As Jim Boylen returns to Utah — as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls — he ...

The day after he was fired as head coach of the University of Utah mens basketball team in 2011, Jim Boylen turned to one of his favorite activities for solace: He went skiing at Snowbird.

“I wanted that thing really bad there, to make it work,” Boylen said.

In his four seasons at Utah, Boylen amassed a 69-60 record, leaving athletic director Chris Hill to let him go after a 13-18 performance in the 2010-11 campaign.

His trip to Utah coincided with a big day for him contractually, receiving a raise and more guaranteed money from the Bulls for the remainder of this season and next.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that $1 million of a total of $1.6 million is guaranteed for the 2019-20 season, giving the Bulls the option of keeping Boylen if he does well this season, or searching for a new coach in the offseason if not.

“They’ve been fair, and honest, and direct, and I respond to that well, and it’s been great.”

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