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Your daily Kentucky update

Posted on: March 28, 2009 7:18 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2009 12:03 pm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It's relatively slow on the Kentucky front, which could be a clue that Mitch Barnhart is in a holding pattern of sorts, waiting for somebody to finish his season, somebody like -- oh, I don't know -- Tom Izzo.

Could it be Izzo?

Of course, it could be.

But would Izzo take it?

Honestly, that question is a little tougher to answer, although I can tell you with a degree of certainty that folks who insist Izzo would never consider leaving Michigan State are wrong. He would absolutely consider it. What I'm less sure of is whether Izzo would be able to pull the trigger when the trigger needs to be pulled, or if he'd think about leaving, talk about leaving and genuinely want to leave before ultimately rejecting an offer because he simply can't do it.

Either way, know this: An industry source told me Saturday that Barnhart has identified "about six" coaches he believes could "handle" the job on and off the court, and that Izzo is absolutely one of those guys. The source added money won't be a problem, although it should be noted that money won't likely be what lures the next Kentucky coach to Kentucky because every legitimate candidate is already rich.

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Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2009 11:26 am

Your daily Kentucky update

 You sure?...never say never.  Whether Calpari bolts to UK or not, he won't stay in Memphis.  He'll want a bigger stage and Memphis isn't big enough.





yes, I am sure. In fact I'm positive he wont go to KY and I'm positive he will stay in Memphis for atleast the next 4 yrs.



How did that prediction go for you?

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2009 2:45 am

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What do you know...I was right at 5pm on Sunday, I'm pretty sure that was before the 3 hr. meeting even happened between UK and Cal. I hate to toot my own horn but, toot-toot. And no, the deal isn't done yet, and realistically we might not get him, but you dumb arses that thought he wouldn't atleast think about it to stay a the grandious Memphis CUSA powerhouse, were...let's say it together wrong. Oh, and I know these kind of posts are why people hate UK fans, but I'm pretty sure most of us don't care. 

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2009 11:44 pm

Your daily Kentucky update


Do you know anything about this "Calipari, UK share mutual interest" thing that is reporting?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2009 11:22 pm

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Not from what I just heard...we need an update.  ESPN is reporting he has interest...not good.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2009 10:08 pm

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Calipari's not leaving memphis.  He's already one of the highest paid coaches in the country (over $2 million per year and an expensive buyout); he's got the number one recruiting class coming in next year, and with that talent he has a real chance to win a national championship in the next couple of years; Memphis loves him, and the school and community will do whatever necessary to keep him (i'd expect an announcement about a raise and an extension in the next week or so).  If he keeps the current streak of success and wins at least one NC, he'll be on the way to establishing Memphis as a quality program for the long Crum at Louisville or Boeheim at Syracuse.  I think that's the challenge he's looking at, not resurrecting a blue blood program.


Also, Kentucky's just not the great job it used to be...yes there is a great tradition and a rabid fanbase, but it'll take 3-5 years of good recruiting to get the program back to the final four, if at all, and that'll  be too long to wait for UK fans.  A lot of these posts reflect the UK fans' arraogance that whomever is approached will automatically want the job, but that's just not true.  Most of the coaches on the Kentucky wish list are well paid and in great situations.  Just because Kentucky calls doesnt' mean they'll be interested.



Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2009 9:31 pm

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There is no way Izzo will leave MSU. Sure, he may listen to what KY has to say, but he will retire from basketball a spartan. Money is not an issue, otherwise he would have been coaching in the NBA for Atlanta when they made a 15 million dollar offer a few years back. Professionally, it makes no sense. Izzo has built an elite program at MSU, and moving to Kentucky would be a lateral best. Above and beyond the game, Izzo is staple in the Lansing community and genuinley loves living and rasing his family here. As stated before, you couldn't possibly understand that unless you lived here.


Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2009 9:13 pm

Your daily Kentucky update

A big time coach could not make a dumber move than to release a statement of interest.  Of course he will say he's happy where he's at.  However, UK could provide at least 3 million reasons for a coach to move to the bluer grass of central KY.  Think loyalty is everything and that money does not talk?  Then why did Ricky P leave KY in 97?  Mere money, and possibly ego.  It certainly wasn't for a better working environment.  He was a god among the UK faithful.  That being said, it would also be beneficial for the coaches to express disinterest to to raise the bid.  My point is, until the coaches quoted in expressing disinterest have signed fat new contracts with their respective team, don't take their word as gold.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2009 7:49 pm

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Don't be so sure. If you're going to quote his statement of un-interest, then you apparently don't understand how PR in college basketball works. Look closely at exactly what was said.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2009 7:45 pm

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If you remember, Izzo already was quoted, much in the exact manner that Calipari and Donovan were quoted, as saying he loved Michigan State and he wants to continue building the program. Then he passed by a waffle house on the way to the next game and suddenly he was saying that a coach would be stupid not to hear an offer that UK puts on the table. That doesn't mean any of the three mean any different than what they've already said. But, don't be surprised if all 3 listen to the offer UK has in store.

No one has been offered, so no one has turned it down.

There have been, as I stated above, quotes of "un-interest". Which is pretty standard issuance for coaches respective fan bases when an Elite school has a coach opening and rumors start to fly. Quell the rumors until the contract hits that table and a coach has time to review and say yea or nay.

I imagine each coach probably means what they've already stated, but you never know.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2009 7:29 pm

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I'm not goint to sit here and say this is fact but the LHL is reporting along with other media outlets and blogs that your very Calipari has sent word to UK that he is indeed interested in the opportunity. IF and I do IF coach Cal is offered
and makes the decision to come to UK that could be big news for Mr. John Wall. Meeks and Patterson are both coming back and I believe coach Cal will take a deep look at the over all potential he would have at UK.

Memphis is obviously a great team... I'm not hating on you guys at all with the following statement. It's difficult to win a National Title coming from the C-USA because the talent level isn't anything near the other "big" conferences so basically you're not as battle tested as some of the other teams in the field. It's not the fault of Memphis because those kids could play for anyone but again, it's who they play week in and week out for the most part. I believe Calipari realizes this and "may" look to something else.

Word on the street is he could be named the next coach by no later than Wednesday. I guess time will tell.  

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