BYU basketball: Mark Pope brings different type of hoops experience

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  • Realistic Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2011 6:18 p.m.


    "Just because he is tall doesn't mean he is a great bog man coach. I'll use Rick Majerus as one of many examples."

    Whether you liked him or not, Rick recruited and/or turned out some very good big men for the Utes including guys who drew a paycheck in the NBA like Mike Doleac and Andrew Bogut. He was tough on players and so as a result some didn't pass muster and transfered (Lance Allred, etc).


    "In what world is Rick Majerus tall?"

    in the world of laying down he's pretty tall.

  • SeattleUhasabballteam? Seattle, WA
    May 30, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    TheTruth801 | 12:43 p.m. May 28, 2011
    Sandy, UT
    Just because he is tall doesn't mean he is a great bog man coach. I'll use Rick Majerus as one of many examples.

    In what world is Rick Majerus tall?

  • AZnewser Snowflake, AZ
    May 30, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I love that the first related article listed is one about the Pope giving a papal blessing to a space mission. I didn't know it was that Pope coming to BYU!

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    May 30, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    I like the shortened version of this article's title: "Pope brings new experience to BYU". I did know that it was talking bball and the new hire, but imagine those who didn't know.

    I hope for a future article: "BYU brings new experience to Pope", and not talking about the coach!

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    May 29, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    it sounds great, a tall guy to coach the height on the team.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    May 28, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    Yup, just hired him 'cause he's tall!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    May 28, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    The guy obviously wants to be part of BYU...I like that in a coach... Now then if we can get Maverick and Goose back on board to replace Cougar...oops I mean Jimmer... then it's going to be another great ride and more "Joy" in Cougarville. It'll be nice to see Chris Collingsworth as well a Davies back next season. How's that musty oil fouled Great Black Swamp water that you're hallucinating about to be fine wine there Hedgie??? Darn...too badd...still "No Joy" in Ann Arbor

  • TheTruth801 Sandy, UT
    May 28, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Just because he is tall doesn't mean he is a great bog man coach. I'll use Rick Majerus as one of many examples.

  • truebluecougar Orem, Utah
    May 28, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    Glad for the new hiring. Big men up front will be a plus for BYU. Hope they can enhance the running game with defensive rebounding and triggering the break. Hope we don't regress to a slow down game relying on the front bigs in a boring 1/2 court game.

    Keep up the good work Coach Rose. Greatly anticipating the "new look" kids this fall.

  • longgone Clinton, CT
    May 28, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    I have personally watched Mark since his High School days and then while he was at the University of Washington. He is one of the finest young men I've known and he has a great ability to relate to a variety of personalities and the athletes who associate with him will be greatly enhanced. As I associated with Mark at the Institute of Religion he was always a positive influence. Go Mark and Go BYU!

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    May 28, 2011 6:38 a.m.


    You need to read the article again. He did not beg Rose for the job, he begged him for a change to talk to him, in other words, he begged for an interview.

  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    May 27, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    I would like to know the reasons that Rose thought Pope would be a good fit for BYU.

    Also, who were the other candidates that "begged" Rose for the job?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    May 27, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    I believe that Pope will not only improve the play of our front line, but he will attract additional talent in the years to come. Players chose schools based on coaches and other important factors, one of the least of which is the conference the school plays in.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 27, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    Can't wait to see how Coach Pope affects BYU's bigs.

    It always helps to have players be coached by coaches who played similar positions. There's a connection and automatic respect and trust in that synergy.

    So, I suspect BYU's bigs will get better and better over the year. With the talent coming back, and Pope's tutelage, BYU should have a dominating front line. That was sorely missed last year with losing BYU's two best bigs when they did.

    From this article, it sounds like Pope's a perfect fit for BYU. Glad Coach Rose listened to him.