With there being a good chance the coaching search comes to an end this week, here is how we see the current standings
John Calipari: We feel he is the leader, but Kentucky seems to be getting more interesting. UK has better facilities and can offer more money, but it is more of a headache than Arizona. Still, it will be hard to turn down an absurd amount of money from Kentucky unless the positives of Arizona are just that much better.
Rick Pitino: Some say that Pitino sounded like a man headed out after the loss to Michigan State. However, it sounded like a coach that expected to win a national championship and did not. Getting Pitino out of Louisville is going to be difficult, but there has not yet been a denial. Until there is, we have to assume he is a legitimate candidate.
Randy Bennett: If the top two or three guys don't accept an offer, Bennett could be headed up the charts. He has lived in Arizona before and has built a solid program at St. Mary's. he may not be a big name but remember, this hire would be because the bigger names did not pull the trigger on an offer.
Reggie Theus: We would be pretty surprised, but his name is still out there. He is young and a good recruiter and while many would be down on the hire, he definitely has potential. He is definitely a name to keep an eye on should the bigger candidates not go through.
Tom Izzo: Very slight chance. Maybe for Kentucky, but we still find it hard to believe that he leaves East Lansing. It would take a lot of money to get it done and even then, we would be surprised.
Sean Miller: No chance
Jeff Capel: Another coach that would take a lot of money to leave. In addition, Georgia and Virginia will likely make a major push for him and those schools have more of a connection to Capel.
Coaching Odds: Updated
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