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The Guardian: Kentucky is the Only Honest Team in College Basketball

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In his return to Memphis, John Calipari’s role as the “one-and-done, ruiner of college basketball” is once again being brought up by his critics.  The stigma will never leave him.  He’s fine with it and I believe he likes it, using the chip on his shoulder as motivation.

Meanwhile, Coach K is recruiting similar five-star talent (now that his season is finished), but according to many he’s doing it “the right way.”  It’s a double-standard that’s so obvious it can be seen from Great Britain.  The Guardian, a daily British newspaper, calls Coach K out on his crap.

“I want you armed for life,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said 12 years ago, barely able to keep a straight face on camera. “I want you to develop as a player. I want you to develop as a student, and I want you to develop as a human being.” He then added, to cash in for himself and instantly reveal how fake the previous sentiments were about a system that earns billions while paying athletes nothing: “That’s why my card is American Express.”

The article’s author, D.J. Gallo, sees through the BS that many Americans either don’t see, or refuse to admit.  While the NCAA and CBS/Turner rake in billions, the players get nothing…except in Calipari’s system.  Embracing the rules, he puts players on the quickest path to achieve their dream, winning a ton of basketball games in the process.

They’re just taking on an even playing field the smartest way possible. They know that none of us actually care more about a player’s grade point average than his scoring average.

That’s why continuing to root against Kentucky feels so outdated and pointless. It’s rooting against innovation. It’s rooting against best practices and actual, not faux, integrity. It’s buying into the idea that the NCAA tournament, which generates more than a billion in ad revenue, is somehow about amateurism and academics.

The article will put a smile on your face (especially if you read it with a British accent).

[The Guardian: The Kentucky Wildcats are the only honest team in college basketball]

Article written by Nick Roush

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

17 Comments for The Guardian: Kentucky is the Only Honest Team in College Basketball



  1. playmorezeppelin
    10:04 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    I wasn’t aware the Brits were even remotely interested in our collegiate sports.



    • Mathlete
      10:08 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      The Guardian has an American edition too, they’re just headquartered in London



    • playmorezeppelin
      10:12 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Ah. I see.



    • Adam From Awesome Trot
      11:02 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      DJ Gallo is American. He used to write for Page 2 at ESPN.



  2. ctwo
    10:15 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    That was so good I even contributed $10 to their cause.

  3. DJ Gallo used to run a pretty funny sports parody site called sportspickle.com. I don’t know if he still does.

    Anyway, once he got off sports in 1 column and wrote a left leaning political rant. The next week he responded to some critics and said basically “Hey, I write about what I want on my site!” Sound familiar?



  4. Cals Hoverboard
    10:33 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    I’m all about exposing and shedding light on hypocrisy, wherever it may be. The Guardian article hits that point in every way. Thanks for the link, Nick.



  5. MrNoItAll
    11:12 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    I live in Chapel Hill. Had lunch with some homers who insisted the NCAA needs to go (now that their academic scam has been exposed). Kinda like calls to abolish the Electoral College because the election didn’t turn out the way you wanted. I want UCLA to be a warmup to knocking out UNCheat. Dean Knew. FFS he set it up.



    • Han
      11:44 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Electoral college is pretty dumb (our President used to say the same thing a few years back). It exists in part to prevent someone super popular from just running away with an election and leaving huge portions of the country behind.

      Some version of ranked choice would be better, but it really is hard to have a good system in a country this size. Plus the political parties (which George Washington warned against) exist to keep themselves in power, so whether we go by electoral college, popular vote, or trial by combat, the Democrats and Republicans are highly motivated to make sure it works out for them.

      But on Basketball, it’s sad how blatant the BB program’s cheating was and yet the fans simply won’t accept it. There was a time in the early 2000s and late 90s when I actually liked UNC some. The Internet forums weren’t really around yet so I didn’t hear their fans, and out of the elites, they seemed like the next classiest. Pun intended.

      But if we play to our potential, with Fox and Briscoe not going beyond themselves, Bam being kept involved, Derek and Gabriel combining to be dependable, and Monk finally getting back to form, well, bring on UCLA, UNC, Kansas and whoever you want off the other side.



    • dballrb
      1:16 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, that last paragraph isn’t asking for much.



    • MrNoItAll
      12:43 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Word, Han. If anyone thinks the Duke fans are the worst they’ve never been to Chapel Hill.

  6. I just wish he had pointed out the fact that UK’s one and dones DO go to class while they’re in school. I just read the entire article and the first 2 comments are pure ignorance. It’s like they didn’t even read the article because they respond with the same crap that Gallo had just shredded.



    • Han
      11:39 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      You can have a camera crew follow our OADs to engineering classes and people would still say it was fake and we’re doing everything that UNC did (and is still not being punished for).

      As we see in politics, people decide what they believe and ignore anything that doesn’t agree with them, denying its evidence and attacking the source.



    • Suffering Fools
      1:29 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Yep, UK just took second place in Inside Higher Ed’s “Academic Performance Tournament.”



  7. Han
    11:37 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    Honestly, people hate UK for a bunch of reasons. When we’re good, we’re Alabama Football or Yankees Baseball or Cowboys Football in the 90s. You’re either a fan of the best team or you hate them and all the bandwagoners. Add in that our fans are everywhere already, travel well, and trash talk a ton (because we tend to know more about the stats, history of the game, etc), and we’re just annoying. For a while we were down, and people loved it, but Cal made us huge again so anyone with any jealousy would obviously hate us and everything we do. Whatever system Cal runs, if it works, it’ll be hated and he’ll be using it to ruin college basketball. Nevermind that he campaigns against OAD more than anyone (though he mostly let off on that when Duke and others fully embraced it and the NBA didn’t change.).

    So they hate UK, but the biggest thing is that a lot of fans and sports analysts don’t like Cal. Lots of people hate Pitino or mock him, but he’d get it even worse if he was still here. Right now he’s mainly hated by ACC fans and Louisville rivals like us. Otherwise he’s not brought up as often as Cal or K in hate conversations except when he runs his mouth. But with Cal and Pitino, it’s the confidence and no-apologies attitude that they use in the media that pisses even more people off.

    Then Cal’s unfortunate NCAA trouble make him even more hateworthy to anyone who doesn’t root for the Cats or know Cal personally. (I mean, by all accounts, a lot of people like him once they get to know him. That coach who wanted to kill him, Chaney, ended up befriending him later on.) If we had got Izzo or someone more outwardly humble, some “out of nowhere” guy like Brad Stevens, who had started the One-and-Done boom (ignoring UNC’s previous OAD and Syracuse with Carmelo), it’d probably be seen as more innovative. More people would look at it from the side of the players.

    But fair or not, Cal got a reputation as slick and oily, as the guy surrounded by smoke and AAU scouts like WWW. So even though there’s no way he’s cheated anywhere near UK (way too much scrutiny for it to be possible), he’s a “cheater” to tons of people. And people are never going to be happy when a “cheater” works an angle.

    Haters always point out Matt Jones cast doubt at Cal before he came here. A lot of us did. How was he getting recruits and winning at Memphis? Then he came here and we stopped drinking Haterade and listen to him and saw the pitch, and the pitch works best at a blue blood. It works so well that all of the other elites jumped on board (or tried to).

    Ultimately, we UK fans are much happier now being hated and with a hated coach than we were in Tubby’s waning seasons and under BCG.



    • J-Dub421
      1:53 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Haters always throw out stupid crap like that. I guarantee that U of L fans hated Pitino when he coached for us, but they love him now. Hypocrisy at it’s finest.