Boylen, Utes still on recruiting trail

We could wake up tomorrow and hear Jim Boylen is the new coach at the University of Iowa. But after talking to him Thursday, while he was recruiting in Phoenix, i don’t think he’s going anywhere.
Boylen said he’s heard from people in Iowa about the open basketball position there, but contrary to other media reports, hasn’t been interviewed for the job. He said he’s very happy with his job at Utah, but also refused to say he wouldn’t take the Iowa job if offered.
It reminded me of many conversations I had with Rick Majerus when he was the Ute coach. He drove me and many Ute fans crazy with his refusal to discount any rumors about possible jobs whether it was Arizona State, Texas, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Minnesota, San Diego State, UNLV, etc. etc. etc. He always said he could “never say never” about any job opportunity.
That’s where I think Boylen is right now. He likes Utah and has no plans to leave. But if Iowa or any other school from a more prominent conference than Utah came calling with a salary increase, he might jump. However, I can’t see Iowa hiring a coach coming off a 14-17 season after firing a coach because of a losing record.
Boylen can’t comment on any recruits, but he says he’s looking for a point guard and a shooter. I know the Utes are going hard after Josh Watkins, a point guard from Howard College in Texas, who was the MVP of the recent NJCAA Tournament, which Howard won. U. assistant coach Barret Peery spent last week at the NJCAA Tournament in Kansas and is in Texas now trying to get Watkins, a 6-footer originally from New York. It won’t be easy, as Watkins is reportedly being pursued by Oklahoma, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Florida State, among others.

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