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This is how it's forever going to be, UK fans

Posted on: December 18, 2009 6:22 am
Edited on: December 18, 2009 10:19 am
 

Bob Knight spoke at a fundraiser Thursday night.

Predictably, he managed to make national headlines.

"We've gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching," Knight said. "You see we've got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation and he's still coaching. I really don't understand that."

This is the place where Kentucky fans would like me to tell you that John Calipari has never been directly implicated in anything, and the place where fans of every other school, particularly Memphis fans, would like me to tell you that Knight speaks the truth, and God bless him. But I'm not interested in sparking that debate because the Calipari debate has been going on for months, if not years, and it never reaches a conclusion.

If he coaches your school, you love him.

If not, you think he's a lying cheater.

There's almost no in-between.

And this is how it's going to be forever, UK fans, and why it was clear -- even before Knight said what he said -- that any success Calipari has going forward will be tainted regardless of whether it's really tainted. Until the day he retires, the majority of observers will believe, fair or not, that every recruit Calipari gets is a product of his relationship with William Wesley even if Worldwide Wes has never met the recruit. All SATs will be assumed fake even if they're legit, all future pros will supposedly have agents even if they do not.

There's no sense in fighting that perception.

There's certainly no way of changing that perception.

On Thursday night, it was Bob Knight taking a shot at Calipari.

In March during the NCAA tournament, it'll be every columnist in America.

That's what the $30 million Kentucky spent on Calipari has brought the school -- a coach who will lure lots of great recruits, win countless big games, and hang banners while people ask whether Kentucky really expects those banners to remain after an inevitable NCAA investigation. Then Kentucky fans will yell about how Calipari wasn't tied to anything. Then everybody will roll their eyes and laugh. And around and around we go.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 4:13 pm
 

And thus the gospel according to Bobby Knight...

Oh how wonderful that the great Bobby Knight finds it necessary to school us UK fans along with other college BB fans regarding morals and ethics. I mean, after all, what a great example Bobby set by throwing a chair onto the court, screaming at players, fans, and refs, along with all his other smart a#$ commentary over the years. Yea Bobby, thanks for sharing your views with us. Now shut up and just go away!



Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 4:13 pm
 

This is how it's forever going to be, UK fans

While it is true the Calipari bashing will never go away, the reality is that regardless of what may or may not have happened in the past, Calipari does not need to cheat to get the top tier kids to come to Kentucky. He is establishing a track record of getting these kids to the pros in 1 to 2 years and they will start lining up to come to Kentucky with the rock star status that goes along with it. The best part is that you all see it coming and there is nothing you can do to stop it. UK will dominate college basketball as long as Calipari is there.



Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 4:07 pm
 

This is how it's forever going to be, UK fans

Crap > Bobby Knight



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 4:01 pm
 

This is how it's forever going to be, UK fans

I will never understand UK's treatment of Tubby.  Okay, technicaly they didn't fire him, but wehn this all comes crashing down, and it will sooner or later, they can point to Tubby leaving as the begining of the end  



Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 3:29 pm
 

This is how it's forever going to be, UK fans

tkgook, shut up, Cal would've done the same thing as would any coach, you nimrod, speaking of classy? you kidding me. We will stay classy and out of trouble from the NCAA.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 3:24 pm
 

Correction

"In March during the NCAA tournament, it'll be every columnist in America."

I think you meant in April. 



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2009 2:49 pm
 

This is how it's forever going to be, UK fans

Are you seriously suggesting that Bob Knight did not coach most of his career under constant media scrutiny???



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2009 2:47 pm
 

This is how it's forever going to be, UK fans

I don't get it. Did someone ask Knight's opinion on UK's current coaching situation? Unsolicited denigration of a colleague is kind of tacky and unprofessional, especially if you're standing before a microphone. Knight needs to look into mood stabilizers.




Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 2:40 pm
 

This is how it's forever going to be, UK fans

And I can say honestly that I heard UK fans everywhere call him a slimeball less than 2 years ago..Now you all love him.  That's all you need to know about Kentucky fans



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 2:39 pm
 

This is how it's forever going to be, UK fans

Memphis played Kansas in primetime on ESPN at the conclusion of the first week of the season.  Memphis will play Tennessee, Gonzaga and Syracuse on National TV this year. 

I only wrote that to correct your statement.  However, Cal did elevate the program back to a national prescence and then subsequently left the program with no recruits and language in letter of intents for his recruits to get out of the commitments.  He left with possibly one of the all time recruiting classes in shambles.  Memphis just happens to be a better destination for college basketball than most people think.  The fanbase is one of the best in the country, 3 to 4 of the players from Memphis will probably be in the top 100 players every single year and they have great facilities.  Josh Pastner was just a great hire because he is young and smart enough be very honest with high school players and that a Memphis-based AAU team that won a prestious title this summer had several members that are top recruits for this year and are from Memphis.  Throw-in Will Barton who came first, and now Memphis moves into a fortunate situation going forward.  But that has nothing to do with Cal leaving Memphis in a better position than he left it.  Pastner would have probably had the Barton Bros heading to Kentucky next year if the AD had not made one of his better decisions by hiring JP.

My two cents.



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