Arizona gets an A- for hiring Sean Miller, Memphis a D for promoting Josh Pastner and Kentucky a B for snaring John Calipari, according to a report card handed out by Jon Wilner of College Sports Hotline.
While Miller isn't the sexy hire that was promised by Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood, it was a solid choice. Wilner writes: "One of the top young coaches in the game, Miller has his work cut out: Not only must he orchestrate a massive talent upgrade, he must match wits with a superb lineup of Pac-10 coaches. There's also the matter of his future: Is he committed to Tucson for five years or more, or will he bolt to the Big East/ACC the first chance he gets?"
Pastner is the shakiest of the hires. "A huge risk for Memphis given that Pastner’s 31, has never been a head coach, is following Calipari and is losing many of the Tigers' best players and best recruits. He’ll work hard, but that's only the start: He has to hire a veteran to help with the X's and Os, then pray to the basketball gods," Wilner writes.
As for Calipari, here's what Wilner wrote: "Why only a 'B'? Because of Calipari's baggage. If the NCAA doesn't visit Lexington during his tenure, this is a terrific hire. (I expect a visit.)"