BYU men's basketball: Mark Pope's ability to engage is a strength, according to former Cougar player

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  • slackoff green river, WY
    April 12, 2019 5:13 p.m.

    If he turns things around here, he's outta here. This is not a destination for him its as stepping stone. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • steve24/7 Sandy, UT
    April 11, 2019 12:18 p.m.

    Y ask Y:
    "Ability to engage"?

    What does that even mean?"

    It means he isn't a grumpy old guy with bad breath who yells at everyone to stay off his lawn.

    I think Mark Pope was a good choice. Looking forward to seeing what he can do with this team.

  • JazzConvert ,
    April 11, 2019 11:49 a.m.

    Happy to engage? Means working and talking to your players whether on or off the court. Some coaches work behind barriers and they give directives from a distance. Pope gets right into the action and he knows he developing players to be better individuals both on and off the court. I hope Childs will stick around for another yr, he would benefit tremendously under Pope.

  • water rocket , 00
    April 11, 2019 11:16 a.m.

    I think it will be interesting to have a POPE coaching at BYU (meaning no disrespect to the Catholic leaders). I also echo other comments thanking coach Rose for a very fine job. He had to deal with the missionary age change, which threw his entire program into a tail spin for several years. He has also had to deal with honor code violations that seriously hurt the team. Through it all, he has acted with dignity, sportsmanship and professionalism. As for Pope, I seriously hope people don't expect him to walk on water. Give him some space and he will do just fine. If he can beat Gonzaga and St Mary he will be awesome, but that is a tall task.

  • Bluefan AMERICAN CANYON, CA
    April 11, 2019 10:38 a.m.

    A hearty thank you to Dave Rose and what he was able to accomplish during his career. Change is always exciting and Mark Pope (and his wife) will inject a needed shot of enthusiasm and passion into the program. Time will tell how successful he will be but who wouldn't want to jump on the Pope band wagon and see how far we can ride? I loved his press conference and his attitude about scheduling tough with a "no guts no glory" approach. I'll throw my support behind him.

  • justbereal , 00
    April 11, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    That was a great press conference yesterday and great to see him so engaged and passionate love that. Many of us have asked that we get a HC with experience and that he is/has. I think he needs a little latitude getting started. There probably won't be an absolute turn around in the first season, but there are good signs at least. Words need to translate into results, but he's been one of the more animated coaches we've had.

  • MRM Layton, UT
    April 11, 2019 9:36 a.m.

    Y ask U

    re: "Ability to engage"? What does that even mean? Isn't that a basic pre-requisite for this job?

    From the article: "Pope proved engaging and passionate during his opening comments and in taking multiple questions from the media."

    The ability to be engaging and passionate to me would be a key ingredient to recruiting and motivating players.

    Not all coaches are like that, especially some who only seem to be concerned with x's and o's.

    Some who once had that, lose it over time as their basketball coaching careers wind down.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    April 11, 2019 9:15 a.m.

    "Ability to engage"?

    What does that even mean? Isn't that a basic pre-requisite for this job?

  • TaxpayerinUtah Utah, UT
    April 10, 2019 10:04 p.m.

    Happy to have Mark Pope take over for Dave Rose. He will be a great fit and a great coach. Looking forward to many successful years ahead. Thanks to Dave Rose for the great things he did at BYU!