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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: If We Are Winning Big, Which Personality Do We Want From Our Coach?


Many people have said over the years that John Calipari is perfect for the job of Kentucky basketball coach.  He certainly has had a near perfect tenure as the coach with levels of success rarely seen at this school or any school.  There have been missed opportunities for titles for sure but every Hall of Fame coach has those.  You don’t think Pitino wants that 1997 title back?  Rupp doesn’t want the 1966 title?  But Cal’s personality has stoked this fanbase to levels of passion maybe never seen.  People travels hundreds of miles for a simple autograph.  People actually listen to his post-game comments and mid-week news conferences.  Early on I think some fans were unsure of the kind of program Cal was building based around mostly one and done players and big soundbites.  But I think it’s safe to say Cal’s approval rating is about as close to 100% as a coach can get.

At the same time when you have developed the personality that Calipari has, you miss sometimes.  Certainly his SEC Tournament rant last week was a miss and surprising Cal wouldn’t recognize how negative UK fans would take any suggestion the SEC Tournament should be changed.  We own that tournament.  He’s missed about the NBA Draft and a couple other things here are there.  But when you talk as much and as prominently as Calipari that is just an accepted consequence.  But as a fan does it make you cringe a little?  I think when you win at the level that Kentucky is winning right now that fans accept however the coach wants to act.  Big personality, small personality, Gillispie personality.  Win big and we’ll accept it.  But I wonder:

-Big Personality, Talks A Lot (Calipari)
-Small Personality, Talks A Little (Tubby)
-Jerk Personality (Gillispie)  *please don’t pick this

The good thing with Calipari is there never really is an off-season anymore.  The time between April to September was dead during the Tubby days.  He didn’t say much or do much.  Recruiting remained important but can you imagine Tubby fueling a feud with Coach K during the off-season?  Calipari seems to feed off that kind of interaction.  He never relaxes.  He’s never satisfied and he’s always trying to stir the pot.  So the question is do you want that?  Assuming we are winning at a high level, would you rather have the high profile or low profile coach?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

5 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: If We Are Winning Big, Which Personality Do We Want From Our Coach?

  1. RickE
    9:26 am June 6, 2016 Permalink

    You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Can’t you be satisfied w/ just winning big? BTI… (wait for it)…. S U C K S !

  2. deltasig41
    9:44 am June 6, 2016 Permalink

    Sometimes the things Cal says publicly are borderline ridiculous (i.e. his suggestion for the split-court SEC preseason tournament), but WHAT he says isn’t really the main factor. The fact he’s saying ANYTHING is why he is so good at what he does.

    Let’s face it…Calipari is a promoting genius. It was the first week of June and the national media was talking about Calipari and Kentucky and college basketball. Was Calipari’s statement ridiculous? Yeah…But I think Cal knows that. I think he knows how it’ll be received before he says anything. That’s why he’s so good at what he does. It is like he knows when to say something that will grab attention.

    In today’s climate, having a coach like that is far more advantageous than having one like Tubby, IMO.

  3. theSpectre_
    9:44 am June 6, 2016 Permalink

    Cal is the perfect fit all the way around. The UK job requires more than just a great coach. The coach must have the big personality that it takes to promote the program and Cal does much more than that – he leads the national conversation when it comes to college basketball.

    Cal wins in recruiting, coaching, and personality and it’s not even close.

  4. scwhite9
    10:42 am June 6, 2016 Permalink

    Give me Cal any day of the week. Everyone that is brilliant has success and failure. The fact that he can out-think 99% of the other coaches is what makes this so impressive. He is about 10 light years away from everyone else. Whatever he says gets folks talking – basketball and Kentucky.

    I would love to follow him around for one day. I bet his brain never takes a break.

  5. Catuary
    1:08 pm June 6, 2016 Permalink

    I hope you realize Rupp is deceased. You can’t use the present tense with a deceased subject.