John Calipari has a great opportunity with the retirement of Coach K.
Happy Saturday, BBN. It should be a beautiful weekend for the most part and I’m excited to get things going.
Earlier this week Coach K shocked the sports world by announcing his retirement from Duke. Whether you love him or hate him, Coach K is an institution and is viewed by many as the voice/face of college basketball. He is leaving a significant void.
Matt Norlander of CBS penned an article on Thursday detailing how John Calipari can be the next man up as the elder statesman of college basketball.
It’s quite the turnaround for Cal. For many years the college basketball media dubbed him as the bad guy. He was the epitome of everything that was wrong with collegiate athletics because of his One and Done approach until Coach K adopted the same model. But as time marched on, that opinion began to soften. Calipari switched the script at Kentucky as he won at an amazing rate and that propelled him to the Hall of Fame.
Now Calipari is looked at as one of the remaining figures of the Old Guard along with guys like Jim Boeheim.
Norlander also points out that Cal will benefit more than anyone from K’s exit. It’s been a well documented recruiting feud between the two, and with K out of the way, there’s a clear path for Calipari to once again dominate recruiting and start getting back to going to Final Fours and winning National Championships.
I think Calipari has about 5-7 years left in him. The overhaul of his staff and the apparent change in coaching philosophy shows us that Calipari is going to do everything he can to get back to the Promised Land before he hang it up. The distinction between coaches with one title vs. coaches with multiple titles is quite large.
Tweet of the Day
Jai Lucas… MIC’D UP!!!
— LEX 18 News (@LEX18News) June 5, 2021
Jai Lucas is hilarious. His enthusiasm is infectious and I’d need some convincing that Calipari doesn’t have the best staff in the country.
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