On Tuesday, Utah announced that it was parting ways with men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak after his 10th year on the job. The Utes finished 12-13 (8-11 Pac-12) this season and last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

Krystkowiak’s departure comes just days after the Utes fell in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament to USC, 91-85. The loss finished Utah’s season at 12-13, its first losing campaign since 2013.

After a rough few years, Krystkowiak had a nice run in 2015 and 2016 with a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances — including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2015 that ended with a loss to eventual national champion Duke. Krystkowiak’s total record at Utah is 183-139, including a 91-90 record in Pac-12 play.

Krystkowiak has two years and roughly $7 million left on his contract. But in the end, Mark Harlan, Utah’s athletic director, felt the buyout was needed to turn the program around.

“Today, I informed head men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak that I am making a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Mark Harlan said. “The decision comes after a thorough evaluation of the program — both on an off the court — as I do with every head coach at the conclusion of their seasons. Ultimately, our program needs a new voice, a new vision and a new leader who can build upon Larry’s foundation and lead us to great heights in the years ahead.”

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