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Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

Posted on: May 26, 2010 7:25 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2010 7:28 pm
 

Oregon's Dana Altman confirmed Wednesday that assistant Kenny Payne is leaving to join John Calipari at Kentucky.

"Kenny's gonna go to Kentucky,'' Altman said, according to the Oregonian newspaper. "He's done a great job for us, and I really wanted him to stay. It's been kind of an awkward start because I did not know Kenny when I got here a month ago, but after a week, I got very comfortable around him and offered him a job and wanted him to stay. But he had a number of offers on the table and investigated them all, and he went to Kentucky this past weekend and really liked it, felt like it was in his best interest and his family's best interest to go to Kentucky."

The hiring of Payne is notable because he's an elite recruiter and friends with William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with longstanding ties to Calipari. Payne replaces Rod Strickland, who was demoted after a recent drinking-and-driving arrest. UK's other assistants are John Robic and Orlando Antigua.
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Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

James,
You're off the meds again man.  Calm down.  We'll get you a script stat!



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2010 9:06 pm
 

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

wow! im happy to see a good recruiter coming in, but when did this go down with rod strickland? that kinda hurts the program...rod was popular with wall and was a good recruiter with point guards


jamammy
Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2010 11:11 am
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Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2010 2:13 am
 

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

Dear UK posters:  Once again, the Blue Koolaid prevails when it comes to Coach Cal! Today's release on the questionable high school validity of Eric Bledsoe jsut adds to Coach Cals track record of questionable SAT's when he was at Memphis - how did you feel about that over at Memphis?  UK has a great historical program - anyone with real b-ball knowledge has to acknowledge that. Know where Adloph Rupp grew up and played ball? We (HAWKS) are UPSET and ashamed of the slim balls that fleeced the system for personal gain on Jayhawk tickets. Doesn't and shouldn't reflect on a great program accomplishment over the years. Same for the history of UK.  But, hard to defend the never ending slime trail of Calibari.  The only thing bigger than LeBron is his ego. Same for Cal. Great company and throw in WWW and you have a real INTEGRITY party!



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2010 11:23 pm
 

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

you are a wuss


You're calling someone else a wuss?

Now, I don't care who you are, that's funny, right there!



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2010 9:24 am
 

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

He should have just joined the phi slamma jamammies. 


jamammy
Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2010 2:04 am
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Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2010 12:43 am
 

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

jamammy... thanks for the personal insight. but what exactly do you want to go toe to toe with parish about? his skills as a writer? his job? Gary is a sportswriter, you however, are not. 


jamammy
Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2010 11:25 pm
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Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2010 11:12 pm
 

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

I really don't care who goes to KY but they should. I wonder how long Calipari is going to stay in the Bluegrass State.  It seems to me he was almost out of there like his freshman recruits, one and done. He may still be gone since the NBA hands have yet to be dealt. I wonder if he maybe realizing that Rick Pitino did not fair so well? Na, he considers himself the best so it would never phase him. Of course I need to get back to my thought, whoever is at KY are they thinking maybe they will  be the next coach?  The way I figure it, Calipari is looking for an exit when the NCAA begins looking into violations. It is a matter of wanting to achieve the Trifecta of Basketball wrongdoing and never being credited with the actual violation.  HMMM.


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