SALT LAKE CITY — The apparent front-runner for the University of Utah's vacant head basketball coach position has pulled himself out of the running, according to a report.
ESPN tweeted Thursday that Utah Jazz assistant coach is no longer interested in returning to his alma mater. The network's Adrian Wojnarowksi is reporting New York Knicks assistant coach Johnnie Bryant, who also played for Utah, remains a "significant candidate" for the job.
Utah Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen has pulled out of consideration for the head coaching job at the University of Utah, sources tell ESPN. Jensen was an ex-player under Rick Majerus with the Utes.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
Multiple reports linked Jensen to the Utes job after Larry Krystkowiak was fired on March. 16. Jensen was reportedly set to interview with Utah Athletic Director Mark Harlan this week.
Jensen played for Utah under Rick Majerus and was part of the 1997-98 team that went to the National Championship game. After his playing days, Jensen coached under Majerus at St. Louis.
Jensen jumped to the NBA in 2013 when he took an assistant coaching position with the Jazz.