As Tyler noted earlier this week, our own John Calipari is now a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors. He’ll join Bill Self, Jim Boeheim, and others on the board which considers itself to be the arbiter of what is, and isn’t, good for college basketball and its players.
That being the case, it should surprise exactly no one that most expect Cal to make some noise about the one-and-done rule once he’s settled into his new role. He has long said that he’d prefer for the NCAA/NBA to impose a 2-year rule, and that he’s currently just making the best of a bad situation by recruiting “one-and-dones.” His position on the NABC board should give him more clout to make his opinions heard.
According to The Sporting News’ Mike Decourcy, Cal admits as much insofar as his plans going forward with the board:
“What I want to do is, how do we make sure we’re looking after these kids?” Calipari told Sporting News. “You talk about protecting the game, but first of all protect these kids. What are the ways, what are the ideas, that can make this a better experience and a better situation for these kids?
“And then protecting the game: What we’re trying to do, how we’re trying to do it. And a big part of that is the one-and-done rule.”
Calipari said he is “willing to listen” as a member of the board as much as he is eager to advocate his own positions. He did not give any specifics beyond the age limit rule as to how to help enhance the experience for the college player because he didn’t want to make any new cases in public before he discussed them with his colleagues on the NABC board.
“I’ll have ideas,” he said. “It’s got to be things … we also represent these players.”
To be honest, a two-year rule has long seemed like a pipe dream to me, especially given the pushback from the NBA players association against the original one-and-done rule.
But, we’re talking about Cal here, so who knows. His shiny new NABC title certainly won’t hurt his chances of making something happen.