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Praise Continues To Roll In For Calipari

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With Calipari’s Hall of Fame Enshrinement only two days away, most from his past are coming out of the woodwork to sing their praises.  Julius Erving, Pat Riley and Larry Brown will do it during his induction.  His previous stop before Kentucky, Memphis, will honor him in December.  Now, a former UMass beat writer has taken the time to profess Calipari’s excellence.

Calipari is a coaching genius, a recruiting genius and a marketing genius. He is not perfect. Like all superstars, his best and worst qualities all get inflated out of proportion and to some, he represents all that is wrong with modern NCAA sports.

If that were true, I would never want any kid of mine infected with his influence. But within the sport, I’d take Calipari over any number of his critics, because his imperfections do not include hypocrisy in an incredibly hypocritical NCAA world.

Ron Chimelis is a columnist for The Republican of Springfield, Mass., and a former beat reporter during Calipari’s UMass tenure.  Chimelis indicates that he hasn’t always been a Calipari apologist, flirting into a Jerry Tipton-type territory.  Yet years later, he respects Calipari so much that if possible, he would love for his son to play for Coach Cal.

There aren’t better words you can say about a basketball coach.  That’s why he’s entering the Hall of Fame.

It’s an interesting read from a unique perspective.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

8 Comments for Praise Continues To Roll In For Calipari



  1. Twnky
    9:37 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    Lol most awkward picture ever.



  2. Matt Jones is a [email protected]
    10:56 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    He is a fat pig.



    • Matt Jones
      11:00 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

      And that fat pig owns your basketball program…. 😀



  3. UKALLDAY
    10:57 pm September 9, 2015 Permalink

    Can somebody please give Cal his credit without bringing up his critics? For crying out loud! I’m tired of hearing about his detractors when he is suppose to be getting PRAISE! Lets just give him credit for his accomplishments and no need to MENTION ANYTHING ELSE. One could argue that he has built a Hall Of Fame resume in the 6 years he’s been at Kentucky ALONE! Congrats to him, he inspires beyond sports. He might be a better businessman and pitchman than he is a coach (And that’s saying a lot). I just love him and congratulate him on becoming IMMORTAL and being a Hall Of Famer!



    • Duke
      6:39 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

      When you almost have 2 programs shut down and you take players like Bledsoe, who can’t read, you don’t get the benefit of the doubt.



    • Duke
      10:41 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

      GO CARDS!



    • Duke
      10:42 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

      Crap. Delete my last post KSR. I meant to say GO DUKE!



    • Dude
      10:53 am September 10, 2015 Permalink

      Still here for validation, I see…. lol!!!