Just got off the phone with Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle.
Here is what he had to say about the open head coaching position at Kansas State.
“As long as I'm the head coach at the University of Colorado, I will never comment publicly on any other jobs,” Boyle said.
Boyle just finished his second season with the Buffaloes. He has been successful in Boulder, guiding Colorado to a Pac-12 Tournament championship this season and winning a game in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Baylor in the third round. Last year, he had a great team behind Alec Burks that beat K-State three times and just missed out on the NCAA Tournament.
K-State athletic director John Currie and Boyle share a connection. They both worked at Tennessee in 1997, and have stayed in contact through the years. Sources close to K-State say Boyle is a candidate in Currie’s coaching search.
In recent days, Boyle has said he is extremely happy at Colorado and isn’t looking to go elsewhere. He is a Greeley, Colo. native and has referred to Colorado as his dream job.
When asked if he wanted to repeat some of those comments during our interview, he referred me back to the comment published above.
But a Colorado spokesman told me this afternoon that Boyle is “not interested in any jobs.”
Boyle reportedly turned down feelers from Nebraska when its basketball coaching job was open.
But he does have ties with Kansas (he played at KU and coached as an assistant with Wichita State) and has always liked the Big 12. And K-State could more than double his contract, which reportedly paid him about $1 million last season.
That’s all I got for now. What happens from here could be interesting.