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Utah coach Krystkowiak turns to stopping crime

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 5:40pm  ET

AP Sports Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Utah's Larry Krystkowiak is taking his coaching example off the court -- as a crime stopper.

Last month in Salt Lake City, Krystkowiak -- a 6-foot-9 former NBA power forward -- chased down and apprehended a bike thief on campus.

That made Krystkowiak's tale a hot topic of conversation at Pac-12 media day Thursday, where California coach Mike Montgomery insisted he would have no chance of pulling off a similar defensive stop across the bay in Berkeley.

With NCAA rules now allowing coaches to start practice early and more offseason on-court time with players, Krystkowiak says he has time in his day to pull off such successes away from the practice floor.

Krystkowiak also was part of stopping a thief who had swiped more than a dozen athletic department laptops.

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