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This guy gets arguably more talent than anyone in the country, one guy goes down, and they miss the tournament. To boot, they lose in the 1st round of the NIT.
IMO, he is a slimeball piece of shit and the fact that they missed out this year should be an indictment on him (see comment about most talent in the country).
Something to be said about Izzo and Michigan State's consistency of making the tourney when teams like Kentucky and Florida win NCs and miss out the next year.
I dislike him. But that's just me.
i think you nailed it. $$$$ + bad coaching = cal
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He's human. He had a team full of freshman with expectations that exceeded their maturity and skills. As for how he handled it - I don't care.
Love the guy.
The only thing holding me back from thinking he's a complete slimeball is the fact that Izzo likes/respects him
Agree to disagree.
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You should be thanking him, after the 2000 NC game, it was Calipari who convinced Izzo not to take the Atlanta Hawks job.
"I think the world is run by C students"
Wow, we've never talked about Cal before. how original.
IMO he's a great recruiter and coach who pushes the rules in ways most coaches with higher ethics would not.
Rick Barnes even thinks he does less with more.
Best description. Remember that he was Larry Brown's assistant at Kansas so he learned how to skirt the rules from Brown.
Well I guess this all funnels into what Izzo mentioned a while back regarding cheaters and success. Guys are willing to take morals out of the equation in order to win.
That's why it's such a headscratcher when Izzo calls Calipari a friend.
He's a sleezeball and a bad coach.
Totally agree. Look out for his team next year with 6 MacDonalds AA added to an already group. It could be a repeat of 2012.
Is this the same Florida team that won back to back national titles? I think a lot of people here would take back to back national titles and miss the tourney the next year.
He's not a bad coach. That is the most overplayed line of crap here. Yes this was a tough season but that happens to Izzo once in a while. His teams are always well prepared and despite their extreme talent they play together very well.
What's Izzo going to say in public? Do you really think that behind closed doors, Izzo respects Calipari's recruiting style? After coaching against Ed Martin era Michigan for a generation?
This post was edited by sparty419 13 months ago
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I can't recall Izzo talking about Coach Cal specifically but he always says nice things about other coaches because of the coaching "brotherhood". Izzo hates it when any coach gets fired. But he also knows what happened at Memphis and Massachusetts. I don't think Izzo likes being in the same room w/ Coach Cal.
How the heck do you know this? I take Izzo for his word as someone who is not nearly as petty as those on this board.
Agreed. I also tend to think other coaches have more of a problem with coaches intentionally bad-mouth, inappropriately recruit, or strive to be dishonest and under-handed in their dealings with programs. I don't Calipari is ethical, but you don't get the sense that other programs hate him. Steal recruits or lie to families to keep a player from signing with another school...that's a bigger issue than what Calipari seems to do, which is work one-and dones and the AAU angle, which seems to involve "deals" of one kind or another......
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." --Gandhi
Izzo's not the type of person to outwardly say he doesn't like someone. He's also complimentary of pretty much all opposing coaches.
Izzo may like him as a guy to have a drink with and be friendly, but you can bet he doesn't respect his shady recruiting style.
This post was edited by Wizard Sleeve 13 months ago
Izzo made the tournament in those years. Calipari missed the tournament and threw his players under the bus. Calipari legitimately should have two or more NCs with UK given the overwhelming talent he's had some years.
C'mon, I don't know what happened to UK this year and it sounds like bad chemistry but Calipari regularly takes talented freshmen and gets them to compete for NC's. By the way Duke, UNC and other programs have something to do with UK not winning NC's every year. Talent is not the sole reason for winning NC's. Experience and maturity have a lot to do with it.
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