Two-word answer: bad fit. I think what happened was they were very hasty in making this decision two years ago. I never understood what the rush was: I did a story on Billy and he explained to me the process of when he got hired and I was amazed to learn that his press conference came 24 hours after Kentucky initially made contact. He was at an AAU conference in Dallas, they flew him in on the plane and he had a press conference soon after. At the time, I thought it was a home run hire, he's a great coach and it seemed culturally like a really good fit. I still think he's an outstanding coach, the bad part about this is if his reputation as a good coach is hit. The problem was he was unable to embrace and adapt the culture of being the Kentucky basketball coach, all of which would have been OK if they kept winning -- you can be a bad guy, but everything is fine as long as you keep winning. I'd like to add that the thing that bothers me is Kentucky athletic director
The contract thing was always very weird -- I talked to
It's a dicey situation because there was never a contract. But I have a pretty good knowledge of how that memorandum of understanding works, and if it says if there's not a contract within 60 days, this document is a contract. I have a pretty good source of what it says, but that's why god invents lawyers. My sense is that Kentucky's going to dig in their heels and split it down the middle.
When they lost at home to Gardner Webb last year, that was like,
I think he'll get hired somewhere. I talked to him earlier tonight and he seemed in pretty high spirits -- he was laughing about things and the one thing he said to me was, 'Hey man life's too short to get upset.' I think there's a sense of relief that it's over ... he's a really good coach and he will get hired somewhere that's a better fit for him.
Let me start by saying, I never for a second believed that
Another name that's been floated is
My money is on
If not Calipari, then I'd say