Burgess to BYU is perfect for Utah. Get 1 yr HC experience then come back


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    • #213923

      Ute Dub
      Ute Fan
      @chestercopperpot

      to Utah after Smith’s potential exit at the end of his contract.

      Short term loss, long term gain.

    • #213929

      The Miami Ute
      Ute Fan
      @themiamiute

      What about if Burgess s**ts the bed in his first year at BYU? Just a hypothetical. It’s not a given that BYU will be any good next season. With Pope’s departure, don’t you think that there will be significant roster turnover as compared to this season?

      • #213934

        Ute Dub
        Ute Fan
        @chestercopperpot

        Then you don’t hire Burgess. And you didn’t have to waste your time with an unproven.

    • #213930

      Utah
      Ute Fan
      @utah

      If this is the plan, just fire Smith and promote Burgess.

      • #213931

        The Miami Ute
        Ute Fan
        @themiamiute

        Can’t fire Smith yet. His buyout would be a problem.

        • #213941
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          EagleMountainUte
          Ute Fan
          @battlegroundute

          He is a problem now. Just rip the band aid now.

    • #213935

      GameForAnyFuss
      Ute Fan
      @gameforanyfuss

      Where is everybody seeing that Burgess is going to BYU-Provo Campus? We are talking like it’s a done deal but my sources are saying nothing.

      • #213936

        The Miami Ute
        Ute Fan
        @themiamiute

        Deseret had a story today on BYU’s coaching search and Burgess’ name was at the top of the list.

        • #213984

          GameForAnyFuss
          Ute Fan
          @gameforanyfuss

          Yeah i know he will be on their short list for sure but everyone is talking like it’s a done deal. it’s not according to my sources.

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        krindor
        Ute Fan
        @krindor

        BYU options are very limited by effectively requiring that the coach be LDS with temple recommend. And there’s a few potential NBA options, but noise is that BYU wants guys from the college game.

        So that basically narrows it down to

        1. Mark Madsen: Likely the top choice, but has a huge buyout (and we know how fiscally conservative BYU is) and just put out a tweet saying he’s committed to Cal (guessing timing on that isn’t a coincidence)
        2. Chris Burgess: Probably the #2 choice, his big strength is recruiting and connections inside the state…which is great given that Utah is producing some high quality recruits in recent years. He’s also (by virtue of having recently been there) the best bet at retaining as much of the BYU core as possible, including Collin Chandler (the highest rated recruit in BYU history and from a family that supports Utah). If Burgess isn’t hired, there’s a real chance Chandler flips to Utah or even Kentucky
        3. Bareet Peery: Currently an assistant at UNLV, he’s less connected to the program and players than Burgess and is probably the third option as a result. He does have the advantage of having been a head coach (at Portland St, but still more than Burgess) and has been an assistant at Utah, Arizona St, Texas Tech, and UNLV so lots of experience. Downside is the aforementioned lack of continuity and that he’s also nearly a decade older than Burgess

        After those three, you get into really unlikely options – NBA Video Coordinators, non-LDS options, local high school coaches.

        So if Madsen is out (which it sounds from his tweet that he is), then Burgess is probably the favorite. And if he’s offered the HC job (and a large raise), it’s extremely unlikely Burgess would turn it down (nor should he). So it’s not that there’s any reporting that it IS happening, more just reading the tea leaves to see that it’s very likely to happen

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