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BYU basketball: Dave Rose hires Mark Pope to replace Dave Rice

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  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    May 18, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    Congratulations Mark! It'll be great to have you at BYU.

  • mkSdd3 Ogden, UT
    May 18, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    This sounds like a great hire. BYU needs better big men to compete in the NCAA tournament. Pope should be able to get the post players to step up their game and make BYU even better than they were before.

    Welcome to BYU Mark.

  • Hondo Springville, UT
    May 18, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    This is no Dave Rice, but big ups to Rose for finding a Pope that was willing to relocate from Rome to Provo.

    I look for many winning seasons from the crew in the future.

  • GaryS Leesburg, VA
    May 18, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    Look, the man has the right number of letters in his first and last names, so I'm sure he's the best choice.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 18, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    Cool. A big man coach. Just what BYU needed! Rose is s smart coach.

    Glad BYU was able to keep Rose around, in spite of the WCC step-down (although not as much as you'd think).

    It'll be nice to see a front line at BYU again. Been awhile.

    Not only will playing in the WCC be culture shock for the BYU players, but it'll be a culture shock for BYU fans to no longer have The Jimmer to watch.

    Still, BYU should be a fun team to watch next year.

    Hope Davies is able to come back.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    May 18, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    Right on, Coach Rose. It's all good.

  • Alterego Ogden, UT
    May 18, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    I see a lot of positives in this hire. Getting a coach from Wake Forest's staff isn't too bad.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    May 18, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    Love that we found a big man. Even when we've had big players, it has not felt like we've fully utilized them. No disrespect intended, but that was not our coaches forte.

    With more big men on our roster next year than we've ever had (Davies, Hartsock, Collinsworth, Austin, Harward),I'm sure his expertise will pay big dividends.

    And I do not see the step down to the WCC that some continue to reference. The most consistent performers in the MWC were Utah (their Boylen years in BB were like our Crowton years in FB), BYU, UNLV and UNM. Now the conference only has UNLV and UNM. Sure SDSU had a great run the past two years, but look at their record the past 10 years.

    WCC will have three perenial powers in St Marys, Zags and BYU. The only step down is the size of the arenas and many will move to a bigger arena when BYU comes to town. They want to put as many cheeks in seats as they can.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    May 18, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    Coach Rose is top notch, and continues to prove it. Looking forward to cheering for BYU in the WCC and the Utes in the PAC-12. Never would have said I was looking forward to cheering for BYU before - but Coach Rose makes it near impossible for me not to like what he has done in Provo. He's excellent. Congrats to Pope.

  • Just Truth Saratoga Springs, UT
    May 18, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    I know what you mean, UU32:

    I rarely cheer for the Utes, but it was hard not to when they were making runs through March. Hope the Utes rebound to what they once were and that BYU keeps up its exciting play.

  • Hoosier in Utah Spanish Fork, UT
    May 18, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    Glad to hear Br. Pope is moving to Provo. I lived near Indy when he came to town there; in fact, we were in the same singles' branch for a while. I remember a humble man who never took anything for granted. He didn't even buy a new car when he got his NBA paycheck; he drove a rather beat-up old truck.

    Larry Bird loves hard workers as he was one himself. That's why Mark was drafted by the Pacers. This same ethic can do nothing but keep the Cougars competitive. Besides, how hard could it be to make a Wildcat a Cougar?

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    May 18, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    Even the Pope supports and is a part of BYU Basketball.

  • CaseyA Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Great addition to the staff. I'm looking forward to what he does with the incredible young talent in the program. Athletes like Nate Austin and Chris Collinsworth have just gotten a mentor that can make them top tier players.

  • respectall holladay, ut
    May 18, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    His wife served as Letterman's personal assistant huh.....

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    May 18, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Great Hire Coach Rose. He played for Kentucky a b-ball powerhouse, he has NBA experience, played under Larry Bird a hard working no-nonsense coach, and was an assistant at Wake Forest an ACC school. As for BYU going to the WCC, it only makes the WCC better. Yes they are a one bid conference now but the addition of BYU and their past success could change that. It also helps that the WCC is willing to make concessions to accommodate BYU's no Sunday play rule. Also their conference tournament is at the Orleans Arena which is a lot better that the UNLV invitational.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 18, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    Maybe having a tall assistant coach can help BYU in recruiting the nationally high-ranked bigs, especially if they're LDS and wanting good coaching and big school exposure. BYU can now offer both!

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    May 18, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    @uu32, I'm glad Rose has that LaVell-type respect. He is difficult for anyone to dislike, unless you are a UNM fan.

    This hire proves to fans that BYU is seriously behind Rose and the basketball program. This is a big guy and BYU should start to expect big play from our big men. I can't wait to see a supposedly rebuilding team win 25+ games next season.

    Go Y

  • hohum Saint George, UT
    May 18, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    Hedge:

    Thought this was about coach Rose and Mark Pope not Mormons

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    May 18, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    Glad they hired a big man. I always felt that Araujo, Plaisted, and Miles were all way underdeveloped. Davies seems like he came with a lot of talent from high school and I'm excited to see what Pope can do with him in addition to the two RMs coming back.

    Good luck coach! We will be cheering for you.

  • 93 COUGAR Orem, UT
    May 18, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    Great hire.

    Coach Rose is the cream of the crop and will continue to lead BYU to greatness. It was tough to lose coach Rice but coach Pope will be great at developing the big men which was a weakness.

    Great to be a Cougar!

  • Wynn and lose Cougarville, Ut
    May 18, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    Hedgehog:

    We can see that through you're lame attempt at a joke and that a Kentucky alum and joining BYU's coaching staff creates a cinergistic effect of frusttration and anger and leaves you no choice but to comment...

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    May 18, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    @Y4LYFE

    I sat in the middle of a bunch of UNM fans at the MWC tournament in Las Vegas and they were great - even when we beat them and Jimmer went off for 52. They were very respectful and complimentary of BYU. The fans who were the worst were SDSU who cheered for the dance teams from all of the other schools but booed BYU. Usually Utah fans are the worst but there weren't any there this year.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 19, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    Nate Austin is a missionary in my ward. He'll be glad to hear this.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    May 19, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    Welcome, Mark!

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    May 19, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    No spin needed. This a terrific hire. I didn't think they would pull in this kind of quality, but it shows what the uniqueness of BYU can attract.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    May 19, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    "but it shows what the uniqueness of BYU can attract."

    You mean attracting a Mormon to the only Mormon school...yea pretty amazing.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    May 19, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    Hedgehog...another pathetic try...

  • InterestedObserver Spanish Fork, UT
    May 19, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    Are we saying Mr. Pope is LDS? If he is not I think that would be a better thing than if he were. Need to attract as many non-lds as possible to the program.

  • Bottom Line Draper, UT
    May 19, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    Hedge the bottom line is that you know this was a more qualified candidate then your new head coach. You will see the lopsideness continue. Utah could not even attract Alex Jenson to leave St Louis for the new pac 10.2 doormat position.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    May 19, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Great Hire...Coach Pope sounds like a great fit, having a big man who played the position at Kentucky is a welcomed addition. He can coach up and help recruit the big men. Coach Rose knows how to put together a coaching staff and once again he didnt disappoint with this hire