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What Will CBS Say Tomorrow About World Wide Wes?


Tomorrow Gary Parrish of is releasing an article that will detail the extent that World Wide Wes is a power broker in college basketball. At this point we don’t know what his conclusion will be, but we certainly know what those fans of other teams hope it will be. For them, the easiest way to explain the success John Calipari and the University of Kentucky have had over the last few years is very simple. Say that Calipari cheats to get players and when UK gets recruits, just note without fact that it must be because World Wide Wes “steered” them there. No attention is paid to Calipari’s unbelievable record putting players in the Draft, the success he has had on the court over the last 5 years or even the history/tradition/fanbase of Kentucky basketball. Instead, it is World Wide Wes, plain and simple.

But is this true? Well Gary Parrish’s colleague Jeff Goodman didn’t think so a couple of years ago. In this article on Fox Sports two years ago, Goodman downplayed the influence of WWW. At that time, there was some talk that World Wide Wes could help influence Lebron James to play for a certain team, and Goodman said that was ludicrous. He noted that “sure, World Wide Wes – or Uncle Wes as some refer to him – has some power, some “juice” as it’s called in recruiting circles when college coaches attempt to determine who has influence with a particular recruit.” But Goodman was also quick to note that such influence was way overblown. He acknowledged that Wes didn’t have enough “juice” to get Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans or John Wall to sign with his agent friend Leon Rose and he said without hesitation, “Wesley has become a farce.” The entire point of the column was to dispel the notion of Wes as a power broker and even to acknowledge that when Wes has close friends (one of which was mentioned as current UK assistant Kenny Payne), those coaches get talent but “not anything out of the ordinary.”

So how about now? Well we shall see tomorrow. Parrish and CBS have talked to over 100 coaches this offseason and presumably they will be the folks talking about Wes’s influence, or lack thereof. In all the previous CBS articles, the coaches have spoken anonymously and I would guess that most will do so in this article as well. Since Wes is speculated to know nearly every coach, presumably many people talking about him, also have relationships with him. And some of those that likely say negative things (which clearly will happen, or else why write the article) may be those who have seen that relationship deteriorate over the years (like Rick Pitino for instance).

But what will be most interesting to me is to see whether Parrish and CBS now come to a different conclusion than Goodman reached just two years ago. Then, Wesley was an interesting figure with some influence, but as Goodman noted, “that still doesn’t mean he’s got any ‘juice’.” Is that still the case? Or will Goodman’s colleague come to a different conclusion after watching Kentucky and Calipari win a championship and contend for a title in all three of his seasons. I guess we will just have to see.

I am looking forward to reading the article, especially in the context of the one just 24 months prior. It is always interesting to see how consistent opinions remain.

Article written by Matt Jones

29 Comments for What Will CBS Say Tomorrow About World Wide Wes?

  1. @sircolbybrown
    8:43 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is this going to be bad?

  2. Chicago
    8:45 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    The problem with the kinds of articles like the one that will come out tomorrow is that they won’t necessarily draw the very negative and cheating type conclusion they strive to, but they are written in a way that allow the readers to draw those conclusions. Looking forward to being pissed off tomorrow.

  3. jnc2
    8:47 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    #2 – I completely agree and I loved your last sentence haha

  4. SexnNursinHomes
    8:54 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    I can tell you exactly what it will say. This is their meal card. unc can set up fraud classes all day long, but all you see is deflecting by the national media. Put the spot light on UK with some useless over talked about topic about WWW. Just how many articles can they write about this dude?

    Uh-oh- unc is cheating—– bring up a WWW article. Yeah Yeah, do that……

    Ya’ll do realize that hating UK is the only thing keeping these guys jobs, right?

  5. Dane Brammage
    9:01 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Quote: No attention is ‘payed’ to Calipari’s unbelievable record putting players in the Draft, the success he has had on the court over the last 5 years or even the history/tradition/fanbase of Kentucky basketball.

    Isn’t it supposed to read: ‘paid’?

    Just sayin’

  6. barn
    9:08 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    5–why are you asking us? aren’t you on the internet right now? do you know how to google? if you really care about paid and payed why don’t you call somebody at home, maybe you’ll reach somebody wgaf.

  7. just sayin
    9:09 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cal has done a good job getting guys like jorts and liggins into the draft. Outside of those two andmaybe bledsoe, the rest of the guys could have gone to eku and been first rounders.

  8. Hal
    9:13 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    why arent more people talking about the unc scandal???
    their african american studies department head was basically fired for signing off on grades & classes that either didnt take place or didnt test/grade. guess what ALL FIVE starters were majoring in when roy won the title in ’05?

  9. reality check
    9:14 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Jones, didn’t you say you were no fan of how cal runs his program. And you said people in recruiting circles all say cal is a huge cheat. Didn’t you say something like that. The truth is if cal were anywhere else you and the rest of the sheep would put him on the level of a scott drew. You are a joke.

  10. I Say
    9:17 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    #9 is eight national championships a joke?

  11. Hal
    9:19 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    7-that’s horse s***. was josh shelby a 1st rounder? when/where was will barton drafted? xavier henry?

  12. SexnNursinHomes
    9:19 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    9- hey reality check. we know you are a ul troll. what’s the over/under on ricky p’s STDs??

  13. I say
    9:22 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    7 yea I dont know what your talking about, Bledsoe was a top 20 recruit

  14. barn
    9:24 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    11–horse#### alright. did josh selby play for cal? did barton play for cal? did x henry play for cal? run out and get another facial tatt so you’ll be more easily identifiable for the cops

  15. bmt22033
    9:27 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    #4 summed it up nicely. Nothing more needs to be said. Close the comments section and move on. Have a nice day.

  16. kbinnky
    9:34 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, that was an incredibly PC article, all the while baiting CBS to contradict themselves. From your perspective, does WWW really have that much influence? I can’t believe that Calipari doesn’t have the recruiting force and wherewithal to run his recruiting himself – WWW seems irrelevant at this point. Am I being overly optimistic?

  17. jnc2
    9:39 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s the latest UNC article:

    …and guess what? The NCAA can’t do a thing bout it. Unbelievable

  18. catlanta
    9:44 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    I love cal as much as any fan. But to think cal doesn’t get help from wes is crazy. Without wes, we miss out on at least a few players that signed here, and who really cares? Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in a dream world.

  19. tyrus
    10:02 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Lazy journalism at it’s best. Who wasn’t read multiple articles over the last several years on WWW and others like him enrolment in college basketball. Each time speculations or hints of new to be revealed. Maybe UK’s potential friendship with the seedy characters living on the edge of right and wrong? So freaking boring. Don’t feed the fear because that’s all those Parrish & Goodman types are capable of doing. Rehashing the same bull*hit each year.

  20. Duke Sucks
    10:08 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    No dought WWW helps, but Cal isn’t the only coach he has a relationship with. I seriously dought if WWW makes the final choice for these players. It still comes down to the coach,parents, and the best chance for the kids to get drafted.

  21. FurdTurgason
    10:15 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Forde just tweeted that WWW is at the Olympics wearing the same gear the athletes get. And that he chatted with him.

  22. Duke Sucks
    10:19 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    So NC can give players grades for work they didn’t do and the NCAA will not touch old Roy even though he left Kansas on probation. Cal has a player accused of cheating on a test while in high school, has to forfeit a season and is branded a cheater.( The ACT test never proved Rose cheated only that his score increased enough that it was possible he cheated.) Coach K had CM who was proven to have took money and there for inellagable with out any penalty. The NCAA will always be a joke untill they have uniformity in punnishment.

  23. alskdjfhg
    10:30 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Damn dude, stop promoting haters of UK.

  24. dave
    10:45 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    14-you clearly didnt get at all what i was saying. good luck in life. you’re gonna need it.

  25. mark
    10:59 pm August 8, 2012 Permalink

    WWW is in London right now with Coach K and the olympic team and has been a good “friend” of K for a long time, no one talks about that though.

  26. putinrichie
    5:36 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    I definitely think WWW has influence. He has a well earned reputation in basketball circles and to be naive and act like his presense is insignificant is unrealistic. That said, I don’t think CAL or any other coach who has a relationship with William Wesley is breaking any rules. I don’t think WWW is steering kids to certain programs and CAL isn’t the only college coach he is friends with.

  27. Beavis
    7:57 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    I expect CBS to be fairly critical of UK in the article. That number eight NCAA championship win must really stick in their throats ( or maybe a little lower ). I repeat,,,anyone that thinks coach Cal and the players at Kentucky could get away with anything has rocks for brains. Emmertt would love to stick it to UK and the fact of the matter is,,,he has not found anything to stick us with. Maybe he should turn some of his attention to Chapel Hill. His uneven enforcement of the NCAA rules is becoming legendary.

  28. milosh
    9:12 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    “It is always interesting to see how consistent opinions remain.”

    Yeah it is considering before UK hired Cal, the ENTIRE fanbase thought he was scum, including KSR’s own Matt Jones.

  29. Beavis
    9:22 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Well,,,,I am part of the UK fan base and I did not think he was scum. Thought he got the royal shaft from the NCAA at Memphis for having to vacate wins after the NCAA clearing house had cleared Rose to play. Enjoyed watching that team play.