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.
Posted on: April 12, 2010 8:20 am
Edited on: April 12, 2010 8:22 am
Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland was arrested this weekend for DUI, running a red light, having expired tags and insurance violations.
The 43-year-old former NBA point guard nearly struck another vehicle and failed a sobriety test Sunday around 3 a.m., according to a police report. The report added that Strickland refused a breathalizer but did have the smell of alcohol on his breath. Kentucky officials have yet to comment.
Strickland just completed his first season at Kentucky.
He reportedly has three previous DUI arrests.