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BYU to announce new basketball coach: Mark Pope

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BYU announced that it will announce Mark Pope as its new head basketball coach. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — BYU announced that it will announce Mark Pope as its new head basketball coach.

Director of athletics Tom Holmoe will introduce Mark Pope as the next head coach of the BYU men’s basketball program at a press conference today at 3 p.m. MDT in Studio A of the BYU Broadcasting Building.

The hire has been talked widely rumored and talked about and will be made official Wednesday afternoon. Pope has coached the nearby Utah Valley University team for four years, leading this year's squad to a school record 25 wins and an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational.

BYU's head basketball position was left vacant after the retirement of Dave Rose, who had led the team since 2005.

Pope played for Washington in the Pac-10 and for Louisville under Rick Pitino winning the 1996 national championship and played in the NBA, with the Indiana Pacers team that went to the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals. He was also previously as assistant at BYU for four seasons. He has also been an assistant at Wake Forest.

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