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?