Is Arizona in trouble?

With the loss of John Calipari to Kentucky, one has to be wondering what is next for the Arizona Wildcats.

With the loss of John Calipari to Kentucky, one has to be wondering what is next for the Arizona Wildcats.

Many believed that Calipari was the top candidate and we have no reason to believe that was not the case. However, an offer of over 4 million per season from Kentucky put those chances to rest rather quickly.

Now that Calipari is out of the picture, Arizona fans have no clue what is coming. Sure, Rick Pitino sounds nice, but is he realistic?

Depends who you ask really, but with the contract being the way it is and the fact that his season ended on a sour note, our guess is that he returns to Louisville and competes with a coach that many believe is his rival.

So where does dthat leave the list of candidates?

With the hire of Tony Bennett at Virginia and Billy Gillespie rumored to be the guy at Georgia, Arizona must now put a full court press on Jeff Capel. He is one of the few remaining coaches that Arizona fans could live with and, more importantly to Jim Livengood, one of the few remaining coaches that would not cause mutiny in Tucson.

It remains to be seen if Arizona is going to talk to Capel, but this one seems like a no brainer. It is a little discomforting to see Arizona not interviewing any candidates, so unless Jim Livengood is smarter than all of us, UA fans have a reason to be concerned.

No matter what it is, we now have to expect the search to move quickly. After all, Memphis is now looking for a coach and there could be more schools on the way.

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