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Hard to root for John Calipari, but not because of his past

Mar 29, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

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When John Calipari trots out to “On, On, U of K” in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Saturday night, a nation will stand unified and root against him.

While Kentucky is unquestionably the wildest and loudest college basketball fan base in the country, not even the state they represent will be completely behind them. Unless you bleed blue or are in position to win your tournament pool, you don’t want this team to cut down more nets.

That’s not a knock on freshmen phenoms Anthony Davis or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, or senior Darius Miller, or the soft-spoken Doron Lamb.  They’re all well deserving of a National Championship, and players a casual fan could develop a rooting interest for.

The reason for the venom being thrown around is all about Cal. He’s a fantastic basketball coach, no doubt, but as long as he’s the face of Big Blue Nation, few want this program to achieve excellence.

We’re not trolling, we’re just a culture that chooses to believe the bad and gloss over the good. You can’t sensationalize Calipari’s charitable deeds  (and there are a number of them), but you can sensationalize all the speculation as to just how and why two of his former programs were put on probation but Calipari got off clean.  You are also free to draw your own conclusions as to how he gets the pick of the litter from each high school recruiting class.

Whatever Cal did or didn’t do that crippled UMass and temporarily handcuffed Memphis I don’t care about. Perhaps there are a few members of the NCAA still flummoxed trying to prove something they’re quite certain of, but for the most part life goes on.

No, whatever Calipari may or may not be hiding in his closet isn’t why I’d prefer to see him lose, it’s what we see when the bright lights are shining: Cal’s effort to be charismatic sends shivers up and down my spine.

His personality borders on con-artist friendly, too-good-to-be-true charming, which raises red flags and prevents me from trusting him and his motives.

He reminds me of a used car salesman.

From giving back-handed compliments to Charles Barkley after beating Iowa State, to telling Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg that Anthony Davis was just being a “momma’s boy” when he banged knees with Perry Jones III during South Regional finals, Calipari’s method of interpersonal communication rubs me the wrong way, and it leads me to believe he’s overcompensating for something. Whether or not it’s for allowing someone not named Derrick Rose to take Derrick Rose’s SAT, I don’t know. I haven’t been in the thick of this long enough to confidently formulate an educated argument, but I do know I would never send my kid to play basketball for John Calipari.

Sure he’d do his best to get my kid to the NBA if that was the best place for him, but there’s other schools that produce pro players too … and I’m probably not going to raise a professional athlete.

Fair or unfair, my dislike for Calipari has nothing to do with basketball, and everything to do with what I see through a number of mediums.

Maybe he really is a genuinely nice person. Maybe he’s cordial and doesn’t do things public figures are forced to do for the sake of maintaining a favorable perception with the masses, but I don’t buy it.

I could be way off, ridicule me if you’d like, but if Kentucky wins the 2012 National Championship, I’d prefer it if we didn’t hail Cal.

We don’t need him gabbing anymore than he already does.

Follow Nick Fasulo on Twitter @billyedelinSBN

  1. rc33 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    So Calipari does charitable deeds, seems like a genuinely nice person and is hard to root for.
    Got it.
    And let me guess; Tim Tebow is bacteria for the same reasons.

  2. 8prilcats - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Wow Fasulo, nice unbiased article. You really put some thought into this. You could have just written: ‘I hate Coach Cal, don’t have a real reason, just don’t like him.’
    Haters gonna hate. Cats hang number 8.

  3. ningenito78 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Whether or not he’s ‘genuinely’ a nice guy or not I would send my kid to play for him in a second over, say, the ‘great’ Bob Knight and risk my kid possibly getting choked into unconsciousness for missing an assignment in practice. Fraud or not the guy is a hell of a coach. I have a TON of respect for him. And I’m a Duke fan.

  4. mcmuskie79 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Agreed Cal is just a used car salesman. In my opinion he’s always been extremely overrated as a coach & routinely gets out coached in big NCAA Tourney games. It wouldn’t shock me @ all if Pitino did exactly that on Saturday.

  5. atmnettech - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I usually don’t comment on garbage articles like this, but I had to speak up in this instance. If you want to blame someone for their school being put on suspension, look no farther than Marcus Camby for UMASS and Derrick Rose for Memphis. These 2 players alone, through their selfish greed and over-inflated egos, caused the suspensions for their respective schools. These guys can take money and other perks, with no reprisal for the individuals. They’re one-and-dones, and then they’re off to their large contracts while the schools are left to suffer the punishment. You’re incredibly naive if you think that any coach can monitor these men, and yes, they are men by the time they reach college, 24/7. It’s time that players who violate the NCAA rules start facing punishment for their trespasses and quit dumping on the coaches left in their wake. As strict as the NCAA is about infractions, Cal would have been punished if he had anything to do with either situation.

    But lets, for a moment, ignore all of this mess and look at Coach Cal’s record. What is it, one of only 3 coaches ever to take 3 different teams to the Final Four? That alone sets him above the majority of coaches. You don’t get to that point by being a bad coach. As for him getting the best recruits, do you bash Florida or Alabama football coaches for always getting the top recruits? These high school standouts go where they have the most potential to excel at their sport, with the most likely path to the Pros. Cal gets them there, and prepares them to excel. Any parent who would deny their child the best chance to succeed is petty and self serving.

    I’m embarrassed for NBC Sports for allowing such a biased article on their website, especially one so misguided.

    Cudos to @ningenito78, who, given the rivalry between Duke and Kentucky, still recognizes a talented coach and has the good manners to show respect where due. I am a UK fan, but I still recognize the talent that Coach K has, knowing that he didn’t get to be the top dog in college basketball without being incredibly gifted as a coach and recruiter.

    • skids003 - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Hey guy, NBC doesn’t have anything anymore but garbage, be it political or sports minded. I agee with you. My brother is a used car salesman, and I’m sure this comment by this writer would offend him.

      • skids003 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        How did I get 9 thumbs down for this? NBC must have it’s paid trolls doing their trolling job today.

    • suwaneemom - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Unless you went to UMASS or Memphis, I don’t think you can comment on Coach Cal. I attended UMASS during the height of Coach Cal’s fame and there were rumors galore about him before Marcus Camby left. Yes, Camby accepted gifts and drove around in his Escalade but the coaching staff looked the other way b/c they’re the ones who set him and others up with those benefactors. The reason Calipari left was b/c he knew they were coming after him. The campus was rife with rumors of marital infidelities with coeds as well as recruiting fraud. The guy is a slimeball, pure and simple. Other than UMASS, my favorite college team has always been Kentucky but I’ll never cheer them on while he coaches.

      • ezmoney78 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:38 PM

        Wow!.. I’ll tell ya what is amazing.. Coach Cal coached at UMass from 1988-1996 and you say that Marcus Camby drove around campus in a Cadillac Escalade right?.. Coach cal is better than i thought then since the Escalade wasn’t even introduced until 1999.. I guess he has some major friends in the GM corporation to make that happen.. Too bad you didn’t snag an education in all those alleged years at UMass.. haha

  6. hoopsvader - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I assume he has back channel runners paying the recruits families cash to play for UK but so do other programs. Cal just has that $alesman approach to getting these kids to come to UK. As long as you don’t get caught you might as well continue the way you do things.

    • juliejimisantana - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Listen guys, I’m a girl fan of NC, and have lived in Kentucky all my life. Sure coach Cal has had excellent teams, sure he’s reached the Final Four on several occasions. But let’s not forget that this is the kids’ game, the kids’ time to shine and revel in their basketball prowess?

      Now that no one has the gall to change the rule to keep kids in school for at least two years, Coach Cal has been able to capitalize on his sales pitch that his recruits will be big time basketball players and if their talent is sufficient, then they’ll make it to the pros.

      Kids and their families are easily swayed by the swashbuckling Calipari, with his charm and slick way of recruiting. Can’t you just imagine what the mothers are saying about him when he leaves their homes?

      So, my thing is, who cares about Coach Cal anyway? When watching the elite 8, am I going to worry about him? No, I am going to revel in the fact that I can sit back and watch some of the best college talent in basketball in one week-end.

      The author of the article has too much time on his hands and should not worry about what he cannot control. Let’s watch the kids play and be glad that they have brought us something to smile about – basketball at its highest level in college, no matter who they are!

  7. vandyfan - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    College English 101 teaches us how to state a point and then support it. Did you skip that class?
    Your paranoid attitude towards a stranger is cut from the cloth of stalkers. Seek help Nick, it may be your only chance.

    • 8prilcats - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      First a Duke fan and now a Vandy fan supporting Coach Cal? If that doesn’t prove this article is garbage nothing will…
      Fasulo fish’n for hits.

      • bbil2012 - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        I’m a UMass fan.
        GFY.
        You and slimeball.

  8. Hello. Is that you James? - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This is an extremely biased article that is completely one sided. It’s a commentary piece and not a story or article…give me a break!

  9. empty82 - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    What an arrangement of literary garbage. First off, try to write without using clichés, it’s more effective. Calling someone a “used car salesman” is tired, it’s played. You clearly haven’t been out of your mom’s basement in a while, you’ve probably never met a used car salesman. (See what I did there? That was cliché about blogging losers, please make a note of it.)

    Saying you “don’t care about” what Calipari “did or did not do” and then pointedly bringing it up is just a poorly conceived effort to be accusatory without using any facts. It’s a lot like prefacing “You’re an idiot” with “No offense, but…” One does not make the other untrue. The facts, had you been bothered with or capable to do research, in the Derrick Rose case are clear. Rose refused to cooperate with the NCAA, which he was under no obligation to do, and based on that combined with suspicions they were unable to prove they vacated those wins. That would never be upheld in a less farcical judiciary setting.

    Calipari’s personality is what brings the elite talent to the Bluegrass State, coupled with his effort and determination to make his players ready for the next level. What he may lack in the wooden, laconic, Kroozawoosky-esque areas he makes up for by being an excellent recruiter, coach, and friend. Just ask Tom Crean.

    I would love to retweet this, and let you enjoy the backlash of the BBN, but you don’t deserve it.

  10. honeyboywilson - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Sea kelp.

  11. tfeeley76 - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I lived in Memphis for 5 years and what Calpari has done for that city and school is incredible. I saw the Derek Rose Championship game against Kansas it was the greatest game I have ever been apart of. He cares about these kids bottom line. Calipari is a good coach wherever he goes.

    • hatrhurter - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      i work at the university and would love to know exactly what he did for us. was it the entire season that was forfeitted that you love, or the funneling of money away from football in order to keep him happy that benefited us? was it the leaving town and hiding it like a chicken**** instead of manning up and admitting that the violations are coming and that’s why he was leaving? he didn’t do anything but leave a ****storm to be cleaned up after he left.

      what i don’t get is if memphis had to forfeit all those wins why does calipari still get to claim them in his record?

      • youarewrongagain - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        He doesn’t get to count them…. hence why he just now hit 503.

      • hatrhurter - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        wrongagain, not according to this

        http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/sec/2011-02-26-kentucky-florida_N.htm

        which is correct though?

      • hatrhurter - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        nm, i must have missed the ncaa telling him the 42 wins from umass and memphis didn’t count.

      • ezmoney78 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        Well, I just have one comment for you. If he hadn’t been at Memphis your second rate university would never be mentioned in this blog. However, the show ” the first 48 ” is a nice advertisement for your wonderful town..lol

      • hatrhurter - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        every city has homicide units just like it. with a name like ezmoney i wouldn’t be surprised to see you on a show like it or cops. oh and duh about not being mentioned in an article about 1 coach, they don’t mention usc in articles about bob stoops either. what’s your point?

  12. florida727 - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I’m a Florida fan, so by law, I’m required to root against Calipari… but I can’t. I admire the guy for one simple reason. Everyone criticizes his “one and done” recruiting, but think about it: a kid has been told his entire life that he’s the best thing since sliced bread. He has the talent to play-for-pay. Calipari has a proven track record of getting guys prepared for the NBA. Then on top of all that, and this is what I admire about him, he gets a bunch of egomaniacal 18-year olds who each have gone through high school being “the man”, all of them averaging 25-points-per-game, etc., and he gets them to play DEFENSE and SHARE THE BALL! Holy crap! “You mean it’s okay to throw a simple two-handed chest pass to a wing guy, cut away from the ball and set a pick so another guy is going to score, and I’ll still have NBA scouts interested in ME?” Criticize Calipari’s game coaching all you want, but you absolutely can NOT criticize his ability to form a TEAM out of a bunch of “me first” individuals.

    (Geez, I can’t believe I’m defending this guy.)

    • ajcardsfan - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      I think your post says it best. Calming ego’s is probably a coach’s biggest challenge. I wonder if the NBA would more fun to watch if there were more coaches out there like Cal, and took the NBA back to more team oriented playing

    • anneinco - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      EXACTLY! I’m a UK fan and not sure about Cals ethics. But there is no denying this guy gets young super stars who proly sit around and dream about making ESPN highlight reals with dunks , and gets then to play lock down D, and that wins games. They play good team ball as well. I have enjoyed this season so much I don’t care if they loose to the Cards. They have played so well this year and conducted themselves in a manner that would make any fan proud.

      All this crap about if Cal doesn’t win blah blah blah is a bunch of crap. I love watching him turn a bunch of high school kids into NCAA machine, even if they can’t go all the way because of their youth.

      Another note. Darius Miller is a senior and look how he has been playing. T Jones is a bit of a head case and Cal has managed to make him understand his role and he has been a factor ever since his bad game at IU.

      Cal is a good business man and knows how to leverage the current NCAA system. Everybody feels good when they can leverage the system but when somebody else does it then……………

  13. waddieone - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Nice blog post Fasulo – by NBC standards anyway.

    Between your poor noun-verb agreement (“Perhaps there’s a few members…”), mis-use of words, (charisma – Websters gives two definitions, neither of which apply in the context you’ve used), and downright whiny-baby attitude, your writing ineptitude is so blatant that early on, the reader is clued in – don’t take today’s post seriously.

    This blog entry reads as though written by one who has lost too many times in life can’t seem to figure out a way to stop being a loser.

  14. khart5678 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    For those who simply blame Derrick Rose and Marcus Camby, remember Calipari was the head coach and most definitely knew what was going on with his program. The Ohio State football coach was fired for not know what was going on with his team. I don’t believe basketball should be held to a different standard?

    As a non-student athlete, who attended a D1AA school, I have a major problem with “one & dones”. There are a multitude of students who would love to go to college but cannot afford it. The one and dones are potentially taking the place of student who wants to be there and not one waiting for the NBA to call. It is offensive. I understand college sports are a business but the business should not impact education. If you know that you are leaving after your freshman year, what makes the student even care about grades or attending class?

    I believe the NCAA should require a three year commitment to attend the university. This ensures a well rounded, educated student, who may or may not be drafted. If the kid feels he is NBA material and wants to be drafted asap, forgo college and wait until you turn 19. There are enough AAU leagues around to keep competitive and if you are really the next Kobe or LeBron, the NBA will take you.

    • waddieone - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      khart9678 – are you a non-student athlete or a non-athlete student?

    • tsmithpage - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      Did you know Cal agrees with you regarding the one-and-done rule? He’d much rather have these players for 2, 3 or 4 years. He gets blamed for taking full advantage of the one & done rule, which is like blaming the Yankees for winning by spending cash available to the franchise to sign the best players.

      The philosophy of strict liability for college coaches, which you are espousing, is bizarre to me. At any time, these coaches have 15 players on their rosters and are recruiting for the next year or two. They have to scout opposing teams and attend summer games. How in the world people think they should know what both their players and recruits are doing at all times is an unreasonable standard to impose in my opinion.

    • dboygoode - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      A one and done isn’t keeping anyone else from attending that university. The money a one and done is a scholarship set aside for basketball. If it doesn’t go to a one and done its going to another ball player. That money isn’t going to be used for anyone other than a ball player.

    • empty82 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Jim Tressel was not fired because he did not know what was going on with his team, he was fired because he knew, and did not report it, but instead tried to cover it up because he thought he had a national championship team. As far as different standards, that is the calling card of the NCAA. Look into Corey Maggette’s story.

      Don’t blame “one & dones” on Calipari, he didn’t make the rule. It’s not the NCAA, either. The NBA requires players to be one year removed from their high school class before they are eligible to enter the league. Calipari has said on numerous occasions he doesn’t like the rule, although I believe that comes across a bit “tongue-in-cheek” since he does so well with this type of recruit. That said, he is on record with his own proposal, and it is not unlike yours.

      As far as grades, Kentucky’s APR as of last year, which is comprised of the prior 4 years, tied Vanderbilt for the best in the SEC. For comparison, UConn has been banned from qualifying for postseason play next season because their scores are so poor.

      • florida727 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Didn’t know about the APR for either Kentucky or UConn. Thanks for sharing.

  15. irish2u2 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I’m a Florida fan too but I cannot in all good conscious defend or stand up for Calipari. You can blame Marcus Camby, Derick Rose or whoever but wherever Calipari is a stink follows. It will follow Calipari eventually to Lexington. They used to call Jerry Tarkanian the Teflon Don of College Basketball. Clearly Calipari has inherited the crown.

    I’m not a fan of one and done basketball either though we still have to see where it works. I can’t imagine this years excellent Wildcat team is better than the 2009-10 team that had DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Darius Miller plus bench guys who made NBA teams in DeAndre Liggins, Josh Harrellson and Daniel Orton. Maybe they are as good. Maybe they even win the whole thing. I still don’t like the process but I can’t deny the allure of Kentucky, their reputation, fans, Rupp Arena to get all these great players. I just can’t see how you identify with them. Part of college sports is watching the metamorphosis of young athletes going from children into adults, from individuals to a team.

    I will agree with my Florida colleague that Calipari does an unbelievable job getting his players to buy in to the system while eliminating ego drama. I don’t think he is a great coach but he is the game’s best recruiter and motivator and he’s a good enough coach. He isn’t Billy Donovan though.

    All that said I’m SEC through and through and while I don’t like Calipari I still want the Wildcats to win the NCAA title. Go Cats!

  16. teamstewie - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Does it really matter if he wins when the title will inevitably be vacated in a couple of years?

  17. bdeviled11 - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    World Wide Wes. Drops the mic.

  18. heenow - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Obviously Fasuto likes Kentucky. He didn’t put down the Evan Williams as he typed this gruel.

  19. klownboy - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    http://theklowntimes.net/2012/03/29/kentucky-vs-louisville-duke-vs-unc/

  20. therightstuff1 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    “You can’t sensationalize Calipari’s charitable deeds (and there are a number of them), but you can sensationalize all the speculation as to just how and why two of his former programs were put on probation but Calipari got off clean. You are also free to draw your own conclusions as to how he gets the pick of the litter from each high school recruiting class.”

    Huh? I’m a UK fan who actually graduated from UofL so I need your help because my UofL degree apparently didn’t prepare me to understand whatever language you’re using there. What my brain is translating for me as I read that is that it’s impossible for you to devote any time or blog space to praising Calipari’s charitable deeds but it appears surprisingly easy for you to take uniformed pot shots.

    Please help a simple UK fan understand! After all you continue the uniformed pot shots like….”Whether or not it’s for allowing someone not named Derrick Rose to take Derrick Rose’s SAT, I don’t know.” I mean all High Schools where you’re from let college coaches choose who takes their students SAT tests right?…….especially before the High School student has even committed to a particular college?? I’m sure your boss at wherever you work has thoroughly checked every facet of your resume to assure accuracy because again, I’m sure no one lies on resumes where you come from so if you did lie….maybe like a used car salesman….it’d obviously be your boss’s fault right?

    Another puzzle that you need to help me with is…..”Whatever Cal did or didn’t do that crippled UMass.” I guess you mean the whole Calipari self reporting UMass to the NCAA thing. I guess wherever you’re from that the argument could be made that by Calipari self reporting UMass he did in fact cripple the program. You might want to spend a few minutes reading this

    http://www.masslive.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/02/marcus_camby_lookback_the_ncaa.html

    you’ll quickly note how many blame Calipari……ooops, that whole accuracy thing raises it’s ugly head….I meant how NO ONE blamed Calipari. Course this was just the people closest to the situation, not someone like you.

    But as I continued to read I finally saw something in your obviously well thought out and thoroughly researched…..story?? that made sense….”I haven’t been in the thick of this long enough to confidently formulate an educated argument”.

    So finally I can apply what I learned at UofL and understand…….you’re not educated!!! In an attempt to educate a moron…..damn I was trying sooooooooooooooooo hard…….here’s a nice little Sports Illustrated article that is written by one of the most respected sports journalists in America…..stick it up your stupid ass!!!!!

    • therightstuff1 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1182972/index.htm

  21. tiger1960 - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    I think Nick Fasulo is spot on in his option! I am a Memphis Tiger alumni and just loved what Cal did here at Memphis, It took him four years but once he got Wild Wes, well we got back to back number one draft picks and 6 of the recruits went straight to NBA before new rule kicked in….Kendrick Perkins and Amare Stoudemire are two of them that signed with Memphis and went in 1st round straight out of high school. Cal is an Awesome salesman and you have to have that in today’s coaches in any sport. I have no problem with a person bettering himself but the way he left Memphis has made me a hater!!!! Remember when Roy Williams left Kansas to go to NC? He would not allow any of his recruits follow him to NC. He got on National TV and told them to honor there commits and they would be fine. Not Cal, We had the number one recruiting class in the nation and they all followed Cal to Caltucky except 3 that left and went to Kansas. Gene Stalling’s at Vandy said it best. After what he just did to Memphis, We don’t need that “kind” in the SEC!!!! Not only did he take the number on recruiting class with him the NCAA allowed him to do it. Not only did he take his recruits he took his secretary and every employee he had with him. He left the program in shambles! Also, he ran the athletic department and the AD did everything he said. They knew of the Derick Rose situation but Cal told him to let him play and appeal it. So Cal knew all along D Rose was ineligible and the NCAA let him get away with it. Someone mentioned that he took 3 different teams to the final 4? You are WRONG buddy. UMASS and Memphis were swiped off the record book and forfitted!!! Then Caltucky does this honor thing for his 500 win. NCAA came right back to Caltucky and said Sorry you are wrong he has 430 wins and Caltucky celebrates like NCAA don’t exist. I hope Rick Pitino kicks his ass

  22. ningenito78 - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Holy god. Suwaneemom- you obviously have a right to your opinion but it’s rediculous. If I remember correctly Calipari self reported the violations at UMass and your allegations of his infidelities with coeds is really just a bunch of crap. It’s people like you that are the reason this kind of misplaced hatred starts. Who the hell are you to place judgement on a BASKETBALL COACH and his JOB based on whether some college girl’s friend’s cousin’s wife heard he screwed around with some college girl? And as for his ‘recruiting violations’ don’t you find it odd he hasn’t been nailed to the wall by now for said violations considering he is probably the most hated coach in college basketball? If he was committing mass violations I’m pretty sure somebody somewhere would have had the proof and thrown him directly under the bus. It’s not like his classes are under the radar. If you are a fan of a rival SEC team you are pretty much automatically disqualified from this debate because if you rip Cal you just look like you are jealous and if you heap praise you look disingenuous. The guy is the most high profile recruiter and has not been caught in any recruiting violations. And if you try to say the Rose or Camby situation are ‘recruiting violations’ do your homework. Again, I’m a diehard Duke fan, born right down the street in Durham. But I have admired this guy from a distance almost his entire career. For all you haters just go Google some interviews with his former players, especially the ones that didn’t make it in the NBA. They all say the same thing: he is THE reason they are the men they are today. He keeps in touch with almost every one of his ex-players and has even helped them financially when they are cratering in their lives. And he never asks for anything back. Sorry for the rant, but for all you haters do some freakin research on the guy before you nail him to the cross on hearsay or assumptions. And suwaneemom your post is as uninformed as it gets.

  23. txnative61 - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Having watched many children overplay minor injuries for sympathy (from their Momma’s), my sentiments were similar to Cal’s watching Anthony Davis writhing on the floor with a boo boo, as if his career were in shambles. Cal no doubt irritates many people, considering how much success he’s had, particularly recruiting. He is effective because he gains their trust, and demonstrates loyalty to their best interests, regardless of outside comments, which are often biased by competitors. He simply brings them to a level of play in one year that others cannot in four.

  24. philpdx - Apr 1, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Hard to see any value – or any factual basis – for this biased article which the writer freely admits is not based on anything substantive. I don’t care about Kentucky or their coach, but this is trashy, irresponsible journalism, plain and simple.

  25. ky35 - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    I don’t care what anyone thinks when you have kids going to Kentucky over all the other schools is reason to be skeptical. He has been loaded for 2 seasons and there is something more to it for him to be getting the pick of the litter all the time. He needs to be investigated. It is more than charm drawing those number one picks to Kentucky and that is what is alarming!

  26. blade9329 - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    I’d like to know who died and left you King?..I’m assuming that you walk on water and cure the sick and blind in the spare time you have when you’re not writing about how much you despise Coach Cal as a coach and person.I guess opnions are like assholes though..Everyone has one..And you should definitely know a thing or two about assholes being that you’re the biggest one East of the Mississippi..As far as the Derrick Rose deal about the ACT crap..I’m wondering if you yourself have ever taken that test..If so then you know that you have to have a PICTURE ID to take it..I’m almost certain that the administrator over the test in question would DEFINITELY know who he/she was about to give the test to, and I’m almost certain that being aware of that,they would know what Derrick Rose looked like..Having said that,explain to me why it took over a year for the NCAA to invalidate the results that THEY themselves VALIDATED in the first place..Now if you truely want to put your crappy journalism skills to work,{And I’m sure you dont because they are more suited to writing the little snippits you find on a bathroom wall} then instead of writing biased crap like the article you just wrote, why dont you investigate what happened with the NCAA accepting the results in the first place..Does ANYONE really think that it would take a whole year for them to catch a mistake like that?..If so, I’ve got the Golden State Bridge for sale, and its setting in my back yard..Any offers?

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