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A list of potential ‘UK Legends’ coaching candidates

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Yeah, I called them the UK Legends. What are you going to do about it? Huh? Thought so.

With Joe B. Hall unjustly pulled from the sidelines, there is a coaching vacancy for the home team in the biggest non-UK event to hit Rupp Arena since Disney On Ice. A decision will surely be made soon, but not before we offer up our suggestions to the hiring committee.

I put together a little list of some potential candidates and I’ll need your suggestions in the comments section. Together, we’ll make sure the right hire is made.

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— Larry Brown – Brown has 1,275 wins as a head coach, no affiliation to UK, and he’s Coach Cal’s bestest buddy. He also has ties to a couple of players from when he coached Tayshaun in Detroit and Nazr in Charlotte. I can’t think of a better option.

Red Auerbach – He died? Oh. That would’ve been pretty cool, though.

— The Heavy Hitter – This team could use a Kentucky celebrity as its coach, and who is a bigger name in Kentucky than the Heavy Hitter? And he’s not just a face for the sideline, the Heavy Hitter’s got game. He can pass a basketball to himself! Maybe he could teach that move to Wall and Rondo. Although, that has to be a traveling violation. If only there were a way to reach out to him, like a catchy 1-800 number or something.

— Billy Gillispie – Billy Gillispie would be the smart hire. That way, if our favorite UK players lose to the Dominicans, we can just blame it all on him and laugh about it in a few years. The only concern would be him benching Jodie Meeks and starting Mark Coury over DeMarcus Cousins.

— Mark Emmert – Mark Emmert should have the closest seat in the house for this game. I want him to look out at this UK spectacle and I want him to enjoy it. Let’s put his nose in it.

Drake – Drake has coached before and I can’t stop watching his game film. You’re welcome.

— Enes Kanter – The NCAA doesn’t recognize Enes Kanter as a member of the 2010-2011 UK basketball team, so what’s to keep him from coaching the team? He’s just a former UK student – no different than you, no different than me, no different from UK Andrew. Someone send a plane to Turkey.

— Billy Donovan – I heard his wife was looking at horse farms in Nicholasville yesterday and his son enrolled at LCA.

— Doug Harrellson – Doug Harrellson wouldn’t coach the team. His beard would tactically command a highly trained American basketball strike force over an inferior band of Dominican opponents. The team’s uniforms would feature the latest Mossy Oak camo technology and players would be replenished with lukewarm Busch Light and Copenhagen long cut during timeouts.

Joe B. Hall – Let’s just do it and see what happens.

Raffle – Why not let our good friend random decide who coaches the team? A $10 ticket throws your name in the pot to be the head coach of the UK Legends. Proceeds would pay off the entire U.S. National Debt with a little left over to buy Canada and turn it into a 3,851,787 square mile amusement park, paintball course, and golf resort.

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Your turn…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

102 Comments for A list of potential ‘UK Legends’ coaching candidates



  1. Michael
    1:08 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Dom PAPA



  2. CatsFTW
    1:08 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Wes Mantooth



  3. TommyLasorda
    1:09 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Why not throw up a new poll instead of this one that has been dead for 3 weeks? “What Would Have Been More Innovative Than A Partnership W/ LeBron?”
    Come on now let’s not be this lazy! we expect better 😛



  4. pizzinmneoff
    1:10 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Pat Riley



  5. Mojo
    1:11 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Although his involvement with the Heat may prevent it…i say PAT RILEY!!!



  6. mr.ssi
    1:12 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Eric C. Conn – “the man who never sleeps” He is a KY legend and has no ties to UK. Free ssi for everyone (except the taxpayers)



  7. Charles Barkley
    1:12 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    How bout me?



  8. Joe
    1:12 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    1 FTW. Why not increase the international flavor? Gotta be the one, the only, “We love it when they call him” Dom Papa.



  9. Bobby Valentine
    1:13 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I have a pair of glasses and fake mustache that Joe B. can borrow. No one will know the difference.



  10. bung
    1:14 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    the nc2a may have finally screwed up… when a mad Joe B and his lawyer McBrayer get through with them…I say Joe B. will coach



  11. JEREMY
    1:15 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I think dean smith coached in this UNC exihibition game?
    http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/090409abz.html



  12. JEREMY
    1:16 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Plus the NCAA let the former UNC pros wear official UNC uniforms! Check the link above.



  13. WildcatfanEastKY
    1:17 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I havent live din Lexington for nearly four years but I still remember those annoying ads. The heavy hitter is the way to go call 1-800-255-3000 or some crap like that lol



  14. catinthahat
    1:19 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Matty Boy Wilson



  15. Johnny W.
    1:20 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    World Wide Wes. It’s pretty clear the NCAA doesn’t want us hosting this game. Let’s just go all out and really piss them off. Afterward we can hold a 15 minute celebration and give Wes the game ball for his 1st career victory.



  16. Mr. Bojangles
    1:20 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I am a fan of Drake. or LeBron.
    What about the Harrison Twins? Gotta be a recruiting plus there.



  17. SexnNursinHomes
    1:20 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Henry Earle (Great Ambass. for Ky)



  18. WildcatfanEastKY
    1:21 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    12) Wow what a bunch of garbage the NCAA is. Ah we all know the Turd Heels are golden



  19. UKAndrew
    1:23 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Get Pat Riley to do it. If George Karl could coach in the UNC alumni game why not let Pat Riley?



  20. MIDDAY
    1:30 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    The Rupp Arena Dancing man.



  21. KYBLUE
    1:31 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Send the NCAA a message and let World Wide Wes coach that team…



  22. the anti-cat
    1:32 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Carolina steve. After all, he is as much a legend as any of the one and dones in this game? Legends? hardly.



  23. MtnCat
    1:33 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Dan Issel would be ideal.

    I bet the farm that Joe B will coach and the NCAA will learn to like it.



  24. Denney
    1:34 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Ashley Judd…enough said!



  25. Hoosier Wild Cat
    1:35 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I say Jerry Tipton. Wall can pass him to Cousins and Big Cuz can stuff him.



  26. TommyLasorda
    1:36 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you! Who ever you are……



  27. jsawright
    1:38 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Great news! I heard Rekalin Sims is in town and now available.



  28. William Braskey
    1:40 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t see how the NCAA can decide on this. None of the participants are employed by the University correct? Rupp Arena is not a UK-owned facility, and UK has no radio/tv coverage for it. Since the name UK is not even allowed to be emblazoned on tickets or programs, there is no reason anybody outside of the current coaches/admin shouldn’t be allowed to coach.



  29. NashvilleCat
    1:40 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I love the raffle idea. No limit on the number of tickets you could buy.



  30. Warfield Donahue
    1:40 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    6. Eric has the right attitude for the job. He’s strong-willed, determined and He Never Left â„¢.



  31. Lifelong Cat Fan
    1:41 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Charles Barkley or Ashley!!!!



  32. William Braskey
    1:41 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    We should let Ricky P do it. It’s the only way he’s going to coach NBA talent again…..



  33. Jessdogky
    1:42 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    ASHLEY JUDD!!!! Can’t believe she hasn’t been mentioned yet!



  34. Audrey from Red Lobster
    1:43 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Jones



  35. Mattcat68
    1:44 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Pat Riley
    Dan Issel

    or really piss the NCAA off and bring in Dwayne Casey!



  36. Jessdogky
    1:44 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Whoops, 24 beat me to it!



  37. Mattcat68
    1:46 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Jimmy Dykes!



  38. William Braskey
    1:46 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Why has no one come up with the answer of where Patterson is????



  39. UKfansinLouisville
    1:47 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Drake would be the perfect coach… then at halftime he could perform with Rihanna. Ooh na na NCAA what’s my name?



  40. Buckner
    1:49 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Actor Ken Howard. Look what he did with the Carver High team in The White Shadow.



  41. dtr
    1:49 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    6&31: I’ve lived in hazard for two months and i already can’t handle the mention of eric c conn. I would literally rather BCG than him.



  42. Cheyne
    1:51 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Tucker Max



  43. UKFanInCincy
    1:52 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    DRAKE



  44. Joe
    1:53 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Two words. Oh. Napier.



  45. C.A.T.S
    1:54 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Kige Ramsey or Handsome Jimmy BABYYYY!



  46. catinthahat
    1:54 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Bruce Pearl



  47. Perfect Patterson
    1:58 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Kige



  48. Joe
    1:58 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Casey Anthony? Nah, I guess we’ve got enough people at the NCAA trying to kill this thing.



  49. UKBIgDaddy
    1:59 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Mike Pratt



  50. Joe
    2:00 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Kige is a good call too. I see Kige telling them to run the picket fence for Meeks to win the game.



  51. Brian in burlington
    2:00 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I say draw a seat # out of the hat and let some fan be the coach or raffle tickets off b4 the game for some charity.



  52. Carl
    2:01 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Rick Pitino. It’s the only chance in hell he’ll ever win another basketball game in Rupp.



  53. tom
    2:01 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    A_S_H_L_E_Y



  54. TreyDay
    2:04 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Saul Smith



  55. Gary Busey
    2:04 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Bruce Pearl. He’s looking for a job!



  56. All Good
    2:05 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Ashley Judd, Dom Papa, or Kige Ramsey….all good



  57. C.A.T.S
    2:05 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    General Robert Montgomery Knight…just so we can boo him out of the arena before tip off.



  58. Anthony Epps
    2:06 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I can coach that night but I need a ride to Rupp.



  59. Brian in burlington
    2:06 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    raffle tickets for dominicandream.org it’s a dominican school charity help for education and mentoring



  60. Brian in burlington
    2:07 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    or foodforthepoor.org/dominicanrepublic



  61. slicky ricky
    2:09 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    James van der beek!



  62. UkJarhead
    2:12 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Gimel Martinez. We would see lots of 3’s go up.



  63. Thome in Chitown
    2:14 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    The Triumphant, tough to knock something you participated in.



  64. TK
    2:15 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    No Brainer….ROB BROMLEY, he already knows what its like to be “in the huddle” The excitement that guy can bring…wow!



  65. MarkHamilton
    2:18 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    If the NCAA doesn’t let me coach, I’m going on Facebook & tell them how I really feel.



  66. catinthahat
    2:19 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Papaw Brooks



  67. DoubleZeroMostel
    2:21 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Guy with the Blue Tinted glasses behind the bench.



  68. BeckP
    2:22 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Drew Franklin? He’s loved my the NCAA!



  69. BeckP
    2:23 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Drew Franklin? He’s already loved my the NCAA!



  70. Ron
    2:24 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Why not Hall of Famer, Coach Denny Crum?



  71. 44 Stitches
    2:29 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Mallory Blackwelder gets my vote that girl is hot.



  72. bluebiscuit
    2:31 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Alan Cutler



  73. mpg
    2:31 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Franklin and Bash



  74. DirtyD
    2:31 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Erin andrews!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  75. George
    2:37 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    The raffle is actually a really good idea. I’d spend 100 on it just for a chance to coach some of my favorite ex (university name removed due to NCAA violation) players!



  76. Elvis
    2:40 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Plan A– Jerry Tarkanian. Tark the Shark is the only person the NCAA hates worse than anyone from Kentucky.

    Plan B–Karen Sypher, about time for some work release for the little lady.



  77. PolsonForThree(Minutes)
    2:40 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    LEBRON



  78. owesco
    2:48 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Jimmy Dykes, How awesome would it be for Meeks to make “violent cuts” for him!!!!



  79. ye'm
    2:52 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    76) “Plan B-Karen Sypher” I see what you did there…Plan B, like the morning after pill. Clever stuff.



  80. StanfordCat
    2:55 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Jai Lucas and Patrick Patterson?



  81. Rick Barnes
    2:55 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    I will be holding a press conference at 4pm today to announce that I am officially removing myself from consideration to coach the UK Legends.



  82. floydfan
    3:01 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Rob Lock so we can set an all time record for flopping…I mean drawing charges. It would look like a World Cup soccer game.



  83. meg
    3:28 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    jay-z..big sean.. lol the cougartown dude..the wildcat?



  84. Brian Storn
    3:33 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    How about Laettner? i know it initially sounds insane but it would we wild and would get KentuckY and the whole situation a ton of pub.
    Personally, i think they should just do it w/ Joe B. and take this puppy to court b/c there is no way in the world the ncaa’s could justify this one. They don’t own the UK-brand and they have no control over anyone involved with this game with the obvious possible exception of Coach Cal but that is only as it pertains to recruiting and, clearly, this has nothing to do with recruiting; well…directly anyway.)))



  85. Rick's boyz
    3:53 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Dickie V of course!!



  86. Lando CALrisian
    4:00 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    How about Oscar Combs?



  87. Buzzard
    4:03 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    #24 beat me to it. Ashley Judd! ” Ok boys, show me how you bounce that ball “



  88. Partisan UK Hack
    4:04 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Can someone explain to me why the NCAA holds any jurisdiction over a game played between the Dominican National Team and a team of NBA players at an off-campus facility?



  89. JEREMY
    4:05 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Hey #84, why laettner? So we can take turns stepping on his chest and not get thrown out of the game! Could you imagine if Boogie did that in a NCAA tourney game! We would still be hearing about it…



  90. jacocat
    4:42 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    #88 that is the way i see it. i think it should go on as planned and dare the ncaa to try to do anything about it.



  91. Issel's two front teeth
    5:26 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert looks like the love child of Andy Rooney and Robert Redford!



  92. HillbillyInBC
    5:44 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Mike Krzyzewski. This would send the infractions committee into an infinite loop, from which they would never escape.



  93. Devin
    5:48 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Can Pat Riley coach or no becuase of teh lockout and he can’t have any contact with NBA players…?



  94. catnuts
    6:13 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    King Kelly Coleman gets my vote. He is a Kentucky icon and deserves to get the positive press that would come from it and national esposure of his story. I know alot of people in Kentucky knows his story but I’d love for the rest of the world to hear his story. Maybe he can get a movie deal out of the exposure.



  95. scottbwalters
    9:36 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    @rexchapman!



  96. ol blue
    11:12 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    DICK VITALE



  97. ol blue
    11:16 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    PAT RILEY
    DAN ISSEL

    Barring those,

    DICK VITALE



  98. Matt
    11:34 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Samuel L. Jackson aka Coach Carter



  99. wildcat Bill
    11:53 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    King Rex Chapman!!! Lets get him back in Rupp!



  100. ChairmanRowe
    12:21 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    My vote is for me. I grew up in Lexington, graduated from UK, and there’s a good chance I won’t make it back to KY this year otherwise. I was also a groomsman at the wedding of one of your writer’s uncles, which obviously trumps all my other reasons. Let me know soon, though. It’s a long walk from Denver and I’d have to start on it this weekend.



  101. icecream man
    10:39 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    First, you have to make the offer to our basketball loving commander and chief, that will make some waves; presumably the government will be shut-down then anyway, then after we are promptly rejected: we bring in… Dicky V.



  102. icecream man
    10:44 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    First, you have to make the offer to our basketball loving commander and chief, that will make some waves; presumably the government will be shut-down then anyway, then after we are promptly rejected: we bring in… Dicky V. (And harness our passion for good) lottery for an assistant coaching spot on each team, money to go to a dominican charity and one closer to home.)