So you think you know John Calipari? Wait until you read this.
After spending almost a year with Kentucky’s head coach, Reid Forgrave penned an extensive profile title, “The Penance of John Calipari.” Once the “black hat” of college basketball, Forgrave illustrates how Calipari transformed into a college basketball innovator.
In the article you see different sides of Coach Cal. Forgrave followed him to church and to his summer home on the Jersey shore. He spoke to a ton of people, from Matt Jones to Anthony Davis. Possibly my favorite quote came from Karl-Anthony Towns.
“He’s probably one of the few coaches in the whole entire game that is all about his players,” said Karl-Anthony Towns, who played a year for Calipari before becoming the No. 1 pick in the draft. “He looks at us as his sons. And he puts us first before everything.”
Calipari has this one moonshot idea that could get him into some trouble with the NCAA. He wants the children of every player who has ever played for him—UMass, Memphis, Kentucky—to get full scholarships to any college in the country through his foundation. He doesn’t care if the NCAA might consider it “extra benefits” and come after him. He sees it as an extension of his calling.
On top of NCAA reform, Calipari opens up about his tenuous early career, the rivalry with Duke and why he’s happy he turned down the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offer.