Instant Replay: BYU Coach Mark Pope Lays Down Eminem Rap

Oct 14, 2022, 2:20 PM | Updated: 2:21 pm
Mark Pope, BYU Basketball, Eminem...
BYU basketball coach Mark Pope put together his best Eminem impression. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret News)
(Mengshin Lin, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball coach Mark Pope is never afraid to entertain.

The always energetic Pope, who enters his fourth year guiding the BYU hoops program, had some fun during Midnight Madness on Friday.

After the Men’s Basketball team took the court, being introduced by class, starting with freshmen and working their way up to seniors Rudi Williams and Gideon George. Pope took the microphone.

Next thing we knew, the Marriott Center became the underdog ground stage in the movie 8 Mile, as Mark Pope laid down his version of “Lose Yourself.”

There’s so much to unpack in this video. No one can question Pope’s ability to get a crowd entertained. The questions can be asked about how entertaining Pope’s fourth BYU team will be with so many new faces. But the former National Champion and NBA player always has a knack for having a good time.

BYU’s 2022-23 season opens up on Monday, November 7, at home against Idaho State from the Big Sky Conference. Last year, BYU finished 24-11 overall and a third-round exit in the NIT. WCC coaches picked BYU to finish third in the West Coast Conference this season before they leave the league for the Big 12 in 2023-24.

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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