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Utah deputy AD Kyle Brennan turns down Montana State job, will stay at Utah

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Young Max Brennan, who is fighting leukemia, walks off the field with his dad, Kyle Brennan, after helping call signals during a football scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday, April 12, 2014,  in Salt Lake City.

Young Max Brennan, who is fighting leukemia, walks off the field with his dad, Kyle Brennan, after helping call signals during a football scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

I can’t walk away from this community and this job. I love what I do and I love the people I work with. – Kyle Brennan

SALT LAKE CITY — Citing a variety of reasons, including a family decision, Utah deputy athletics director Kyle Brennan has decided to stay with the Utes and not take the athletics director post he accepted at Montana State a week ago.

“This is really hard. It’s a sad day in many ways but at the same time I’m very happy because this is where I want to be,” Brennan said. “My family belongs here, I belong here and we love it here.”

Brennan added that everyone is happy and he doesn’t want to mess with happy.

“We didn’t take it lightly. We considered a lot of factors and when we considered everything, we thought it was in our best interest to stay,” Brennan said. “It was about my wife’s job with the football team. It’s about Mac’s medical care. It’s about this university and this community. That’s the bottom line.”

Brennan’s wife, Beth, is the academics coordinator for Utah football and their son, Mac, is overcoming a battle with leukemia.

“I can’t walk away from this community and this job. I love what I do and I love the people I work with,” Brennan said. “Our family has been so well taken in here, and we just feel like this is home.”

It was a family decision to remain in Salt Lake City.

“No regrets in staying here,” Brennan continued. “I regret the timing.”

Informing Montana State President Waded Cruzado, he added, was one of the hardest phone calls of his life. Brennan expressed his respect for MSU and wishes them the best.

“But the University of Utah and the state is a special place and this is where I want to be,” Brennan said.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle is reporting that Brennan texted Cruzado late Monday afternoon and said that he needed to talk. They spoke on the phone in the evening and Brennan told Cruzado that “it didn’t feel right.” Other concerns reportedly included finding an affordable house and moving his three children — Patrick, Mac and Murphy — to new schools.

“It would be an understatement to say I am disappointed,” Cruzado said in a statement released by the school. “We simply have been dealt an extraordinarily rare and unfortunate hand.”

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