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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: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2009 5:10 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

Call me crazy (or someone hoping for UK to suck for years) but I say you get rid of Barnhart too, hire Matt Millen and ride his success to the CBI for the next 5 years.



Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 5:09 pm


 You say Tom Izzo is a canidate, you obviously dont know anything about college basketball.  Tom Izzo would never leave MSU for another college coaching job, the NBA maybe but to say he'd leave for UK is absurd.  Get a clue Parrish, and lay off the handfulls of hair gel, its rotting your brain

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 5:07 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

They should go after Mike Brey. He has coached against better competition than Pelphrey, he has very little holding him down at Notre Dame, and a winning percentage of .652.



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 5:02 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford


 Ford did great things at Oklahoma State this year.  One thing Ford has consistantly done is turn programs around.  We'll be happy to keep him.  Kentucky should have never gotten rid of Tubby Smith.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 5:02 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

Not only does Parrish get scooped he puts up incorrect info stating that Donovan won't be leaving Florida. Done Deal. 

Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2009 5:01 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford


Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:58 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

Donovan is so overrated. He had a great class one time that got back to back championships largely due to no one else having all that great of recruiting.

Since then, Donovan has failed to make the NCAA tournament and has failed to progress far in the NIT.

Donovan is not a guaranteed home run. Izzo, Calipari, Wright are, but Donovan is not.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:49 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

How long before the truth about Billy comes out? Good sources of mine in Lexington have stated several times that he has a major drinking problem that he needs to get control of now. That might be a reason for his strange substitutions and even stranger comments he's made. He needs to get his personal life in order before trying to take on a major job like this again. I wish him the best and hope he gets the help he needs. 

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:44 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

Have to agree with Mr. Parrish here - I do think Ford or John Pelphrey or Darrin Horn might be a good future coach for UK, but they are still proving themselves and still learning.  At this point, UK does not need some who will have to do some learning on the job, they need a veteran coach.  Despite the snarky comments I've read, the reality is that this is still a very good, very attractive job - it pays well, you have fantastic facilities and a loyal (maybe too much so) fan base, and in a very decent place to live.  The big time coaches have big time egos, and I am sure that a number of them will be attracted to the notion that could someday claim that they brought UK back to prominence.  Yeah, the last few years have been rocky, but it was just 11 years ago that UK finished a streak of three straight appearances in the NCAA finals, something that no one else has done since.  All the 'Star" programs seem to have their ups and downs, this is just the down part of the cycle for UK...

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:36 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

 As a UMASS fan I can tell you Travis ford id a good coach Billy Donovan is a great coach.  Besides do you want to risk the future of your storied program on a journeyman coach???  Just saying.  Maybe a little hatred as Travis bails for OSU...

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