Congratulations Mark! It'll be great to have you at BYU.
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.
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.
Look, the man has the right number of letters in his first and last names, so
I'm sure he's the best choice.
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.
Right on, Coach Rose. It's all good.
I see a lot of positives in this hire. Getting a coach from Wake Forest's staff
isn't too bad.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Even the Pope supports and is a part of BYU Basketball.
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.
His wife served as Letterman's personal assistant huh.....
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.
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!
@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
Hedge:Thought this was about coach Rose and Mark Pope not Mormons
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.
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
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...
@Y4LYFEI 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.
Nate Austin is a missionary in my ward. He'll be glad to hear this.
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.
"but it shows what the uniqueness of BYU can attract."You
mean attracting a Mormon to the only Mormon school...yea pretty amazing.
Hedgehog...another pathetic try...
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
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
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