Utah Utes roundup: Bogut weighs in on U. hire

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 5, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    I'm guessing most of the players are 'considering their options' so to speak. That is a natural reaction to something like this as they signed on to play for boylen.

    In the end most will stay, I'd really be surprised if more than one leaves considering they are almost all going to be sr.'s but in the current state of utah basketball they need every single one of them to have any hope at being even mediocre next season. The constant exodus's this program has endured have gutted it of stability and continuity and the losing can be attributed to those things as much as any other factors.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    April 5, 2011 11:16 a.m.


    My "creditable source" is Jan and Gunther talking about it on the radio both yesterday and today. I doubt they would dedicate a portion of their show on two different days to a rumor.

    BTW, they have not said that these players are definitely leaving. They are just saying that the three players are thinking about it and that they want to be convinced to stay.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    April 4, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    sports-junkie, any credible sources for your allegation that O'Brien and Clyborn are potentially leaving? Or is that just talk because of when a new coach comes in there's always "rumors."

    No question the Utes need both those guys back next year to have any chance at the post season.

  • flynn is the coolest Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2011 5:22 p.m.


    Good point, but I was under the impression that Boylen was hired after his term with the NBA. I just checked, and Boylen was initially with MSU, then 13 years in the NBA, then back to MSU for some ok seasons before coming to Utah.

    I guess when I say I preferred an assistant coach I meant fresh blood, not someone who lost their charisma by playing second fiddle for 13 years in the NBA.

    One thing is for certain, coach K.2 will probably bring more charisma/energy- in that he's younger.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 4, 2011 3:59 p.m.


    I see your point. But as far as the U hiring a good assistant from a good NCAA team, we already tried that. His name was Jim Boylen...you've heard of him I'm sure. He was the top assistant to Tom Izzo at Michigan State, where they won 2 NCAA titles.

    A good assistant on a good team doesn't necessarily make a good head coach. Just ask Boylen or Gary Crowton. I like this hire - it's not a home run, but with what the U was willing to pay, I think this is as good as it gets.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    April 4, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Clyburn, O'Brien and Watkins all potentially leaving. Yikes. If your best players have to be "convinced to stay", this is not a good hire.

    flynn is the coolest says coach k.2... I say coach B(oylen).2

    Not good utes, not good.

  • Dyer Gary Bountiful, UT
    April 4, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    why didn't we get to see the press conference on channel two as promised?

  • flynn is the coolest Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2011 3:24 p.m.


    1- No idea
    2- "washed up" Semantics

    If you're good at the time, you won't get fired. I guess the point is that I'd prefer to see the U hire a good assistant NCAA coach from a good team- rather than an NBA head coach who just got fired. As far as coaches being less important than you imply, I'd argue that a good coach is the most important factor for success in the NCAA.

    Additionally, coach K.2's program of running his players arses off has already shown to not be productive in one setting. Any moron can run someone's arse off. If the coach is good, his players will run their arses off on their own.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 4, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    @flynn is the coolest

    Couple of things...

    1. If you knew anything about the Bucks ownership and front office, you would understand why Larry didn't win there...and why nobody else has won there either.

    2. I can count on one hand the number of college and NBA head coaches who have never been fired. That's part of the deal when you're a professional coach, and it doesn't mean you're "washed up". Pat Riley got fired roughly 167 times before he won five NBA titles, then got fired another 3,552 times before he retired.

    There's more to a successful basketball team than its coach, and getting fired is not the sign of a good or bad coach.

  • flynn is the coolest Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    If coach K.2's working his players arses off was so effective, where are the W's? Did the Bucks win some championship I'm not aware of? Again, they should have hired someone who's not already washed up (never been fired).

  • BYU/Jazz fan West Valley, UT
    April 4, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    It's nice to see Bogut back up his former coach and have some valuable opinion about the coach. I hope for the U's sake that this coach is a good decision for them. I'd like to see the rivalry and competition renewed between the 2 programs.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    April 4, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    LoveMySports | 12:25 p.m. April 4, 2011
    Syracuse, UT
    Notice how every picture or video clip of this guy is of him screaming and running around like a two year old having a temper tantrum? Should be entertaining at the least.

    As opposed to say, Jerry Sloan?

    Bogut is a legit endorsement. Bogut has turned himself into a legit all-star caliber player.

  • LoveMySports Syracuse, UT
    April 4, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Notice how every picture or video clip of this guy is of him screaming and running around like a two year old having a temper tantrum? Should be entertaining at the least.

  • Big_Ben SLC, UT
    April 4, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    1. Can we please stop posting links to bleacher report? Any (and I mean ANY) person who has access to a computer can contribute to bleacher report. This link is something nice for the Utes but still, I am tired of it.

    2. Glad to know that Bogut approves. I hope that Larry K can get the program in the right direction.

    3. Where is the obligatory link to what Urban Meyer had for breakfast?