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Cal: NCAA has to change or “we’ve gotta separate from them”


Among the many great things Cal told us on the radio show this morning were his comments about the NCAA. Cal said that the one-and-done rule is hurting the sport, and contrary to popular belief, he’s the only one speaking up about it. Why?

“I’m the only coach saying we need to change the one and done rule because no one wants to see these kids here two years.”

+1 for stone cold logic. What if the NCAA doesn’t change? “If nothing changes, we’ve gotta separate from them. I’m not afraid to say it.”

There aren’t many things Cal’s afraid to say right now, and I love it.

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25 Comments for Cal: NCAA has to change or “we’ve gotta separate from them”

  1. Jon jimmy
    11:33 am May 16, 2013 Permalink


  2. BardstownCat
    11:33 am May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Why do people keep saying its the NCAA’s rule? Talk to the NBA

  3. Bobby
    11:41 am May 16, 2013 Permalink

    It would only hurt cals recruiting

  4. Classic
    11:45 am May 16, 2013 Permalink

    #1 lol

    Can we get a breakdown for UK’s third game of the season and see the matchup of us vs msu

  5. Every other coach
    11:51 am May 16, 2013 Permalink

    We have all been saying the one and done is crap. If Cal thinks he’s the only one, he’s deaf or stupid.

  6. rick
    11:54 am May 16, 2013 Permalink

    5, I think he’s talking about other coaches.

  7. rick
    11:55 am May 16, 2013 Permalink

    3, He’s going get most of the best one and dones, if they are not available he’s going to get the next best.Won’t hurt at all.

  8. Go To Your Room
    12:03 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    2, The NBA has made it clear that they’re not willing to change their rules. I think Cal’s stance is the only way around the NBA rule is for the NCAA to institute a rule requiring players to stay in school for more than one year. It helps college basketball by eliminating guys that don’t want to be there in the first place. Let those players take their chances by playing overseas or by sitting out for a year. Whatever happens after that is the NBA’s problem. Meanwhile, the college game will thrive with players that actually want to be there.

  9. kadizkat
    12:23 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    #8 Thanks for explaining what he meant. I was also confused since it is an NBA rule. I’d love to see the NCAA say you have to stay two years if you come at all. I don’t see anything wrong with these young players making a living playing overseas if they don’t attend college.

  10. Aaron
    12:24 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    9, his mom is making him give her a bikini wax right now. I’m sure the troll will be here soon.

  11. Jaybird86
    12:32 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    I kind of want to see the split. Basketball Civil War. Maybe the new league can incorporate the trampoline and Super 4. And damn it! I want to be able to drink beer at ballgames.

  12. AnthonyBBN
    12:48 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Jaybird86, it isn’t NCAA that keeps you from drinking beer at UK games, it’s the SEC’s rule.

  13. AnthonyBBN
    12:49 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Otherwise UofL would never have anyone attend their games because they offer $1 beers at the Yum Center.

  14. John
    12:49 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    #8 how would the NCAA force players to stay 2 years without the NBA’s help? They can’t. I’m thinking ahead here a little. Would they make them repay the scholarship if they leave without completing 2 years? I don’t see that stopping 1 and dones leaving. They’d repay that with NBA money.

  15. Maxbps8
    1:07 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Kicks to 6 & 7. CoachCal, as usual, is the lone voice of reason: 1. The ncaa’s need to institute their own TWO-or-None Rule regardless of what the nba does or does not do. And (2) if the ncaa fails to act, then the universities need to disassociate themselves from the ncaa and create a new-better organization that has puts the students at the heart of the organization instead of their own pocket-books.

  16. Maxbps8
    1:11 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Good point #14. But they can still try…actually they can do more than try. IF a kid leaves after one year then that team loses that scholarship for the next year AND an add’l year as punishment. Thus, the university-team-coach has to seriously consider whether to recruit a kid. Whether he will be so selfish has to jump to the nba after one year leaving his team-university-coach to deal with the after-math.

  17. RealCatsFan
    2:10 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    16 – I see your point, but that unfairly punishes the coach, school and teammates who did nothing wrong. With that setup ANY kid who simply decided he wanted to try the NBA (maybe he had scouts or hangers-on whispering in his ear) could jump and bring down sanctions on a team. That is no better than allowing coaches to move around from school to school with no penalties, while the kids have to sit out a year for transferring.

    Better way to handle it would be with some type of binding legal financial contract that would force a player who leaves early to pay back the dollar amount of the scholarship he received. That would discourage borderline kids from trying, and let’s face it, if a kid is a lottery pick there is no NCAA rule that is going to stop him from leaving. Only the NBA can stop that by not offering the money to one-and-dones. The money paid back could be put towards financial aid for a kid who really wants to be there.

  18. Disband
    2:12 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Been saying it for awhile. Even started a facebook group: Disband the NCAA

  19. SheetrockBobby
    2:45 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    The NBA (alluding to 15) should institute a system similar to what the MLB has. If you want to declare for the draft and sacrifice collegiate eligibility straight out of high school, feel free. If you accept a college scholarship, you must stay a minimum of 2 years (3 in the MLB) before declaring yourself eligible for the NBA draft.

  20. Lori M
    2:51 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Whose rule is it that covers the drafting of college baseball players by MLB? I believe that requires players passing on the draft to stay three years. Is that correct?

  21. Lori M
    2:52 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    #19 beat me to it!

  22. Schneid52
    3:22 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    Someone please tell Cal that is an NBA rule. How does he not know that?
    Go Cards.

  23. Mark Liptak
    3:33 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    22- Yes it’s an NBA rule but to get things to change there will have to be an agreement between the NBA, the NCAA AND the NBAPA. To many moving parts to think that will happen.

    The superconferences are coming, Cal is right…when they do they’ll kiss off the NCAA and make them as important as the NIT now is.

    Mark Liptak

  24. Calipari
    4:02 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    cal just giving a big middle finger to mark emmert i love it. It may not be in 10 years or even 20 years but the NCAA is on its way out. It might be the most corrupt major organization in the country and that is saying a lot. the inconsistencies in their rulings and decisions are too far out to not have an alternate motive. D1 schools will break off and create the super conferences by region and will be sponsored by NIKE ADIDAS etc, and i personally cannot friggin wait

  25. Han
    4:04 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    2) Cal and most of us know it’s an NBA rule. But you know the NCAA has some weight they can swing around to influence the NBA, like banning scouts from campuses, that kind of thing.

    19) We’d like it, but MLB has a much more defined (and far larger) minor league system. They can draft guys and keep them in the minors 4-8 years before they transition to the majors. NBA’s development league doesn’t even have one team per NBA team, and sending kids overseas wouldn’t be the same thing.

    It’d be nice if the NBA wouldn’t draft/sign kids who sign a 2-3 year contract with a college, but why should they do that? If a player is good enough to draft today, why make him wait another year or 2? Of course, the same could be said, and is said, about one-and-done.

    22) Cal knows, and he just wants the NCAA to put some pressure on the NBA to change it.