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ESPN Insider Pete Thamel joined The Paul Finebaum Show on Monday to talk about John Calipari's move to Arkansas.

When discussing options for Calipari's replacement in Lexington, Thamel said that Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan would be "the home run hire" for the Wildcats. Per Athlon Sports:

“Billy Donovan is the home run hire. Billy Donovan is the aspirational hire,” Thamel said. “He was an assistant there under Rick Pitino. There’s ties there for Billy Donovan.”

“He obviously dominated the SEC in the mid-2000s and has been a generally successful NBA coach. It’ll be interesting in the courtship of Billy Donovan, the Bulls are in the NBA play-in game, which is on April 17,” Thamel said. “I don’t think Billy Donovan could leave before the NBA playoffs. So if we start to see this search drag out towards that date, I think it would be an increased indication that someone was interested.
Who do think Kentucky will end up hiring?
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SECdragonmaster1 month
My money is on Mark Pope. Just a feeling.
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PurpleEcho2 months
Bet Will Wade would jump
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vodkacop2 months
Why leave an NBA job, one he's doing fairly well at, and go to UK. I'm sure it would be like taking a job at Texas football with so many people with their hand in the pot stirring.
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Miganey2 months
Unlike football, the college game for basketball is a better work life balance
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saintslsupels2 months
One of the reasons Billy Donavan left Florida was because he got burned out on recruiting. With NIL and the transfer portal recruiting is way more time consuming than it used to be. Don’t see him leaving, he could probably get another nba head coaching job if the Bulls don’t want him back.
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TailbackU2 months
Billy D would crush it at UK
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real turf fan2 months
Billy D would have crushed it, if the game hadn't changed so much. Did he ever use one and dones to advantage? Or was he a coach who brought in players and coached them up?

This NIL world may be some place he'd rather not be.
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