UVU men’s basketball coach Mark Pope signs new six-year contract

Utah Valley University basketball coach Mark Pope signed a six-year contract with the university on Thursday. The new contract, which will keep Pope at UVU through the 2023–24 season, replaces the previous five-year contract that would expire in 2020. “We’ve got some real momentum going at Utah Valley University and in our athletic department because […]

Weekend sports roundup: BYU’s basketball teams fight in overtime

If you were as busy as the Cougars and Wolverines were this weekend, chances are you didn’t get to watch all of the games. Here’s a quick recap of how it all went down. Bryant’s last-minute shot catapults BYU into overtime win against San Francisco With only a few minutes left in the game, BYU […]

Weekend sports roundup: BYU and UVU men’s basketball teams win at home

If you were as busy as the Cougars and Wolverines were this weekend, chances are you didn’t get to watch all of the games. Here’s a quick recap of how it all went down. UVU men’s basketball beats Grand Canyon after slow start UVU men’s basketball clawed itself out of a 12-point deficit to beat […]

10 coolest entrepreneurs: Travis Hansen

Tesani: Travis Hansen, 39 Travis Hansen learned leadership during nearly two decades on the basketball court for UVU, BYU and the NBA. Now he’s fast breaking on the wave of entrepreneurism. “Surfers paddle 90 percent of the time, and 10 percent of the time they get to ride the wave,” Hansen says. “We call those […]

BYU bests UVU in game that was polar opposite of last year’s Crosstown Clash

It was a cruel twist of fate for UVU and sweet piece of revenge for BYU at the UCCU Center Wednesday night. BYU men’s basketball (5–2) team bested UVU 85–58 in a game of opposites to last year’s UCCU Crosstown Clash. Besides the obvious difference — that the Cougars won this year — the roles […]

UVU using ‘Toughest 24’ as launch pad for 2017–18 season

Tough is one way to put it. Some less optimistic critics would call it “nearly impossible,” but UVU men’s basketball coach Mark Pope is using a “tough” season-opener series as a road map for the rest of the 2017–18 season. UVU men’s basketball team is making history this weekend with what the team is calling […]

UVU basketball finally has a home with new NUVI Basketball Center

After fighting for space at the UCCU Center for years, Utah Valley University’s basketball teams now have a home to call their own. UVU cut the net to the NUVI Basketball Center on Wednesday afternoon signifying the official opening of the facility. Cathy Nixon, UVU women’s basketball coach, has been with the program for 22 […]

UVU basketball accepts bid to College Basketball Invitational

The Utah Valley University men’s basketball team accepted an invitation to play in the College Basketball Invitational on Sunday night. CBI invites 16 teams that weren’t included in the NCAA Tournament to participate in postseason play. For the first round, the Wolverines will travel to Hanner Fieldhouse in Georgia to play against the Georgia Southern […]

5 of the best LDS (non-BYU) NCAA Tournament performances

March Madness is here and when this time of year rolls around, it’s fun to reminisce about some of the biggest games, performances and upsets in the NCAA Tournament. When you think of Mormons and the NCAA Tournament, BYU’s Danny Ainge and Jimmer Fredette are the first two names to came to mind. Ainge authored […]

Lone Peak basketball product Conner Toolson finds the spotlight at UVU

An early regular-season game on Nov. 26 doesn’t seem like a momentous occasion for a college basketball player, but Utah Valley University guard Conner Toolson has a different perspective. On that day in 2016, he took another step forward out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Toolson was born in Spain, where his father […]

BYU can’t find answer to hot-handed UVU in UCCU Crosstown Clash upset

Utah Valley University shocked the crowd with its 114–101 upset against BYU in the UCCU Crosstown Crash Saturday night in the Marriott Center. “It’s one of the greatest nights of my life,” said UVU junior Isaac Neilson, a transfer student from BYU. “It means a lot to me and it means a lot to our […]

UVU breaks ground on NUVI Basketball Center where players can ‘chase big dreams’

Utah Valley University’s basketball teams have been sharing its gym for years. Cathy Nixon, who is heading into her 22nd season as UVU women’s basketball head coach, remembers sharing the gym with lions, tigers, bears, the circus, motocross and a large variety of shows and businesses. She even recalls having up to five different UVU […]

UV To Do: February 2016

Events Jordan World Circus When: Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Where: UCCU Center Cost: $18 for adults; $14 for children Site: eventbrite.com Utah STEM Fest When: Feb. 2–4 from 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (There is a free family event Feb. 2 from 2 p.m.–8 p.m. Where:  Cost: FREE Site: utahstemfest.com Fire and Ice When: Feb. 5, […]

Preaching Wolverine: Mark Pope’s green transformation

When UVU was looking for the coach to take the Wolverines men’s basketball team to the next level, they called a man who was just up the street. Now, Mark Pope starts his first season with missionary zeal. Mark Pope had driven past UVU’s campus thousands of times during his four seasons as an assistant […]

VIDEO: Mark Pope dances with daughters at UVU Midnight Madness

UVU head basketball coach Mark Pope had a unique way of getting UVU basketball fans pumped up — a lip sync battle. The lip sync, which was more like a dance routine, was to the song “Classic” by MKTO and was part of Midnight Madness Thursday night. Both the women’s and men’s basketball teams at UVU greeted fans, […]

UVU men’s basketball team announces 4-game series with BYU

Utah Valley University and Brigham Young Unversity’s men’s basketball teams will begin a 4-game series in the 2015–16 season, UVU announced Monday afternoon. “This series has been a long time coming,” said UVU Director of Athletics Vince Otoupal in a press release. “BYU is an excellent program with national respect and this series will be great for […]

Isaac Neilson follows Mark Pope to UVU

Former BYU basketball player Isaac Neilson is following UVU head coach Mark Pope to UVU. Neilson signed a grant-in-aid award to play for the Wolverines on Monday. “I am so excited to continue coaching Isaac Neilson,” Pope said in a press release. “I expect that he will continue to grow both on and off the court at […]

New UVU head basketball coach Mark Pope plans to use BYU strategies

“It’s a great day to be a Wolverine.” (And a bad day to be a Cougar.) That’s what Utah Valley University athletic director Vince Otoupal said at the start of the press conference announcing former BYU assistant coach Mark Pope as the Wolverines’ new head coach. Yesterday, reports broke that Pope would be transferring schools. Pope replaces former head […]

UV To Do: February

Events Fire and Ice Festival When: Saturday, Feb. 7, 4–8 p.m. Where: Shops at Riverwoods, Provo Cost: FREE Site: shopsatriverwoods.com Provo Fashion Week When: Feb. 24–March 3 Where: Provo City Library Cost: $17.50–$45 Site: provofashionweek.com Home and Garden Show When: Friday, Feb. 27: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: UCCU Cost: $6 for adults (Children 12 […]