Skip to comments.Kentucky Coach Calipari Suggests Separation from NCAA
Posted on 05/17/2013 11:56:12 AM PDT by drewh
At a time when the NCAA has never been more controversial, one of its most high profile coaches is advocating that his school leave the collegiate athletics governing body.
John Calipari, the highly successful coach for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball program, told WJKJ radio in Louisville that it might be time to separate from the NCAA.
In particular, he took issue with the age limit rule saying "I'm the one guy out there saying, 'We've gotta change this somehow. We've gotta encourage these kids to stay two years.'
But the NCAA's gotta do some stuff. And if they don't do it, we need to separate from them. I'm not afraid to say it. Look, they've embarrassed me."
The Wildcats program is known for its utilization of one-and-done players, talented freshmen capable of uniting for one year to take the program to the NCAA Tournament before departing for the NBA.
This pattern failed Calipari this year as the Wildcats were omitted from the NCAA Tournament and bounced from the NIT by Robert Morris on the road in Round 1.
Calipari's criticism comes at a time when NCAA President Mark Emmert and the organization have been under fire for botched investigations, compliance rules, and a host of other issues
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That day is closer than you think. The big programs will eventually break away and start their own organization and negotiate their own TV contracts.
It happened with soccer in England, when the Premier League broke away from the FA, and became the most lucrative sports league in the world.
It’s gonna happen and college athletes will start getting paid.
Exactly my thought. His real peeve with the NCAA is he doesn’t like trying to fit his roster under their salary cap.
Maybe they ought to break away from affiliation with the University, too. In Calipari’s case, it’s not as though his “student-athletes” were ever expected to go to class, study, or get degrees.
It’s going to happen. The Kentucky’s, Indiana’s, LSU’s, Florida’s Texas’s and Ohio State’s aren’t going to carry the water for an association whose membership has full voting rights. The issues facing Ohio State are completely different than those facing Cortland State but the NCAA operates as if they are equals.
Am I reading this right? The king of one and done wants to “do something about” it?
I agree with Coach Cal here...and that’s rare. The NCAA is so tarnished and so poorly run, it might make sense for schools to drop them and start from scratch. The one and done thing is terrible(the nba needs to readdress this issue and either drop it or make it two years.
Beyond that issue the NCAA has created an unworkable system for recruiting and student athlete rules, coaching rules and more. Their Rube Goldberg set of rules is a mess. Students can’t work in the summer but they don’t get paid. A player can be suspended because of booster’s donation of less than 100 dollars decades ago. It is a total failure.
Calipari is always one step ahead of the Sheriff coming in town to take him to the crowbar motel.
Coach Knight solved this years ago. You offer a 4 year scholarship and that spot is taken for 4 years whether that player is there or not. This would discourage it instantly. Then again, the NCAA would have to have to enforce it......
Or a two year schollie for an associates degree.
The pro teams can just belly up to the bar, say that the best thing for the players is that they get a degree. That means at least 2 years in school.
The NCAA can also change their assinine rules that players can’t make any money. They can just adjust the schollarships a bit and have the kids get some spending money. That keeps the “evil” private money out of the picture too.
It’s the best compromise. College sports is big business.
They need to do something about football and maybe basketball.
All the other sports are fine under the NCAA.
The problem with leaving the NCAA is that semi pro ball is not as good as pro ball and the charm of kids wearing a college jersey is gone. The tv ratings would go in the dump and the money would be gone.
Herr Emmert isn’t going to like that sort of talk. Cal better be careful. While Louisville BB is pretty big, it isn’t UNC or Duke when it comes to paying for the expense accounts of the incompetent assholes in Indianapolis.
IMO, it’s time for big-time college sports to go away. The NFL and the NBA should organize a farm team setup like Major League Baseball, and colleges should focus on education instead of sports.
Busted for cheating while at UMass and Memphis....NCAA must be looking at UK now. No wonder Cal wants to get out of NCAA
Given his ability to put a team together of course he wants a system where that team will stick together for a few years and get him back to back championships. But above that what’s going to kill the NCAA is the recruiting and compensation rules, their ridiculous complexity and the fact that they’re only enforced 4 or 5 years after the fact. The football and basketball factory schools are showing signs of being tired of renting their trophies, they want to own them. And they can, if the 4 big conferences all write dear John letters to the NCAA there’s nothing that will stop them. They can make their own league with sensible rules (and probably a lot less of them) and speedy enforcement.
Also....those leaving will not be able to recruit. Opposing coaches will just tell recruits “we are in the NCAA....they cannot win championships....you win nothing going there”. NAIA schools....who gave full ride scholarships...could not compete with small division NCAA schools that offered limited or no scholarships
They’ll still wear college jerseys. There will just be a new governing body for collegiate sports. There’s no law anywhere that says the NCAA has to be in charge of collegiate sports, in fact there’s lots of collegiate sport they don’t govern at all (generally called “club sport” because they run in a way similar to campus clubs).
I like the idea of athletic clubs, like you see in England, that serve as the source athletics, separate from schools. Complete from youth development teams straight up to the professional teams.
I’m all for it. And to do a thorough job, all schools who leave need to adopt offensive Indian nicknames.
In other words, Cal doesn’t like the rules.
Personally I agree with you but the reality is that a successfull football program like the University of Michigan has with its 100,000 + seats in its stadium, brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket sales, television and merchandising every year........
And the revenues from these programs also go to scholarships for the real students......
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