Video courtesy of cn|2
Over the weekend, Jeff Sheppard spoke at the annual UK convention in Franklin, Ohio about his time at UK and his thoughts on the current staff. It turns out he’s got a lot of the latter. Check out this video from cn|2 in which he discusses his distaste for the “one-and-done” system of which Cal has become emblematic in college basketball:
“I don’t like it. I don’t think the Kentucky fan overall likes it. We’ve had to accept it and it’s working because we’re winning, and we’re winning National Championships–or at least one–and so it’s the way that it is.”
You know who also doesn’t like the one-and-done system? John Calipari. Over the past few years, Cal has become increasingly critical of the rule, which he says is a lose-lose situation for schools, players, and the NBA. But, the media being the media, the one-and-done rule is mostly spun as a win-win for Cal.
Jeff also says that while he doesn’t want to take anything away from Cal’s success at UK, he believes “there is maybe a little too much emphasis on celebrating first round draft picks.” In addition, he went on to say that he still feels a closer bond to his former coach Rick Pitino than to Cal, whom he jokingly calls the “enemy” because he coached at UMass during his playing days:
“When a new coach comes into the university that you didn’t play for, it’s different. As crazy as it sounds, I can walk into the University of Louisville’s basketball offices and feel more comfortable there because Coach Pitino is there.”