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Utah unveils plans for new basketball center

The new center will hopefully elevate the Runnin' Utes - once one of the strongest basketball programs in the Western United States.

For long swaths of its history, Utah was a basketball school. Football, an idle program desolate of victories, was only a time killer until basketball season. The Huntsman Center, long since abandoned by fans, was once packed to the rafters - creating one of the most intimidating home court advantages in college basketball.

Times have changed. Utah basketball slipped after Rick Majerus retired, and while there is hope of a rebound under Larry Krystkowiak, the success of yesteryear still eludes the program.

The University hopes to rectify this problem with a dynamite proposal that could help turn Utah basketball back into the Western Power so many of us remember from years ago.

It is glorious - much like the new football facility - and is also much needed. A dream of the late Rick Majerus, the plans have failed to materialize in each of the last few incarnations - including more recently under Jim Boylen.

Hopefully this is the final step in actually getting it built.

And maybe it will bear the name of Majerus, who fought hard in the 90s to get a proposal off the ground.

He didn't see it realized - but the current coaching staff will and it certainly will be a jewel for the athletic program.

Get it built!