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Cal to target one-and-done rule from new NABC post?



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.



Article written by Andrew McCarthy

22 Comments for Cal to target one-and-done rule from new NABC post?

  1. Hello?
    7:07 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    The NBA players’ union makes the rules, not Cal. Get a clue.

  2. Hello to you too
    7:16 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    #1 I may be wrong, but I think you are. The NBA itself enacted the rule, not the NBAPU.

  3. Hal
    7:19 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    1-everyone hates you. sorry this doesnt fit your narrative of cal. and, doctor, maybe, just maybe, cal might try to use his influence to work with the nbapa and change/better the game. but who knows right he’s only been talking publicly about this for like 5 years

  4. Mark
    7:22 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    The NBA & the Players association , agree on the rule at contract time. The NCAA has NO control over the rule.

  5. Blackhawk
    7:32 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    #4 the NCAA has no control over the rules made by the NBA but they can make rules that effect schools. Like if you have X number ofOoAD’s in X number of seasons (3 in 2) then they can lose a schollie….you start taking away scholarships from schools and coaches will shy away from those kids. As it stands right now the NCAA passes the blame off to the NBA while not doing anything to stop it or make a difference. They have power and want to pretend to be powerless.

  6. mark
    7:42 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    5) Wrong , that wouldnt effect the number of OAD , it would just spread them around,that would basically just be a Kentucky rule.

  7. fartman
    7:47 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Need to do away with the ncaa altogether. Create guidelines for both nba & college. Maybe a degree should be required to get hired by the nba. Other professions require a degree of some sort.

  8. Could be trouble if...
    7:47 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    If the NCAA passes some kind of 2 year rule but the NBA does not, it could be trouble for Cal. Kids will still go to college for one year and then enter the draft (you’d be stupid not to if you are a first round pick with guaranteed money). The only difference is that the NCAA would punish the school for the kid leaving early. If the NBA is not also in on a rule change, it could be bad for schools recruiting the one-and-dones.

  9. Cal Needs
    7:48 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    To Target That Gut of His!

  10. Blackhawk
    8:01 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    #6 – so you saying that if the NCAA said you can’t have a kid bail after one year more than 1 out of every 4 years or you will lose a schollie that it won’t make a difference? Coaches o ky getting one every 4 years makes them have to plan around players that will be there longer. Of course it will make a difference. The bigger point is if the NCAA was really upset about this, they would be try g to do something to clean it up…they aren’t.

  11. Ky_Tom
    8:12 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Why in the hell can’t the NCAA Basketball and NBA agree to the same deal that is used in the NCAA Baseball and MLBB….They can draft a kid just about anytime they want, BUT the rule MLBB has, A college player must stay at least 3 years of college baseball to play in the major leagues….I think this would help ALL schools and Players, however, It flush out the Kids who have not got what it takes to pass college course for 3 years..This is why the NCAA doesn’t want to change the rules…They know many of these kids can’t pass a simple 8th grade English test, unless they had 3 weeks to study. This is why there is cheating going on with the class room.. Look at NC, how they cheated with made up classes for their players..If this crap went on at UK, the NCAA would hand down the Death Sentence like Yesterday..But NC goes unpunished and still cheating.

  12. fartman
    8:22 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Free Zimmerman! !!!!

  13. Hal
    8:36 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    11-ignorant to say nba should do what mlb does. apples to oranges. ncaa baseball coaches have their rule b/c of PITCHING and trying to reload pitching every year would be almost impossible. not bc the coaches are trying to “help” the kids or bc they want them to get degrees.
    the mlb rule does exactly what the 1-and-done rule protects against: makes nba gms/scouts go into high school gyms & risk their careers on high schoolers.

  14. Bilbo
    8:42 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    12, Zimmermann took a Childs life for no reason…a black kid in a gated community….he should have mined his own business just like 99.9 percent of people. He should do 10 to 20 years

  15. JLP
    8:52 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink


  16. fartman
    8:54 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    14- ur nuts. That kid picked the wrong man to mess with.

  17. JLP
    8:57 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Go away troll.

  18. fartman
    8:57 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    14- plus black kids breaking into cars and stuff. Zimmerman wasn’t afraid of him cause he was black, like most of the candy asses like you are.

  19. Wow
    9:26 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    These comments get worse by the day

  20. Axe Cop
    9:39 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’m guessing fartman (can’t believe I just typed that) lives in some shitty-ass county and has no significant experience living around non white-trash hillbillies.

  21. Walden Schmidt
    9:58 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    #14, Child my arse. Have you seen a picture of him at 17 years old, instead of the only one the media shows, him at 12 or 13. Big difference. Check it out.

  22. farman
    10:00 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Justice! !!!!