Yoeli Childs, Mark Pope already building bond at BYU

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  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    June 5, 2019 3:14 p.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum

    @ Lone Star - When BYu's owners decide that they will not float BYu D1 sports any longer, will you act like a gentleman and realize that the "gig is FINALLY up?"

    Are you even capable of acting like a gentleman?

    It's hilarious how you're forced to desperately make stuff up to soothe your BYU-hating angst.

    BYU building a new basketball practice facility,
    adding state-of-the-art WIFI to LES and the Marriott Center,
    making many other enhancements to LES,
    scheduling football games well into the next decade, and
    endowing more than half of BYU's athletic scholarships

    vehemently contradicts your made up fantasy of the imminent cancelling of BYU's athletic program.

    Go peddle your snake oil somewhere else; nobody is buying it here.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 5, 2019 2:14 p.m.

    @ Lone Star,

    When BYu's owners decide that they will not float BYu D1 sports any longer, will you act like a gentleman and realize that the "gig is FINALLY up?" I sure hope so, and I also "hope" that you can find happiness and peace someday.

  • Lone*Star Austin, TX
    June 5, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum

    " let me rephrase my claim?....... Utah has beaten BYu hoops the last 3/5 times they played."

    You're struggling with your depth perception here, so let me help.

    Utah has LOST to BYU hoops the last 13/17 times they've played.

    BYU has owned Utah since the last remnants of the Majerus era (Bogut) left Utah.

    Despite being one of the most overpaid college coaches on the planet,

    80k is no Majerus.

    There now, the picture is much clearer.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 5, 2019 11:20 a.m.

    @ Factsckucked,

    U are correct sir! Utah dropped BYu in 2016 due to poor sportsmanship and dirty play.

    If U would be so angelic to let me rephrase my claim?....... Utah has beaten BYu hoops the last 3/5 times they played. Does that work for U now? I hope so, saint.

  • FACTchequer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2019 10:53 a.m.

    Utah-Hawaii

    "Utah has beaten BYu 3/5 years"

    Utah hasn't beaten BYU in basketball since December 2nd, 2015!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 5, 2019 10:49 a.m.

    @ Skywalker,

    U keep your chin up, saint! That day is gonna happen at BYu-Provo sooner than later. D1 BYu sports doesn't sell and their owners SO KNOW IT!

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    June 5, 2019 10:42 a.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum - CA, 00
    June 5, 2019 9:46 a.m.
    @ Skywalker,

    re: utah has beaten BYU 3/5 years

    LOL at your cherry picking.

    BYU has beaten u 13 of the last 17, most by double digits,
    including the last two seasons 77-65 and 74-59.

    utah ran away from BYU in 2016-17 for bogus "safety concerns"...

    translation: 80k was scared to death of getting his feelings hurt in the Marriott Center.

    The Utes are cowards when it comes to playing road games against their in-state rivals.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 5, 2019 9:46 a.m.

    @ Skywalker,

    Utah has beaten BYu 3/5 years and averaged higher rankings as well. BYu hoops has never done much nationally and the future is grim for all whY D1 sports continuing. U can cherry pick all U care to.......y'all just don't matter, but we are totally enjoying the downfall......well deserved indeed. Please contact BYu's owners in Salt Lake and tell them to take Utah off all Y sports schedules for forever.

    How is your football team doing......are U prepared for 9-in-a-row? It is imminent kind sir.

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    June 5, 2019 4:32 a.m.

    How about the rest of the team? How is his bond with Nick Emery? A field trip to Harry Potter land would build some much needed camaraderie.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    June 4, 2019 10:47 p.m.

    ut-HAW seems to be having trouble remembering that it’s BYU who has dominated Utah for most of the last decade and a half.

  • Uteofferouus Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2019 9:25 p.m.

    @Utah-Hawaii Alum:

    The way you talk you'd think that this BYU team will be fodder for the Utah basketball team. Well we already know how that matchup has gone right? So just keep flapping your Ute lips and see if that bold talk can increase the chances for a win by the boys in red. So far you haven't convinced many fans besides yourself I'd say.

  • cougarsrock Springville, UT
    June 4, 2019 9:22 p.m.

    Can not wait to attend the Maui Classic this year and watch some big time programs compete with the Y ! This is going to be a great year for BYU basketball !

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2019 9:20 p.m.

    It's early yet and the season hasn't even started, but I'll tell you what, I am getting very excited! There is just such a new and much more elevated vision and attitude now with this new coaching staff. It's starting to rub off on the players I think and it's that kind of chemistry that has the potential to attain something special.

  • DETERMINISM UTAH, UT
    June 4, 2019 8:02 p.m.

    Coach Pope did incredible things for and with Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies. No doubt Child’s will develop significantly under Popes direction. I don’t expect a conference championship or an ncaa invite but I really like the energy around the basketball program.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2019 7:15 p.m.

    he definitely has the physical tools to be a DPOY in the WCC, (7'3" wingspan, nearly 40" vertical), he just needs to match those tools up with some defensive intelligence, grit, determination and effort. He'll get out of it what he puts into it and it will only help his chances at the next level (where ever that ends up).

    So excited to have him back, it has my appetite piqued for next bball season.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    June 4, 2019 6:46 p.m.

    I think we all knew that Rose was 'burned out," his heart and passion didn't seem to be in it the last few years. That could be a HUGE reason for the Y's seriously inconsistent play (remember the Weber and San Diego games). Pope has the passion, the fire and the heart. Coaching at the college level is everything and players respond to an upbeat, demanding and encouraging coach. I think we will see a much more united, consistent and focused team this year. Hoping for big things.

  • mncougar Stillwater, MN
    June 4, 2019 5:30 p.m.

    Uh, back to the article and away from some of the moronic vitriol expressed above... I took it for granted that Yoeli was leaving BYU even before last season began. Kudos to Pope for "recruiting" Yo back to the team for his senior season when it looked like he had almost no chance of doing so. Lots of people have opined that Rose was a mediocre coach of Bigs. Maybe there is something to that based on Childs' comments about Pope's coaching insights.

  • water rocket , 00
    June 4, 2019 5:02 p.m.

    And so the summer talk of optimism and childish hate begin. It sure would be a lot more fun if there weren't so many spoil sports claiming to be fans!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 4, 2019 4:54 p.m.

    @ CF Miles,

    I love following BYu these days big hitter............It is like watching Maury or Geraldo.

  • real old school South Jordan, UT
    June 4, 2019 4:39 p.m.

    Gotta love Yo and his character on and off the court. So happy to see him back in school, not just because he’ll be a major force on the court, but because he’ll have another year of academic progress and development that will pay life dividends in the long run. The article used the word “special” numerous times, and that’s how I think of him. I’ve watched him interact with little kids and adults alike, each wanting an autograph or a hand shake. He just gets it. Always gracious and accommodating. He’s a fierce, tough competitor, who hates to lose, but knows what’s most important in life. Wish he was a Ute!

  • vasislos Holbrook, AZ
    June 4, 2019 4:23 p.m.

    I think Childs has been brilliant. He declared for the draft which got him in contact with agents and scouts and others in workouts who could assess his NBA readiness. Seems like he was coming up short but the NBA can give some brutal assesments of what he needs to improve to up his NBA draft status. The new coaching staff at BYU is heavy with former frontcourt players. I think Childs has confidence that they can coach him up. I was not a Childs fan last year as it seemed that he was just playing out the year with not a lot of dynamic energy. I think if he comes in with an infectious and aggressive energy, he could elevate all the other players. I look forward to the coming season and the very real possibilities.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    June 4, 2019 3:57 p.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum..........Why are you hiding behind the fact that you are a huge BYU fan? You can't fool me. You love the Cougars and watch every sport they offer on BYU-TV. I know it's hard to admit you are a homer and love the Cougars due to their losing ways. But come on man, just admit you would follow them to the end of time.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    June 4, 2019 2:26 p.m.

    @ UoU 1991 -

    "Wow, the inane, childish comments never end.

    It's good that he only represents a very tiny portion of an otherwise great fanbase."

    It's telling that he knew exactly who you were talking about without even mentioning him by name or quoting anything he said.

    Fortunately he does only represent a very tiny portion of a great fanbase.

  • Max-was-right Mapleton, UT
    June 4, 2019 1:41 p.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum - CA, 00
    June 4, 2019 1:00 p.m.
    @ UofU 1991,

    Since when has your tribal culture NOT considered "adulthood" a 1st degree felony? Yet, U call folks "childish" sir? I think your claim is totally disingenuous, false and and above all........hypocritical far beyond reality in all ways.

    Try your best.........

    He is the reason we BYU fans could cheer for the u. while u are the reason we never ever will. So yes, you sir are childish. U fans should take every chance they can to run you from the comment boards. You make them look silly stupid and childish.

  • And so it begins... Sandy, UT
    June 4, 2019 1:34 p.m.

    Wow, someone's true colors are really showing and they're not pretty.

    I'd be embarrassed to be a Ute fan and have to claim that as my own.

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    June 4, 2019 1:28 p.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum

    "Since when has your tribal culture NOT considered "adulthood" a 1st degree felony?"

    What are you burbling about?

    There's not a more disingenuous person on this blog than the one you see in the mirror every day.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 4, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum

    "Yeah, we Utes also heard about "Sheriff Sitake" and the "Kalani effect" too...."

    LOL at your strawman.

    Pope has already proven that he's better than 80k with UVU resources.

    #38 USU
    #86 BYU
    #104 UVU
    #109 Utah

    BYU 74 - Utah 59

    Even in a mediocre season BYU dominated U and even UVU finished ahead of U.

    Now, Pope is combining the best of both teams - BYU and UVU - with the coaching ability to make the whole even better than the individual parts.

    It's no wonder that you're throwing desperate "bonding" shade at BYU to salve your jealous angst.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 4, 2019 1:00 p.m.

    @ UofU 1991,

    Since when has your tribal culture NOT considered "adulthood" a 1st degree felony? Yet, U call folks "childish" sir? I think your claim is totally disingenuous, false and and above all........hypocritical far beyond reality in all ways.

    Try your best.........

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 4, 2019 12:46 p.m.

    @ Skywalker.

    Yeah, we Utes also heard about "Sheriff Sitake" and the "Kalani effect" too........how is that work'n for "you people" these days.....not good in fact. I remember that slogan y'all threatened Utah with......."Be afraid, VERY AFRAID!"

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    June 4, 2019 12:45 p.m.

    Very good positive story.

    Nice to hear that the coaches and players are working right up to the midnight curfew. Dont want to get reported for being outside their homes/apts past midnight.

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    June 4, 2019 12:40 p.m.

    Wow, the inane, childish comments never end.

    It's good that he only represents a very tiny portion of an otherwise great fanbase.

    ---

    I think Pope is going to be a great basketball coach for BYU and Utah fans have every reason to be concerned that BYU's dominance over the runnin' Utes will continue.

  • steve24/7 Sandy, UT
    June 4, 2019 12:40 p.m.

    I hope they can help Yoeli be even better on D, and I'm confident they can unlock the skills he'll need as long as he has the ability and talent to do so.

    I'm also very interested to see what they can do to help Baxter hone his skills.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    June 4, 2019 12:34 p.m.

    Pope is assembling the pieces of a very good team next season.

    Our BYU-obsessed little friend from the molehill should be scared.

    Safety first!

  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    June 4, 2019 12:32 p.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum

    "Is that going to help an inferior player play defense when they are so slow that they have no other choice but to foul or eat the bucket?"

    You're just sore that Yoeli and BYU have never won a game versus Utah...

    by less than double digits.

    Childs owns U!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 4, 2019 12:28 p.m.

    I have one important question for Y fans that frequent the BYu Creamery..............now that coach Dave Rose's infamous "Sneakerdoodle" ice cream has been stricken from the menu........

    "Will BYu Creamery fans, all Y fans as well, now favor the new flavor ice cream now available....."The Pope's Sainthood?" Or, will they opt for the newfangled BYu football ice cream offering........"Bubble Gum Bushman?"

  • Mowgli54 Granite Bay, CA
    June 4, 2019 12:12 p.m.

    Yoeli's return is significant and along with the other changes in personnel, including the coaching staff, increases BYU's chances for an NCAA bid. How long they hang around in the tournament is a different question.

    What interests me more is next year and beyond. If you can move Harward to the 5, have Baxter at 4, rotate Wyatt at the 3 and 4, Harward the same, and put troublemakers with quicks at the 1 and 2, with a bench to boot, you may really have something.

    What is the most telling and interests me most is the recruiting for 20-21, with Pope having one year to show his stuff. He'll lose Yo, Haws, Toolson, Nixon, Seljas and Emery. Can Pope reel in this Wasatch kid who hails from Mali? Shoes to fill, scholarships to use and questions to answer.

    Go Cougs.

  • blue n gold Redmond, WA
    June 4, 2019 11:46 a.m.

    Utah-Hawaii Alum

    As it stands today, Pope is a BYU-obsessed Utah fan’s worst nightmare, a consummate professional who surpassed 80k while he was working with UVU resources, who is now rebuilding a BYU basketball program that will continue to dominate Utah for decades to come.

    It’s absolutely hysterical that you’re sarcastically mocking the bonding of BYU players and coaches.

  • Max-was-right Mapleton, UT
    June 4, 2019 11:43 a.m.

    More u fans melting down. Great day again for BYU and the DN website hits.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 4, 2019 11:44 a.m.

    So, Pope and Childs are "bonding" allegedly?????

    Is that going to help an inferior player play defense when they are so slow that they have no other choice but to foul or eat the bucket?

    NOTTA!

  • CodyCougar Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2019 11:39 a.m.

    Yoeli coming back to BYU is the best news to happen to the team since, Yoeli coming back to the team last year. Go Coogs!

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    June 4, 2019 10:43 a.m.

    Sounds like a conference championship and a sweet 16 NCAA tournament. Would that qualify as "special" for BYU?

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 4, 2019 10:39 a.m.

    I'm so glad "bonding" is happening again at BYu, like their annual "leadership" claims......same rhetoric, same results, same excuses, same hope for next season is the fact.

    I mean really....... Yoeli Childs may get a 2-3 year deal for tiny coin in China next year? "May" is the operative word.

    As it stands today......there are no potential pro players on BYu's 2019-20 roster.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    June 4, 2019 10:14 a.m.

    Hope so. Hope so, so much.