Boise State Basketball

Former Mountain West rival joining Boise State coaching staff

Tim Duryea helped Utah State win two of three meetings against Boise State during the 2017-18 season, but he was fired by the Aggies shortly after the Mountain West Tournament.
Tim Duryea helped Utah State win two of three meetings against Boise State during the 2017-18 season, but he was fired by the Aggies shortly after the Mountain West Tournament. Standard-Examiner via AP

Boise State men's basketball coach Leon Rice on Tuesday added former Utah State head coach Tim Duryea to the Broncos' staff as an assistant.

Rice confirmed the hire of his former Mountain West Conference rival in a text message to the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday.

Duryea replaces Phil Beckner, who resigned earlier this month after two seasons with the Broncos to pursue a career in the professional ranks.

Before taking over the Aggies in 2015, Duryea spent 14 seasons as an assistant on Utah State coach Stew Morrill's staff.

The Aggies claimed two of their three meetings against the Broncos last season. Boise State won 71-67 at Taco Bell Arena on Jan. 17 and then lost 71-65 at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Feb. 10.

Utah State, a No. 7 seed, then eliminated No. 2 Boise State 78-75 in the Mountain West Tournament quarterfinals. Despite the upset, Duryea was fired three days later.

The Aggies went 47-49 overall in three seasons under Duryea and 22-32 in Mountain West play.

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