Jeff Gravley

Coach Cal, please...

Posted April 18, 2012

At a Tuesday night press conference, Kentucky coach John Calipari was surrounded by his three freshmen and two sophomores, starters on the Wildcats national championship team. Calipari was the first to speak, "This is a players-first program," he said. So why didn't he let the players say they were leaving early to join the NBA? Calipari made the grand announcement for Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb.

But the worst quote of the night came from Calipari in his opening remarks. He referred to the five stars seated next to him, "They understand why they are in school. They're here to get an education." Coach, please. Don't hand us that hot bag of garbage. It's insulting and false.

First and foremost, they were there to make themselves better basketball players.

Now I don't fault highly talented players leaving early for the NBA. They are a product of a flawed system controlled by the NBA. If you are 19, one year out of high school and think you're good enough, the league will accept your application.

Some return to get their degree and some don't. I won't judge either way. I just wish the current early entry draft rules could be combined with the way college football determines its national champion and blown up at the same time. 

There has to be a better way for both. But don't look for any changes to the current NBA way of life. The league wasn't able to change draft eligibility rules during collective bargaining last year.

 

 

 

 

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  • bh4 Apr 23, 2012

    There is nothing "University" about the University of Kentucky program. Cal has completely taken the college part out of the basketball program. You are not expected to perform in class, you are not expected to finish school, we don't even care who took your SAT for you in high school. YOu'll be gone before anyone realizes there are any issues.

    Cal is the equivalent of Don King in NCAA basketball. Nothing "college" about his style at all. It is all about Cal, and the more he denies it the worse it looks.

    But he has that ring and that is all that matters in Kentucky.

  • tjdebord Apr 20, 2012

    I think he meant that they are there to get a "basketball education". :-)

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 19, 2012

    Coach Cal stated that they were there to get an Education. What a joke. One year, with the tutors assisting them in every way. An education in one year... Where/how can anyone get this?

  • BlueDeviIs00 Apr 19, 2012

    What a sleezebag.

  • StunGunn Apr 19, 2012

    Coach Cal has mastered the won and done plan, and it works just fine for the NBA as well, so I don't expect to see changes any time soon, unfortunately.

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