Originally Posted by Sweetstop
RL, I hope you aren't trying to compare OSU and FL's basketball history and tradition to Kentucky's here.
Ky is still the winningest program in the NCAA, last time I checked.
I'm not trying to compare history, tradition, any of that stuff because I think we'll all agree that they're not even close.
What I'm saying is that currently both of those coaches (Matta and Donovan) are running Top 5 programs in the nation. They've built those programs. I guess there could be intrigue there to move to a "history rich" program like UK and try to build that program back up, so I could see that being an argument for them taking the job, but what if they don't experience immediate success? What if it takes 4-5 years and then, they are only considered an "above average" basketball program? The UK fans will be all over them, calling for their heads. Donovan and Matta are both seen as gods in their current situations. If I was a coach, I'd be happy with that (as long as the dollars were close - and looking at that link someone provided, they aren't far off from what Tubby was being paid). I don't know, maybe these guys are more "gamblin' men" than I am, but it's not like Florida and Ohio State are Div III schools or anything.
Having said all of that, I am not a basketball fan. I never played basketball, hardly ever watch basketball and generally (w/the exception of March Madness) could care less about basketball. If I changed this over to football, I could see a coach at a good football school, say Wisconsin, very much wanting to move to a school like Notre Dame, or Florida, or USC, or Ohio St., or Michigan. So maybe it is that you just need to have a basketball background to understand the significance of the UK coaching position vs all other "big schools having success" around the country...