When they aren’t trying to help the University of Texas funnel prospects to Austin, ESPN is in the business of sports reporting. And part of that sports reporting is asking hard-hitting questions of the nation’s most prominent sports personalities, which is exactly what Dana O’Neil-Forde did at the Peach Jam last week.
The subjects were the coaches and the subject was each other. They were asked who among their peers were the best at late game situations and who is the smartest guy in the room. According to what O’Neil-Forde posted, it looks like Dean Smith was picked for late in the game and Mike Krzyzewski was named as the smartest guy. Not named the smartest guy: any of the coaches who didn’t realize that Dean Smith retired 13 years ago.
Nonetheless, Kentucky’s John Calipari was selected in both categories. Here’s who picked him and what they had to say:
Best late game situation
Josh Pastner, Memphis: John Calipari. “In those situations you have to be quick with your thinking and he really is. He grabs the board and draws up something immediately. It’s a gift, really.’’ Pastner also named Jeff Van Gundy.”
Smartest Guys Around
Fran McCaffery, Iowa: John Calipari. “He’s so innovative, off and on the court.’’
Bob Huggins, West Virginia: John Calipari. “I cannot understand how he can have all these things going on and still be as good as he is. Who can do that? To be involved in all he’s involved in, that’s incredible. I don’t think anyone realizes what a great job he’s done the past two years basically starting over with a new team. And he’ll do it again this year and still be good.’’
So what’s your take? Who is better than Cal in each of the categories?*
*That’s a trick question, dummy. No one is better than Cal at anything! Anything!