Kentucky Coach John Calipari Leaving for Chicago Bulls
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Shock waves are rolling through the college basketball world as it was released that Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari is leaving the program for the coaching position with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.
But the surprise is more than a bit ridiculous. When has anyone ever accused John Calipari of having morals? This is, after all, the same man who is the only person in the annals of college basketball to have not one, but two Final Four trips stricken from the record books. And as one who for all the world looks like a cheater, he hasn’t been nearly as successful as one might expect. In spite of managing to bring NBA caliber talent to relative unknown outposts such as UMass and Memphis, John Calipari has mentioned no more than a few close calls.
There will be outrage in Kentucky, no doubt. But perhaps the fans of the most prestigious program in the history of college basketball should instead be breathing a sigh of relief. This is John Calipari, the man who leaves a trail of sanctions and underachieving in his wake at virtually every stop. If he stayed to form, what would be the outcome? Even at Kentucky, a spot that needs little if any help landing talent, John Calipari’s shortcomings would still be revealed.
The man is a recruiter. And while his methods may strike many as something less than by the book, whatever his means, he is normally playing with a stacked deck. And yet he simply can’t win the way he should. Because the reality is that John Calipari simply is not a great coach. And a lousy post season coach. The Chicago Bulls should wind up as disappointed as Calipari’s other stops, but there is one advantage. They won’t be placed on probation if Calipari pays his players. But how will he learn to live with a salary cap?