Kentucky basketball has been everywhere recently. From the WWL to UK message boards and fan sites, the Interwebs have been abuzz with UK’s men’s basketball coaching search. It all kicked off Friday afternoon when Billy Gillispie was officially shown the door by UK. Since then the server for about every UK blog, fan site, and even many actual news outlets have been shitting all over themselves.
The big question remains: who will replace Gillispie at the helm? Most reports have John Calipari of New Jersey Nets fame. In fact, the ever-reliable Wikipedia already has him as the head coach (as of the time of this post). ESPN still has Coach Cal as undecided so we’ll go with that today.
One thing that is absolutely true is that Cats fans are salivating at the idea of having Calipari on the sidelines next year. A potential first ten of Wall, Meeks, Miller, Orton, Patterson, Hood, Harris, Stevenson, Galloway, and Cousins would make any fan smile. That appears to be a strong possibility if Lee Todd and Mitch Barnhardt do indeed tap Calipari for the head man job.
There’s not much to say about this that hasn’t been discussed but let’s think for a moment what would occur if Calipari does get the job. First, the UK-UL rivalry would ratchet up another notch as the old Memphis-UL rivalry was pretty heated when they were CUSA opponents (they’re even in a commercial together). A second rivalry is the UK-UT showdown. Bruce and John had turned the Memphis and Tennessee face-offs into serious games. Just two years ago the teams were ranked #1 and #2 in the nation and playing on ESPN. There appears to be no love loss between these two men either. So UK’s main rivalries could be getting another shot in the arm with the addition of Calipari.
In other news (yes, there is other sports news) baseball kicks off in less than a week. This particular blogger could not be more excited. In fact, the old MLB.tv account will be paid up tonight to avoid any last second rush on Monday. Can’t miss the A’s (and Tigers) first games now can we?
On the A’s front, young pitching is the name of the game. It appears that all 5 members of the opening day starting rotation will be 25-years-old or younger. That sure as Hell makes a guy feel old when his entire starting staff is younger than he is! The off season acquisitions of some big name position players should give the youngsters some time to settle in, and even if they don’t there is a stable full of arms down in Sacramento just waiting for their opportunity.
The Tigers want to show everyone that 2008 was an anomaly. With one of the best lineups in baseball again this year, and a heatly Sheffield, the Tigers will look to score in bunches again. Offseason acquisitions of Jackson and Lyon will help push the pitching over the hump as well. Don’t sleep on the Tigs in the AL Central this year as that race will be hotly contested again in 2009.
The Final Four also kicks off this weekend. Give me UNC to hold off Jay Wright and his band of midgets. Then give me Roy Boy to take down the sleigh dogs. Just a hunch.
Our favorite thing today is going to be Pizza Hut. This is only because it is about to be my dinner and absolutely no other reason.
That’s all for today folks. Go out and enjoy the weather before the rain gets here.
NOTE: While typing this ESPN has reported Calipari will take the UK job and Sheffield was released by the Tigers. The sports world has gone nuts in the last 15 minutes.