Former Buck Krystkowiak could end up in Utah

Updated: March 13, 2007, 10:26 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Larry Krystkowiak's return to the NBA may not last a full season.

The former Bucks forward interviewed for the Utah men's basketball job on Tuesday in Milwaukee, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com.

The former Montana coach and current Bucks assistant met with Utah athletic director Chris Hill. Hill is searching for a replacement for Ray Giacoletti, who, according to multiple sources, was forced out as head coach after three seasons despite officially resigning.

Krystkowiak coached his alma mater Montana to consecutive Big Sky tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances from 2004-06. Last season, Krystkowiak coached the Grizzlies to a first-round upset of Nevada before losing to Boston College in the second round in Salt Lake City.

Hill, meanwhile, is on the NCAA Tournament selection committee and would probably like to wrap up the search rather quickly since he must be in Sacramento this weekend and will be busy with the tournament the rest of the month.

The source told ESPN.com that if Krystkowiak is offered the job he is likely to accept and a decision could be made within days. If Utah hires Krystkowiak he would be the second straight Big Sky coach hired by Hill since Giacoletti was plucked from Eastern Washington to replace Rick Majerus.

Hill may also look at Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor, a former Montana head coach, and Denver Nuggets assistant Mike Dunlap, who withdrew from the Colorado search Tuesday. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah asked for permission to interview Kent State head coach Jim Christian.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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