FHSU faces a friendly face in Colorado

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This Saturday the Fort Hays men's basketball team takes on the University of Colorado in an exhibition game. It's a chance for the Tigers to play against division one competition and meet a Kansas basketball celebrity.

In his seventh year as head coach of Colorado, Tad Boyle is already fourth all-time in total wins. His 137 wins are ten shy of third place Forrest B. Cox who coached from 1936-1950.

"He's one of the best in college basketball, it's just a great opportunity for our program and our university to go play them," Fort Hays head coach Mark Johnson said.

Originally from Colorado, Boyle's basketball journey actually started in Kansas as a player at KU from 1981-85.

"For a guy from Colorado who had gone out there to experience that, it was eye opening," Boyle said. "It was just a great atmosphere and it does, it just makes you fall in love with college basketball."

"I've been blessed to be part of that tradition and I wouldn't be where I am today I don't think without it," he said.

Boyle would eventually return to Kansas in 2000 as Mark Turgeon's assistant coach for Wichita State. Boyle and Turgeon played together at Kansas and had coached together previously. From 2000-2006, Boyle was part of the coaching staff that helped turn the Shockers program into the contender that it is today.

"I've got great pride in the six years I spent in Wichita," he said. "It's a great community, a great city and a great people."

Now the head coach at Colorado, Boyle has had similar success in elevating the program and was the first Colorado coach to lead the team to three straight NCAA Tournaments.

However, the Fort Hays players said they're are up to the challenge.

"You've got nothing to lose, you're supposed to go in get beat, that's what everyone is expecting so you're just out there having fun and playing ball," junior Hadley Gillum said.