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Cal voted 6th most underrated coach by a jury of his peers

One of the common misconceptions about John Calipari is that he can’t coach. His critics give him credit for recruiting the best of the best, yes, but when it comes to X’s and O’s, Cal “just rolls the balls out.” For most, that myth was debunked when Kentucky won the National Championship in April, but the most telling evidence of Cal’s coaching ability comes from a jury of his peers, who voted Cal the sixth most underrated coach in college basketball in a survey of 100 coaches by CBS Sports.

Here are the full results of the poll:

1. Fran Dunphy (Temple): 14 percent
2. Randy Bennett (Saint Mary’s): 9 percent
3. Rick Byrd (Belmont: 7 percent
4. Bill Self (Kansas): 7 percent
5. Buzz Williams (Marquette): 7 percent
6. John Calipari (Kentucky): 7 percent
7. Bob McKillop (Davidson): 5 percent
8. Bob Huggins (West Virginia): 5 percent

One coach (anonymously) said it best about Cal:

“Sure, he always has talent. But he deserves some credit for being able to manage that talent. He may not be one of the elite game-coaches in the country, but when it comes to pushing the right buttons and recruiting, there aren’t many better.”

TGFC (Thank God for Cal).

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for Cal voted 6th most underrated coach by a jury of his peers

  1. Dolfan66r
    11:23 am August 7, 2012 Permalink

    Poor Cal. Does he really need validation from anyone?

  2. Bob Sugar
    11:26 am August 7, 2012 Permalink

    As far as halftime adjustments go, it doesn’t get any better than John Calipari. When necessary, the guy has routinely tweaked his scheme at the half and had his guys come out ready to blitz teams.

  3. Han
    11:30 am August 7, 2012 Permalink

    All the haters who say their coach does more with less talent are ignoring the crucial fact that recruiting is part of the coach’s job. The better they can recruit, the less they have to do on the court. Was Cal recruiting a Top 3 class every year at UMass and Memphis? No. Yet he had his teams contending every year.

    And even if you lay blame on him for Camby and Rose, that’s just 1 elite player on a couple different teams. The rest were regular players.

  4. Scott Cooper
    11:37 am August 7, 2012 Permalink

    How many titles make you an elite coach?

  5. Scott Anderson
    11:51 am August 7, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like he acutally could be called the 3rd or 4th or 5th underrated since he got the same amount of votes as those other 3 positions did. Each got 7 votes, or 7% of the 100 votes cast.

  6. i'm in my slippers
    12:20 pm August 7, 2012 Permalink

    how is BILL SELF an underrated coach?!

  7. Kneel
    12:32 pm August 7, 2012 Permalink

    “Most Underrated Hair Piece”

    1) Bill Self
    2) – 10) No one

  8. Duke Presley
    12:35 pm August 7, 2012 Permalink

    I had no idea Cal had any peers. Fascinating. It would mean that there are coaches who have the same ability as Coach Cal does.

  9. Will S
    2:32 pm August 7, 2012 Permalink

    Just a shade behind Rick Byrd….. ? Is that supposed to be a compliment?

  10. KSR1080Fan
    2:55 pm August 7, 2012 Permalink

    So what would the Top 10 OVERrated coaches list look like?

  11. SamKat
    3:06 pm August 7, 2012 Permalink


  12. BBNdCP
    8:23 pm August 7, 2012 Permalink

    I think he has already established himself as a great coach. I would only take 3 coaches other than Cal and that’s Izzo, Coach K, and Self. No sorry, I wouldn’t take Roy…