No Cal, your job is not 5th. That’s Crean
With summertime upon us, bloggers and columnists turn to making lists and ranking things. No one is immune to it. Here at the WBN, we are counting down the 40 most impactful Kentucky Wildcat basketball players from 1981-82 to the present. Eamonn Brennan over at ESPN tackled the issue of what coaching job in college basketball is the best and he ranked John Calipari’s job at number two in the land, right below Roy William’s at UNC. To be honest, the margin seemed razor thing and UNC got the nod due to their newer arena. Once again, this is not a reason to rush out and try to rebuild Rupp. Just one man’s opinion. Here is a bit of what Brennan said:
So why isn’t Kentucky No. 1? To my mind, the only thing holding it back — besides the memory of the pre-Calipari days, and the sneaking suspicion that few others could possibly do the job Calipari has done — is the aging state of Rupp Arena, which is in desperate need of that $300 million renovation that is reportedly coming sometime down the line. Were it not for Calipari’s play-for-me-and-go-pro genuis, would Kentucky have as much to offer the nation’s truly elite prospects?
To be honest, I really don’t think anyone else can do the job Cal has done either. But I don’t see Rupp in “desperate need of renovation”. And the fact that the Yum! Center bonds were downgraded to junk bonds is not going to help much either. Other notable teams of interest on the list? Kansas at #3, Indiana #5, Duke #6, and Louisville #9.