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Thursday Quickies: Mark Pope Edition

The former Wildcat was announced as the new head coach at BYU

NCAA Basketball: Utah Valley at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcat Mark Pope made headlines out west yesterday when he was named as the new head coach of the BYU Cougars basketball program.

Pope, who played two years at Kentucky after transferring from the University of Washington, was a member of the 1996 National Championship squad before spending several years in the NBA.

Most recently, he was the coach at Utah Valley University, where in the last two seasons, he compiled a record of 48-21 and 77-56 over his four years there.

It’s a nice step up the ranks for Pope, who was formerly an assistant at BYU (2011-2015) under Dave Rose, who retired this year.

BYU is coming off of a 19-13 season, where they finished second in the West Coast Conference only to Gonzaga.

Best of luck from the BBN and don’t be surprised if Kentucky schedules a game against BYU in the near future.

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