The idea is to help support the smaller universities and colleges across the country.
Such is the case for Kentucky Wesleyan, a small college in Owensboro (KY), that is the home of just around 700 students.
A long-time friend of Tubby Smith, Kentucky Wesleyan's head coach Ray Harper had long been rumored to be the leading candidate to take on the Cats in pre-season action.
The legendary program has mirrored the University of Kentucky's success in Division 2 basketball. The Panthers have won 8 national championships and have appeared in 18 Final Fours. Through a stretch that could compare to UK's dominating prescense from 96-98, the Kentucky Wesleyan basketball team appeared in 5 straight national championship games from 98-02.
His team fell victim to the upset bug this past year, however, as their amazing streak came to an end with a shocking first round loss to Southern Indiana.
Kentucky Wesleyan will lose just four players from last year's team that finished 22-8 and return leading scorer Dante Truitt (19.8 ppg).
An official announcement will happen sometime in the near future. Stay tuned to Inside Kentucky for any new information.