Brad Rock: Is wildly successful USU basketball coach Craig Smith a long-term acquisition? 'I don't see why not'

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  • USU78 Farmington, UT
    June 3, 2019 1:37 p.m.

    Very nice, Brad. Good to see you haven't forgotten us of Logan.

  • ChicAggie Clarendon Hills, IL
    June 3, 2019 8:42 a.m.

    Great article, Brad. Coach Smith is an absolute breath of fresh air. Good to see the SLC media giving him and the Aggies the positive coverage they have earned. Given the return of the MWC POY, the MWC Defensive POY, and two other starters along with my favorite GATA player Justin Bean and significant upgrades and added depth up and down the roster, I'm cautiously optimistic the Ags will achieve even greater heights in the coming season.

    Curious to see fans of the mighty Utes showering disparagement from their lofty perch, particularly in light of the fact that Coach Krystkowiak and his amazingly wonderful all-powerful Utes are actually afraid to play the little cow college to the north. Maybe it has a little something to do with the fact they have lost their last 7 in a row in Logan. When is the last time the Utes won in Logan? Oh, yeah, TWENTY-THREE YEARS AGO. No wonder those pansies won't schedule the Aggies home-and-home.

  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    June 3, 2019 6:22 a.m.

    Why are Ute fans so bothered by the success of other teams in the state?

    Could it be that even with their Pac 12 affiliation they have not separated themselves from the rest of the state?

    And I'm not just talking about football and basketball, I'm talking about all athletic programs. The Utes are just another D1 school in the state of Utah and they don't even have the best basketball and football programs at the moment.

    I'm a BYU fan but the Aggies are the class of the state right now in football and basketball and good for them. Utah State does more with fewer resources while the Utes continue to do less with the Pac 12 resources.

    Remember for every P5 Alabama and Ohio State there is a P5 Vanderbilt and Northwestern. The Utes fill that role very well for the Pac 12.

  • cityboy Farmington, UT
    June 2, 2019 11:14 p.m.

    USU has the best basketball and football teams in the conference right now. It’s natural that this would elicit jealousy on the part of some Ute fans.

    I don’t know how long Smith will stay at USU but I will enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.

  • drski Eden, UT
    June 2, 2019 6:11 p.m.

    Looks like 2 million$ plus. For coach K. Is a good investment. Go Aggies!

  • bluespud Twin Falls, ID
    June 2, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    A lot of sour grapes in some of these comments. The best way to feel better is to put down a program that’s enjoyed some success. Based on what the Aggies accomplished the last few seasons and what they did this past season was ‘wildly successful’. Cache Valley...a bit of heaven. Ahhh

  • AggieFan4Ever Logan, UT
    June 2, 2019 11:05 a.m.

    Wow, look at all these salty Ute fans trying to downplay what Smith did this year, it’s pretty comical, actually.

    Chris B, even if he were in it just for the money, that “mid-major money” goes a lot further in Cache Valley than P5 money in a bigger city. Just because you don’t understand the appeal of staying in a genuinely amazing place like Cache Valley and Utah State doesn’t mean other people can’t.

    AZUTE, if you don’t think USU has made any progress this last year, you weren’t watching. Two years ago they were a garbage team that lost to SJSU and this year they were picked to finish ninth in the conference and instead won the conference while playing mostly younger guys who under previous coaches didn’t play nearly as effectively. When a rag-tag group of no-names wins a conference, the team is making progress, and if you don’t see that, I can’t help you. And xert, if that doesn’t qualify as a wildly successful first year, what does?

    Winning tournament games isn’t the only sign of progress. Not a single Aggie fan was even expecting to make the tourney this year. The wins will come eventually if this keeps up.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 2, 2019 8:15 a.m.

    He is not "wildly successful". There has not been a "wildly successful coach in the state of Utah since Rick Majerus. Coach Smith is a good one, however.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    June 2, 2019 8:09 a.m.

    He’s a decent coach, but the mwc was ranked below both PAC-12/wcc & it showed come Tourney time when our PAC-12’s UW crushed usu.

    IIRC, usu has won precisely 1 Tourney game since ‘70 or ‘71.

    Win a Tourney game, first, then we can talk about how much progress usu is making.

    Go Utes!

  • Aggies#1 MURRAY, UT
    June 1, 2019 10:57 p.m.

    It is a great day to be an Aggie! I agree with the Rockmonster Why not stay in Logan. If he can do what he did in his first year just imagine what he can do after a few years with the Hu. Perennial top 10 team! With Coach Smith and the Hurd the sky is the limit. Go Aggies!

  • water rocket , 00
    June 1, 2019 8:13 p.m.

    I believe coach Wells is a great coach. Because of that, and with the returning players he has to work with, they are going to have another great year, Because of 1) His leading scorer, as well as his all star center will be gone and, 2) He is young and wants to move up (that's why he came to USU). Oh yes, and a third reason is that Utah will be looking for a new head coach.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2019 5:20 p.m.

    Why not? Ask coach wells. Usu is an irrelevant mid major that pays mid major money and has mid major facilities and mid major talent. He’ll jump at the first p5 team that comes calling.

    Usu had one of their best seasons in decades last year. And still didn’t win a game in the dance. LOL