Of all the coaches to benefit from one-and-done, John Calipari figures to lose the most if the NBA abolishes the rule. And yet he wants just that. "Whatever the rules," he said, "we're going to be fine." Who thinks the University of Kentucky basketball is going to die any time soon, regardless of college basketball's parameters? The University of Kentucky basketball coach was in Fort Worth Friday to speak at TCU's basketball clinic. He sat down to talk about the (damaged) state of college basketball, with one question in mind: How to fix it? "Kids should be able to go (to the NBA) out of high school. That’s not our deal. That’s between the NBA and the Player’s Association," Calipari said in a conversation that took place in the office of TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon. "Don't put restrictions on kids." College basketball is currently embroiled in a nasty FBI investigation that includes embarrassing tales of cash payments to kids from shoe company representatives associated with premier programs. The problem is exactly no one in college basketball is surprised by the examples leaking out from this investigation, because it's mostly business as usual. The problem, of course, is money; the high school players want it, and they can't get it as NCAA student athletes. And they can't go straight to to the NBA. No coach in the sport has thrived more with one-and-dones than Calpari, and even he thinks the rule stinks.
'Don't put restrictions on kids': Calipari's one-and-done stance is dead on
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Apr 21