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Cheryl Rose: BYU win is victory for coach in more ways than one

By Kathy Aiken | Posted - Mar. 19, 2010 at 10:38 p.m.


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(Photo courtesy Cheryl Rose)PROVO -- Sometimes victory in sports can seem larger than life, which is exactly how it felt for Cheryl Rose in BYU's win Thursday -- but for a much different reason.

Cheryl's experience was definitely a roller coaster ride, with the up and down, back and forth, not knowing the outcome. But we're not talking about BYU's big win.

"I don't think I was prepared for the emotions that I felt," Cheryl says.

They were emotions she shared with her husband, BYU basketball coach Dave Rose.

"To be honest with you, neither one of us could talk," Cheryl says. "I mean, we were pretty emotional."

Those emotions have been bottled since last June, when Dave was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. After successful surgery, the coach was told his cancer was in remission.

"We look back, and there were days we didn't know if he'd be able to do this," Cheryl recalls. "I remember what he said to me: ‘I just want a chance to coach these guys."

"He got that chance, and they didn't let him down," Cheryl says. "From way back when we first told the team about Dave … they committed to him and each other that they would work so hard and make this the best season ever, and they've done that."

With their win Thursday, the Cougars have 30 wins on the season -- a school record.

While that mark is something to celebrate, a celebration of life is much more important in the Rose household.

"If it doesn't always go the right way, it's not the end of the world at our house. We know there's bigger things, and we're grateful just to have him here," Cheryl says.

Dave Rose has another scan in a few weeks to make sure he is still clear of cancer.

E-mail: kaiken@ksl.com

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