I don't think there is anyone out there that can bring the Big Blue Nation back to the top the way Pat Riley could, he has all the credentials, former UK great, multiple NBA Championships, and the right demeanor to handle the Blue Chip recruits as well as the media here in KY. I think he would be the first person I would call.
If not him then I think we would be wise to go the NBA route, coaches there have much thicker skins, and know how to handle the star players.
Can you imagine Riley walking into a living room wearing a couple of NBA Championship rings? I don't think there would be a prospect that would turn him down, plus he is a hellava coach, with ties to Rupp.