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Some questions cannot be answered
Who’s gonna bury who
We need a love like Johnny, Johnny and June
---Over the Rhine
The one who will really be left with the short end of the stick is Xavier Henry. Cousins will most likely decommit (or deverbal?) to Memphis. If Cal goes to Ky, I think Evans leaves early as well as Taggart. There will still be some talent at Memphis, but would they let Henry out of his commitment? Although it may be the right thing to do, I don't think it would be smart. Henry is considered to be a one year guy. Whether Cal is at Memphis or not, Henry will still have to prove himself as NBA ready with his one year. It would be to his detriment to sulk if Memphis doesn't release him. Plus, having someone the caliber of Henry coming in makes Memphis a much more attractive job for any new coach.
But the message board folks over here are already chatting about an Elite Eight and a Final Four next season under Calipari. Nevermind they didn't even make the tournament this season.
Everything is sunshine and roses in Lexington at the moment, but if Cal doesn't get the Cats really deep into the postseason in 2010, the masses will begin grumbling anew.
There is an old maxim which UK needs to consider - Be careful what you wish for, you might get it!
Calipari sounds desperate to make this move; makes one wonder if there are some skeletons arising at Memphis.
Ky may be making a big mistake. Calipari has always played close to the edge with respect to rules, and has attracted the "star" recruits who are most prone to attracting improper benefits. I admit that SO FAR Camby is the only one that was caught, but the one-and-done athlete deserves extra diligence that may not interest Calipari.
Ky has a truly fanatic following that ratchets up the danger of improper benefits. Tubby kept this element at bay for years. These boosters may be chafing at the bit to re exert their influence and get Ky back to its winning ways.
Ky also has fanatic haters that will be scrutinizing every move, every coveted recruit. SEC competitors will also relish the opportunity to bring down Ky.
This could be a exciting ride.
The radio folks are talking things up, and have been for the last two weeks. Frankly, I won't believe Calipari is going to UK unless it's official. I'm also troubled by a purported multi-year, multi-million dollar deal at a time when all universities in the state are on hiring freezes, budget slashes, and more.
To us, now that Duke has a Curry, everything is indeed sunshine and roses here in Bluegrass Country!
Over/Under on number of seasons it takes for UK to be hit with a serious NCAA infraction?
It seems that their fans are entirely results oriented, so perhaps this will be a marriage made in heaven. If it happens, they will certainly become a recruiting powerhouse, at least until the problems start.
BTW, Rivals already has UK as the #14 recruiting class in the country (Memphis is #1), just ahead of Duke. If Cousins comes over, they would easily crack the the top ten. And since John Wall has Memphis as a possibility, this could get interesting.
Livestream from Memphis State
Here is something to chew on. If the Ky recruits for next year decide they want to stay. Calipari would have to CUT two players to make room for both Cousins AND Wall.
I would think most, if not all, of Kentucky's recruits would still want to enroll at Kentucky. But I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of older guys on the team who don't get much PT suddenly transfer out.