There's been a lot of talk about Bennett leaving St. Mary's after this (for Bennett anyway) very disappointing season. The rumor mill has been reporting that:
Well Utah isn't the only job that might be opening up in Utah.
CSN Bay Area is reporting that Utah and Bennett have entered preliminary discussions on the Utah head coaching job.
Bennett was believed to be a leading candidate for the Runnin' Utes, however, it was unclear if he had interest in the job. This report, though, indicates the two sides met in Las Vegas last week during the conference tournaments for both the Mountain West and West Coast Conferences.
The long term status of Coach Dave Rose at BYU may also be at issue.
It appears that Coach Rose enjoys considerable support among the BYU faithful. For a long time, the BYU fans have been fearful that Coach Rose might go elsewhere, but those fears may have been unfounded.
"I know coach Rose loves it here. He loves the community. I know his wife loves it here. His family is here. So I think it is really big for him. I know that any time you can go to a bigger view, or a bigger stage, and have the chance to get better talent year in and year out, that's intriguing. But I think he likes the community.
But coach knows what is best for him and his family. Whatever he does, it is going to be the best for them."
At this point in time, the more significant issue might be the health of Coach Rose. You see Coach Rose has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Fortunately the specific type of cancer is a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, which carries a much better prognosis than most types of pancreatic cancer. In a recent medical study, the median overall survival for all persons studied with this disease was 28 months.
Under the circumstances, how long will Coach Rose continue in his present position?
That's probably a question that only he can answer.
One thing is certain. This year's BYU team probably has a great deal more to play for than most folks outside that program might have appreciated. It's hard to say how this situation will affect that team during the tournament but I think it is certain player emotions will be running high. Don't expect them to hold anything back.
If Coach Rose decides to step down . . . would Randy Bennett be a possible replacement?