By LARRY VAUGHT
If you ever wonder why a major college coach has to be thick-skinned — and those around him or her probably should not read blogs or message boards — take a look at what Indiana-based Kent Sterling posted on http://kentsterling.com this week.
Sterling wrote: “Despite the three losses and strange inability to play well together, Kentucky is currently projected to send another three freshmen into the NBA (virtually all mock drafts have Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, and Alex Poythress going in the lottery). Next year will bring another raft full of mercenaries, or if you want to be more polite, call them missionaries.
“The new generation of Wildcats will come to Lexington, enjoy the adoration of Kentuckians, win some games, and heap praise on Camp Calipari. Dick Vitale will fawn over the diaper dandies and Calipari’s magical ability to attract them. Basketball fans from outside the Bluegrass State will vomit in their mouths for eight months as the extended layover for the Harrisons and others in the 2013 class bring glory to a guy whose chief skill is taking advantage of an idiotic NBA age requirement for draft eligibility.
“Kentucky Basketball is still the scourge of those who love to watch genuine (pronounced GEN-you-WINE if you’re from south of the Ohio) student-athletes compete at a great game, but a less so because of the mounting losses. That pile will likely grow no bigger as the Wildcats prepare to face the Murderer’s Row of college hoops – Portland, Lipscomb, and Marshall.
“Carping about UK isn’t nearly as much fun as it was a year ago when their methodology brought success as well as furrowed brows at NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis, but that erosion of joy is mitigated by the confusion apparent on Calipari’s face as he tries to cajole his roster into playing well together against competitive teams. The time to rip Calipari for both amorality and success will return soon enough. For now, I’ll settle for watching them lose.”