I was greatly saddened to hear about Lorenzo Charles' passing in a bus crash. I was home from the Navy on leave during the end of the 1983 tournament, and I remember that game very well. Our prayers go out to Lorenzo's family. He was a part of one of the most unforgettable moments in college basketball history.
Now, for today's links:
Sean Sutton off the painkillers and back as a paid assistant.
Good for Sean. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.
"Coach Calipari has had a track record of violations."
Embrace the hate. Love the clueless as you love yourself. Hey, I'm going for a whole new set of beatitudes here.
Does John Calipari’s new contract price him out of NBA market?
If Doc Rivers only makes 6 million a year and is the highest paid pro coach, you'd have to believe that Calipari would be taking a pay cut moving to the NBA as just a coach. After all, it isn't as if he as sporting NBA championship rings.
"I'm not going to have my win-loss record on my tombstone."
So sayeth Coach Cal. Well, all I can say is that as gaudy as his record is likely to be, he might want to reconsider that when the time comes.
A 22-game SEC schedule would force coaches trying to reach the NCAA to either schedule some monster out-of-conference games at the expense of guaranteed wins, or hope to do really well in conference. It would also force them to either give up some home games and lose some gate or hope to go on the road and win at tough schools to burnish the NCAA résumé. Home-and-homes against good teams are really tough to come by these days, just ask Calipari about Duke.
Not exactly an attractive set of choices for schools like Auburn and Ole Miss.
Calipari has beaten Pitino on the scoreboard, he's beaten him for recruits, he's beaten him on sending players to the NBA and now he's beaten him on his W-2 form, too.
Heh. And for eight more years, I suspect that trend will continue. Just deserts, I say.
Grant Hill says the NBA lockout is toughest on older players.
I suppose it is, physically at least. But the young guys that just got drafted are going to be waiting a long time for that first paycheck.
Oliver Purnell, Mike Anderson are among the coaches that have given the least bang for the buck.
Calipari, of course, is not among these overpaid worthies. Nice to see somebody gets it.
- John Clay's Big Blue Links for Tuesday.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made $4.95 million in 2009.
Calipari, on the other hand, has yet to make $4 million in a year. But he will pretty soon.
- John Calipari: The Only Way Players Can Get Paid Is If Superconferences Are Created
SEC schools and subsidies.
I think UK's subsidy is limited to student fees only, but I'm not sure they need them. In fact, I'm pretty sure they don't.
But if they vacate themselves, wont that also vacate everybody's official records?
This whole thing is making me so confused. Why not just count them all and put an asterisk by them, and forget the whole "vacate" thing? Nah, too simple. Hat tip slidemank.
Top 20 non-conference games in 2011-12.
UK is in 3 of the top 5. Booyah!
- Josh Harrellson, beatboxer.
- Wardogs. Real dogs, not humans.
Joker Phillips has nine commitments for 2012 so far.
Jody Demling has the list.
- Well, you know Calipari is a shoo-in for this.
Ryan Tydlacka rated the 4th best SEC punter.
We used to have some return guys in this list, but alas, they are all in the NFL now.
- Tuesday's Leach Report.
A Michael Avery sighting!
Seems he's doing well. Just not Kentucky well.
"It took me a long time to get a job like this."
Calipari to Mike Lupica. I like it.
The Lupica interview with John Calipari.
Thanks to Nation of Blue.
Oh, freaking yawn!
Give it up, already. Not. Buying. It, New York Post. You're just trying to resuscitate your now-dead credibility on the issue. It won't work.
- Parrish's All-Americans for 2011-12.
Right now, Woods is so 2006.