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Forbes.com says Calipari is overpaid

Forbes.com recently ranked the “Most Overpaid Coaches In College Basketball” and put John Calipari at the top of the list. Forbes says, “Calipari is a top 12 coach, but a salary that leads all of college basketball–ahead of Roy Williams, Jim Calhoun and Rick Pitino, among others–is out of whack.” What the website fails to mention is all of the great things Coach Cal has done for the community, the university, and the entire state. Plus, Calipari hasn’t even coached two full seasons under his current contract. How ’bout we wait a little while before deciding on what kind of money he actually deserves from the University of Kentucky.

Also on the list as the second most overpaid coach in basketball is another familiar name to Kentucky fans – Travis Ford at Oklahoma State.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

39 Comments for Forbes.com says Calipari is overpaid



  1. Dale Gribble
    4:03 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Is Bruce Pearl the most under-paid due to his transgressions?



  2. SexnNursinHomes
    4:05 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    well, atleast Cal doesn’t look like a whacked out child molester like steve forbes.



  3. ukfastkat
    4:05 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Cal is worth every penny we pay him.



  4. Emmert still sucks
    4:08 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Does Forde or Tipton moonlight for Forbes??



  5. web application stress tool
    4:08 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’d pay him double because of how he has brought us back to a high level as a program. The revenue ripple effect can’t be quantified, nor can the happiness increase across the state.



  6. xryanx
    4:10 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    HATERS! KEEP ON DRINKING THE HATERADE AND WE WILL KEEP ON WINNING SEC TOURNEYS, FINISHING WITH AROUND 30 WINS A YEAR, AND GETTING THE BEST RECRUITING CLASSES IN THE COUNTRY!
    IGNORANCE REALLY GETS ON MY NERVES.



  7. SexnNursinHomes
    4:12 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Matter of fact, if I was a dad of an 18 yr old girl I would let her nail any guy she wanted, even the elephant man. But not steve forbes, because he would cut her legs off and duct tape them to her her face. And I can’t have any daughter of mine with her legs taped to her head. that’s just mean. steve forbes, i hate you



  8. UKCAT67
    4:14 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Wow! So much for telling my kid you need to go to college if you want to be a writer. Obviously you can write just about anything and it is called writing.

    LOOK SON, daddy is a writer now, I wroted sumptin on a internets!



  9. secretagent0014
    4:17 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Why doesn’t Forbes do a list of the most overpaid CEO’s???



  10. Daggumit Larry
    4:19 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Forbes might know how to spot wealthy people, but they obviously don’t know how to determine their worth. Calipari brings in the best of the best basketball talent to Kentucky. That alone makes for happy boosters who donate lots of cash to more than offset his salary. Aside from that, his endorsements of Ball Homes, Paul Miller, Kroger, Nurses Registry, Central Bank…..and the list goes on, brings in a small mint to the program as well. When the program does well under a guy like Cal, the university, community and state as a whole do well.

    Great point Drew on Cal’s charity and community work.

    The article is ridiculous.



  11. Dale Gribble
    4:20 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Gettin reports in that the buzzards are circling in Knoxville. Doesn’t look good for Pearl. I hope he can resurface with Div. II gig or something.



  12. Don
    4:25 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Completely subjective piece.



  13. Ktcook
    4:26 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    As I see it it is none of their business! We will pay what we want.



  14. MIDDAY
    4:28 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Doesn’t Forbes know that Cal saved the country of Haiti all by himself?



  15. knightynight
    4:28 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    That article is spot on….spot on the island of that sucks camel dick.



  16. Tom Blevins
    4:30 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Let me remind everyone of something that happened about 3 years ago. Bill Kieghtly passed away. He was more than our long time equiptment manager. He was a father figure to our players. When we hired Coach Calipari, we not only needed a first class coach, we needed a new daddy for our players. I believe it does make a difference to our program to have someone like this. Can you name anyone who would fit both these criteria as well as Coach Calipari does? I can’t. Does this make him worth more than if he were just a world class coach? I think it does. So I salute John Calipari. May he remain as our basketball coach until he retires, and may he win more NCAA championships here than John Wooden did at UCLA.



  17. Tshirt
    4:30 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    worth every penny so far …



  18. Rick
    4:35 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Gold standard. Nuff said!



  19. BlueMike
    4:38 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    No coach anywhere can be called “overpaid”. They are paid what the University/Athletic Departments feel they are worth. If they don’t feel a coach is worth what they’re paying, they let them go. I think that Rolex watches are over priced, but to a lot of people out there they are worth every penny and they can afford them. Doesn’t make them wrong, it’s all about perception. To UK, the school and fans, he’s worth every nickel and dime; but to some other school, he may appear overpaid.



  20. 2..better make it 3
    4:43 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    He is not being overpaid. He is being rewarded for coaching the most historic program in all of college basketball. F Forbes and F the NCAA



  21. ukcarp10
    4:43 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Show me any other coach in the nation that can turn a program around in less than 1 season like Calipari did. Going from the program that Billy G left UK with Cal more than proved himself to be the right man for the job and wasted no time in turning the Kentucky Basketball program back around to the prestige it was used to. Let me remind everyone where UK was in spring ’09. Sitting as a 4 seed in the NIT and not even making it to the semifinals at that. The very next year, we make it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tourny.



  22. DumbleDorf
    4:51 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Yea they might wanna wait till our winning percentage at home is less than 100 percent over two years at home to write an “overpaid” article..



  23. Claw
    5:00 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    7) you ignorant ass, steve forbes does’nt use duct tape, he uses superglue. come on, everybody knows that!



  24. cpacat
    5:06 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    PER #22 – “they might wanna wait till our winning percentage at home is less than 100 percent over two years to write an “overpaid” article” Well said,well said!

    The market decides the price, he isn’t overpaid if the market determined the rate. He may earn more than someone at Forbes subjectively believes he should make, but he earns exactly what the market (UK Athletics Association) says he should. I think writers for business publications make too much money, but if the market says you gotta pay them $500 per article, then dag-nabbit you just got to pay it.



  25. Joe
    5:34 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    If he and UK agreed to salary terms, then by definition that’s not overpaid.



  26. JP
    5:36 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Wonder if Forbers understands that they just pissed off the BBN and we will not buy or read there crappy website OR magazine! Because we think we have the best coach in the USA AND We do want to hear what they think! So in other words SCREW FORBES AND FORBES.COM



  27. BoomBoom
    5:45 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Cal’s salary isn’t really indicative of his coaching ability. Instead, it is a reflection of the VALUE the program has in the sports landscape and particularly at UK. The basketball and football programs drive the moneymaking machine that is UK Athletics. Cal is simply the lead steward and, thus, has all the responsibility to produce a product that we as fans are willing to shell out the money to watch and wear. UK paid Cal so much because he not only brought relevance back, but more importantly that he brought back the swagger. Fans are much more willing, in my opinion, to go buy a $70 Nike UK golf shirt and wear it compared to a few years ago when BCG had us going down the toilet. It’s no different than corporate america headhunting a famous CEO and overpaying him/her. It gets shareholders and employees alike pumped. Consider us fans the shareholders of UK sports.



  28. Tom Blevins
    6:08 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    This thought occured to me since my first post on this topic. Would Forbes want us to return to 1930, when we hired Adolph Rupp at a salery of $1,000 a year LESS than he was making as a high school coach? He almost didn’t take the job because of the low salery, but a friend told him that having been a college coach would look good on his resume when he looked for his next job.



  29. DRog
    6:41 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think what happening here is that these “national” magazines and newspapers are learning that when they put something on their site that is anti UK, big Blue nation gets a whiff of it and flood their sites with hits, therefore getting them a big payday from their sponsors. I say the next time someone like the WSJ or Forbes or some publication that doesn’t focus primarily on sports writes and article about UK, KSR should not post the link to prevent this flood of BBN happening. Most people(myself included)would never have seen this article if KSR didn’t post the link.

    Keep up the good work KSR guys



  30. SexnNursinHomes
    6:43 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    23- hahaha, good stuff!



  31. playersfan
    7:56 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Bet no one at Forbes have ever been to UK game. Not only is Calipari great for KY basketball, he earns more money for the school and the SEC than anybody at Forbes earns for Forbes. The SEC tournament would be a loss, without KY fans, and what brings UK fans mostly, winning.



  32. Laid off employee
    8:45 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Who’s overpaid? The fortune 500 execs. They continue to find ways for our communities to cheer about and rally behind by laying off our family member and moving our jobs to Other countries! Screw you Forbes! Taking your publication and wiping my arse with it right now!



  33. Stomper
    9:00 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Evidently someone from Forbes has lost their “hallowed crystal ball” if they ever had one and evidently are pretty bad doing what they should be doing (fianacials) so they start picking on College Basketball and Kentucky. Evidently they are Princeton, Louisville, Duke, Carolina fans. Stick with what you do best—-Screwing up your clients protfolios and stay out of basketball.



  34. Reality Check
    9:06 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    UK has to pay Cal a ton of money. He allocates a large portion of that money to players. Without that extra money and his Pimp, World Wide Wes, Cal would have NIT type players. Check out his first 5 years at Memphis. He had a bunch of crappy players and 3 NIT’s. But you queerbates can’t take the truth.



  35. DDO 2011
    10:16 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Steve Forbes attended Princeton in the early 70’S.



  36. bigbill992001
    10:46 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    Since when is a coaches pay based on how many points his team scores for the season? This is a NONSTORY.



  37. GeezerJock
    11:38 pm March 16, 2011 Permalink

    #34
    Go crawl back UNDER YOUR ROCK…YOU SLIMEBALL



  38. njCat
    1:47 am March 17, 2011 Permalink

    People are NEVER overpaid unless they set their own salary (like most of our politicians). Fact is, someone in a position to do something about it thought Cal was worth it, so its completely stupid for someone to second guess that. If he turns out he’s actually overpaid, he’ll eventually get forced out (like someone we all know.)



  39. douggercats
    9:13 am March 17, 2011 Permalink

    #34 – you can’t spell “queerbait”. Is a “queerbate” like a rebate, where you give a little to get a little?