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Calipari has Suggestions to Fix Basketball and it’s Not in the G League

Change is coming to college basketball, and John Calipari has a few suggestions for Mark Emmert.

The President of the NCAA gave a “state of college athletics” address on Thursday.  Emmert’s speech went right after college basketball.  In the wake of the federal corruption case, Emmert wants to see significant change in the sport right away.

“We’ve all made a commitment to have meaningful change, not trivial change, in place by tipoff 2018,” said Emmert. “People don’t want words; they want to see action,” he continued. “We’ve got to fix it together. Nobody thinks it’s going to be easy. In fact, I think it’s going to be really hard. But we’ve got to get on with it. We’ve got to put our actions where our words are.”

Jay Bilas could not resist the chance to call Emmert a hypocrite in a conversation with John Calipari on College Gameday.  Coach Cal did not want to pick on the NCAA President, although he had to make sure the audience knows the one and done rule is not the root of the evil.

“Who exactly are you saying doesn’t belong in college?  Karl Towns and Brandon Knight — I could go on and on — we had straight-A students that belonged in college, and were one and done players,” said Calipari.

“There’s a documentary about one player and that has become what college basketball is, and that is not true.  So, what I’m saying is we’re dealing with 10 or 12 players.”

That one player, Ben Simmons, did not take advantage of his academic opportunity.  Calipari pointed out that most of Kentucky’s players have successfully completed their academic requirements.  If they did not leave with a degree, they have a scholarship for life.

“We have the highest graduation rate of basketball players in the history of the NCAA.  We have the highest graduation rate of African-American basketball players in the history of the NCAA.  So there’s something going right.

If the NCAA and NBA agree to end the one and done rule, Calipari’s first fix would begin with the NBA.  Like the NFL’s process for underclassmen, he wants NBA officials to directly tell prospects if they’re good enough for the league.  That would happen at a giant camp/combine for 150 of the nation’s best juniors.

After kids learn they aren’t NBA ready, he does not want to see players go to straight to the G League.  Calipari believes the NBA’s minor league serves a purpose, but it’s not to develop young talent.

“I don’t believe in the G League stuff,” Cal said.  “I think the G League has an unbelievable purpose, which is give guys that second and third chance to make it because many of these young kids don’t know how to work. They don’t know how to be professional.  They don’t know what it really takes to be a man.  So they do dumb things and they gotta go down to the G League and they come back and they make it.

“I think the G League, that’s the purpose, not getting 150 high school players and telling them, ‘Don’t worry about your academics.  Don’t worry about your academic success.  Just go and play basketball, and if you don’t make it, don’t worry.  You can figure it out later.'”

Coach Cal also offered some suggestions to fix Emmert’s corruption problem.  It all starts and ends with money.  Calipari believes players should be able to make money from their likeness.

“I think the players, if they’re selling your shirt with your name on the back, you should get some of that money.  If your signature, if people want your autograph, it’s your autograph.  It ain’t my autograph!  It isn’t the University of Kentucky’s autograph.  It’s yours.  If you can sell that, sell it.  There’s some of that stuff that we can move to.”

If there isn’t a market for players to immediately make money from their likeness, there’s another way players and their families can access financial stability before becoming professionals.

The kids should be able to get a loan for their families.  Why would you say they couldn’t get a loan?  The (NBA) Players Association could do it.  If you want to stay in school, get a loan from the Players Association and stay in school because that’s what you want to do.  There are things to eliminate all the third parties.”

There’s one problem with John Calipari’s bold ideas: he forgot he’s talking about “student-athletes.”  The day the NCAA budges and abolishes the outdated terminology will be a cold day in hell.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Calipari has Suggestions to Fix Basketball and it’s Not in the G League

  1. 4everUKblue
    2:52 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

    I personally am not a fan of yours Nick…I’m not upset or mad, just not a fan.

    • wildcat2012
      3:04 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

      Amen. Dudes awful and makes so many mistakes. Must be easy to work for KSR

    • njCat
      7:54 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

      Didn’t your Mama tell you… if you don’t have something nice to say to someone, keep your mouth shut.

  2. wildcat2012
    3:03 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

    I love how Jay Williams said that the crowd at Rupp didn’t cheer loud but they gave us nothing to cheer for. They barley talked about this team and instead of doing a player interview with Kevin know or Hami, they did it with Trae Young. Just wasn’t that good of a game day sadly

    • runningunnin.454
      4:27 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

      That’s right…and I watched Oklahoma’s game; Young scored a bunch of points; but, shots 10 feet back of the 3 point line will not get it done.

  3. serdi
    3:27 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

    Emmert is a joke and the biggest hypocrite in college athletics period. He had an opportunity to make a strong stand on October 13th against the greatest fraud scandal in the history of college athletics slide…did not even want to hear about the improper benefits that were well documented…And he come out and says he wants college basketball cleaned up? Are you f___ing me. He has ruined any credibility the NCAA had left by letting the COI ruled as they did.

    There is no governing body for college athletics anymore. I hope any school that gets cited for anything tell the Emmert to stick it.

    The NCAA died, October 13, 2017.

    • runningunnin.454
      4:29 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

      Correct, the whole problem with the college game is the NBA and the NCAA.

    • RealCatsFan
      6:44 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

      Well said, Serdi. Emmert revealed what he is all about back in 2011 when he refused to allow Kanter to play, which was obvious retaliation for UK landing Terrence Jones.

  4. The Original WTF Guy
    3:41 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

    I’ll echo the comments above regarding Roush.

    Beyond that, in the piece Roush ends by stating part of the reason Cal can make the proposals he does is that he forgot he was talking about student-athletes. Hmm.. So who was being quoted earlier talking about the guys we have had who were great athletes and the fact that college basketball has the highest graduation rate in history and the highest graduation rate among African-American basketball players in history? That was Cal. So how does this jibe with stopping using the term “student-athlete?” Cal certainly doesn’t appear to be in favor of that.

    Another place where Cal is correct, in part because I’ve been saying it for years, is that there needs to be a process that provides an invitation to those players who are ready to go to the NBA out of HS, but college needs to be there for those who are not. And if they are going to play college basketball, being a student is an important part of what they do.

    Now, that shouldn’t preclude players from getting paid to play or for their likeness. But again, that has nothing to do with them being “student-athletes.”

    • njCat
      8:06 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

      The ‘student-athlete’ observation by Roush was correct. He wasn’t referring to whether kids were good students, he was referring to the fact that the NCAA staunchly refuses to allow players to earn money since doing so would violate their status as ‘student-athletes’. This antiquated position is what causes all the problems, yet they refuse to consider changing it. Emmert is deluded if he thinks he’s going to make a dent in the corruption issue without doing as Cal says and allow the players to make money while they are college players.

  5. garygmc1
    6:00 pm January 20, 2018 Permalink

    IMO – College Basketball does need to be fixed but it’s not all about the money. Sorry Coach Cal but it’s not all about the kids! It’s also all about the fans who (sometimes) pay outrageous prices for tickets and (often) mediocre food. Many of us want to cheer a team for more than a year.

    We (I) want continuity and to connect with the team.
    We (I) want basketball played the way it was intended – not showmanship and “all about me” play.
    We (I) want a college game, not an NBA wannabe prima donna in training. Personally “instant millionaires” does not interest me. Less than 10% actually succeed in the pros.

    Let the “student – athlete” make money to on their image or signature – but the one-and-done exclusive recruiting mentally HAS to go!