BYU's Rose retires after 22 years with Cougars

BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose announced his retirement at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Rose, 61, has been the head coach at BYU since 2005 and was an assistant with the Cougars from 1997 to 2005. He led the Cougars to eight NCAA tournaments, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011.

"Dave has been an outstanding coach at BYU and is recognized in the profession by his peers as one of the best during his tenure," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said on Tuesday. "His teams have enjoyed a great deal of success at both the conference and national level, and his legacy will long be remembered.

BYU started the 2011 season winning 20 of its first 21 games and rose all the way to No. 3 in the polls before forward Brandon Davies was dismissed from the team for an honor code violation.

After reaching the NCAA tournament in eight of nine seasons, BYU hasn't heard its name on Selection Sunday since 2015.

The Cougars played in either the NCAA tournament or the NIT in 13 of Rose's 14 seasons at the helm; they weren't invited to either postseason tournament this season. They finished 19-12 overall, 11-5 in the West Coast Conference, losing by 23 points to San Diego in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament.

"I'm 61 years old, I still haven't worked a day in my life," Rose said at the news conference. "I've gotten to play, play with so many great players, coached so many great players, so many great teams. That's probably what I'll miss the most."

Rose was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2009 and had a tumor removed that month.

Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope is among the candidates to replace Rose, sources told ESPN.