Dick Harmon: Mark Madsen goes quickly to NBA creds at introduction as Utah Valley's new head coach

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  • Par Putt Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2019 10:48 a.m.

    Coach Madsen may have all the credentials in the world. But can he coach? Time will tell if he has learned anything along the way. I hope he lives up to all of the hype and proves BYUp made the wrong choice.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 16, 2019 10:21 a.m.

    This article explained a lot about the Des New fascination with Utah LDS Church-affiliated athletes. The popcorn story was telling and equating the not giving Shaq a box of popcorn that was promised to Kobe as something worthy of Game of Thrones Knight Watch Loyalty, Courage and Sense of Duty, was just plain weird. Mark probably didn't protect the popcorn so well because he was raised the right way and attended church quite often. Maybe he was just having fun or telling Shaq not to boss him around.

    I think that this is why people find the endless Jimmer worship a bit tiring. It's certainly not the player's fault. It's this all-consuming need to convince ourselves that we are superior human beings because of the fact that someone who was raised in the same manner and who believes in the same things, has been perceived as successful. It's homer-ism at it's most needy.

    I wish Coach Madsen all the luck in the world. Not because he is a member of the LDS church, but because he seems like a good guy and he's starting a new job. If he does well, I vow to not tell people that this is because he coaches in the same state I used to call home.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    April 16, 2019 9:52 a.m.

    From the author---"In short, listening to these two guys, Utah is lucky to have them coaching in the Beehive State."

    Umm---my brother in law told everyone at our family dinner what a great bowler he was and how much he loved bowling. My sister in law thought we should put him on our company team. Although she had never seen him bowl, she loved how he talked about bowling. She said we would be lucky to have a guy like him on the team.

    When the season was over, it turned out that we hadn't really been all that lucky after all. He had a passion for bowling, but he seemed to have very little passion for picking up spares of any kind.

    I was only glad I hadn't gone around telling everybody how lucky we had been to land him.

    Perhaps we should all wait a bit before feeling lucky.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    April 16, 2019 9:39 a.m.


    From humble Provo Tech to a continuing bona-fide player in all aspects of a University the journey continues.

    Landing a person with Mad Dog's resume solidifies UVU's relentless pursuit of excellence.

    Congratulations to Coach Madsen!

    Congratulations to those responsible for making this hire happen!

    Go Wolverines!

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    April 16, 2019 8:50 a.m.

    UVU has a men's basketball team? How long and what conference?

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 16, 2019 7:50 a.m.

    AZUTE1 - "It’s utterly mind-boggling BYU didn’t grab MM while they had the chance."

    Not really.

    Pope and Madsen are both great coaches and with Pope at BYU, Madsen at UVU, and Smith at USU,

    Utah's place as the fourth best team with the fourth best coach in the state,

    has been solidified.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 16, 2019 6:29 a.m.

    Did UVU get the "better man?"

    Time may tell. For now, it appears to be a dead heat

    In the meantime, I'm wondering if Kobe ate that popcorn?

    Anyone know?

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 16, 2019 5:01 a.m.

    It’s utterly mind-boggling byu-p didn’t grab MM while they had the chance.

    Go Utes!

  • slackoff green river, WY
    April 16, 2019 2:45 a.m.

    BYU picked for the short term, UVU picked gor the long term. We'll see which coach leaves first. I think is tge first to go.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2019 7:58 p.m.

    dang....did UVU get the better man?? Congrats to them.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    April 15, 2019 4:30 p.m.

    Best to Coach Madsen and UVU. Will root for you except when you play BYU. If you play Utah the Jury is out but will consider UVU as I am not a huge fan of the Utah Coach.

    Great Hire and looking for great things from UVU.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2019 3:35 p.m.

    What a great hire for UVU. It's a credit to that University that a guy like Mark Madsen, who has more NCAA and NBA pedigree than 99% of candidates, would want that job.

    I'm sure Mark is motivated to beat BYU, that is for sure.