New BYU basketball coach Mark Pope hires Chris Burgess, Cody Fueger and Nick Robinson as assistant coaches

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  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 26, 2019 12:46 p.m.

    Cougar_Trojan_Spurs_Fan - San Diego, CA
    April 26, 2019 11:41 a.m.
    @Aunty Mythology - Monrovia, CA
    April 25, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    "For example, when was the last time the Indiana Hoosiers won a bowl game, yet they're listed right next to Ohio State and Michigan as a P5 team."

    Isn't this Indiana team the same team that Utah barely held on to beat in a bowl game a few years ago.....?



    Yes, the exact same 6-7 Indiana team that hasn’t won a bowl game since 1991 and that Utah fans lump into the mix of “P5” bowl teams that Utah has beaten, pretending that that P5 label makes them a more impressive opponent than the Colorado St team Utah beat in the 2014 Las Vegas Bowl.

  • Cougar_Trojan_Spurs_Fan San Diego, CA
    April 26, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    @Aunty Mythology - Monrovia, CA
    April 25, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    "For example, when was the last time the Indiana Hoosiers won a bowl game, yet they're listed right next to Ohio State and Michigan as a P5 team."

    Isn't this Indiana team the same team that Utah barely held on to beat in a bowl game a few years ago.....? It was 2016 to be precise. 26-24 was the final score.

    Wow, sounds like they paired two "power" house teams together for that one. LOL

    The p-5 term is so annoying. It should be the P-2: the SEC and the ACC. The rest are lower tier conferences. Especially the P-12, of which my beloved Trojans are a member. I'm embarrassed to even say that...........

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 26, 2019 1:55 a.m.

    "The NMST team that came within a whisker of beating Auburn in the NCAA tourney, would have DESTROYED Utah"

    Yes, and citing 40 years of this teams history has absolutely nothing to do with 2019. Just nothing.

    And when a team gets within a point of beating a Final Four team in the lands top tournament, then yes, they a are way better than a team who was so bad no one wanted to invite them to any tournament at all.

    To summarize: 1 point loss to Final Four team > watching post season from couch. It's unfathomable and hysterical how anyone can convince themselves it's the other way around!

    (And all the following comments are bitter, sour, dead grapes)

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    April 25, 2019 9:10 p.m.

    utemythology

    “That New Mexico State program is MUCH, MUCH better than Utah?”

    New Mexico State’s last win in the tourney is totally irrelevant.

    You obviously didn’t watch the Auburn / NMST game, one of best games of the 2019 tourney.

    The NMST team that came within a whisker of beating Auburn in the NCAA tourney, would have DESTROYED Utah.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 25, 2019 6:51 p.m.

    Aunty Mythology - Monrovia, CA
    April 25, 2019 9:27 a.m.
    utemythology

    "How was UVU in 2018, 2017, 2016?

    The best player from a team that couldn't beat New Mexico State."

    #53 New Mexico State was MUCH, MUCH better than #109 Utah.

    ------

    1992 was the last time New Mexico State had a NCAA win.

    Like BYU, that win had to be vacated for cheating. Last valid NCAA win, 1970.

    That New Mexico State program is MUCH, MUCH better than Utah?

    SMH @ at BYU fans doing victory laps for Pope being 0-0 in the NCAA (Krystkowiak was 1-2 at Montona).

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 25, 2019 6:46 p.m.

    Y>U - Anaheim, CA
    April 25, 2019 9:14 a.m.
    utemythology

    "How was UVU in 2018, 2017, 2016?"

    Improving rapidly from #321 in 2015...

    to #283
    to #147
    to #92 in 2018.

    Unlike Utah, which only improved
    from #141 in 2011
    to #109 in 2019.

    ------

    LOL

    2 top 25
    3-2 NCAA
    4-4 NIT

    Good luck in the Final Four!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 25, 2019 6:13 p.m.

    “if you took head to head, rankings, and success in the NCAA tournament, the WCC was the better conference last year. ”

    Literally every reputable conference ranking out there ranked accordingly—

    PAC-12 > wcc > mwc

    Tourney Ws—

    PAC-12 4
    wcc 3 [100% GU]
    mwc 0

    Go Utes!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 25, 2019 6:08 p.m.

    “Most of the teams in the PAC 12 weren't as good as Utah State was in 2018.”

    Which good team did usu beat playing against their #113 ranked SOS?

    Crickets.

    Go Utes!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 25, 2019 6:06 p.m.

    “In football, 2018, or in basketball 2018-19.”

    usu literally beat nobody good in football against their #113 ranked SOS & played basketball in the super weak MWC, after which they got destroyed by PAC-12’s UW in The Tourney, where it really counts.....In fact, MWC went 0-2 in it.

    Go Utes!

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    April 25, 2019 3:47 p.m.

    Aunty Mythology

    "Most of the teams in the PAC 12 weren't as good as Utah State was in 2018."

    In football, 2018, or in basketball 2018-19.

  • Aunty Mythology Monrovia, CA
    April 25, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    Striker

    "They are fooled by the mythological nonsense that 'power' refers to basketball too. It's a football term the arrogant money-mongering men use to segregate schools they want."

    The term doesn't even logically apply to all of the teams in a P5 conference - pretending that Vanderbilt and Indiana are equal to Alabama and Ohio State doesn't make any logical sense.

    Every season there are G5 and Independent teams that are better, sometimes MUCH better, than many of the bottom dwellers in the P5 conferences.

    For example, when was the last time the Indiana Hoosiers won a bowl game, yet they're listed right next to Ohio State and Michigan as a P5 team.

    Most of the teams in the PAC 12 weren't as good as Utah State was in 2018.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 25, 2019 11:55 a.m.

    "Some fans are so blinded by their PAC 12 blinders, that they assume that any team outside of the power conferences couldn't possibly be any good."

    They are fooled by the mythological nonsense that 'power' refers to basketball too. It's a football term the arrogant money-mongering men use to segregate schools they want. That term is not found in basketball. Their conference is just an ordinary conference. Nothing special. In fact, if you took head to head, rankings, and success in the NCAA tournament, the WCC was the better conference last year. GASP! How dare I! Their little hearts will never admit that, ever.

  • Aunty Mythology Monrovia, CA
    April 25, 2019 10:41 a.m.

    Striker

    "How can anyone put down New Mexico State?"

    Some fans are so blinded by their PAC 12 blinders, that they assume that any team outside of the power conferences couldn't possibly be any good.

    What their arrogance really demonstrates is their ignorance.

    It's funny how they don't apply that same measuring stick to Utah when the Utes were in the WAC and MWC, and gasp, weren't even in a conference in 1944.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 25, 2019 10:05 a.m.

    "Next time, try doing a little research before spouting off."

    How can anyone put down New Mexico State? They've been pretty consistent for a few years now. That game versus Auburn was such a good one! Whoever makes one more basket will win. That day it was Auburn, but that was a Sweet Sixteen caliber team. It'd be great to see BYU get back to that caliber of ball. Maybe this crew can do it.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    April 25, 2019 10:04 a.m.

    "... they’re exceptionally competent at player development on the court ..."

    And that my friends should be priority #1. BYU is never going to recruit top-of-the-shelf talent, so they need to squeeze every ounce of talent from the players they can recruit. That is done by player development.

    Oh by the way Cougar fans, don't forget that if you don't scratch a rash - it will go away.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 25, 2019 9:28 a.m.

    It's so easy to see when the jealousy is alive... Comments about assistant coaches riles them up!

    Daily rivalry laugh acheived!
    It never stops!

  • Aunty Mythology Monrovia, CA
    April 25, 2019 9:27 a.m.

    utemythology

    "How was UVU in 2018, 2017, 2016?

    The best player from a team that couldn't beat New Mexico State."

    #53 New Mexico State was MUCH, MUCH better than #109 Utah.

    In fact, the Aggies came within a whisker of beating Auburn in the NCAA tournament. Auburn, as you might recall, lost to national champion Virginia 62-63 in the Final Four.

    In the New Mexico St / Auburn game, with the clock ticking down, A.J. Harris passed on an open layup and kicked out to wide-open teammate, Terrell Brown, who was spotted up for the game-winner behind the arc. Brown was fouled as he took the shot, but missed two of three free throws with 1.1 seconds left, and New Mexico State fell 78-77.

    Next time, try doing a little research before spouting off.

  • Y>U Anaheim, CA
    April 25, 2019 9:14 a.m.

    utemythology

    "How was UVU in 2018, 2017, 2016?"

    Improving rapidly from #321 in 2015...

    to #283
    to #147
    to #92 in 2018.

    Unlike Utah, which only improved
    from #141 in 2011
    to #109 in 2019.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 25, 2019 8:41 a.m.

    BlueCoug - Provo, UT
    April 24, 2019 7:50 p.m.
    THEREALND - Mishawaka, IN
    April 24, 2019 6:34 p.m.
    BYU'S current recruiting class ranks over 100.

    So what, Pope has already landed the WAC Player of the Year, THE best player from a team that was better than Utah in 2019.

    -----

    How was UVU in 2018, 2017, 2016?

    The best player from a team that couldn't beat New Mexico State.

    Good luck in the Final Four!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 25, 2019 8:31 a.m.

    Were anyone of these coaches listed on Dick Harmon's LDS All-Star staff?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 25, 2019 8:20 a.m.

    Final Four by 94.
    Is the sticker I'm still rockin' on my station wagon.

  • IdahoCoog Malad City, ID
    April 25, 2019 2:13 a.m.

    I'm waiting for news of skilled foreign players signing on. BYU needs a good big man or two, 7" plus. The missionary program should be able to give a heads-up on foreign players for the coaching staff. The Y has good guards and forwards, but we need a man-mountain in the middle.

  • Mowgli54 Granite Bay, CA
    April 25, 2019 12:39 a.m.

    Should Pope be eye-to-eye with a recruit asking why Pope chose Kentucky over BYU, his answer is simple. “Son,” coach would say looking him in the eye, “if Kentucky offers you a scholarship, maybe you should take it. Up to you. I did. Times are different now, however, with some teams running a one and done program, freshmen flocking to pro ball. That’s not what I’m building. You might wish you came to Provo.”

    I think we’ll see quite early what sort of team Pope will put on the floor. If I’m correct, he’ll have lots of kids to choose from.

    Go Cougs.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    April 24, 2019 11:08 p.m.

    Some accounts had Chris Burgess as one of the best 4 or 5 HS basketball players in the nation being recruited that year. He chose Duke, great choice, and no one can blame him for that. Coach K is excellent in preparing players for the NBA and Chris, as he had said back then, was going to go to the NBA the first year he could see he would go in the top 5 players. Duke was his right choice.

    His actions however to take it all to the press were not. It was damaging to the program. Roger Reid was fired, the University tried to cover plans to fire Reid and got caught denying anything was happening when word leaked of the impending firing. BYU basketball went on to a well noted and underscored 1 win season that was for sometime referred to with the Burgess/Reid incident. Yes, there was significant damage that year and going into the next couple years because Mr. Burgess wanted to take a private conversation public.

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    April 24, 2019 9:41 p.m.

    "So what, Pope has already landed the WAC Player of the Year, THE best player from a team that was better than Utah in 2019."

    The WAC player of the year didn't have any other options. Just ask Jeff Goodman.

    "Jeff Goodman

    @GoodmanHoops
    Utah Valley grad transfer Jake Toolson looking at Stanford, Utah State, Arizona State, Duke, Virginia and possibly returning to UVU, source told @stadium. Elite shooter who shot 46 percent from 3 this season and averaged 15.8 points per game."

    Jake had big dreams looking at a lot of big name teams.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2019 9:15 p.m.

    Good hunting, gentlemen. You've made a good start. BYU has a winning culture and keep the university's higher goals a priority.

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    April 24, 2019 8:54 p.m.

    BYU National Champs next year. Can't wait!!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    April 24, 2019 8:35 p.m.

    Let's all settle in for a great "ride" for BYU men's hoops. Toolson is a great start!
    Chronic complainers should hold on for a couple of years. I am optimistic for some first rate recruits. Maybe even some more talent for 19/20.
    GO COUGS!!

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    April 24, 2019 7:50 p.m.

    THEREALND - Mishawaka, IN
    April 24, 2019 6:34 p.m.
    BYU'S current recruiting class ranks over 100.

    So what, Pope has already landed the WAC Player of the Year, THE best player from a team that was better than Utah in 2019.

  • slackoff green river, WY
    April 24, 2019 6:42 p.m.

    I wish them well. Byu bb on the rise

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    April 24, 2019 6:34 p.m.

    BYU'S current recruiting class ranks over 100. So, the question is in my opinion, how does Pope recruit athletes similar to Gonzaga. Recruiting class #7. Considering that the WCC is currently only a one team NCAA Tournament conference, it should be obvious that BYU needs to recruit athletes that "dream big".

    What is Pope's sales pitch going to be to land a Young recruit just like him that could play for the likes of Kentucky? "Do what I did"? Why would they choose BYU over Kentucky?

  • MarkMAN West Columbia, TX
    April 24, 2019 6:00 p.m.

    Already in deep trouble. Not a game played or a practice accomplished. I sure wish BYU could get its act together. These guys are great people. That isn’t enough of the story.

    I think one of the old successful coaches at BYU once commented that we recruit mostly at schools who win because we want recruits who know how to win and have proven it.

    Is there anything else needed to say?

    Mark

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2019 5:47 p.m.

    No surprise here, we weren’t hearing too many other names being bandied about. Will be interested to see how these guys remake the sagging team culture at BYU. Anything will be an improvement I think. Best wishes to them.

  • CoHawk Littleton, CO
    April 24, 2019 5:45 p.m.

    This is a good sign. Starting from a clean slate is the best way to move the program forward. I am willing to go with Pope and give him 4 years to see what he can do. It is all about recruiting, talent evaluation, and developing players in the program and on the bench. Those 3 areas are key to building winning programs and getting good athletes to come play ..... and stay playing in the program if they aren’t sure fire NBA players.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 24, 2019 4:38 p.m.

    Great news, all will be excellent additions to BYU’s coaching staff.