Here's why Utes' Larry Krystkowiak is confident Utah can return to NCAA tourney next season

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  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    May 2, 2019 4:31 a.m.

    uteBusters - Park City, UT
    May 1, 2019 9:34 a.m.

    For a program that has dropped to 4th in the state, his "confidence" in returning to the NCAA tourney next season seems to be based more on wishful think than on anything of substance
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    Yeah OK

  • uteBusters Park City, UT
    May 1, 2019 9:34 a.m.

    Tomahawk Red - Miami Beach, FL
    May 1, 2019 8:44 a.m.
    Really have to laugh at my fellow Utah fans who apparently are chomping at the bit to bring in Boylen 2.0.

    I really have to laugh at Utah fans who think the 80k is a great coach simply because he hit the Poeltl lottery and had a couple of very brief flashes of success in the big dance before getting crushed by Gonzaga.

    For a program that has dropped to 4th in the state, his "confidence" in returning to the NCAA tourney next season seems to be based more on wishful think than on anything of substance.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    May 1, 2019 9:19 a.m.

    Tomahawk Red

    "I challenge you to name just one great player he's run off... He's run off low hanging fruit who don't contribute."

    Running off low hanging fruit is an indictment on 80k's recruiting abilities.

    Why is he so lacking in talent evaluation that he's constantly having to jettison players whom he recruited?

    Why is the 8th highest paid coach in the country constantly having to "rebuild"?

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    May 1, 2019 8:44 a.m.

    Really have to laugh at my fellow Utah fans who apparently are chomping at the bit to bring in Boylen 2.0.

    Some people truly never learn.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    May 1, 2019 8:15 a.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum - CA, 00
    April 30, 2019 2:19 p.m.

    Krystko, however, has run-off a lot of great players
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    I challenge you to name just one great player he's run off.

    I won't wait because I'll be here forever.

    He's run off low hanging fruit who don't contribute. The only possible exception to argue would be Daniels, but even that argument is flawed because he was clearly detrimental to the team in terms of attitude. Same with Hendrix.

    Players who can't contribute or withstand tough coaching have a standing invitation to exit the program.

  • Forty Six & 2 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2019 5:22 a.m.

    Poor Marky, has to pretend the WCC is SO superior! High school size gyms, and they don’t even support any football. That’s weak! And EVERYONE knows outside the Zaggs, it’s a less than mediocre Conference. Currently and historically. Stop worrying about comparing the PAC to the Western Church Conference. It screams insecurity buddy!

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 30, 2019 11:12 p.m.

    Only thing worse than Coach 80K’s coaching is reading Utah fans’ saying how much better they are than BYU. Scoreboard. Utah fan loves to talk about the football streak. Back at ya.

  • northern_lights Layton, UT
    April 30, 2019 10:18 p.m.

    azute1

    What you said was born refuted...

    head-to-head trumps ranking

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    April 30, 2019 9:07 p.m.

    46&2

    The PAC 12 is a ZERO trick pony.

    It’s hilarious that the best team in the “conference of champions” is only good enough to get a #12 seed.

    That’s what the committee gives to low mid majors.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 30, 2019 7:44 p.m.

    @ Marked it Down—

    You did nothing more than to regurgitate what I’d already easily refuted.

    Nice try.

    Go Utes!

  • Forty Six & 2 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2019 5:59 p.m.

    Marky Mark - Park City, UT

    The WCC is a one trick pony. Outside the Zaggs, there’s not much there. That’s why Gonzaga didn’t leave to the Mtn West. The level of competition would’ve been too tough for them week in and week out. They like being a big fish, in a really, really small pond! It’s a much easier path to the NCAA tournament.

    Kind of like being independent, a much easier path to....well, who knows. Not much to this point! Just a bunch of Moral Victories and boasting of some Directors Mug.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    April 30, 2019 5:11 p.m.

    azute1

    Despite your made up, irrelevant metrics,

    based on head-to-head,

    which U conveniently choose to use ONLY when it favors Utah,

    the WCC was better than the P12,

    WCC 10-7 versus P12 in 2019

    The WCC’s best team, Gonzaga, was a #1 seed.

    The P12’s best team, Oregon, was a #12 seed.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 30, 2019 4:05 p.m.

    “The WCC was better than the P12,”

    Not per the conference rankings.

    “And, let's not forget, the best team in the WCC dwarfed the best team in the P12.

    #2 Gonzaga > #28 Oregon”

    Dwarfed? GU had a much easier path & won merely one more Tourney game than UO did.

    “and, BYU dominated Utah, both in ranking and in head-to-head

    #86 BYU > #109 Utah
    BYU 74 > Utah 59”

    Clearly that occurred early in the season & literally wouldn’t have occurred later in the season.

    Nice try.

    Go Utes!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 30, 2019 4:00 p.m.

    “Even so, the PAC-12 results in the NCAA tournament showed America the league had a couple of decent teams and that's it. Well, the WCC had a couple of decent teams, too. Neither league looked as good as the ACC or Big 10 or even the SEC.”

    Couple? All 3 wcc Ws in The Tourney were by 1 team.

    PAC-12 = 4 Tourney Ws by 3 different teams.

    “I'm not arguing the WCC was head-and-shoulders better than the PAC-12, but by any measurement, it was certainly equal to the PAC-12, and the best way to measure teams is head-to-head competition, and the WCC was better by that measurement. You can use whatever mental gymnastics you'd like to justify away the losses.”

    If wcc were equal, then why does every reputable conference ranking out there rank PAC-12 ahead of wcc?

    Crickets.

    Go Utes!

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2019 3:31 p.m.

    USAlover - $294,117 per win

    sigh...

    How many years left on LK's contract?

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2019 2:45 p.m.

    $294,117 per win.

    LK loves where he is....regardless of who he runs out of the program.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    April 30, 2019 2:19 p.m.

    I'm glad that Charles jr. and Jayce Johnson are leaving. JJ was just a derelict, pitiful, TOTAL bust is all! Krystko, however, has run-off a lot of great players. I thunk Coach K2 looks at any given season at Utah like what coaches in the NBA deal with. He MAY think?......."I'll get on the phone and get some guys that can play?" It has worked for him before, but Utah needs to have a chance to the "dance" in March and consistency.

  • ND95CA Lincoln Park, IL
    April 30, 2019 1:18 p.m.

    azute1

    Based on Sagarin's conference rankings, the P12 was ranked just barely ahead of the WCC

    #7 P12
    #8 WCC
    #10 MWC

    Based on head-to-head, which U conveniently choose to use ONLY when it favors Utah,

    The WCC was better than the P12,

    And, let's not forget, the best team in the WCC dwarfed the best team in the P12.

    #2 Gonzaga > #28 Oregon

    and, BYU dominated Utah, both in ranking and in head-to-head

    #86 BYU > #109 Utah
    BYU 74 > Utah 59

  • bemorefair , 00
    April 30, 2019 10:05 a.m.

    @Utahute72

    haha, you used the one-and-done NCAA tournament results to justify the argument of "transitive property of wins and losses". There's a reason that tournament is called the "Great Exhibition".

    Even so, the PAC-12 results in the NCAA tournament showed America the league had a couple of decent teams and that's it. Well, the WCC had a couple of decent teams, too. Neither league looked as good as the ACC or Big 10 or even the SEC.

    I'm not arguing the WCC was head-and-shoulders better than the PAC-12, but by any measurement, it was certainly equal to the PAC-12, and the best way to measure teams is head-to-head competition, and the WCC was better by that measurement. You can use whatever mental gymnastics you'd like to justify away the losses.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 30, 2019 10:01 a.m.

    Tomahawk Red - Miami Beach, FL
    April 30, 2019 7:52 a.m.
    Uteology - East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 29, 2019 6:02 p.m.

    And BYU would have finished 6th in the PAC-12.

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    No they most certainly would not have finished sixth. Peg em between 9th and 11th. They would've had a LOT more losses.

    Conversely, Utah would've had more wins in a bad WCC. Second place, easily.

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    I was just playing along with Cougar Nation's fantasies.

  • Utahute72 Tooele, UT
    April 30, 2019 9:46 a.m.

    "April 30, 2019 8:56 a.m.
    @Tomahawk Red

    Wrong, the PAC-12 had a losing record overall to the WCC last year. The PAC-12 had 7 wins and 10 losses league-wide, including Utah getting thumped by BYU.

    Sorry, just because you want to believe it does not make it so."

    This statement proves why you should never use the transitive property of wins and losses in sports. Those wins came early, against teams there were still forming, and who frankly were not as focused as they were later in the year. I would submit that Tournament wins and losses are a better comparative measurement. By the time most teams entered into conference play (and beyond) I think you could make the argument that the PAC 12 was more consistently difficult than the WCC. Meaning there were far less teams that were walk over games in the PAC than the WCC.

  • top of the world ,
    April 30, 2019 9:04 a.m.

    When I first read the line, "It's a great accomplishment, but at the same time is meaningless", I nearly laughed. But after about two seconds of thought I understood what he meant. It WAS an great accomplishment to receive a bye, but then again, it meant nothing as to getting into one of the two big tournaments. That had to be accomplished in Vegas.

    Best of success to the players for next year. I hope their off-season work, along with a few good additions, will see them where they want to be. Unless the new coaching staff can work some magic, I think my team will be hard pressed to beat the Utes again next season.

  • bemorefair , 00
    April 30, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    @Tomahawk Red

    Wrong, the PAC-12 had a losing record overall to the WCC last year. The PAC-12 had 7 wins and 10 losses league-wide, including Utah getting thumped by BYU.

    Sorry, just because you want to believe it does not make it so.

  • TaxpayerinUtah Utah, UT
    April 30, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    He has to do something like this (promise to make the NCAAs) to try to justify his bloated salary as the the fourth best coach in the state.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    April 30, 2019 7:52 a.m.

    Uteology - East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 29, 2019 6:02 p.m.

    And BYU would have finished 6th in the PAC-12.

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    No they most certainly would not have finished sixth. Peg em between 9th and 11th. They would've had a LOT more losses.

    Conversely, Utah would've had more wins in a bad WCC. Second place, easily.

  • RR Omaha, NE
    April 30, 2019 7:45 a.m.

    "3rd best?

    Per every reputable conference ranking out there—"

    It's just so easy.....!!
    Prep the bait and they will bite hard!

    I like your 'my sources say' line 😃

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    April 30, 2019 7:10 a.m.

    Tomahawk Red - Miami Beach, FL
    April 29, 2019 5:21 p.m.

    Not even gonna peruse the comments because I know what's there... the same old jive about salary this, salary that. Dont care.

    Krystkowiak is a great coach and has had this team in the right direction for years. I'll continue to support him and his program as long as he's here.

    Tune out the noise coach. We'll be back in the NCAA tournament.
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    Amen Brother!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 30, 2019 6:28 a.m.

    “Coach, finishing third in the third best conference in the West does not mean you'll be any better next year.”

    3rd best?

    Per every reputable conference ranking out there—

    PAC-12 > wcc > mwc

    Tourney Ws—

    PAC-12 4
    wcc 3 [all 1 team]
    mwc 0

    And we’ll naturally be better by virtue of experience, plus bringing in multiple extra 4 stars/high-end 3 stars.

    Regarding those rankings, they’re irrelevant, as we beat multiple teams ranked ahead of us.....In fact, byu-p beat usu, who ranked ahead of them.

    Furthermore, we didn’t play against every team head-to-head, so again, there was no guarantee any of those were better than us.

    Go Utes!

  • RR Omaha, NE
    April 29, 2019 10:48 p.m.

    Coach, finishing third in the third best conference in the West does not mean you'll be any better next year.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 29, 2019 10:38 p.m.

    Marked it Down - Park City, UT
    April 29, 2019 10:31 p.m.
    Utemythology

    “And BYU would have finished 6th in the PAC-12.”

    THREE places ahead of Utah’s 9th place finish:

    #28 Oregon
    #48 Washington
    #57 ASU
    #63 Colorado
    #81 OSU
    #86 BYU
    #94 Arizona
    #102 UCLA
    #109 Utah

    bwahaha 🤣

    And let’s not forget, BYU dominated U head-to-head 74-59 for the 13th time in the last 17, most by double digits.

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    Yoeli Childs
    NCAA wins: 0
    SportsCenter Dunks: 2

    Good luck in the Final Four!

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    April 29, 2019 10:31 p.m.

    Utemythology

    “And BYU would have finished 6th in the PAC-12.”

    THREE places ahead of Utah’s 9th place finish:

    #28 Oregon
    #48 Washington
    #57 ASU
    #63 Colorado
    #81 OSU
    #86 BYU
    #94 Arizona
    #102 UCLA
    #109 Utah

    bwahaha 🤣

    And let’s not forget, BYU dominated U head-to-head 74-59 for the 13th time in the last 17, most by double digits.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2019 8:46 p.m.

    Christy, obviously the amount "we" pay 80k guarantees nothing...

    Maybe Jimmy Boylen would be available to come back next year.

  • water rocket , 00
    April 29, 2019 8:13 p.m.

    If the Utes don't make the NCAA tournament can we get another coach? Also, if they do make the NCAA tournament and run into Gonzaga again, can we still get another coach? Incidentally, how did that investigation into Kuzma's payola while at Utah go? Did it get swept under the rug?

  • Curtaco Monroe, UT
    April 29, 2019 6:46 p.m.

    If BYU would have finished 6th in the PAC12, but still managed to manhandle Utah with ease, what's your point? BYU was a bad team. Utah was a miserably worse team. Both got what they deserved, nothing.

  • Utah rules Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2019 6:41 p.m.

    Another year but still the same old drivel.
    When will we learn to believe anything he says?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 29, 2019 6:02 p.m.

    phoenix - Gilbert, AZ
    April 29, 2019 3:12 p.m.
    "I’m disappointed that we didn’t get to play in the NIT, for sure, but I thought conference play-wise, for us to finish third was a heck of an accomplishment..."

    3rd in the PAC 12?

    bwahaha

    ...And would have finished 6th in the WCC

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    And BYU would have finished 6th in the PAC-12.

    #28 Oregon
    #48 Washington
    #57 ASU
    #63 Colorado
    #81 OSU
    #86 BYU

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 29, 2019 5:57 p.m.

    2 NCAA berths in 8 years just isn't good enough.

    He has to make the NCAA next year or we need to find someone else who is worth $3.8 million.

    He has the talent (6 4-star players), he must deliver a top 40 team.

  • bhbheda Riverton, UT
    April 29, 2019 5:46 p.m.

    CougFaninTX - Spring, TX
    April 29, 2019 4:06 p.m.
    Larry really made an impact the first couple of years, getting some players that brought real talent. And the results showed. But I agree with others, this interview sounds like a pitch to keep his job one more year. There's nothing in the pipeline that tells me the utes will be better next year.

    What?

    "Nothing in the pipeline"

    You obviously don't follow the program. Since 2003 the Runnin' Utes have landed 8 four star players, or one every other year. Two of their freshmen (Gach, Allen) are four stars, and 3 of their recruits for next season (Jones, Junanten, Carlson) are as well. A total of 5 four star players in a two year span is the best pipeline Utah has had since the mid 90's.

    Throw in some high 3 star players like Tillman, Van Komen, Thioune, and Battin. I think the next few years are going to be incredible.

  • Tomahawk Red Miami Beach, FL
    April 29, 2019 5:21 p.m.

    Not even gonna peruse the comments because I know what's there... the same old jive about salary this, salary that. Dont care.

    Krystkowiak is a great coach and has had this team in the right direction for years. I'll continue to support him and his program as long as he's here.

    Tune out the noise coach. We'll be back in the NCAA tournament.

  • Forty Six & 2 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2019 4:30 p.m.

    Kleenex - Gilbert, AZ

    And after all that boasting comparing the PAC to the WCC, both Utah AND byu sat on the couch last post season. Maybe stop comparing both conferences, and just worry about how your cougs will beat a PAC 12 team with a winning record in football this year, and how you guys will continue to over-hype Pope before he’s done anything. Thanks for your continued concern and obsession of Utah.

    Good luck Larry, I truly hope you do make the NCAA tournament next season, or Harlan will most likely be looking for a new coach.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    April 29, 2019 4:27 p.m.

    I Believe!

    Go Utes!

  • CougFaninTX Spring, TX
    April 29, 2019 4:06 p.m.

    Larry really made an impact the first couple of years, getting some players that brought real talent. And the results showed. But I agree with others, this interview sounds like a pitch to keep his job one more year. There's nothing in the pipeline that tells me the utes will be better next year.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 29, 2019 3:44 p.m.

    "It says a lot about the fact that we’ve taken care of business in the regular season," said Krystkowiak.

    No, all it says is that the media constantly underrate the Utes. It doesn't say anything about the program - it only says something about the media (and what a terrible job they do).

    Larry, if you want to make the tournament, it's pretty simple: Stop running off your best players every year.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    April 29, 2019 3:12 p.m.

    "I’m disappointed that we didn’t get to play in the NIT, for sure, but I thought conference play-wise, for us to finish third was a heck of an accomplishment..."

    3rd in the PAC 12?

    bwahaha

    #28 Oregon
    #48 Washington
    #57 ASU
    #63 Colorado
    #81 OSU
    #94 Arizona
    #102 UCLA
    #109 Utah

    80k has been drinking way too much crimson koolaid

    The Utes finished 4th in the state

    #38 USU
    #86 BYU
    #104 UVU
    #109 Utah

    And would have finished 6th in the WCC

    #2 Gonzaga
    #31 Saint Mary's
    #67 San Francisco
    #86 BYU
    #90 San Diego
    #109 Utah

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2019 2:48 p.m.

    With as much as we're paying him, we deserve to be there nearly every year, and making deep runs regularly. If he can't do that, get someone else