Monday, February 15, 2010
Afternoon Linkage: Will Cal answer the call?
By Eamonn Brennan
CBS' Gary Parrish makes a valid argument this morning, and Kentucky's rowdy fans aren't going to like it: John Calipari hasn't exactly denied the burgeoning rumors about the New Jersey Nets job, and if the Nets came calling, Cal would have to take the call, right? Calipari's response to the rumors left plenty of wiggle room: "I'm happy," Calipari said. "This school is committed. As long as they're committed to me and this basketball program, where would I want to go?" Factor in the possibility that the Nets could get the No. 1 overall pick -- and Calipari could keep coaching John Wall -- along with the possibility of signing sudden Kentucky booster LeBron James AND redeeming himself for his previous failure at the pro level, well, yeah. The Nets job isn't out of the question, is it?
In other Big East news, Dominique Jones made a bold prediction on his Facebook page late last week: "To all the USF fans who continue to ask and comment about the [Notre Dame] game – we played in 1 of the hardest places to win – I didn't play well but I'm good for a bad game every 10 – but now we are in full effect – and I guarantee 4 more Big East wins in a row – copyright this quote." We'll see, 'Nique.
Billy Donovan is relatively furious after his team's loss to Xavier at home on Saturday, saying the NCAA tournament is basically out of the question for the Gators these days. At least he's honest: "If you're not winning, you're not going to get [to the tournament]," UF coach Billy Donovan said. "So the fact we didn't win creates a situation where we shouldn't even be talking about it. If we win enough games, then maybe we can talk about it."