From CBS Sports a little levity:
|John Calipari is beloved by most of Big Blue Nation, but he doesn't even carry more than half his state's vote. (US Presswire)|
Kentucky has the most intense and arguably biggest fan base in college basketball. Why, even now, after that first sentence, I've got UK honks yelling at me for even suggesting the notion their legion is even "arguably" the biggest out there.
Yet within the state, there's obviously a divide -- just passing along a quick note from Public Policy Polling, one of the most trusted sources of polls we have. The service was most notably looking into how presidential candidates would fair in the Bluegrass State come 2016. Turns out, Hillary Clinton stands to do well under current readings. She's favored by 48 percent of the population.
Here's the surprising part: John Calipari beats out Clinton by only 1 percent. This despite the fact two-thirds of the state root for Kentucky over Louisville.
Kentucky fans out number Louisville ones by a 66/17 margin. This is one of the most lopsided rivalries we've ever polled on. John Calipari has a 49/15 favorability rating, a good deal better than Rick Pitino's 44/32. Louisville fans support their school's move to the ACC by a 70/7 margin.
So Calipari comes in, makes an Elite Eight, then a Final Four, then wins the school's eighth national title -- and not even half the state is on his side?
Kentuckians, you are the greatest.