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Matt Harpring will return to the Utah Jazz next season — Matt Harpring the broadcaster, that is. As he did last season while injured, Harpring will provide color commentary for the team's TV telecasts alongside play-by-play announcer Craig Bolerjack in 2010-11, multiple sources close to the Jazz have confirmed to the Deseret News. Deseret News
As for his next step in life, Harpring has faced a decision about whether to go into coaching or broadcasting. He worked as a part-time studio analyst last season for NBA TV in Atlanta and was a guest analyst for Jazz games when he returned to Utah. With three children ages 4 and younger, Harpring said he wasn’t ready to commit to coaching, either in the NBA or college basketball. The prospect of bouncing around from team to team and regularly relocating his family holds little appeal right now. “It’s not the time for that in my life,” Harpring said of coaching. “Eventually, one day, that’ll probably be where it’ll be. But with a young family, in today’s world, depending on what level you coach, it’s too hard.” Salt Lake Tribune
As a result, Harpring is expected to expand his broadcasting commitments. “When I did that last year, you still feel part of the team, you still feel part of the organization and you’re pulling for the Jazz to win,” Harpring said. “I really do love the franchise,” Harpring added. “It’s been a part of me for a long time. I’ve been with other franchises and there’s very few that are run the way the Jazz are run, from ownership all the way down to Jerry [Sloan]. You respect loyalty and how organizations are run the longer you’re around in this business.” Salt Lake Tribune
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