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Rod Strickland leaving UK

71-year-old coaching legend Larry Brown just accepted the job at SMU and he’s taking one of our own with him. Rod Strickland is leaving UK to join Brown as an assistant at SMU, according to ESPN.

Strickland came to Kentucky in Calipari’s first season as assistant and spent the last two years in an administrative role. He has been crucial in the development of guys like John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague.

We’ll miss him.

“Guaranteed, made ’em jump like Rod Strickland.” ~ Wu-Tang Clan

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

25 Comments for Rod Strickland leaving UK

  1. Jon
    6:12 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    Bye Rod

  2. HerpDerp
    6:12 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that Larry Brown is there more than a year just plummeted.

  3. Bug Blue 66
    6:13 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    Rod must be the ole coach in waiting….hate to see him go, very cool guy and I would bet a huge help on player development

  4. um yeah
    6:14 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    That makes sense….I guess????

  5. GoCats2010
    6:16 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    Love Strick, hope he plays it straight down there. Larry wont have the clout down there that Cal has up here if he gets back into trouble

  6. Blue 85
    6:18 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    This sounds like an absolute senseless move… Could Rod be jumping ship before Cal heads to the NBA?

  7. BPsycho
    6:23 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    “Rod Strickland takes shots, shots, shot shots shots, shots shots, shots shots shots”

  8. Another Perspective
    6:24 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    This hurts. Recruits love Strick.

  9. Cats Fan
    6:25 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    This was arranged by WWW and Cal in order to help both Rod and Larry Brown. Rod wasn’t a real assistant here, mainly because of his DUI. At SMU the job is a true assistant, so it is a promotion in that sense. JMO

  10. BPsycho
    6:26 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    #6 Leaving after a championship to go help Larry Brown build SMU is senseless? Whatever.

  11. Cats Fan
    6:27 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    Just to clarify, Cal and Brown are old friends and Cal is very loyal to him, so thats why I think it was a mutual thing. Its not like Rod is dissing Cal or anything.

  12. obviously it's...
    6:33 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    …Stickland is now a true assistant.

  13. Marty
    6:38 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Rod, Thank You for everything you did . Will be praying for you and family

  14. Tiger Tiger Woods Y'all
    6:40 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    The Dallas Police Department has been put on high alert. My friend can’t get a job at Enterprise because of 1 DUI. Rod gets a 6 figure salary with a bazzilion DUIs.

  15. fatkidineastky
    6:42 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    All I have heard is this is Coach Cal helping both Coach Rod and Coach Brown…..this will give Rod more coaching experiecne than here and will also place him in a higher position on a bench that leads to better future endeavors (coaching jobs). And if he can stay off the sauce in public…will create him a coach in waiting position……in a BIG EAST program…..As for one fat kid in Eastern Kentucky – I wish him nothing but the best!

  16. Eddie Taylor
    7:16 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    I was always wondering if Rod could talk. I never saw him talk in 3 years?

  17. BBNaintnothintoFwit
    7:17 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    Nice shout out to the WU, drew. Well played.

  18. Hacksaw
    7:27 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    Cal needs to hire McCarty to take his spot.Walt has told people he would like to get back into coaching

  19. Korean Tacos
    7:32 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    over/under Strickland will be Head Coach at SMU in 2 years

  20. Delacat
    7:33 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    16. He can talk. I spoke with him in the phila airport this past Saturday evening. Needless to say, I was expecting some news this week regarding strick. I wish him well

  21. Walter
    8:03 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    How about Rex Chapman? He was a natural and could teach and inspire guys. Boy could shoot from outside too.
    Then there are guys like Derek Anderson and Jamal Mashburn. I think those guys have made it in business investments.
    Is Azibuke not playing anymore after last season? Wasn’t he back on the injury list?

  22. Mkgistebow
    8:06 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    It looked like Kenny and/or Orlando would get a wad job and rod would’ve become a true assistant again. That didn’t happen so cal shipped him on down to Larry. Smu has a lot of resources and a lot of money so I bet rods excited about building a big east team from scratch with a great staff and 1 of the all time great head coaches. He is NOT the head coach in waiting tho. I feel this is a HUGE loss for the cats considering every pg cal has gotten credit for has been mentored by rod (minus Dejuan Wagner and he was prob hurt by not getting the rod Strickland tutelage) but his hands were tied because of stricks indescretions. Good luck rod, please find a similar nba guy to transition into this spot cal:/

  23. Mkgistebow
    8:07 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    *head job

  24. In Cal We Trust
    10:15 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    Good luck Rod! But stay away from the drinking!!

  25. funkygates
    10:33 pm April 17, 2012 Permalink

    I like to drink and no one can stop me