Arizona basketball Coach Lute Olson says he had a preliminary discussion last week with Kentucky's new athletic director, longtime friend C.M. Newton, about the Kentucky coaching position.

Olson, whose Wildcats won the Pacific-10 Conference regular season title and postseason tournament and made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 before losing to Nevada-Las Vegas, said he has not told Newton yet whether he wants to be considered a candidate for the opening created when Eddie Sutton's resigned under fire last month. But he also said, "I haven't ruled it out."