The 2012-13 season is about halfway through, and just like in 1989 and 2009, the Kentucky Wildcats will struggle to make the NCAA Tournament. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:
*Fire: Kentucky is currently 11-5 overall, and 2-1 in the SEC. If past history is a guarantee of future performance (and it usually is), then John Calipari may very well find himself in the unemployment line at the end of the season. After UK had played 16 games in the 2008-09 season, they were 12-4 overall, and 1-0 in the SEC. In fact, the Cats would go on to win their next 4 games, at which point they stood 16-4, 5-0 in the SEC. Despite winning 80% of his first 20 games that season (Calipari has only won 69% of his games this year), the Kentucky coach would find himself terminated at the end of the season. So if 80% isn’t good enough to satisfy the unreasonably demanding Kentucky fanbase, then 69% clearly isn’t. Of course, for Coach Cal, there’s always the optimistic view: If you’re anything like the last coach, you’ll walk away with a $3,000,000 settlement for getting terminated. Hmmm. Upon further reflection, maybe this year’s poor performance is no accident.
*Castles Made of Sand: When the AP polls were released earlier this week, Louisville found itself at #1. So, the university did what any traditionally elite program would do, and it made t-shirts honoring the achievement. If only Kentucky had half as much enthusiasm for its basketball team as UofL has for the Cards. Consider this: Kentucky has been ranked #1 in the AP polls for a total of 109 weeks. If UK printed t-shirts every time the Cats grabbed the top spot in the polls, every man, woman and child in the Bluegrass would have clothing this winter. And how much revenue is the University of Kentucky leaving on the table by not following the lead of the industrious folks down the road in Louisville? A lot, that’s how much. Oh well. I guess that’s the difference between UK and UofL.
*Manic Depression: In an attempt to coax as much effort as possible out of his players, John Calipari frequently yells at them, both during practices and games. This makes one wonder. Does he yell at them this much while he is recruiting them? If not, could all current and former Calipari players file a class action lawsuit for fraud, breach of contract, misrepresentation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress? Moreover, couldn’t these players also sue the University of Kentucky for negligent/wanton hiring, training and supervision? I’m no lawyer, but yes. Yes they could. It seems patently misleading for a coach to be nice to a player while trying to convince the player to join his team, only to scream at the player once he signs on the dotted line. The guess here is that if Cal’s players knew they were going to get yelled at as soon as they set foot on campus, they very likely wouldn’t set any feet on campus.
* On this date: On this date in 2012, Kentucky was ranked #1. Unlike Louisville, nobody at UK apparently cared enough to make t-shirts announcing it.