I've wondered for the last year why Cal didn't call Antigua when Kenny Payne left for the Knicks. To your point, Payne was considered the Gold Standard while he was at Kentucky. You can take anyone of six assistant coaches with reputations as good recruiters and put them on the staff at Kentucky and they will recruit higher rated players than their previous job.Ok first I don't have anything against the coaches that left but I'm just stating that OA is not the best recruiter or AC in the country. Very few AC's recruit above the reputation of the school they're at. If that was so for OA why was he 17-48 at South Florida and why did he not recruit better at Illinois that he did at Kentucky? Yes he is better than most but we were willing to pay above market value because of us trying to establish stability and momentum. A house for sale that has two desperate buyers will pay more than the actual value for said house. Was his recruiting twice as good as the next best recruiter and AC in the country, I don't think so. If it wasn't for Cal becoming desperate and wanting to "put the band" back together to save his own reputation this whole discussion would never have happened. Again it's just business and I think, unless some players decide to leave, we will continue on the upward trajectory with a new group of competent AC's!