Thursday, March 19, 2009

March Madness rumor mill

When March Madness begins, so too do the rumors about coaches--which jobs will become open, who will go where, what's the latest regarding so-and-so who's on the hot seat?

The first rumors to surface are:
- The future of Billy Gillespie at Kentucky. UK did not make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991 and for the Wildcat Nation, that is an absolute "no-no." (As one Kentucky fan pointed out, "How can we have two first-team all-SEC players and not make the NCAA Tournament!?") What makes matters worse is that former coach Tubby Smith has quickly turned a low-performing Minnesota program around and the Gophers are a 10 seed playing Texas today. In addition, other Kentucky schools (Western Kentucky, Morehead State) made the field of 65 but UK did not. One of the notions being tossed around is whether UK would go after John Calipari at Memphis. And, what makes that rumor even more juicy is what that might do to the stud recruiting class coming into Memphis.

- The second rumor surrounds Jeff Capel's future at Oklahoma. There is some word out of Charlottesville that Virginia may try to lure Capel back to ACC country.

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