You cant get insight like this everywhere. For the record, Eloy Vargas arrives tomorrow for his UK visit:
And then from Frosted’s website just yesterday:
Today’s popular rumor is that Kenny Payne is going to join UK as an assistant coach for next season. This is absolutely false. There are 4 coaching spots at UK. Next year, they will continue to be filled by the same people who are filling them right now; John Calipari (ignore all NBA rumors), John Robic, Orlando Antigua & Rod Strickland. There will be no changes in the coaching staff at all.
So, if Kenny Payne, who is very close to John Calipari, was going to join UK, it would have to be as something OTHER than an assistant coach. Let’s look at the reality of that.
Currently, Kenny Payne earns close to 300k a year as an assistant at a high major university. If he were to leave Oregon, do you think he’d take a job at UK that pays no more than one third of what he’s making now?
Additionally, Kenny is known to be a terrific recruiter. Would he move to a job that didn’t offer him the ability to recruit off campus?
There is some chatter that Tony Delk may take the road job at WKU. I believe this is likely to happen…. so would Kenny Payne, a heavyweight in basketball coaching, come to UK to replace Delk as the assistant strength coach and make 25k a year???
I’m not telling anyone what to believe. If you want to think Payne is coming to UK because some random website says it’s possible….that’s fine with me. I’m just telling you that the will NOT be any coaching spots opening at UK this year. If Payne were to come to UK, he’d be doing something that doesn’t seem logical to anyone.