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Utah Jazz: Former Utah Utes coach Jim Boylen ruled out as next Jazz coach

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen.
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You can rest easy, Utah Jazz fans, because former Utah Utes basketball coach Jim Boylen is no longer a candidate for the Jazz head coaching position, according to Deseret News beat writer Jody Genessy. Considered early on to be the front runner for the Jazz for Tyrone Corbin, Boylen carried some bad mojo with him when he left this state after a tumultuous run with the Utes.

Although nobody seems to know why Boylen wasn’t in the hunt as the search for the Jazz head coach appears to be reaching a climax, there are a few indicators. One is that he’s never been an NBA head coach. While that doesn’t necessarily preclude him from being in contention--three other finalists for the Jazz coach don’t have any NBA head coaching experience, either--it does carry some weight.

That ties in to the second reason: lack of continued success in college. Boylen only had one head coaching stop during his career, and that was at Utah where he went 69-60 overall in four seasons. Of those four years, Boylen’s teams made the postseason twice--but failed to even get above .500 in his last two seasons at Utah.

Another tell-tale indicator is that when Boylen left and Larry Krystkowiak entered, so did most of the players that Boylen recruited. Among the notables who exited from the Utes program were Marshall Henderson (now at Ole Miss), Will Clyburn (Iowa State) and J.J. O’Brien (San Diego State).

Some stayed when Coach K arrived, but there weren’t many who did. If you don’t believe that the fiasco Boylen created didn’t enter into the minds of Jazz brass, here’s some swampland in Arizona for you.

The last thing Jazz brass wants is for some loud-mouthed, boisterous coach to come in and cause trouble. Which is why it’s maddening that they’re even considering former Missouri coach Quin Snyder, the same guy who left the school in a quagmire of minor NCAA violations before becoming a successful NBA assistant for several teams. Like Boylen, Snyder also has no head coaching experience in the NBA. That said, Snyder has never coached in Utah so that might have given him a leg up on Boylen.

The second finalist is Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin who was a defensive specialist under Tom Thibodeau. The third is Alvin Gentry, a veteran NBA coach with loads of experience, plenty of head coaching inquiries from several teams and a not-so-sterling but not too shabby 335-370 record.

The fourth finalist for the Jazz head coaching vacancy is a bit of a mystery, according to Genessy, but it probably won’t be for long because it appears your Utah Jazz are finally heading down the home stretch as it zeroes in on its next head coach.

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