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john calipari

At #4 we have the guy who is no longer considered the best coach never to win a national championship: John Calipari.

So what makes him so dirty?

Basically, the dude stays at one school until his recruiting violations pile up so high that the NCAA is bound to take notice. Then, as soon as he gets wind of an investigation, he bolts for a new program, leaving the old one to deal with his mess. He did it at UMass (which had to vacate their Final Four appearance), then at Memphis (which had to vacate their 2nd place tourney finish because Derrick Rose was too lazy to take the SATs), and he’ll probably do it at Kentucky.

And for this “rich tradition,” Kentucky pays the man $4 million

The question: Who is perceived by college coaches to be the biggest cheater in the sport?

  • John Calipari (Kentucky): 36 percent
  • Scott Drew (Baylor): 34 percent
  • Ben Howland (UCLA): 12 percent
  • Jim Calhoun (Connecticut): 7 percent
  • Tom Crean (Indiana): 3 percent
  • Dave Rice (UNLV): 3 percent

On John Calipari: "Cal probably doesn't have to cheat now as much as he used to, but he's still the standard. The rest of us can't even deal in his league. He's the best."

Kentucky

When it comes to disliking Kentucky these days, the rotten tomatoes are being squarely thrown at head coach John Calipari. Fair or not, lots of fans have labeled Calipari the slick snake oil salesman of college basketball.

They consider him to be a cheater, albeit a quite successful one, at that. A big reason for this is the fact that two programs where Calipari previously coached at prior to his landing in Lexington—UMass and Memphis—were forced to vacate wins by the NCAA for rules violations after he left.

And although Kentucky hasn’t violated any major rules under Calipari’s watch, that hasn’t stopped fans from being suspicious of the slick snake oil salesman, especially considering how many top-ranked recruiting classes Calipari has racked up with the Wildcats.

Calipari has proven to be a great coach for Kentucky, but he hasn’t been the only one to grace the sidelines in Lexington. The first great Kentucky coach was the man for whom which the arena the team plays in is named after: Adolph Rupp.

But for as great a coach as Rupp—who won four national titles with Kentucky—was, his legacy has been diminished over the years by allegations of racism. Former NBA, ABA and Georgia basketball star Tim Bassett (who is African-American) recalled a few years ago the time when Rupp allowed an effigy of Bassett to hang from the ceiling of the Kentucky arena during a game between Bassett’s Bulldogs and Rupp’s Wildcats.

Hi-res-142012996_crop_exact John Calipari is an easy coach to dislike in the eyes of many.
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And who can forget the sports flick Glory Road, which told the true story of when the Texas Western team of all-black starters defeated the Kentucky team of all-white starters in the 1966 NCAA Championship game. And who was Kentucky’s coach that day? Adolph Rupp, of course.

Did I leave out anything?

BC will most like take this discussion down.

GY, you must admire UK as you spend a lot of time reading about our Coach and team. BTW, live in the present and let go of the past; Coach Rupp's era is long gone.  

GO Yankees said:

Did I leave out anything?

BC will most like take this discussion down.

Then you all need to stop talking about the championships won during his time. You can't cherrypick history Teach...


BluSu said:

GY, you must admire UK as you spend a lot of time reading about our Coach and team. BTW, live in the present and let go of the past; Coach Rupp's era is long gone.  

GO Yankees said:

Did I leave out anything?

BC will most like take this discussion down.

One other notable thing about that list of guys - except maybe Bielema? They're all huge winners...

BluSu,

You are half right, I am an avid reader. However, Thomas Jefferson once said that "Adoration is the daughter of ignorance", thus I admire no one, least of all a land grant university such as UK.
I will pass on your unsolicited advice regarding "Living." Remember "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley

BluSu said:

GY, you must admire UK as you spend a lot of time reading about our Coach and team. BTW, live in the present and let go of the past; Coach Rupp's era is long gone.  

GO Yankees said:

Did I leave out anything?

BC will most like take this discussion down.

Duly noted...

Additionally, the writer gave reasons as to why he didn't like these coaches, but none of the coaches on the list have been sanctioned as head coaches for infractions by the NCAA or have left schools with seasons and final fours vacated.

Bobby P's Ghost said:

One other notable thing about that list of guys - except maybe Bielema? They're all huge winners...
Another excellent point.

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