By and large, the NCAA is a largely exploitative conglomerate by failing to pay the athletes whose schools bring in unfathomable dollar amounts each year. John Calipari is the one coach who exploits them right back. So why is he loathed by so many?
John Calipari, and everything he stands for, is essentially a giant middle finger to the NCAA and its entire "student athletes" crusade. He has no interest in developing stars in the classroom, Mark Emmert-read mission statements be damned. Coach Cal is in the business of finding talented players who have no interest in a four year degree at the moment, winning with them, sending them off to make lots of money, and repeating that process.
Now, that's not to say that his players haven't done well in school during their time at Kentucky. John Wall did very well in school, as have other Kentucky basketball players during Calipari's tenure. However, they aren't looking to stick around for four years, and Calipari isn't looking for them to do that either. It's the perfect system for them, and a perfect "fuck you" to the organization raking in billions to sell the illusion of superstar athletes going pro in something other than sports.
Barry Petchesky said it perfectly when he called him "The First Honest Pimp" two years ago.
Now, compare that to someone like Syracuse head coach/shithead Jim Boeheim, who holds grudges against players who leave the NCAA's unpaid labor structure early, and you can't tell me that there is even one thing wrong with what Calipari does.
But, despite his success on the court and being the most honest, least exploitative coach in college basketball, he still has scores of detractors. The Washington Post's John Feinstein went as far as to call him "everything that is wrong with college athletics." From his column:
It isn't Kentucky Coach John Calipari's fault that the one-and-done rule exists. He didn't make the rule; he just perfected it. But now, as he stands on the doorstep of winning a second national title in three years, he thinks the solution to the rule isn't to fix it but to re-label it.
"Let's call it 'succeed and proceed,' " he said Friday, the day before his team stunned Wisconsin, 74-73, on Harrison's three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left.
Calipari must be a fan of Frank Luntz, the Republican strategist who wanted to change everyone's view on global warming by calling it "climate change."
So, to clarify, it is wrong to some to try to cater to prospects who are more NBA ready by prepping them for one year and sending them to the NBA. It is, however, totally fine to try to hold other NBA ready prospects hostage by criticizing them after they decide to leave.
Right, and John Calipari is the problem here.
I, for one, hope that Kentucky cruises to a win tonight and shuts up all of the idiots who want to further restrict the ability of players to declare for the NBA Draft when they please.
While there may not be a perfect solution for both the NBA and the NCAA in regards to underclassmen declaring for the draft, letting players leave as early as possible is the solution the NCAA deserves. John Calipari just happens to be the only person honest enough to give it to them on a regular basis.