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John Calipari is one of SI.com’s “Most Disliked People In Sports”

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SI.com recently named the 30 “Most Disliked People In Sports” and John Calipari made the list. Others include Nick Saban, Richard Sherman, Floyd Mayweather, Bill Belichick, Ray Lewis and Tiger Woods. The common theme? Winners. And then people who wish they could take some words back like Donald Sterling and Richie Incognito.

Here’s what SI had to say about Coach Cal:

John Calipari
Kentucky basketball coach

Calipari wins and recruits wherever he goes. He’s also left a trail of NCAA violations in his wake at UMass and Memphis. His position at the forefront of college basketball’s “One-and-Done” era of recruiting have made him reviled among hoops traditionalists.

Haters gonna hate.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

22 Comments for John Calipari is one of SI.com’s “Most Disliked People In Sports”



  1. WildTurkey101
    7:48 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Tell us something we don’t know.



  2. Rex
    7:52 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    I really get pissed off when I hear people talk bad about Cal. They never bring up the fact that he had nothing to do with either sanction at Umass or Memphis, They also have no idea of all the positive things he does for people. I have the utmost repect for everything Coach Cal has done since being our coach. We are really blessed to have him. Like the caption says “Haters gonna Hate”



    • danger
      9:59 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

      Please… could you lie more through your teeth? As an elderly man that has been a lifelong UK fan… I am disgraced by the fact that Cal represents us. we have had some good coaches in our history and cal is just embarrassing. A LOT of coaches know what it takes to win… but cal knows how to win with all the wrong ways. He is a cheater, Plain and simple. The only variables that didn’t change as he moved from school to school was… surprise… HIM. He has more vacated wins than any other coach in history and he has a habit of leaving schools in a flaming heap, wont be long until we are next. All he cares about is getting prominence, wins, and a stepping stone to a better job. since we have such good players this next year he is going to cheat like no other, get a win, and then he is outta here. Just watch. He’ll be in the NBA in the next couple and UK will be left in a situation where we are under NCAA investigations. Mark My Words….



  3. NKY_UK_fan
    8:03 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Yep, Memphis hated him sooooo much for the sanctions that they offered him more money to try and get him to stay instead of going to UK.



  4. jaws2
    8:03 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    PLEASE, do not give this link a click. These guys have to write about something they no will get them clicks and nothing beats bashing Cal. Cal is the leader of getting rid of the one and done, not the opposite. He’s also obviously not the only coach taking advantage of the one and done. He just happens to be the best at it and it fries some people.



  5. Kentucky Ken
    8:23 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    I’m shocked !! lol That’s because he has this team coming back – http://straighthoops.com/one_and_not_done.html haters gonna hate



  6. Frank
    8:45 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    travel in recruiting circles and you won’t find anyone who thinks that program is clean. You are free to have any feeling about Calipari u wish but I am not a fan of his tactics on building a program.



    • Joe
      8:55 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Care to elaborate “Frank?”. How just how often do you travel in “recruiting circles?”. And, if we cheat, as matt Jones points out, how is that we don’t get EVERYONE we want? Or is it that the other schools cheat “more?”. And define Clean, for us…& if UK is “unclean” how does it compare to other schools?



    • Frank
      8:59 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Direct quote from Matt Jones



    • Joe
      9:08 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Not sure about direct quoteness of it, but I will point out he subsequently disavowed that statement… but you knew that didn’t you?



    • Dude
      9:38 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      “Those who can’t, hate.” – Matt Jones



    • Walter White
      9:57 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

      “Travel in recruiting circles”? Are you kidding me? What a moron.



    • 1978best
      10:00 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

      Frank are you a frequent flyer in recruiting circles?



  7. Catlogic15
    8:46 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    “A trail of NCAA violations at UMass and Memphis”.
    That is faded if not jaded. 3 Final Fours and a championship at Kentucky in 5 years is their new hate shtick.
    Just wait. Cal will be #1 and I love it.



  8. Catlogic15
    8:54 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    “A trail of NCAA violations in his wake at UMass and Memphis”.
    Those are faded if not jaded. Three final 4’s and a Championship in five years is the real hate shtick.
    Soon Cal will be #1 in this poll. I love it!



  9. Catlogic15
    8:56 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    *Repeat* Sorry



  10. CharlieCatsFan
    9:29 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Who ever climbs the highest gets the most haters!



  11. Jake from State Farm
    9:37 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    If you can’t beat us, hate us.



  12. YSR2KSR
    11:29 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    ray lewis is hated because he murdered someone not bc hes a winner



  13. Kevin C.
    1:44 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

    So basically, the best of the best in every sport. That’s good company, IMO.



  14. boo boo
    4:24 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

    Why does the sports media perpetuate this lie? Calipari has never been sanctioned by the NCAA. Calipari has not left a trail of violations of any sort other than the same “violations” for which coaches such as Tom Izzo, Coach K, Bill Self and Roy Williams have been found to have made.
    The media wonders why they are not respected. It’s lies, distortions and the perpetuation of half truths such as this that makes it exceedingly difficult to have any respect whatsoever for this industry.
    The Media which follows the NCAA is more sleazy than any coach who works at any college across America.



  15. maureen walczak
    3:45 pm May 20, 2014 Permalink

    Danger, why do you read this blog if you hate Coach Calipari? You’re embarrassing yourself.