Why there’s more to John Calipari besides recruiting

Davis, Calipari and Kidd-Gilchrist
Davis, Calipari and Kidd-Gilchrist

Everyone has an opinion of John Calipari. Some approach his name with hostility, others with kindness and even more with indifference.  He’s one of the most underrated coaches in college basketball. He’s a cheater. No, he doesn’t cheat—he is simply the best at bending the rules. Kudos to Sports for showing college basketball coaches are just as polarized on their opinion of Calipari as fans.  There is one underlying factor in all three questions asked by CBS Sports to college basketball coaches: Calipari is the best coach at acquiring talented and is great at cultivating that talent.  Unfortunately, some college basketball cynics see Calipari’s success in as “cheating.” Call me naive, but I will believe it when I see it. When you’re coaching the program with the most wins and second-most national championships in the country, recruiting should come easy. With Coach Cal, it does.

 

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