During his time as the really important guy at the podium at today’s coaching clinic at Rutgers, Kentucky coach John Calipari made a pretty bold statement about what the UK program could be without this silly little “one and done” rule. According to Adam Zagoria, Calipari not only prefers that players be “three and done” or “four and done” (both tentatively called “The Pitino Rule), he thinks the Cats could be a Wooden-like dynasty if that rule weren’t in place.
A few of his quotes:
“It’s not the ’70s,” he said Friday at Rutgers at the first annual clinic to benefit “In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation.” “Could you imagine if I had these guys three and four years? It would be UCLA.”
“People that say, ‘Well, he likes one-and-done,’” said Calipari, who has taken three schools to the Final Four but has yet to win a championship. “I hate one-and-done. Why would I want one-and-done?
“I’m getting guys, I’d like to have them four years. We’d win a whole lot of games. But that’s not the rule so now we end up losing three and four and five and maybe six this year to the NBA.”
So what you’re saying is that Cal would be happy with only 10 titles in 12 years? C’mon, man! What happened to RTL?