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Mark Pope is the new head coach at BYU

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Mark Pope has a new job in college basketball.

The former Kentucky Wildcat and ’96 national champion accepted an offer to become the new head coach at BYU, where he served as an assistant under the man he will replace, Dave Rose, from 2011-15. His four seasons under Rose in Provo landed Pope a head coaching gig at Utah Valley in 2015, where he coached the Wolverines to a 77-56 record in four seasons. This past season, he led UVU to a 25-10 record, setting a new record for wins in a single season at the school.

Pope had just agreed to a six-year extension with Utah Valley before BYU came calling. He will be officially introduced at his new job in a press conference later today.

Now let’s look back at that time he ripped off his clothes at BYU to reveal his old UK uniform in a video for the ’96 team’s reunion in Lexington.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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8 Comments for Mark Pope is the new head coach at BYU

  1. nocode96
    3:24 pm April 10, 2019 Permalink

    That’s a pretty solid gig. Good for him.

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    3:49 pm April 10, 2019 Permalink


  3. 4everUKblue
    3:56 pm April 10, 2019 Permalink

    I believe he is a up and coming young coach. Best of luck Mark!

  4. lexslamman
    4:02 pm April 10, 2019 Permalink

    I would be over the moon if Mark Pope some day coached at UK. He has a maturity and strong moral/ethical underpinning that most young men are severely lacking in their lives.

  5. Not Dan Issel
    4:15 pm April 10, 2019 Permalink

    It could happen.

  6. RAGE
    4:52 pm April 10, 2019 Permalink

    He better do good at BYU if he ever wants to be considered to coach here at the greatest coaching job in all of college sports!!! but in all seriousness I am real happy for Mark Pope and now I will cheer for BYU unless they are playing Kentucky

  7. catdaddyd
    11:30 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Pope has won a National Championship, played at UK, played in the NBA, got a PhD (I think) and a D1 Head Coach. Amazing!!! Plus he seems like a great guy.

  8. satcheluk
    6:50 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Anyone else get a kick out of the irony of a Mormon Pope?