Kentucky Basketball: 5 Best Candidates to Succeed John Calipari... Eventually

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Kentucky Basketball: 5 Best Candidates to Succeed John Calipari... Eventually
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First of all, not to worry... John Calipari is not going anywhere for the time being. There are no NBA rumors swirling about Calipari leaving the program, so this article is not an attempt to speculate about his job status with the university.

However, it is interesting to think about which college coach would be the right man for the job if Calipari left the program. The Kentucky job is arguably the best in college basketball, and it would attract plenty of attention from the nation's best coaches.

At the same time, it will be difficult for the next candidate to fill the shoes of Calipari. He has hauled in the nation's top recruiting class each year of his tenure, while also winning a national championship and making it to the Final Four during his first three seasons here. No coach could match the recruiting acumen and instantaneous success that Cal has spoiled UK fans with here lately.

With that said, there are some excellent coaches who would jump at the opportunity to take the reins of the nation's hottest basketball program. The following slides have the five best candidates for the job if it were to come open in the recent future.

It must be stated that coaches such as Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Bill Self are likely to remain at their respective schools, so I have only listed candidates that would be legitimately interested in accepting the Kentucky position.

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