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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.
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Comments

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:41 pm
 

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

Maybe the Kentucky coach can be like Roy and get a Presbyterian fan ejected from a game? Stay classy Carolina.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:40 pm
 

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

Well as far as i know calipari has never choked a player threw a chair across the court wiped his ass to show the team how bad they was playing or any of the countless other things knight did so im not sure knight is someone who should be saying much about integrity.But as for calipari maybe he did cheat at umass or memphis i wouldn't doubt it one bit just as i wouldn't doubt any other coach is doing the same thing.Espn just did a poll of 100 players and one said the top programs want the top players and thats how they get them.He said he was offered money on his recruiting trips.The point is everyone wants to say cal is a cheater because he is at kentucky and people can't stand it that we are back and kicking there favorite teams asses up and down the court.The best thing of it all to me is every story seems to be kentucky whether good or bad.To tell u the truth i wouldn't want it any other way.I want everyone to hate us call us cheaters and be mad as hell when were celebrating our 8th national championship.It's what makes this season so great



Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:18 pm
 

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

Keep hating...I love it Laughing... Oh 10 and 0...




Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:16 pm
 

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

Really, how can a Louisville fan even talk about integrity? I mean your coach is the Tiger Woods of college basketball.  Oh and by the way, you might as well add your team to the priceless category.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:15 pm
 

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

Are you insinuating Pitino is a bastion of integrity?? Seriously?? BTW, obviously the next coach for your beloved Cardinals will be Tubby or Billy G. since you can't resist our retreads...



Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:13 pm
 

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

For the life of me, I can't understand all the hate and venom toward John Calipari. Let's face it, a coach has to do what a coach has to do! It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, you gotta have ' friends ' like ol' WorldWide Wes! So lets get off Cal's back and leave him alone.

Signed,
Jim Harrick



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:13 pm
 

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

I think the worst thing about Calipari going to UK and making them relevant again is that now the world has to hear all of the obnoxious UK fans justify everything with 'now we are winning and we are better than you, nah nah nah' blah blah blah



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:10 pm
 

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

You do realize that Pitino is doing a lot of the same things right?



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2009 11:59 am
 

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

You're confusing a lack of anger management with integrity and they are two totally different things.  Having a terrible temper and throwing a fit at refs or players is a totally different thing than knowingly cheating to win.  Knight has never been accused of breaking any or violating any NCAA rules.  He has been accused of being a hot head that needed to talk with a shrink, but again, totally different things. 

Cal is a cheat and like others have said, you hated him for it when he was at UMass and Memphis and now you're kissing his butt cause he's your coach.  If you're okay with that bi-polar attitude then good on ya.  I'll turn in my season tickets if the scumbag ever takes over for Pitino!



Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2009 11:55 am
 

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

True, but not being implicated is all that matters.  Who cares if he's innocent or not?


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