By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s not unusual for critics to take shots at Kentucky coach John Calipari. I’ve even been known to question some of his decisions.
But answers.com — I have to admit I had never heard of the website — went a bit far by picking Calipari No. 1 on its list of most classless college basketball coaches.
The website posted this: “Who likes John Calipari? Pretty much only Kentucky fans. Coach Cal can coach and recruit, but he has questionable integrity. Calipari’s shady recruiting tactics are one thing. His constant feuds with opposing coaches (what’s up John Chaney?) are another. Calipari likes to tiptoe the legal line when it comes to recruiting.”
One, how old is the news with Chaney? Two, don’t most coaches tiptoe the legal line in recruiting but has Calipari been found guilty of NCAA violations himself? No. And I am guessing many Kentucky fans love his integrity and fundraising projects he’s done at UK.
But the website came with Louisville coach Rick Pitino at No. 2 and wrote:
“Rick Pitino did a heck of a job at Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to a 1996 national championship. A year later, he bolted for the Boston Celtics and found out Larry Bird wasn’t going to be “walking through those doors. So he came back to college and took a job with Kentucky’s hated rival – Louisville. Harsh. Oh, and let’s not forget Rick being an alleged adulterer…”
Numbers 3-10 are Bruce Pearl, Steve Alford, Bob Huggins, Frank Martin, Tim Floyd, Steve Fisher, Frank Haith and Dave Bliss.
So let me know what you think of his list?