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Rodrick Rhodes settling into random high school job nicely


If you remember, about a month ago there was the seemingly out-of-nowhere story of former Cat Rodrick Rhodes becoming a hot commodity in the Kentucky high school coaching ranks. He was courted by several schools but eventually settled on Cordia High School in Lott’s Creek, a place Rhodes apparently had never heard of before looking at the coaching position. Rhodes talked to WKYT about his new job and a little bit of the story behind the story of how he ended up the coach at Cordia:

How Rhodes discovered Cordia was as simple as a phone call; actually two phone calls.
In June, rumors began to surface that the former Wildcat guard was interested in the same position at Owsley County. Melton got wind of Rhodes’ interest, then made a phone call.
“I called a college buddy who lives in northern Kentucky and he gave Rodrick’s phone number. It was as simple as that,” Melton says.
Rhodes, who spent three years at UK, received pictures of the Cordia campus and investigated the school via the internet. However, it took some convincing from a former teammate at UK to complete the deal.
Rhodes called Jeff Sheppard, the Most Outstanding Player in the 1998 Final Four.
“Without question Jeff was the man who sealed the deal. Others offered more, but after speaking with Sheppard, Rod was sold on Cordia,” Melton said. “As soon as he got here, people were standing beside the road and clapping and cheering him on. Community members helped him unload his belongings and helped him move in the dorm.”

So there you have it. Rodrick Rhodes is the coach of a tiny school in Eastern Kentucky, and Jeff Sheppard was the power broker that made it happen. Who would have thought?

[WKYT – Rhodes finds new Kentucky home to his liking]

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

12 Comments for Rodrick Rhodes settling into random high school job nicely

  1. BigBlueKyle
    7:22 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    From what I was told last night, there have been several kids from other schools trying to transfer to Cordia now.

  2. mudcreekmark
    7:32 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    Rhodes is one of my least favorite players of all time. If Pitino hadn’t ran him off we wouldn’t have won it all in 96. He was bound and determined to prove the hype but all he did was prove that he was a selfish ballplayer with the NBA as his goal not the team winning games.

  3. Mr Schwump
    7:39 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    Get McGary and Muhammed to transfer there.

  4. ukfaninohio
    7:41 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone ever seen rhodes at the sportsplex?He still got it!

  5. Garrett
    7:56 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    Neat story…I’ve often wondered whatever happened to Rodrick Rhodes. Love him or hate him he was a memorable character!

  6. 44 Stitches
    8:20 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    HAHA Jeff Sheppard coming straight outta PTC!!!

  7. FrigFullofBeer
    8:44 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    Get Shabazz, Mcgray, Archie Goodwin, Dejuan Coleman, and TJ Warren to transfer to Cordia! Heck why not Perry Ellis as, well…

  8. Duganboy
    9:33 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    From UK to Corida. That should tell you all you need to know.

  9. redbird
    5:32 am July 17, 2011 Permalink

    96?who won it in 96?i can’t remember?

  10. BravoBigBlue
    5:56 am July 17, 2011 Permalink

    I am pulling for Rodrick to succeed. His stay at Kentucky was definitely bumpy, but the fact that he has come back to the state to begin his coaching career speaks volumes to me. Time does indeed heal (most) all wounds.

  11. Karma
    11:34 am July 17, 2011 Permalink

    Here is a guy who is now more popular throughout the state of Kentucky than the coach who initially ran him out of the state. HAHA.

  12. Ira Tatum
    3:37 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    I just can not picture Rod Rhodes thriving in Appalachia. It does not compute.