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Thursday Quickies: No Respect for Calipari Edition

Cal wasn’t named as a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The nominees for the Naismith Coach of the Year award were released yesterday, and there were few surprises except for the absence of Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

The list included the obvious: Coach K, Roy Williams, Tony Bennett, Mark Few, Tom Izzo, etc. Then some other names to be expected: Rick Barnes, Kelvin Sampson, John Beilein, etc. Nate Oats from Buffalo, Eric Musselman from Nevada, and Mike Young from Wofford also made the cut.

Calipari was missing though. He was the only coach of a team ranked in the top 12 of both the AP and Coaches Poll not to be recognized as a nominee.

While Kentucky is right around where they were projected in the offseason, the road hasn’t been easy and Calipari’s coaching job with this team has been excellent. This team looks nothing like it did back in November and I think a lot of it can be credited to John Calipari.

Calipari has done an excellent job coaching this team and could still be a candidate for SEC Coach of the Year, which would look awfully funny if he were to be named SEC Coach of the Year, but didn’t get nominated for the national coach of the year.

Tweets of the Day

Rex offers his thoughts.

An exciting victory at Kentucky Proud Park!

Quickies

Nick Richards had to figure it out in second half - KSR

Richards showed some glimpses in the second half.

A speed bump or an omen? Kentucky will find out what Arkansas game was - Courier Journal

Definitely just a speed bump.

UK-UF Senior Day tickets available - KSR

Still a few good deals left. Grab ‘em up while you can.

What to expect from the NFL Combine - Herald Leader

40-yard-dash times are always fun to watch.

Kentucky Baseball roars back for walk-off win - Herald Leader

An exciting victory for Nick Mingione and the crew.

Duke remains favorite to win it all despite Zion injury - Bleacher Report

Kentucky and Gonzaga gained ground, but Duke is still the betting favorite.

Louisville drops third straight with loss to BC - Courier Journal

The Cards find themselves in a tough skid to close out the regular season.

Ole Miss protests late whistle in loss to Tennessee - ESPN

A charge was called on a three-point attempt.

Jets looking to deal #3 pick for draft haul - ESPN

Josh Allen had been considered by some a chance to grow and develop doing that.

Iowa Head Coach gets two game suspension - Bleacher Report

I thought McCaffery’s profanity-laced tirade would land him longer than that.

Will a non-QB ever win the Heisman again? - Sports Illustrated

My vote is yes.

Non-male safety gets scholarship to NAIA School - Yahoo

That’s huge.