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BREAKING: Bruiser Flint to replace Kenny Payne at Kentucky

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

John Calipari has reportedly found his replacement for Kenny Payne.

Minutes after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that Payne had officially accepted an offer from the New York Knicks, college basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported that Indiana assistant Bruiser Flint was headed to Kentucky.

Flint – John Calipari’s longtime friend and former UMass assistant – is in his fourth year at Indiana and has more than 30 years of coaching experience. The Philadelphia native spent 20 years as a Division I head coach and won 331 games while leading Drexel (2001-16) and UMass (1996-01). He was was named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year (2002, 2004, 2009 and 2012) and NABC District Coach of the Year (1998, 2007, 2009 and 2012) four times apiece.

Now, the veteran coach is reportedly headed to Lexington to join the likes of Tony Barbee, Joel Justus, and John Robic on Kentucky’s staff.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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32 Comments for BREAKING: Bruiser Flint to replace Kenny Payne at Kentucky



  1. UKBigBlueForever
    10:22 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Is this a good hire or should we have gone after someone flashier?



  2. dkcr96
    10:24 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Hope he can still make Tuesday night Bingo. Tough job for somebody his age.



    • light my fire
      5:21 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Would rather have Orlando Antigua



  3. friendsofcoal
    10:25 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    I was hoping for Antigua!



  4. Irish son
    10:26 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Put me in the “ Not excited “ camp. I can’t help but to think this is a hire more because of friendship than merits



  5. T-Town Cat
    10:38 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully he’s not another Cal reclamation project like Barbee. Joel Justus better start recruiting 24/7.



    • CJKAssassin123
      10:42 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

      That’s exactly what this is. Barbee is the good cop now. Bruiser was brought in for recruiting reasons. This is band aid hire to give Cal time to hire a better and flashier #2 next season.



    • katmandue2you
      11:32 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Why are we being critical of this hire? Just asking



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:52 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

      CJ, I’ll ask you again, who is your source? Or are you another version of BigBluSoTru?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:59 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

      JK about BigBluSoTru, but you do often speak as though you have a source. If you do, can you at least tell us if it is someone on the inside of the athletic department?



    • CJKAssassin123
      11:08 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

      I already told you and the other post Matt Jones was my source. I also said it was reported a while ago by KSR.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      5:59 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      That explains why CJ is constantly wrong.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      6:01 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      It’s so bad the only thing CJ has consistently gotten right is being wrong.



    • Rabbi Li
      7:46 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      katmandue2you – We are Kentucky Basketball. We are critical of this hire because Brusier Flint is just a name in college basketball. He’s not a special name.

      There is a level that Bruiser is going to have to aspire toward. Maybe he can reach it and maybe the critics were right. But he can’t just do what he’s done here and think that is all he as to do.

      There’s a lot of pressure being responsible for “the best.” And we aren’t having ANYBODY come lalong and lower the bar while we sit back with our feet up.

      So pull up those boot straps Bruiser. It’s showtime and you have a steep learning curve.



  6. VilleCat11
    10:52 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Well at this point he is one of ours, so let’s get behind the hire!! Welcome to the family!!



  7. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:57 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    How is this breaking when we knew he would be the guy for a day or 2 at least. It was mentioned as soon as the KP to NYC story broke.



    • Fitz
      11:52 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

      It’s breaking because it just broke! Earlier breaking news was just speculation.



  8. Fitz
    11:56 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Very good question Katmandue.



  9. JT55
    1:00 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Not a good hire. Coach Antigua was the easy choice.



  10. runningunnin.454
    1:00 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    I was hoping Cal could get Billy Donovan or Brad Stevens,
    JK



  11. wild horses
    1:49 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Most of the time Assistants are Assistants for a reason. They are really good at something. Bruiser checks a lot of boxes. Former successful Head Coach (yes, a small school) which means he knows how to organize and train. Recruiting? Idk? But, to act as if this is a bad hire, to my mind, isn’t accurate. I think this hire will bear out well. This hire could free Cal up to recruit more. And look, I and everyone would have loved have Coach O back… but Bruiser was a better head coach than Antiqua. And hey… maybe Coach O didn’t want to come back? It is 2020 after all.



  12. Good Times
    2:30 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    This hire doesn’t really excite me. Seemed like Kenny got a lot of talent to UK because of his relationship with the players. Is Bruiser that guy? Doesn’t seem like it. Yeah he’s a former head coach, but we already have that in Barber. Would rather have someone that can continue to secure top shelf talent.



    • CJKAssassin123
      3:45 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      He actually played a huge role in getting Marcus Camby to sign with UMass.



    • Nickerbocker05
      6:58 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Yep! He did… back in 95 but I think this is going to be a good thing with bruiser.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      6:05 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      We haven’t gotten a legit big (Kenny’s position) in quite a while. Also as good as he as at training we’ve had several bugs under perform. Giving credit to Kenny for AD and KAT is like giving credit to me for how fast my dog can run.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      6:06 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Bigs* (autocorrect).



  13. Good Times
    2:30 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    *Barbee autocorrect claims another victim



  14. Nickerbocker05
    7:02 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    I think ppl forget that game in 2012 against Drexel at the prudential center… they out played us and DEFINITELY out physically played us that game… we nearly lost that game (we had AD and MKG, list goes on w/ that team) and who was the head coach of that Drexel team??? The one and only BRUISER FLINT!



    • friendsofcoal
      10:33 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      We won that game by 44 points. I hope you’re being sarcastic!



  15. BowdenQB4ever
    8:32 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Awesome, he and cal can enjoy cashing checks on their retirement tour together. Cal is winding it down folks. We might make another couple final fours, but the days of 2010/2012/2015 level squads are over.



  16. Rabbi Li
    7:36 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Perfect time to bring back Coach Orlando Antigua.

    He was the magic



  17. Rabbi Li
    7:40 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Why not at this point just put World WIde Wes on the bench.
    By the time the NCAA has another Final Four the NCAA will be a semi-pro league as it’s their only response with Duke openly paying players.