Rod Strickland Reassigned | Kenny Payne A Possibility?

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Nation of Blue broke the story yesterday about Kenny Payne possibly heading to Kentucky, in an Assistant Coach role, and today the University officially announced a change in position for Rod Strickland. Potentially clearing the way for a Payne hire.

Here is the update from CBSSports.com writer Gary Parrish.

Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland, in the wake of a drinking-and-driving arrest, has been demoted to an administrative role, which should clear the way for Oregon assistant Kenny Payne to join John Robic and Orlando Antigua on John Calipari’s staff.

Rod Strickland has been a vital part of our success here at Kentucky and helped set a foundation for our program,” Calipari said.  “He will continue to be an integral part of our future successes in a non-coaching capacity.”

Worth noting is that Payne is a close friend of William Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with longstanding ties to Calipari. Assuming Payne fills Strickland’s spot at UK, the Wildcats might then become the favorite to land Terrence Jones, the McDonald’s All-American from Portland who is still deciding between Washington and Kentucky.

Payne recruited Jones while at Oregon.

Hummm… Terrence Jones name again?

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