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Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

Posted on: May 27, 2009 9:12 am
 
Kentucky coach John Calipari is doing something I normally would hate. He has recruited well beyond the NCAA maximum of 13 scholarship players allowed for a single season, and by doing so he is having to cut loose a handful of players. Just yesterday, three UK players were "allowed" to transfer, or graduate early, or whatever lingo you want to call it. Kentucky is still one player over the limit, and if Jodie Meeks drops out of the NBA draft -- and I expect he will -- the Wildcats will have to shed two more players.

And I'm OK with it.

And here's why.

Calipari isn't doing this in Year 5 of his tenure at Kentucky. He just got there, and he was brought there to clean up Billy Gillispie's mess. Kentucky didn't hire him to maintain the status freaking quo. Kentucky hired him to kick some ass. So, he's kicking it.

He brought in the best recruiting class in the country. He welcome back Patrick Patterson after Patterson's NBA draft dalliance. And as a result, he's way over the scholarship limit.

So he gets a free pass from me. Kentucky didn't hire him to be nice. Kentucky hired him to win. And really, let's be honest: Shame on those crappy players who came to Kentucky and thought they were good enough. They weren't. So go find your level, kids. It's not Kentucky.

And shame on the previous coaching staff(s) for bringing you to Kentucky in the first place.
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Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 11:03 pm
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

I just moved from Nashville back to NC, I lived there for 21 years, I know what UK basketball is all about, the do have a great fanbase, not what you make it, fans are great to have and the support, but that is a PART of the program and tradition. I would go see Vanderbilt play and most of the fans were UK fans, so what, you lost most of those games when you played Vandy at home, so what's your point? I have been to Rupp to see UK play Carolina, you act like I have no idea at all about UK, there will be so many NCAA personal people traveling around with UK this year I would be afraid to go see them in person, they might put an infraction on me about something.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2009 3:30 pm
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

why would you want to see anyone go on probation. you are not a fan just a hater anniepoo




Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2009 8:18 am
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

I dont understand UK's fanbase, they are the most delusional in the world as far as I know.  Although i am not sure about soccer fans like Liverpool and  such.  UNC isn't a pimple on UK's butt?   Who won the Championship last year?   And that wasn't idiot voting on it like the SEC always gets in college football, we earned it.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 7:53 pm
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

Having re-read my email, I was probably a bit over the top with the "pimple on the butt" comment....but make no mistake about it, I respect UNC and always have, again, I hate them, but I respect the program.....My point was more the fan following and almost religious ferver over UK basketball among its fans. UNC does not have that. Carolina has the wins, the conference, the All Americans, the coach, the Dean Dome, the tradition, Jordan....etc.....but that are in another universe when it comes to comparing their fan support with Kentucky's. If you think UNC basketball is a big deal, talk to a Kentucky fan......it's like comparing the Archies to the Beatles.......




Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 7:29 pm
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

Doyel, you really don't have a clue do you? Your postings lack the whole picture...pure and simple, UK and coach Calipari are facing a fate that no program should have to face...from the NCAA. Sure right now it only affects Memphis, but it will follow coach Calipari. Before you open your mouth and comment on the pointlessness of some players on UKs team, why don't you examine the pointlessness of your support for a crooked coach and program. Hmm...how could they get so many good recruits in such a quick time? Why did coach Cal jump so fast to UK? Why is Memphis bearing sole responsibility for this mess? It was on Calipari's watch...
Wow...I feel bad for coach Cal...I like his style and his breathing life into programs that fell into the dark abyss, but I am concerned that he is running into the same troubles that a coach I used to like at one time, Kelvin Sampson, ran into. That problem being needing to win at any and all costs. The recruiting and the ability is there, but these coaches seem to trade their morality to be successful. I am by no means saying that Calipari is guilty of anything, but just like Sampson said he wasn't guilty while taking IU's buyout and running, Calipari ran from not one but TWO programs. That is a reason why UMass has never been the same since and the same fate will hit Memphis. He recruited Rose and there is a definite reason why he jumped ship after his freshman year. Calipari's similar jump from Memphis to UK and subsequent incredible recruiting coups once hiring on makes me think only one thing: eventually, coach Calipari will be found out, and just like UK, his dirty past will unfortunately come back and bite him big time. It's just a matter of time, and it is sad. Sad for college sports, sad for basketball, sad for UK...I really don't know of any real TRUE great basketball programs out there any more, outside of maybe UNC and Duke. I thought coach Cal was a great hire for UK, but it looks like something bad is brewing. I hope for a day that we can see basketball traditions rebound...but a lot has to happen before we will ever see that occur.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 3:10 pm
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

I live in Kentucky, but am not a UK fan.  Living in this state, where UK Basketball is so iconic, it has pained me to see this program in such disarray.  I have no ethical or moral problem with the unfortunate task that John Calipari is faced with.  Wall, Cousins, and Bledsoe are amazing recruits that any coach in America would make room for.

Now that I have cleared that, lets talk about this borderline ignorant blog post.
"And really, let's be honest: Shame on those crappy players who came to Kentucky and thought they were good enough. They weren't. So go find your level, kids. It's not Kentucky."

It's not the fault of these kids.  What do you want from these kids?  Should they turn down a scholarship from UK to go play for a mid major?  Would you?  This is a moronic statement that makes me wonder how you ever got the job at CBSSports.
"And shame on the previous coaching staff(s) for bringing you to Kentucky in the first place." How about shame on the UK AD and president for hiring a coach whose only success was having a top 10 Big 12 team with a star he didn't even recruit.  Billy Gillespie was the wrong guy for this job.  Honestly, so was Tubby.  Calipari is a move in the right direction.  I just hope, for the sake of UK fans, that his "1 and Done NBA Prep school" recruiting tactics lead to a title or two and not just freshmen filled Final Four teams that get beat by experienced teams.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2009 12:15 pm
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

wow, i didn't know Calipari (and Memphis) had already been convicted ... or do people here just not recognize the meaning of "allegations"?
He's working the fringes at UK ... legal, not exactly the nicest or most ethical thing to do ... he's now being investigated for doing some things at Memphis ... 
Until PROVEN guilty, however, he's just, um, working the system.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 7:34 am
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

Mr. Doyle, have you heard the new allegations about coah Cal and the Memphis program? Man, timing is everything.

I'm sure you're cool with it, though. Hey, it was his job to come in and win, right?



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 12:35 am
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

Your coach is what is wrong with NCAA bball... a coach WHO WAS CAUGHT CHEATING AT KANSAS!Homer, that isnt the point. roy's violations were MISDEAMENORS, what is being thrown at memphis would be considered a FELONY!



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2009 11:24 pm
 

Calipari cleaning house ... and I'm OK with it?!?

Hey AdianPooh...

Your coach is what is wrong with NCAA bball... a coach WHO WAS CAUGHT CHEATING AT KANSAS!


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