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Cal: Two-year rule would be best for players


When he’s not talking to our very own Thomas Beisner on KSTV, Mike DeCourcy writes for The Sporting News. Currently, he’s got a very interesting piece about the one-and-done rule and how it’s changed college basketball, for better and worse. Now, considering Cal’s reputation with the national media, you would expect any reference to him in a story like this to be negative, but quite the contrary; DeCourcy interviews Calipari, who says the rule puts unrealistic expectations into the heads of talented recruits and freshmen, who only focus on getting to the next level, not improving and developing as players and people:

“I’ve had to speed up things here,” Calipari told Sporting News on Friday. “We’ve talked about social things here in our locker room twice a week: How fortunate we are, how as we develop fame we can impact people’s lives. We have to jam it in. And I have the money talk with all these kids: You work for money? No, you have money work for you.

“In the old days, you could sprinkle it in and out over four years.”

Cal suggests that a two-year rule would be the perfect medium; it would allow players to focus on developing their game without the added pressure of immediately increasing their draft stock.

“If it’s two years, the kids understand they’ve got to go to college,” Calipari said. “I think we would have 100 percent graduation rate along with all these kids getting drafted. When a kid leaves after one year and he’s 90 credits short, that’s going to take seven or eight years.

“Two years is a good number. Kids can come in and do their thing, they can get close to graduating, you can have an impact on their lives.”

Unfortunately, with talks of changing the age limit tabled during NBA lockout negotiations, it doesn’t look like the one-and-done rule will change for some time (DeCourcy predicts it will be around for ten more years). In the meantime, the debate will continue, especially with critics like Bobby Knight (whom DeCourcy calls “misguided”) taking every chance to slam it and coaches that they perceive to embrace it. However, it’s refreshing that at least one member of the national media is actually taking time to do their job.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 Comments for Cal: Two-year rule would be best for players

    11:52 am December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Cal Makes great points! We would be unreal if this happened next year but I have a feeling that one of these freshmen are gonna stay besides Wiltjer.

  2. The Rich White Man in Control
    11:54 am December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Cal is 100% right….if the NBA wasn’t so stupid they would have realized it would benefit them too in a minor way. Instead they’re going to coninue getting immature teenagers in their league making millions and blowing it due to the fact they’re too dumb to know how to spend money the right way (Kevin Love = huge exception). With a two or three-year rule, NBA teams would have a better idea of what they were getting and players would be more ready and it would help the NBA as a whole. Not to mention the magnitude of improvement it would do to college basketball, and the Cats in particular.

  3. JandPsDad
    12:20 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t Cal call out Bob yesterday when he said he didn;t want to be “bitter” when he finished coaching?
    BTW – a 2-year rule would be great – and not just because we have the premier recruiter in the world!!!
    Beat IU (like a drum)!!!

  4. manbearpig
    12:22 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    The NBA has shown enough incompetence during the lockout why would they ever do something that would make logical sense!

  5. Here ya go
    1:01 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    who are the officials for the game today?

  6. theSkinny81
    1:09 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    so the rule change would go into effect after Calipari retires??? dammit! lol

  7. RidgeRunner
    1:19 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Yes, Ms T I agree. Finally some intelligent questions and dialogue from the media with DeCoursey -as he goes to the person who works the current rule & understands it better than any other coach.

  8. Ira Tatum
    1:47 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    If there is a two year rule, Universities should establish a mandatory 2 year associate degree program focussing on life skills and personal finance that would account toward a four year degree later should they choose to return. We’re not talking rocket science. Kids go pro with some life skills and don’t end up financially bankrupt like Antoine Walker, et al. The money these athletes receive is rediculous. The NBA Union should also require they funnel a percentage of their yearly contract for their future.