We're all hearing noise about how Jim Boylan is a potential candidate to replace Ty. The rationale is the DL/Spurs connection and the fact that he is a Popovich disciple. This kind of reminds me of how after Karl & John left we tried to get a new Karl & John (D-Will and Booz), but that didn't work out so well. We also tried to replace Jerry with a Jerry disciple. That didn't work out so well. Some in Uteville will recall thinking that when Jim Boylan came to the U, we were going to get a Tom Izzo disciple. Hmmmm.
Perhaps familiarity/comfort with what worked in the past is fine in some respects, but I think it can be foolish to believe that we can repeat past results by plugging in someone who looks like or apprenticed under someone whose results we really, really liked. This is why I struggle with the notion that hiring a coach because he was assistant to a truly great coach will likely bring good results. The fact is, Ty is a different coach with different ideas and abilities to command respect than Jerry, and Hornacek is a different coach with different ideas and abilities to command respect than Ty, and the same likely applies to Jim Boylan.
There's no doubting that Ty is a good person--he's just not a good head coach. I also believe Jim Boylan is a good person--he visited a friend of mine at Huntsman Cancer Institute as he was living his last days with a gliablastoma. But, I don't believe that Jim Boylan is or will be a good head coach at this level. The Jazz need a head coach with proven results as a head coach, whether that be someone from the college ranks (I'd be careful with that, though) or a Stan/Jeff Van Gundy or a Lionel Hollins or whomever. Yes, there are Hornaceks, Thibodeaus, Vogels and other assistant coaches who prove to be very successful when transitioning from assistant to head coaching positions, but those coaches successes, I believe, are attributable to who THEY are and the ideas they bring rather than assuming that they will produce similar results to Coach X because they were an assistant to Coach X for Y number of years.
Perhaps reinventing the wheel is the wrong metaphor, but my point is that sometimes assuming that one type of wheel will work on all cars because it came from the same factory is pure fallacy.