USA Today Sports celebrated Christmas Eve this morning by ranking the six hardest jobs in all of sports. Head coach of the Kentucky basketball program made the list, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Here’s how it looks and what USA Today had to say about John Calipari’s seat:
1. Dallas Cowboys
2. New York Yankees
3. Kentucky Wildcats - John Calipari has the hardest job in college basketball because while he might have hauled in arguably the most talented freshman class in history, he’s challenged with convincing a group of teenagers to gel and establish a cohesiveness needed to create championship chemistry. Bad habits die hard, and we’re seeing McDonald’s All-Americans who were used to being go-to players in high school tasked with reassessing their subconsciously selfish views and turning them into a selfless perspective. 40-0 was always an outrageous prediction, and now we’re seeing that the maturation process for even the most talented group takes time.- Scott Gleeson
The writer focuses on Calipari’s task of getting the current team to come together, failing to mention Cal having to do it with a rabid fan base that expects the best each and every year. We people are crazy, and that doesn’t make things any easier on the head coach at UK.
Indiana also made USA Today’s list, but for football. The basketball coaching job at IU is easy because the Hoosiers celebrate every minor accomplishment.