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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Let’s Do a Quick Resume Comparison…..

Resume A (5 seasons)

131-40 record
2 Elite Eights
2 Outright SEC Titles
9-5 NCAA Tournament Record
2 SEC Tournament Titles

Resume B (5 seasons)

140-39 record
2 Elite Eights
2 Outright SEC  Titles (3 Overall)
9-4 NCAA Tournament Record
2 SEC Tournament Titles

Resume A: Tubby Smith’s Last 5 Years at Kentucky
Resume B: John Calipari’s Last 5 Years at Kentucky

Now look, I am good to admit a couple things here.  First, John Calipari didn’t get a chance to play an SEC or NCAA Tournament last year.  Maybe he wins another SEC Tournament, maybe he goes to the Final Four.  Who knows.  But just as easily as you could argue that you could also argue that team doesn’t make a Final Four either considering the late season turmoil surrounding Ashton Hagans.  Secondly, I am not arguing that those two resumes are 100% equal.  They are not.  My point is they are far closer to each other than most people realize or are willing to admit.

So, was Tubby’s last 5 years better than we thought (probably not) or have John Calipari’s been more underwhelming (more likely)?  Here’s the reality of the situation.  Tubby left (aka “fired) because his last 2 years were a disaster.  And Calipari hasn’t had any disaster seasons.  The 2016 and 2018 squads were pretty mediocre and both were significantly better than the 2016 and 2017 Tubby teams that were bounced in the 2nd round of the tournament.  But that kind of makes these last 5 years all the more frustrating.  Either underwhelming seasons overall or surprising losses in the NCAA Tournament have tainted Cal’s last half decade.  They just have.

I am a huge Tubby fan.  It was certainly time for him to go when he did but his haters will always overstate how poor the program was under him.  His program was still humming at a near elite level during his tenure.  But the dip in recruiting and results in the final 2 seasons doomed him.  It’s hard to envision Calipari ever dipping to those levels.  But whenever his tenure does end at Kentucky, what will the end be like?  Will we feel deflated at how things ended, with missed opportunities.  Or will Calipari’s program once again find its Final Four ways and bring us back on the precipice of national title number 9?  That journey starts again tomorrow night and this season will be unlike any other.  But at the end of the day UK fans have once again become hyped up by the incoming freshman class and John Calipari’s excitement.  It has burned us a few times recently.  At some point that burn isn’t going to be acceptable I would think.

Go Cats!

Article written by Bryan the Intern

9 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Let’s Do a Quick Resume Comparison…..

  1. bigblue98
    10:45 am November 24, 2020 Permalink

    If Bogans doesn’t have a twisted ankle we win the title that year as he would have been able to handle Wade better. Tubby gets two titles and does something only Rupp’s been able to do in winning multiple. He was in a difficult spot in trying to follow Rick and the success he had, and then by winning a title in his first year. That level of success from 92-98 was unbelievable. I would argue after Rupp that’s the most impressive run in UK history. A Derek Anderson injury away from a three peat.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:32 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      I agree – those teams from 92-98 were fun to watch. But you can also make the argument that if Alex Poythress doesn’t get hurt in 2015 we would have gone undefeated. We have had so many near-misses from incredible runs of greatness that it’s simply ridiculous.

  2. goteam94
    10:54 am November 24, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t think anyone is going to argue that the past several seasons have been disappointing overall. My hope is more of the one and dones will go straight to the pros and cal will still be able to recruit the top level talent of what is left. By doing so they will stay for 2-4 years and add a top level transfer or two each year to give us talent and experience.

  3. ThankfulCat
    10:59 am November 24, 2020 Permalink

    Tubby inherited a Porsche and turned it into a Pinto.
    Love Tubby but facts are facts

  4. CrystalBall
    11:05 am November 24, 2020 Permalink

    Tubby didn’t get fired. He left for another coaching job when his contract expired. Because of the million dollar bonus.
    Let’s also not forget that, at one point he lost 5 consecutive games to Vandy. First time in history UK lost 5 straight to an SEC team.
    Later lost 7 straight to Florida. Also, at one point, finished behind Tenn in regular season standings for 3 straight years. Only time
    in history UK has finished behind an SEC school for 3 consecutive years. Tubby is a very nice man. Has a very nice family. But he
    was not the coach for the Wildcats.

    • mashman 93
      3:45 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      Tubby was a good coach man but when you lose 12 games a for two straight years at Kentucky the pressure becomes intense. I thought he had time left on his contract.

    • CrystalBall
      5:14 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      His contract was for 10 years with a one million dollar bonus if he coached 10 years. He refused to sign an extension
      and resigned just a day or two after the season ended. He had already verbally committed to the job at Minnesota.

  5. jaws2
    12:45 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    None of CAL’s W-L or titles matter. This is a ‘players first’ program. At that, he’s been unbelievably successful. Perhaps one day it’ll be all about titles.

  6. somerset bill
    1:11 am November 25, 2020 Permalink

    “His program was still humming at a near elite level during his tenure.” Humming along at a near elite level is a phrase you use when a traditionally sub-par program is on a good run. For an elite program the correct wording would be sputtering along at a near-elite level.