5 head coaches Kentucky fans would dream of if John Calipari leaves

Kentucky's Round of 64 loss to Oakland felt like the end of an era, and if it truly was, then who could the Wildcats bring to Big Blue Nation as Coach Cal's successor?
St. John's Red Storm head coach Rick Pitino
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player. 479. . Jay Wright. Jay Wright. 2001-22. . 2. . Jay Wright

It’s clear that the NIL and transfer portal drove an entire crop of legendary coaches away from the sport. It was tough to lose Coach K and Roy Williams, but watching Jay Wright leave to do media at just 60 years old was devastating. 

Wright, now 62, has plenty of good years left in him, if he wants to come out of retirement, I’m just not sure why he would ever do it at Kentucky instead of just returning to Villanova. It’s not like the program is very stable under Kyle Neptune. 

The most appealing thing about Jay Wright is that he’s in many ways the antithesis to Coach Cal. Wright loves to keep players for multiple years and focus on skill development and fundamental basketball. Taking that philosophy and inserting it into the Kentucky infrastructure could create a death machine that destroys everything in its path. Could you imagine if Reed Sheppard got to learn under Jay Wright all year instead of Cal forcing him to sit for the first four minutes of every game and then just rolling the ball out there on offense instead of calling a play once.