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Krystkowiak agrees to new 5-year contract to stay with Utes

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Utah athletic director Dr. Chris Hill has confirmed to ABC 4 that head basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak has agreed in principle to a new 5-year contract.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Larry Krystkowiak has agreed to a new 5-year contract to remain as head coach of the Utes men's basketball team.

Utah athletic director Dr. Chris Hill confirmed the news to ABC 4 by phone, but would not go on camera until the deal is officially completed, which he says should be done in the next few days.

Krystkowiak still had two years left on his current deal, so this is essentially a 3-year extension.

In a statement released today, Krystkowiak said, "Nothing has been signed as details are still being worked out. However, this is something Dr. Hill and I have been speaking about for some time. I’m very excited about the commitment from the University of Utah and I love the situation here. We are on the cusp of doing some special things and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Krystkowiak has completely turned the Utes basketball program around in his three seasons at the helm. He took over a desolate program in 2011, going 6-24 in his first year. The team improved to 15-18 the next year, and finished with a record of 21-12 this past season.

Hill said he and Krystkowiak had been working on a new contract since December. While not commenting publicly on if there had been interest by other schools to lure Krystkowiak away from Utah, Hill said he has been through this many times before with coaches that have had success and is happy to get a deal done.

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