The men’s college basketball season hasn’t wrapped up yet, with the Final Four set for next weekend, but the coaching carousel is already in full swing.
This year, the coaching job market includes BYU, after Dave Rose retired last Tuesday following 14 years as the Cougars’ head coach.
Sports Illustrated’s Laken Litman listed BYU as the No. 8 most desirable open job in the country over the weekend, even as some jobs are being filled.
“(Rose) finished his career as the winningest coach in program history. The highlight of that tenure was certainly the Jimmer Fredette era, and Rose’s legacy will be a tough one to follow,” Litman wrote.
“However, a new approach isn’t the worst thing for a program that hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2015. BYU will be a good opportunity for whoever gets it because it’s considered the second-best job in the WCC behind Gonzaga, has a ton of fan support, and the athletic department is serious about the program.”
A third-round projection for Takitaki
It’s also a busy buzzworthy time in the NFL world, with the league’s annual draft quickly approaching. This year’s NFL draft will be held April 25-27 in Nashville.
The latest mock draft from NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter covered four rounds, and it includes a local being selected in the third round. With the 76th overall pick, Reuter has former BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki heading to the Washington Redskins.
“Takitaki should be a force as an attacking inside ‘backer for Washington,” Reuter wrote. “The team needs help in the middle after releasing Zach Brown, and starter Mason Foster is scheduled to become a free agent in 2020.”
Takitaki is the lone Utah tie in the four-round mock draft. The former Cougar who participated in this year’s NFL scouting combine finished a BYU career with 237 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries.
And finally …
BYU backup quarterback Jaren Hall is a popular man these days. While the Cougars’ spring practices wrapped up this past week, Hall has been keeping himself busy by also playing in the outfield for the school’s baseball team.21 comments on this story
In the Cougars’ three-game sweep of Saint Mary’s in Provo over the weekend, Hall made a pair of impressive defensive plays, one on Thursday that showed off his fielding skills and again in the series finale Saturday that displayed his arm strength.
And finally, Part II …
With baseball season upon us following last week’s MLB Opening Day, that of course means fun things like mascot races are here to entertain us. The San Diego Padres unveiled one that’s sure to stay classy, the "Anchorman" races.