VAUGHT: One less defection

If Billy Gillispie was still coaching the Kentucky basketball team there was going to have been one major defection from the UK basketball program.

If Billy Gillispie was still coaching the Kentucky basketball team there was going to have been one major defection from the UK basketball program.

Mike Pratt had already decided that he was not going to return as the analyst for the UK Radio Network if Gillispie was back.

"I made up my mind that if Billy Clyde was back, I was done," Pratt said. "I told my wife. I told (former UK teammate) Mike Casey that before Casey made some of his comments (about Gillispie).

"I just had had enough of Billy Clyde. Things were not going to get better. I knew Jodie (Meeks) wouldn't be back if Billy Clyde was. I knew Patrick (Patterson) wouldn't be back if Billy Clyde was. It was just torture at times the last two years for me and I had decided I was going to just leave."

However, he couldn't be more excited about having John Calipari as UK's coach. Even though Pratt has been busy visiting family and with work, he's had a chance to text and talk to Calipari. He will be in Lexington June 15 to spend more time with the coach he's known for years.

"He will be just fine. Don't expect him to go to the Final Four his first year. That's unrealistic. But this could be a Sweet 16 team and will at least be back in the Final Four conversation," Pratt said. "In this day and age of parity, that's all you can ask for."


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