Posted on: April 3, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: April 3, 2011 11:20 am

Utah hires former Montana coach Krystkowiak

Utah has filled its head coaching vacancy by hiring New Jersey Nets assistant Larry Krystkowiak, the school's sports information director, Liz Abel, told CBSSports.com early Sunday.

Krystkowiak will be introduced at a Monday afternoon press conference, Abel said.

Krystkowiak coached Montana for two seasons from 2004 to 2006 and made the NCAA tournament both years. The 46 year old then left to be assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks and later became the head coach for parts of two seasons. He's been an assistant with the Nets since July 2010.

Utah fired Jim Boylen last month.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:26 pm

Source: Boylen out at Utah

Utah has fired Jim Boylen as its men's basketball coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Saturday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

The decision comes two days after a column headlined "It's time for Boylen to go" was published in the Salt Lake City Tribune. Boylen coached the Utes for four seasons and made the NCAA tournament once. He had a losing record in the Mountain West Conference each of the other three years.

Utah finished 6-10 in the league this season.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Jim Boylen, Utah
Posted on: June 18, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2010 3:30 pm

Will Utah-BYU series survive?

Utah's move to the Pac-10 means Utah and BYU will no longer be in the same conference.

It could also end the basketball series between the two rivals.

"It'll be interesting to see if we play them now," Utah coach Jim Boylen told CBSSports.com by phone, at which point I asked if he wants to continue the series by playing every season and alternating courts.

"I love the rivalry," Boylen answered. "I also think it's always the most soldout game. So financially, for both us, it's pretty good. ... But I don't know. I don't make those decisions."

The truth is that if Utah (Pac-10) pulled out of its series with BYU (MWC) the Utes would likely be criticized the same way Washington (Pac-10) was criticized for pulling out of its series with Gonzaga (WCC). Nobody likes it when an in-state power in a "power" league refuses to play an in-state power in a league outside of the BCS; it's viewed as a sign of arrogance. And, beyond that, the Utes don't need to give BYU the opportunity to tell recruits "they're scared to play us," which is why my guess is that Utah will continue the in-state series and play the Cougars home-and-home, at least once a season.

That's the other thing people forget, by the way.

There's nothing that states non-league schools can't play twice in a season.

It almost never happens, I know.

But it could if Utah and BYU wanted it to happen.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:15 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 11:47 pm

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 184

Had a good Thursday:
The press conference on the Utah campus to announce a move from the Mountain West to the Pac-10 doubled as a celebration for the school's true BCS-busting moment. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott attended along with Rose Bowl representatives. They explained that Utah will become the Pac-10's 12th member in 2011, which will forever be known as the year the Utes went from hanging with the have-nots to being one of the haves.

Had a bad Thursday: What began as a promising day for Central Florida and Memphis turned into more frustration for their fans as the Big East officially denied an Orlando TV report that claimed it's "highly likely" UCF and Memphis will be invited to the Big East in the next two weeks. Does that mean expansion is over? No. Does that mean UCF and Memphis won't get invitations at some point? No. But fans of the C-USA schools have been waiting for their Utah-to-the-Pac-10 moment for some time, particularly Memphis fans, and Thursday was another day that good news didn't come.

Quote of the day: "When you compete for championships in the Pac-10, you compete for national championships." -- Utah athletic director Chris Hill, who has watched his Utes go undefeated twice in the past six seasons but never play for a national title because of their Mountain West affiliation.

Link of the day: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has been a loud critic of the BCS, and don't expect that to change just because the Utes are now a part of a BCS league. "Utah moving to the Pac-10 doesn't mean the BCS has suddenly become a fair and equitable system," Hatch said. Click this link to read Hatch's comments in the Salt Lake Tribune.

On tap: Thursday's announcement that Utah is moving to the Pac-10 should end all expansion developments for the near future unless the Big East makes a move on UCF and/or Memphis. In other words, enjoy your weekend.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: June 17, 2010 12:14 am

Expand-O-Meter, Wednesday June 16

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 183

Had a good Wednesday:
Utah received a formal invitation from the Pac-10, then scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon, at which point administrators will announce that the invitation has been accepted. In other words, the Utes are heading to a BCS league. That means they'll likely never again have to worry about going undefeated and being left out of the national title game.

Had a bad Wednesday:
The Mountain West learned that it's losing its premier football program, and even the addition of Boise State won't offset Utah's departure. It's a shame for MWC commissioner Craig Thompson. He's done a good job developing a good league, but it's almost like he's the Royals and Larry Scott is the Yankees considering Thompson oversaw Utah's rise, then lost the Utes to an entity that could guarantee more money.

Quote of the day: "This recognition can only be a matter of pride for the people of Utah," Utah president Bernie Machen, now the president at Florida, told the Salt Lake Tribune.

Link of the day: Click this link to read the Salt Lake Tribune's coverage of Utah's invitation from the Pac-10. 

On tap: There's still some speculation that the Big East could add another member or two. Memphis and UCF are the schools most commonly mentioned as possibilities. But there is no known timeframe for the Big East to act, one way or another. Or not at all.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: June 16, 2010 3:32 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 3:42 pm

Report: Utah Trustees to approve move to Pac-10

Utah's Board of Trustees has scheduled a public meeting for Thursday, at which point they are expected to approve a departure from the Mountain West Conference to the Pac-10, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The paper reported that the only topic listed is "Discussion of Athletic conference."

The move is a consolation prize of sorts for Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott, whose goal was to expand to 16 members by adding Colorado, Texas and four other Big 12 schools. He got Colorado last week and seemed on the verge of adding Texas and four others. But Texas rejected an invitation Monday, which prevented the Big 12's demise and opened this BCS door for Utah.

The Pac-10 will now be a 12-school league.

That means it will be allowed, according to NCAA guidelines, to hold a conference championship game in football.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:31 am
Edited on: June 16, 2010 11:08 am

Expand-O-Meter, Tuesday June 15

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15):

Had a good Tuesday:
What has long been clear -- especially to those in Nebraska -- became even more clear Tuesday when various teleconferences around the country featured conference commissioners and school athletic directors explaining in great detail how much Texas controlled in this process and will control in the future. Now that everything has mostly settled, what we know going forward is that Texas will make more money while having an easier path to the BCS title game given that Nebraska is out of the league and there will be no Big 12 Championship Game. That's a win-win. So though there were lots of winners (and some losers) throughout this wacky process, Texas, by far is the biggest winner.

Had a bad Tuesday:
Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson seemed set to improve his league a week ago with the addition of Boise State, but now multiple media outlets in Utah are reporting that the Utes are headed to the Pac-10. Mountain West + Boise State - Utah = Not good. It's still a nice league, sure. But it won't be as nice as it was or as it thought it was going to become.

Quote of the day: "I wanted to ensure I was carrying out the will of our higher being here, to make sure that we continue." -- Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe apparently suggesting that a higher being wanted the Big 12 to continue to exist. So that settles it, right? God is a Texas fan.

Link of the day: Click this link to read a detailed look at how this process developed and changed and developed some more from OrangeBloods.com's Chip Brown. Tremendous reporting and insight.

On tap: Utah will continue to wait for a formal invitation from the Pac-10. It could come Thursday.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:32 am
Edited on: June 15, 2010 11:47 am

Expand-O-Meter, Monday June 14

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15):

Had a good day:
Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe went from the verge of having his league dissolve to solidifying a new agreement that will keep the 10 remaining schools together. Beebe convinced Texas to stay by convincing school officials that it can make $25 million a year in television revenue going forward. Is that true? Who knows? But Texas believed it and committed to the Big 12, which is all that matters now.

Had a bad day:
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott went from the verge of having the nation's first super conference to likely having to offer invitation to Utah just to get the Pac-10 to 12 schools. Imagine that. One day you think you're adding Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the next you're reduced to offering an invitation to the school Urban Meyer left for Florida. I'm not sure if Larry Scott drinks. But if he does, he probably is right now. Or at least he should be.

Quote of the day: "I got resuscitated. You can take your hands off my chest." -- Baylor football coach Art Briles , who will continue to be a Big 12 coach thanks to Texas deciding to hold the Big 12 together. Had that not happened, Baylor (and Briles) could've been headed to the Mountain West or Conference USA. That would've been disappointing, especially considering Briles already coached in C-USA once (at Houston).

Link of the day: Click this link to read the latest from Orangebloods.com's Chip Brown, who might've benefited as much as anybody over the past two weeks. Brown owned the realignment story from start to finish, proof being how he was the first to report Texas might leave the Big 12 for the Pac-10, and the first to report Texas would reject the Pac-10 to stay in the Big 12. 

On tap: The next move will likely be the Pac-10 offering membership to Utah. Meantime, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo is expected to choose between the Spartans and Cavaliers at some point before Midnight Madness in October, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.

Category: NCAAF
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