Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Brigham Young University basketball head coach Mark Pope speaks a press conference convened to introduce his new assistant coaches at the Marriott Center Annex in Provo on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — New BYU Cougars men's basketball coach Mark Pope has made it clear he's not afraid of his biggest competition in the West Coast Conference, the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

On Thursday, a video was posted on Twitter of Pope speaking with college basketball reporter Andy Katz. The two discussed a number of topics over four minutes related to Pope settling into his new job, including what Pope thinks of the Bulldogs.

Pope joked that he'd like for Gonzaga head coach Mark Few to retire, and then said what Few and company have done is "extraordinary." In his next sentence, though, Pope said, "I personally think they're way overrated."

On a more serious note, Pope said it's "a beautiful thing" to have teams like the Bulldogs to chase, and that he wouldn't have taken this job unless he thought he could make some real headway.

Here's the full interview.

Jimmer Fredette jokes about dunking

Speaking of Pope, on Wednesday in a quote tweet of a video featuring new Cougar Trey Stewart dunking, the coach proposed holding a dunk contest at the Marriott Center featuring Stewart and a group of current and former BYU players, including Gavin Baxter, Yoeli Childs, Brandon Davies, Mike Hall and Travis Hansen.

Pope then asked who else they should get to join. Twitter users responded with a whole host of names, but the funniest response came from former Cougar great Jimmer Fredette.

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"I’m always available ...," he wrote. "I think I dunked it once at BYU."

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