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Coach Cal: Non-traditional is the tradition at UK

It’s been a little while since we heard from Coach Cal about this offseason’s theme of being a nontraditional program, but he cranked up the buzzword machine this afternoon with a post on CoachCal.com discussing how Kentucky’s history has been filled with nontraditional thinkers. He cites Adolph Rupp’s decision to play teams from outside the region in the 1940s and Joe B. Hall’s role in Wildcat Lodge and Rupp Arena as examples of the tradition of nontraditionalism in UK’s history, and talks about how the current program is continuing that trend. Specifically, he talks about the notion that players who leave early aren’t committed academically:

Being nontraditional doesn’t take away from academics at our school. You have people trying to insinuate that because you only have a player for one or two years that he’s not going to do academic work. That’s just not true.

When we receive our final grade report from this past semester, it looks like we will have close to a 3.2 grade-point average and up to 10 players with a 3.0 GPA.

Why can’t they do both? Why can’t they play in the NBA AND get their college degree? Is it because it goes against the “traditional” way of thinking? Yes, you can chase your dreams and do well academically. We have to accept that.

This is a nontraditional program where a young man can win a national title, finish his academic obligations to himself, his family and the university, and go on to a pro career and come back and finish. No matter what we choose to call it — nontraditional, unconventional or innovative — it’s time we come to grips with the fact that we always have and always will do things differently at the University of Kentucky [emphasis Coach’s, not mine]. Being nontraditional is what this program has been built on and how it separated itself.

Probably the most important part of all this is that according to Cal, the team will be posting an overall GPA in the neighborhood of 3.2, which is pretty impressive considering it came during a semester that included a national championship. This post is as much a statement about the way Kentucky does things as it is a message to the detractors that take shots at the academic commitment of the players that leave early and the program as a whole. Here’s looking at you, Bobby Knight.

Mainly, though, it’s the latest installment in Coach Cal’s summer of nontraditionalism. Stay tuned. I have a feeling there will be more.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

12 Comments for Coach Cal: Non-traditional is the tradition at UK



  1. Fat Ryan Lemond
    6:02 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    non-traditional is the way we like it.



  2. tdogg40330
    6:13 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    the man can say and do what he wants with the results he’s produced in 3 years



  3. idiots
    6:25 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    How many of Cals scumbags have come back to get their degree? Most are in jail.



  4. Roland
    6:26 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Bad for the natives of North America, but Columbus wasn’t a traditionalist. I have respect for tradition when it serves a purpose; however, when it is used as an excuse to just do something, it is just dumb.



  5. catGrad7072
    6:35 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe he can take a non-traditional job and coach the FB team. Fire Joker & Mitch.



  6. Roland
    6:44 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t know about the Joker part but YOU, #5, may be prophetic on the Mitch part.



  7. Mudcreekmark
    7:10 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Sometimes nontraditional comes back and bites you. Everyone traditionally uses UPS or Fed-Ex, we went the non-traditional route and used Emery.



  8. Roland
    7:14 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    #7, was the Easter Bunny and Santa nice to you this year..?



  9. Ridge Runner
    7:17 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Cal can call it anything he wants as long as we keep running at final 4’s & championships.
    😉



  10. Bobby Knight
    8:37 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone help me get rid of my whiskey nose?



  11. Not
    9:40 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    This doesn’t bode well for UK. Davis has 3.7 and Wiltjer had 4.0. So Cals one and dones must have skiped school to bring the overall average down.



  12. BigBlue
    10:11 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Just AMAZING to look at the state of the program today compared to 3+ years ago…wow