Utah Jazz to interview 20-plus candidates for coaching vacancy — but not quite yet

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  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    April 25, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    Lot of talk about Stockton today. I don't think he will like being a coach. It would be hard to find players who worked as hard as he did and it would be frustrating to him, like it was to Magic when he was a coach.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 25, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    If it does end up being Boylen, I won't be renewing my season tickets. This year was brutal enough with all the retooling and "patience" company line. Hasn't Boylen burned enough bridges in Utah without bringing him in to tear down whatever bridges are still standing...two years with him and there won't be a franchise anymore to worry about.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    April 25, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    Jim Boylen is at the top of the list?!?! Good grief! They just lost all credibility. Also, why are two guys who have zippo NBA experience (Jensen and Bryant) working as their Player Development Coaches?! Who's running the show??? Moe, Larry and Curly?!

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    April 25, 2014 6:42 a.m.

    I haven't heard many people discussing the name of Jeff Van Gundy. He was the head coach for Dennis Lindsey's last four years at Houston. He was always a defensive-minded coach. Three of his former assistant coaches have had great success in the NBA as defensive-minded coaches: Tom Thibodeau, Steve Clifford and Mike Longabardi.

    If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. He lost his job in Houston (after going 52-30 in the regular season, but getting ousted by the Jazz in the first round (the Jazz was just a bad matchup for Houston--which happens sometimes in the playoffs).

    If Lindsey still has a high opinion of Jeff Van Gundy after working with him in Houston (and getting to know all of his good traits and all of his warts), I think he is the clear choice.

  • Jody Genessy
    April 24, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    Yeah, I think it would be very naive of us to really believe the Jazz didn't have names in mind before deciding to not re-sign Corbin. I'm pretty sure they just want to go through the full process, as they should.

    I'm also sure the Jazz organization is well aware of Boylen's history with the University of Utah and Beehive State basketball fans. The equivalent PR disaster would be like an NFL team moving to Utah and hiring Gary Crowton to be its head coach.

    Thanks for all of the comments — and for reading my stories (something that you're smart enough to do!)


  • theholdup Bluffdale, UT
    April 24, 2014 2:28 p.m.

    I for one will boycott the Jazz if they are stupid enough to bring in Boylen, Jazz better think long and hard before making that decision.

    He may currently work under a great coach, he may be a good interview, but he was horrible with the Utes and I didn't see anything to make me think he could coach this young group. Larry Krystowiak would by far be a better choice than Boylen. Not that I want Larry, just making a point in comparing coaching potential.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 24, 2014 1:49 p.m.


    As I eluded to earlier...I can't really believe they are yet to meet to just put the coaching selection criteria together. For pete sake, is this their first day on the job? Get prepared in advance even if your decision was or was not made.

    As far as Boylen is concerned, he has already amassed a mound of negative publicity in this community and has proven he is a coaching failure at the college level.

    The Jazz would start deep in the hole with that selection. There would be alot of angry fans and lost fans before he even arrived for day 1. Many of those would not purchase a ticket until Boylen proved he could actually coach and produce progress and eventually wins.

    I really can't imaging the Jazz would want to add that monumental PR nightmare on top of the fact they only won 25 games last season. Talk about adding insult to injury.

    I for one vote no on Boylen and there is not a single person I have spoken to about the coaching change that has had anything positive to say about Boylen.

    People would be demanding Lindsey's job resignation fast.

  • Jody Genessy
    April 24, 2014 12:47 p.m.


    Trust me, I'd much rather write an article about the Jazz hiring a new head coach today. If it makes you feel better, one of my sources believes the Jazz are doing their "due diligence" but will simply come back to Jim Boylen. Guess we'll see how that plays out.

  • MrDave Brownsburg, IN
    April 24, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    I wouldn't mind if the Pacer fired Frank Vogel and the Jazz pick him up. The Pacers or fans have no idea what a great coach he is.

  • BC CougFan Brigham City, UT
    April 24, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    I believe they should wait just a little bit longer. They should see who goes down in the first and second round of the playoffs and then evaluate from there. There is a lot of people saying the Frank Vogel may lose his job if he doesn't get the Pacers to the Finals. Wait it out and see if any HEAD coaches in the playoffs lose their jobs. The Jazz could end up getting a successful coach.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 24, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    @PocyUte Good point. I hope they are looking at some good assistants. Preferably those who have learned to coach some defense under Thibodeau and there are some of those as possibilities.

    From all accounts supposedly Frank Vogel is "playing for his job" according to the famous "sources" which may be just some reporter who is generating click-bait.

    That said rumors seem to indicate it is Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner getting pretty selfish as they are both vying for contracts and as a result it has mushroomed into problems in the locker room.

    If Vogel gets fired he would instantly be near the top of my list. He had the Pacers #1 in defense in the entire league for a good portion of the season. I guess you could debate his current role, or lack thereof, in their most recent meltdown and whether he should have been able to get guys to move past their personal contract selfishness or not.

    Vogel would be a serious contender on my list should he become available.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    April 24, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    Lindsey has the coach selected. They will interview everybody and his brother for pr purposes but the de3al is done baring something unforeseen like the fellow having a stroke or something. Jody is going to get to write a lot of articles and we are going to be dumb enough to read them and make comments.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    April 24, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    Just exactly what basketball knowledge and experience does Randy Rigby bring to the coach selection process?

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 24, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    This tells me that they are looking for a coach who is currently coaching a playoff team.

    They will have to get permission from those teams, and those team likely aren't going to overly accommodating while they are still in the playoffs.

    My guess is they will have the decision made by the draft.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 24, 2014 9:56 a.m.


    Good post. You hit the nail on the head. I really can't think they are as unprepared for this as they appear to be letting on. Lets not forget Lindsey did not extend Corbins contract at the beginning of this season.

    Lindsey really had a pretty good idea back then that he likely would not extend and then as the season progressed it became pretty clear, when the team was statistically ranked dead last in the entire league defensively, after they had told Ty that defense was what this season was about that a change was coming.

    I'm guessing that some of this is window-dressing/PR to make it look like a determination on Ty was not a foregone conclusion.

    If they truly are as unprepared as they are "selling" then shame on them. Other teams will be picking/interviewing the best candidates ASAP thus diminishing the Jazz list of options.

    Seriously, do you not already know the criteria you want in a coach? I mean you had Sloan and you picked Corbin. Can the criteria be all that difficult to ascertain?

    Boylen is an immediate fail from a PR standpoint....courtesy interview I bet.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    April 24, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    What? Apparently the front office needs to interview itself. There is no need to interview 20 candidates. Could be wrong, but I don't recall hearing any pro sports team interview that many for one coaching spot.

    The front office should act like a front office. Do in house research on candidates, and narrow down the interview list to five or so.

    Yes, have someone in place before the draft. Give the coach a chance to evaluate and provide input on potential Jazz players.

  • ultragrampa Farmington, UT
    April 24, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    Take your time boys; let it simmer a month or two.

    Sheesh - it isn't like you can't have known for months now that you were going to have to do this; that you were not going to renew Ty's contract. How can you only now be thinking about beginning the process of determining how to narrow down potential candidates????

    Stew on it, have a few discussions on your current scouting trip for more players. Take your time, think it through, come on back and get going on interviewing the rest after the pick of the litter have been signed by the other, more forward-looking NBA teams who needed a coach.

    I moved recently. But I didn't give notice to my old place before I knew where I was going.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 24, 2014 1:54 a.m.

    "Rigby said the Jazz have reached out to player development coaches Alex Jensen and Johnnie Bryant about remaining with the team going forward."

    That's great news. Alex and Johnnie have been the two bright spots on the Jazz bench. If there is any way to retain them both, the Jazz should do it.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    April 23, 2014 9:49 p.m.

    I would think it would be advantageous to have a coach in place before the draft and free agency begins. Guys will not want to go to a team where the selection of a coach is up in the air. The Jazz management better get right on it. I know they have to be careful, but I think they ought to make their list of potential candidates and then whittle it down to under 10 and then do the interviews. It would be disingenuous to interview over 20 candidates. Hopefully they will keep it fairly simple.