BREAKING NEWS>>>Tubby Out at Kentucky - New Coach of Minnesota

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    Mar 22, 2007 7:31 PM GMT
    Talk about a stress-releaver....Great move for Minnesota.

    Now who takes over at Kentucky?????

    Any chance Pitino would go back to Kentucky? That'd be crazy!
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    Mar 23, 2007 4:10 AM GMT
    I'm not so sure it was a good move for minnesota. Yeah, Tubby is high-profile, but he's had some trouble recruiting exactly the reason Dan Monson couldn't succeed there! Monson couldn't even recruit in-state, and to make matters worse he has to fight with small schools like Northern Iowa, Drake, and North Dakota State for minnesota high school talent (and right now those small schools are winning the battle and are better ball clubs).

    I hope Tubby can turn it around...i'm just not quite as optimistic about it as you are.
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    Mar 23, 2007 4:26 AM GMT
    The Kentucky situation is going to be interesting ... Few would be a good coach, but he seems to be happy with his situation in Gonzaga. Bottom line, the brass at UK know that they need a big name to quiet down the Wildcat nation, but with that name will come tons of expectations.

    As for Tubby, I'm not at all a fan, but I think that a change of scenery will be good for him. Minnesota is a bottom feeder in the Big 10 and given his name, he should be albe to bring in some young talent to Minneapolis. Lord knows ... they need it.
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    Mar 23, 2007 11:51 PM GMT
    Coming from KY, and currently living here, it is a mad house - who's it going to be, who's it going to be?

    Tubby's only real win was his first year - Pitino's leftovers. So... good riddance!

    Talk of Pitino leaving has always been whispered. And if the money's right, he just might leave. Leaving the door open for someone to make a different in Louisville - he hasn't yet.

    Donovan's probably the #1 choice and has been big topic of conversation, considering he's been here, knows the Cats, proven to be a strong head coach, etc. Barnhart would tick a lot of people off if he didn't even try. Only problem - he might not be able to get to him until April.

    Other big choices, Marquette's Tom Crean, Texas' Rick Barnes, Texas A&M's Billy Gillispie, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Georgetown's John Thompson III, Villanova's Jay Wright and Ohio State's Thad Matta. Basically, anyone with a history of bring up a club to be competitive.

    In any case, KY is one of a few top jobs for college basketball coaches considering it's history and high salaries - it is the place where basketball is king.

    Whoever it is though, you bet there will be pressure to perform, recruit and come up with major wins.
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    Mar 26, 2007 6:02 PM GMT
    Of the list you put out, I'd go with Gillespie. I really love the turnaround he did @ A&M.

    Of those you didn't mention, I'd like to see Calipari from Memphis get consideration. He's gotten the Tigers to 2 straight Elite 8's with 2 separte teams in a week Conference USA. I really think he's a great coach - I mean he got UMass to a Final 4.