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Martin Centre Mad Man
04-11-2019, 02:51 AM
Mark Pope, a former BYU assistant and current Utah Valley head coach, will serve as the new head coach in Provo.


https://www.sltrib.com/sports/byu-cougars/2019/04/10/utah-valleys-mark-pope/

CDC84
04-11-2019, 08:08 AM
As mentioned several weeks ago on this board, this hire comes as no surprise. He was the leading candidate. Because of the requirement that the coach be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU's search is very narrow.

His first job, beyond getting some good players into the program, is to learn how to beat Randy Bennett and St. Mary's. There is too much of an obsession with Gonzaga, and it's led to the Cougars actually having a worse record (I believe) vs. the Gaels than they do against the Zags since they joined the WCC.

bballbeachbum
04-11-2019, 07:56 PM
WCC has humbled BYU basketball. it needed it imo, we'll see if Pope can adjust to it

Bogozags
04-12-2019, 03:34 AM
Beast of luck to him...Maybe Coach Pope can instill a mindset where defence is a priority...

zagdontzig
04-12-2019, 07:23 AM
I suspect Pope is going to be a winner there. Don’t sleep on him.

CDC84
04-12-2019, 08:45 AM
I have to admit, "Coach Pope" has a nice ring to it :)

Birddog
04-12-2019, 09:04 AM
Or to put it another way, "Pope is in charge of BYU basketball" or a couple more; "BYU hires Pope", "BYU looks to guidance from Pope", "Pope in charge at BYU". The possibilities are endless.

SageOfZagville
04-12-2019, 09:17 AM
Or to put it another way, "Pope is in charge of BYU basketball" or a couple more; "BYU hires Pope", "BYU looks to guidance from Pope", "Pope in charge at BYU". The possibilities are endless.

:roll:

hondo
04-12-2019, 09:30 AM
Or to put it another way, "Pope is in charge of BYU basketball" or a couple more; "BYU hires Pope", "BYU looks to guidance from Pope", "Pope in charge at BYU". The possibilities are endless.

Very good work Birddog you sniffed this bird out well.

MDABE80
04-12-2019, 09:38 AM
Birdmeister..I see what you did there!

Birddog
04-12-2019, 09:40 AM
"White smoke over Provo as BYU names Pope"
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkLLVZUU4AAvO7o.jpg

Bogozags
04-12-2019, 10:29 AM
You’re incredible gifted!!!

hondo
04-12-2019, 10:40 AM
Another solid hit Birddog this one a triple, maybe a home run.

CDC84
04-12-2019, 11:08 AM
The Pope likes Pope as new BYU head coach.

CDC84
04-12-2019, 12:27 PM
Pope to revive Cougars

TexasZagFan
04-12-2019, 12:31 PM
Pope not enough in battles with St. Mary and St. Aloysius.

sittingon50
04-12-2019, 01:00 PM
I can see this is gonna' go on for awhile......................


:bishop_smiley:

Birddog
04-12-2019, 01:16 PM
"BYU puts faith in Pope to bridge conference schism"

sittingon50
04-12-2019, 01:21 PM
"Pope blesses the Mariott Center"

RenoZag
04-12-2019, 01:34 PM
Pope Tends BYU Hoops Flock

Pope Hopes to Make His Mark on BYU

Rose Pedals Away as Pope Blooms Hope

Cougars' Hopes Rely on Pope


Film at 11. . .

gonstu
04-12-2019, 02:47 PM
BYU, Seeking Miracle (Winning WCC), Looks to Pope for Answer.

webspinnre
04-12-2019, 03:35 PM
"White smoke over Provo as BYU names Pope"
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkLLVZUU4AAvO7o.jpg

:000tens::clap:

Well done.

Birddog
04-12-2019, 03:38 PM
BYU, Seeking Miracle (Winning WCC), Looks to Pope for Answer.

and the hits keep coming!

MickMick
04-12-2019, 03:56 PM
I watched his press conference and I have to say I am impressed.

He wants the bar to be high. He embraces the high expectation level.

He has praise for Gonzaga and Mark Few, but his focus is internal.

He wants players that want to be there.

He wants a loyal staff that works relentlessly.

I think he is the best possible hire for BYU's narrow, specialized set of requirements. Won a national championship as a player. Played in the NBA. Assistant coach in the NBA. Assistant coach at BYU. Successful in his first attempt as a head coach. The resume is solid.

I wish him good fortune and a long career.

webspinnre
04-12-2019, 04:10 PM
I watched his press conference and I have to say I am impressed.

He wants the bar to be high. He embraces the high expectation level.

He has praise for Gonzaga and Mark Few, but his focus is internal.

He wants players that want to be there.

He wants a loyal staff that works relentlessly.

I think he is the best possible hire for BYU's narrow, specialized set of requirements. Won a national championship as a player. Played in the NBA. Assistant coach in the NBA. Assistant coach at BYU. Successful in his first attempt as a head coach. The resume is solid.

I wish him good fortune and a long career.

Agreed. Seems like a solid hire.

DixieZag
04-13-2019, 04:09 AM
"Pope Allows Players to Marry" .

Not exactly breaking news.

Anyway, I was shocked that he was the only Mormon head coach out among the land. I had thought there were coaches all over that were Mormon.

They probably do need to get over their GU obsession and figure out how to beat SMC, couldn't even do it last year with a decent roster.