Big contingent of Ute fans expected for Michigan

When the Utah basketball team takes on Michigan tonight in Ann Arbor, the crowd cheering for Utah may surprise the hometown fans.
Besides head coach Jim Boylen, a native of Michigan, there are six on the Ute staff and three players with Michigan ties.
Besides Boylen, others on the Ute staff who hail from Michigan include assistant coach Jeff Smith, who is from Carson City, director of basketball operations Jon Dykema is a native of Grand Rapids, director of player development Jason Larson, who received an MBA from Western Michigan, graduate manager Charlie Henry, who graduated from Madonna University in Livonia, Mich., and video coordinator Mark Plaisier, who is a native of Grand Rapids.
The three Ute players who have ties to Michigan include sophomore center Jason Washburn, a native of Battle Creek, junior Will Clyburn, who grew up in Detroit and played high school ball at Romulus, and junior center David Foster, who lived in Michigan for several years growing up where his father worked in the auto industry.
Boylen said the Utes have at least 300 tickets for the game and said his brother, Bobby, was renting a bus and bringing fans in from Grand Rapids. Also, Boylen’s brother from Indiana is coming to the game as well as Boylen’s mother.
After tonight’s game, the Utes won’t play for another week until Boise State visits on Dec. 17. In the meantime the Utes will get some days off for final exams and practice a couple of days.

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