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With Chris Burgess moving on to Utah, who might BYU hire to replace him?

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Newly-hired Brigham Younger College basketball assistant coaches Chris Burgess, Cody Fueger and Nick Robinson, left to proper, converse at a press convention on the Marriott Middle Annex in Provo, April 25, 2019. Burgess will head to his alma mater Utah as certainly one of Craig Smith’s latest assistants, sources confirmed to KSL.com Wednesday. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret Information)

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PROVO — By all accounts, the College of Utah hit a house run when it pulled spirited alumnus Chris Burgess away from archrival BYU to grow to be Craig Smith’s latest assistant coach on the Hill.

Burgess has been BYU coach Mark Pope’s right-hand man since he was one of many first telephone calls he made upon accepting the top teaching job at Utah Valley College in 2015. The 2 have been just about inseparable since then, with Burgess notably sturdy on the recruiting path and within the improvement of Pope’s bigs each at UVU and BYU.

Beneath Burgess’ tutelage, Akolda Manyang earned Western Athletic Convention All-Defensive Crew honors in 2018 and Wyatt Lowell was named WAC Freshman of the 12 months a yr later in 2019 earlier than each adopted Pope to Provo (following a bout with accidents, Lowell has since transferred once more to Snow School, the place he earned All-Area 18 honors whereas main the Badgers to the NJCAA nationwide match in Hutchinson, Kansas).

At BYU, Burgess anchored the event of Richard Harward, Gavin Baxter, Fousseyni Traore and Atiki Ally Atiki, amongst others corresponding to single-season mercenary Matt Haarms from Purdue, who received West Coast Convention Defensive Participant of the 12 months in his lone season with the Cougars.

Now he’ll take all of that up the highway to Utah, a homecoming of a differing types for the previous skilled basketball participant who was born in Provo and grew up in California.

“I do not suppose it is a lateral transfer. Utah’s his alma mater, so it isn’t lateral for him — and I assure you the pay shouldn’t be lateral,” famous nationwide school basketball author Matt Norlander to ESPN radio in Utah County. “I feel BYU-Utah on a nationwide scale, might be probably the most underappreciated, actually vicious rivalry.

“However that is an incredible get for humongous Prince fan Craig Smith.”

The previous Duke ahead who went to a Remaining 4 and nationwide championship earlier than enjoying two years at Utah below legendary coach Rick Majerus now finds himself recruiting towards his outdated colleges, the place he performed a key position in recruiting Dallin Corridor, Caleb Lohner, Traore and Atiki to the Cougars’ locker room. Beneath Burgess’ mentorship, Traore and Atiki each blossomed as freshmen — to not point out relative newcomers to the game of basketball — after transferring to North America from Mali and Tanzania, respectively.

“That is what I am speaking about! (Burgess) is a superb rent for us for a ton of causes basketball-related,” tweeted former Utah basketball standout Nick Jacob after the information broke. “He was an incredible teammate and he is a bridge to a few of us outdated guys and he can join with all of the younger expertise we’d like.”

With the transfer, Smith’s opening in his teaching workers now transfers to Pope, who at present has longtime assistant (and Utah graduate) Cody Fueger and Nick Robinson on his workers. The place does the nine-year NBA participant and soon-to-be fourth-year BYU coach go to fill out the group?

Utah Valley coach Mark Madsen with point guard Blaze Nield during the Wolverines' 79-71 win over in-state rival Dixie State, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at the UCCU Center in Orem.
Utah Valley coach Mark Madsen with level guard Blaze Nield in the course of the Wolverines’ 79-71 win over in-state rival Dixie State, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 on the UCCU Middle in Orem. (Picture: Courtesy: UVU Athletics)

The primary hypothesis began simply 5 miles down College Parkway, to Pope’s substitute at Utah Valley: Mark Madsen. The 6-foot-8, 10-year NBA veteran took over for Pope and has led the Wolverines to a 42-42 report in three seasons, together with a 24-22 mark in WAC play and a 72-65 win over the Cougars in December.

Like Burgess (and Pope), Madsen can be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (he served a mission in Malaga, Spain), and he is already earned a fame for creating publish gamers — together with the nation’s main rebounder Fardaws Aimaq, who examined the NBA draft waters a yr in the past earlier than returning to Utah Valley.

However that is the place the pure match stops. Pope did not essentially depart the cabinets stockpiled for Madsen — a first-time collegiate head coach — upon his exit in Orem. Madsen additionally not too long ago signed a four-year contract extension with the Wolverines via 2026, in addition to an improve to his earlier wage of $225,000 and different concerns.

The previous Lakers legend (mostly for his dancing, however typically for his play) nicknamed “Mad Canine” would not want the cash, although. Sources near the state of affairs informed KSL.com that Madsen needs to be a Division I head coach, and he is been extremely blissful in Orem, the place his spouse Hannah’s dad and mom stay and the couple is elevating two sons, each below the age of three.

One other oft-referenced choice is Barret Peery. The Payson native who performed at School of Southern Idaho and Southern Utah has been a collegiate coach since he was a graduate assistant along with his alma mater in Cedar Metropolis in 1995. He is additionally coached at Utah Valley, for 3 years at Utah from 2008-11, and was a head coach at Portland State from 2017-21 earlier than taking a job on Mark Adams’ workers at Texas Tech.

Peery is now the affiliate head coach in Lubbock; and whereas being a Division I head coach continues to be his final ambition, he was additionally reportedly a candidate for the BYU job when Pope took over, previous to his time with the Purple Raiders. Would he be keen to go away it to return again house and coach at BYU the place he has no connections apart from his religion?

Possibly Pope might look to former assistants of his mentor Dave Rose in Provo. Dave Rice was a longtime assistant below Rose, becoming a member of his workers in 2005 and being named affiliate head coach in April 2008. He was even named acting head coach while Rose underwent treatment for pancreatic most cancers in 2009, earlier than in the end leaving this system to take over as head coach of his alma mater at UNLV in 2011.

Rice, who shouldn’t be a member of BYU’s sponsoring religion, is at present out of a job after leaving Washington final yr. The 52-year-old assistant was the second casualty of the Mike Hopkins period in Seattle and has been out of a job since. Would he settle for a chance to return to Provo?

Wasatch Academy head coach Paul Peterson has additionally discovered his title tossed about as a candidate for Pope’s workers. The previous Tigers assistant and BYU-Hawaii alumnus simply led the in-state energy into the first year of the NIBC, a consortium of highschool and prep basketball powerhouses that play a nationwide schedule towards one another from coast-to-coast.

Peterson, who lives in Utah County and commutes to Mount Nice, additionally owns a basketball improvement enterprise and was a key mentor within the total improvement and recruiting of Lohner, Traore and soon-to-be returned missionary Richie Saunders, who has signed with BYU.

Seen as a rising star within the teaching world, is now the precise time for Peterson to leap to a school job?

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Sean Walker graduated from Syracuse College and returned to his house state to work for KSL.com overlaying BYU, prep sports activities and anything his editors assign him to do. When he is not overlaying a recreation, he is normally listening to Broadway soundtracks or climbing along with his canine.

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