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Orlando Antigua being considered for Hofstra head coaching job

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After a rough year in which they only won seven games, Hofstra just fired their head coach Mo Cassara. Why do we care? According to Adam Zagoria, UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua is being considered as his replacement, along with Anthony Evans, Tim Cluess, Jimmy Patsos, and Andy Toole.

It’s only a matter of time before Antigua takes a head coaching opportunity, but still…don’t leave yet, Coach O!

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47 Comments for Orlando Antigua being considered for Hofstra head coaching job



  1. rixter
    12:33 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Best of luck to Coach O



  2. macsauce13
    12:33 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Noooo!!!!



  3. blueblinkylights
    12:33 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Coach O has as much to do with recruiting as Cal for his position. DON’T LEAVE!!



  4. rixter
    12:34 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Nooo? That’s kinda selfish. Sure, we would hate to lose him, but what a great opportunity, and well deserved.



  5. Bobbum man
    12:37 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Will be a shame to lose him heck of a recruiter but gotta do what’s best for himself wish him luck if he does decide to go



  6. vator32nh
    12:38 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Coach O needs to get some Head Coaching experience before Coach Cal retires and he takes over in Lexington.



  7. matt
    12:38 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I honestly don’t think he will leave us this year with him knowing what kind of future we have coming into the program next season. He can stay, win another championship (hopefully), build up that resume even more and then take another position in the near future. Head coaching positions are always opening up and I personally believe that he will make a good one. We all knew it was coming one day and I believe it may be after the upcoming season. I wish him luck whenever he does decide to move on.



  8. cat89
    12:38 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Like #4 selfishly I DON’T want him to leave. We need him badly….but I understand.



  9. brain
    12:39 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Unless he gets his dream job I bet he stays through next year.



  10. NashBlue
    12:40 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    It might be tough to leave with what we have coming in next year. Then again, he probably has to strike when the opportunity presents.



  11. Matt
    12:40 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I think it is too early for him to leave. If he sticks around a few more years and wins another championship or two he will be able to get a much better job than Hofstra. If he takes the Hofstra job and doesn’t turn it around as quick as expected it could kill his career or at the best leave him right back where he is now as an assistant at a big school.



  12. uk4lifebigred2nite
    12:40 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sure, it’s only a matter of time before Coach O leaves for a great head coach position. But Hofstra is not one of those. He deserves a much better school (and somewhere that is not Long Island–crappiest place in the United States).



  13. charlie
    12:41 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Puerto Rico representin’!



  14. Prof. G
    12:44 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Cal has already said he doesn’t want to coach after age 60. He’s in his 50s now. Who better to succeed him than Coach O? Wouldn’t he be proud to be the first Hispanic head coach at the winningest program of all time? I say give him a major, major raise to stay. MAJOR raise!



  15. UKBlue
    12:44 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    That’s a crap job, Coach O is a way better coach than the Hofstra job.



  16. Oogie
    12:47 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    ONE MORE YEAR! ONE MORE YEAR!



  17. Mack
    12:48 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Give hime more money than Hofstra offers unless he really wants to take their head coaching job..



  18. Silvereagle6
    12:50 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Coach O integral to our success – major raise indicated.



  19. OneAndDone
    12:50 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    He needs to hold out another year, get another title and take a much better job than that….



  20. bosshogg24
    12:50 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I look for coach O to be the next head coach at UK! He doesn’t need to leave!



  21. MustacheMan
    12:53 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t leave! But seriously – you think he will leave with the class we have coming in? He smells the opportunity to win another championship – no way he leaves right now. Plus – he can do much better than Hofstra…



  22. WINK WINK
    12:54 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    NOT HAPPENING. HE COULD’VE WENT TO OLD DOMINION A COUPLE YEARS AGO. WHY WOULD HE WANT TO GO TO THAT CRAP HOLE, WHEN HE IS MAKING MORE MONEY HERE, AS AN ASSISTANT? IM PRETTY SURE HE COULD GET A MUCH BETTER JOB THAN HOFSTRA! LIKE MAYBE UK OR SOMEWHERE WHEN COACH CAL RETIRES IN A FEW YEARS. 😉



  23. El Pollo Loco
    12:54 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Head coaching opportunities don’t grow on trees, but neither do greatest recruiting classes of all time. It’s gotta be tough to say not be a part of what UK will do next year – especially for an America East school on Long Island.



  24. Han
    12:55 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’d like to see him get a head coaching gig eventually because I think he’d be a favorite to replace Cal, but only with experience. Don’t leave too soon, though. I want him on the sideline this year helping with coaching this team and helping recruiting the next one, too.



  25. STEVE!
    1:00 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    The Hostra Head Coach position is probably a step down from where he is now. He can and will do better.



  26. HackRichards
    1:00 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Surely he would not leave with this class coming in…



  27. Nathan
    1:02 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Are you all smoking crack? No chance in today’s college basketball that he would be the next coach at Kentucky. Lower tier schools hire assistants as Head Coaches. He won’t leave for that job though.



  28. wldctky
    1:09 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    #27 Caliparis goal is 40-0 starting 5 freshmen then retire…next year that could happen…and Antigua WILL replace him!!!



  29. rixter
    1:12 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah guys, that’s what we need – another ‘coach in waiting’



  30. cracka
    1:13 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    surely that would be a lower salary (anybody know?) and much less exposure … i see coach o being offered a much better head coaching position when the time comes



  31. lakesidecatsfan
    1:13 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Dont think he would take this job…….but what worries me is if Jamie Dixon leaves Pitt for USC and Coach O gets looked at to Replace him at Pitt.



  32. the Big Dog
    1:14 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I hope that he stays- he and Cal certainly have something great building for the future. As for Orlando being the next KY coach- we would be better if he left and got head coaching experience (and success) at other schools before bringing him back. Whatever he decides we wish him well.



  33. Topical Pseudonym
    1:14 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe he wants to do it Joe B. Hall style. Stay until Cal leaves and the job is yours!



  34. Han
    1:14 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    27) The point is he needs experience somewhere as a head coach in order to be considered here. He’s a great recruiter. Just listen to what so many of the recruits say, Coach O this, Coach O that.

    He needs to go to some small school for a few years, then a bigger one, before we could really risk taking him, I think, to replace Cal in 5 or 6 years when he hangs it up.



  35. SMH
    1:16 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s put this in a context you might understand:
    you’re sweeping floors at company A.
    Company B offers you the Head of Maintenance job at a huge raise in salary, BUT – company A is installing all new tile in the building….. going to be a HUGE year at company A.

    Do you stay for the big year, or do you jump to the better job?



  36. sher
    1:17 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    DON’T go Coach O!! BBN needs you!



  37. WINK WINK
    1:20 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    When Calipari retires and they ask him to recommend someone for the job, who do you think it’s going to be, Shaka Smart or Brad Stevens? Cal knows what Coach O is worth.



  38. JoshB
    1:29 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Coach O is great would hate to see him go but you can’t blame a guy for wanting to be a head coach I mean think of it like Josh Pastner coach cals old assistant at Memphis he would have never had that job if it wasn’t for cal just like coach o he will have his opportunity to coach somewhere and BBN will support him wherever he decides to go but I still say Travis Ford is the next head coach at uk



  39. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    1:39 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    If he leaves, he needs to take a better job than that.



  40. mashburnfan1
    1:48 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’d much rather have Stevens than Coach O as UK head coach when Cal leaves. I don’t care what he is now it is different being the guy in control. UK bball does not need a head coach in waiting, did we not learn anything from our football team. We want someone with HC experience and success over a long term. Stevens would be awesome but prolly not take job. Shaka, if he continues to win at high level until that time comes, would be good as well. There are also several other choices available.



  41. Wildcats One
    2:00 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Good grief. Some of you are already talking about Cal’s retirement. Can’t you just enjoy the program we have right now? I don’t think Cal is ready to retire just yet…..more titles to win, and it starts in November! #TheBloodbathRevengeTour



  42. Fisherville Cat Fan
    2:15 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I only glanced at these replies, but I would agree that Coach O should not leave because of what is about to happen in BBN in the coming years. But please do not forget (unless I am mistaken) Coach O is a native of Pittsburgh and played there. With them bowing out early yesterday to a no name is there any grumbling about their coaching position? And if not this year, then when it could open. Hard not to HC your alma mater – just sayin.



  43. Reality
    2:39 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Most of the coaches under Cal have gone on to be huge flops as head coaches.



  44. KY Realist
    3:00 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    He would be a solid hire. He has all the Nike, runner and agent connections.



  45. flyboy
    3:33 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Do what you feel is best for you and your family big guy. Good luck in whatever you choose!



  46. Stu Padaso
    3:59 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’d be willing to bet he makes more money now than we could as head man at Hofstra.



  47. Shawn
    6:39 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    He will have a better job offer next year after winning his second national championship. Who wants to miss out on a historic year?