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USC's Frank Martin Zings Calipari

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Frank Martin‏@FrankMartin_SC @UKCoachCalipari I love u & u r the best but while u talk 2 the NBA I will talk 2 the future NBA players -------- Frank Martin is trying to improve the media prominence of the USC program. There is an old political maxim ... when you're being ignored, start a fight. I think that Tweet is a responce to this Tweet by Cal: John Calipari✔ @UKCoachCalipari I want to apologize to all the recruits this week. I'm spending the majority of my time answering questions from NBA teams about my six guys.

Top Recruiting Classes Produce Mixed Results

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While not as prevalent since our Championship run, still we’ve all heard it or read it somewhere, "Calipari is a great salesman but not a great coach; all he does is roll the balls out and let his recruited talent do their thing." Well here’s an article I came across on Rush The Court (Link) that analyzes the NCAA Tournament success of the last 10 years of top recruiting classes. Bottomline: their results illustrate just how amazing a job Calipari has done coaching successive groups of basketball savants to post-season success compared to the results his colleagues achieved attempting the same arduous coaching feat - totally standing that slur on its head. "The incredible success of Kentucky’s one-and-done recruiting strategy over the past couple of years (two Final Fours, one National Championship) has helped foster the idea that top recruiting classes will result in immediate hardware. But let’s not forget that winning titles with youngsters has been more of an anomaly than the norm. A review of recent history shows that top recruiting classes have resulted in failure nearly as much as sustained winning." I’m reminded of all the criticism that Coach Dean Smith used to get for failing to win more championships despite the incredible number of top recruits he routinely brought in throughout his era at UNC. This article just goes to illustrate, capitalizing on talented recruiting classes is one heck of a lot more than "just rolling the balls out on the court."

Begrudging the Wildcats’ Success and Opportunities

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This NYTimes article by WILLIAM C. RHODEN is an extremely powerful indictment of the media position with regards to one-n-done athletes. Though not a new perspective, that the article includes comments of no less an authority than Coach Tom Izzo provides it singular credence. I highly recommend this article [Link] to the members of this forum. "So why has the prospect of five U.K. young players turning pro unsettled so many people? If the core of the Kentucky team had been made up of white players with phenomenal athleticism and acumen at every position — operating in the context of a largely black sport — we would not be hearing the complaining. Their success would not be seen as a debasement. The team would be celebrated and feted — as Butler was, as Gonzaga used to be. Last week, I asked Tom Izzo, the basketball coach at Michigan State, if he thought a highly talented, highly athletic team of white players would be viewed differently. "I want to answer that as honestly as I can," Izzo said. "I think it would be different. I hate to say that." The perception is that these five black players are not serious students and don’t belong at the university. If they were white, there would be more acceptance that they belong at the university. "It’s sad for me to say, but it’s probably the truth," Izzo said."

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Another Perspective on the Klosterman Grantland Article

A Sea of Blue diarist Team Weaver has his own take on the Chuck Klosterman article "Kentucky Death March".

Behind The Scenes Look At The Recruitment of Nerlens Noel

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Any 'Cat fan interested in the recruitment of the No.1 recruit in the 2012 class and one of Calipari's top targets should read this long NY Times Article (Link). With only passing mention of Kentucky and Calipari, it gives a look at the murky underside of college basketball recruiting that has been swirling around Noel since he has been in middle school. In addition to a detailed account of the type of undesirables being a top college prospect can attract, the article raises some unanswered questions with regards to Noel's ability to qualify academically, potential problems with his basketball development in this, his final year in high school, and his ability and willingness to bond and function as a teammate. My personal perspective is that we Kentucky fans need to withhold judgment and rely on Cal to make the right calls as to whether Noel is a good fit for Kentucky. And, if Cal's recruitment of Nerlens is successful, given his track record getting the highest of high profile recruits to buy into to his team building ethos and any personal sacrifices necessary, I have every faith in Coach's ability to forge Noel into a player we'll be proud to call a Wildcat.

Word in TV circles is that Kentucky will not play North Carolina next season.

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Ever wonder how the Kentucky schedule was put together? Here’s an interesting article that gives a little insight to how the television networks use a pecking order for selecting and scheduling the games they want to broadcast. Mark Whitworth, associate commissioner of the SEC, says scheduling isn’t all TV driven and gives a couple of constraining League rules. Of maximum interest, Mike Aresco, a vice president for programming at CBS Sports, said, "the word in TV circles is that Kentucky will not play North Carolina (next season)..." Well worth the read, the article also has a grab bag of other topics: Kevin Stallings scheduling complaints, progress on the renovation of Rupp, Rupp shoehorns twice as many people in the same space as Florida’s O’Connell Center, Mitch Barnhart is trying to avoid an 18 game conference schedule to save our non-conference games with Indiana, Louisville and North Carolina, the SEC-Big East challenge and the Champions Classic with Duke, Kansas and Michigan State, Joker thanked Calipari for his support and Joe B. Hall will be honored. Note: Though this is a Jerry Tipton Article, I judge it worthy of your attention and offer it up as a reward to Jerry for having written a very informative piece of journalism with a positive tone appropriate for his audience of Kentucky Fans.

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NO! NO! NO! … NOT "Salesman" – Promoter!

[If it helps put this post in perspective, imagine I'm channeling my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Hoeback, bless her soul, and have manifested a stern though entirely false British accent as you read...

Yahoo! Goes In-depth On 2012 Kentucky Recruit Willie Cauley

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Though Yahoo! leads the article with the following statement: "Some have Willie Cauley as the next great hoops hero at Kentucky," this piece says almost nothing about his development as a 4-star basketball player currently ranked 34 overall by Scout. Rather, it is an interesting background report on Cauley's family situation and his relationship with his current guardian, Will Shields, a 6-3, 315-pound former offensive guard for the Kansas City Chiefs, who went to 12 Pro Bowls and is now a first-ballot finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame. Well worth reading, this story validates the Calipari meme that he recruits stellar talent who are great kids as well.

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15 seconds Left, Who Takes The Shot?!?

Timeout, Game Tied, 15 seconds Left, What's The Play, Who Takes The Shot?!? The pressure is on us, we are the higher ranked team, far more talented, playing in Rupp, projected Final Four, in...

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Jon Scott Article On 2010 Media An Update On 'Kentucky Detractors'

Over on the main page, Glenn posted a short review of Jon Scott's new addition to his AMAZING Kentucky Basketball 'BigBlueHistory.net' website critical of the appalling 2010 National Media coverage...

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Pick One Player To Make Up All 13 Roster Spots - Who Would It Be?

What one player could be a one-man team? Yes, he's from Kentucky.

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Who Would You Drop?!? Louisville?

Over on CoachCal.com, Calipari has posed the "Who would you drop" question. He states that we are in danger of over scheduling because we will be adding the two SEC games against Missouri next...

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Goodwin's Eligibility OK If He Wasn't Paid For Video

The NCAA is examining the amateurism/eligibility of a number of High School players including Kentucky commit Archie Goodwin because a website for a magazine geared towards athletic training posted...

Cal offers 2013 Recruit - Aquille Carr

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Cal offers 2013 Recruit - Aquille Carr

The guy is only 5'6" tall but his handle is amazing - YouTube video.
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Hey, NCAA! Dennis Thomas! - Wake-up!

Connecticut looking for another scholarship?!? I'm probably in a minority-of-one on this issue but I think it is totally despicable that Connecticut is apparantly succeeding in evading the...

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Unflattering Parrish Perspective

A Sea of Blue member Teamweaver says that Parrish's recent article about Anthony Davis is cruel and unreasonable.

Yahoo! Sports' Jason King defends Calipari as Worth the Money!

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"Something tells me Calipari’s detractors would feel differently if he was coaching at their school." "My point was that, if you’re going to pay anyone that kind of jack, it might as well be Calipari. He signs the best players, excites the fanbase, raises tons of money and, above all else, wins. Every. Single. Year." - There's More...Article

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Yahoo Sports Is No Idle Threat!

Yesterday, Glenn linked a Yahoo Sports article by Pete Lieber that I exaggerate only slightly when I claim it essentially says, "Everybody knows Calipari is a depraved degenerate, obtains his...

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A Perspective On NCAA Selective Enforcement And Media Influence

  Sandy Bell writes: ..., my coach has expressed understandable concern that he is being singled out by the NCAA.   The NCAA has vacated almost 60 tournament appearances from coaches' records...

CBS's Parrish Lauds 'Package Deals'

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In a piece entitled, "In a players game, hiring a dad to land star recruit is a smart move" Whoa! .... Gary Parrish of CBS Sports lauds as "SMART" the act of hiring people of significance in a HS player's life (coach, dad, etc.) in order to get the recruit's commitment. If there was ever a practice that cried for restrictive regulation this has be one. I thought there was just such an NCAA reg. but apparently not.

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John Calipari - The Alpha Recruiter

I have the utmost respect for Mitch Barnhart and Lee Todd. This is entirely due to their decision to hire John Calipari. It took a lot of personal fortitude to own up to their previous error...

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Ready or Not: Should Terrence Jones Come Back?

The question in Glenn's blog post is, "Are Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones NBA ready?"  Because the NBA has been shown to select on potential, I think that question of 'Ready or Not' is not as...

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One And Done - For Now There Are 7

  The NBA early-entry deadline has come and gone. Here are the names of the 7, count them - 7 college freshman who have generated so much absurd media and NCAA hand wringing owing to their...

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HBO Tarkanian/Runnin' Rebels Documentary Débuts March 12

I don't think this [article] is a particularly fair characterization of Jerry Tarkanian by the Washington Post. It takes Tark to task for making a public statement condemning the NCAA. Understand...

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Youth At Kentucky Is No Excuse

Earlier this evening I posted the following in another thread: We have got to stop using youth as an excuse for diminished expectations. Next year we will almost certainly start 2 - and maybe 3...

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Down 1 With 30 Seconds to Go, Who Takes The Shot?

Down 1 with 30 seconds to go, who takes the last shot for the Kentucky Wildcats?

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This 'Bama Loss Is A Recruiting Failure.

    Though Ken and Glenn's game analyses place the blame on the players, I think I have to have the players' back in this loss to Alabama. I know, ultimately, they had the ball in their hands but...

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Pearl is a Racketeer

. I think I understand the wish of Bobothevol and Getoffmyvols to retain Pearl as coach. However, I'm less understanding of some of the same sentiments expressed by Kentucky fans. If you want to...

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Blood On The Wall

   Do you think we will lose 2011 recruits? I mean, why would those guys come to play behind this years’ freshmen? I’m sure they signed thinking we had 3 (counting Katner) 1 n dones this year. b...

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