You know you have a good program when you have a vacancy and suddenly you have just about every current great coach as a candidate.
You can say every coach is a candidate, but that doesn't mean they want to come to your school.
Pitino already turned it down. What does that say when he would rather stay at LOUISVILLE than go down the road to Kentucky?
I won't be surprised if Billy goes, but the more and more I think about it I think he won't. Why should he? Kentucky hasn't been GREAT since Rupp. Pitino won a title, then left 2 years after. Tubby won a title, now he is gone. At UK they expect 35 wins and a NC every year, when reality is they have won TWO titles in the last 30 years. Why should Billy be a part of that? He could very well win back-to-back titles, something that has been done once since the great UCLA teams that won 7 in a row back in the 70's. Billy hasn't had trouble recruiting players to UF, and Tubby seemed to have problems getting the top guys to UK. Does Billy want that battle? Does he want to move his family to Kentucky from Florida where it appears they love it? I don't know. Seems like a lot. People think Billy has all these ties to UK but he really doesn't. He didn't go there, and he didn't play there. He was an assistant under Pitino but that's it. He has no ties to that school really. He owes them nothing. So he can go there and even if he does very well (like what he has done at UF) he will always be coaching for his job every year, and always be "good, but not Rupp." Or he can stay at UF, continue building the program up, and one day be considered like Rupp at UF, have his bronze outside an arena named after him.