NBA fans probably remember “Mad Dog” Mark Madsen, the former Stanford star who played 10 years in the NBA. Madsen won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, and then spent the bulk of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Madsen has made the transition to coaching. He’s coached in the G-League, was an assistant at his alma mater, and now serves on Luke Walton’s staff with the Lakers.
The Mad Dog is throwing his hat in the ring for one of the bigger college basketball jobs available. His mother has confirmed, per The Salt Lake Tribune, that he’s “very interested” in the opening at BYU, and he’s reportedly met with the administration.
Per the Deseret News, Mark Madsen met with BYU’s athletic director in Los Angeles.
Madsen received permission from the Lakers organization to sit down with BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe and senior associate athletic director Brian Santiago, who oversees the basketball program. According to Deseret News sources, the meeting took place in Los Angeles last weekend.
Madsen has solid credentials, and connections to the program. He has family in the Provo area, and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which can obviously help in landing a job at BYU.
He may not be the front runner though.
That, per The Salt Lake Tribune, is Utah Valley’s Mark Pope, a former Kentucky and NBA player who is 77–56 in four years with the Wolverines. His program appears to be on an upswing, and has reached the CBI three straight seasons.