What a good-news/bad-news situation for me today:
Good news: Billy Donovan is staying at Florida. I really thought this would happen, but I'm relieved that it's "official" nonetheless. (Until the NBA comes calling...) He's got a hell of a recruiting class coming, too. Final Four threepeat in '08? Why not? (You mock, sure, but when Donovan lost Lee, Roberson and Walsh two years ago and had four anonymous, inexperienced rising sophomores entering the starting lineup, you didn't see '06 coming either.)
Meanwhile, this has to throw Kentucky into a frenzy. They obviously can have their choice of (almost) any coach. So who will it be? How about Billy Gillespie, who just signed a deal to stay at Texas A&M? How about Jay Wright from Villanova? Or how about Texas' Rick Barnes?
Bad news: Gilbert Arenas is done for the season, out 2-3 months with a knee injury that will require surgery. The season's biggest breakout NBA star -- and my favorite player -- done. Think back to the "Agent Zero" mania back before the All-Star Break. Now this. Ugh. (Oh, and without both Arenas and Butler, the Wizards might as well not even show up for the playoffs. Yeesh. Without those two, that could be the worst team in the NBA.)
Plus: Bob Huggins is indeed going to West Virginia. Kind of a dick move. K-State rescued his unemployable ass (though it's not like they didn't get something out of it, too). They go from a team on the cusp of a sick season to... old K-State. Especially when that awesome recruiting class backs out and heads to... oh, I don't know... maybe Morgantown, WV? Wonder what top prep and K-State commit Michael Beasley is thinking right now? (I know: "See ya!")
I will be wearing my custom-made Agent Zero T-shirt and my official Florida basketball game shorts the rest of the day, as homage to this ultimate good-news/bad-news afternoon.