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Randy Rahe on Krystkowiak: 'He will do a phenomenal job'

In the aftermath of his team's 80-51 smashing of the Utes Thursday night in Ogden, Weber State coach Randy Rahe had kind words for first-year Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak.

"He will do a phenomenal job down there," Rahe said. "He is a quality person and a quality coach. He's got a high quality coaching staff. They were dealt a bad hand this year. I dont think you could ask Dean Smith or anybody else to go in there and get this thing turned. it will take some time."

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The Utes wrapped up their preseason with the loss, falling to 3-9 despite not playing another power conference team. But Rahe said Krystkowiak is making the best of a desperate situation that saw eight players transfer out of the Utah program after he was hired.

"He had to go find some players quickly," Rahe said. "It will take a couple of recruiting classes. I hope everyone stays

patient and gives him the time they need to get that turned around."

— Bill Oram

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