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Nick Robinson might join the Kentucky coaching staff, but it’s unlikely that Nazr Mohammed will

Over the course of the past month, Mark Pope has transformed Kentucky Basketball into a new era by rebuilding his squad and surrounding himself with an outstanding group of assistant coaches.

Pope seems to have decided who will fill the fifth and final position on the coaching staff, though we’re still waiting to find out. The Athletic’s Kyle Tucker reports that Nick Robinson, an assistant at BYU, may accompany Coach Pope from Provo to Lexington.

Since the 2019 campaign, Robinson, a former Stanford player, has served as BYU’s coach. He made stops at Stanford (2006–08), LSU (2009–12), and Seattle (2017–19) before to joining the Cougars. From 2012 to 2016, he served as Southern Utah’s head coach as well.

A vital member of Pope’s BYU staff, Robinson and Cody Fueger are now likely being surrounded by the new head coach of UK by two of the assistants who helped lead the Cougars to become one of the nation’s best offensive teams and a matchup nightmare for many Big 12 teams the previous season. Many believed that this position might go to a former player from the UK to help fill the void left by Pope’s last game for the Cats in Lexington, but it seems he determined that the success of this season was more dependent on the staff’s consistency than on an unknown. Coach Pope will focus on staff positions for support now that the on-court group may be full. The biggest hire still remaining? The GM-type role that he has alluded to several times.

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