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Oregon assitant Payne spends weekend visiting UK

Posted on: May 23, 2010 8:32 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2010 8:46 pm

Oregon assistant Kenny Payne visited Kentucky this weekend and is a candidate to join John Robic and Orlando Antigua on John Calipari's staff, Oregon coach Dana Altman told on Sunday.

"Kenny's really good," Altman said by phone. "He works hard and does a good job. That's why Kentucky wants him."

A move by Payne to Kentucky would come as no surprise given that he's a close friend of William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with ties to Calipari. It's also worth noting that Payne has spent years recruiting Terrence Jones, a Portland native who committed to Kentucky last week. Multiple sources told that Payne's probable presence at Kentucky was a factor, though not the determining factor, in helping the Wildcats lure Jones away from Washington. Jones publicly committed to Washington last month but waffled in the wake of a phone call with Calipari. The McDonald's All-American signed a financial aid agreement with UK last week.

Altman said he plans to meet with Payne to discuss his future in the next 48 hours.
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