After an April arrest for driving under the influence, Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland faced severe fallout. Today, he learned that he won’t be fired by UK, but he will be reassigned to another position on staff.
Kentucky.com has more on the former Second Team All-NBA Strickland: “Rod Strickland will no longer have coaching duties. Deputy Director of Athletics Rob Mullens will work as a day-to-day liaison between the coaches and athletic administration…Barnhart could not say if Calipari would promote one of the current staffers into an assistant coaching job. Another staffer, former UK All-American Tony Delk, reportedly is in line for an assistant’s job at Western Kentucky. Strickland had been being groomed for a head coaching position. He had been linked to his alma mater, DePaul, this spring. When asked if the change in duties represented a new career path for Strickland, Barnhart said, ‘We want to help him do what he needs to do to get back on his feet in his career. And he’s got some work to do.’”
Rod Strickland was arrested numerous times while in the NBA on similar charges.