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Kentucky Takes 'Massive Gamble' in Hiring Mark Pope

Expectations are always high in Lexington, where legends like Rupp and Pitino have guided the Wildcats to eight national titles since 1948. Now, the burden will fall on Pope, a captain on Kentucky’s 1996 championship team, after UConn’s Dan Hurley and Baylor’s Scott Drew turned down the job. Read about the hiring that, despite Pope’s connection to the program, has many fans feeling blue. Plus, what led John Calipari to leave Kentucky? Arkansas’ massive NIL war chest didn’t hurt.

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