Utah Utes basketball: Norm Parrish leaves SLCC to take post with Utes

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  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    April 22, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    And that kids, is how you build a quality coaching staff. One guy with D-1 on his resume from the MWC?

    At least football got the sweet pick-up in Chow.

    Best pick up was Connor.

    I really thought the way Dr. Hill was talking, they were going to spend some money and get some coaches.

    I must say I am pleased that they did sign Storey. He seems like a good kid, who will work hard. Tommy will make him into a solid player, offensively and defensively. Great place to start with a team.

    Otherwise, the Utes seem to be starting from scratch.

  • MESOUTE Karchaj, A.V.
    April 21, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    I will say to BYU fans what they want to hear because in fact they are correct. It is a train wreck for us on the hill. Yes it will take a long time to get things right. Just like it took your team to get things right after Roger Reid was let go. Why are you so worried about it? Seriously. Things will get better but it will take a while, and in fact a head of basketball operations is very involved in recruiting and coaching. Ask any players who have played at the collegiate level(doubtful you know any other than your contact harassing them on BYU campus)and he will tell you that most players were even unaware a difference existed between assistant coach and basketball operations. So yes you are right we are struggling, no we did not land a bunch of blue-chips, and probably will not next year either. Now you can be comforted with the fact that you know these things to be true. Enjoy your team, let me enjoy mine, in peace. One love Cougars.

  • PACute_ Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 21, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    Parrish wouldn't have taken the job if he thought this was a step down. Utah fans are just going to have to be patient. Now that he's assembled a staff, Coach K can concentrate on trying to put together a team for next season. There aren't many really good recruits left, so don't expect much next year. The first real guage of how well Utah is recruiting will come when we see the list of recruits who are thinking about playing for Utah 2 or 3 years from now. Coach K's staff will probably spend more time this off-season identifying those players, than they will recruiting the team for next year.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 21, 2011 2:08 p.m.


    According to wedgie utah generally signs 4-5 4 star football recruits that were just left laying around after the signing period so it is pretty obvious some of these ute fans think that they can do the same thing in basketball.


  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 21, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    Realistic Goggles,

    You are mistaken on both the role of the Director of Basketball Operations and the salary. Others have pointed out that the position involves recruiting and other behind the scenes work, just not on the court type stuff. I know Norm was making three times that much at SLCC. No way he'd make the jump for a cut in pay that big.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 1:52 p.m.


    I was going to provide the source of Kareem Storey's evaluation, but then I decided it would be more fun to fish for whines from insecure Utah fans.

    Looks like I caught one.

    Kareem looks like a decent recruit, but anyone who thinks Krisco is some sort of miracle worker who's going to go out and sign a bunch of marquis players this late in the recruiting season is simply deluding themself.

    Boylen left a trainwreck behind and it's going to take a long time to rebuild the Utah basketball program. Krisco may be able to pick up a couple of serviceable pieces this year, but realistically, he's just getting enough warm bodies to field a team next season.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    April 21, 2011 1:32 p.m.


    For a fan who knows absolutely nothing about Kareem Storey to be spouting off about another blogger's evaluation just shows your own insecurity.

    Actually, Lonestarrunner's "evaluation" of Kareem WAS written by a professional college scout and is posted on ESPN's College Basketball Recruiting website.

    Having watched Kareem play in-person, the scouting report is very accurate. Kareem has great scoring ability, but he's an awful lot like Jiggy; he plays out of control, alot.

    The scouts rate Kareem a 2-star recruit.

    Now who's feeling foolish and insecure?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 21, 2011 1:22 p.m.


    The truth is if they sign even one instate recruit then they have improved in that regard so the bar there is set very low. I'm not trying to be sarcastic either. That is the condition boylen left the program in.

    But the fact their 1st two commitments are from a player on the east coast and one in Texas doesn't indicate much in the way of instate inroads.

    Yes I know some time is needed it won't happen overnight but you need to understand BYU fans are going to treat this the same way utah fans have treated BYU's short term football scheduling.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    Realistic Googles:
    Your description is inaccurate and incomplete. First of all the Director for Basketball Operations position is used differently at different schools, his duties are going to be dictated by the coach. Secondly, You forgot to mention the crucial role this position has in recruiting. Different coaches will recruit different players but all will have contact and a relationship with the person in this capacity. Bottom line is, having this guy is a net positive. This cannot be argued.

    I am sure the fact that you read the d new, played ward ball and watch bball on tv qualifies you as a college scout but if you don't mind I am still going to wait to see how it plays out on the court.

    Insecure coug comments aside, I think an honest summary of Krisco's hires is that as a group it will be a substantial upgrade in recruiting, especially in state.

  • The Disillusionist Alexandria, VA
    April 21, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Sometimes you have to take a step backwards in order to move forwards, as they say.

  • Realistic Goggles Alpine, UT
    April 21, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    Believe me! No decent recruit is going to choose a school because of who the Director of Basketball Operations is.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 21, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    Can the director of basketball operations recruit? If so I would think this hire was intended to help in state recruiting in particular. It seems like a pretty good hire if that is the case as Parrish undoubtedly has contacts with high school coaches state wide. He is an accomlished coach as well which makes me wonder why he is only going to be the DOBO?

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    April 21, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Storey sounds alot like Jiggy with maybe a little bit better outside shot.

    I suspect Parrish will be helping with recruiting locally and JC.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    These coaches(Connor and Parrish)are taking a big risk. They're walking from stable coaching situations and joining a train wreck.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    April 21, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    Storey would have fit in very well with Boylen's "offense". It'll be interesting to see how Kareem's game translates to the division 1 college level. And for Utah fans who might be envisioning a Jimmer-type player; sorry to disappoint you, but Kareem isn't even close.

  • Realistic Goggles Alpine, UT
    April 21, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    Does anyone know what a Director of Basketball Operations actually does?

    Well, I looked it up, and it turns out that this person is generally responsible for team equipment, travel arrangements, scheduling coach's camps during the summer, exchanging films with opponents, and a few other duties as assigned. Although appointed by the Head Coach, the Director of Basketball Ops is not technically on the coaching staff, and has minimal, if any, affect on what is seen on the court.

    The average salary is $28 - $35K a year.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 21, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    Norm had accomplished everything he could at SLCC by winning the title in 2009. After 20 years at that level, maybe he sees this as his opportunity to get back to D-I basketball with a shot at moving up either within the Utes program or out to another D-I school.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    April 21, 2011 9:15 a.m.

    Obviously it's the money for Parrish to leave the SLCC coaching post. He must have a deal for the indefinite future to resign from a secure position. Best of luck. Second, he will be the local and JC player recruiting resource. This is going to be an adventure getting the Utes up to speed for being competitive in the new PAC-12. Best of luck to the program. They are going to need a lot more than luck to pull off anything soon.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Here's the story on Kareem Storey, 6'0", point guard, from Maryland:

    While Storey is an unrelenting attacker and scorer, it sometimes comes at the expense of his teammates or the team's offense. He monopolizes the ball, hunts shots, and has a very hard time making good decisions. It remains to be seen if he can play in structure at the next level, especially in a half-court game.

    Bottom Line:
    Storey has the college ready body and playmaking skills to play at a high level, but may be better off going to a lower level in order to play the game the way he wants to.

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    Is this guy sure going from SLCC basketball to Utah basketball isn't a downgrade?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 21, 2011 6:58 a.m.

    Shawn is another big loss for the Uties! This year's exodus is turning out to be worse than last year. Coach K2 needs to focus on maintaining his current team instead of recruiting for now.