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Coach Cal perceived as biggest cheater by poll of 100 coaches

“Joe B told me to go and switch the style up; and if they hate, then let ’em hate, and watch the titles pile up.”

Well, we can’t act like we didn’t see this one coming. We’ve known all week that would released its “Who is perceived by college coaches to be the biggest cheater” exclusive from a poll of coaches, and here it is, looking just like we expected.

Our very own John Vincent Calipari is the biggest cheater in college basketball, as voted on by his peers and fellow coaches. Scott Drew is a close second:

John Calipari (Kentucky): 36 percent
Scott Drew (Baylor): 34 percent
Ben Howland (UCLA): 12 percent
Jim Calhoun (Connecticut): 7 percent
Tom Crean (Indiana): 3 percent
Dave Rice (UNLV): 3 percent

One coach said, “Cal probably doesn’t have to cheat now as much as he used to, but he’s still the standard. The rest of us can’t even deal in his league. He’s the best.”

Another said, “They all [expletive] cheat. Every high-level coach cheats.”

Big Blue Nation says, “Haters gonna hate.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

80 Comments for Coach Cal perceived as biggest cheater by poll of 100 coaches

  1. NO WAY
    11:11 am August 10, 2012 Permalink


  2. Big Blue B-Rad
    11:12 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I could have told you that when they announced this article was coming. We all know Calipari’s not cheating. But the other jealous coaches/fans continue to say “well he must be cheating” and “when there’s smoke there’s fire.” Don’t try to blind these people with simple facts. They just get in the way.

  3. NKY_UK fan
    11:13 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I’m guessing a lot of this poll has to do with butt hurt coaches who lost out on recruits, not so much cheating.

  4. Shocker
    11:16 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    well we all thought he cheated at memphis and umass so its no surprise that everyone else feels the same way. me and my big blue nation friends were talking about it the other day and we don’t even mind that he cheats as long as he doesn’t get caught.

  5. WTF
    11:17 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I see it is basically all the successful coaches.

    If CBS was true to form they’d release those they polled…..

    I’m guessing it isn’t the successful ones.
    Maybe Coach Cal and all on that list win because they are better,try harder, smarter, better coached ect than those polled….NAHHHH it’s cause they cheat.I KNOW I”M A GOOD COACH I JUST ODN”T WIN CAUSE I DON’T CHEAT>>>>>>

  6. Cal
    11:19 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Haters Gonna Hate

  7. Voice of Reason
    11:20 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder how much Davis got upfront

  8. HEAD
    11:20 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    It’s funny that Cal is ahead of Scott Drew, even though Baylor just got caught cheating, while nothing has happened to Cal while at Kentucky. It’s also hilarious that Calhoun only has 7 percent of the vote.

  9. Your mom
    11:22 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    This wouldn’t make news, if it wasn’t Cal #1.

  10. stratblend
    11:22 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    “Joe B told me to go and switch the style up; and if they hate, then let ‘em hate, and watch the titles pile up.”
    Is this a Kanye B-side?

    Also, if this wasn’t the most loaded question. You spend all week on the World Wide Wes case, make connections to UK and then follow it up with a “who’s the biggest cheat”… of course they’re all going to say Cal given the context of the questioning.

  11. rex
    11:23 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    8 – Why is it funny? Calipari has had two final four appearances vacated. No other coach in college basketball can say that! Either he’s not cheating, or he’s just the unluckiest S.O.B in the business.

  12. h8rs gonna h8
    11:24 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Other coaches saying Cal cheats is like the loser of an elementary school playground race, where the first excuse is “No fair! He cheated!” He won his title so now people are looking for excuses to how they lost.

  13. WinchesterUKfan
    11:27 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    And #AnthonyDavisSaysShutUp

  14. GoCats2
    11:27 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    My father raised me right, he taught me,
    “Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.”

  15. Han
    11:28 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    11) Wrong. Actually Steve Fisher of SDSU can say that.

    And some other coaches probably deserved vacations (Coach K with Maggette; Ole Roy may yet get one but probably not; Calhoun gets caught cheating a lot and you wonder if he cheated for one of his titles).

    There are multiple “elite” coaches who have been penalized, found guilty, as it were, for cheating, yet except for Calhoun, most of them get ignored.

  16. Big Blue B-Rad
    11:28 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    4) Not sure i’d put it that way lol. Seeing as how the NCAA would be constantly poking around, he would be caught eventually, if he was cheating.

  17. Your mom
    11:30 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    11- Oh yea, Cal is so unlucky.

  18. Ridge Wilson
    11:33 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    11 – UMASS and Memohis have vacated Final Fours, if I remember correctly Cal was proven to not be part of either cheating incidence.

  19. Common Sense
    11:35 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Both “scandals” against Cal at Memphis and UMASS are bogus. Camby will tell you today that everything he did was his decision. As for Rose, that was crap, how does someone clear the requirements by the NCAA and Memphis and then, once he is playing in the NBA, is determined academically ineligible? Complete crap.

  20. barn
    11:37 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    haha. ‘let me make one thing perfectly clear, i’m not a crook—-err, i mean, i’m not accusing anyone of cheating’. what an absurd article. who are all these coaches who were polled? coach kwhatever?, rikky p.?, thad motta?, tubby smith?, boob nite? anonymous sources. what a crock

  21. Runnin Ramel
    11:38 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    We all know Cal was cheating at memphis and umass but he doesn’t have to cheat now.

  22. bw
    11:46 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    The interesting thing is that the question is phrased to get the result. They could have asked “who do you think is the biggest cheater?” but they asked “who is perceived as the biggest cheater?” so the coaches aren’t saying they think cal’s a cheater — they are saying that they think others believe him to be a cheater. it’s an important choice made by the survey designer.

  23. Highway 62
    11:46 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    As much as I have enjoyed the wins and rebuilding “the brand ” my gut tells me in the future we will wish we never hired Cal and we will look back like we were played as fools.I know that Cal knows no one is watched as much as he is and would be stupid to cut recruiting corners.But, with the one and done types you have to make deals with many devils and your hands get dirty. Take Bledsoe for instance ,no matter what investigation came up with, a guy like him passed Algebra 2 before taking Algebra 1?????? As Cal himself would say “are you serious”??? Cal is a marked man that will not be given ANY slack if anything comes up and our program will pay dearly for the reputation he had before he even got here.I hate to say it but the fall will not be worth it.

  24. Voice of Reason
    11:49 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Your coach cheats. Get over it. Sad UK fans. smh

  25. Chicago Cat
    11:53 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Dateline: Lexington, KY — 64% of College coaches polled do NOT think Calipari is the biggest cheater in the sport! Just saying that is a stronger reading of the results.

  26. theWilkman
    11:54 am August 10, 2012 Permalink


  27. John Ellis
    11:55 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    The all time cheating champ was Wooden, who did it very politely. The present champ is Calhoun who should be fired and banned from the game for a number of reasons, Boeheim too. It couldn’t be that Cal outcoaches these other coaches. If it becomes clear he does cheat, I will be as happy to see him go as I was Joe Hall (for reasons that never became public). But there is no sign of that at all, and in fact there wasn’t at Memphis or UMass – not that HE was involved, and the Rose situation is still bizarre – cleared twice, but after the fact accused and convicted in effect?
    This is similar to those polls showing a similar percentage think Obama was born in Kenya. Facts never get in the way for some people.

  28. Walter Kronkite
    11:56 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Jealous trolls on the board, lol.

    You would think the many coaches who have actually been penalized and sanctioned by the NCAA for cheating/breaking rules would be the leaders of this poll.

    Interesting that “Clap me Clean” Crean is on there too.

  29. UK
    11:56 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    We all know that Cal turned in Marcus Camby right? And that the NCAA cleared Derrick Rose (meaning any coach in America would’ve played him) right? We also know that Ricky P has 8 violations to Cal’s 0 right?

  30. SexnNursinHomes
    11:56 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    23- chicken little.

    24- shakin’ your head? Why? Nothing to be shaking your head about. You’re a shitbag smh….. see I can “smh” too.

  31. kywildcat
    11:57 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    8 ikr

  32. barn
    11:58 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    when will the new basketball sked be out?

  33. Madison Wildcat
    12:03 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    How is he cheating? “Cheating” covers a lot of territory. Is Coach K cheating by having Wes with him in London? Very little media on the subject. Imagine Cal as the Olympic coach with Wes tagging along. Would be a media circus.

  34. That's what she said
    12:04 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #21 LOL, That’s what Memphis fans probably said after Cal came there. “He may have cheated elsewhere, but he doesn’t here.” Who knows. As #23 says, recruiting one and dones requires making some deals with the devil. I’m guessing that if Cal ever lands UK in hot water, it will essentially be the same deal as what happened at Umass/Memphis. In other words, Cal won’t outwardly cheat, but he may get in trouble taking a kid that has cheated, or been to a less than reputable prep school, or got paid under the table by an agent, etc.

  35. DT in DC
    12:11 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Jim Calhoun at only 7% and he’s an actually named NCAA cheater. People are idiots. Where’s Uncle Roy Williams? Those bogus classes UNC players have been taken not count?

  36. pioneer
    12:14 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #34 exactly why kids like Chris Walker do not get offers from Cal. Sure he took a risk on Enes Kanter, but what coach in America wouldn’t have taken a risk. And as far as the class of kids he has brought to UK, they “cheating” is few and far between. I am not foolish enough to believe that Cal does everything skeaky clean, but UK basketball sells itself, and first-round lottery picks also sells itself and so does Final Fours and National Championships.

  37. UK Freshmen
    12:15 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Yep, as a UU alum, you’ve really got to be proud. Shame.

  38. asgas
    12:16 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    What kind of journalist would not ask the followup question, “How?”?

  39. Your mom
    12:18 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    That does it, O’le Roy and Coach K do it the right way.

  40. Big Blue B-Rad
    12:21 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    11) maybe if you looked at the facts from those two vacated final fours, (you know, the part about calipari not being responsible for either one, and neither was the result of a recruiting violation)then you probably would have answered your own question.

  41. digger? i hardly know her
    12:22 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    website needs hits. troll UK fans. UK fans click the link to troll back. rinse and repeat.

  42. UKChillfan
    12:22 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I may as well get in on this too. A lengthy article in Sports Ill several years ago covered the Camby situation (you can still find it on the ‘net). There was not one mention of Coach Cal doing anything wrong. It was Camby and Camby alone. Very similar to the McDaniel’s situation at Western, the school was punished but the coach did nothing wrong. As others have pointed out, the Rose situation is bizarre, he’s cleared to play and then after the season, he’s declared ineligible and Memphis is punished. If the NCAA was required to play this game legally, that could have never happened. I’d say the samething if Rose attended Duke and it happened to them (and I hate Duke). My point, if people are using these two situations to “prove” Cal is a cheater, they are clearly not looking at the facts. Of course, we know Americans don’t look at the facts only the 15 seconds sound bites.

  43. Jealousy Looks Good on You
    12:24 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    One thing is for sure. If Cal is never caught cheating at UK, it won’t be for a lack of effort on the part of jealous and bitter rival fans, coaches, and media. It’s amazing that with all of these people that have supposed “firsthand knowledge” of Cal cheating at UK that none of them have handed this evidence over to the NCAA. What’s their motivation for protecting Cal and UK? We’ve heard the same refrain from them for over 3 years now – “it’s just a matter of time…velcro banners…blah blah blah” – and I imagine we’ll continue to hear the same regurgitated garbage for the next 7 years or however long Cal is here. I’m afraid they’re all going to die from holding their breath while waiting for it to happen.

  44. uklaw95
    12:30 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Calhoun at 7%?!?!?! Are you f%&^ing kidding me? Joke.

  45. gottodoit
    12:33 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Coaches calling other coaches cheaters?

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

  46. theSkinny81
    12:33 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    lets remember: the article says perceived cheater, not cold hard facts about who cheats. If you polled ME who I think is perceived as the biggest cheater, Id put Cal at the top too.

    And 11 – Steve Fisher has had more seasons vacated than Calipari, and was actually responsible for them. So keep up the spreading of half truths with no evidence; everyone else does too.

  47. even their shoe size
    12:36 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone on hear acts like a Coach doesnt know every single thing about a kid before he offers him a scholarship. the Coach knows what the kid eats for breakfast and which shoe he ties first, he certainly knows about the kids schooling and how he got his grades. So those of you who claim Coach Cal didnt know about the kids at Umass and Memphis you are surely mistaken. He just made a judgement call and thought they could get away with it, while knowing he wasnt responsible for their eligibility. Its happening now too, he knew about bledsoe, but every coach does this. why do you think so many kids sign and then dont qualify?

  48. Suffo-Cats
    12:36 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    With the micro=scope on our program I’d say if there is cheating then we will soon find out. Who needs a briefcase full of cash when you have a short cut to NBA millions and have the oppurtunities to hang with Lebron, Jay-Z, Drake, and all the others who grace us with their presence and come to Lil’ ol Kentucky to watch the best show on Earth. As stated above read the way the pole question was asked!! This is Propaganda at it’s best. Think that banner ws hung in shame? PROVE IT!! Until then shut up and watch #9 is coming at you. Cal is not Kelvin Sampson (back at you Hoosiers)—- been thinking about it hard, REAL HARD.

  49. theSkinny81
    12:37 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    i also think its worth noting that Goodman refers to Myron Piggie in his article, yet no mention of Coach K anywhere…. And Calhoun gets a low percentage, and his program has been caught cheating.

  50. Rockfield, KY
    12:42 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    As far as I’m concerned, Drew and Calhoun should be 1 and 2 since they are currently on probation. Howland is probably 3. They all do questionable things though. Tubby did, all the WKU coaches did while I was there and still do, and every other coach in America.

  51. Explorer
    12:44 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #34 and others, it drives me crazy when people say Memphis and Umass were in hot water. The coaches or schools were never accused of or guilty of cheating. They both had players that were determined after the season ended to be ineligible. Therefore the wins had to be forfeited. No one was ever found to be cheating in regards to recruiting practices or other day to day to operation of the programs.

  52. Rockfield, KY
    12:47 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    23. The thing about Cal, is if something is going down that is dangerous, he stays far away from it, even if he actually knows about it. Other coaches are the ones actually calling the shots. If the same two things happend to Coach K (one actually did, see Maggette) then the Finals Fours are never even vacated.

  53. Explorer
    12:49 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I am in sales. I never told my boss I lost a sale because the other guy was better than me. Its the same thing here. If these coaches are getting routinely beat on the recruiting trail and court then the other guy has to be cheating. It is human nature and these guys have bosses that pay them millions of dollars for results. This is why there are never any specifics associated with the specifics.

  54. Explorer
    12:58 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    A big difference in answering the question “who is the perceived biggest cheater” versus “who is the biggest cheater”. I think Coach Cal is perceived by the media and rival fans to be a cheater. So the coaches answered the question accurately. However, the coaches may have answered the question who “is” the biggest cheater much differently.

  55. Han
    12:59 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    53) Like Indiana saying they don’t want One-And-Done players, and Pitino saying he couldn’t bear to only coach guys for a few months.

    They all act like Cal loves One-And-Done, while he preaches against it more than the rest of them combined. The difference is he takes full advantage of the best players, while they don’t know how to attract or coach them.

    Cal actually turns down Top 10 kids if he sees them as character issues (or having handlers with hands out). Yet he’s supposedly the one cheating.

  56. nybrasky
    1:04 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Knew that was coming. It’s hilarious how Boeheim is so protected by his peers and media. He must have a lot of dirt on a lot of people because it’s accepted in AAU circles that Syracuse is a “money school”.

    It should be a 3-way tie between Scott Drew, Jim Calhoun & Jim Boeheim.

    Jeff Capel is trying to clean up his image by being on Coach K’s staff because he was also very dirty at Oklahoma.

  57. reading
    1:15 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Let me start by making one thing clear — that we at are not calling anybody a cheater. We worded the question carefully and specifically for a reason, because it’s unfair to call anybody a cheater without proof. So please don’t tell your friends that “ called John Calipari and Scott Drew cheaters,” because we’ve actually done nothing of the sort.

    What we did is ask a bunch of coaches to tell us who they “perceive” as the sport’s biggest cheater.

  58. Rockfield, KY
    1:16 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    24. Provide one shred of proof and I’ll renounce my fanhood and smite Cal to hell

  59. Matt Jones
    2:12 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I would never say that I’m not a fan of his tactics on building a program. If I did, I would immediately change my story once we hired him.

  60. Dcgirl
    2:12 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #22 – That’s exactly what I found intersting – the question shouldn’t have been about general perception, but about the coaches’ opinion – simply “who is the biggest cheater”.

  61. UKChillfan
    2:14 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #47 – “The kids at UMass”? One player got involved with an agent and that’s it. Funny how all these other coaches go after the same kids UK does, knowing they are dirty. Please give me some facts.

  62. CatsFan
    2:19 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Cal aint never been proof to cheat with nun of thoze too final fores

  63. CatRuler
    2:22 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Not anything we don’t know. We knew this when he was hired. Not sure why everyone is surprised, the whole nation perceives him as a cheater from the Memphis days and most UK fans are skeptical even if they won’t admit it.

  64. UKChillfan
    2:22 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #59, if you are really Clay from TN you need to get real. Before Cal came to UK I accepted all the bull$hit that was out there about him and assumed it was true. Once he looked like he was coming to UK I started reading and really looking at the facts. After learning more about Cal and the situations at UMass and Memphis, I changed my mind about Cal also. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of a shallow mind. You sir, are proving that old saying.

  65. Will S
    2:41 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    When you have 2 vacated final fours, this type of stuff will happen. “Haters gonna hate” on 1 championship? Many coaches have more than 1, like Coach K and his 4 rings.

  66. Graycliffe
    2:44 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Troll bait. Not biting. Ahhhh…it’s good to be king! Better than being irrelevant.

  67. DeMarco Fishpower
    2:46 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #57 What sports writer is perceived by fans as the most likely to be a rapist? Thayer Evans, Pete Thamel, Gary Parrish or Jeff Goodman? Not saying any of them ARE rapists, but with writers this desperate for clicks we want to know the fans perspective on which is most likely to be a rapist.

  68. Viren
    2:57 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    36% of the coaches think our coach cheat. He must be a very good cheater for him to cheat this much to win yet still be coaching. So this could mean there is no evidence he cheats or that these ‘losers’ don’t have the balls to turn him in with a concrete proof. So which is it 100 D-I Men’s basketball coaches?

  69. Brian Jones
    3:14 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    The question is did HAL do something to vacate titles?
    I think not..
    1) a player away from school took money, in the summer , when coach colud not supervise him

    2) a player, declared ok by the NCAA before the season. then declared
    NOT eligible after the season. Ya, he cheated on an entrance exam while in high school, totally out of any control by Hal.

    Haters all.

  70. Mike
    3:43 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    So I guess all UK fans were haters a few years ago when Cal was at Memphis…. Let’s be honest, we all said it.

  71. Jim
    3:49 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    The whole question about who do you think is a perceived cheater is just smoke & mirrors. Don’t you think that CBS didn’t know the outcome of this question before it was ask?

    All this is about is to paint Cal in a bad light in the eyes of the recruits and to hurt UK & the BBN. AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN. Top recruiting classes will keep coming and championship banners will be hung as long as Cal is at UK. Get over it haters.

  72. UK22
    3:54 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    young guys see Cal as a straight path to the NBA. Other coaches arent fortunate enough to attract these type of guys consistently. Cal uses his connections from his past NBA life and works magic for these kids. Like #53 said other coaches claim they would rather coach a kid 4 years and that is complete bu*#sh#$.

  73. Randal
    6:19 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    The whole set-up is just trashy trash. CBS sports should be ashamed it cannot think of something other than this scum scraping garbage. This is as conceptually brillant as anal humor.

  74. Wild Turkey 101
    6:28 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink


  75. SpinCity
    6:32 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Camby always having cash, even though most college kids are broke, Rose flunked that exam 3 times in his hometown of Chicago, then somehow passed in Detroit. The Educational Testing Service investigated and cancelled his score not the NCAA, and Rose brother travelled with the team for free, but yeah Cal had no idea anything out of the normal.

  76. Beatle Bum
    7:51 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Translation: all the guys that I cannot out-recruit must be cheating.

  77. Beatle Bum
    7:54 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    If I were a college coach, I would never respond to such a stupid poll. I suspect those that did should spend more time at their chosen profession.

  78. Boy Cott
    9:29 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Boycott CBS.

    Boycott CBS poor Sports.

  79. Jealousy Looks Good on You
    10:38 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Goodman admitted that over half of the coaches they surveyed were either merely assistant coaches or mid-major head coaches – people with no knowledge of what the head coaches at the elite schools are doing because they don’t recruit in the same circles or target the same prospects. A flawed “survey” in every respect with an obvious agenda and pre-ordained biased outcome.

  80. Bec
    9:19 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    #73 – exactly. Silly, sophomoric “poll”. CBS. Sad. Next, let’s poll coaches on boxers or briefs.