LEXINGTON, KY Cats Illustrated says, through sources, University of Kentucky coach John Calipari will announce the hiring of former Auburn head coach Tony Barbee. He will replace the departed Rod Strickland, who left for South Florida, as Calipari's special assistant. This administrative assistant position at Kentucky is a non-coaching role.
Barbee and Calipari have a long history as Barbee played for Cal at UMASS and then was his assistant at Memphis from 2000-2006. After leaving Memphis, Barbee would take head coaching duties at UTEP and later at Auburn.