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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: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:28 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

They should have gone after Crean a few years back.  He was secretly pining for the job and I think he would have been a good fit.  Gillepsie doesn't seem to like all of the attention that a big program demands and he certainly didn't enjoy the constant second-guessing from the fan base.  Whomever they bring in needs at least 4 years to get their own guys in the program and to develop their style of ball.  I predict there is no way Izzo or Calipari leaves for Kentucky.  Maybe Donovan because he may be looking for a new challenge.  If they don't get Donovan all hades will break loose.  Personally, I think Mike Anderson would be great at Kentucky but I don't know if he'd want the job either. 

Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:25 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

It's Donovan. 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:25 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

 it looks like Donovan is going to Kentucky, but you have to wonder why (besides the tradition). they cant possibly be paying him much more that he now makes here at UF and Kentucky isnt exactly looking like a contender for next year. as we saw last year and this, Donovan isnt so successful without the primiere talent around him. maybe he'll change his mind again hahahaha. if he does go, I can't wait to boo him next year.

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:15 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford


Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 4:11 pm

There's a big gap between Donovan and Ford

 Nothing more than stating the obvious ...

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