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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: This Program Has Become Difficult to Define

I’m gonna throw out 2 statements.  On the surface, these 2 statements would seem to be contradictory.  These two statements would seem to not be able to both exist.

STATEMENT #1: John Calipari has had the best run of any college basketball coach in the last 10 years.

STATEMENT #2: Fans have legitimate reasons to be disappointed in results. 

Now, I am not saying that that anybody should have to agree with either or both of these statements.  But my point is that you can make strong arguments that both of those statements are true.  And it has made being a UK fan very difficult over the last decade, and especially over the last 5 years.  Because since the shocking run to the title game in 2014, a run that everybody was OK with didn’t end in a title, UK’s tournament results have been:

2015: 38-0 but lose to Wisconsin in Final Four, Badgers go on to not win title

2016: Loss to rival Indiana in 2nd round, only 2nd round defeat in Cal tenure

2017: Buzzer-beater loss to UNC in Elite Eight

2018: Sweet 16 loss to 9-seed Kansas State, with 11-seed Loyola waiting in Elite 8

2019: Elite 8 loss to 5-seed Auburn, team UK had beaten twice in regular season

Kentucky has lost as the favorite in 4 of the last 5 NCAA Tournaments.  And you can spin it any way you like, but they wasted the best team in this school’s history in 2015 and two of the most open draws in recent memory in 2018 and 2019.  You can not dispute those facts.

And yet, you also can not dispute that John Calipari has more Sweet 16’s, more Elite 8’s, and more Final Four’s than anybody else in his tenure.  He’s won 6 SEC Tournaments.  He has a national title.  And obviously he had changed the look of the NBA with UK stars throughout.  He saved a program that was floundering under Tubby and Billy.  His personality might fit this job more than any coach in history.  And whoever follows him is probably screwed for what he has done to our expectations.

Are UK fans unreasonable much of the time?  Absolutely.  Probably more so than most fanbases.  But that should not be used against fans who argue beating a 9, 11, and 5 seed to go to back-to-back Final Fours should be expected.  And considering UK will put 5-6 guys into the NBA off those two teams, the talent was there.  Not the talent from the 2012 or 2015 teams, but talent nonetheless.

John Calipari’s success is actually coming back to bite him.  All of that “gold standard” and “everybody wants to be us” talk is great.  It fits what we want to hear from our coach.  It’s arrogant as hell and we are arrogant as hell.  And for the most part, he backed it up.  The totality of his tenure has been incredible.  But it also does not make him and this program immune from criticism.  They have had disappointing results in 4 out of the last 5 NCAA Tournaments.  They have let multiple Final Fours slip through their fingers.  They let 1 title slip through their fingers.  Was it Cal’s coaching or does the blame lay at the players feet?  We could argue all day long on that.

But the fact is this program is very difficult to pin down right now.  John Calipari created a monster in this fanbase with his talking points and the early success in his tenure.  And we now seeing what happens when you don’t feed the monster.  When you disappoint in the tournament multiple times people feel like you sold them a bill of goods.

The only “bad” fans right now are those attacking the players on social media and elsewhere.  They tried hard.  I didn’t see an effort issue.  I saw an execution issue.  But this team, and most of the ones before it, have been enjoyable.  Far more enjoyable than 2006-2009.  So we should be thanking the kids right now for their efforts.  But fans have a right to question why this keeps happening.  You can only say “the tournament is random” so many times before you start to wonder why the tournament is random AGAINST us so often.  John Calipari either needs to reassess how he promotes the program to us or the results in March have to change.  Otherwise, you are going to have a conflicted fanbase for the remainder of his tenure.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

72 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: This Program Has Become Difficult to Define

  1. ballplayerstu
    10:08 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Two things I think Cal needs to work on; in game adjustments & shot selection. Bruce pearl made those adjustments & his players fouled PJ who can’t hit big moment free throws. But at least dUKe lost.

    • Meat1965
      10:15 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      He needs to learn how to coach the NCAA tournament. Where was the bench in the second half? Auburn had foul trouble and KY had all those big men on the bench. Did not even try to use them. The proof is there. Go back and watch all the NCAAs and will see it. Not a good coach in the big tournament.

    • makeitstop
      10:23 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Oh for heaven sake he has been to more EE and FF and 16’s than any coach in the country the last 10 years but he needs to learn how to coach in the tourney?? Are u serious right now?!

    • SoCalCat
      10:29 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      They did have a chance at the end of regulation, but came up short. I do agree Cal isn’t a raging lunatic during the NCAA tournament; he may need to go this way earlier so that his team can figure it out without the antics.

    • Meat1965
      10:29 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      I get it think I am totally wrong.. So answer question were where the bigs off the bench in the second half?

    • makeitstop
      10:38 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Meat, they were where they needed to be, sitting. They can’t guard the perimeter and the plan was working w who we had out there. The problem was – I think – we had no gas in the tank for OT, and the great D meant no legs left in our shots. He could’ve opened OT w the fresh legs but AU would’ve shot over them. They are deep. It would’ve been a risk and he opted to say “dig deeper” to his kids. Maybe that wasn’t the best idea but it’s rational, it just didn’t work. But again, u hit the damn FT and it’s a moot point. He said we need to hit 7-8 3’s ourself and we didn’t. Had the looks, wide open, couldn’t convert. And that’s not on coach. They know HOW to shoot, they don’t need it drawn up, they just missed. [email protected]! happens. It sucks.

    • Matt10
      12:04 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Makeitstop, they had no gas in the tank at the end or OT because in the biggest most physically draining game of the year Cal got scared and didn’t use his bench to keep the starters fresh. It was as plain as day. Pearl used his and his guys had the energy down the stretch to want it more. Meat is right.

    • makeitstop
      2:22 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Matt, as I said, maybe in hindsight u try fresh legs to start the OT but who’s going to score? Not Nick. EJ? From where? Jemarl was fresh, but his first stint wasn’t too encouraging. It’s easy to say “I would’ve done X” bc u never know how it would’ve turned out and if it turned out like he expected everyone would’ve complained he took starters out and cost us a championship blah blah blah.

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    10:17 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    KSR should ban all new blurbs and comments on this site for a week after a loss in the NCAA. This is not helpful.

    Why don’t we just breathe for a day and not feel the need to poke at everything and look under every rock?

    • StillBP
      10:38 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      cuz they would lose money if they did that.

    • CoachCat
      11:16 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Piss poor reason

    • makeitstop
      10:39 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      lol true

    • makeitstop
      10:40 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Actually both true

    • weneedsanity
      12:25 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Correction. You would have to shut the site down a week after EACH loss. A week after they didn’t win by 25,and for 2 months after a tournament loss.

    • smahurin
      3:02 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      I agree. This article is one of the more frustrating ones I’ve read on this site in a while. I get that losing is disappointing. I was heart broken, but the premise of the article is that “randomness” seems to only happen to UK which is obviously untrue. In a single elimination format, crazy things happen.

      Duke has had the most talented team in the country each of the past three years including having one of the most talented rosters in a decade this year. They haven’t made a final four in that time.

      Kansas is a perennial top 5 team and they’ve only made two final fours in 10-years compared to our 4.

      UNC had one of the most well balanced teams in the country this year and lost as a #1 seed to a #5 seed.

      We need to quit pretending it’s a given that we automatically get to the final four every year. Yes, at Kentucky we have high expectations. But it’s genuinely tough to win in march. By definition only one team per year can win the national title. I always want that to be kentucky, but we also need to realize it’s not always going to be us and that other elite programs go through the same. I’d argue that the other elite programs have had more frustration than UK has

  3. VulcanEar
    10:21 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    If you attack an 18 or 22 year old kid in social media over a game, you’re sadly pathetic.

    • Matt10
      12:08 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Well I’ve offered a ton of criticism but not even a smidge towards the players. As a coach myself I recognize that when you get a year to prepare for the year end championships pretty much everything that happens in that tournament comes down to how well the coach has selected, developed and prepared his team.

    • The Big Lebowski
      2:01 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      18 to 22 year old kids die in combat. 21-22 year olds die in Law Enforcement and in Fire Crews.

      I was in boot camp at 17. I got attacked by a hulking DI because I didn’t roll my socks exactly 2 inches wide.

      1. 18 to 22 years old is well AFTER childhood. They aren’t kids.
      2. If you are at that age and you can’t take a bit of criticism, you’re not going to make it in life. You’ll be Jussie Smollett.
      3. I don’t see many people attacking the players on the net. I see constructive commentary. I see people criticizing Cal and some attacking his ability.
      4. Cal makes 9 Million F**K*NG Dollars a year. Criticism goes with the J-O-B.

  4. makeitstop
    10:21 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    U may be under a non disparagement agreement w a certain roofer, but u do recall that 2015 and 2017 ended prematurely bc of things outside Cal’s control right?! And 2015 there’s no way Duke wins if we didn’t get knocked out in one of the worst travesties of officiating I’ve seen in 50 years of going to UK games, followed closely by the 2017 roof job. I don’t usually complain about refs, it’s part of the game, but that was over the top and changed the narrative by giving UNC a title and Duke one too.

  5. BigolBlue
    10:21 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    BTI is the only one left on ksr that tells it how it is and not on Cals balls

    • makeitstop
      10:25 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      U are a mindless vulgarian. Pls go back to ur team’s site or back to ur troglodyte cave.

    • StillBP
      10:39 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      I’m glad to see BoB agree with BTI. Everyone knows BTIs posts are the dumbest and worst on the site. Perfect.

    • catsarerunnin
      11:47 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      That makes him a troll like you Slater if that’s the case.

  6. GACAT
    10:25 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Cal needs to go!!! With all the talent and and only one championship?? He could be the worst bench coach in America.

    • makeitstop
      10:28 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Hey Ga, what’s ur suggestion for getting kids to stop missing FT mid game? That’s a bench coach. Yell “stop missing the damn FT” like we do at the TV bc that was the only adjustments we needed. The D was working. Rebounding was good. Just hitting our season average in 3’s or FT and we cover the spread.

  7. John Capilari
    10:25 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Yes, I am always disappointed when we lose, and Cal has had tremendous success. All the Cal haters are bat $hit crazy.

  8. Jiminy Crickets
    10:27 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Cal has a coaching style and regardless of how people say he adjusts to his roster, by March they all play the exact style. He slows them down, they stop running in transition and he forever them to play a 60-70 point 1/2 court game. On defense he switches on every ball screen. Until EE talent will win. Once you get to EE coaching wins. Cal is an excellent coach, don’t misunderstand me, but he does not allow his team to watch game film of opposing teams. He tells them the game plan and hopes they execute. Problem is we’re dominated by freshmen, and they lose the execution part. Watching Herro jumping to Harpers left every time (Harper is right hand dominant and goes right 90% of time) shows Herro was not taught the small details of his opponent. Calipari REPEATEDLY refuses to call time out when the game is on the line and his freshmen are rattled.
    All that said. We’re lucky to have him.

    • Sasquatch
      10:34 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      “Herro was not taught the small details of his opponent”, you didn’t watch or listen to post game where Cal said making them drive left was the main thing they focused on. Stressed it again at halftime and throughout the game.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      10:37 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      He made him drive. To THE WRONG HAND. Making him drive to his left, not his right.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      10:40 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Go back and watch. Herro jumps his left and Harper blows by him every time. The point I was making is Calipari watches tape, the players don’t. This may work with seasoned players, but freshmen lose execution in high pressure games. Watch Duke and see how Zion and RJ played in last 5 minutes. This a freshmen issue, not Cal. 100 to 1 says if Herro comes back, he doesn’t make those same errors.

    • catsarerunnin
      11:49 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      We should have played more zone right Crickets? We would be undefeated for 10 years running and 10 straight titles if Cal would just play that zone that can’t be beat. Kinda like Syracuse.

    • makeitstop
      10:44 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Ur in violent agreement. Jiminy is right – he turned him the wrong way; but yea, Herro WAS told, he just didn’t do it. Played his heart out and next year he’d get that right. Couldn’t buy a shot either. Front iron is tired legs. He was gassed.

    • Matt10
      12:15 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Nick was told, made one mistake, got yanked for whole rest of game. Herro was told, made the SAME mistake over and over and over yet stayed most of the game. I have a feeling if coach pulled him aside and told him if he didn’t push him to his left or he’d sit the rest of the game he would’ve done it. Forcing a player to his weak side is something I teach 11-year-olds, yet Cal can’t get college kids to do it???!

    • makeitstop
      2:37 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Matt, it’s a fair point, but ur boy Nick can’t score. He has had 2 years of instruction and still can’t do much more than dunk. EJ can – I think – but he’d have been pushed around. If ur a coach, and ur game plan is hold the other team under 70, and fewer than 10 – 12 made 3’s, would u really adjust ur D by taking out ur best outside shooter in Herro? Would u take out ur best post player in Reid, who freed PJ up to score and move out of traffic? The problem was the offense and neither Nick nor EJ really is much of an answer there, apart from ur valid point they ran out of gas at the end. But we write this w the benefit of knowing it went to OT. If Cal knew that, he’d prolly have made some more substitutions. But I for one said when we got to OT we’re dead. We have no legs left and apart from Baker no scoring options who do. As a coach, even of 11 year olds, don’t u kind of figure the better ones are eventually going to hit? Bc I was sure Herro was if Reid had found him on that last play but I could be dead wrong. U can’t game plan for a 3/17 game from the guards and KJ. U just take ur loss and move on bc u can’t beat anyone shooting like that… and making one FT in the second half.

  9. bbn606
    10:33 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    I wonder if he will find time next year to work in some free throw practice. If you look at the box score of any close game, you will see that it could have been won on the foul line.

    • StillBP
      10:40 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      I bet he never even thought of that. I bet these guys have never practiced free throws. And I bet free throws at practice are exactly the same as free throws in a game after you’ve been hammered on by your opponent. Fire Cal, hire bbn606!

    • Matt10
      12:17 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Freshmen dominant teams don’t have time to work on those little things. They have to use their limited time on bigger issues and so have to teach themselves in their own time, don’t you know.

    • makeitstop
      2:43 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Matt, serious question: How long are the games ur kids play? How long is the shot clock, where’s ur 3 point line? Those all change from grade school to HS to NCAA to NBA. One thing is the same at all levels. What is it? The FT line! They are old enough to hit FT. They’re prolly more tired from playing D than ever before but also in great shape now. They didn’t miss bc they were freshman, or hadn’t been taught how to shoot or coached on mechanics (they are). They just missed over and over and if they hit just one more freebie, none of this would be on here today – we’d be talking about UVa.

  10. BluKudzu
    10:33 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t let Cal pee on Barkley’s statue ever again.

  11. Cole28
    10:44 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Come on…. Anyone disappointed in Cal need only hear two words, Billy Gillispie…. Literally, this is something to NEVER forget. Loses to Gardner Webb, and VMI, 4 straight conference losses with consecutive home losses one season… come on… Give me a “chance” every year, and I’m taking it over that garbage. Idc if we are preseason top 5 every season and an elite 8 “looks” disappointing… It isn’t. Sure, we see Carolina or Duke cut down the nets since we have, and we forgot that we still have more titles than either of them.

    Cal will put up multiple additional final fours with the Cats before he retires, and will likely become the first UK coach in 50 years (and only second all-time) to win multiple national titles. The guy is already the second winningest coach in UK history, with the most tournament wins. Let’s calm down.

  12. kywildcat_96
    10:52 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    This article pretty much sums up my feelings. I don’t want Cal gone, but somethings gotta change.
    Auburn is a ton better now than the last time we played them. We were better in Jan/Feb than we are now. Sure, injuries played a part, but it seems like if you come back after your freshman season and aren’t a projected first rounder by November then you can’t make a mistake without getting pulled. If you’re a freshman that Cal thinks can be drafted then you can “work through it “
    Rinse and repeat

    • Matt10
      12:18 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Ding, ding, ding. You are the winner. Spot on!

  13. VirginiaCat
    11:04 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    When you look at Cal’s total body of work at Kentucky, it is indeed impressive, but less so when you focus on the period since 2015. Cal’s recruiting mojo has diminished in recent years. We are still getting good recruits, but no longer the best of the best. Kentucky’s brand is no longer appealing to elite prospects. So there’s that. Our on court performance has also diminished since 2015. We are losing to inferior teams, sometimes at critical junctures when a Final Four is on the line. We lost yesterday to a #5 seed team that we beat twice in the regular season, with their best player out with an injury. Last year we essentially had a cake walk to the FF, but were derailed by an inferior team. That’s two Final Fours that we let slip through our fingers. What seems obvious is that Cal is a mediocre in-game coach and struggles to win critical games when our talent pool is less than elite. I don’t think it is a coincidence that our success has diminished as our recruiting has declined. Those who support Cal at all costs need to take an objective look at his performance since 2015. Big time college basketball is a “what have you done for me lately” business and Cal has not done much for us lately. The unrest in the BBN is not just a few malcontents. Those of us who have been fiercely loyal to the program over the years see a downward trend that appears unlikely to change. We can tolerate a bad year from time to time or absorb an occasional bad loss, but what I have seen since 2015 is an unsettling pattern that is unlikely to change. He doesn’t have sufficient self awareness to understand that the dynamic has changed and that his deficiencies as a bench coach are being exposed. I say without malice and with no pleasure that Cal’s best days at UK are behind him. We need to decide at some point if we want to accept the status quo as the new normal or look to make a change.

    • calfanboymafia
      11:10 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Well said!!

    • makeitstop
      11:36 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Let’s look at post 2015: best recruiting class in the nation and the #1 ranked recruit, 7’0 Skal Labissiere. Tyler and Jamal could not make up for the donut hole that team was. Who knew? But u can’t conjure up a center, or as Tyler called him, a really big guy w a 15 foot jump shot. We got owned. Played a higher ranked IU team who did a mercy killing bc we would’ve been destroyed in the Sweet 16. 2017, best class in the country by most services: Fox, Monk, Bam and SKJ right? Great team. Fun. Could’ve won the championship. Ran into UNC who was also real good and got a roof canal in the EE. That’s Cal’s fault? I think that team hangs #9 if the roofer lets us by, or #10 bc he cost us ‘15 too. Then last year 2018 we just weren’t too good. OK class but Jeff Capel and Duke picked us clean. Guys who everyone thought would sign did not and we were left w Quade Green as our PG and a 4 star “project” Cal turned into a lottery pick in SGA. But we also had our best recruit Vanderbilt our nearly the whole year, and the whole tourney, with injury. Nick was supposed to be a force inside and he just didn’t develop. Briscoe sulked and the chemistry was bad… we still would’ve made the Elite 8 if we just hit FT. This year, Duke got an inside straight, and still lost the hand. We got what was left and it was brilliant to bring in Reid. But we also had 2 injuries – flue guy goes out 3 weeks and we struggled, and he cane bazk one full game and we lose our MVP for 12 days, so not only is the chemistry off, the timing in offense is too and u can see PJ can’t mix it up underneath like before. Credit for trying. If he had another week we’d have had a great shot but we were one missed FT away. How is that coaching or end of an era? His worst year 2013 was MVP blows out knee and PG turns out to be head case. He’s not clairvoyant – he’s not a wizard, sometimes he has had bad breaks.

    • makeitstop
      11:37 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      That’s “glue guy” gets hurt

    • bdill
      1:30 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      His recruiting has dropped off because a handful of schools, that we know of, have been buying the top talent (UL, Ariz, LSU, probably Aub and Duke as well). I’m glad we are not wrapped up in that crap. He is winning NC’s at the same clip as Rupp. He has more wins that any other coach in the last 10 years. Some have pointed out things need to change and mimic the teams that go after the 3-4 star recruits that stay around 3-4 years. I know another coach that did, Tubby and we ran him off. The bottom line is the best team in the country doesnt win the tournament. Its basketball. Teams get hot. How does a team with Zion, RJ, and Reddish NOT win the NC? Does anyone here not thing that K really is a great coach? Of course he is, and so is Cal. Both are HOF coaches and every other team in the country would take them in a heartbeat. For those ragging on Cal, think about this for a second, what if Cal pulled a Pitino and ended up at UL. Would that make you happy and we had to live with UL getting the top 1 or 2 recruiting class every year?

    • makeitstop
      2:47 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Bdill don’t even joke about that – what a nightmare. Cal in a red Brioni. Seriously, ur comment is bang on.

  14. VirginiaCat
    11:28 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    I will add that what makes Kentucky special is that the program is bigger than any one coach. We have won national championships under five different coaches. That is remarkable and speaks to the strength of the BBN. Hundreds of thousands of fans just like us will not let the program sink into irrelevancy. We can argue among ourselves, but ultimately we are a family with the same goal of moving the program forward.

  15. Firecat1988
    11:29 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Unfortunately what has hurt UK is the evolution of the rest of college basketball to counter the one and done movement. Obviously UK and Duke overall are at the top of the most talented team list. But talent doesn’t win NCAA tournament games. The rest of college basketball are taking the solid 3/4 star recruits and teaching them fundamentals while fitting them into a system. Cal’s approach must change somewhat. It’s like the NFL the evolution of the game happens so quickly if you stay the same you wont stay at the top long. Think back to the Wildcat in the NFL. Great at first but the NFL minds caught on and neutralized it. Cal must go to the drawing board and throw a wrench into his plan. Maybe that’s only recruiting one to two high level kids and getting 3/4 year players to fill out the roster. I understand that his plan is to send all the top kids to the NBA and while great for him and the kids, it isn’t what UK is paying him for. His job is to win games/championships and maybe Barnhart needs to remind him of that. As far as a downward trend of the program I don’t believe that. I feel like other people have flocked to that system which has lessened the pool of talent and it’s not just Duke taking players. It’s a player here and a player there to schools like Villanova, LSU, etc. Uk must evolve but by no means should that be to move on from Calipari. If an elite eight loss is a down year then we should feel good about the program. However to return to championship form we need to evolve and we need those 3/4 year players that can make free throws and three pointers down the stretch. We need the experience that can successfully execute a game plan. And after writing a book on here I’m done!

  16. Bobby Coe
    11:36 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Who would you replace Call with?

  17. Cmart0907
    11:37 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Soo execution is the coaches fault? Can anybody tell me why John Calipari can’t call up a damn set play to score besides throw it into PJ? Why Calipari won’t go zone? His head is so far up his ass it’s insane. Why he won’t stop switching? You think he will get a clue with Reid kept getting exploited at the top of the key. But noooo he won’t change or adjust. This has been going forever. I don’t think we’re mad that we lost. It’s how we lost.

    • Firecat1988
      11:40 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      He doesn’t stop switching because if you want to be successful in the NBA you must switch everything. It’s part of having Cal as coach. He’s preparing players for the next level. At least he sticks to his promises and doesn’t get players on and then switch to motives that further his success. As frustrating as that is to BBN..

  18. rainman
    11:37 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    I have no intentions of attacking anyone, but I think it’s safe to say, Calipari has proven he is not a good Tournament Coach! But I will take the GOOD, with the BAD!

    • kywildcat_96
      1:49 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      I agree about this program is no longer about the fans or the university and before I get attached by the defenders-I’m a lifetime KY fan and will cheer for anyone wearing the uniform.

  19. natedaddy
    11:49 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    A rare, good article from BTI. I love the cats. And I don’t want any other coach other than the one we already have. But this program isn’t for the fans anymore. Players first. We’ll have 4 guys declare for the draft, with only one of them actually ready to go. And that’s Cals victory. And next year won’t be any different.

    • kywildcat_96
      1:50 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Above post was for this

  20. ctinsley1
    11:52 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry but no, thinking “Cal has been the best coach in college basketball for the past ten years” and “Cal is a bad tournament coach” is incoherent. Check 538’s analysis of whether Virginia is too slow to win, and you’ll see a table of how much the top 8 teams have overperformed tournament expectations for their seed over the past five years. Kentucky is the *best* tournament team in that regard, *by far*. We went to the ship as an 8-seed and Calipari is a bad tournament coach? Y’all need Jesus. The field is always favored because winning the tournament is really hard and you only get one chance at each game. It is really that simple.

  21. wildcat74
    11:59 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    I used to think no coach had done less with more than Roy Williams. That distinction now goes to Cal. He needs a strong in game X and O assistant.

  22. UKsuperdave
    12:04 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t agree with “floundering under Tubby”. Yeah we had trouble in the tournament ‘sounds familiar’ but overall they both have the same amount of success except for wins. Same amount of championships in about the same 10 years. I know Tubby only won because of Pitino’s players, right? And Cal had the best team ever and lost to Wisconsin so…

  23. Brad Gregory
    12:10 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Lesser programs measure their success with Elite 8’s and Final Fours. Winning programs measure with championships. I don’t think we should win a championship every year but with the talent we’ve had, we should have more than one during Cal’s years here

  24. VirginiaCat
    12:22 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    The last great bench coach we had was Pitino. He won the games that we were supposed to win and won a lot of games that we were picked to lose. Give him enough time to draw up a game plan and he would find a way to win. I always felt that we had the best coach on the floor and knew that if we were to lose a game, it wouldn’t be because of bad coaching. With Cal, particularly in critical games that are hotly contested, I feel that he is a liability. Cal is a good recruiter, a good PR person, but a poor bench coach. He needs to hire an offensive coordinator to help him, but it’s unlikely that his ego would allow that.

    • wildcat74
      12:40 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      The above post is on-point truth. Cal is a horrendous in game coach. He doesn’t make adjustments, doesn’t have a game plan specific to the opponent, doesn’t run any offensive sets, rarely uses timeouts, and goodness, admits to not having his team watch film. Essentially he plays pick up ball. As much as I can’t stand Pitino, he was an outstanding in game coach and if you have him a week in the NCAA tourney, he’d come up with a brilliant game plan and the kids executed it.

  25. KY Blue Blood
    12:33 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    This is, without a doubt, the most passive-aggressive article I have ever read in my entire life. Coach Cal is great! 99.99% of basketball programs are disappointed every year with the results of the NCAA tournament! Get a freaking grip!

  26. The Professor
    12:38 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Spot on article.

  27. Memphiscat
    1:32 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    This year we played scared, Auburn played with house money. Really, we lost that game in the first half. If we’d put our foot on the gas and ballooned the lead out to 18-20 in the first half, it would’ve broken their spirit. Instead we let them back into the game and were only down 5 at the half.

  28. Bruce Dickinson
    1:40 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    The game against UNC, we were flat out cheated by the refs.

  29. sonnyg333
    1:44 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    I Have been a UK fan for 45 years, UK has turned into a Players only, NBA farm. The college and fan experience as it once was is over.The new NBA rule change may help true college sports return to UK where they play for the name on the front and where young men discover that in life there will always be something bigger than ones self.

  30. Bobby Coe
    5:27 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    For anyone to suggest Call be replaced without having a replacement in mind is the height of stupidity. Stipulating that Call has dificiencies, what coach out there, Lebowski, do you think would do a better job?