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Thursday / May 30.
  • Kentucky hiring BYU’s Mark Pope, Rick Pitino calls it an ‘unbelievable choice’

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    BYU coach Mark Pope is headed to Kentucky as the school’s new head coach and Rick Pitino calls it an “unbelievable choice.”

    Here’s the full story on NJdotcom.

    Pope was the latest candidate to emerge after Baylor’s Scott Drew, UConn’s Dan Hurley, Alabama’s Nate Oats and former Villanova coach Jay Wright all said thanks, but no thanks, in various ways.

    Here are links to the latest stories by Adam Zagoria over on NJdotcom:

    **Rick Pitino says BYU’s Mark Pope would be ‘an unbelievable choice’ for Kentucky

    **Baylor’s Scott Drew passes on Kentucky, leaving the Blue Blood still in search of a coach

    **Kentucky is targeting Baylor’s Scott Drew as its next coach: sources

    **John Calipari officially becomes Arkansas coach on 5-year deal beginning at $7 million

    **Dan Hurley ‘can’t see leaving UConn being a thing,’ already eyeing next year’s NCAA Tournament in Newark

    **Ray Allen says Kentucky should keep its hands off UConn’s coach: ‘Danny Hurley is our guy’

    **UConn’s Dan Hurley: Here’s what I’ll tell Kentucky (or any other school) that calls me

    **Who are the betting favorites to replace John Calipari at Kentucky?

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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