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Sporting News names Calipari its ‘Coach of the Decade’

While some of you argue that John Calipari has lost his way at Kentucky, the Sporting News named him its Coach of the Decade in the sport of men’s college basketball. Turns out, 305 wins, 31 NCAA tournament wins, nine NCAA tournament appearances, seven Elite Eights, four Final Fours and an NCAA championship is pretty damn good for a 10-year span.

More from the Sporting News’s story:

No one defined the 2010s in the same way as Calipari, though, nor achieved the same degree of consistent excellence. Calipari won more NCAA Tournament games this decade than all but five other active coaches did in their entire careers, or 18 coaches in the game’s history. He avoided sub-.500 seasons and first-round NCAA defeats. Kentucky was a single basket away from two more Final Four appearances.

If you’re still not convinced, head on over to read Mike DeCourcy’s entire story on Calipari’s greatness. We don’t need Mike to tell us about all the good things Calipari has done, but it doesn’t hurt to refresh our memories during this two-game skid that has many fans upset with the Coach of the Decade.

There’s a little something in there for the anti-Cal crowd, too. In explaining the players-first program, he tells DeCourcy, ““We were going to make decisions based on them and their needs. And it’s not just about the name on the front. It’ll be about the name on the back. That’s how we’re going to do this.”

I’ll see y’all in the comments section. Merry Christmas.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

19 Comments for Sporting News names Calipari its ‘Coach of the Decade’



  1. CrystalBall
    5:08 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Fire him. He should have been named Coach of the Century.



  2. BBNfromOklahoma
    5:16 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    THAT’S MY COACH! MERRY CHRISTMAS!



  3. Racerr11
    5:23 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    I didn’t need this to know how good of a coach Cal is. I do appreciate Cal being recognized for what he does which is an amazing job. Year after year mostly a complete new team of freshman that most coaches don’t want to coach as freshman alot of other coaches can’t get to play in 2-3-4 years. So he is the best in the business and it will be a sad day when he’s done.



  4. classof68
    5:34 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    I’d rather have another title than the UK coach being coach of the decade. Are we supposed to brag about having the coach of the decade? There is a program that can brag about having two titles this decade. What makes it worse, we were better than them both years.



    • Drew Franklin
      5:40 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      Having the Coach of the Decade is better than not having the Coach of the Decade. No?



    • KatFan48
      7:14 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      WAH!! Maybe you will live long enough to go back to mediocrity. I happen to be a few years older and have NO desire to have another BCG disaster or watch UK teams play 40 minute trying not to lose. Your pipe dream of championships year after year is just that A PIPE DREAM. Give me Cal as long as he will stay. GO CATS



  5. bbn606
    5:42 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Congrats, I hope the next decade is as great as this one.



  6. tmcclan16
    6:15 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Great job coach. As much as we can be crazy fans and second guess every decision and every move he makes the guy has done a hell of job. Plus he’s a good human being on top of it. Glad he represents our University. Now stick it to those f—ng cardinals.



  7. ohiokatfan
    6:31 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Proud to have Cal as our coach.



  8. runningunnin.454
    6:56 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Sporting News should have to give equal time to Syrin, Mashbum, Jim Tom, and Dave64…so the whole country could laugh at them.



    • StillBP
      7:27 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      In the words of a wise man: Hee Haw



    • StillBP
      7:28 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      But but but mashburnfan uses nothing but facts!



    • 4everUKBlue
      8:26 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t care who you are, that’s some funny sh!t there RG and BP.



  9. DelrayCat
    7:23 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Okay, so Cal was the coach of the last decade. I agree with that based on how he really changed recruiting and the whole one-and-done thing. But you know who may be the smartest coach for the coming decade? Mark Few at Gonzaga. He turned over almost his entire roster from last year, and what did he do? Did he try to compete with UK, Duke, Kansas, etc. for the same 30 guys?? No! He went and got fundamentally sound players from Serbia, Lithuania, Russia, Africa, France…some of the best other countries in the world for hoops. These players seem to be far more skilled shooting and playing team ball than their AAU brethren. Watch as this will become a big trend going forward.



  10. lecantrell
    7:57 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    More championship banners and less draft picks would have made the decade much better for BBN! Need to get priorities back to winning championships instead of the annual visit to the green room.



  11. ukkatzfan
    8:26 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Love our coach and want to keep him for another 20 years. There is one thing I disagree with.though. Where SN says he avoided first round tourney losses. True, but one year UK went to NIT to avoid a 1st round loss. NIT = Next one In Tourney Winner is #69 team in country



  12. zoupman
    10:45 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Well deserved. Coach Cal is amazing. Incredible coach and person.



  13. UKsuperdave
    6:21 pm December 25, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe recruiter of the century.