Rumor mill on full alert…

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2009

I want to provide a disclaimer in that everything in this post is simply speculation and rumor, nothing more. With that said…

The rumor with possibly the most legs is that Kentucky is secretly in talks with John Calipari of Memphis and has already decided to let Billy Gilelspie go. While I can certainly understand the logic here as Gillespie has been a miserable failure in terms of Kentucky basketball, it’s a bit surprising considering Gillespie is just one year removed from SEC Coach of the Year honors (although he didn’t deserve it) and jsut two removed from being hired. Seth Davis from Sports Illustrated says that a high-placed donor was quoted that, “it’s a done deal.”

I’ve also heard that Tom Izzo of Michigan State was offered and has accepted the job at Alabama. The Tide Times - granted just a blog, but could be legitmate - claims Izzo was offered 16 million for 8 years. Seems like a long contract for such a high-profile coach, but we shall see.

Not too much going on with the Georgia search that I’ve heard, but I’ll keep everyone updated…

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