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Utah assistant coach Alex Jensen rumored for vacant BYU head coaching job

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Jensen is part of a shortlist including UVU’s Mark Pope and Portland State’s Barret Peera.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Utah Jazz Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

After Tuesday morning’s report that longtime BYU head coach Dave Rose would step down from his position and retire, speculation regarding his successor is already in full gear.

On the short list of names going around is Utah Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen. A Bountiful native, Jensen played his college ball at the University of Utah between 1994 and 2000 with a two-year break to go on a proselyting mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Jensen’s time with the Jazz began in 2013, a year before Quin Snyder took the head coaching job. Prior to joining the staff in Utah, Jensen was an assistant at Saint Louis (2007-2011) and head coach of the G-League team Canton Charge (2011-13).

Other candidates, per Jeff Goodman who broke the news, are Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope and Portland State’s Barret Peery. Another name, suggested by Stadium and FS1 analyst, Doug Gottlieb, is current Los Angeles Lakers assistant Mark Madsen.