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Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio

Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 1:53 pm
By Matt Norlander

Audio's at the bottom of the post, if you'd like to hop right to it. Frankly, I don't see how this isn't John Calipari lobbing a grenade the way of Mike Krzyzewski.

Calipari was on Memphia-area radio Thursday morning morning, a guest for "Sportstime with George Lapides," on Sports 56 WHBQ.

Before the knock at K came, Calipari was waxing -- which he's been prone to do as of late -- on the state of collegiate athletics, what's wrong, what can be fixed, etc. The man has many ideas, some of which do make a lot of sense. But his stream-of-consciousness suddenly took an abrupt turn when, while talking about the problems of college basketball spanning over two semesters, while football is just one, he then moved on to the NCAA needing an outside board with subpoena power.

And then the thinly veiled shot on Krzyzewski being Teflon to phone-call rules came whizzing by. 

"Start a clean slate," Calipari said. "Police each other, give it to league commissioners and schools to deal with. If it goes beyond that, there's a board there that's ready to deal with it. ... You've got coaches being fired over phone calls and text messages. Some. Other guys can make phone calls and it's not that big a deal."

There's a kaboom.

If you've spent the past few weeks on vacation, Calipari is referring to our initial report, wherein a top prospect admitted he talked to Krzyzewski during the July recruiting period. Duke is now working with the NCAA to decipher if a violation occurred, and if so, a minor punishment would likely ensue.

Calipari, for the record, has never publicly been dinged for a phone-call or text-message violation -- though it was reported he did have a former assistant break such rules while at Memphis and in his first year at UK.

Cal knocks K

Photo: AP

Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:23 am

Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio

Well UK fans stop with the Magette line.  The Rush brothers, along with a couple of other players including Magette were given money while in high school by an agent.  The only penalty that Magette would have had to serve would have been to sit out a couple of games and pay back the money the agent gave him, just as the others did.  UK fans,  Duke had no involvement in this matter just as UK didn't when John Wall had to sit out one game because he was given money by an agent while in high school.  UK fans don't believe in facts, never have.  Also, when Calipari was at Memphis, the majority of UK fans couldn't stand him.  Now, these same fans, believe he walks on water.  Having read the rule involving coach K and the recruit, first of all, the recruit called Coach K, secondly the same recruit had been eliminated from his tournament and by rule was free to talk with coaches.  

Does the SAT matter to UK fans?  The Eric Bledsoe recruitment obviously says no. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:03 am

If you live in a glass house, don't throw stones

It is always an assistant's fault with Calipari. Never his. Of course he is the only coach to have a final four season vacated - and him twice. Better to leave other coaches alone, although he is accurate in pointing out that different coaches have different consequences for similar actions. Perhaps winning four championships gives a man some cushion.

I do not agree with  that only coaches K and Brad Stevens recruit good students and good players. I have watched this issue closely. Last year it was Brad Stevens that tied for the top APR in the country. But it was not coach K he ties with. It was Kansas' Bill Self who, like Stevens, achieved a perfect score for the past five years. I do agree with your simplified illustration of the contrasting coaching styles. It is a reason that Calipari has not yet won a championship. It does not mean he never will but it is a significant handicap to live and die with one-on-one players, especially if they are mostly freshmen.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:54 am

Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio

I dont think he meant it towards him but honestly i hope he did because i agree.If it was any other coach it would be a problem and the media wouldnt take it as a "stupid rule" that needs to be changed.Coach K has got away once with the whole Corey Maggettee situation.For those who dont know Corey M took thousands of dollars while playin AAU basketball which obviously made him ineligable but did Duke get their season vacated?No.They played a full season with a player that wasnt eligable to play and got away.Please tell me whats the difference in the D Rose situation or the Marcus Camby situation?Marcus Camby took money AFTER he declared for the draft but wasnt out of school and D Rose supposably cheated on his SAT's.Both seasons where vacated at UMass and Memphis and its only right that the same be thrown Coach K's way.I dont think this latest bit of drama surrounding Coach K is that big of deal but rules are rules and just because he's a media darlin he shouldnt get a free pass while others would prob already be sufferin for it.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:09 am

Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio

Let the fur fly, fellas!

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:26 am

Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio


Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:26 am

Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio

Look at all these rationaized posts from these moronic KY fans. This is simple. It was a shot at coach K and the NCAA. No doubt about it. 

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:11 am

Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio

Im a UK fan, I don't see that it can be said he threw it at K. Also Duke is not racist nor do they cheat. This is why UK fans are hated so much.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:39 pm

Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio

I agree with Devils3211. Coach K and Cal go after differnt players for different reasons. Coach K wants passing guards, athletic forwards and rebounding centers. Cal wants the player that will beat your player 1-on-1 regardless of position. Coach K figures out what individuals fit into his team. Cal finds out how to make a team out of his players. Does Coach K need Anthony Davis or Kyle Wiltjer? No, he has the Plumlee Family. Does Cal want the Plumlees? Other than Marshall, I'd say no because you don't have to double team the others to keep them from scoring.  Just my opinion.

To all of the Duke fans, can the next in line succeed? I feel that Coach K is the only coach who find the balance of good players and quality students. Maybe Brad Stevens can, but Duke would still have to get him (I believe they will). Interesting thought about the future of a top-tier program.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:23 pm

Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio

Cal's comments...

If he wanted to take a shot at Coach K, he would have straight up said Mike Ksdjfhaihfadgion should be fired or disciplined for illegal phone calls.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:55 pm

Calipari tosses veiled shot at Coach K on radio

Really, John Calipari, you have the nerve to say that? Ridiculous.

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