It's a sensitive, saddening time of the year for more than 50 percent of college basketball coaches in America. While many of their contemporaries are brimming with excitement over heading to the NCAA tournament, being in the bubble conversation or strong candidates to at least be part of the afterthought that is the NIT, there are many teams that have failed to live up to expectations.
And when you lose on Senior Night to a hated rival that's won six of its last eight against you the past four years, the straw on one's back starts to feel like a 2-by-4 made of oak.
So after Utah's 71-51 beatdown in Salt Lake City last night at the hands of BYU (27-4), Utes head coach Jim Boylen was in no mood for questions about his feelings, especially not from columnists who only show up at the John M. Hunstman Center once every 24 months.
Profanity-laced lecture (not a tirade!) below.
The man Boylen was jabbing with is Gordon Monson, a columnist at the Salt Lake Tribune. In his column today, Monson intentionally takes a shot at Boylen by "accidentally" first referring to the second-year coach as Ray Giacoletti, who went 54-40 in three years at Utah and left town.
Boylen led Utah to a 24-10 record last season, but last night's loss put his group under .500 yet again this season. Though the questioning was about as banal as post-game prodding can be, Boylen has to know better than to go after one of the biggest men in the Salt Lake City media market. By doing so, he ends up on this very blog.