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Coaches Vote Cal Sixth Most Coveted Coach

This is the last time you’ll have to read about the Critical Coaches series. For that alone, rejoice!

The CBS quartet decided to end the series on a good note (kind of), asking their panel of 100 anonymous coaches “If you could pick any active coach to lead your program, who would it be?” One would think Cal, arguably the most successful coach in the game right now in terms of recruiting, winning games and sending players to the next level, would be high on the list, right? Not really. Cal checks in at number six with six percent of the vote, behind Tom Izzo, Bill Self, Mike Krzyalkdjfakdfa, Rick Pitino, and Billy Donovan:

Tom Izzo (Michigan State): 27 percent
Bill Self (Kansas): 23 percent
Mike Krzyzewski (Duke): 10 percent
Rick Pitino (Louisville): 8 percent
Billy Donovan (Florida): 8 percent
John Calipari (Kentucky): 6 percent
Sean Miller (Arizona): 6 percent
Brad Stevens (Butler): 4 percent
Roy Williams (North Carolina): 4 percent

Lest you think he’s biased, Jeff Goodman actually disagreed with the results:

“The biggest shocker for me, actually, was that Calipari didn’t receive more votes coming off his first national title and that Brad Stevens wasn’t mentioned more prominently. The combo of Calipari and Kentucky has no peer when it comes to recruiting, but obviously many coaches didn’t feel as though Calipari was at the same level when it comes to on-court X’s and O’s. My guess is if this poll were held a year ago, Stevens would have finished somewhere around the top five.”

Not shockingly, one coach anonymously gave Cal a backhanded compliment:

On Calipari: “Sure, he’s shady — but he wins. If that’s ultimately what you want, then he’s your guy — and that’s what I want. To be able to compete for national titles every single year.”

Whatever. We gotta get #9.

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26 Comments for Coaches Vote Cal Sixth Most Coveted Coach

  1. Musehobo
    3:08 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Interesting. I actually don’t think that’s a backhanded comment. Though it definitely seems as such when you read it. I don’t think it’s meant to subtly diss him. I think it was meant to excuse him.

  2. Will S
    3:19 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Shocked to see Coach K at #3, but I guess it’s the age factor. I would put Coach K #1, Calipari #2, Pitino #3, Izzo #4, Donovan #5. You really can’t go wrong with any of those guys, though. IMHO.

  3. tom
    3:22 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    yawn…why continue to give CBS all this pub? We have generally known what the answers were going to be to every question they asked

  4. Beau
    3:27 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll ask it…. how the hell is Pitino in front of Cal?

  5. GoCats2010
    3:28 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    I thought it would go:
    1-2) Izzo
    1-2) K
    3) Donovan

    No way Self is that high…

    Cal, K, Izzo, Donovan, Williams. Not really any order but I think those 5 are on another level than the others right now. Rick hasn’t won in 16 years, Stevens is good but needs to do it longer, Miller is overrated, Self is a choker outside of one crazy Chalmers 3 pointer

  6. Marcus L. Owens
    3:31 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will serve a one-game suspension for a secondary violation of NCAA rules tied to a summer basketball camp.

    Michigan State officials said late Friday afternoon the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball camp in June. The person was paid $475 for five days of working with middle schoolers. Izzo says he regrets what happened and called it an unintentional violation of the rules.

    December 17, 2010

  7. Barbara Bush
    3:32 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Cal should be the #1 choice, but then you factor in that everybody (fans, players, coaches, university officials) has a guilty feeling the entire time Calipari is representing your team. So that quickly drops him down to #6.

  8. Voice of Reason
    3:37 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    #6 Head coaches don’t hire camp personnel. It’s not their job but if something bad happens, they get punished. Just like UK will soon be punished.

  9. hooch
    3:39 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    How is Sean Miller that high? And how is Ol’ Roy that low? Absurd.

  10. G
    3:43 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    You guys do understand that everybody outside of the state of Kentucky thinks this way. He got lucky to get six percent. Had he not won a NC last year he wouldn’t have broken two percent in this poll. Shady, indeed.

  11. theSkinny81
    3:45 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    #8 – Ya’ll Louisville fans know everything, dont ya?

  12. John
    3:58 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Billy D??? Are you serious? Five years ago maybe, but now? That’s crazy.

  13. theWilkman
    3:58 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink


  14. shot spalding
    4:02 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    just who are the 100 coaches and was Cal one of them?

  15. Common Sense
    4:13 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Is it just beyond reason that maybe Cal was unlucky twice and had nothing to do with Camby or Rose? Why does everyone have to point fingers and assume? “It’s all Bush’s fault!!!”

  16. Big Blue B-Rad
    4:22 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    15) So because the FACTS point to Calipari had nothing to do with these violations means we shouldn’t believe FACTS? I know the haters don’t believe in things as trivial as facts. They just get in the way and you respond with “where there’s smoke there’s fire” or some empty comment like that.

    BTW, change your name because you clearly don’t have any common sense lol.

  17. Head Bussa
    5:02 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    Horrible journalism by these CBS “writers”. Seems really hard to churn out this crap……..not.

  18. theSkinny81
    5:08 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    16 – “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are
    presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new
    evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
    extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it
    is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize,
    ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”
    ― Frantz Fanon

  19. UKBlue1!
    5:09 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    If Coach Cal stays at UK and keeps producing at the same pace. There won’t be no need for any poll in 10 years. He will be considered the best. I think Stevens should be high and Billy Donavan. Both are still young. I can’t figure out why someone hasn’t already backed a Brink’s truck up to Steven’s door.

  20. Stan
    5:23 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    19. True.
    Oscar Wilde wrote: “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

  21. barn
    5:30 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    screw these polls. when these nutless coaches start pinning their names to their opinions then i might give them some consideration. what the hell brought on all these “anonymous” polls so recently?

  22. Stan
    5:39 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    21. They do them to get BBN active when we get sleepy. We need to push back against this crap.

  23. Stan
    5:44 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    But push back in a smart way. Get organized. Chip in enough cash to hire someone to look into a reporter’s past. Who knows what kind of fun stuff one might find. Aren’t you guys getting tired of this stuff?

  24. maddogmitchell55
    7:32 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    First, Mike Krzyaldfjadlf, too funny.
    Second, Coach Cal isn’t getting the proper amount of respect he clearly deserves from 100 other coaches (99 if he was one of those polled)? So what? It sounds like sour grapes to me.
    Third, CBS should have asked this question: “What coach is perceived to be the target of jealousy from other coaches?” The result would be – John Calipari (Kentucky) 100 percent

  25. Mkgistebow
    9:43 pm August 24, 2012 Permalink

    No1 in their right mind would trade cal for izzo. Shows how much resentment exists in these “anonymous coaching circles.”

  26. Usernametaken
    9:27 am August 25, 2012 Permalink

    Who the hell would pick Izzo and Self over Krzyzewski?