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C.M. Newton comments

In this wild news cycle, my post is already dated.  But I thought I'd provide the info anyway, FWIW.

C.M. Newton was interviewed by an Alabama radio host on Thursday evening to talk about the Alabama basketball coaching search.  He made a few comments of interest to us.  (some of this may be paraphrased)

* Billy Gillispie is a heck of a coach.  Is he the right fit at Kentucky?  I don't know.  Does he really understand the job?  That's a critical part of this.

* I really don't know [what is going on at Kentucky].  I can't read it.....certainly two years is not long enough in my opinion.  But I don't know the circumstances.  You hear this rumor and that rumor.  Not being there, I can't comment on that.  There has to be something involved other than just straight basketball.

* [if offered to Billy Donovan,] it's a better job offer now than it was two years ago.  Following Tubby Smith was not going to be real easy.  Tubby was such a great people person and so forth.  I think the expectations have lowered.  Kentucky has been humbled a little bit.  Will those expectations change?  Absolutely.

* From a purely professional, basketball decision, Donovan has no real decision to make if he wants to coach at one of the 4 or 5 or 6 premier programs in the country.  His only decision is the personal one [regarding uprooting his family].  Professionally, I'd tell him to go for it.

I would point out that C.M. made these remarks casually as part of a conversation that was focused on the Alabama situation and absolutely made no claims of being in-the-loop regarding the Kentucky situation.

source:  The Paul Finebaum Radio Network
http://www.finebaum.com/

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