The rumor mill seems to be turning round and round today, as some people just don’t seem to want to let the Big Blue Nation celebrate number 8. After some talk began of John Calipari considering going to the NBA, possibly to the New York Knicks, he squashed those rumors with a statement from his website CoachCal.com Don’t worry, he isn’t going anywhere:
“Big Blue Nation, breathe. Relax. Calm down. Enjoy the championship.
I just talked to Mike DeCourcy and Andy Katz and they asked me if I was going to jump to the NBA. What?! We just won the championship a day and a half ago. The only three things I’m trying to decide on is when I’m going to go see a few recruits, how I’m going to get through all these voicemails and when do I get a chance to get some sleep.
But for those of you that need to hear it again, let me repeat what I told Andy and Mike: I’m not going anywhere. I have the best job in the country. Why would I leave after we’ve just won a national title? We’re trying to catch UCLA, folks. I’ve got more money than I’m ever going to need or my family can spend, so I don’t have to make a decision based on finances.” (Cont.)
Andy Katz was also on SportsCenter to repeat what Coach Cal had to stay and basically said the the sky is the limit for Calipari while he is at Kentucky, and he is the “King of the Hill” in Lexington. If Cal knows that we are chasing UCLA, then we truly have nothing to worry about. Enjoy the ride.
While we are still on the subject of the future of UK, the spotlight has now turned to Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad, first and second in the class of 2012 rankings, respectively. Word is that Muhammad is considering UCLA according to a Rivals’ Jerry Meyer, and Noel is considering Georgetown, according to sources that have talked to Scout’s Evan Daniels. The next few days we should know more for sure on their decisions based on which current players leave Kentucky. In the meantime, continue celebrating.