Sources: Quin Snyder emerging as a lead candidate for Utah Jazz coaching job

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  • sptfyre MAPLETON, UT
    May 31, 2014 4:49 p.m.


    I didn't say Boylen's strength was player development I said it was Snyder's. If everything was about Nevill then why did the Utes have a losing record with Nevill before Boylen arrived? Boylen is a good coach. If you don't believe me just do a quick google search for what other NBA execs thing of him. Some say he has been the best assistant for every team he has ever been a part of. Also, if he wasn't a good coach why would Popovich hire him to be his lead assistant? He is very highly regarded around the NBA. If you could look past your Ute bias you would see that for yourself.
    So if someone fails they can't take that failure to help them for their next job right? So the Jazz never should have considered Sloan as their head coach because he was fired by the Bulls correct? Sometimes coaches fail in given situations, it does not mean they are bad coaches. Maybe Boylens style doesn't work well at the college level? Maybe he learned something during his Utah tenure that will enable him to be successful this time around?

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 31, 2014 4:35 p.m.


    Looks grumpy in his pictures.

    Appears to have cheated at Missouri in an effort to do whatever it takes to win. (NCAA is a joke and paying players not a problem in the NBA).

    I like it.

    Hire him;)

  • camby SPANISH FORK, UT
    May 31, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    Comparing Boylen's Utah years to Snyder don't make sense. Snyder competed in a tougher league and took two 12 seeds to the great 8. The tournament always exposes good and bad coaches. Boylen took a 5 seed to a first round loss. Boylen was a buffon in front of the press and Snyder was smoooooth. Maybe too smooth. I agree Snyder left Missouri in a shambles. The guy was humbled and paid his dues to dig out of the mess he created. He coached D league basketball because in his own words he said it was pure and brought happiness to him. Here is a quote from him:
    "I don't need to be recognized," Snyder says. "Don't need to be on TV or have a radio show, either. I'm happy with this sort of status. Genuinely happy." Boylen just gives a lame excuse about recruiting. The fact is Boylen recruited really well the players would leave after one year because they couldn't stand him.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    May 31, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    I think Lindsey has tipped his hand or had it tipped for him. I think Snyder will be about as good a coach as can be found. I remember the Missouri deal and about the only thing Missouri is or was mad about is getting caught. I think the real reason for this long drawn out process is to make sure there are no more skeletons out there.

  • MarkeyAustin Austin, TX
    May 31, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    If the Jazz know what they are doing, they will hire Quin. I had an opportunity to meet him a few years ago back in Austin when he coached the Toros. This guy is actually not a grumpy guy like some of you think because of the one picture the press posted. Very personable and will bring a lot of Good experince to any team he coaches. I would say he's the best choice out there for an NBA coach. He's the "real deal".

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    May 31, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    What happened to the European Coach, Messina. He seemed an intriguing possibly possibly. I hope the new coach considers Stockton as a top assistant.

  • MarkeyAustin Austin, TX
    May 31, 2014 2:28 p.m.

    If the Jazz know what they are doing, they will hire Quin. I had an opportunity to meet him a few years ago back in Austin when he coached the Toros. This guy is actually not a grumpy guy like some of you think because of the one picture the press posted. Very personable and will bring a lot of Good experince to any team he coaches. I would say he's the best choice out there for an NBA coach. He's the real deal.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 31, 2014 11:23 a.m.


    Boylen was a good coach??? Really? He inherited Luke Nevill when he took the job and the positives that you identify was all about Nevill... After Nevill graduated the utes staggered and collapsed...

    You say that "Player Development" was his strength??? How many utes made it into the NBA or were even drafted during the Boylen years?

    Boylen failed at Utah, why would the jazz think it an acceptable risk to bring him back at the Professional level??? It makes no sense.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 30, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    What a great move that would be... Move the Assistant Coach from one of the worst teams in the league into the Head Coach Job when his own team wouldn't consider him as a replacement for their coach who quit before getting fired...

    I have an idea... Why not let Sloan pick the new coach... I think that he knows far more about what it takes to win in this league than anybody in the Jazz organization... Hire him as a consultant and let him do the search.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    May 30, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    Rushing to replace Ty might repeat the results form the last coaching change (hiring Ty). It's not like there is a major dearth of good coaches, but it's all too easy to hire a bad fit. It doesn't look like we have to worry about losing any candidates to the Knicks, since even Phil's guy turned that gig down.

  • sptfyre MAPLETON, UT
    May 30, 2014 7:55 p.m.

    @CTJ Fan

    Boylen was successful in his first couple years too. His first season he led the Utes to their first winning record in a 2-3 years. Then, his second season they were 21-9 in the regular season, MWC champs and were a 5 seed in the tournament. They lost first round, but still had a successful season. At that point the wheels started to come off and they had back to back losing seasons and he was fired, but still went 69-60 as head coach.

    It was not just because of violations that Missouri was left in shambles. Missouri didn't make the tournament his last 3 seasons and the last 2 seasons Missouri had a losing record. The violations is the reason he left Missouri in worse condition than Boylen did Utah. You're right there aren't violations to worry about in the NBA, but Boylen's biggest problem was he hated recruiting. You don't have to do that as an NBA head coach either.

    Why don't you think he is a good fit? He is smart, educated, player development is his strength, and has some head coaching experience at other levels, and has been an assistant under some great coaches.

  • CTJ fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    aptfyre, the problem with your analogy is that Snyder was a successful coach at Missouri and if I'm not mistaken looked at as a possible coach of year candidate in his time there. Boylen never did any of that, and wasn't nearly as successful at Utah. The only reason he left Missouri in shambles is because of some of the violations. Since this is the NBA we shouldn't have to worry about that, but I'm personally still not convinced that he would be a good fit for us and I don't think I'm really on this train to hire him. Still think there's better options out there!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 30, 2014 6:42 p.m.


    I agree. Earl Watson would make a great assistant coach.

    I don't think they can drag this out out much longer with the draft a free agency coming up in the next few weeks.

  • sptfyre MAPLETON, UT
    May 30, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    First off let me state I would be very happy if Snyder is hired. I think he could be a very good coach.

    However, I do find it laughable to see so many Jazz fans applauding the possibility of Snyder, yet the name Boylen sends chills down so many spines. Boylen was unsuccessful at Utah. Snyder was also fired from a college coaching job (Missouri) and left that program more in shambles then Boylen did with Utah. Yet we like Snyder and hate Boylen.

    If you took the Jazz and placed them in Missouri the only difference would be fans there would be happy with Boylen and hate Snyder. Oh the bias of fans.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    May 30, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    Being a Seattle native, he could always hold out for an offer, when the Sonics return!!

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2014 3:00 p.m.

    Sounding like a good possibility.....especially if he would consider taking on Earl Watson as an assistant. Would love to have Earl back with the Jazz in some capacity. I'm just getting antzy for this search to be finalized before all the good ones are taken.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    May 30, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    @Oh Really?
    Well if you look at some of the stuff behind it i'm not sure it's that big of a deal. Here's why, in Philly he was a player development coach, ok that's the lowest rung on the ladder of assistants, and he was hired by the lakers as an assistant under Phil Jackson, ok who would you rather learn from and work for, Doug Collins(76ers coach) or Phil Jackson? Then Jackson retires and LA fires he whole staff, mostly because Jim Buss didn't want anyone with ties to Jackson left on the coaching staff. CSKA, really, who wants to live in Russia for more than a year? And the Hawks only counts as a 1 year stint if he leaves, it's not really a one year stint yet.

  • jzzlvr Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    One of the grumpiest is also probably the best current head coach in the Association...Popovich.

  • camby SPANISH FORK, UT
    May 30, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    Genius, This is the guy I had picked a month ago when Atlanta was in the playoffs. He took a 12 seed to the great 8 2 years in a row several years ago and was hotter than hot. He committed some NCAA violations and got fired and went in a depressive funk for awhile. He had to start from scratch when he got back into it and started back with Popovich as his mentor. He's got a successful college playing history. A successful college head coaching history. A successful D League head coaching history as I believe one of his teams won the D league championship. And a great coaching tree. It's all there and he's really smart and understands the business side as well. This is someone we can build on for several years as he is pretty young. Sign him up now before some other team gets smart and starts interviewing him.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 30, 2014 2:35 p.m.


    You beat me to it. Nobody wants a happy-go-lucky coach.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    May 30, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    I like your reply Kaladin. I agree, most good coaches tend to be a bit grumpy, at least at times (the perfectionist streak). Even Zen Man Phil Jackson could get sullen if things weren't going right. The Jazz need a coach that is going to hold the players accountable on both ends of the floor. Tyrone Corbin is very nice guy, which might in the end might not have been a good thing (at least in that job).

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    May 30, 2014 2:27 p.m.


    If Quin Snyder is cut from the same cloth as Rick Majerus, I say sign him up.

    Majerus was gruff, grumpy and at times foul mouthed. But Rick knew how to get the best out of the players he had. The man also understood the game of basketball. Rest in peace Coach Majerus, here's one Ute/Jazz fan who will never forget you.

  • Oh Really? HERRIMAN, UT
    May 30, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    Four one-year stints as an assistant? Curious...

  • Kaladin Greeley, CO
    May 30, 2014 1:15 p.m.

    Grumpy coaches are the best. See Jerry Sloan, Lavell Edwards, Rick Majerus, Tom Izzo, etc.

  • Alterego Harrisville, UT
    May 30, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    Never heard of him but he looks grumpy.