Utah basketball coach Jim Boylen let off some steam in the press conference after the Utes were blown out of the gym Wednesday night by their ancient rival, BYU.
Those were pretty innocuous, pertinent questions that triggered the coach’s snarls. But Boylen must have been fuming in any case. The Cougars embarrassed Utah 71-51 in a laugher worthy of a Utah fan’s worst nightmare.
I would have asked Boylen similar questions. Over the season I’ve become accustomed to seeing the lack of on-court leadership, the lack of effective game management and the absence of discipline on offense that led to the BYU disaster and the probing questions afterward.
When Boylen was hired, I loved what I heard from him. He said things like, “If anyone comes into the lane, they can expect to get hit.” He said he’d take the in-state rivalry seriously. Now I’m wondering when we’ll see it.