Conference realignment this, conference realignment that! With every new, sometimes geographically inconsistent pairing of conference and team, it’s looking more and more like college athletics is moving towards four super conferences, which Cal predicted back in June 2011. Cal proposed that the super conferences be composed of 16 to 18 teams, divided geographically (West, North, East, South), and completely separate from the NCAA. The proposal seemed crazy at the time, but as team after team bails ship with their bags packed, it seems as though it could soon become a reality.
Is Cal a prophet? Let’s look into his National Championship crystal basketball to see if these other prophecies come true…
Prophecy: “These new players think they poop ice cream.” August 2009, February 2011, October 2012, November 2012…
Fulfilled: On December 28th, 2013, highly touted freshman Andrew Wiggins actually pooped ice cream before the Kentucky/Louisville basketball game at Rupp Arena. It has since been preserved and stored in the Smithsonian. Wiggins, a six-time NBA MVP, became a primary spokesman for Orange Leaf and owns several franchises throughout the country.
Prophecy: “Before I leave coaching, I would like to coach an undefeated team.” April 2012
Fulfilled: The 2013-2014 Kentucky Wildcats went 40-0 and won the school’s ninth National Championship on the backs of Andrew Wiggins, the Harrison Twins, Julius Randle, James Young, Marcus Lee, and Brian Long, who, after all these years, truly appreciated it.
Prophecy: “We’re trying to catch UCLA.” April 2012
Fulfilled: In April 2018, John Calipari hoisted Kentucky’s twelfth National Championship trophy above his head in Cowboys Stadium. His team of superstars ruffled his mop of (greying) hair affectionately as Nan Wooden, John Wooden’s daughter, smiled alongside them on the podium. A 3-D hologram of the scene was projected live on the court at Rupp Arena so the Big Blue Nation could feel as though they were there.
Prophecy (actually, just a fact): “My wife makes a nice salad that i enjoy eating.” November 2012
Fulfilled: After her salad became famous on ESPN’s All-Access program, Ellen Calipari capitalized on the success, starting a line of gourmet lettuces, salad toppings, and dressings. A few years later, she released a special line of Glad reusable tupperware with built-in GPS devices so owners can track them if misplaced. In 2019, she plans to release “Mrs. Cal’s Birthday Brownie Mix,” which will also be a frozen yogurt flavor at Orange Leaf.
What are some other #CalipariProphecies?