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Coach Cal Isn’t a Top 10 “X’s and O’s Coach”; Still Wins Championships


Probably because he has his teams read this book.

Here’s two things to make you upset: 1) It’s Bid Day on Rose and Columbia and whatever you’re doing has you reading a computer instead of enjoying the… weather; and 2) Coach Cal got sheisted on ESPN’s list of “Top X’s and O’s Coaches.”

Not surprisingly, Tom Izzo took the top spot for his tenure with Michigan State.  Long a Kentucky fan-favorite, Izzo is the ultimate long-term college coach.  Very surprisingly, Mike Krzywazowski was seventh.

But in between Tom Izzo and Coach Cal are fourteen other coaches, putting Cal just outside the top 15, and behind Mike Montgomery and Rick Byrd.  Now, I won’t argue the point that Cal is the best tactical coach in the game.  And I won’t even argue that he’s the best motivator in the game (although that point is debatable).  He’s clearly the best recruiter in the game, though, and that’s led him to a staggering record as a head coach, as well as a well-earned national championship.

But not in the top fifteen?  That seems a little off.  Even this SportsNation poll (which asks fans, rather than coaches) has him at #9 (Destiny? Maybe.).  Is it time to stop caring what other people think and just focus on the games and teams that we have?  Well, sure.

So while it’s frustrating, maybe we can complain that it was a coaches’ poll, and therefore a little bit biased.  And maybe we can claim virtually the same bias in the Sports Nation poll.  Ultimately, though, it doesn’t really matter.  I’m sure Coach Cal really doesn’t care how high he’s rated as an “X’s and O’s Coach.”  He’s probably worried about two things, in order: 1) Helping his players, and 2) winning games.

Regardless of how well he draws up plays, and whether or not Buzz Williams is “ranked” ahead of him, he’s done those two things extremely well in four years, and there’s zero reason to think he won’t continue to do things well.

I just wish people would look at 2011 and see how well the man can coach.

Article written by Corey Nichols

23 Comments for Coach Cal Isn’t a Top 10 “X’s and O’s Coach”; Still Wins Championships

  1. yearsendingin9
    6:10 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Cal suffers from the curse of the great recruiter, which could be stated as: If you have great talent and do not win every game, you must not be able to coach.

  2. Miss Nomer
    6:14 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    It’s the methodology.

  3. Michael
    6:15 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    When you have better players than the other team X’s and O’s become less important. If Cal ran a complicated offense he’d be hurting his young teams more than helping them. Just keep it simple.

  4. UGH
    6:24 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I love this website, but it just played an advertisement that was a video that automatically started up, noise and all.. Please don’t let this become a normal thing because I absolutely detest those sort of advertisements.

  5. What About Bob
    6:39 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Your title says championships, as in plural. Why?

  6. Limited-edition holographic flat-top
    6:39 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I have a love hate relationship about Cal’ sink or swim tactic at the end of close games.

  7. Tubby who
    7:05 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Cal beat Pitno once in 96 and played us to the wire the second time that year! If you want to say UMASS had the talent our team had that year you need medical attention!
    I don’t agree with holding the ball in blow outs but Cal has a proven track record!

  8. schwing
    7:24 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    it’s krewjawooski. you kids too young to remember those bud light commercials?

  9. Al/in/Indy
    7:36 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously who cares where Cal’s at? As long as he’s at UK I couldn’t care less where they place him for this reason, in the next five years I expect for Cal to win at least 2 maybe 3 more Championships for us. If these so called experts throw Cal at 105th best coach in the nation, well so be it. He’ll be the one to mesh them together and have them keep their egos in check.

  10. bigcatstanding
    8:05 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    yeah just another Dig on Coach, think about it he came to a very bad Kentucky team, and took them to the Elite Eight the first year. Coach gets know mention of any award, goes to the final 4 next year no mention or Awards, wins the championship wasn’t even in the conversation. What does he need to do to be mentioned, I mean who has ever done yes ever in the history of college basketball won a national title with a freshman dominated team, never that’s when. Believe me analyst are also fans and most of which are not fans of Kentucky. basically you can add them to the hater list, because you can read it in there remarks and there non acknowledgement of what he does, I am so glad that Fox Sports has a 24 hour sports news now should be interesting. #9 dead on wat is coaching isn’t that getting these egos to play as a team or well together, how about getting them to play great team defense, these so called experts well coaches that took place in this survey most likely are jealous vindictive haters.

  11. Reality
    8:10 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    He is a shitty coach

  12. bigcatstanding
    8:20 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    #6 That is dead on but everyone is supposed to believe he didn’t coach a team that year because one player at the end of the year messed up. Same as the Memphis team had one great player, and came within a couple free throws,of winning a championship, but he didn’t coach that year either remember because a kid messed up while in high school, before he ever arrived at memphis. Fans from every other inferior team basically haters,want us to believe that if you drive by A hog farm, somehow means you were standing in the s***. In other words coach is a cheater?? I SAY BBN OWNS THEM

  13. bigcatstanding
    8:28 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    #11 You got that right, but you forgot to say he’s our shitty coach, and we will take our shitty coach every day over whoever your so called loser ass coach is. AND before I guess who he is let me tell you want I think our coach my bad our shitty coaches record is against yours 4-1 in the last 4 years, that’s just a guess but most trolls are Louisville fans. WE OWN YOU YA YOU

  14. Bunny
    8:54 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Cal’s rating is about right…just look at last season…

  15. bb
    8:59 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wow! That pic took me back to when i was a kid. Forgot all about that book.Read it cover to cover as a youngster. By the way, X’s and O’s, motivator, recruiter, champion! He’s all of them combined, why care about one piece when you got the whole package!

  16. bigcatstanding
    10:16 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    #14 the Easter Bunny is dead and so are your lame comments. but here’s a response anyway, last year we had 7 scholarship players available and the best of those went down, no point guard to speak of, and even after all of that day was borderline making the tournament. Not only borderline but a 20 plus game winner. #15 great comment I was thinking the same thing, and you also forgot to mention that he took a squad dominated with freshman, with no bench and made them a top defense, very hard to do with no bench.

  17. The Truth
    10:38 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Cal had 5 McDonald’s All-Americans on last years team and was a bubble team at best even before Noel got injured. Then they lost to a wheelchair team in the NIT. End O story.

  18. bigcatstanding
    12:08 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    #17 the truth you wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you on your ass. WCS barely made the top 50 so where do you get 5 McDonald’s All Americans. And if you would have watched that games you so proudly brag about Kentucky lose, you might remember 2 starters didn’t even play in that game, they didn’t play to win that game. Can’t wait to here all the trolls after the season gets started, and no matter what you or your therapist says denying never helps. PS. your name should be ( the troll says ) BBN OWNS YOU

  19. bigcatstanding
    12:17 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    #17 everyone knows you are a Louisville fan, so does it mean end of story when Louisville went on a 30-year hibernation. Before finally having the sunshine on there monkey ass. I would be willing too bet Louisville basketball team and everyone involved has a severe sunburn, so enjoy your two minutes of fame basically you are without oxygen well all haters are, then you are on top because someone has a bad year, yeah that’s the life of a hater.

  20. Kentucky Effect
    8:30 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Great coaches don’t go to the NIT… ever.

  21. bigcatstanding
    9:28 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    #20. are you stoned or just stupid, don’t think you can find any coach that hasn’t visited the NIT, not coach K not. Denny Crum / Bill Self / Adolph Rupp / Bobby Knight the list goes on. And you have Kentucky on your entry, if you are a Kentucky fan you must be 16 if not younger. so take what you think you know and put it in one hand and take a dump in the other and see which one gets full the fastest. Basically if bull shi t was music you would be a whole brass band haha 》《

  22. theWilkman
    10:10 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    Bid Day… What a wonderful time

  23. bigcatstanding
    4:25 am August 24, 2013 Permalink

    #22. ???