Kerry Rupp will get a chance to earn the full-time job at the University of Utah, but athletic director Chris Hill will likely look for a proven head coach. He probably will start with Utah State head coach Stew Morrill, whose Aggies are off to the best start in school history at 15-1 and 7-0 in the Big West. He is a natural for the job.
Morrill turned the Aggies into a consistent NCAA Tournament team, taking them to the Dance in three of the past four seasons. Morrill, whose only loss this season was to Utah, is 4-2 against the Utes since he arrived at Utah State. He was 5-9 against the Utes when he was coaching Colorado State. Morrill has recruited in-state very well, handled Mormon Church missionaries and the strain that puts on recruiting classes. He also recruited junior college athletes well, too.
If Morrill leaves, USU assistant Randy Rahe has been promised the head coaching gig, according to sources. Creighton's Dana Altman could also be on the short list. Hill has a few months to find a head coach. But he shouldn't have to go past Logan.