maysvilleblue brought up the latest rumor of Cal going to the NBA - this time Chicago. That coupled with the news concerning the platinum parachute in the works for Cal has started to leave me a little unsettled. On the one hand, I firmly believe Cal is running a very clean program and there are no "surprises" but it's almost as if Cal is becoming bigger than the program.
Without a doubt a lot of this publicity is because it is Calipari. Any other coach going through this exact scenario wouldn't garner near the press as Cal and anything he does is looked at from 57 sides; with 56 sides being illegal, unethical, unseemly, shady, deceitful or dishonest.
This past year has been more than we could hope for from "the door", through the season, post-season and recruiting future Cats. It has been a year of wide-eyed jubilation. While I am very grateful for all of the work by Coach Cal and the turn around he has made in the program, I'm beginning to feel like the program is almost being held hostage. Four million bucks a year is a lot of money in anybody's book and now the infinite wisdom of the administration appears to be enhancing Cal's contract in respect to the length of the contract. Why don't they just add ...will remain highest paid basketball coach until leaving. to the existing contract?
The "Is he staying/is he leaving?" question will hang over our heads as long as Cal is with us and I can understand the administration wanting to get him committed for the purpose of program stability. I just hope this latest revelation was instigated by the administration and not Cal. I won't back any coach, regardless of success, if he begins to think he is bigger than the program. Just sayin'.