Thursday, March 16, 2006
Montana win may be Montana's loss
Here's an interesting story in this week's Missoula Independent about Montana men's basketball coach, Larry Krystkowiak.
Be careful what you wish for, Griz fans. The men’s basketball team won the Big Sky tournament for the second consecutive season, and that sort of success has national pundits speculating on the prospect of head coach Larry Krystkowiak leaving for a larger program.Krystkowiak has done a fantastic job with Montana basketball. He inherited the program from former coach Pat Kennedy, who produced a series lackluster teams that rarely played team ball. Under Kennedy, Montana went from periennial Big Sky contenders to ball-hogging also-rans. It tok Krystkowiak about half a season to put his stamp on the team. He's managed to win with Kennedy's players, like thug Mat Dlouhy and erratic Kevin Criswell. And, as the school's all-time leading scorer, Krystkowiak's already had the fans' support. But now that Montana has upset its first-round opponent in college hoops' biggest event, Krystkowiak's reputation will only grow.
“Give him one more good year,” says [Fox radio analyst] Sean Farnham, “and I think he’ll be swept up."