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5 issues to find out about Mark Pope, the anticipated subsequent coach for Kentucky males’s basketball

Kentucky is reportedly looking into its championship past to find its next head coach for men’s basketball. The school is reportedly zeroing in on Brigham Young University men’s basketball coach Mark Pope to helm the Wildcats, with CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander reporting a deal is being put together to bring the Cougars coach back to

5 issues to find out about Mark Pope, the anticipated subsequent coach for Kentucky males’s basketball


Kentucky is reportedly trying into its championship previous to seek out its subsequent head coach for males’s basketball.

The college is reportedly zeroing in on Brigham Younger College males’s basketball coach Mark Pope to helm the Wildcats, with CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander reporting a deal is being put collectively to carry the Cougars coach again to Lexington, his alma mater.

Pope coached at BYU from 2019 via this previous season, and he’s taken the Cougars to the NCAA match twice in his tenure with this system. He went 110-52 in his 5 seasons in Provo, Utah.

Kentucky followers, it seems like Pope will probably be your new coach. Right here’s 5 information to get to know him.

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Pope performed for former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino from 1994-96 and gained a nationwide title with the Wildcats in 1996. He was a ahead on that championship-winning Kentucky squad.

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Pope was drafted within the second spherical of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He had stints with Indiana, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets via 2005.

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Pope bought his first head teaching job at Utah Valley in 2015 and coached for 4 seasons on the Western Athletic Convention college. He went 77-56 as the pinnacle coach and made three Faculty Basketball Invitational appearances with the staff.

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Pope’s stint at BYU’s head coach featured two appearances within the first spherical of the NCAA match (2021, 2024) and a 2022 run to the NIT quarterfinals. He didn’t coach any future NBA gamers in that span, however he’ll probably get that chance at Kentucky.

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As soon as his rent is official, Pope will solely be the fifth Kentucky males’s basketball coach since 1989, the 12 months Rick Pitino was employed for the job. Since then, solely Tubby Smith (1997-07), Billy Gillispie (2007-09) and John Calipari (above, 2009-24) have coached the Wildcats.

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