Kentucky coach John Calipari wants to make a few things clear.

First: He doesn't hate the NCAA.

"I owe the NCAA a lot," Calipari told USA TODAY Sports. "I had a chance to play college basketball and work for universities in the NCAA. So I'm not agreeing with all the critics of the NCAA. My thing is this: Every decision should be made for the kids. That's it."

Second: He's not a fan of the one-and-done stigma that hovers over him.

"There's this misunderstanding that if players stay longer than one year, they've failed. That's ludicrous," Calipari said. "Every kid is different — mentally, physically and in skill set. ...My job is to develop players, young men who are ready to move on to success. These kids all have a genius just like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs when they didn't stay in college. They come with a suitcase and that suitcase has aspirations and goals. And some of that is coming from a family where they have to dream beyond their surroundings."

On the back end of a media tour for his upcoming book, Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out, co-written by Michael Sokolove, Calipari spoke to USA TODAY Sports about Kentucky's national runner-up team and a handful of things in today's college game.