BYU’s Mark Pope To Replace John Calipari At Kentucky

Kentucky has found its next men’s basketball coach, announcing Friday that it had hired former BYU coach Mark Pope.

Pope reportedly signed a 5-year deal that pays $5.5 million per year plus incentives.

He’ll take over for John Calipari, who left for Arkansas after 15 years with the Wildcats.

Pope is a former Wildcat himself, playing on the 1995-96 national championship team.  He led BYU to a tournament appearance this season, losing to Duquesne in the first round.

Is Pope the right hire?  Are you surprised they didn’t go with a bigger name?

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