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Tad Boyle Dances Around UCLA Coaching Job Question

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Tad Boyle (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4) – Tad Boyle has done great as head basketball coach at the University of Colorado. He’s taken the Buffs to back-to-back NCAA tournaments and he figures to be a hot commodity for teams looking for a very good coach.

UCLA needs a coach and Boyle’s name has already been mentioned. Boyle was the guest on Xfinity Monday Live! and CBS4’s Vic Lombardi asked him about those UCLA rumors.

“I’ll say this – I don’t publically comment on other jobs when I’ve got a job, and I’ve got a good job,” Boyles said. “All I’ll say is I love being the coach at Colorado, I’m a Colorado guy, and I’m blessed and honored and humbled to be the coach here.”

The CU job is one that Boyle has always wanted. He grew up in Colorado and he’s done more with the job in his three years than a lot of people expected.

“When you get a job like I got three years ago, you just dig in, you just say, ‘Opportunities like this don’t come around very often in your life,’ “ he said. “You want to make the most of it, and I think we’re well on our way to doing that. But as much success as we’ve had over the last three years, and as excited and as proud I am of what we’ve done, there’s still a lot to be done.”

It’s been 50 years since CU has made to back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament. To make it three in a row, Boyle would like his star Andre Roberson to return for his senior year, but that might not happen if Roberson declares himself eligible for the NBA draft and hires an agent.

“The date that we have to be concerned with is April 28. We recruited early in the season with the idea that Andre might leave,” Boyle said. “So our program is situated where if he does leave we’ve got plans in place. But if he comes back, we’re going to welcome him with open arms.”

Andre Roberson scores on a first half dunk against Texas A&M. (credit: Tony Harman/University of Colorado Sports Information)

Andre Roberson scores on a first half dunk against Texas A&M. (credit: Tony Harman/University of Colorado Sports Information)

Boyle said it will be a situation where over the next month CU and Roberson will find out as much information as they can about where Roberson’s stock is in the NBA draft and where he’s projected to go.

“He doesn’t have to be (a first-round pick), but I think that’s something that he and his family are talking about this week. Our players are on spring break, so he’s still down in Texas, he’s in San Antonio with his family,” Boyle said. “Andre and I will sit down early next week when he gets back and we’ll talk.”

Boyle said he will give Roberson and his family his input on what choice he’s thinks Roberson should make.

“But it really comes down to what’s best for the young man and his family, and I just want to get them relevant information that they can make an educated and a solid decision with.”

The Buffs were fortunate to recruit Spencer Dinwiddie, who has proven to be a great player. He’s a 6-foot-6 star point guard, but Boyle doesn’t think he’s even reached his potential.

Spencer Dinwiddie on Tuesday night. (credit:  Joel Broida/CUBuffs.com)

Spencer Dinwiddie on Tuesday night. (credit: Joel Broida/CUBuffs.com)

“Spencer, from his freshman to sophomore year, gained 15 pounds. I think he’s got to gain another 10 in the weight room and continue to get stronger … (In the tournament) the whistles don’t come as easy as they do in the regular season, so you have to finish at the rim, and I think another 10 pounds of muscle is going to allow him to do that. So some of those non-calls will be buckets next year, and (a free throw).”

He said Dinwiddie can also work on getting a little more consistent with his jump shot.

- By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com

Watch more of the video with Tad Boyle in the Xfinity Monday Live! section.

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