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22 March 2007

CBS: Wright's name will come up at UK

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
3/22/2007 06:01:00 PM
CBS Sportline reporter Gary Parrish wrote today that Jay Wright will be among the names considered for the now-vacant head coaching spot at the University of Kentucky.

According to Parrish:

Names that will surface as possible replacements are Florida's Billy Donovan, Texas A&M's Billy Gillispie, Memphis' John Calipari, Marquette's Tom Crean, Villanova's Jay Wright, Ohio State's Thad Matta, Gonzaga's Mark Few, Texas' Rick Barnes and countless others. Also, don't be surprised if the interest of Louisville's Rick Pitino is gauged.

At this point, I think Jay Wright is a real long-shot for this job. Wright is sitting pretty right now at Villanova, with some great recruits coming in. Wright has also said repeatedly that Villanova is his "dream job," and I don't think he is crazy enough to leave a place where he is beloved to enter into the maelstrom that is the head coaching job at UK.

Remember, Tubby Smith won a national championship and went to four Elite Eights and seven Sweet Sixteens in his 10 seasons in Lexington. He also was 10-for-10 in first round NCAA Tournament games. If Smith, an excellent coach, was run out of town with that resume, why would Wright want to put himself in that position of unrealistic expectations?

If I were a betting man, I'd bet on Marquette's Tom Crean being tapped for this job.

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