ESPN says Jim Boylen is part of the next wave of head-coaching prospects

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    April 25, 2014 10:35 p.m.

    Dear Dennis Lindsey,

    Hopefully you are reading all of the comments posted by pretty much everyone in the state pleading for you to not even consider Jim Boylen as a coaching candidate for the Jazz. I mean, if you do your homework, you'll find he had no people skills (just ask a certain local reporter) when his Utah program took a nosedive, and he did his best to run off any of the recruits who may have been able to stay and help. Oh yes, he also left with a nice financial settlement, all at the university's expense.

    I don't know if this has just been an effort by some of the local media to stir the pot or what, but I promise you, if you hire Boylen, you'll see the negative effect in fan attendance, player morale, his relationship with the front office, etc.

    A big fan of the Utes and the Jazz

  • UtahUte91 Sandy, UT
    April 25, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    The day the Jazz hire Boylen is the day I cash in my Jazz season tickets and become a Lakers fan.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    April 25, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    CougfanTX you left out that he also inherited a better team, actually a team period. Coach K walked in with practically nothing and had to compete in the PAC 12. Boylen had some very good players left by Giac and then proceeded to go downhill while playing in the MWC.

    I wish him well as long as he never come close to the U again.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    April 25, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    No way I will continue to be a Jazz fan in any way if they hire Boylen.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    April 25, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    I don't have much faith in Jazz management. They are the ones that let DeMarre Carroll go for peanuts to Atlanta where he is flourishing. They let Horney go and now they are going to draft well and get a good coach. Wasn't Boylen run out of town on a rail. The best thing that can happen to the Jazz is for Las Vegas to make thir gambling laws palatable to the NBA then move the Jazz. Besides I live much closer to Las Vegas then Salt Lake.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    April 25, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    For what it's worth, Crowton had a better winning percentage than Boylen, and unlike Boylen, didn't leave the program in complete shambles.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 25, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    The only reason Jim Boylen is in the discussion is because Gary Crowton already turned the job down.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 25, 2014 6:46 a.m.

    Boylen may have success in the NBA, but it appears to me that it should not be with the Jazz. There seems to be too much ill will in the Utah community.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 25, 2014 6:26 a.m.

    Don't be so critical of Boylen. He had a better winning percentage than Krystkowiak and took the Utes dancing more times than Krystkowiak.

    April 24, 2014 9:21 p.m.

    College coaching results do not translate to NBA coaching potential. In college, the HC is basically the GM, lead scout, and coach. He obviously showed he could not judge players' talent and character enough to build a good team, but did coach Giac's recruits to a conference title. In the NBA, he'd be responsible for on-court coaching and decision making. I have just as much frustration with his involvement in the Runnin' Utes' program as the next Utah fan, but let's be real, he's been a good NBA assistant and is a commodity for a reason.

    I saw someone on Twitter the other day liken the situation to that of Jim Fassel as the Utes' football coach; he was completely out of touch with recruiting to a place like Utah, and couldn't connect with the local fanbase. But he went on to be a successful NFL assistant and pretty good NFL HC. I'd be willing to give Boylen the same benefit of the doubt in this situation. Regardless of who gets the job, the Jazz are not realistically a contender in the West or NBA for several years.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 24, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    So who else is in "the next wave of Head Coaches" along with Boylen? Greg Ostertag?

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 24, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    "There’s a strong consensus that Boylen is an extremely capable lifer who rarely has trouble connecting with players or peers."

    Arnovitz needed to do a little more research before writing such malarkey. All he needed to do was call up a few former Utah players or failing that, talk to some Ute fans.

    If the Jazz make the mistake of hiring Boylen, I won't be rooting for or watching them play again until he leaves. I'll never forgive him for the shambles he left my beloved Ute program in.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    Kevin Arnovitz must have been living under a rock during the Boylen era at Utah; Jim's bullying personality wouldn't fly for a second in the NBA.