The Colorado Buffaloes have experienced quite the turnaround with Tad Boyle as the head basketball coach over the last two years. He brought them to the 2011 NIT semifinals in his first year at the helm and then followed that with a 2012 Pac-12 Tournament championship, a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a Round of 64 upset over the No. 6 UNLV Rebels.
Apparently this has caught the attention of the Kansas St. Wildcats, who have lost Frank Martin to the South Carolina Gamecocks:
The Mercury has learned from a significant source that Colorado head coach Tad Boyle is a front runner for #KState job.— Manhattan Mercury (@MERCsports) March 27, 2012
Maybe it's true, maybe it's not. Either way, these rumors certainly do show that Boyle is highly thought of as a coach, but it also has echoes of what happened at Colorado State with Tim Miles, using the job as a stepping stone to a better position (Nebraska isn't a better place right now, but obviously Miles must think he has a better chance to build a better program in Lincoln than in Fort Collins).
Out Colorado blog Ralphie Report doesn't see Boyle leaving:
Tad has seen a commitment to excellence from the school and athletic department; from his increased contract after year one, to the grand opening of a state-of-the-art practice facility, to the student section being sent to Los Angeles to root on the Buffs in the conference tournament. Would he want to give that up to head to a school where a winning coach was basically just pushed out? All of this is gravy on top of Boyle's admission of coaching at Colorado being his dream job, and his claim of being "a Colorado guy".
As that article later concludes, these rumors are "the price of success" for Boyle and the Buffs.
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