Head Coach of The College Slams 'Cats Calipari
Gil Espy, The College Basketball Enquirer
Bobby Knight isn't the only legendary college basketball coach taking shots at Kentucky head man John Calipari these days. On Thursday night, during a charity dinner at the Outback Steakhouse in Mason, Ohio, The College's longtime head coach, Orson Welles, landed a few shots of his own. "We've got us a lot of Kentucky basketball fans in this area, folks who became Wildcat fans because of UK's unparalled tradition," said Welles at an event benefiting beaver attack victims in Warren County. "But when it comes to their new coach, that Calipari character, the only tradition he should be known for is a tradition of shady test scores, one and done non-student athletes, and vacated Final Fours."
Welles, who has won 596 games in his 26 years as The College's coach, including a 6-2 mark this season, continued his rant on Calipari during dinner. "Calling Calipari a snake in the grass is an insult to snakes...and grass," said Welles, whose "Peach Basket" style offense, known for its backdoor cuts and two handed bounce passes, is in sharp contrast to Calipari's vaunted "Dribble Drive Motion" offense. According to Welles, Calipari's success is based less on coaching, and more on talent. "Calipari couldn't coach his way out of a brown paper bag," said Welles. "Give him Jason Wells instead of John Wall and we'll just see if he's still 10-0."
Welles' star player at The College, Jason Wells, who also attended Thursday night's event and is a noted Kentucky and Calipari supporter, was disappointed in his coach's comments. "Look like Coach Welles is jealous hater too," said Wells, whose #35 uniform will be retired before Saturday night's game against the Academy of Art. "His request to speak at my jersey retirement ceremony has been rejected!"
John Calipari, whose unbeaten Wildcats take on Austin Peay on Saturday, was unavailable for comment.