Utah's Larry Krystkowiak credits increased practice time for crime stopping

SAN FRANCISCO – While some college hoops coaches appreciate new allowances in preseason practice schedules because it allows them more time on the recruiting road, Utah Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak likes it for other reasons.  

Twice this offseason, Krystkowiak had his hand in stopping crime on the University of Utah campus. 

Days later, the Utes coach stopped a thief who he said had stolen 17 laptops in the basketball department.

The ability to track him down? All thanks to the NCAA allowing six weeks to practice 30 times, which is up from six practices from the old rules.

"It allows your coach to step off and take advantage of some other career opportunities," Krystkowiak said.

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