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Mike DeCourcy ranks UK 4th Best College Basketball Job

You think I’d give up 24/7 access to Rendezvous BBQ for the fourth-best job in the country?

I know we’re all biased, but when you think of the best college coaching jobs in the country, Kentucky has to at least be in the top three, right?

Mike DeCourcy doesn’t think so. On Tuesday, he wrote an article ranking the best college coaching jobs in the country. Kentucky came in at…number four.

1. NORTH CAROLINA. How many kids in America wouldn’t take Carolina’s call?

2. UCLA. The location and tradition are incredible, but agents prowling the region threaten to knock this one down the list.

3. TEXAS. There’s so much talent and money – and minimal pressure to win it all. What more could a coach want?

4. KENTUCKY. Perhaps more than any other program, Kentucky makes certain there is life beyond basketball for those who prove themselves to be committed Wildcats.

5. OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes earned the 2011 NCAA Tournament No. 1 overall seed with a rotation featuring six in-state recruits.

6. INDIANA. This state produced Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Gordon Hayward for others, but the best are starting to join the Hoosiers again.

7. KANSAS. If getting talent weren’t such a chore, KU would fight UNC for the top spot.

8. DUKE. With Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is the country’s most powerful program. What will it be when he retires?

9. MARYLAND. The area they’re now calling the DMV–D.C./Maryland/Northern Virginia–might be the country’s richest talent mine.

10. ARIZONA. The brand name Lute Olson established makes this program a factor with nearly every player west of the Rockies.

#4?! Behind UCLA and Texas?? Sure, our fans are passionate, and some may call the job a pressure cooker, but hey, it’s Kentucky. Would you turn that down to go to Texas and play second fiddle to football? DeCourcy says he used access to talent, tradition, support from the community and campus, and facilities as his criteria. What’s missing off that list? Recent success, which DeCourcy says shouldn’t be part of the measuring stick (still scratching my head on that one).

It’s mid-morning. Let’s debate. How do you rank the best college jobs in the country?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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62 Comments for Mike DeCourcy ranks UK 4th Best College Basketball Job

  1. Taco Covered Strawberries
    10:49 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I didn’t come here to debate, I just want to kiss you goodnight.

  2. Nathan
    10:50 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    1 UK
    2 UK
    3 UK

  3. KING REX #3
    10:50 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    1 – UK
    2 – North Carolina
    3 – Kansas
    4 – Puke

  4. kyeric
    10:52 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Chaminade, Vermont followed closely by R.E.T.S., in that order. See? Any idiot can do this!

  5. joe
    10:55 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I, for one, find this to be absolutely ridiculous.

  6. bmt22033
    10:58 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    DeCourcy knew full well what would happen by listing UK @ #4 in his list…lot’s of web traffic from UK fans. Cha-ching. Cha-ching. The saddest thing is, his list is purely subjective yet there are still tons of UK fans reading/posting comments on the page arguing their case for why UK should be #1 or #2. It’s not like this “list” is rooted in any kind of fact. Don’t click the link, don’t read the story, don’t post comments about how he’s full of sh*t, etc. When the fan base stops responding to these kinds of opinion pieces, they’ll stop popping up so often.

  7. Paul Crewe's Bookie
    10:58 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    First of all, we’re a little late to the party here, since everyone else reported this on Tuesday. 🙁

    1. Kentucky (Winning, duh!)
    2. UCLA
    3. Duke
    4. Hawaii (Hawaii, duh!)
    5. Kansas

  8. mike decourcy
    11:02 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Who the F cares about mike decourcy!

  9. Buckets
    11:03 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares?

  10. ukRULES
    11:04 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    im a recruiter for the army in philadelphia, i always ask kids i talk to who is involved in sports to answer this question, who is college bb’s best team and who would you play for if you had the chance…kentucky always top three and 50% of the time numero uno… ky IS KING and make no mistakes about it!!

  11. Brewer
    11:05 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    What #6 said. Every writer knows bashing UK = lots of clicks from BBN. Stop playing into it

  12. Biglaw Dawgin'
    11:08 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    1. UK
    2. NC
    3. Duke
    4. Kansas
    5. UCLA
    6. Mich. St.
    7. Arizona
    8. Maryland
    9. Ohio State

    Hon Mention: Florida
    Dishonorable Mention: Louisville

  13. realist
    11:09 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    1.) UK
    2.) UNC
    3.) Duke
    4.) Kansas
    5.) doesnt matter the top 4 here are way beyond the rest in facilities/players and tradition. If we were a pair of nuts Texas and UCLA would be your dog on the couch that just lost his. What has Texas ever done besides get Kevin Durant? And UCLA is not even close to what they once was at least we all 4 have a constant tradition and winning percentage.

  14. Biglaw Dawgin'
    11:09 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t think Texas gets the nod yet. Maybe flip-flop them with IU, if you consider the fact that living in Austin probably smashes living in Bloomington.

  15. JEREMY
    11:11 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Wow TEXAS #3??? Come on, its a football school!
    Make no sense what so ever!
    I mean what in the hell was he smoking when he listed #3??

  16. shadowboxer
    11:15 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I lived in Texas. Trust me, those people don’t give two craps about basketball. It ranks up there like college wrestling to a UK fan. This guy is completely stoned.

  17. MemphisCat
    11:16 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I can see how NC and UK should be neck and neck, but UCLA has fallen off the face of the earth. It is a beatiful campus and has everything to offer, but FANS! Texas??? You have to be kidding me, football school with low expectations for basketball.

  18. Buckets
    11:17 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I had a class with Woo, linguistics, and I remember the first day of class he was a few minutes late and he sat behind me. I scooted my desk forward because, obviously, he needs extra leg room. He said, ‘Oh, thank you,’ in that great accent. Good stuff. Great guy.

  19. Buckets
    11:18 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    18 – Oops, wrong thread…

  20. Chad
    11:22 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I can see a arguement about UNC first and maybe Duke and UK up there around #2 but seriously UCLA and Texas. That is just stupid. IMO Kansas and Duke being so far down just pokes a hole in Mikes whole list.

  21. lexslamman
    11:23 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I would also put Duke, Ohio State and Maryland ahead of UK. UK should be 7th.

  22. Jack
    11:24 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Generally, I think Mike DeCoursey is one of the more knowledgable writers around but in this case he’s way off base. I believe he’s overweighted his factors and, in my opinion, puuting way too much emphasis on “lack of emphasis and pressure”. (I’ll quote a former holder of the position on that, Tubby Smith, quoting the Bible,: “To whom much has been given, much is expected”.) As for tradition and community support: he can’t be serious! Kentucky has that all over both UCLA and Texas and, more than likely anybody else. I’d rate ’em:
    1/Kentucky–recruiting base: Planet Earth
    2/Kansas–tradition,support and recruiting might be tough but plenty seem to find their way there
    5/Purdue–a surprise? has every advantage IU has but not quite the tradition, thoough a lot more than most think

  23. MtnCat
    11:25 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    North Carolina is a gret program but still doesn’t measure up to the history, tradition, and fan base of Kentucky. UCLA and Indiana are non factors. Duke has had a good run with K but doesn’t begin to measure up to Kentucky. Kansas, who is kidding who? Texas, Arizona, Maryland, Ohio State should not even be in the conversation. The best coaching position is at the best program most times. At Kentucky, Cal has the world by the tail and has made this the best coaching job in the country, it’s not even close.

  24. thankfulCat
    11:26 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Based on the last few years:

    Michigan State
    Ohio State

  25. thankfulCat
    11:27 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I would also put Duke, Ohio State and Maryland ahead of UK. UK should be 7th



    Are you drunk?

  26. dhighdrated
    11:29 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    lmfao at texas. yeah, that program is soooo good at having one superstar player, getting overhyped and bowing out in the first weekend every year.

  27. lih
    11:34 am June 9, 2011 Permalink


    See where I’m coming from ?

  28. Nutwrap
    11:35 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    An Unbiased ranking:
    1. UK/UNC-Rate them 1-2 or just both as #1 They are the ultimate stopping places for coaches. Look at how many coaches have won titles for these teams. (Mike DeCourcy is an idiot)
    3. Kansas-Tradition of great coaches
    4/5. UCLA/Duke- Tough one here, these programs have had amazing success under one coach and in UCLA’s case a couple other good runs (which is why I give them the 4). But whoever comes after Mike Kryz?????ski (Coach K) will have to be a top tier coach in order to keep Puke fans happy.

    Biased Ranking:
    1. UK
    2. UK
    3. UK
    4. You all get the idea

  29. lexslamman
    11:37 am June 9, 2011 Permalink


    Have you ever been to Maryland at College Park? Experienced their arena, seen their campus? Do you understand the pool of talent they can recruit from? That they are part of a real basketball conference?

    If a kid playa as a superstar for Maryland they are featured going up against top programs like Duke and UNC in the regular season and in the tournament, plus any given year teams like Wake, NC State, Ga Tech and Florida State can blow up. The SEC is a football conference that has been totally dominated by UK throughout its history. If we want to be a basketball school, we should leave the SEC and play in a better conference.

  30. KYBLUE
    11:42 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares and a weak argument!

  31. Not Mike Decourcy
    11:43 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Edit to my ratings:

    3. TEXAS. There’s so much talent and money – and minimal pressure to win it all. What more could a coach want?
    4. PENN STATE. Perhaps more than any other program, PENN STATE makes certain there is life beyond basketball for those who prove themselves to be committed Nittany Lions. There are hundreds of coaches begging for this job and it is up to the committed basketball first ideology of their great ADs to select the best one from an amazing field. No coach would ever give this job up, even to take one of the higher ranked one.

    Note: Kentucky did not make this list seeing that great coaches such as Billy Gillespie and Eddie Sutton willingly left this terrible school to coach what many (but not I) would call lesser caliber basketball schools.

  32. seriously dude?
    11:45 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    29 – The SEC’s ‘football schools’ are better than the ACC’s teams that you say ‘can blow up’. And Columbus, OH is a dump. Yeah, OSU has a pretty campus but the rest of that city is a craphole, so why in the world would that be better than UK (referring to your #21 post)

  33. bigredbleedsblue
    11:50 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I have seen a marland game, and a ucla game, and a western kentucky game. They all have tradition and great fans but they don’t come close to kentucky. Stop making stupid comments just to rile people up!

  34. thankfulCat
    11:52 am June 9, 2011 Permalink


    Just go ahead and admit you are drunk

  35. DDT
    12:04 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    So according to his calculations…Success isn’t a measuring stick for a Successful basketball programm…..right.

  36. Unbiased
    12:23 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    No unbiased fan can honestly say that Louisville doesn’t belong on that list. They may be a huge rival and hated by 99.9% on this board, but if you try to tell me that UL isn’t a top 10 college bball job, then you are kidding yourself.

  37. BB DeeTees
    12:26 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    1 UNC / UK tied – I see no difference in these two programs. UNC & UK both have steller history ( edge to UK) and recent success ( edge to UNC). Really not much difference between the two programs.. Its a draw… More pressure on the UK job, but don’t think for a minute UNC would tolerate medocrity for any period of time. Just ask Matt Doherty.. If coach has playing style appealing to kids, then no problem recruiting blue chippers all day long at either of these schools

    3, Kansas – Tons of tradition over the years and a fan base that is exceptional. Why would u not want to coach where it all started…

    4. Syracuse – I know this is something of a way off school but it has ranked 2nd in attendance only to UK over the years, and seems to be a school always loaded with east coast talent.

    5. UCLA – Still considered a great college basketball tradition, but if you take that 10 year run wooden started they have been very average over the years. U just come away feeling they are a small fish in a big pond. NBA, NFL , MLB all take precedent over the bruins. But u have to respect the 10 year run…

  38. Guck Foodman
    12:35 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    216. – Louisville

  39. ukforever
    12:43 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve been a Kentucky fan since Pat Riley was playing and, believe me, there are no other schools with a fan base like the Big Blue Nation. There just isn’t!

  40. Pikeville25
    12:44 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville is not a top program, maybe in the 80s, but why would anybody wanna be second fiddle to the big bad and best job in bball, UK…..nobody….UL is an afterthought….but this list Decourcy made is a fn joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Was he high when he made this? Or just want hits on his page…………….?

  41. Blaineman
    12:47 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I read DeCourcy’s article the other day and had a good laugh….Not only did he get UK’s placement wrong, he included multiple teams that shouldn’t even be on the list and gave the shaft to others that should be. The best part is his reasoning for each school. UNC- “How many kids in America wouldn’t take Carolina’s call?” Couldn’t you say the exact same for any of the other top schools. It sounds like he’s basing his #1 ranking on recruiting if that’s his argument….uhhhh…ummmm….Who has the #1 recruiting class every year? Yea, Mike made this list while taking a poop, because it reeks of Sh**.

  42. rich
    12:50 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    i think people are putting Duke way to high, people go there to play for coach K, unless they bring in another coach who can bring players who just want to play for him, their success fades after K hangs em up.

  43. Brian
    1:00 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Dude seriously how in the hell can you put Maryland in your top 10 what the hell have they done lately besides beind the ACC doormat. and then you go and put Texas in front of us at number 3 what in the hell Decourcy im startin to think you are drunk neither teams have nowhere close the fan support or even close the Tradition we have get outa here Decourcy. And GO BIG BLUE!!!

  44. SeoulCat
    1:15 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    1. University of Tokyo (Shibuya!)
    2. Bora Bora Catholic Nurse College
    3. Hawaii

  45. SeoulCat
    1:18 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    “How many kids in America wouldn’t take Carolina’s call?”
    I dunno. Some kids like John Wall, maybe?

    I think Mike meant to say “Calipari’s call”. Both Carolina & Calipari begin with a “Ca” and have four vowels. It’s an easy mistake.

  46. yep.
    1:18 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    i would bet that stupid articles like the one linked to wouldn’t be written if thousands of UK fans didn’t go visit the page when they are posted …

    the next time DeCourcy says something stupid, just don’t post it. All you are doing is providing him clicks, which in turn provides advertising revenue, which in turn, justifies his salary … ignore him and he’ll say stupid things about UNC for awhile.

  47. yep.
    1:19 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    1. University of Tokyo (Shibuya!)
    2. Bora Bora Catholic Nurse College
    3. Hawaii

    best list ever. I would include at #4 Rocko’s school for typewriter maintenance.

  48. Unbiased
    1:20 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    40. I dont expect anyone from Pikeville to have the mental capacity to have an unbiased opinion, so you are forgiven.

  49. Stump
    1:24 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    UCLA #2…Ridiculous. If they have such great tradition…why have the played so long in a small very old 12,000+ seat arena built in 1965, that is just now getting renovated. Nobody cares that much about college basketball out in LA.

  50. bung
    1:35 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    No school is even a close 2nd to UK as a Basketball job.

  51. ibleedblue
    1:37 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    1. UNC, because anyone could win there, because of MJ, Nike and ESPN
    2. UK
    3. Duke
    4. Kansas
    5. Syracuse, unless St Johns can own New York recruiting with Lavin

  52. KD
    2:03 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    He claims he basis this on acess to homegrown talent well if thats the case BBN we should be left off the list as was louisville for this reason in regards to looserville being left off is totally ridiculous to me you can’t be in the top five in attendance and bring the revenue they bring in say thats not a top 10 job this decourcy did this to get hits from the BBN and UL fan bases. In my opinion they are both (1 and 1a )f*** carolinas and dukes

  53. bigcat76
    2:10 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Seriously, UCLA? No way. Only weather and tail make that a good place to be, but for basketball, child please. I hear at UCLA instead of sports cars and Escalades, boosters give you Prius’.

    How many kids wouldn’t take UNC’s call? How many kids wouldn’t take any of those teams call? how does that make UNC #1?

  54. Iwearmybluesunglassesatnight
    3:18 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    how do I judge thee? It’s all about the ladies!

    UK hands down #1

  55. willdcat1
    3:52 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    to answer #8 in the post, what will dUKe be when K leaves? After about 2 seasons with one of his former floor-pounders at the helm, they will be a middle of the road, small school, with outdated facilities, forgotten by big time recruits who recognize Duke alumni’s lack of success at the next level.

  56. stu
    3:55 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    1. Uk
    2. UNC
    3. Kansas
    4. Duke
    5. Michigan St.
    6. Syracuse
    7. Indiana
    8. Florida
    9. ST. John’s

  57. dana jacobsons pimp
    4:29 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    #56 u are pretty close to being right. Take off st johns, and louisville. then add ohio state at #10 and at #9 maybe west vigina. just maybe. but who the f**k is mike decourcy? seems like another douche like marc maggard.

  58. "Reality is on hold... said you called and left some insane message..."
    5:46 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Looking at this list puts into perspective the attitude of so many, and it unfortunate but none-the-less true. People who will never have to worry about being tops in their respective profession and still want success without expectations fall into this category. Thus, the Texas job will appeal to those who embrace this attitude. But no one who Let me also say NO, ZERO, NONE… no top tier college coach will ever view Texas, UCLA or any other program as a bigger gig than UK. Experts in their respective industry strive to be the best and be at the best, not merely where they can accomplish the same level of success without the pressure. Its the challenge, the prestige and everything that comes with it. Its the difference in type A personalities and those who make things happen and those resigned to what they get that others are willing to give them and content with whatever comes their way. This attitude is epidemic… sad really.

  59. Dr J
    6:49 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    When this was first posted by DeCourcy, and commented upon by John Clay, they both received enough commentary that I hope they have seen the error of their ways. You could make a case for UNC #1 and UK #2, but you can make a better case for UK #1 and UNC #2.

  60. Carl
    7:07 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not buyin’ it. No one would leave Kentucky for any of those jobs, but I bet we could have gotten Rick Barnes from Texas if we wanted him. North Carolina has depended on alumni to coach since the Guthrie experiment failed. I’m not sure someone without ties to the Heels would choose NC over UK, but they might. How many coaches has UCLA had since Wooden…5? 10?.
    The fact is 4 different coaches have come to Kentucky and won national championships, Calipari could make it 5, no other school has that in their portfolio.

    11:40 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    i’m pretty sure we were ranked the second best job in all sports behind the yankees a few years ago… even when we sucked

  62. RondosDribblingHand
    12:08 am June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, What an idiot. Decourcy I mean.