When the University of Utah parted ways with coach the Jim Boylen over the weekend, internet and media speculation kicked into full gear about the Utes’ job opening. Among the names being bantered about out west? Virginia’s Tony Bennett. The Deseret News said some candidates “could be” Bennett along with St. Mary’s Randy Bennett, Old Dominion’s Blaine Taylor, LSU’s Trent Johnson and former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried.
From the Cavaliers’ perspective, there’s only one problem with that list. Tony Bennett isn’t interested, something TheSabre.com confirmed with UVa Athletics Director Craig Littlepage. “Tony and I spoke about these rumors [Tuesday] morning. … He stated to me he is extremely happy at UVa and has no interest in other jobs,” Littlepage said by email. “He’s focused on making this the best program and all of his time and energy are put into UVa.”
Bennett just completed his second season at Virginia. Despite key injuries at different times to Sammy Zeglinski, Will Sherrill, and Mike Scott (who missed the rest of the season after being injured in December), the Hoos posted a record of 16-15, the first winning season for the UVa men’s basketball team since 2007-08.