30 Ways to fill the coaching vacancy

The University of Kentucky relieved Billy Gillispie of his duties as head coach of the men's basketball team Friday afternoon. Today begins day 2 of the "nationwide coaching search," as promised by athletic director Mitch Barnhart. Here are 30 names that Barnhart may be considering.

Here is a list of thirty well-known basketball names in six different groups.

Group A

  • John Calipari, Memphis
  • Billy Donovan, Florida
  • Rick Pitino, Louisville
  • Thad Matta, Ohio State
  • Tom Izzo, Michigan State
  • Mike D'Antoni, New York Knicks
  • Pat Riley, Miami Heat President

    Group B

  • Sean Miller, Xavier
  • Jay Wright, Villanova
  • Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh
  • Mark Few, Gonzaga
  • Tim Floyd, USC
  • Jim O'Brien, Indiana Pacers
  • Mike Anderson, Missouri
  • Lon Kruger, UNLV
  • Mike Montgomery, Stanford
  • Rick Barnes, Texas

    Group C

  • Trent Johnson, LSU
  • Jeff Capel, Oklahoma
  • Matt Painter, Purdue
  • Lorenzo Lomar, Washington
  • Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt
  • Rick Stansbury, Mississippi State
  • Reggie Theus, Sacramento Kings
  • Darrin Horn, South Carolina
  • John Pelphrey, Arkansas

    Group D

  • Bob Knight, retired
  • Rick Majerus, St. Louis

    F Troop

  • Leonard Hamilton, Florida State
  • Travis Ford, Oklahoma State

    The groups are not made like a "Report Card." Each group is described--and discussed--on KSR's premium message board, the original WildcatChat. Should we have included UCLA's Ben Howland? An NBA name or two? Come join the discussion, or add your own name at this thread.

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