Kentucky has not played Indiana since 2012. After Tom Crean was replaced by Archie Miller, renewing the border-state rivalry at a neutral site became a possibility. Indiana’s latest hire will bring the schools one step closer.
Miller will hire Bruiser Flint as an assistant coach, Jon Rothstein reported earlier today. Flint was John Calipari’s right-hand man at UMass for seven seasons. Flint succeeded Calipari at UMass, where he remained for five years. Flint’s best years were at Drexel, winning Colonial Athletic Association coach of the year four times in 15 seasons.
Calipari is extremely close to Flint. A big reason why Ca; started speaking out against the grad transfer rule is because of their relationship. Last year Flint had a chance to go to the NCAA Tournament with Damion Lee, until Lee opted to transfer to Louisville for his final season. Instead, of potentially playing in the postseason, Flint won only six games and was fired.
Miller reportedly reached out to John Calipari before taking the Indiana job. Now that he’s hired Cal’s friend, former assistant and successor, there’s a good chance we could see the Cats on the same court as the candy cane pants in the near future.