The days of elite players staying in college for 3-4 years are long gone. Coaches are constantly chasing better jobs. Schools are leaving conferences for more luxurious offers in bigger conferences. All of this has lead to the end of many great basketball rivalries.
Texas will non longer play in-state rival Texas A&M.
No more Missouri-Kansas border wars.
Adios to the Backyard Brawls between West Virginia and Pittsburgh.
One of the last great rivalries in college basketball joined the likes of the deceased today as Indiana and Kentucky decided they would not renew their annual home-and-home series after Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass released a statement today that the schools would not play each other this season in basketball. It will be the first time since 1968 that the two historically great programs will not meet during the regular season. Kentucky is 32-24 all-time against the Hoosiers. Indiana is one of the few schools that can come close to measuring up with Kentucky, as they have 5 national championships to UK’s 8, with both schools expected to be in the running for the 2013 National Championship. Alas, they won’t be playing in the regular season anymore.