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Unless I'm mistaken, 3 kids from the current roster of 8 returning next year will be asked to leave the team. Yeah, this shit needs to stop...
This post was edited by locd32 12 months ago
Are you surprised? Cal doesn't give a shit about his players and will throw them under the bus whenever he pleases.
"Stats are for Losers." - Pat "Nardawg" Narduzzi
Not suprised at all, but I am disgusted that he would do this to kids.
Kids need to start practicing harder IMO.
"As far as the downvotes. It's a gnat biting an lion"
-- A member of tRCMB Justice League, taking the internet WAY WAY too seriously.
Or picking different coaches to "play" for...
Kids need to start realizing that at Kentucky they'll be treated as commodities, not student-athletes. I'm proud that (outside of Indiana) this practice isn't employed. If a kid has all the talent in the world it really doesn't matter where he goes, so why play for a guy like Cal who is treating his team like an NBA roster?
Edit: Meant outside of Indiana in the B1G.
This post was edited by Hells Wall 12 months ago
This is a good thing. Eventually kids will realize that there are better options than UK and Cal.
That is up to them. But play better, you don't get cut.
But really, do the players give a shit about Cal or UK. It is symbiotic parasitism.
There are a quite a few schools I would absolutely blacklist if I was a was a basketball or football recruit.
Football: UNC (Future Violations), Oregon(Future Violations), Ohio State(Future Violations), Penn State(FV), Miami (FL)(FV), the whole SEC (No guaranteed schollie, FV)
Basketball: Kentucky (Not a guaranteed Schollie, FV), UNC (Roy Williams seems like a dick)
Michigan State University is the university of Michigan
So you support one year contracts in the NCAA instead of 4 or 5 years of commitment to a school and program? Hell, in the NBA at least they can have multiple year contracts...
Treating these kids like commodities is pretty sick. It's not even about who is better. Cal is basically saying that 3 kids on his roster aren't better than 3 of the recruits he has coming in that haven't had a NCAA level practice let alone any college game experience. There is no tryout here. Cal is kicking 3 guys to the curb and there is nothing that those kids can do now to prevent it.
2 of those 8 returning players were walk on's that were on scholarship for this year only due to Kentucky having 2 extra's to give from this past season. Would only mean that 1 player would have to leave.
What did the League call this? Roster-bating?
Kentucky's best team under Cal in 2012 had something his next few teams will never have.
Don't underestimate what Darius Miller brought to Kentucky his Jr/Sr season. They won't have anyone like that.
I recall a recent article saying some football recruits have asked coaches for 4-year scholarships on the spot if coaches wanted them to sign a LOI. Kind of a guarantee for themselves.
I hope this is valid, and more kids make this type of demand. It would help in stopping the stuff Cal has been doing.
This post was edited by sleepy01 12 months ago
It also helped that their two best players were defense first hard working beasts. That's a major difference from other classes that Cal had.
Amazingly they actually still have one more spot available. They only have 4 scholarship guys returning (Hood, Cauley-Stein, Poythress, & Wiltjer). Part of the reason they weren't nearly as good this year is because they only had 8 "scholarship" players. Noel and Goodwin were one and dones. Mays was a grad transfer. Harrow was pushed out after transferring from NC State.
What will be interesting is seeing if there is a lot of infighting next year when guys aren't playing as much as they think they should. Guys like Poythress, James Young, Derek Willis, and Wiltjer will likely expect to play a lot but likely won't start. I would be surprised if their starting lineup isn't the Harrison's, Randle, Lee, & Johnson (all frosh). That isn't even including Wiggins who they still have a shot at.
You don't get it. No matter how hard they all practice, someone will be cut because of over signing.
It's not that complicated.
This post was edited by RP McMurphy 12 months ago
I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
If you have an academic scholarship and get poor grades, do you keep your scholly?
Look I don't want it done at MSU, but these guys know what they are getting into. If they want to play for Cal that is their perogative.
That analogy makes no sense.
I get it just fine. Don't be the one cut and there is no issue. You think the Unibrow regrets playing for Cal? These kids can decide where they want to go play.
don't hate the player, hate the game. This crap has been going on forever in the SEC. Inevitable that a coach would apply these tactics to Hoop.
No, no you don't. But hopefully the recruits will catch on.
The player doesn't have to play the game.
One of the stupidest cliches out there.
I don't necessarily have a problem with 1-year scholarships, these kids know what they're signing up for. But I do think that if schools are allowed to do that, then kids who lose their scholly should be able to transfer without being required to sit out for a year.
You are way off base here. These kids could be playing way above the level they were expected to play when they signed on at Kentucky and it wouldn't matter, they'd still be shown the door. Hell, they might even be BETTER then the 8 recruits coming in but still get shown the door because there is no tryout. None of these 8 kids coming in have to prove anything at the college level and they are guaranteed a roster spot this year. So you could actually be asking 3 of your better players to leave the program because you want to take a chance on 8 other kids. Get it now?
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