USA Today caught up with Coach Cal yesterday in order to check in on everyone’s favorite 2012 #1 prospect, Nerlens Noel. As is often the case with high-profile reclassifiers, there were some questions over the last couple months about whether or not his academic qualifications were a hundred percent up to speed. So, instead of speculating ::coughThamelcough::, they decided to get the info straight from the coach’s mouth. According to Calipari:
We feel comfortable. It’s a review that those kinds of players go through. When you reclassify, you’re going to have reviews. When you reclassify and some people are mad you reclassified, there are going to be some reviews. That’s how it is. We’re comfortable that he’s done everything he was supposed to do.
As usual, a perfect response. Notice how he mentioned that “some people are mad [Noel] reclassified.” Could he be talking about Pete Thamel, noted Calipari hound and Syracuse fan? Remember, Noel chose UK over the Orange when he made his decision. Could there still be some hard feelings there that have led to sour grapes? Of course not. Pete Thamel is a professional. That’s why when Sports Illustrated reported USA Today’s conversation, they used this headline:
See? No hard fee… Wait, “hopeful?” Last time I checked, there was a difference between “comfortable,” meaning “I’m not worried that he’ll be cleared, and I’m pretty confident he’ll be able to play,” and “hopeful,” meaning “Oh, boy, I’m not sure if he’ll be able to play but he’s so good that I wish he will.” Cal never even said the word “hopeful” in his response, so there’s no telling why SI decided to use that word at all.
There are bigger things to worry about right now, like what to wear when you meet Drake at the Alumni game next week, but it’s subtle things like this that make you wish SI was better with their headlines. Remember, they’re the ones who incorrectly said for days that Rod Strickland was arrested for a DUI over the summer.