BYU’s Mark Pope Makes Hilarious Reference To Viral TikTok Phrase

Jan 21, 2022, 2:41 AM | Updated: 2:43 am
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BYU basketball coach Mark Pope addresses his team after defeating San Diego on January 20, 2022. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
(Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – The “pushing P” TikTok trend has made its way to the BYU basketball program.

You’re probably wondering, what in the world is “pushin P?” Well, it’s time to get up to speed so you can start “pushing P.”

What is the TikTok trend, “Pushin 🅿️?”

Rapper Gunna put out his new album “DS4EVER” earlier this month. One of the tracks on the album is called “pushin P,” featuring fellow rappers Future and Young Thug. In Gunna’s own words, “pushin P” starts with playa, but you could “push it in other ways,” according to the Georgia-based artist.

Since the song was released this month, it’s gained popularity on the social media app TikTok. Everyone is taking Gunna’s advice by pushing it in other ways. Even celebrities such as Kim Kardashian have recently been “pushing P.” So it’s only fitting that now you can add BYU basketball coach Mark Pope to the pushing P crowd.

Mark Pope gets some laughs in the postgame presser

After BYU’s 79-71 win over San Diego on Thursday, Mark Pope and star guard Alex Barcello took the podium to address the media. Pope, who reached a mini-milestone becoming the first BYU coach to get 60 wins in less than 80 games, turned the floor to his All-American hopeful playmaker for the opening statements.

Once Barcello’s opening remarks concluded, Pope followed it up by saying, “I don’t have all of those fancy words. All I know is we were ‘pushing P,’ man, let’s go.”

Barcello burst out in laughter after the third-year coach dropped that line. After the game, the senior leader went to Instagram and shared Pope’s pushing P click on his IG Stories with a caption, “Greatest Coach In America!!”

Forward Caleb Lohner tagged Gunna on his Instagram after seeing the clip.

If “pushing P” consists of winning 80% of your games, I’m sure more BYU fans will even get in the act of pushing P. BYU has jumped out to a 16-4 start to the season and a 4-1 record in West Coast Conference play, giving them sole possession of second place in the league.

Next up for BYU is a Saturday night tilt against the Portland Pilots at the Marriott Center. The tip-off is at 7 p.m. on BYUtv and KSL NewsRadio.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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