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A house divided,

 the famous saying goes, soon falls.  I can hear  Henny Penny starting to mumble and stare at the sky.    Coach Cal can't win it all with freshmen, we hear, based upon the notion that he hasn't done it already.   There are many good coaches out there that have never won a national championship and some who have won it are not considered great coaches.

 

The combination of John Calipari and the University of Kentucky is showing a clear synergistic effect on the recruiting trails, striking deep concern if not outright fear in the hearts of competing coaches and programs as well as other interested parties such as the media and authoritarian oversight organizations.    In many of their minds, a way must be found to stop him or at least slow him down.  I am not espousing a conspiracy theory here, just a widespread realization by many who have vested interests in college basketball.

 

The main war against Calipari has two fronts.  The first is to attack his methods, his integrity and his system.  This method can succeed only if two groups fall for it, potential recruits and the UK fanbase.  We hear the propaganda daily, Cal can't win it all with one and dones, Cal is a sleazeball and he cheats, Cal pushes his players out the door before they should go, Cal's players don't go to class, Cal can't coach and on and on and on.  So far it appears that the recruits aren't buying into the disinformation being so widely spread.  More and more fans, albeit a very small minority, are showing signs of alarm.  Stirring up discontent among the Big Blue faithful can create an atmosphere for a significant breach among the fans.  When things truly do go awry, this is very natural and normal, but in the current situation, extremely premature.

 

The second front is to catch UK violating NCAA rules.  This part of the attack is not being done loudly with high visibility but it is being done nonetheless.  Our hopes there lie on the integrity of incoming and former recruits and a very involved and alert compliance staff.  On this front, no news is good news.

 

 

This rambling incoherency does have a point.  We must stand united to give Coach Calipari the support and time he needs to prove that his new system (the one based on the combination of himself and UK) can and will work.  This is not an effort to discourage anyone in the large and diverse community of wildcat fans from taking a critical look and position opposing his method, just to say be careful to do so without playing into the hands of those whose motives are less than pure.

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