Why are y'all taking about scrub coaches?
THE FUTURE IS RICK RAY!!!
You mentioned Izzo winning with more talent despite coaching 100 less games. Truth is, Calipari took UMass to the F4 (aka, Massachussettes) and they had never done anything before, nor since.
He took Memphis to a F4 and a NC game .. Memphis was 100% irrelevant prior to Calipari. It was only a couple years before he left that he started getting any real talent .. he's only started raking in the elite classes in the past 6/7 years .. starting around Rose/Evans ..
After a couple of his first great classes and taking Memphis to back-to-back F4's, he came to UK and took a team coming off a year it missed the NCAA tourney to an Elite 8 in year 1, F4 in year 2, and a national championship in year 3 .. and riding the nation's longest home winning streak at 53.
He's coached 3 schools and took them all to the F4 .. with two of those schools having never sniffed success prior to his arrival.
Only coach to have ever taken 3 different schools to a F4. Only coach to have ever led three different schools to a number 1 seed in the NCAA tourney.
Has been named National Coach of the year 3 times.
The guy led a charge that raised $2MM for the Haitian earthquake victims. There are tweets from sports media guys going out like crazy about his telethon that raised more than $500k for victims of SANDY. (stop being a douche, Wes)
His other, personal contributions from this year, that I am aware of;
* $110,000 to West Liberty Recovery Fund, a fund dedicated to helping tornado victims of the Eastern Ky town
* $60,000 to 4Paws for Ability, which provides dog services to military families
* $55,000 to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which helps provide hearing aids for children
* $50,000 to EverFi Financial Literacy program, which teaches student across Kentucky the importance of money management
* $25,000 to Samaritan’s Feet, which provides shoes for the needy
* $25,000 to Urban League of Lexington, which assists African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in Lexington in the achievement of social and economic equality
* $25,000 to the V Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping find a cure for cancer
NOTE: I only brought up Izzo because he's the 2nd highest paid coach in the country. I really like Izzo, quite a lot .. just wanted to clarify I wasn't attacking him, only using him for reference/comparable.
Not sure why you're so adamant to say the guys sucks, but it seems there are far easier and more credible targets. If you're just riling me up, well, okay .. glad you're entertained.
Last edited by PKM; 11-08-2012 at 05:39 AM.
The Gold Standard.
You da man Jim!
Tough game tonight on ESPN. Calipari said Harrow and Mays are both too sick to play. All new players, no starting PG, no sharp-shooting Mays .. against a good Maryland team could be tough for these young guys in their first game that counts.
On the bright side, that likely means we're going to see, very early on, Archie Goodwin running the show.
Now, can we end this? You're getting your ass handed to you and I'm a pacifist at heart.
I had forgotten you were an Izzo fan, actually. We obviously have different definitions of success and meeting/exceeding expectations.
I have only ever called Cal a very good coach. To be honest, I'm not really certain how good of an x's and o's guy he is. Most people in the business state that he's an underrated floor coach .. but that's not really saying anything because everyone just assumes he wins because of elite talent. Hard to know how much he'd win with MichSt talent (not implying they are void of it). My opinion is Cal is very good coach, my opinion is he is extremely good at getting guys to play hard and reach levels of play earlier than any other coach in the business. The only place the opinions end is when it comes to recruiting. Everything else, I suppose, is up for debate.