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Calipari slams Mark Emmert in speech at Samford

Photo courtesy of Samford University

In a speech at a fundraiser at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama yesterday, John Calipari praised former UK Director of Basketball Operations Martin Newton, who now helms the Bulldogs’ athletic department. Cal’s appearance at the fundraiser raised over $100,000 for the athletic department, who recently hired former UK player Scott Padgett as an assistant coach. Kentucky will play Samford in two years, in either Samford’s home arena, the Pete Hanna Center, or the larger BJCC Arena, which would seat a larger crowd and increase ticket revenue.

Calipari also took the opportunity to open up about his feelings about NCAA President Mark Emmert and the much maligned one-and-done rule, to which he is so often attached. From The Birmingham News:

The NCAA president said let them go right out of high school? What?” Calipari said. “How many ninth graders will think, ‘I’m going right to the NBA?’ Five hundred? One thousand? Now those kids will be really focused on academics. How could you make that statement?

Calipari said the NCAA could pay the injury insurance for 30 eligible players each year rather than have them take out $15,000 individual loans. And he said the NBA could pay more to rookies who graduate from college.

How about we encourage them to stay longer because it’s the right thing and it’s the smart thing?” Calipari said. “There’s things we have to do to make it better for those young people.”

This isn’t the first time Cal has spoken out about the NCAA, Emmert, and the one-and-done rule, and it likely won’t be the last. For someone who many claim profits the most from the one-and-done model, Calipari seems adamant in his stance, to the point that he brings the issue up unprovoked.

Your move, Emmert?

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22 Comments for Calipari slams Mark Emmert in speech at Samford

  1. BigBlueAces
    1:39 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Stance reminds me of Gordon Gecko–“Greed–for lack of a better word, is good…”

  2. mocha
    1:42 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    suck it emmert.

  3. mocha
    1:44 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    how has this kanter video from his speech not been talked about on KSR yet, this is awesome!

  4. bluefan
    1:45 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Tell ’em, Coach. Maybe now they’ll listen. Doubtful but you gotta love him for trying.

  5. strange brew
    1:49 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is 100% correct. But Emmert will cheat and always get the last laugh.

    Kanter took money, couldn’t play because UK recruited him.
    Shelby takes money and only missed 8 games. He picked Kansas.

    Muhummad was being looked into while UK was his number once choice.
    He picks UCLA and all is forgiven.

    Duke and UNC have one and done players and that’s ok.
    UK does it and “they cheat” or “they are ruining college basketball”.

  6. Maxbps8
    1:50 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Emmert clearly is not the brightest cat-in-the-box. With that said, I just don’t see the strategic intelligence in antagonizing him. He is after all the NCAA President and can, as we have already witnessed, make UK’s days easier or harder and has already chosen to the later. While give him EVEN MORE reason to go further? I like CoachCal’s objective honesty. Just not sure I agree with his confrontational approach. Typically I’d be fine with calling folks out as i think we need MORE of that in our 21st Century; just as Matt did with Gary P recently. There is a time and place for it. And in this case attack the issue. NOT the ironically uneducated mouth that obviously didn’t think through the issue PRIOR to commenting on it publicly.

  7. Yup Yup
    1:54 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Spot on Cal Daddy!

  8. Dipstick Freemont
    1:55 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Calipari is on record as being for the Baseball rule…go out of high school or stay for 3 years. That’s what Emmert is for as well…If you want to go to college, stay a few years at least, but if you don’t want to come to college, go on to your day job straight from H.S.

    Com’on people, take your blinders off, you’re not running in the Derby.

  9. Yup Yup
    1:56 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    6, When you make a statement that fundamentally and reasonably sound, it doesn’t matter what big bird you’re pecking at.

  10. Bham
    1:59 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I was there. Am a college student from Lexington displaced in Birmingham. The speech was great, classic coach Cal. He was basically doing a favor for his friend that is now the AD at Samford and raised a ton of money. Someone asked a question at the end “Talk about what basketball means for the state of kentucky and how that is similar to Alabama with football.” Cal proceeded to say that the first person who called him after the NC was Nick Saban. He asked the crowd (of all Bama/Auburn fans) how many of them watch the tape of the game on saturdays after the actual game. Much of the crowd raised their hands. He then said “You see, in Kentucky, they watch the game live. Then they watch the tape 3 times.” It was awesome. His comments on the one and done rule and the $15,000 loans these players are forced to take out was very interesting, but not surprising. I dont think he was taking a shot at Emmert as much as he was trying to get people on his side about a pressing issue for College Hoops.

    After the speech I got a picture with Cal and he dominated the crowd as usual. Scott Padgett was over in the corner with the rest of the Samford staff and no one really knew who he was. He was my favorite player growing up, so getting to shake hands with him was also really awesome for me.

    As for the game between UK and Samford in Birmingham, it will be at the BJCC. There is no way we play at Samford, arena is too small and as Cal said “There’s no way we could win in here.”

  11. Yup Yup
    2:02 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    People must be under 18 or forgetful, but the Kids aren’t smart enough to choose amongst themselves who the Straight-to-Pro guys are. For every Lebron, there was a Lenny Cooke who could’ve been a college star, and 10 kids who thought they wouldn’t need to study in high school because they were NBA ready, and when they weren’t, they couldn’t even qualify for college. Cal knows the real world, and he is all over it.

  12. djcoldcutz
    2:24 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Not relevant, but does anyone know how much Terrence and MKG are charging at their autograph locations throughout Kentucky?

  13. mark
    2:34 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hasn’t Cal said countless times that he thinks the rule should be changed to allow them to go straight from high school? I’m confused because it sounds like he’s pounding Emmert for suggesting the same thing.

  14. Come On Man
    3:02 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Mark, Cal has said countless times to make it MORE THAN ONE YEAR. Straight from High School = no focus on education in High School.

  15. Jake_GOCATS
    3:10 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    MKG was asking for 45 dollars. As far as I know, Vargas, Miller, and Jones were all free.

  16. Al's IndiCats
    3:50 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    THe league itself is the hang up for a kid staying in school for a year. I’ve said this more than once, for every kid that came out of HS and made it in the pros, there was 7 to 10 busts. The scouts were taking chances on kids who not only wasn’t physically ready for the rigors of the pros, but wasn’t mentally ready also. They’d pay them to sit the bench and never panned out.
    On Cal calling out Emmert, I’m all for it. The NCAA has been putting the money in their collective pocket for too long and getting rich off of them. Face it, it’s those kids who are making money for them as well as the schools they represent, and it’s damn high time they should be getting some piece of the pie instead of crumbs. Yeah they’re getting an education and room and board, but in today’s economy in order to take a date out or just go to the movies alone it’ll cost those kids a ton of money. And some of those kids just don’t have it.

    #5 AMEN!

  17. bluefan
    3:51 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    #6, it’s called ba!!s. The man has them.
    #12, In Louisville, MKG $50, T.Jones $30, Lamb and Teague, $25 or $40 for both. I believe Darius was $20 and Vargas $10.

  18. Big Blue 66
    3:55 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Martin Newton is an idiot and if it werent for his dad, would be unemployed.

  19. theWilkman
    4:05 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Simple solution – let them ALL enter the draft after high school if they want. If they don’t get drafted, they can then enroll in college but MUST play three years. If they are drafted, good for them.

  20. Tom Blevins
    4:12 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I haven’t heard about the proposal of someone paying for a college student’s injury insurance for several years. Back then a tax expert said if the student paid his own premiums, and was injured to the point where he could collect, the money was his tax free. If someone else paid the premiums, the student would owe taxes on any insurance he collected. The tax law could have changed since then. Someone who knows more about tax law than I, please comment on this.

  21. In Cal We Trust
    8:18 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with Coach Cal, if the NCAA would pay the insurance for the players to stay in college they would have a better product on the court. I do not understand the logic they use to try and get the best players out of the NCAA. They want more and more money from fans they should do a better job of holding on to talent that draws fans to their product.

  22. kriss kross
    12:51 am April 28, 2012 Permalink

    14- I’ve heard Cal say countless times that he thinks that they should be allowed to go straight from high school if they want. He then says that if they come to school that they should have to stay for 2 or 3 years. This is one of the few things I disagree with him on. The NCAA is a corrupt, greedy organization, but the one and done rule is not their fault. Furthermore, there is nothing the NCAA can do about the rule. They can’t force a kid to stay in school, nor should they. The only possible thing they could do would be to punish the schools for kids that leave early, such as making the school commit 4 years of a scholarship to a player even if he leaves after one year. But that would be completely unfair and it would cause many schools to pass on recruiting any players they thought might have the opportunity to leave. The baseball rule works because it is MLB’s rule: if a kid gets drafted out of high school and doesn’t sign, then he cannot be drafted for another 3 years. The good thing about this rule is that, if I’m not mistaken, the player doesn’t forefeit eligibilty to enter the draft. If you get drafted by a team you don’t like, and they are not offering a good signing bonus, then you can go to college and enter the draft again after your junior year.