fan" spin is generally hilarious. LOL

    As far as utah going after kids that have committed but haven't signed yet, well I don't have a problem with that. If they haven't signed then they haven't signed. Coach Meachem at Am. Fork played basketball for majerus at utah so there might be a chance they can get this kid to decommit and go to utah. If I was krystkowiak I would certainly give it a try.

    Of course that doesn't address the ute "fan" hypocrisy as they will no doubt praise the attempt but would criticize the exact same thing if BYU tried to do it. But ute "fans" are one thing and a coach with a job to do is another.

  • Big_Ben SLC, UT
    April 12, 2011 8:25 a.m.


    That was a promise that Boylen gave them. It has to be frustrating to them and to the parents, but come on. It's not fair to Larry to be commited to two scholarships down the road when he doesn't know the kids. I don't have any issue with what he did.

    As far as going after the Utah State commit, I am glad that he is doing that. He owes it to the fans to try. If you are a solid commit, you would not open your door to anyone else. There is absolutely nothing wrong with recruiting someone who has already commited.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    April 12, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    To those who say the two missionaries were walk ons and never had a scholarship, you need to get the story straight. They walked on with academic scholarships and were promised athletic scholarships by Boylen upon their return from the mission. Why would Larry contact them and tell them they have no scholarship if they were never promised one. That would seem to be a phone call he would not even have to make.

    What about Larry going after one of Utah States committed players in AF?

  • BP Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2011 7:49 a.m.

    BYU fan here, but I've got to say that a lot of these kids that are leaving the program now are going to wish that they had stayed to play for LK. Utah will fare better in the PAC-12 than they did in the MWC...partly because the bball in the MWC was unbelievable this year.

    As far as Jensen goes, I hope he gets the spot. He was a stud during Utah's deep run in the NCAA, and seems to have the smarts to make good things happen.

  • The Disillusionist Alexandria, VA
    April 12, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    Real Bass hit the nail right on the head.

    "Coach K" seems determined to hire his own successor.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    April 12, 2011 3:23 a.m.

    If K hires Connors AND Jensen, I'll be impressed.

    If he doesn't hire Jensen, maybe Rose will give him a shot. After all, an assistant from rival UNLV worked out well for BYU, Rice and UNLV.

    That said, you have to think someone who has been with Majeurus all that time has learned x's and o's, but wonder what bad habits they've picked up on how to treat players...

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    April 12, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    I for one don't pretend to know how long it will take for Utah to become a solid basketball program again. I do know that they haven't been one lately.

    I hope Coach Krystowiak gets the ship righted. This next year will likely be a rough one for the Utes, but hopefully over the next few years we can see steady progression.

    As far as Alex Jensen is concerned, he seems like he would be a great addition to the coaching staff. My fingers are crossed.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    April 11, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    Although the old rivalry will hardly be the same in the future, the University of Utah still represents me as a citizen of Utah, and I hope they can get things straightened out. Of course that all rides on recruiting.

    I can see how Jensen would help recruiting a lot, especially locally, because he has a level of character and the kind of personality that engenders trust from the recruits and their parents. But the ultimate responsibility lies with Krystkoviak, and only time will tell there. He can't be worse than the previous two hires, so here's hoping.

    Meanwhile: Dave S., if you're going to comment in public, at least make sense. Rice leaving for a HC job is not indication of things falling apart, and there are any number of highly qualified candidates waiting to step in.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    April 11, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    Tommy Connor and Alex Jensen--hmm, do you think Coach K realizes that there was a certain sense of--ooooh, how do I put it----TOUGHNESS--missing?!!

  • Deep Thoughts Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    I hope that we Ute fans can prove In Stitches etc. wrong and come out and support the team next year. You can't smack talk about how great the Ute program is if you aren't there supporting the team.

    Also, I hope we are more patient with this coach than we have been in the past. It IS going to take a while to rebuild the program. Anyone who thinks differently needs to pay more attention. There are no magic fixes and playing coaching roulette just prolongs the process.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 11, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    Oregon Ute.....If I were you, I would choose a team from your home state to follow, your Utes are in a bad, bad way for next season. They are going to be destroyed every game in conference. They were really bad this year and it looks worse for next year.

    Chris B: No comment

  • Oregon Ute Hermiston, OR
    April 11, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    Veracity, Touche. I should have left the comment about the team down south out. I stand corrected. I will do better next time.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    April 11, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    To Dave S: How can you say that BYU's staff is falling apart? The only thing that happened is that Dave Rice got a well-earned job at UNLV, getting chosen over highly-regarded Reggie Theus, otherwise there would be no changes. Rose's staff has been more stable that our head coach position at the U. Rice's hiring by UNLV says a lot for Rose's hiring of good coaches. Rose will be challenged to get someone as good as Rice, but things certainly aren't falling apart. Can't you see what is going on in Provo simply for what it is rather than injecting your sophomoric invective into this discussion?

    As a Ute surrounded by PAC-12 alumni, I can only hope we Ute fans aren't judged by comments like yours. Kudos to Coach K for assembling what appears to be a good staff. Getting Jensen would be a coup.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    April 11, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    Oregon Ute...I sounds as if you read these blogs quite often...and referring to the school down south means you have fallen right in step with those who are critical of BYU...remember, when you point a finger, there are three pointing back at you...clean your own house before you define someone else as sensitive.

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    Hey, Kiboo & any other Son's of Provo:

    Put down your copies of Myths of the UofU as Purpoted by BYU Fans, and read some articles that explain what went down with these two walk-on's/academic scholarship (not athletic) players before you play the anti card.

    Krysko was hired to do a job, a major re-build/overhaul of the entire program. He was totaly honest with these two kids, just as Majerus was with his LDS players, both walk-ons and scholarship players, during his tenure on the Hill. The two players in qustion have the chance to come back and be part of the program again. They were not banished from the team because they chose to serve a mission.

    Krysko, Connor, and hopefully Big Al will go out and actively recruit LDS players, and understand that it is a 6 year commitment and plan accordingly. The questions/scenario posed by kiboo is typical from our friends to the South. No coach who invests time and energy into recruting an athlete will renege on an offer. You would write your own tombstone if you did that. Unfortunately for walk-on players nothing is guaranteed.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    April 11, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    This could be scary fo k when he realizes he has two assistants who are better coaches than him and were at least on the fans radar.

  • TheMuss sandy, ut
    April 11, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    If this doesn't happen I will not attend another Utah basketball game with a coach who evidently hates the instate recruits and the lds missionaries. If Alex Jensen came I think he could be our head coach in 3, 5 or maybe even less years.

  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    April 11, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    Someone will need to do their recruiting for them. I think this coach would do very well for them. Who else are they considering?

  • Oregon Ute Hermiston, OR
    April 11, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    Kiboo, get your facts straight. Read "raisedaute" at 4:55. The missionaries were walk ons and not scholarship players. They still have the opportunity to walk on. Quit the bashing. I'M LDS and I am getting tired of the sensitivity of the LDS people thinking everyone is out to get them. That's what they do down south. Knock it off.

  • Kiboo West Jordan, Utah
    April 11, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    MAFU, you say that Coach k is willing to "work around" the missionary program. If that is the case, why would any athlete go on a mission if he knew that when he got off of his mission his scholarship would no longer be there and that he would essentially have to walk on? Are you going to do the same with a junior in high school - sign him and tell him that because he is a two years from joining the team that when he is ready to start at the U he will have to walk on??? It makes no sense!

    If Coach k wants to recruit the LDS athlete then he had better learn quickly because what he is doing is WRONG.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    April 11, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    This would be a fantastic edition to the Ute staff. Please make this happen Coach K. Gotta love how our staff is coming together quite nicely and BYU's appears to be falling apart.

  • justired Fillmore, UT
    April 11, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    i don't know who the other two candidates are, but Alex Jensen would earn every penny of his salary (maybe even twice over), and would make the team believable again.

  • Andy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 11, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    No one cares about the program like a graduate. I love this hire. I understand that he's been working with Big Rick out in St. Louis for the past couple of years so he knows his stuff. I would think that Alex won't be really valuable in recruiting for a while, but the Utes have time, they are going to stink for a while, but Alex will make the program better in the long run.


  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    April 11, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    Chris B

    "I have confidence these coaches can make a middle of the PAC 12 team next year and within 3 years be fighting for the top of the PAC 12."

    A team that finished 7th in the MWC and lost its two best players is going to be middle of the PAC next year and challenging for a title in 3 years?

    Either the PAC is much weaker than we've been led to believe, or Krystko has a hidden stash of great college basketball players that nobody else has discovered...

    or Chris B is just making another one of her famously inaccurate prognostications.

  • Taco Salad Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 11, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    DiMaria couldn't start for Southern Utah so him leaving was not unexpected. Best of luck to him. Let's get this straight, Krysko hasn't cut scholarships from kids on missions. The two players in question were not on athletic scholarships before. It's also debatable they were even PAC 12 talent and I guarantee you that if they were they would have had a scholarship before and one waiting for them when they got back.

    I hope Alex gets the job, he would be great benefit to the program.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 11, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    Back when Jensen was a starting Forward on the Utah basketball team, Majerus used to describe him as not as talented as Van Horn, Miller, Doleac, or Mottola, but one of the smartest players he's ever coached. He also lauded his work ethic as unrivaled.

    Coincidentally, that was how Rick Majerus' coach at Marquette used to describe Rick during his collegiate playing days.


    Dear Coach Krystkoviak,


    -Naval Vet

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    April 11, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    Great choice, Dr. Hill...before coach K is done, there will only be 1200 students at the U and recruiting will be limited to south Baja...wow and I thought it couldn't get any worse...the U has proved me wrong again!!!

    The new conference will be known as the PAC 11 and Utah...

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    April 11, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    Bad move cutting scholarships of LDS missionaries. That just about completely wipes out any chance with local players. Not that coach K had much of a chance anyway.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    April 11, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    Holy cow! Another player is leaving?

    Who is going to play for the team next year?

    And people are claiming a middle of the pac12 team?


  • DocSarvis Logan, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    A huge win in recruiting local talent? Don't Ute fans realize you're in the PAC 12 now? How much local talent do you think can play at that level. 1, maybe 2 players at the most in each class with most of them being Utah Valley, aka BYU commits.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    Alex would make an excellent addition to the Utah Staff.

    Go Utes!

  • raisedaute Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:55 p.m.


    Maybe you should get your facts straight before you start spouting off about things which you know nothing about.... The 2 missionaries were walkons WITHOUT scholarships when they left on missions. All he said was they were welcome to walkon again and try to get scholarships!

  • Ute Dave North Salt Lake, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    This would be a huge win in recruiting local talent. Coach K needs to get this done. Good luck, Alex.

  • aljmac Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Swoop, this is all just normal churning of waters when a coach changes. Things will be fine on the Hill. The U is not the first school that's had a down and need to rebuild, and they won't be the last.

    What Utah has in place already is a history and expectation to win. Very few schools have that to point back to. Ute fans' expectations are high for hoops, but it's not without reason.

    I'm confident the Utes will be back on the scene kicking tail.

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    @ USAlover:

    Your attempt to paint Krysko as anti-Missionary is way off base. He was very upfront and honest with both these players. He let them know that their scholarships, which are renewed on a yearly basis anyway, would not be held for them. They were told that they could walk-on upon returning home from their missions if they choose to do so. He stated in his press conference that he was very open to recruiting LDS players and working around the Missionary program. He could have sent them on their way and lied to them, but he didn't. Check your facts next time.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    This group is coming together very nicely. I have confidence these coaches can make a middle of the PAC 12 team next year and within 3 years be fighting for the top of the PAC 12.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    "Also, the U. sports information department confirmed that junior forward Antonio DiMaria will not return to the program next year."

    This should have been the headline, "Ute Coaches To Out-Number Players in 2011-2012 Hoops!"

  • BCSx2 South Jordan, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Re: Swoop

    We can replace DiMaria and Guiot with just about anyone and be just as well off, if not better. These guys leaving doesn't hurt us one bit. They weren't D1 guys anyway.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Awesome! Another great hire if it gets done. Bringing him back home so we can get the recruiting back locally. He was a hard nosed, hard working kid too. Love it.

    I remember he would park his old, beat up truck by the HC as he was going to class. Very unpretentious and easy to talk to.

    Good luck Alex, I hope you get the job.

  • Utah Man Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Kupets is next to go. He would fit in nicely with a 1A or 2A high school program.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    This is more good news. I didn't realize he had more spots to fill, but getting Alex Jensen back into the program will be great! Two former players with solid ties to the community and great raport with the fans will really help get the program back on track.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Special K better get his staff finalized quickly because the Utes are going to have to recruit a whole new team.

    Will Clyburn - exploring other options
    J.J. O'Brien - exploring other options
    Antonio DiMaria - exploring other options
    Preston Guiot - returning to SW Baptist to play for his father

    It's like rats leaving a sinking ship, nobody wants to coach or play for the Utes.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    They might want to remind Coach K Jr. that Alex was a returned missionary. Evidently, Coach K doesn't like missionaries after cutting scholarships to two LDS missionary kids.

    He's a perfect fit for the U!

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Cue Peaches & Herb - Reunited and it feels so good.

    Go Utes!

  • Thriller Saint George, UT
    April 11, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Make it happen!