Bachynski to ‘take a break from active competition’

Utah center Dallin Bachynski will not play for the foreseeable future. Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak said in a statement Monday that he and Bachynski reached the decision mutually.

It is unknown exactly what prompted the move, though Krystkowiak recently hinted at discord with the Canadian big man.

“I’m not sure Dallin’s not a little more worried about his trials and tribulations than he is about what the University of Utah is going through and that ends up being dysfunctional,” Krystkowiak said last Thursday after the Utes lost to Cal.

Bachynski began the season as Utah’s most effective big man and he replaced senior Jason Washburn in the starting lineup for nine games. But since Pac-12 play began, Bachynski’s minutes have drastically dwindled as he has been the third option off the bench behind Jeremy Olsen and Renan Lenz. He did not dress for Utah’s game Sunday night against Stanford. After the Cal game, Krystkowiak specifically cited Bachynski’s energy and struggles with keeping his composure as reasons for the reduced playing time.

In the statement, Krystkowiak said Bachynski will “remain a part of our program during this time as he takes a break from active competition.”

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