PROVO — Standing 6-foot-10, Mark Pope is a big guy and an imposing figure.

He’s never backed down from big, imposing challenges and he relishes in relentlessly pursuing big dreams.

Those attributes were readily apparent Wednesday, when BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe introduced Pope as BYU’s next men’s basketball head coach, replacing Dave Rose, who retired in late March after serving in that position for 14 years.

Pope, who won a national championship as a player at Kentucky in 1996 and spent the past four years taking Utah Valley University’s program to new heights, knows and revels in the advantages and the challenges of coaching basketball at BYU.

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