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Calipari presents his solution for paying players

Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 2:31 pm
By Matt Norlander

Four super-conferences. Yes, this notion has been tossed around here and there in the past couple of years. I don't know if we'll reach that point in the next two decades, but if the NCAA is to ever pay "living expenses" for its student-athletes (also referred to as cost-of-attendance scholarships), John Calipari thinks having a separate state and government for college superpowers is the only feasible way to make it happen.

(Stop right there. senior writer Dennis Dodd has a different solution for this issue. Do give it a read.)

Sort of like turning the NCAA into a big game of Risk, I guess. Move the pieces into new territories and take over the world.

Calipari went on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning (hosted by friend of the blog, Matt Jones) and clarified and expounded upon some answers he gave to Dan Rieffer of WTVQ-Lexington yesterday.

The Kentucky coach said he agrees that the living expense/cost-of-attendance scholarship should be implemented into the college game. Certain universities are receiving so much money these days, it's his belief that players should be compensated for reasonable items. In the interview, he harkens back to a few decades ago when buying a player a soda wasn't deemed criminal.

But those days are gone, and since the hard-and-fast rules of the NCAA are so strict when it comes to money, Calipari's only solution to getting student-athletes funding beyond their scholarships is to have major programs break off from the NCAA and start a rogue set of nations. Basically, have the richest schools move to a fairer, more-balanced playing field. Call it the adult table of college athletics, if you'd like.

"My thing was, there's only one way you can do this," Calipari said. "This is the only way I can see it. You have four super-conferences. A West Coast conference with 16 or 18 teams; a northern conference, you know, where the Big Ten area, of 16 or 18 teams;a southern conference, like the SEC teams, 16 or 18 teams; and an eastern conference like the ACC teams, that have 16 or 18 teams in them. Now, I say 16 or 18 because you could [have] 64 or 72 (teams) and be fine. Because, in football, you'd have nine in each division. They have a playoff championship in their league, the four leagues. Those four winners would be semifinalists for the football championship, and then there'd be a national title game, and the others would play in the bowls. All that television, all that revenue goes back to the 64 or 72 teams -- only those teams. Then you have a basketball tournament with those teams. Those 64 or 72 are in the tournament. Everybody's team is in the tournament."

And that's where you lose me. An NCAA tournament that consists of only the teams from the super-conferences? And everyone automatically qualifies? No. A million, billion times: no. But, for clarity's sake, this isn't what Calipari explicitly wants. He's claiming that it's the only conceivable way he can think of to sufficiently and fairly pay student-athletes.

The football model seems judicious on a few levels, by the way. Interesting to hear one of college basketball's most prominent coaches dispense a plan about how college football can expand and improve its product, and to do it in a way that's pretty imaginable, even if far off. Plenty do believe the swells have already started, though, and that more and more universities are gaining more money and power in the hopes of one day splitting from the NCAA and governing themselves in a way that's unprecedented in American collegiate athletics.

On the topic of fairly paying players, though, if this is the answer, there is no answer.

If you'd like to hear the eight-plus minutes of Calipari's half-baked -- but well-articulated -- plan, have at it.

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:50 am

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

like calipari doesn't already pay his players

Really, why does he need to pay his players? They have enough incentive just to play at Kentucky for a year and go get a big paycheck the next.  9 players drafted in the last 2 years and 2 of those players weren't even supposed to be NBA caliber players and one wasn't a starter and played very limited minutes.  What's next, Cal is paying NBA teams to draft his players?

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:10 am

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

When did it become a crime in this Country to have an opinion? And I guarantee many of the hypocrites on this particular thread would be singing a different tune had this "idea" or suggestion been from someone they liked.

For instance the Kansas fan: badmrbunny character out of Florida that stated something about Calipari paying his players already. Really? And all this time I thought it was Kansas that got busted most recently for paying players.

Or the UofLoL fan ewinter that's a fan of family planning clinics and a coach that instead of raising the bar just buys it and nails sabertooths on it instead of coaching basketball. L yeah!

Perhaps the IU fan action83 that just hates Kentuckians period and refers to them all as hilljacks since his family is probably from Kentucky and he hates being referred to as a hillbilly himself not to mention the fact they'd have to shut the state of Indiana down if it weren't for those awful hillbillys moving up there since none of the sorry arse hoosiers will work. (But I bet he heads south with the family every summer to pack off the hilljacks gardens when they come in and brag about what all he has. Wink)

In the end this was just a suggestion. Worry about your own house with dirt rolling out the windows before you start worrying about cleaning other peoples.

Now as far as Calipari's idea. First I do like the idea of super conferences and breaking away from the NCAA, as well as creating a playoff in college football, but not the payment of players. But that's just my opinion. And it wouldn't matter to me who came up with the idea since I'm not jealous of others enough to hate an idea because of who it came from or a douchebag idiot that jumps on any opportunity to run someone down thats doing it better than the coach of the team I cheer for.

Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:55 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

Do you have proof of this or are you just another reporter slinging mud hoping it will stick?  Never mind.  I already know the answer.  You may not be a reporter but you have obviously be brainwashed by them.  Tell me, what do you think of John Wooden and his championship teams?  Ever hear of Sam Gilbert?  Of course you haven't.  I wonder why you haven't?  I know.  Because reporters don't report on that.  This entire BS mythology you just recited is exactly why the NCAA should be disbanded.  People like you are so easily taken in because of envy that you'll try to destroy what you can never be just out of spite.  And you don't even know how pathetic you are.

Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:51 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

UK basketball had the highest GPA of ANY sports team in the SEC last year.  Yes they were better than the vaunted Vanderbilt teams and all the rest of the SEC teams of every kind.  That's what I like about the Cal haters.  They never let facts get in the way.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 3:35 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

Well, thats how its done in Kentucky, so why wouldn't it work elsewhere? Will this make it harder for Calipari when other coaches start paying their players,too?

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 2:47 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

College sports are getting out of hand.  Basketball and Football were always money makers for the atheletic department.  With the resent increase in coaching salaries and basketball and football budgets I wonder how many of them still make money.

VCU nows pays their basketball coach more money then they actually make in ticket sells.  Not counting assitants and other money for recruiting trips and office expense.  Or the money giving to players for scholarships, meals and books.

Yea lets pay the players and ruin NCAA sports just like professional sports.    

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:14 am

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

There will never be a recognized "have; and have-nots" hierarchy in the College game.  I understand that Calipari is "all about the players" and that SOME colleges make a boat load of cash off the men's BBall and Football teams.  I also know that most of that money goes back into the funding of the non-revenue sports for those schools and in some cases adds to the general scholarship funds for the Universities.  Is it an equitable arrangement for the "student athelete"?  In the case of those two sports - no.  Is it a good all-round situation?  A reasonable person would probably say "yes" when evaluating the plight of student atheletes as a whole. 

Lets' not forget that, at least in the case of college BBall, there are other avenues for people that want to make money other than go to college.  If you are a top-tier ball player (and that's what we're talking about here when discussing the money-making sports programs) you can choose to play D-League or Euro Ball if you don't like the College "deal".

Personally, I don't care if ball players are issued a "stipend".  Doing so opens Pandora's Box in the eyes on the NCAA and therefore isn't going to happen.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:29 am

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

Shut up, idiot.

Since: Feb 21, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:03 am

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

yeah, except that cal's players actually make pretty good grades. oh, and also except for the fact that every major division I program has "tutors" who "help" athletes with their school work. the misnomer has BEEN a thing of the past  

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:12 am

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

I think what Coach X really wants is to do away with that "free education" part, and have a school-sponsored basketball team unencumbered by those pesky "classes" that create so much grief for his players.  He could pay the money to the players instead of the money being paid to the school as tuition.  No longer would the not-so-impressive GPA of his players be an issue, and the misnomer "student-athlete" could be a thing of the past.

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