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riboflav

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So, did Cal leave bc of the fan pressure/gaze? And took the Arkansas job? I don't follow men's as much as I used to but this seems surprising.
 

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So, did Cal leave bc of the fan pressure/gaze? And took the Arkansas job? I don't follow men's as much as I used to but this seems surprising.
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Sources close to John Calipari say he had bad feelings about his situation at Kentucky, and that the lack of support had grown to the point where he didn’t feel like he could stay on because he didn’t feel wanted. The assets Arkansas put in place convinced him to make this move.
 

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Fine. Anyone but Dan Hurley is ok with me.
I don't see Hurley leaving UConn. He's had no problem getting the talent there necessary to compete for championships, so it's not like Kentucky is providing him with advantage he doesn't already enjoy. And his dad was not a "chase every dollar" guy, but the type of guy who stayed one place and built it into someplace special rather than hop from job to job. If Dan has any of his dad in him, he'll stay at UConn and eventually get a statue and the court/fieldhouse named after him after winning several more championships.

Plus check his resume:

Attended Seton Hall (where he met his wife)
St. Anthony's High School (Jersey City) assistant
Rutgers assistant
St Benedict's Prep (Newark, NJ)
Wagner
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UConn

I don't see him and his wife leaving the Northeast.
 

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For some reason I follow a lot of Kentucky fans on Twitter and they say it’s the brinks truck for Brad or Oats. As a Brad Celtics guy, wth? Why would Brad take that job? I assume this is delusional wishful thinking.
 

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It kinda of bothers me that this couldn’t have waited another 36 hours to go public. Let the dust settle on the championship game and then go public with the news. It was probably intentional because Squid is a dick and he likes the attention.
 

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I cannot fathom why Dan Hurley would leave UConn for Kentucky. UConn has been a much, much better college basketball program for the last 25 years. In part due to Hurley, but not just that. Unless they just absolutely overwhelmed him with $$. Which, I suppose, would be the plan.
 

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I cannot fathom why Dan Hurley would leave UConn for Kentucky. UConn has been a much, much better college basketball program for the last 25 years. In part due to Hurley, but not just that. Unless they just absolutely overwhelmed him with $$. Which, I suppose, would be the plan.
A lot more people care about it, fair or not.
 

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I don't see Hurley leaving UConn. He's had no problem getting the talent there necessary to compete for championships, so it's not like Kentucky is providing him with advantage he doesn't already enjoy. And his dad was not a "chase every dollar" guy, but the type of guy who stayed one place and built it into someplace special rather than hop from job to job. If Dan has any of his dad in him, he'll stay at UConn and eventually get a statue and the court/fieldhouse named after him after winning several more championships.

Plus check his resume:

Attended Seton Hall (where he met his wife)
St. Anthony's High School (Jersey City) assistant
Rutgers assistant
St Benedict's Prep (Newark, NJ)
Wagner
Rhode Island
UConn

I don't see him and his wife leaving the Northeast.
This all makes sense to me. It would be Calhoun 2.0. Unfortunately, there does seem to be one thing that makes coaches move and always needs to be worried about a little bit.
 

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A lot more people care about Kentucky basketball than UConn basketball? I guess. But I mean, UConn sells out every home game and they win a ton, so....ok?
I believe he meant a lot more people care about money. It’s a correct take. But Hurley is already making 6M plus a year. I don’t think UK will through a bag at him big enough that;

1) UConn won’t match
and/or
2) Big enough to entice him to make a lateral move at best.

Sure, it could happen. I don’t think it will. I think DH will be at UConn until he retires or wants to try out the NBA. I don’t think either of things will be happening soon.
 

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I believe he meant a lot more people care about money. It’s a correct take. But Hurley is already making 6M plus a year. I don’t think UK will through a bag at him big enough that;

1) UConn won’t match
and/or
2) Big enough to entice him to make a lateral move at best.

Sure, it could happen. I don’t think it will. I think DH will be at UConn until he retires or wants to try out the NBA. I don’t think either of things will be happening soon.
To me, that's the only temptation that might have him leaving UConn. I agree that UConn could/would match, or at least come close enough to not make it worth moving, whatever Kentucky or any other school offered. But if he has an itch to go up to the next level, he'll leave at some point if the situation is correct. But I wouldn't be surprised if even that would take one of the bigger jobs opening up.
 

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If UConn wins tonight, I dont think there’s any scenario where Hurley leaves. I don’t think he’d pass up a shot at being the only guy other than John Wooden to get three in a row.

If UConn loses tonight, I think it will be a serious conversation, but my money would be on him staying.
 

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For some reason I follow a lot of Kentucky fans on Twitter and they say it’s the brinks truck for Brad or Oats. As a Brad Celtics guy, wth? Why would Brad take that job? I assume this is delusional wishful thinking.
There's discussion of this in the Celtics forum, FYI.

I tend to think Brad is a guy who values his family (daughter is soph in high school now) and likes his current situation and can't be bought at the moment. It is also unclear to me he wants to coach again anyway, college or pro. I think Kentucky will ask - and my personal guess is it's one short call and he says a firm no. He was rumored by UNC fans to be a top candidate there, and it went nowhere. The only job I could imagine him even thinking hard about is IU...and I still don't think he's interested right now, if ever.

I do think Kentucky would be willing to offer the full Brinks truck to Brad, he's one of the few viable home run guys on the horizon.
 

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If UConn wins tonight, I dont think there’s any scenario where Hurley leaves. I don’t think he’d pass up a shot at being the only guy other than John Wooden to get three in a row.

If UConn loses tonight, I think it will be a serious conversation, but my money would be on him staying.
He’ll try like hell to win next year no question. But I think the team is looking at a year or two of being down. Karaban will be the only returning starter if he comes back, which I think he will
 

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If UConn wins tonight, I dont think there’s any scenario where Hurley leaves. I don’t think he’d pass up a shot at being the only guy other than John Wooden to get three in a row.

If UConn loses tonight, I think it will be a serious conversation, but my money would be on him staying.
Not really tracking this, suddenly the money or lure of UK is irrelevant if they win on the off chance they somehow win a third next year? And by this logic, wouldn’t he look to leave UConn for UK at the next opportunity starting next year?

Doesn’t add up. You either want the other job, or not, unless, of course, your post is in any way based on knowledge of Hurley’s thinking (even if rumblings/tribal knowledge). In that case, fair enough.
 

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Andrea will not want to live in Lexington, KY that is for sure.
That's a big part of my belief that he's staying as well. To me, his whole resume reads "we're not leaving the Northeast until if ever...(probably her/his parents pass, and maybe other family considerations)"

Plus they're practicing Catholics. I'm guessing neither one of them would be enamored with the idea of going someplace where they're a minority.
 

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Andrea will not want to live in Lexington, KY that is for sure.
To this point:

After UConn beat Purdue 75-60 to repeat as NCAA tournament champions, Hurley addressed the opening with a few jokes, telling reporters he doesn't "think that's a concern" when asked about Kentucky. He added they should ask his wife, Andrea, who is also a native of New Jersey.

"Oh my God, Kentucky or anywhere that's going to take her further from New Jersey," he said when asked about her reaction to a potential move. "I mean, we just went to Rhode Island, which I had to drag her to, and then to Connecticut. I got her closer. And now further? I can't afford a divorce right now, too. I just started making money."


Dan Hurley plans to stay at UConn, eyes 'dynasty in modern times' - ESPN
 

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John Tyson probably took him on a tour of Springdale instead of Beaver Lake or Bella Vista or Wilson Park.
I spent a month in Ft Smith, Arkansas due to the Air Force. Only state I have driven thru that had massive potholes on the highway. Even worse, the strip clubs were topless only.
 

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Scott Drew reportedly turns down offer to take over in Lexington.
 

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Would be nice to see Donovan back in the college ranks. However, the college game has changed immensely since he was at Florida...he may not want to put himself through that at this stage of his career.
 

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Calipari’s inherent advantage as a college coach was that he had no ethics and no shame as a recruiter. Once NIL took that edge away, he’s been just another guy.

Kentucky is still a top program, but the idea that they will get a big name coach because they are Kentucky is fan fiction. If they get someone like Donovan, it’s a reflection of their ability to bail him out of a bad situation.
 

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If that were true his recruiting classes would presumably see a drop off. They haven’t. I also don’t think the Oaklands of the world are beating them because he’s getting worse recruits.

Since John Calipari took over as Kentucky's coach after the 2008-09 season, the Wildcats never have been far from the top of the recruiting rankings.

UK has ended among the top five of the 247Sports Composite team rankings every year since Calipari's arrival. Only once have the Wildcats not been among the top two: In 2022, when they were No. 5.
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2023/11/13/kentucky-basketball-recruiting-2024-john-calipari-uk-team-ranking/70168553007/
 

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