Harmon: Dave Rose, Mark Few face off as top hoopmeisters

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  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Jan. 24, 2013 10:24 p.m.

    Dick, you do the personal, behind the scenes, writing better than any sportswriter I have ever encountered. If my opinion of a person is mixed, or I just don't know them enough to form an opinion, and you write a touching piece about that person; I have to grab for the Kleenex, and I want to give the person a big hug telling them how much I admire them. Thanks again. I have so many reasons to be humble myself, and daily friends give me so many more, that I've collected a few thoughts on the subject.

    Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity

    It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.  ~Author Unknown

    Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less often ~Rev SJ Bobkins

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    Jan. 24, 2013 7:03 p.m.

    I read preseason magazines about college hoops and football. The one I read this year listed 25 coaches who are supposed to be the 25 best. Mark Few was listed but Dave Rose was not. Several coaches from "mid-level" conferences were also listed. None of those fellows have to deal with the revolving door of missionary service that Dave Rose and his predessesors at BYU have to do. While it is a dynamic that we relish and uphold, it shows just how well Dave Rose could do at another school.

    Imagine the teams we could have had over the years if it were not for the missionary program. Imagine the depth we could have had. Maybe Jimmer would not have led the nation is scoring or been the player of the year, but BYU could have gone deeper in the tournament that ever before, dare I say Final Four?

    Dave Rose is easily one of the best 25 coaches in the US, maybe even the top ten considering the constraints under which he must work.

  • Warrior Parent Belle Glade, FL
    Jan. 24, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    I would rather have a Coach like Rose or Few for my son, my University than any of the perennial power houses. Great men representing great institutions.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    Gonzaga's Few--did he coach J. Stockton? Rose must deal with Missions & inconsistent play that may stem from the many distractions LDS kids have when bb is not the only priority in their lives. The greatest players seem to almost care for nothing else but exellence in their sport. So Dave gets nod over these other coaches. He succeeds in spite of so many extra considerations.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    Thanks Dick for an insightful article.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Great piece.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 8:29 p.m.


    And that would be Rose who beat Few the last time they met in the NCAA tourney!

  • Tutclub South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Yet only one coach has wins when it matter most....post season!!!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    Well served to both guys and gals.

    Jan. 23, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    "Mildred in Fillmore
    Salt Lake City, UT
    These are the 2 best coaches in the country."

    Mildred, they're definitely two of them but, Bill Self, Brad Stevens, Rick Pitino, and Shaka might have something to say about that...

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    These are the 2 best coaches in the country.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Jan. 23, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    Although I will be rooting for the cougars, I think we better prepare ourselves for a beat down by as much as 20 points.

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Jan. 23, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Both men and schoools are class acts, unique, and not found anywhere else in college basketball at this level. It should be a great game but I give the edge to the Zags at home because of ther front line Davies will have his hands full with the front line but Gonzaga will have it hands full with the BYU guards. My guess; Davies will foul out midway through the 2nd half.
    It's great to see BYU play tis caliber of team.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Thanks Dick for a great article about a couple of great basketball coaches!