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Dan Patrick: ‘I think John Calipari is not long for Kentucky’ (VIDEO)

Mar 4, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

Dan Patrick had an interesting take on John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats this morning on the DP Show.

He doesn’t think that Coach Cal will last that much longer at Kentucky. The frustration of dealing with a brand new team each and every season, and the stress that struggling puts on him, is more than he wants to handle, or so says Patrick.

I don’t necessarily agree with it all, but where Patrick is correct in that Kentucky’s team this season is spoiled. The pieces don’t fit together — there are too many guys that need the ball in their hands to be effective, too many egos to accept being a role players — and that’s on Cal. He recruited them, and he couldn’t get them to buy in. 

  1. sportsfan18 - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Guess with as much experience as Coach Cal has he still doesn’t realize that it takes a team to win and not just a bunch of guys with talent.

    The pieces have to fit together.

    Cal knew that EACH one of these guys was being offered a scholarship to play on his team.

    They were scouted, looked at etc… and he CHOSE these guys to come together on the SAME team…

    Long before college went one and done and when many players stayed all four years (at Duke especially, they didn’t have a player leave early for a long time) teams could build actual teams.

    Coach K at Duke would bring in a new freshman big man while he was able to learn from the senior big man on the team. Then it was the younger big man’s team for the next 3 seasons and when he was a senior, he brought along the new freshman big man.

    Danny Ferry played at Duke from 85/86 to 88/89

    In Ferry’s senior season of 1988/1989, Christian Laettner was a freshman.

    Laettner played from 88/89 to 91/92

    In Laettner’s senior season of 1991/1992, Cherokee Parks was a freshman (& Erik Meeks too).

    I know things have changed but even back then not many coaches did what coach K did. He built teams based on positions and abilities and he even tied together his veterans and his freshman to balance the team out that way and to help the team be as good as it could be when the seniors left the program.

    Guess it worked as Coach K has more wins than anyone ever in Division 1 basketball history.

    He has more than Cal has and more National Championships too.

    • ryno1999 - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM


    • shanestephens - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Lmao. Biased Duke fan still upset about that first round game I guess…

  2. shockertalk - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    John Calipari is not a BAD coach. He’s just not one that can handle the “total freshmen reload” every year. Who can? Bill Self is finding it not so easy and he’s probably the best at it.

    John C can simply NOT take every top 10 McDonald’s all-american that wants to play at Kentucky. Just choose a couple that fit each other and the Kentucky system …… and enjoy life.

    But the temptation to “grab all the candy you can” may be too great. But the only thing that all that candy will ever give John C….. is another stomach ache.

    • ryno1999 - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      If THREE Final 4s (one national title so far) in FOUR years is a stomach ache, what’s your team’s coach have? Explosive diarrhea I guess.

  3. cranespy - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    BBN will soon tire of Coach Cal and his shtick. Each season it becomes more and more obvious that while he can recruit like NO other coach in the history of college bball…….what he can’t do is meld his players into a cohesive unit that collectively is greater than the sum of all it’s parts.

    Basically…..Cal does not possess the ability to coach em’ up!

    All that talent during his tenure at UK and Memphis and all he has to show for it is one (1) National Championship. ( and if not for the BROW and his willingness to defer to his teammates Cal would still be sporting an 0 fer’!)

    Give those same rosters to Izzo, Coach K, Billy D, Shaka, Bill Self, Jim Boheim, Ole Roy, John Belein, Pitino ….or even Cal’s nemesis….Bob Huggins…..and most, if not all would have multiple titles.

    Come on BBN……it’s March already… coach worth his salt is still trying to figure it out. Send this guy packing and bring in the man who will return the Wildcats to their rightful place at the pinnacle of college basketball……..not just as a destination for “one and doners” rather as a place for National Championships.

    We néed you Billy D…you’re our only hope!

    • smat008 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      He can’t meld his players into a cohesive unit? You do realize he took his first UK team to the tournament as a 1 seed, losing in the elite eight. His second team went to the final four after a pretty good season. His third team won the national title. His forth team had its best player badly injured part way through the season and it ended in a NIT first round loss. Now this year another final four. Chances are he will only lose 2-3 players from this year’s team. So far he is the only coach that has proven he can handle a new team of freshmen every year. He has only been at UK for 5 years as well.

    • ryno1999 - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      I’m so tired of Cal’s schtick- I just hate only going to the Final 4 three out of four years.

      • mostdiggity - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Yeah, me too. These damn road trips to every Final Four is getting expensive… and tough on my liver. C’mon Cal… give us a damn break!

      • mostdiggity - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        uh… 4 out of 5.

    • mostdiggity - Apr 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      a day late and a dollar short…

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