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Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus

Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 12:07 pm
 


By Matt Norlander

How appropriate that in the post below this one, I talked about being progressive.

Because there is no more progressive coach in college basketball than John Calipari, of course. Cal's got himself quite a great situation right now, what with coaching at Kentucky and having the most passionate, emotional fanbase in college basketball fawn at his feet. He's brought in five-star talent into UK the past three years, and now, with no huge recruit locked in for 2012, what's a man to do?

Simple: Invite back all of his former players -- those players who are currently earning NBA money, most notably. With the lockout only just beginning, Cal saw an opportunity. A business move as transparent and legal as it was brilliant and obvious.

Calipari sent out this update on Twitter and Facebook Friday:

"I reached out to every former Wildcat that’s in NBA and having to deal with this lockout to make sure they knew the Joe Craft Center is available to train if needed. If they want to finish up some school work while in Lexington, we will help with that as well. We just want to make sure all our players know that it’s all about family here at UK. #WeAreUK"

Buildings are literally locked out for NBA players. They can't get into official team training facilities, so what's the next-best thing? Multi-million-dollar facilities on college campuses, naturally. The selling point for Calipari doesn't just have to do with wooing recruits by conveniently crossing paths with them on campus -- it also sends an educational message. Former players, if they want, can absolutely pick up a class or two during their downtime.

And so the Cal plan is reinforced. Play with us for a year, maybe two, go to the NBA and then slowly work toward that degree you told your mom you'd get one day, just like John Wall is doing right now.

Wall is already on board.

Will other colleges do this? It's not only possible, it's likely. But no coach makes it more publicly known than Calipari, who can welcome back to campus 17 former Wildcats who are still playing in the Association. It speaks to his ability to bring in elite talent in the first place. He's personable, shrewd as hell and always ready, willing, able and eager to take advantage of every possible legal recruiting advantage he can get.

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Comments

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:16 am
 

Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus

With OSU's last season now vacated, I have a triva question for you............


Q:  What one thing has Kentucky Football done many times that OSU Football never has?



A:  Beat an SEC team!!!



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:04 am
 

Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus


ukfan68
As for situation with football in Kentucky, first you have to understand the talent base isn't there like it is in some states like for example Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana or Texas  YOU FORGOT OHIO!  No enemy here my friend!



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus

Ukfan68 I was just saying that when you are down and need a lift just say "KENTUCKY FOOTBALL" and you will feel better about your situation.  Watch The Ohio State Buckeyes are in trouble with the NCAA, possible "death sentence", bowl ban, loss of scholarships and I just sit down and say "KENTUCKY FOOTBALL" and I feel a whole lot better!

And exactly what is that suppose to mean oscwahoo? Is that some sort of back handed attempt to bash Kentucky's football program? Or are you implying that since your buckeyes might possibly get the death sentence that you're contemplating becoming a Kentucky fan? Which if that's the case. Don't. I'm sure you can find some other team more worthy like Michigan or Notre Dame to cheer for.

As for situation with football in Kentucky, first you have to understand the talent base isn't there like it is in some states like for example Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana or Texas. Second UK doesn't have a high profile coach with a big name to pull recruits. So that means UK doesn't have a team full of five star recruits with world class speed and all the natural ability in the world. And it's all on the coaches to coach these kids up to a level they can be competitive with some of the best teams in the Country.

So don't knock what you don't know or understand. They're doing the best they can with what they have.

And as far as checking. You're welcome. I always check. So don't think you're special. I just want to know my enemies.



Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:49 am
 

Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus

Cal could give 2 sh!ts about "getting more respect from the segment of the basketball community that views him as dirty".  He tweets and FB messages cuz that's what the kids do, you know the multiple 5 star recruits he gets to play for him seasson after season after season after season after season. 




Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 8:54 am
 

Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus

Ukfan68 I was just saying that when you are down and need a lift just say "KENTUCKY FOOTBALL" and you will feel better about your situation.  Watch The Ohio State Buckeyes are in trouble with the NCAA, possible "death sentence", bowl ban, loss of scholarships and I just sit down and say "KENTUCKY FOOTBALL" and I feel a whole lot better!  You're right you can't and it definitely applies to you fuzz nuts. Thanks for checking!



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus

Say "KENTUCKY FOOTBALL"

What about Kentucky football? They're not the ones thats been caught red handed like your buckeyes and their coach has been. And before you start chanting anything primal or write something else equally stupid UK plays in the SEC. I'd love to see tOSU playing in the SEC and see them get banged around like a two dollar ho on a Saturday night in Detroit. Senator my arse! The only thing Tressel had in common with a US Senator is he cheats and lies about as much as they do.

Maybe you should read your motto again and try harder next time. You know the one about not being able to fix stupid? You're right you can't and it definitely applies to you fuzz nuts.



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus

I really have no quam with memphis, i like john pastner and that program, i mean i dont love anything but kentucky basketball but i dont really see a kentucky memphis rivalry unless its recruiting and that is all in good fun between calipari and pastner



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus

Majors of Memphis basketball players:

Leisure Management
Interdisciplinary Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies
Engineering Technology
Communicatioins
Communications

Rest of team is undeclared. I'm sure Pastner is helping the guys decide between Pre-Med or Law School.

Here is a look at the Memphis basketball legacy.

<cite>www.csnbayarea.com/page
s/landing
_blogs_v3?blockID=159654...</cite> - It would be the second time Memphis had to vacate Final Four seasons. The Tigers were stripped of their 1985 appearance





Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Calipari wants locked out ex-UK players on campus

Now i realize it relates to the article but if your gonna try to win a college basketball argument based on gpa it just dosent justify the means, our gpa is fine, its above average and tied 1st for our division so if your outta fuel for your argument and grabbing onto gpa like a life raft maybe you should go argue about losing to Morehead State in the first round or side with the NCAA task force to frame calipari so your team can make it past the sweet sixteen



Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Classes? You dont need no stink classes!!

Until Cal demanded all players major in PE, this was Cal's legacy at uk:



Now that all players are steered away from real majors, maybe the Eric Bledsoe's will have  a chance.  PDF file included for visuals.



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