Dick Harmon: If BYU could put together a dream basketball coaching staff, what would it look like?

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  • BobbyPaluga Austin, TX
    April 10, 2019 12:52 a.m.

    I think the best way to get this done would have been to name a new AD and let that person finalize the selection. Sam Hinkle as a BYU AD would be BYU’s best chance to take the next step towards a “future” P5 invite. Tom Holmoe has done a fine job moving the Cougs into better schedules and maintaining the physical athletic plant. ADs don’t normally serve as long as Tom has. The athletic department’s moneymakers are doing fair at best, attendance is pathetic. Time to change how BYU promotes its athletics.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 8, 2019 1:42 p.m.

    "Why would Utah fans go 'mouth dribbling bonkers' over BYU hiring an unproven, inexperienced, Dick Harmon All-Star, LDS coaching staff?"

    Uteology:

    Only in Harmon-fueled fantasies would that ever happen. But hey, coog fantasy is his job.

  • Jello is Good ,
    April 8, 2019 1:23 p.m.

    @Sun Devil at Heart - Lindon, UT
    April 8, 2019 9:38 a.m.

    "Is there one BYU fan out there that wants to stay in the WCC? You rise to the level of your competition. BYU proved that by playing well against Gonzaga over all, but lousy against the other "high schools" in the conference. The promise of playing in the WCC isn't helping recruiting either."

    Of course I would like BYU to move up in conference. But is going back to the MWC really moving up? I don't think so.

  • Sun Devil at Heart Lindon, UT
    April 8, 2019 9:38 a.m.

    Is there one BYU fan out there that wants to stay in the WCC? You rise to the level of your competition. BYU proved that by playing well against Gonzaga over all, but lousy against the other "high schools" in the conference. The promise of playing in the WCC isn't helping recruiting either.

  • Grumpy33 , 00
    April 8, 2019 6:54 a.m.

    If there is any real interest in improving the BYU basketball program, the entire coaching staff needs to be replaced. The practice of running down the floor and throwing the ball at the basket is so engrained there, without a complete overhaul, nothing will change.
    A coaching staff who can recruit outside of Utah AND teach defense is absolutely necessary--if any change in the outcome is desired. Otherwise, it doesn't matter who gets hired.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 7, 2019 4:25 p.m.

    It might have to be an actual “church calling” to pull it off. And, of course, that would absolutely drive rivals to go mouth-dribbling bonkers.

    You could sell tickets to see that... Maybe not. But wouldn’t it be nice?

    Even throw Jimmer into the mix.

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    Why would Utah fans go "mouth dribbling bonkers" over BYU hiring an unproven, inexperienced, Dick Harmon All-Star, LDS coaching staff?

    BYU just lost Rose, your most successful coach in 30 years, aka your Rick Majerus.

    Alex Jensen, a top choice, just said he wasn't interested. Good luck assembling an LDS All-Star staff.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 7, 2019 1:13 p.m.

    Oh Really? - Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2019 9:34 p.m.
    Brain freeze, Dick? No mention of Alex Jensen? He's a great talent developer, NBA D-League Coach of the Year, learned from great X and 0 guys, RM. I'd put him on your list.

    I say Madsen for his California connections, Pope and Jensen in a dead heat. Lewis? His connection to these last few lost years worries me.

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    According to the Trib, Alex isn't interested in the BYU job. Pope is interested but he wants a higher profile job.

    If coach Krystkowiak doesn't make a NCAA berth next season, look for both to be linked to the Utah job.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 7, 2019 12:46 p.m.

    There’s a famous 53-year-old pop rock song that sums up a utopian dream of BYU fans that someday the very best player and coaching talent among members of LDS could gather on campus and produce a product.

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    Then there's the reality that many despise BYU, see Bryce Harper.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    April 7, 2019 12:17 p.m.

    If BYU wants to be successful, they need to clean house relative to the current coaching staff.

    current crew is too local, too political (on determining playing time) and too limited in coaching--and managing non-basketball factors--experience at the D1 level.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    April 7, 2019 11:19 a.m.

    It will come down to $.

    There are people who will come to Provo inspite of what BYU will pay.

    One of my favorite Tony Ingle quotes;

    With regard to the compensation BYU Coaches receive:

    It's no wonder BYU won't tell the public what they pay coaches.

    If I paid a coach what they pay a coach, I wouldn't want anyone to know either.

    BYU could land an amazing HC at a bargain basement price.

    Julia Roberts also has me on speed dial.

    Whomever becomes the HC, the path forward will be daunting...but doable.

    Find players who are relentless competitors.

    Find assistants who can teach defense.

    Most players who receive scholarship offers do not do so because they are relentless defenders.

    The expectaions need to be set that those who see the floor will do so because they can play defense as well as fill up the offensive stat sheet.

    The new HC must have a plan to recruit worldwide.

    The new HC must hire assistants who can beat the bushes worldwide looking for basketball talent that can fit-in and blossom in Provo.

    Daunting but doable...

    Exactly.

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    April 7, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    There you go again Dick. Leading the cougar to fantasize about the impossible things related to cougar sports. Stop thinking about the impossible and focus on what is really important a new AD and a conference.

  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 7, 2019 10:01 a.m.

    Vai's cousins boldly states that it's just reality that half of the good LDS kids don't want the Byu experience. How does he know this? And why don't they?

  • rlsintx Saratoga Springs, UT
    April 7, 2019 9:53 a.m.

    I don't think it will matter much which individual gets the node as long as they create an environment kids want to come to, play defense and be "team". The last 6 years has been pretty much non-stop churn and low results. No set of adults showed up and righted it.

    If Ainge wanted to be here, he'd have been here years ago. Some of the rest didn't bother to come when they had the chance either. To assume there's a magical draw for other than church ties reasons is illogical.

    Beating Gonzaga when they were #1 will remain the highpoint of the LP3 quasi-era.
    Speculation and over-hyping players doesn't bring results, someone should check that enthusiasm and insist on consistent results to get media exposure...

    Just choose someone rational, focused and a team player and get behind them.
    Afterall, the practice facility is already there to take the program to the next level, right ?

  • Bayareafan Orinda, CA
    April 7, 2019 9:44 a.m.

    If Pope is the leading candidate, you still need to fill one big void: an African-American assistant who can both recruit and coach. There is a hidden gem right there in Utah, namely Paul Peterson, the assistant at Wasatch Academy. He is well-known as a shot coach and from his developmental camps, would be a great recruiter with Pope and as a bonus he is LDS. You then coax Charles Abouo back from France to be your grad assistant and you have added two fine basketball minds to the mix. You might even re-discover the defense that came and went with Heath Schroyer.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 7, 2019 9:27 a.m.

    Ainge as AD? Why would he leave the best job in basketball with Boston to go to BYU?

    Alex Jensen is the best choice for the job. But if I were him, I wouldn't leave the NBA.

  • One of Vai's Cousins DC, Washington
    April 7, 2019 9:11 a.m.

    I realize this was not a serious article. But it does bring up a point I have wondered about over the years. From a purely cougar fan perspective, you want all the best LDS talent on the court and coaching staff you can. From a missionary perspective, spread the wealth. Good LDS kids do much more from a missionary perspective going to Duke and Stanford than being one of many in Provo, Utah.

    In terms of talent, even if BYU got the best LDS kids who went to Utah and USU they would be top twenty five most seasons. Let the one and done kids go to Duke. There is plenty of talent going to the other Utah schools.

    But the reality is that even half the good LDS kids don’t want the Provo, Utah experience. That will never change regardless who is the coach.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    April 7, 2019 6:00 a.m.

    Daydreaming about basketball coaches isn’t gonna get you one

    How about joining a real conference and going after a real coach with real money

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 7, 2019 5:53 a.m.

    Perhaps the team would look like the Harlem Globetrotters and instead of the song Dick mentions, the team's theme song would be Sweet Georgia Brown.

    Well, as long as we're (pipe) dreaming, why not?

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    April 7, 2019 12:08 a.m.

    BYU doesn't need too many cooks in the kitchen particularly cooks with big egos. One good coach will do the job and BYU shouldn't have that much trouble recruiting a decent BB team. I doubt that BYU will ever have the talent to go much beyond the second round of the Big Dance. The reasons are simple. BYU is not guaranteed to get the best LDS BB players like they once did. Then there is the Honor Code, the Honor Code, Provo, Provo and then there is that conference issue. I guess other than developing very good players and team play, there isn't much a great coach can do for the Cougs.

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2019 10:29 p.m.

    BYU is barely willing to pay for one coach. What makes you think they would shell out the money necessary to get two of these guys?

  • Not Much of a Fan Irvine, CA
    April 6, 2019 10:21 p.m.

    Ainge as AD?

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2019 10:16 p.m.

    Rick Majerus
    Jerry Pimm
    Jack Gardner
    Kyle Whittingham and
    Lavel Edwards.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    April 6, 2019 9:39 p.m.

    Didnt we learn from football that this type of " pipe dream" for BYU coaching didnt work ?

    There are more problems at BYU than just the coaching. Conference issues, admittance guidelines, Honor Code enforcement and the age of players resulting in stars leaving early to start to earn a living playing ball in Europe.

    If Madsen doesnt get the head coaching job he would advance his coaching resume more by going somewhere else rather than accepting an assistant coaching job at BYU. He applied to be Rose's assistant so he could be closer to family and also because he likely saw that Rose would retire in the next few years.

    BYU is a lower tier sports school and will likely always stay that way. The way college sports and social pressures against religious schools is going, BYU will be lucky to keep its programs going at all.

  • Oh Really? Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2019 9:34 p.m.

    Brain freeze, Dick? No mention of Alex Jensen? He's a great talent developer, NBA D-League Coach of the Year, learned from great X and 0 guys, RM. I'd put him on your list.

    I say Madsen for his California connections, Pope and Jensen in a dead heat. Lewis? His connection to these last few lost years worries me.