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There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:03 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2009 5:46 pm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- With Billy Donovan out of the picture , Kentucky must now turn elsewhere.

Tom Izzo?

That would be excellent.

John Calipari?

That would be tremendous.

But I'm less sure about Travis Ford, and I like Travis Ford. He was great at Oklahoma State this season; that school is lucky to have him. But the reality is that Ford has coached nine Division I seasons at three different schools and been to just two NCAA tournaments, which doesn't suggest he's guaranteed to succeed anywhere, much less somewhere like Kentucky. He might . Or he could miss the NCAA tournament three straight years like he did at UMass. It's hard to tell, and that's my point.

Mitch Barnhart should be less interested in gambling on a UK graduate -- which some are reporting is possible -- than securing a guaranteed home run like Izzo or Calipari or Jay Wright or any number of guys. Some day, Ford might be in that class. But he's not there now, and that should make Barnhart hesitant, because if he completes another questionable hire that goes bad then the next UK press conference might not be to announce a new coach in two years, but a new athletic director with a better track record of success.


Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2009 8:05 am

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

I'm sorry, but Oklahoma State is not some stepping stone job. The school has more basketball tradition than 95% of the schools in D1. I agree that it does not have as much prestige as Kentucky, and yes, O-State had fallen on hard times in recent years (as all programs do at some point). But to say, "Ford might be a good future coach for UK" is absolutely ridiculous. He's ready to coach at Kentucky now and they will be lucky to have him, if he leaves Stillwater. OSU can match or beat any money he is offered from any school (remember the $200 million plus that T. Boone Pickens has given to the school) including Kentucky. Add that to the fact that coaching at your alma mater includes a level of pressure that some coaches don't want. He may very well take the jump to UK. If he does I wish him the very best. But don't just assume that he'll leave Stillwater for Lexington or that he needs more seasoning before he can coach at UK.

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2009 3:52 am

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

At this point, I'm just hoping Kentucky doesn't spend forever trying to find a replacement.  They made that mistake before when they ended up with Gillispie, and look how that's turned out.



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2009 1:17 am

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

If anyone has a question about why no sane person would want the Kentucky job, check out this video from YouTube: 

The stalker-reporter from NBC affiliate TV station "Lex18" - a douchebag named Al Cutler - is seen, about :38 seconds in, accosting Gillispie outside the building. Gillispie uses a keycard to unlock the door and enter the building, and Cutler and his cameraman walk right in without invitation - I think they call that "trespassing" - and proceeds to follow Gillispie into the atrium of the building.

While Gillispie is using his keycard to go through ANOTHER locked door, Cutler can be seen gesturing that they should "keep rolling"...and then he and the cameraman WALK RIGHT THROUGH THE SECOND LOCKED DOOR, again without permission or invitation.

Fatass Cutler then proceeds to CHASE GILLISPIE DOWN THE HALL, commenting "I can run with you all day!".

The chase ends when Gillispie goes into his office, and tells his female office assistant to "get them out of here"...Cutler now tries to push past a WOMAN to continue the pursuit, but finally shows enough class to break it off.


The amazing thing is, none of this was shown on Cutler's OWN station, but on a COMPETITOR, Channel 3 in Lexington, which is where the YouTube clip came from!

Guess Cutler must be auditioning to be Bill O'Reilly's next ambusher/stalker/"producer&quo
t;...he's obnoxious enough for the job...Cutler can fill in while little Jessie's teabagging know...every day!

This is just a 2 minute sample of the insanity inherent in being the Kentucky head coach. Who in their right mind would take it?

In case you want to let Mr. Cutler know how much you appreciate his Emmy-Award-worthy work, here's his e-mail, directly from the website:  

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2009 12:59 am

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

As much as I love the idea of Donovan, Izzo, and most all Calipari, I don't see it happening.  Ford or Darrin Horn would be nice coaches after they had more years under their belt.  It'll be hard finding a good replacement.  All the "big name" coaches won't leave what they have.



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 11:38 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

nope bc apparently uk is "racist"


Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 10:18 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

I really don't think that any of these coaches mentioned will go to Kentucky, half of them won't even listen to UK's offer, their to content at their school (Cal, Izzo, Donavon, Wright). Kentucky wants better than Ford. 

I think that Self would be an okay fit. But the last time they were thinking about the defending national champ teams coach, he won it all again. 

We need some new suggestions, these ones aren't going to work out.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 9:25 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

As a UK fan I have grown very weary of the "UK fans ran Tubby Smith off" rants. There was legitimate fan discontent concerning numerous recruiting failures, and some fans wanted Tubby to be gone but they were mostly the irrational fringe. Most UK fans wanted what the UK administration asked for, changes to Tubby's staff. At the end of the 2005-2006 season the UK AD suggested Tubby make staff changes but left it to Tubby's discretion. Tubby said "No". At the end of the 2006-2007 season the UK AD required Tubby make staff changes and Tubby decided he would not have his staffing decisions dictated to him. So he took his ball and went to Minnesota. BUT HE DIDN'T TAKE ANY OF HIS UK STAFF WITH HIM!!! Fired them all. They were good enough to coach at UK but not good enough to coach at Minnesota? Tubby's pride ran him out of Lexington. If Tubby had reworked his staff with the crew he now has at Minnesota then he would thinking about taking UK back to the Final Four next year. He might have done it this year. I'm sure Tubby grew tired of the rampant fan scrutiny at UK, but that is part of the reason he was paid so much money to coach there. If Tubby had been rational about making staff changes at UK he would still be the UK coach, have UK poised to win more championships and be beloved in a huge way once again. Instead they love him in a smaller way in Minnesota, he has surrounded himself with young assistants who are good judges of talent and good recruiters so he might someday make it back to the Elite Eight and he will continue to endure the ungodly winters of Minnesota. 


Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2009 9:19 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

Roombarider, you understand the situation... well said.


Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 9:09 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

As a Kentucky fan relocated to Florida I have to say that I cannot see Billy Donovan leaving UF for UK. I just do not believe it will happen. Billy D may care that only 4,000 fans show up in the O-Dome for an NIT game, but I don't think it bothers him enough to make him leave Gainesville. I don't believe the magnitude of the UK job scares or disheartens Billy D, I believe he and his familly truly love Gainesville and don't want to leave.


Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 8:30 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

I'm in completely in favor of Jay Wright--even above Izzo. Calipari is the only home run hire besides Wright.

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