My source is a person of reasonable reliability with no reason to pass along anything so spicy unless he/ she believed it was with merit, a person who has been part of the U of L athletic hierarchy in the recent past.
As the rumor goes, Rick Pitino will coach two more seasons at U of L, the last one in Freedom Hall and the first one in No Name Yet Hall. Then he will retire, paving the way for his long time protégé, Billy “The Kid” Donovan.
The source advises that the deal was cut when Donovan was in contact with UK about the position after Billy Clyde Gillispie was fired and before John Calipari was hired. That Donovan had by several accounts advised UK he was interested, but before agreeing, contacted Pitino with whom he always confides and came away convinced that Lexington was not the place for him. Donovan, while happy at Florida, is said to realize that hoops will always be the second banana in Gainesville.
I’m told that the move of Richard Pitino to Donovan’s Gator staff is all part of the plan.
So, there you have it. Monday night is not just about football.
– Seedy K