Originally Posted by WVRed
What do Ed Jucker and Phil Woolpert have in common?
Now tell me, what does John Wooden, Coach K, and Adolph Rupp have in common?
Answer:All of these men have won back to back NCAA tournament titles. However, I would venture to say that if you asked most sports fans, nobody would be able to identify Jucker at UC or Woolpert at San Francisco.
Winning back to back national championships is great, but the program has a lot of bearing on who is remembered.
Now if we would jump forward into our lifetimes, and a coach at a "lesser" school did this, most would indeed remember I think.
I think your point is that the UK fan base and Lexington would idolize him much more so than Florida fans will/would. You'd be suprised how little people care or pay attention to UK outside of Lexington or their fan base. Most people couldn't even tell you off the top of their head which year Tubby won a championship - or if he even did I'm guessing.
But at the same time, when Billy has a down season or two at Florida, as all coaches do no matter who they are or where they coach (see Duke lately) he won't be run out of town and lose sleep over it. Can't put a price on that, and even the illustrious UK can't replace the happiness and health of yourself and your family.
I recall Tubby's comment just after accepting the Minnesota job - indicating that he got a full night's sleep for the first time that he could remember. Who would want to live like that?
Honestly I cannot see why anyone would want the UK job these days. You can never satisfy the unrealistic and obsessive expectations of that fan base - a guy like Pitino was smart and left at the right time.
I went to school in Kentucky and lived with and hung out with UK fans left and right - and I know what it's like down there.
I honestly feel sorry for whomever takes that job right now.