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Cal strikes back at World Wide Wes/third-party recruiter implications


Who needs a third-party recruiter when you’ve got a National Championship trophy?

Yesterday, we told you about Gary Parrish’s article about Central Florida and third-party recruiter Ken Caldwell, whom Parrish likened to World Wide Wes. Wes has been considered by many to be third-party recruiter for Calipari over the years, and Parrish said the only reason Caldwell is in hot water and Wes is not is because Wes is smart and plays the game right, whereas Caldwell got caught.

As you can imagine, John Calipari didn’t like that comparison one little bit. True to form, Cal struck back in timely fashion in this morning’s USA Today in an article by Eric Prisbell:

No coach in the modern era has had more success recruiting elite prospects than John Calipari, who has also fought the perception that his longstanding relationship with influential power broker William Wesley helped him land top-rated recruiting classes at Memphis and Kentucky. Wesley often sits in the stands behind Kentucky’s bench and at times was given access to the Memphis locker room when Calipari coached the Tigers.

When asked if the presence of third-party recruiting influences has become more common, Calipari said: “If I were where I used to coach, it probably would be more of an issue for me, you know what I’m saying? There’s always been more than just the high school coach or the kid you’re talking to in recruiting to figure out who is who. I’m at Kentucky now. When I was at Memphis and Massachusetts, it was a lot harder than it is now. Fifteen NBA draft picks the last three years, it’s gotten easier.”

Once again, Cal shows why he’s a media mastermind with this response. Instead of letting Parrish’s article and allegations fester, he gets a rebuttal in immediately. Cal knows how to change the conversation and make himself look good in the process. Secondly, Cal makes the incredibly logical argument that he doesn’t need third-party recruiters anymore; he can let his resume talk for him. A National Championship and fifteen draft picks in three years? That speaks for itself, guys.

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31 Comments for Cal strikes back at World Wide Wes/third-party recruiter implications



  1. what the what
    11:29 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Gary Parrish, consider yourself lawyered.



  2. Musehobo
    11:38 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing about that response is…he made it sound like he used WWW back at Memphis. And he may have, I don’t know, but it wasn’t really how I would have worded it.



  3. Bob Sugar
    11:40 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Unlike Joker, Cal knows what in the world he’s doing. He knows how to build a program, win games, win a championship, and rebuild to do it again.



  4. Lincoln Park
    11:44 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    I love Cal and what he’s done for UK, but to say that was the response of a “mastermind” is epic hyperbole. He basically said he may have used WWW at Memphis and UMASS, not exactly a warm and fuzzy feeling.



  5. Coach Cal
    11:46 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    To whom it may concern,

    How’s my azz taste?

    Sincerely,
    Coach Cal



  6. Will S
    11:49 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    4) I was just thinking that. Did he basically admit to using WWW at Memphis and UMASS– 2 places he left with vacated Final Fours and NCAA sanctions? Did he really just admit or imply that?

    No one can dispute the great job recruiting and coaching that Cal has done at UK, but I guarantee more than half of the college basketball world thinks he is doing something less than fully in accordance with NCAA standards and rules. I mean seriously, he has a 100% NCAA sanction rate on D-1 schools that he leaves, that can’t be ignored can it?



  7. burger
    11:50 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    “Unlike Joker”?

    Hey Sally, no reason to kick our football coach just because you think we can relate and it’s the popular thing to do here at KSR.

    You had a good post, and the player (Parrish). Why kick Joker?



  8. Why Bash Joker
    11:52 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Why Mrs. Thompson do you throw Joker under the bus here? He had not one thing to do with this conversation. How about some positive feed toward the football program. As Joker has said these kids who represent the University of Kentucky deserve it if nothing else.



  9. enes
    11:55 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t forget we have Drake to help us. He must be responsible for half the recruits we get.



  10. SexnNursinHomes
    11:57 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Coach K had Myron Piggie which helped with Corey Magette. NCAA says thats okay though. carry on dook, cheat as you wish.



  11. yesterdays
    11:57 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    You cant compare Cal to Joker. Two entirely different platforms. thats like comparing Nick Saban to Tony Barbee.



  12. Gold Standard
    12:07 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    So is he saying I use to cheat but I don’t have to anymore? haha… kinda sounds that way



  13. what the what
    12:08 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    6) First off, Cal himself has never been sanctioned. I don’t know much about the UMASS situation, but I know the NCAA ruled the Calipari was never involved in any illegal activities. At Memphis, the NCAA discovered someone took Derrick Rose’s ACT for him. But that was a matter at the high school level that Calipari nor Memphis had no clue about. Unfortunately, that made Derrick Rose ineligible so Memphis had to forfeit all those wins in which Derrick Rose played.

    Secondly, he never implied he used a third recruiter. He simply said that at the other schools, it was harder to get players there. He was just making the comparison to the type of draw Kentucky has versus Memphis and UMASS. You can’t take words out of context. It’s simply a comparison. Not an admission or implication. And he’s right. If he was at another school, it would be more difficult to recruit these same players. But he doesn’t need to because he is at THE University of Kentucky!



  14. oldbbn
    12:09 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Cal —-just gim him a Ring it will be OK.



  15. Explorer
    12:19 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    The NCAA did not discover that someone took the test for Rose. His score increased and it was investigated by the NCAA. Rose refused to cooperate therefore they said it was suspicious and ruled him ineligible based on the abnormal increase on the test score.



  16. Epic Hyperbole?
    12:30 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Can we settle on “mythic hyperbole”? Using the term “epic hyperbole” as you have, is engaging in epic hyperbole, in my opinion…



  17. burger
    12:39 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #10 – Mrs. Tyler Thompson –

    Thanks, and I will retract calling you Sally.

    You do a great job here Tyler. I was one of your big supporters from the beginning.

    Thanks for listening to reason and standing on your strengths.



  18. truth is
    12:45 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    in the end, it doesn’t matter what Cal did to get to this point … only that he doesn’t cheat while here … coaches don’t get punished, programs do



  19. gossie21
    12:46 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    16. That is incorrect. It wasn’t the NCAA it was the ACT organization that cancelled the score (I believe they were called ETS). The NCAA simply refused to look at the context of the situation and basically said, “Well he doesn’t have a qualifying score now, so he is ineligible. And for good measure we will apply this ruling ex post facto.”



  20. bmt22033
    12:50 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    His statement could be interpreted as he “had to do what he had to do” in order to compete for recruits at UMASS and Memphis. I’m not sure that I would have said it that way or that he intended for it to come across like that but still…



  21. Miller
    12:56 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with the many other posters who think that was a pretty dumb response on Cal’s part. Looked like an admission to me, I’m only comfortable with it because it also makes me know he’s not doing what he did at other places here.



  22. Will S
    1:00 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    14) Yeah, I agree with everything you said. I think it is more of a “guilty by reputation” type of situation with Coach Cal.

    A good comparison would be the young Chinese female swimmer that just won gold and beat Ryan Lochte and many other male swimmers times. People are assuming she is guilty of doping b/c of A) The Chinese history of doping/cheating in the Olympics, and B) that it’s impossible for a woman to beat the best men in the world in swimming.

    Similar to Coach Cal, whether he likes it or not, he is forever linked to Camby and Rose and their ineligibility, and UMASS/Memphis’ vacated Final Fours. Based on that reputation, and the fact that he has had 3 straight #1 recruiting classes, people assume there is no way that Coach Cal is recruiting 100% in compliance with NCAA rules. It’s unfortunate and probably inaccurate, but this is why people give UK and Coach Cal a hard time about cheating.



  23. tom
    1:38 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    If you want proof WWW did not help in recruiting at UK, look no further than the fact Cal did not give him a championship ring! lol



  24. old bbn
    1:57 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #24 he may have given him one but he did not post a pic on web. we may never know..



  25. Micah
    2:25 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Does everyone realize that World Wide Wes is connected to dozens of programs throughout the country including Coach K and Duke? People always act like its criminal if he’s around, if that’s the case, a lot of people are in trouble



  26. old bbn
    2:45 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #26 if WWW is associated with K(sucks) and Duke(sucks)then is probably is criminal.



  27. blueinmemphis
    4:05 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Read between the lines. Mid to upper level D-1 coaches have to use these pimps to get to the elite players by legally donating to the AAU teams, and some of that donation goes to the player or family. The more elite, the more the donation.

    Elite level programs (UK, KU, Duke, UNC, etc.) probably don’t have to because the players already have an incentive to go there (NBA feeder programs).

    Memphis and UMASS fit in the mid to upper level, and we know where UK fits in.



  28. #23 is a troll
    5:17 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #23 your still trolling UK sites. We don’t need your Help. Here is a idea why not go to a Duke site and try to help Coach K get out of the first round.



  29. jill
    5:36 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    LOL..basically he said used to cheat…don’t need to now



  30. gog8ors
    5:41 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    He insinuated that because he is at Kentucky that he didn’t need any help but he never came straight out and said that he didn’t use third party recruiters. There is no doubt he uses every advantage he can, be it within the rules or not.