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Utah fires basketball coach Boylen

- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah has fired basketball coach Jim Boylen, two days after the Utes ended a second straight losing season with a loss to San Diego State in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament.

Athletic director Chris Hill informed Boylen on Saturday. The Utes set a futility mark with only 15 first-half points.

The Utes lost eight of their last 11 games, and finished 13-18 after a season-ending 64-50 loss to San Diego State in the quarterfinals Thursday. Boylen was 69-60 in four seasons overall and 32-32 in conference play.

Utah will move to the more competitive Pacific 12 Conference next season.

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