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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Y ask Ure: "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.
"Ability to engage"?What does that even mean? Isn't
that a basic pre-requisite for this job?
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!