BYU and Tom Holmoe announced Tuesday night that head coach Mark Pope has extended his contract with BYU Basketball through the 2026-27 season. As part of the decision, Coach Pope has deferred increased compensation until future years to help the university with budget concerns due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Tom Holmoe announced that a contract extension has been finalized for Coach Pope that extends through the 2026-27 season.— BYU Basketball (@BYUbasketball) November 25, 2020
In an effort to help BYU Athletics with budget concerns due to COVID-19, Pope elected to defer increased compensation in the new contract into future years. pic.twitter.com/1cBsNFeRrc
Coach Pope is a hot topic in NCAA basketball and will no doubt be one of the most sought-after coaches in college basketball should major programs have vacancies this season. Pope led the Cougars to a 24-8 record in the 2019-20 season, his first as BYU’s head coach. BYU basketball tip offs on Wednesday at the Marriott Center against Westminster, followed by New Orleans Thursday.
BYU is scheduled to play Utah Valley on Saturday, but COVID issues within the UVU program may lead to that game being postponed or cancelled. UVU’s game against Stanford this week has already been cancelled.