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Strickland demoted at Kentucky

Posted on: May 13, 2010 11:00 am

Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland, in the wake of a drinking-and-driving arrest, has been demoted to an administrative role, which should clear the way for Oregon assistant Kenny Payne to join John Robic and Orlando Antigua on John Calipari's staff.

"Rod Strickland has been a vital part of our success here at Kentucky and helped set a foundation for our program,” Calipari said.  “He will continue to be an integral part of our future successes in a non-coaching capacity."

Worth noting is that Payne is a close friend of William Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with longstanding ties to Calipari. Assuming Payne fills Strickland's spot at UK, the Wildcats might then become the favorite to land Terrence Jones, the McDonald's All-American from Portland who is still deciding between Washington and Kentucky.

Payne recruited Jones while at Oregon.

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2010 12:23 pm

Strickland demoted at Kentucky

This demotionis a chance for Rod to get his act together.  Another chance....If he takes it like another chance.  He could've and maybe should've been "let go" via the same way as one of UK's previous coach was shown the door.  I credit Coach Cal for not wanting to throw Rod under the Bus and giving him another chance.  Everybody deserves another chance to make things right...

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2010 12:13 pm

Strickland demoted at Kentucky

I love when Gary stirs the pot bringing up William Wesley. I can already see all the UK and Memphis fans fighting back and forth on this. 
Think Cal asked Strickland to do something stupid so he could bring on this Kenny Payne character??? Strickland probably doesn't even need the job. The guy played in the nba for years.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2010 12:04 pm

Strickland demoted at Kentucky

Yes sir! It's nice to meet you Terrence, the athletic dorms are this way, o and this is our top basketball practice facility.... Now, as long as Cal doesn't go to the NBA...

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