I have it from exactly no one that this is going to happen. . . so don't quote me.
Or do! I'm giddy as a schoolgirl that Rick Barnes is staying at Texas, and even giddier about the prospects of BCG heading to Lexington. I may have been joking that it's some sort of done deal, but I'm not kidding at all when I say that I believe wholeheartedly that he's going to be offered the job and will take it. AW and I just got off the phone, and here's how our conversation went:
AW: We dodged a bullet there, didn't we?
PB: Oh my God yes. Can you imagine the fallout from Rick leaving?
AW: I was just thinking about that. Kevin clearly leaves for the pros. Augustin probably dips his feet in the water. Gary Johnson takes a close look and says, "Um, maybe not Texas." Talk about a freefall.
PB: Exactly. We dodged a major bullet here. And you know what's even better about all this?
PB: Yup. A&M. Billy Clyde Gillispie, please move to the front of the class. And carry out that scenario to its logical extension. Gillispie leaves A&M along with Law and Kavislutkus. Deandre Jordan asks himself, "Do I want to go to Podunk U or head to Lexington with BCG?" Which is no question at all. Texas A&M's program crashes and burns as spectacularly as it rose to prominence. Icarus, I tell you! ICARUS!
AW: Don't forget: Gillispie's being a single man - which the Agros loved so much - makes his moving all the easier. No kids. No schools. No ties in the area to keep him down.
PB: Absolutely. As soon as he can confirm that they sell liquor in Lexington, he's going to be asking Mitch Barnhardt, "Are we signing this contract in duplicate? Or triplicate?"
AW: Goodbye to Texas... A&M... University.
PB: It's been fun, Aggies.