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.
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Rex offers his thoughts.
An exciting victory at Kentucky Proud Park!
Richards showed some glimpses in the second half.
Definitely just a speed bump.
Still a few good deals left. Grab ‘em up while you can.
40-yard-dash times are always fun to watch.
An exciting victory for Nick Mingione and the crew.
Kentucky and Gonzaga gained ground, but Duke is still the betting favorite.
The Cards find themselves in a tough skid to close out the regular season.
A charge was called on a three-point attempt.
Josh Allen had been considered by some a chance to grow and develop doing that.
I thought McCaffery’s profanity-laced tirade would land him longer than that.
My vote is yes.