Chat with Dave Rose
Rose was named MWC Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, BYU head coach Dave Rose stops by to chat as he prepares his team for the 2010-11 college basketball season.
In five seasons at BYU, Rose has a record of 127-40 placing him fifth for best career start by wins in NCAA history, ahead of the likes of Jerry Tarkanian, Jim Boeheim and Thad Matta. He currently holds the school (.760) and MWC in-conference (.800) record for winning percentage.
During the 2009-10 season, Rose lead the Cougars on a 15-game winning streak the second-best, in program history and a program record 30 wins. BYU finished the season ranked No. 22 after making it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Send your questions now and join Rose Monday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:57 PM)
BYU's Dave Rose will be here in a few minutes to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (3:04 PM)
Coach is here!
BYU's bball team will be making several east coast trips this year. How do you keep that from wearing down the team?
Dave Rose (3:06 PM)
Most of it is based on our recruiting. When we recruited Jimmer, we promised him and his family we'd play in his area. We have a game in his hometown. We are going back to Buffalo too. I think it's spaced out enough. The Buffalo game is during our break.
Is recruiting going to get easier, harder, or stay the same in the WCC?
Dave Rose (3:07 PM)
I believe that the challenge will probably remain consistent with how it's been. I do believe the success of your program is one of the largest factors in your ability to recruit. If we can continue to be successful and receive more national exposure as a result of the move, then I think our recruiting will continue to get better and better.
Peter (Atlanta, GA)
Looking forward to a rivalry with Gonzaga? Will you still try to play Utah and Utah St on a regular basis?
Dave Rose (3:08 PM)
Yeah, I think so. Not only just the rivalry with Gonzaga, but the rivalry with the other WCC teams. I think that there is a great BYU fanbase and alumni in the footprint of the WCC. I look forward to competing in LA, the Bay Area, Seattle, Portland where a number of our BYU alumni exist. They'll have more access to some of those BYU road games.
What are the best things about moving to the WCC in basketball? What are the drawbacks of leaving the MWC?
Dave Rose (3:10 PM)
I think one thing that's a drawback from leaving the MWC is we've developed some real strong competitive series, New Mexico, UNLV, etc. We'll miss that. But I do believe with the WCC, the travel will be a little more consistent. The national exposure with ESPN, but with BYU TV to televise all of our games, no matter where they're played. That will be an advantage for our fans.
Cosmo (Phoenix, AZ)
Coach - What NCAA BB rule do you think needs to be revisited?
Dave Rose (3:11 PM)
I think that the rules that are being reviewed right now, of those rules, the block/charge rule without the line like the NBA. I think college would adapt where the line is painted in the key, to help officials make that call more consistent.
Cougs1 (Surprise, AZ)
How fun was it as a coach to watch a player like Jimmer go into the McKale Center and put 49 points up on the wildcats and break a record that so many all americans helped build?
Dave Rose (3:12 PM)
It was really fun after the game was over, knowing that we had won. The whole team played well that night. We shot the ball well. But he allowed us to consistently score from the opening tip. As a staff, a lot of our enjoyment came watching it after it was over, knowing the outcome. That was a special night. But now we have to play them again. The challenge starts all over again.
Nate (Santaquin, UT)
Coach, with Tyler Haws now on a mission, who do you see filling the role he vacates? Are either incoming freshmen Winder or Collinsworth similar in playing style?
Dave Rose (3:14 PM)
I think Anson is more of a combo guard and play more 1 or 2. Kyle has an opportunity. Rogers, a juco transfer, has a chance. I think there are about three guys that will battle for time at that position.
John Tennant (Beijing China)
What do you do differently on offense when defenses focus on Fredette? And how will you replace Haws' offensive points this year?
Dave Rose (3:15 PM)
I think that will be one of Jimmer's real challenges this year, recognize what teams are trying to do to get the ball out of his hands. Will they deny him the ball or double him off of screens. One of the things he will have to do is have confidence in his teammates. One of the big things about that 49 point game was he also had 9 assists. I think he understands that the most important agenda is to win. He will really need to rely on his teammates on some nights.
How confident were you that Jimmer was coming back? And how do you plan to account for the personnel losses you had this offseason?
Dave Rose (3:17 PM)
I was real confident that he was coming back when he put his name in. But as the process went along and he got positive feedback, I got real nervous. But he's a great student, he's happy with his decision and we're looking forward to his senior year. One of the interesting things about the preseason so far is that there is a real opportunity for minutes due to the losses. Our guys are real competitive. That's who will eventually replace those guys, the ones that jump on that competition.
Cougar Fan (Texas)
What do you anticiplate as being the most difficult home game this season? Most difficult road game?
Dave Rose (3:18 PM)
The most difficult home game will be Fresno State, because that's the first one. The most difficult road game is...our teams have been very successful on the road the last few years and that's a credit to our players. We try to not make any one game more important than another one. You can feel the electricity at the game and the players know. But you have to have consistency in your approach.
josh (west jordan)
what are the biggest coaching points for this years team going to be? which players need to step up the most for a successful season?
Dave Rose (3:19 PM)
Our style of play is so important to our success. To get our players, especially all of the new players, to play at our pace and attack. Consistently attack both ends of the floor for 40 minutes at both ends. That's always my biggest point not only early in the season, but throughout the year. Have the guys play at the pace we want to play at, but also execute.
Coach - How do you coach a team to peak in March rather than Janor Feb?
Dave Rose (3:21 PM)
I think a lot of that is based on your personnel. We have really talented players. I always say this, our key to the success of this group will be the chemistry and leadership from the group. We have a very good senior class this year. The chemistry issue is a big part of when you peak, how you peak. A lot of that comes from trust, hard work, staying together. The most important thing that we emphasize is that the success of our team is what allows our program to be successful. You have to put the team first in everything you do as a player.
Peter (Atlanta, GA)
Do you think that the WCC will become a conference with at least one at-large bid, if not two, with BYU added? Is this a goal that you would have for the conference?
Dave Rose (3:22 PM)
Right now, I know the history of the league, as far as the last four or five years. The WCC got three bids a few years ago. I believe it has the potential to do that. As far as how we fit in that league and the success we'll have in that league, it remains to be seen. I think we'll have to go through that situation for a few years to get a real good handle, but I've been impressed with what I've seen so far.
Brent (Phoenix, AZ)
Does your battle with cancer make winning more sweeter and losing less painfull or the opposite?
Dave Rose (3:24 PM)
It makes the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. There are times when we lose, I appreciate the opportunity I have to coach the game, which was never a part of my thought process in the past. When we win, I really appreciate the players, the fans, my family and the support that all of those people give me to be able to have that opportunity. It changed the way I approached a lot of things, but especially wins and losses.
Dave Rose (3:25 PM)
We're really looking forward to this season. I hope all of the Cougar fans will continue to cheer for us and that we'll have a great season and our guys will play their best.