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ESPN: Cal the 5th most likely coach to join 900 win club

What better way to ring in the new year than with a slew of predictions? ESPN’s Jeremy Lundbald started early this morning by compiling a list of the most likely coaches to join the 900 win club. The list mostly included the usual suspects. John Calipari made his way onto the list in the #5 spot, ahead of Rick Pitino and Roy Williams. Considering his age, the always beckoning NBA rumors, and the fact that he has stated on multiple occasions that he won’t coach as long as some of the other guys in the game…do you think Calipari will reach the 900 win mark?


If you use the math from Lundbald’s list and consider that Calipari is averaging 34 wins per season while at Kentucky, to win 389 more games to reach 900…it would take Calipari approximately 11.4 years to achieve this benchmark. That would put Calipari at approximately 64 years of age. If he is to reach that mark, it will be while he’s the coach at Kentucky. I don’t think it’s a threat that he will leave to coach at any other college basketball program. The question will be whether or not he a) stays in the coaching game for 11 more years b) isn’t swayed by the NBA.

The younger guys on the list, the Billy Donovans and Thad Mattas, probably have the best chance other than Huggins who is simply the closest. What about a guy like Pitino though? He’s less than 300 wins away. Any chance he coaches long enough for that to happen?

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

17 Comments for ESPN: Cal the 5th most likely coach to join 900 win club

  1. UK Freshmen
    12:07 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    I would choose Cal out of all those to be UK’s coach.

  2. bung
    12:17 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    The Baron gets overlooked a lot…he would have had 1100 victories if they played as many games per year as we do now. Try winning percentage for coaches with over 800 victories……

  3. Jared
    12:32 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    Realistically, it’ll probably come down to Self or Donovan.

    I don’t think Huggins will coach (or live) long enough to get it, but I might be wrong. He’s also not going to get that many wins this season from the look of his team.

  4. titles
    12:35 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    i don’t care about “wins” unless they are for national titles

  5. Brad Stevens
    12:39 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    are you not entertained?!

  6. What 4 said. However, if Cal gets to 900 wins, I can’t help but believe that also means at least 1 or 2 more titles, but who knows? Some of those on the list have only won 1 or none, but they also don’t recruit like Cal does right now.

  7. JCPostel
    12:50 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    The biggest surprise on the list is that Thad Matta is only 45 years old.

  8. tdogg40330
    12:56 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    7) I’m with ya on that, he looks like he could be Donovans dad and he is 2 yrs younger ….lol

  9. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    12:58 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    Bill Self will end up breaking whatever total Krzyzewski ends up with. Self will win 30 games/season from here on out and make deep tourney runs; he started at age 31, K started at 28; winning in the Big12 is easier than in the ACC. Also, Krzyzewski missed almost an entire season during 95.

  10. 7 and 8, that’s the difference between being bald and having hair!

  11. Lakesidecatsfan
    1:03 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    Thad Matta is the oldest looking 45 yr old I’ve ever seen!

  12. tdogg40330
    1:03 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    10) problem with bald guys?? now its personal …lol

  13. Brad Stevens
    1:04 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’m actually the guy with the best chance at breaking Coach K’s record someday.

  14. Brad Stevens
    1:24 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    …especially after I step into Pitino’s chair after his retirement.

  15. Better a Chair....
    1:40 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    #14, better his chair than his table, right…

  16. Hoosier not Cardinal
    1:42 pm January 1, 2013 Permalink

    #14 Crean will give the NBA a try in a couple years and Stevens will inherit the IU job. Ricky P is all excited again, he will put in 7 more years at UofL or be embroiled in another table top fiasco…whichever comes first.

  17. UKBlue1!
    12:49 pm January 2, 2013 Permalink

    I hope Cal gets #900 at UK. Then the Cats would celebrate UK2.5K.