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Posts Tagged ‘Travis Ford’

Not So Fast On Billy Donovan?

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Billy Donovan

With the University of Kentucky now in need of a head basketball coach, the focus quickly turned to Billy Donovan, with a couple of juicy rumors to boot. Apparently, Florida is on a “not so fast, there” watch as they just released this statement concerning Donovan’s future:

“In response to the rumors circulating about my interest in other jobs, I wanted to address this as quickly as possible,” Donovan said in a statement. “I am committed to the University of Florida and look forward to continuing to build our program here.”

So, who’s next for Kentucky? ESPN scribe Pat Forde is on record as saying he would bet his paycheck Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford will be next up to bat for the Big Blue, while others say John Calipari is of interest as well.

Concerning Calipari, it’s hard to see him leaving such a recruiting class — and an easy conference — for the never-ending saga that is Kentucky basketball. As for Ford, it doesn’t look like the entire fanbase would welcome him with open arms. A shame, really, considering how Ford managed to get Oklahoma State into the NCAA Tournament while his potential predecessor was pining away in the NIT.

Byron Eaton’s Game-Winner

A great game between Tennessee and Oklahoma State came down the last two possessions. For Travis Ford’s Cowboys, Byron Eaton delivered with a nifty crossover, allowing him to get to the rim where he converted with an “and-one” (1:40 mark). As for the Volunteers, they failed where Oklahoma State succeeded as Tyler Smith missed a 3-pointer (ill-advised?) as time expired. Tennessee’s lose is magnified somewhat because they represent another poor tournament showing by the SEC. Out of the three teams who were invited, only LSU lives on to play another game. Meanwhile, SEC Tournament winner Mississippi State and Bruce Pearl’s Volunteers saw their post season come to a quick end.

More food for thought: Kentucky alum Travis Ford coaches Oklahoma State, and has his team in the second round. Meanwhile, Billy Gillispie has Kentucky in the NIT. How many of Kentucky’s big-time boosters are noticing such a detail?

Intentional Upset: Christmas Brings Coal To Xavier

Dionte Christmas delivered the gifts for the Temple Owls as they beat the 20th-ranked Xavier Musketeers by the score of 78-59. The Owls rode Christmas’ strong second half to victory as they improved their record to 7-8. With the loss, Xavier fell to 14-4.

=In beating a ranked team for the first time in two year, Temple’s Christmas led all scorer with 23 points, 19 of those in the second half, where collectively, the Owls outscored the Musketeers by 16 points to give them easily their most impressive win of the year… as you can tell by their incredibly active message board. Nevertheless, a win like this would certainly make John Chaney proud.

I’ve always loved this…

In other Atlantic 10 news, the Temple/Xavier game wasn’t the only upset of the night. Travis Ford’s Massachusetts Minutemen went into 18th-ranked Dayton’s house and handed them a loss by the score of 82-71. The former University of Kentucky guard (shameless, I know) is quickly proving himself to be as good of basketball coach as he was a point guard.

His time at UMass is just as productive as his tenure at Eastern Kentucky, if not more so and he’s looking to get UMass back to the Big Dance for the first time since 1998 (pdf).