PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Sounds about right given recent UK hires in basketball...
Auburn might have a coaching vacancy as well. With the Tigers, they have the talent to make it an easier transition.
"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.
I love your signature!
He must have seen the "Student Body"
"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."
I hate that they are winning in basektball, but I have a new found respect for Cal after seeing the ESPN special and also just reading stuff he's said in the paper etc. I don't think he's the scumbag everyone carries on about him being. He really does have the players best interest first.
Petrino, on the other hand, is a true scumbag who only cares about Petrino. He's more in the mold of some of their past football coaches like Hal Mumme though. I wouldn't touch Petrino, dude can flat out coach, but he's good at screwing programs and Franchises over.
On Calipari: Although I still think there is some shady-ness to him and it's hard for me to get over his slick used car salesman demeanor, I also have found a certain level of respect for the guy.
Am I the only one who sees a lot of similarities between your description of Cal and an elite football coach not named Nick Saban?
Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
Nah, Les Miles is just plain nuts, it's not an act like a used car salesman does to get you to buy in.
elite coaches don't blow a game against the #1 team in the country when it's in their grasp.
Then you should have left elite out of your post then? Or are you trying to insinuate something that will get us upset with you? ; )
Here's the thing with Calipari. He goes to these kids and says you have the skills and the tools to be a first round pick, come play for me for a season and I'll get you to the NBA. Kids know they have to play SOMEWHERE for a year so they figure why not go play for the guy who has turned out insane amounts of talent to the NBA his entire coaching career.
Cal gives all his players all the credit all the time. After last season he lobbied so hard for those 6 kids to become first round picks. He was contacting teams and trying to get those kids drafted as high as possible. Every time a microphone was in his face he said I have 6 kids who should be first round picks on this team. When kids see him constantly lobbying for his guys and always praising the kids for the accomplishments of the team, they want to play for him.
I don't think of him as a used car salesman type, I think of him more as a politician. He's got his expensive suits, he always says the right thing, everything is scripted and he delivers on that script every time.
Politician is probably a more accurate word for him. He certainly is one sick guy. I lived in Lexington for several years (during the Tubby & Billy G days) and have many friends who are UK fans. One of my best friends has some pretty good connections within the UK program and goes to a lot of private events and has met and been around Cal on numerous occasions. He loves having him for their coach, and he says Cal is a nice guy and all, but he tells me that he just gets a weird vibe from him. He doesn't think anything illegal (NCAA-wise) but still he said Cal just rubs him the wrong way.
I'm not denying the guy is a good at what he does. He has found the perfect way to use the system that is in place and work it to be a win-win situation for him, the school, and the players. We all know as OSU fans that others on the outside will hate on you simply because you're good or better than them, and Kentucky's been a hated entity for quite some time.
Oddly enough, I do have friends though that eventhough they love that UK is winning again, they don't like the direction the program has gone since Cal got there. They bemoan the constant one and done players who put in their year and leave. They feel that the kids are not coming to Kentucky because it's Kentucky, like they used to. They are coming because of Cal and because Cal can get them in the NBA and Kentucky is just a small stop on the way.
I have friends with season tickets so I've been to a lot of games at Rupp, and I agree absolutely with alot of what you said there. The thing with Cal is he walks a really fine line. He'll have make a wish kids at a practice and then some shady booster with agent connections at the same practice. He gives a lot of access to his team and program. It's not shock why he has had trouble other places, even if he hasn't actually done anything wrong himself.
I also agree about the guys not being there because it's UK. I obtained a collectors bottle of makers mark last year for the championship, and then bought a ticket to have it signed by Anthony Davis(I knew I'd make a boatload on the bottle and I did). Anyway, Davis didn't really give the fans the time of day. He hardly said anything and just didn't even really acknowledge anyone. People paid 50 bucks just to get one thing signed by the guy and he wouldn't even smile at them. He obviously didn't give a crap about the fans, and didn't understand what the name on the front of the jersey meant.
Compare that to a guy on this team like Darius Miller who was born and raise in Kentucky and would cut up and joke with the fans at these kinds of things and it was clear who understood what it meant to play for Kentucky. I think those concerns are all valid. It's hard down there to find that medium though, a guy who can win and also has guys who get what it means to be a wildcat. Pitino was pefect that way, but the 3 guys since haven't grasped that.
Apparently, he uses his powers for good too lol. I saw this link on my FB feed earlier and thought it was relevant since he kind of takes a beating. I genuinely hate that program, but am finding it harder to hate the coach.
If I were Kentucky, I would take the chance. They have nothing to lose except a boatload more games with some middling hire. Petrino will put points on the board and butts in seats. Will he bolt after he achieves success? Of course, but the chances of success with him are much greater than with many other coaches.
UK would certainly stand a better shot at landing guys like Barker and Timmons with a coach like Petrino that's for sure.
waycracken troll post alert, ha!
I mean, it's Kentucky football. They can afford to take the chance, what's the downside? They're a joke as it is; this hire will at least get the jokes aimed at him instead of the team.
Thought he might be a good fit for West Virginia...they have a lot of "country roads" for motorcycle riding that may be a little safer that Arkansas !
On a side note, UK plays Electoral College this weekend, and opened as a 17 point underdog.
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